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BBC Radio Drama ‘A Delicate Truth’ Begins This Week

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The 10-part Book at Bedtime series A Delicate Truth will begin broadcast this week Monday-Friday from 10:45-11:00pm on BBC Radio 4. John le Carre’s novel “about a good man who must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service” is read by Damian Lewis. The episodes will be made available to listen to at the BBC website for 7 days after broadcast. We’ll try to upload the series to the Media archive. Update: Downloads are now available at the Media Archive.

‘It would be so brilliant if I was actually a spy!” Damian Lewis is in a basement somewhere under Soho. There’s a new le Carré out and when Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime was casting around for a reader, who else could they turn to but the Emmy-winning star of Homeland? “My front as an actor,” he adds, “is going really well.”

It really is. Lewis was by no means the first to be cast as a spy, but more than any actor apart from Daniel Craig, he is now indissolubly linked with espionage. It seems to have infiltrated his manner of interacting with the world. “We’re being monitored in a bunker,” he says, as a BBC publicist sits down to listen in.

We edge into a discussion of le Carré’s A Delicate Truth, the abridgement of which Lewis has just spent three days recording. The story, he advises, “has a terrific opening which happens in a little bit of British soil somewhere else not in Great Britain”. As in Gibraltar? The plot précis is all over the media, I tell him. “Gib,” he confirms, tersely.

Lewis came to le Carré through boys’ own tales. “My first recollection was sun-stained copies of Smiley’s People and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold at home. I flicked through them as a follow-on from Fleming and Franklin W Dixon’s The Hardy Boys and Desmond Bagley, Alistair MacLean and Willard Price. I really had not had anything to do with him for about 20 years and then, doing Homeland, it was clear there were many similarities, so I’ve just been dipping in and out on the loo.”

Is the actor who plays the war hero who would be US vice-president sure that he wants to reveal where his reading takes place? “I don’t see why not. Whether David Cornwell [le Carré’s real name] will be happy with people thumbing his texts while in the throne room I’m not sure.”

Source: Telegraph

Here’s a short review from the Radio Times.

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More Radio Interviews

Both interviews are worth a listen! He was also on the SiriusXM show Geektime again which replays on Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 5pm, and Monday at 7am (Eastern) and can be listed to online via SiriusXM’s free trial.

Update: Also added the Geektime interview.

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Ron and Fez (27 September 2012)
Wake Up With Taylor (28 September 2012)
Geektime! (28 September 2012)

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On ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and SiriusXM Radio on Thursday

Damian Lewis made guest appearances on SiriusXM Radio’s The Covino and Rich Show and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. Click below for pictures including hi-res stills from Jimmy Fallon.

Update: Click here at the media archive to download the radio interview.

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The Covino and Rich Show (27 September 2012)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Stills (27 September 2012)

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BBC Radio 4 Front Row Interview

Damian Lewis’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row broadcast on Tuesday. Click here at the BBC website to listen to it online. For an mp3 download, click here at the media archive. Read excerpts from the interview in the BBC article below.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Front Row, the British actor said he was aware of the risk when he first began acting and never revealed the detail.

“It was really to avoid any typecasting in a floppy-fringed, public schoolboy kind of way,” he said.

By not looking the stereotypical part, Lewis went on, he had a greater variety of roles open to him.

“My experience of boarding school was that I wasn’t the handsome Rupert Everett type,” the 41-year-old said. “I was the slightly too red and pale, funny one.”

Once he had played a range of roles and felt confident to talk about attending Eton, the actor found “it was the first line of every print interview” he did.

“I thought, ‘There you go, I’m vindicated,’ and there was every reason not to talk about it,” he said.

His comments come after Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch complained he was fed up with being attacked over his private school education.

In contrast, Lewis said, he had generally not experienced much “posh-bashing”.

“It’s probably partly to do with the success I’ve had in America that people don’t identify me too strongly with it in its context,” he said.

“When they want to they will, and when they don’t need to they don’t, so I don’t mind too much.”

Lewis will soon be seen in a film version of The Sweeney, alongside Ray Winstone and Ben “Plan B” Drew.

The full interview can be heard of Radio 4’s Front Row on Tuesday at 19:15 BST.

Source: BBC News