Photo: Mary from the Kelham Rood: a life-size bronze sculpture of Christ on the Cross together with figures of St John and the Virgin Mary by Charles Jagger (1885-1934) in the church of St John the Divine, Kennington, London
John Bunyan also wrote a well-known hymn on the subject of pilgrimage and, as it doesn't feature in the dramatisation (but is obviously a close relative), here it is together with assorted illustrations from various period editions of his famous book...
It would be nice if the BBC thought to tell a writer that one of their vintage works was getting an airing on Radio 4 Extra, but, then, they probably think I'm dead!
Anyway, courtesy of a pal (thanks for the heads-up, Michael!), I now know that my three-part dramatisation of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress is being re-broadcast starting this morning at 10:00 am.
Bunyan's allegory on the journey of life is framed with the story of the author's trials and periods of imprisonment for 'holding unlawful religious assemblies' that began in 1660 and lasted for twelve years. During that time, Bunyan (incarcerated in Bedford Gaol) penned his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, from This World to That Which is to Come.
Anton Rodgers plays John Bunyan, Neil Dudgeon is Christian and the starry supporting cast includes Anna Massey, Alec McCowan, Don Warrington, Anna Massey, Peter Bowles and Derek Waring.
You'll find programme details here and following each day's broadcast the episodes can be listened to again, on-line, via iPlayer for the next seven days.
It's difficult to believe, but 75 years ago this week, Walt Disney's first feature-length animatedfilm, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs began enchanting and (in the case of the Wicked Queen and her alter ego the witchy old Hag) terrifying British kids when the film went on General Release in the United Kingdom.
I will be celebrating Miss White's anniversary (shared, naturally, with Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey) by presenting an illustrated talk at London's Cinema Museum this coming Tuesday, 12 March.
As well as extracts from the film, I will be showing sequences that never made it into the beloved classic, as well as several related short films including, from WWII, the Seven Dwarfs helping to sell war bonds and instructing people how to prevent the spread of malaria!
Somebody recently made a favourite of this photo from myflicker photostream. Following a two-day storm on the Canaveral Coast of Florida in 1999, the wind
and rain suddenly abated and I got up at dawn to watch the sun rise
over the sea.
Sitting on the deserted but still
rain-sodden sand, I was rewarded by the company of this lone heron
engaged on an early morning fishing expedition: a beautiful encounter
that I will never forget...