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Modesty Blaise on BBC Radio!!! - The Bibliophile
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Modesty Blaise on BBC Radio!!!
I've just discovered that a BBC Radio 4 program called "15 Minute Drama" has dramatized some Modesty Blaise novels!!! All five episodes of "The Silver Mistress are available right now!!!

I consider Modesty one of the finest female fictional characters ever created; Peter O'Donnell hit upon the perfect personality balance when he dreamed her up. I discovered the novels when I was in college; they were fantastic reading (and still are) plus they were a very good influence on me in terms of learning how to regard and respect myself as a person who just happened to be female. (she may also have had a great deal to do with a then-boyfriend grumbling that I wasn't "jealous enough" but that's a whole other tale **grin**)

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zappo From: zappo Date: 24th February 2017 07:36 (UTC) (Other places)
Wow must listen to that! Bashful Incendiary!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 25th February 2017 00:07 (UTC) (Other places)
I listened to the whole thing last night ... excellent casting! Also found that there's an omnibus version with all five episodes combined into one (for those times when you're so eager to hear the next episode that you don't want to waste time having to click on it ***GRIN***)

Now I want to re-read my copy of "The Silver Mistress"

Re Bashful Incendiary: it's sad that so many Stross/Laundry fans had never heard of Modesty Blaise and had no idea that Bashful Incendiary and Johnny were a homage to her and Willie Garvin. How could such an amazing pair of characters be so unknown?
zappo From: zappo Date: 25th February 2017 09:02 (UTC) (Other places)
I think she's still a regular comic strip in some newspapers here in Sweden, along with The Phantom (aka Drago) and Moomin. Maybe she's more a European "thing! than American? Canadians count as honorary Europeans, of course! ;)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 25th February 2017 21:22 (UTC) (Other places)

Thank you for that honour!!!!! :-)

I've never seen any of those in any newspaper here; there were serial/realistically-drawn comic strips when I was a kid but newspapers here degenerated to mainly gag-a-day stuff with very little continuity or reader-memory-required long ago. There are still a few gems (I still remain addicted to "9 Chickweed Lane", "Non Sequitur", and "Ink Pen") but the main reader target is lowest-mental-denominator. ***sigh***

I only ever saw comic strip "Modesty Blaise" as an occasional illustration in histories of comic strips until Titan Books began publishing the entire run in book form (I believe there are only two or three more volumes to go and then I'll own 'em all!); comic strip histories are also the only reason I even know who the Phantom is.

"Moomin" is the only one of the three most Canadians would recognize (can't speak for which, if any, Americans would recognize) ... not because it's ever been published in our newspapers (to my knowledge) but because Drawn & Quarterly (a graphics pubisher based in Montréal) has gained the license to reprint everything Lars Jansson ever did and has been releasing individual books and huge compilation volumes at a rapid rate; those have been a reasonably large hit here. :-)
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