A great big sigh of irritation that the BBC has scheduled Michael Grandage’s radio version of his acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden at the same time as the Oliviers. Yes I know that those with computers can also listen later on BBC iPlayer, but both deserve exciting live listening me thinks.

Penelope Wilton and Margaret Tyzack in The Chalk Garden at the Donmar

Penelope Wilton and Margaret Tyzack in The Chalk Garden at the Donmar

Enid Bagnold’s play The Chalk Garden starts at 8pm on Sunday 13 March on BBC Radio 3, starring Grandage’s fabulous cast from his 2008 production, including Margaret Tyzack, Penelope Wilton and Felicity Jones.

The Oliviers will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 5.30pm on Sunday 13 March, presented by Paul Gambaccini, and with some Red Carpet action hosted by Jodie Prenger.

Digital satellite and cable TV viewers in the UK can also see coverage via the BBC’s red button service. We can but dream of the day that they might also pop it on the proper telly.

LINKS

BBC Radio 3 – The Chalk Garden
BBC Radio 2 – Olivier Awards
Olivier Awards microsite