Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Radio Times Editorial: "The Last Smoker"

My second editorial for the Radio Times "Radio Choice" page. Here's the blurb:
Afternoon Play: "The Last Smoker"
Friday 20th February
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Acclaimed, middle-aged novelist Haruki doesn't see why he should give up smoking to satisfy the PC brigade. But Yumi, a journalist and activist, whips up a frenzy of hatred towards Haruki because of his habit.

Draconian laws are unearthed and a vigilante mob incited to murderous action in today's Afternoon Play. Finally, the police themselves get involved, with the ultimate aim of stamping out smoking once and for all.

In the end, Haruki avoids execution for his smoking sins, only to be used for educational purposes and exhibited as an artefact from the "Tobacco Age" in a museum.

Based on the story by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Haruki is played by John Byrne and Yumi by Madeleine Worrall. The Last Smoker is set in Japan, translated by Andrew Driver and adapted by Julia Dover.

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