The art of doing nothing, with music by Hoagy Carmichael, Debussy and The Kinks and words by Keats, Jerome K. Jerome and Tennyson read by Claudie Blakley and Tony Haygarth.
The weekly sequence of music, poetry and prose celebrates the art of doing nothing much at all. Claudie Blakley and Tony Haygarth rise from their couches to explore the idle thoughts of Keats, Jerome K. Jerome, Tennyson, Kenneth Grahame and Michel de Montaigne among others, and there is music from the likes of Debussy, Hoagy Carmichael, Vivaldi, Delius and The Kinks. Tune in if you can be bothered...
First broadcast in April 2011.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Silas Weir Mitchell
Idleness, reader Claudie Blakley
Michel de Montaigne
On Idleness, from ‘Essays’ (excerpt), reader Tony Haygarth
Jerome K. Jerome
The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (excerpt), reader Tony Haygarth
Summer from ‘The Seasons’ (excerpt), reader Tony Haygarth
Plato, translator Robert Bridges
Country Music, reader Claudie Blakley
Ode on Indolence, reader Tony Haygarth
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Lotos-Eaters (excerpt), reader Claudie Blakley
Robert Fuller Murray
Indolence, reader Claudie Blakley
The Wind in the Willows (excerpt), reader Claudie Blakley
Sloth from ‘The Speeches of Sloth and Virtue’, reader Claudie Blakley
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The Ant and the Grasshopper, reader Tony Haygarth
Robert William Service
Laziness, reader Tony Haygarth