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Olivier Award-winning writer Christopher Green has written a play about being a fan. He plays himself in the drama, called Like an Angel Passing through My Room. And, remarkably, so does Frida Lyngstad from Abba. The picture above shows the two of them in a Radio 4 studio recording the play and to mark what I am quite sure is a network first for Radio 4, I've pulled from the BBC archive a handful of lovely pictures of Frida and Abba from previous encounters with the BBC.

Like an Angel Passing through My Room is on Radio 4 at 1415 this afternoon. Listen to the play on the Radio 4 web site for seven days after transmission.

Abba on the Simon Bates show in 1977

Agnetha and Frida at the BBC in the 1970s

On Top of the Pops in 1976

Wearing Radio 1 T-shirts in the 1970s

Frida in an Abba television special filmed in Switzerland in 1979

With Lesley Judd on Blue Peter in 1978

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by pippamw

    on 26 Feb 2011 16:23

    I’ve never before felt compelled to write into the BBC but having gained so much from listening to Christopher Green’s play ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’ it seemed important to convey my heartfelt enthusiasm about it. For me it was joyful, life-affirming, amusing, original, generous, poignant, wry, moving, touching, honest, resonant, insightful and hopeful. I gained more from some of the messages conveyed in this 45 minute play than I have from many expensive hours of therapy or self-help books – seriously. The experience of listening to Christopher’s play was for me life-changing – as well as entertaining me and making me smile I was gently startled into learning some really important lessons about myself, yet I didn’t feel the slightest hint of heavy-handed preaching from him. Many thanks Christopher Green and Radio 4 – more like this please!

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by andrwedwardnorris

    on 26 Feb 2011 16:01

    Thank you BBC for broadcasting this truly magical play. Not since Spoonface Steinberg have I been so moved and had my attention captivated in such a way. Christopher Green's beautiful touching story was so personal yet one in which everyone could identify with, sad, touching and ultimately a feeling of having come through an experience all the more wiser. His story embraced us all and his narration was perfectly delivered. Please can we have more of this writer's work he clearly has a rare sensitivity and an extraordinary skill with his craft. Thanks again BBC and to you, Christopher Green.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Cherry

    on 25 Feb 2011 10:52

    Thank you to Christopher Green for a truly wonderful and inspiring afternoon play. Poignant, uplifting, inspiring, funny, sad - I could just go on and on, he must be a really brilliant writer. Really touching insights into life and friendship. Lets have much much more of Christopher Green please (meanwhile I'm off to self-medicate with music)!

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by andyng

    on 22 Feb 2011 12:43

    I finally listened to this piece on iPlayer last night. Magnificent. So much of what Christopher said struck a chord with me - although my personal love is of the (arguably) more traditional Agnetha variety.

    But the themes remain the same - the Melancholy Belt, the knowledge of inane trivia, the weaving of Abba into childhood escapades. Am I one of those Abba obsessives Christopher talked about? Maybe.

    But his love for both Frida and Ben was palpable throughout, and, trite as it may sound, I couldn't help but feel Christopher has been fortunate to have two such loves, however painful the parting from each of them undoubtedly was.

    I was not familiar with Christopher before hearing this piece, but will be sure to explore more of his work now. He is clearly a man of much wisdom, and great sensitivity.

    And, while I understand the ending of a chapter metaphor, I do hope that Frida's magnificent music will, at some point, make it back off the shelf and onto his iPod, for a time when he can enjoy it for the beauty it holds.

    Thank you to Christopher and to Radio 4 for a fine and resonant piece of radio.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Bet

    on 20 Feb 2011 15:57

    I enjoyed listening to this piece so much on iplayer that I have listened again today. I was soothed by Christopher's voice and his wisdom and new found self-awareness struck a chord with me. I also want to hear more of the early Anna-Frid solo work. I constantly drew parrellels with my own situation. I have never stopped talking about an old teacher to whomever would listen (I am told) and, having gone through a bad time last year, now have the good fortune to be able to see him regularly and leave the old obsession behind. Thank you Christopher and Anna-Frid.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by richard stevens

    on 19 Feb 2011 18:36

    Magical and beguiling but what touched me most was the resonance in the few obsessions within my life and their connections with abba and Frida. Thanks Christopher for sharing such a personal insight in such a public arena Richard S

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by richard stevens

    on 19 Feb 2011 18:27

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Graeme

    on 19 Feb 2011 07:22

    This is just wonderful. Frida has been my role model for almost my entire life, and I know many others have been inspired by her, and it's a joy to read and hear about other fans' personal stories.

    Thank you for an intimate glimpse into your passion, Christopher. You love her as I do. I simply cannot imagine my life without Frida's golden voice lighting my way through the darkness, and I am now going to surround myself once more with The Visitors, Frida Ensam, Anni-Frid Lyngstad -- 1967-72, the "Frida" album, Djupa andetag, and the Something's Going On albums now as I close my eyes, let the healed parts of me disperse into space, and remember all that Frida has taught us throughout our own painful and sometimes jubilant odyseyys. Love to all devoted Frida fans, ABBA fans who love her too, and most especially to Christopher for bringing us this beautiful play which served as a postscript to my own long love affair with the singer I adore above all others, and most especially to a voice that should win a humanitarian award for healing and comforting so many hearts aross the globe.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by liquidlandscapes

    on 18 Feb 2011 19:01

    I am an avid r 4 fan but I thought this was the pits.embarrassingly boring + vacuous with a voice to match. I look forward so much to the afternoon play and all I could think all the way through was Oh my God how dreadful is this. am I really tuned into radio 4?

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Janet

    on 18 Feb 2011 10:48

    What I especially loved about An Angel Passing Through my Room was Christopher's voice and the whole way he presented his story. It was really moving. It's especially fitting, as it was Frida's voice that appealed to him in the first place.

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