The Price of Fear 1/22 (Cena strachu, 1973-1983)

Cyklus dramatizací hrůzostrašných příběhů. Roald Dahl (1), William Ingram (2, 4, 7, 8, 12, 15 – 21), Stanley Ellin (3), Robert Arthur (4), Richard Davies / Davis (5, 13), R. Chetwynd-Hayes (6), Barry Campbell (9), A. M. Burrage (9), Elizabeth Morgan (10), Rene Basilico (11), Bram Stoker (13), Maurice Travers (14), Charles Birkin (14), Jack Ritchie (15). Režie John Dyas.

Účinkují Vincent Price, Edward Woodward, Annette Crosby, Margaret Courtney, Sheila Grant, Henry Stamper, Shandor Ellis, Mervyn Johns, Michael Gwynne, Clive Swift, Avril Angers, Diana Bishop, Robin Brown, Gerhard Greene, Phyllis Schroeder, Kenneth J. Warren, Frederick Schraeker, John Sampson, Bonnie Harron, Kate Coleridge, Steve Plietus, Michael Deacon, Peter Cushing, Diana Olson, Steve Preston, Elizabeth Morgan, Douglas Blackwell, Alexander John, Peter Barkweth, Cyril Schaps, Joan Cooper, Christopher Bidmeade, Bruce Beebe, Amanda Marley, Bill Kerr, Coral Brown, John Grahame, Roger Snowdon, Michael Burlington, Morris Perry, Maurice Denham, Betty Humphrey-Wright, Peter Williams, Hugh Burton, Frances DeWolff, Vernon Joiner, William Slade, Freda Jackson, Richard Pearson, Claire Sutcliffe, Michael Siegel, Alan Rowe, Freddie Jones, Geoffrey Collins, Anne Jamieson, Michael Jayston, Daphne Heard , Sondra Clarke, Nigel Grahame.

Natočeno 1973 – 1983 (BBC World Service; BBC Radio 4; BBC 7).

Obsah: 1. William and Mary by Barry Campbell (based on the story by Roald Dahl). Premiéra 9. 4. 1973 – 2. Come As You Are by William Ingram. Premiéra 2. 7. 1973 – 3. Speciality of the House /Specialita šéfkuchaře/ (based on the story by Stanley Ellin). Premiéra 3. 7. 1973 – 4. The Man Who Hated Scenes by William Ingram (based on the story by Robert Arthur). Premiéra 29. 9. 1973 – 5. Guy Fawkes‘ Night by Richard Davies. Premiéra 17. 11. 1973 – 6. The Ninth Removal (based on the story by R. Chetwynd-Hayes). Premiéra 19. 11. 1973 – 7. Soul Music by William Ingram. Premiéra 1. 7. 1973 – 8. An Eye for An Eye by William Ingram. Premiéra 4. 7. 1975 – 9. The Waxwork by Barry Campbell (based on the story by A.M Burrage). Premiéra 18. 7. 1973 – 10. Lot 132 by Elizabeth Morgan. Premiéra 25. 7. 1973 – 11. Fish by Rene Basilico. Premiéra 8. 8. 1973 – 12. Blind Man’s Bluff by William Ingram. Premiéra 4. 8. 1975 – 13. Cat’s Cradle by Richard Davis (based on „The Squaw’“ by Bram Stoker). Premiéra 15. 9. 1973 – 14. Meeting in Athens by Maurice Travers (based on „So Cold, So Pale, So Fair“ by Charles Birkin). Prmeiéra 22. 9. 1973. – 15. Remains to be Seen by William Ingram (based on the story by Jack Ritchie). Premiéra 1. 9. 1973 – 16. The Family Album by William Ingram. Premiéra 8. 2. 1983. – 17. Not Wanted on Voyage by William Ingram. Premiéra 26. 4. 1983 – 18.  Goody Two Shoes by William Ingram. Premiéra 27. 4. 1983. – 19.To My Dear, Dear Saladin by William Ingram. Premiéra 27. 4. 1983. – 20. Out of the Mouths by William Ingram. Premiéra 11. 5. 1983. – 21. Is There Anybody There? by William Ingram. Premiéra 25. 5. 1983. – 22. Never Gamble With A Loser. Premiéra ??.

Lit.: anonym: The Price of Fear Radio Program. Background. In web The Digital Deli Too, b. d. (článek). – Cit.:  The Price of Fear will always be associated more with Vincent Price the famous American actor and host of the series, than its British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) production history. BBC’s World Service first broadcast the intial order of five The Price of Fear episodes in the Spring of 1973. The initial five episodes aired consecutively, Monday through Friday between July 2, 1973 and July 6, 1973, then again between December 17 and December 21 of the same year. The World Service broadcasts were so popular that the BBC ordered another five, which, combined with the previous five episodes, apparently aired weekly on both Tuesdays and Saturdays, from September 1, 1973 to November 6, 1973.

By 1974, the BBC’s Radio 4 had ordered another six installments of the series, now widely referred to as Season 2, which aired weekly from April 6, 1974 through May 11, 1974. Remember that the BBC, a state-owned broadcasting service traditionally prohibited any form of commercial messages or sponsorship. Any series that was extended or expanded was due only to listener support, letters and phone calls to the service. The series‘ that returned again and again over the BBC had only their listeners to thank for their longevity.

The BBC’s Radio 4 ordered another six installments in 1982, for a Season 3, which aired weekly from May 30, 1983 through July 4, 1983, bringing the entire canon to a theoretical twenty-two installments over ten years and three ostensible ‚seasons.‘ We say ostensible, since the intent and actual air dates and order for the 1973 broadcasts are still somewhat ambiguous.
The Price of Fear becomes a popular international favorite

Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC’s World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world’s finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period.

Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price’s imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it’s first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. The BBC’s proscription against commercial broadcast of its productions left only national or public broadcasting networks and stations capable of airing the compelling program.

The format varied only slightly over it’s various run extensions. It should be noted that in all extant recordings, the series is introduced as „The Price . . . of Fear“, intentionally underscoring both the connection with Vincent Price himself, as well as the clever Either the newsreader or Vincent Price, himself, would introduce the production, Price would provide a bit of personal exposition regarding the story to follow, and would segue into the script. At the end of the script, Price would wrap up the piece in the same first-person manner and various BBC newsreaders would announce the credits.

Vincent Price personalized every episode with either first-person asides or through the fictional artifice of portraying the story of the evening as having a personal connection to his past. Price, and the producers, recognized the almost universal connection between Price and the macabre dramas that preceded The Price of Fear. While it’s clear that the personal connection was contrived for the series, there was just enough of Vincent Price’s own multidisciplinary past included in each expository narrative to make each episode all the more personally compelling for the listener. It was a brilliant stroke to interweave Price’s own history of dramatic portrayals of the macabre in creating a more personal connection with the audience.

The BBC itself shows only sixteen programs available in its entire corporate catalog. All sixteen of the programs in the BBC World Service catalog are in wide circulation. Of the additional six programs broadcast, only four are in current circulation. The twenty circulating episodes of The Price of Fear were Golden Age of Radio revival at its finest, and the equal of any radio revivals that have aired since. (….)

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