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Another exciting new radio project!

Damien is to star in BBC Radio 4 drama 'Judas'

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The five-part drama by Lucy Gannon will be broadcast across the five days leading up to Easter

10.45 am (UK time)  26 - 30 March

"this powerful drama traces the days leading up to Jesus's death, from the perspective of the young man you never hear from: Judas."

 

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Episode Guide

JUDAS | BBC RADIO 4
26 – 30 March 2018

 

 

Episode 1
10.45 – 11 am & 7:45 – 8 pm
26 March 2018

This powerful drama traces the days leading up to Jesus’s death, from the perspective of the young man you never hear from: Judas.

Multi award winning writer Lucy Gannon gives us a very personal take on these tempestuous days.

Judas of Kerioth followed Jesus all through His ministry, hearing revolutionary and inspiring teaching, seeing miracles, and part of an intimate team. Like the other apostles, he gave up everything to follow this simple teacher, and yet, with the kiss of friendship, he betrayed the man he loved and who loved him.

It’s poetic, and punchy, and grabs you by the heart. Judas, always an outsider, struggles to weigh his love for his brothers against growing rage and resentments, and ultimately – of course – loses everything.

Episode 2
11.45 – 11 am 27 March 2018

Judas, always an outsider, struggles to weigh his love for his Master against growing impatience and doubts.
While Jesus preaches submission, Judas longs to rise up and overthrow Rome

Episode 3
10.41 – 10.56 am 28 March 2018

A fierce young rebel desperate to overthrow Rome, Judas begins to doubt his Master’s teaching,
and an idea begins to take hold of him, to raise money for the cause. At least, that’s what he tells himself.

Episode 4
10.45 – 11 am 29 March 2018

Judas’s doubts overwhelm him. As his resentments tip the balance to action, events take on a pace of their own
– one which he can’t seem to alter.

Episode 5
10.45 – 11 am 30 March 2018

As Judas awakes to his devastating betrayal of his Master, the consequences are more catastrophic
than he could have imagined.

 
 

Cast and Production

Judas – Damien Molony
Jesus – Jimmy Akingbola
John – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Peter – Clive Hayward
Mary – Abbie Andrews
Priest / Caiaphas- Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Man / Pilate – Rupert Holliday-Evans

Writer – Lucy Gannon
Director – Allegra McIlroy
Sound design – Wilfredo Acosta

 

 


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This sounds so interesting! I love that Damien chooses such interesting roles and I'm really looking forward to hearing this drama.

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Looking forward to listening, shame that each episode is so short. However, if it's anything like the usual "15 minute theatre" type of thing, it'll really play a punch - and with any luck be on every Easter for years to come.

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Extremely excited for this - what a role to play. I am intrigued to hear how Lucy Gannon tells this story.

And only 5 days away until a daily Damo fix for five whole days! (and we have a new forum countdown!)



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We now have an episode guide for Judas, which has been added to the top post, along with fuller cast and production credits.

Each episode airs on BBC Radio 4 twice a day from Monday, in the morning and the evening - 10.45 - 11 am  and 7.45 - 8pm (apart from ep 3, which airs at 10.41 am). Good news as it gives more people a chance to listen, even though it will also be on catchup.

Just a reminder: as with all Damien's radio projects, Judas will be available to listen live and on demand WORLDWIDE on the BBC radio iplayer.

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We sure do Sana!

Damien is back on the radio in JUST 2 DAYS!
In case you missed it, each episode is broadcast twice a day and is available to listen worldwide. Who is tuning in? radiolisten



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Judas will also be broadcast as an Omnibus on BBC Radio 4 Extra, 1pm Saturday 31 March!

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Ooh, the 15 minute drama page has had a fiery update!

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oh, the new update is a bit more spectacular.
I think that's a really interesting topic and I definitely want to listen to it. Although I'm still considering hearing it at the end of the week in one piece.



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WOOHOO!

What a week this is going to be!

Damien is on the radio EVERY DAY in 'JUDAS'!

Monday - Friday 10.45 + 7.45 pm on BBC RADIO 4

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Listen live and on demand worldwide!

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(Check the times in your timezone here)

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Who will be tuning in? 



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Interesting start and not what I expected at all! Looking forward to a re-listen this evening ...

