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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Reaches New Heights In Tintin Dramatisation, 13 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Four Further Adventures of Tintin: "Seven Crystal Balls", "Prisoner of the Sun", "Calculus Affair", "Red Sea Sharks" (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio Cassette)
In this collection are: The Seven Cristal Balls, Prisoners Of The Sun, The Calculus Affair, and The Red Sea Sharks. Oh woe. To think that I was so smitten by the original 'Six Adventures of Tintin' on audiotape. OK, the first series was good. But this second series is an order of magnitude better. The actors are mostly the same, though Lionel Jeffries now plays Haddock instead of Leo McKern. What has changed is the dramatisation: series one stuck stolidly to the text of the books; series two keeps much of the text but embellishes this to great comic effect time and again. For instance, the Thomson twins were played straight the first time; now they are camped up by the same actor until they are something like a music hall turn. The Eastern European baddies are endowed with a comic malevolence they never had before: in one story you relish how one baddy is called Stefan (pronounced Shhtayy-ffannn, taking about 3 seconds), but roar with laughter when you realise the two of them are each called Stefan. Or consider the Swiss taxi driver forced off the road by more baddies, and who the whole time is ranting on about how great a singer Castafiore is, even while crashing into the river, and who when he is rescued can only exhalt: 'With Castafiore, the best is still to come!'. Or the running gag of how Haddock and Tintin both hate Bianca's singing so much they'd rather fall into the hands of the enemy - 'Quick, back down the gangplank!'. How Snowy starts howling at a Castafiore concert, prompting a member of the audience to shout 'Will somebody shut that dog up', only for Haddock to bellow back 'That is no way to talk about a lady, Sir' - that was not in the book. Or the running gag in the Calculus Affair built on the salute to Kurvi Tasch (Hamaih), which is milked for all it is worth until cold war dictators must be turning in their graves - even when shouting oaths in moments of dire emergency, the baddies have to follow the routine: 'By the whiskers of Kurvi Tasch - Hamaih! Hamaih! - sound the maximum alerts!'. Even lugubrious Nestor the butler chips in: 'And then their was light', he says in an aside after turning a light back on, that I only caught after listening about 25 times. I could go on, but what's the point? The whole tape is a gem. General Alcazar would doubtless award it the Order Of San Theodoros. Hats off to every last actor and actress in this production, and wild cheers for the dramatist, Simon Eastwood. More please, Beeb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening fun for Tintin fans young and old, 15 July 2009
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This review is from: Four Further Adventures of Tintin: "Seven Crystal Balls", "Prisoner of the Sun", "Calculus Affair", "Red Sea Sharks" (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio Cassette)
My 11- and 8-year old kids and I have enjoyed these audio presentations from the BBC - the radio actors really bring to life all the animated characters Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Prof. Calculus, the Thompson/Thomson twins, etc. It will be great when these are available on CD, but thankfully we still have cassette players around.
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