3. Scandal with Twist of Lime
Adam Roche presents the story of the life and radio times of prolific, and notorious, producer Harry Alan Towers.
Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over a hundred cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’, starring Orson Welles.
From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, ‘The Lives of Harry Towers’ is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotter’s radio career.
In this concluding episode, Adam is joined by radio historian Professor Sean Street, biographer Ian Dickerson and researcher Brooke Darnell.
* Extract of ‘London Playhouse: This Happy Breed’
* ‘The Lives of Harry Lime: Suzie’s Cue’
Producer: Dominic Delargy
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019.
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