Jeremy Irons to Read The Psalms on BBC Radio 4

From the BBC Media Centre

Across the next 12 months the BBC will shine a light on faith, belief and values in modern Britain. On BBC Radio 4 at Easter, Jeremy Irons will read The Psalms.

At a time when society is more diverse, more complex and more divided than ever before, the Year of Beliefs will explore the multiple expressions of faith and belief in Britain, and look at how our ethics and values shape our everyday life and personal choices.

The Year of Beliefs 2019 will bring Religion and Ethics programming to as wide an audience as possible, airing ambitious landmark series with privileged access, powerful documentaries highlighting big moral questions, spiritual journeys of self-discovery and thought-provoking discussions and debates.

Jeremy was spotted outside the BBC studios on Monday 28 January. All photos by Ian Lawrence:

Jeremy Irons on Gardeners’ Question Time

Jeremy Irons was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, which aired on Friday 16 June 2017.  Jeremy’s interview, from his garden at his home in Oxfordshire, is part of the episode entitled Scottish Borders.

Click on the player below to listen to the entire episode.  Jeremy’s portion begins at 14:00 into the broadcast and ends at 22:00.

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This is the red kite which accidentally drowned in Jeremy’s pond and which has been hanging in his vegetable garden – as a deterrent to other red kites – and drying out, in order that the skull may be saved for a friend to use for a  sculpture.

Jeremy Irons to Read T.S. Eliot on New Year’s Day

Jeremy Irons returns to Radio 4 after the success of last year’s T. S. Eliot readings on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Day 2017, he will read from the complete collected English-language poems of T. S. Eliot over five periods throughout the day.

The full schedule has now been released for the readings on BBC Radio 4 by Jeremy Irons from the complete canon of TS Eliot, across 1st January 2017.

The timings of the five broadcasts are:

09.00 Prufrock and Other Observations

13.30 Poems 1920

14.00 The Waste Land

17.00 The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and the Ariel poems

19.15 Four Quartets

Shortly after the live broadcasts, the readings will be available on the BBC iPlayer

 

Each section will be presented by Martha Kearney and a special guest. They will explore the excitement and the achievement of Eliot’s language – from the early work including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, through poems like Ash Wednesday and Journey of the Magi, and will celebrate works that transformed the literary landscape such as The Waste Land and Four Quartets. The acclaimed novelist Jeanette Winterson will be one of the guests joining Martha for this celebration of the enduring power of Eliot’s writing.

 

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Reader: Jeremy Irons
Presenter: Martha Kearney
Producer: Faith Lawrence for the BBC

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Jeremy Irons Reads TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ BBC Radio 4

Complete audio of The Waste Land, read by Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins…

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Friday 30 March 2012

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. (GMT) on BBC Radio 4

Radio Times review by: Laurence Joyce

Thank heavens for Ezra Pound! Without his artistic intervention TS Eliot’s modernist poetic masterpiece would have been called He Do the Police in Different Voices instead of The Waste Land. This we learn in the introductory contributions from the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Jackie Kay, Matthew Hollis and Sean O’Brien that set Eliot’s complex and multi-layered work in its literary and historical context.

But it is the reading of the text itself by Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins that is most enlightening for anyone who has ever struggled to catch Eliot’s drift. Their measured delivery, never overdone, captures the poem’s bleak emotional landscape, breathing life into its panoramic sweep and mundane detail, with Atkins chillingly perfect in Death by Water.

 

About this programme

Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons read the poem by TS Eliot, featuring an introduction by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Jackie Kay, Matthew Hollis and Sean O’Brien. The author’s seminal work is arguably one of the most influential of the 20th century, and is split into five parts – The Burial of the Dead, A Game of Chess, The Fire Sermon, Death by Water and What the Thunder Said.

Cast and crew

Cast

Reader
Eileen Atkins
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Jeremy Irons
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Rowan Williams
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Jackie Kay
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Matthew Hollis
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Sean O’Brien

Crew

Producer
Susan Roberts
Writer
TS Eliot

 

 

Jeremy Irons on ‘Desert Island Discs’

Jeremy’s second appearance on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” from Sunday 5 February 2006 is now available on iTunes for FREE!

Click on the image below to download on iTunes:

[The iTunes version just plays clips of the songs Jeremy has chosen, due to licensing issues. That is the reason that the iTunes broadcast is slightly shorter than the version on the BBC website. The interview portion with Jeremy is unedited.]

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Introduction from the BBC website:

Sue Lawley’s castaway this week is the actor Jeremy Irons.

He made his name playing Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and became known for his quintessentially English roles. It was an image he later sought to discard and he certainly did so in the film Lolita, where his portrayal of Humbert Humbert reopened the controversy about the desires of a middle-aged man for a 14-year old girl. In the film The Mission he played a gentle Jesuit missionary and went on to act as his own stuntman, climbing a perilous waterfall. It was his performance in Reversal of Fortune that won him an Oscar for Best Actor as the real-life character Claus Von Bulow, accused and acquitted of the attempted murder of his wife. Later this month, he returns to the West End stage after almost 20 years to star in the play Embers, a story of friendship and betrayal.

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The full, unedited version of Jeremy’s “Desert Island Discs” episode is also available to listen to or to download to keep from the BBC 4 Website.  There you can also read the details of his first appearance on “Desert Island Discs” on Sunday 2 November 1986, but it is not available to listen to.

Jeremy’s song choices:

Favourite track: “One step at a Time” by Clifton Chenier
Book: Ashley Books of Knots by Clifford Ashley

 

Luxury: Rizla liquorice papers

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Sinead Cusack’s appearance from Sunday 15 December 2002 on “Desert Island Discs” is also available through iTunes and the BBC website.  Her first appearance, from Saturday 28 May 1983 is also detailed on the BBC website, but is not available to listen to.