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Pastoral Unease and Bucolic Menace

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 September 2013

Matthew Sweet presents the first of a weekly series of programmes celebrating film music, and with the re-release of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man there's a heady mix about life in the British countryside in today's selection.

Friday 27th September sees the re-release of Robin Hardy's cult British film The Wicker Man. On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, Matthew Sweet looks back at the film's imaginative score - which Christopher Lee described as being some of the best music he's heard in a film - and takes it as a springboard to explore film music which evokes the uneasy and sometimes sinister side of British rural life, as portrayed in the music for the screen.

Featured scores include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from 1973 with music by Ron Goodwin; Witchfinder General from 1968 with music by Paul Ferris; James Bernard's music for the 1957 Hound of the Baskervilles; Erich Korngold's music for The Adventures of Robin Hood; Marc Wilkinson's score for Blood On Satan's Claw; Ilan Eshkeri's Stardust; Patrick Doyle's music for Brave; and music for the 2013 film A Field in England.

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  • This week's featured New Release

    The Wicker Man: The Final Cut
    A brand new restoration that brings director Robin Hardy's original, previously lost, version of the cult classic back to the big screen.



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