Gra­ham Greene: The Third Man

RA­DIO 4, 10.45PM

The Daily Telegraph - - Television & Radio -

Sa­muel West reads the novella, ge­n­e­sis of the great 1949 Carol Reed film, about a writer in win­try, post-war, bombed-out Vi­enna to see an old friend and school­boy hero, Harry Lime. He ar­rives in time for Lime’s fu­neral. The mil­i­tary po­lice­man who’s our nar­ra­tor, Colonel Call­away, buys him a drink, takes him to a ho­tel. Then the mys­tery of who is who and what is what starts evolv­ing. It’s grip­ping and, even if you’ve seen the movie, cre­ates its own world, char­ac­ters and at­mo­sphere. The adap­ta­tion is by Richard Hamil­ton.

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