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I'm totally enthralled, really looking forward to the remaining episodes.
I love that Damien is definitely the main character/narrator and that it's not the usual casted drama. There is just enough interaction from the others to make it different.
Damien has a voice that is perfect for radio - it is distinctive, expressive and clear.
I will admit to shedding a tear when the leper was cured.
This has a good time slot in the morning, too, coming at the end of Women's Hour. Now it just needs to translate into the Beeb giving him a starring role in a really good tv drama.
I do hope that someone puts this on YouTube so I can hear it anytime I want to, selfish of me I know.
Is it weird that I always listen to plays on the radio with my eyes closed?

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Awesome that you were able to listen to the first instalment Ellie, loved reading your thoughts, enthralled is a great thing to be and it was the same for me. And no - it's not weird you listen with your eyes closed, more immersive, more space for the imagination to participate in creating a visual for the drama if that is what it is given to do... in a way that is different for all of us and one of the many beautiful things about radio drama. I listen with headphones and had a great visual of the streets and costumes in this episode.

In the synopsis, Judas is described as punch and poetic and this is certainly how I experienced the first episode. I wasn't expecting Judas to be so openly cynical in his narrative at the beginning, his honesty is captivating. In the last perhaps minute the language becomes utterly poetic and for me emotional, when Judas describes, despite himself and his inner struggle, his reaction to Jesus's words. And of course, Damien's delivery of the language in the drama is what carries that magnetic intensity.

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'Judas' is The Telegraph's 'Radio Choice' for today!

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Episode two thoughts: - 

Such rage! such anguish! Damien conveys this pain in such a visceral way, with just voice performance, wow. It is galvanising. And it is moving.

Could Judas be Damien's ultimate conflicted character?

Lucy Gannon's writing is wonderful, and love how Judas is having a conversation with us, the audience...

 



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Yes, I'm really enjoying this. Damien is excellent, his range of emotions displayed only vocally exceptional. Today the loaves and the fishes - and I totally agree with Judas they could have sold the excess and not be dependent on the charity of others. Ditto the anointing of Jesus' feet with the expensive perfume.
I've always found Judas interesting. Free will or predestination? One (of two) of those things that can be argued over for a very long time. I'm inclined towards the predestination side, by the way.
My class in junior school was told by our parish priest (a Rev Bernard Stronge, a lovely Irish priest from Galway) that it was possible that there was actually no-one in hell. When we asked him "What about Hitler, surely he's in hell?" he said that who went to heaven or hell was up to God and that forgiveness could be granted if someone truly repented even in the last fraction of a second before they died. So I've never really believed that Judas went to hell.
I'm listening to this every day, then on Good Friday I'm listening to the last episode in the morning then every episode one after the other after afternoon mass.

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Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts Ellie. Yes the loaves and fishes - I continue to be more struck by the conflict in Judas and the intensity, intimacy and emotion in that, the conversation with the audience and Judas sharing his own story as a more sympathetic (than history would have it) character, than the actual story per se.  And how Lucy Gannon truly is a remarkable writer (well we all know this anyway).

Looking forward to episode 3 today!

I hope everyone else is managing to listen, live or on catchup?

Just a reminder, today's morning episode is on at the slightly earlier time of 10.41, but the evening repeat is still 7.45 pm. ( Check the times in your timezone here )



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Interesting interview with 'Judas' writer Lucy Gannon.

Her comment about not judging Judas is exactly how I feel while listening!

Lucy's Easter Drama to be aired on BBC Radio



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So, of course I could not wait and heard yesterday Part 1 and 2.  biggrin

 

Wow, it's not what I expected with me either. I was not aware that Damien almost speaks alone. And I always have to say how fascinated I am by his voice. The story has captivated me very much and it actually has a very different view of things that came across very vividly to me, because Damien makes it so convincing and moving. 

I will definitely listen to the third part today.

And I also listen with my eyes closed, preferably on the sofa. I have to concentrate a bit more to understand everything. But luckily I can understand Damien well here.



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Of course not Sana! No one could be expected to resist the urge

Yes Damien carries the whole drama, like you I was not expecting it to be largely just him, what a treat!

It really is a spellbinding combination of performance and writing, held my breath through much of episode 3 this morning, and about to listen again to the repeat this evening.



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