As well as being a talented stage, television and film actor, David Tennant is an award winning audio performer. The next few weeks offer up a number of opportunities to experience his prowess in this medium.
David has apparently been a mainstay of BBC Radio studios lately, giving us a wealth of audio drama to look forward to in the very near future. Happily, for overseas fans, theprogrammes are available via the BBC website or on iPlayer after broadcast so there is no need to miss out.
Last Thursday brought the broadcast of the much-anticipated Love Virtually, a dramatised adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer. David Tennant and Emilia Fox took the roles of Leo and Emmi in a production that received well-deserved praise from listeners and press alike. Love Virtually will remain available via BBC iPlayer until 3.02pm on Thursday 15th March. The novel is also highly recommended; check the publisher’s details here.
Next week comes the new radio play by Stephen Wakelam, Waiting For The Boatman, which airs in the BBC Radio Afternoon Drama slot at 2.15pm on Friday 16th March. David plays Mario Minniti, once apprentice to the great painter Caravaggio, who arrives in Naples in 1610 after receiving a message that the great artist has been attacked and has gone into hiding. Hearing disturbing news that Caravaggio may have died, he waits anxiously for the return of a boatman who can confirm the rumour. In the meantime he talks to various locals to try to build up a picture of what has happened to his former mentor over the last few days. Waiting For The Boatman also stars Anton Lesser and Joe Dempsie.
The week after we have the pleasure of David’s company at the end of the day as he takes over the BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime strand for two weeks. David will be reading the hotly antipicated new novel by Iain Banks, Stonemouth, starting from Monday 19th March at 10.45pm and continuing over ten episodes on weeknights until Friday 30th March. Stonemouth tells the story of Stewart Gilmour, returning to the Scottish estuary town from which he fled five years ago and facing danger from some unpleasant individuals from his past.
Looking a little further into the future, David Tennant has taken part in a pair of Shakespeare plays for BBC Radio 3. As part of the Cultural Olympiad on the BBC the station will be broadcasting Romeo And Juliet, in which David plays Prince Escalus, and Twelfth Night, in which he plays Malvolio. Broadcast details have not yet been given for either production, although April has been suggested by the recording studio.
In addition to his audio work for the BBC, David has also recorded an audiobook of the authorised sequel to Treasure Island. An abridged version of Silver: Return To Treasure Island will be released on the Essence imprint from WF Howes Publishers on 15th March 2012. An unabridged version will follow under the Whole Story imprint on 15th June. Both audiobooks are available for pre-order.