4 Xtra have had some great programmes recently, I'm looking forward to listening to this.
I really enjoyed the complete first series of Marriage Lines recently and the first series of Brothers in Law which has just started - both with Richard Briers. I hope they're managed to get further radio series of Marriage Lines - anyone know?
4 Extra did not broadcast the complete first series in 2015, just the same old 11 (I think) episodes in total including 4 (I think) from series 1 that they have always broadcast. But they are now apparently doing so, having so far broadcast the first 4 episodes (including 2 new ones) with episode 5, another new one, coming on Sunday. All 33 episodes previously existed, but the sound quality was very lousy on most of them, so I suppose there was some kind of 'find' I don't know about. 'All Gas and Gaiters' is quite unusual among radio adaptations of TV programmes in that there is a one-to-one correspondence of episodes.
As of November 2020, Radio 4 Extra are finally airing the complete Series 1 of 'All Gas and Gaiters', although it does seem to be a repeat from a set of Transcription Service vinyl discs, with just occasional bits of dialogue inserted from an off-air tape recording of doubtful technical quality.
There seems to be some confusion. To clarify, this is a radio series. Some of the episodes are based on scripts from the earlier television series, which in those instances have been adapted for radio by the original tv scriptwriters, the husband and wife writing team Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps. In other cases, they have written entirely new episodes for the radio show, episodes which are not based on anything that was seen on tv.
None of the broadcasts by Radio 4 Extra are soundtracks from the television show. They are only airing editions of the radio show, all of which were specially recorded for radio broadcasting. This is easy to spot, given that in many cases the radio episodes do NOT use the same cast as the television series: eagle-eyed listeners will notice, for instance, that Derek Nimmo is not in some episodes of the radio show, as he was on a lengthy tour of Australia in a musical comedy and so was unavailable for many of the recording dates.
Older listeners will recall that in real life Derek Nimmo did not get on well with the Bishop: his co-star, William Mervyn. My belief is that Nimmo had deliberately arranged to be overseas, in order to avoid having to work with William Mervyn again on the radio, because they disliked each other so much. As Nimmo was in all the television recordings, this at least makes it plain that the radio episodes were re-recorded, and are not some form of edited version of the tv soundtracks.