Nothing of consequence to say here, except I can’t resist posting links to the radio interviews that Richard has been on the last couple of days. It’s not necessarily the actual contents of the interviews. With TS such a thriller, he seems to be under strictest orders not to reveal anything. And yet, when you listen to the various interviews, it is not just Richard’s lovely timbre of voice that stands out, but also his way of expressing himself. We have often remarked on how he obviously takes care not to repeat himself (in turns of phrases) from interview to interview, even though he is asked the same question over and over again. He always finds a new way of saying the same thing, and that to me not only speaks of an acute awareness of his interview partners (who all want a distinctive soundbite of their own), but also of a literary mind. Well, or at least a man who is able to express himself elegantly and eloquently.
I wonder, though, why that doesn’t seem to translate into his written expression… He is so articulate in conversation; his longer writings did not convince me as much. For your enjoyment, here are the links to the three BBC radio interviews from 27th and 28th January. You can listen to them online, and they are all available for the next four weeks by which time I have hopefully worked out how to record the stream *without* catching my own heavy breathing and creaky chair in the background.
BBC5 – “Must Watch” – starts at 1:00 and goes to about 13:00
BBC Radio Kent – starts at 0:10 until about 0:16
BBC Wales – starts 15:45 and ends 29:10
Gawd, I’m in love with Eleri Sion’s accent! This last interview is actually really interesting – because the “new circus question” is thrown at Richard. And his reaction is funny and elegant at the same time. Yep, I feel quite alive, dear Richard, and I think it is a good thing that you get my circulation going.
Anyway, I also wanted to ask you guys – two more sleeps and it is Stranger time. When Netflix says “coming on Thursday”, do they mean strike midnight on the 30th of January? Which territory? Starting at 00:00 in Samoa while it is midday where I am??? Hm. And more importantly –
How are *you* planning to watch the series?
If it drops at an unreasonable hour in the middle of the night, will you stay up? Will you attempt to binge-watch the whole show in one sitting? Are going to watch one episode every day? Are you planning to draw it out longer? Will you savour every moment of Richard Time on your own, or are you planning to watch the show together with a significant other? I’m curious – let me know in the poll (Edit: damn, apparently multiple answers are *not* possible! So choose whatever is most important to you) and in the comments.
Richard really put the pressure on when he said that the success of a show nowadays is not (only) measured by how *many* people watch, but how *quickly* they watch… As a fan, I aim to please, but my life does not permit taking a day off to watch the whole shebang in one go… So I will try and catch as much as I can, day by day. Which also means that I may not take part in discussions on Social Media or other blogs – spoiler worries. That said – I can’t wait…