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A Date With Dyall

Writer and actor Jonathan Rigby celebrates the life and career of Valentine Dyall, horror's original Man in Black.

In this spooktacular showcase for Halloween, writer and actor Jonathan Rigby unlocks the vaults of the BBC sound archives to explore Valentine Dyall's broadcasting career. He reveals the enduring appeal of Dyall's most memorable character the menacing and creepy raconteur 'The Man In Black' and along the way he lifts the lid on some classic radio horror moments.

* Radio Dyall
Jonathan Rigby profiles the radio work of Valentine Dyall with rare archive of Dyall in conversation.

* Here Come The Men In Black
Featuring new and exclusive interviews. Actor Edward de Souza, a reincarnation of The Man in Black in the 1980's radio series Fear On Four, talks for the first time about his interpretation of the character, and Mark Gatiss the role's latest denizen reveals his joy and enthusiasm for portraying radio's most sinister personality. With rare archive of Valentine Dyall.

* Appointment With Fear
A classic episode from the ground breaking radio horror series

* Jonathan Rigby's Vault of Horror
Jonathan Rigby is joined by writer Kim Newman and Josephine Botting from the British Film Institute to chart the history of 'The Man in Black', reveal some memorable radio horror stories and get their teeth into why this genre continues to have us shivering under the sheets.

* Fear on Four: The Monkey's Paw
A man makes wishes on a very unusual gift that's been cast with a sinister spell. Stars Oliver Maguire and Trudy Kelly.

* Appointment With Fear
Another classic episode from the ground breaking radio horror series

* Fear on Four: The Snowman Killing
The Man in Black introduces the snowy mystery of a mother fearing evil in her own home. Stars Edward de Souza and Imelda Staunton.

Producer: Stephen Garner
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

3 hours

Last on

Sat 22 Jul 2017 19:00