Book club episode no. 5: The Quiet Gentleman

In this week’s book club episode on The Quiet Gentleman, we try and convert ‘corporate misfit’, competitive power lifter and comedian, Dom Patmore, as well as Sara-Mae’s cousin Talitha, who is also a digital strategy mogul and yoga teacher. But will they fall for the charms of this romantic Regency thriller?

Also this week, we find Georgette having the difficult task of breaking off her relationship with long-time father figure and agent, LP Moore…



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Movie magic: An interview with Andy Paterson and Peter Buckman about Heyer

This week we chat to film producer Andy Paterson and agent for Georgette Heyer’s estate Peter Buckman, as we try to unravel the mystery of why Heyer’s books haven’t been adapted for the screen. Andy, who has produced such luminous hits as Girl With A Pearl Earring and The Railwayman, chats to us about his latest project, and Peter Buckman elaborates on the more frustrating elements of metamorphosing a book into celluloid…


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Agent for Heyer Estate Puts Out Fantastic Audio Drama Version of The Grand Sophy…

Art by Cathy Tuson

In two weeks, we’ll be putting out episode 9, in which we chat to Peter Buckman, agent for the Estate of Georgette Heyer, whose books have sold over 30 million copies and continue to attract new generations of readers – not bad for a woman who died in 1974. She is best known for her Regency romances, and while these have been optioned for film and television many times, nothing has been made.

We’ll be chatting to both Peter and Andy Paterson, film producer, to answer the perennial question: why ever not?

It’s a fascinating episode, full of insights into the world of film, so do look out for it. Why not subscribe to the podcast now, so you won’t miss out?

Peter has been immensely helpful to us as we’ve gone on the journey of creating our podcast, Heyer Today, and was even inspired to create his own audio drama version of The Grand Sophy!

Peter says: “I got so fed up with [the fact that no dramatisations had been produced] that I decided to dramatize The Grand Sophy as a podcast (I was a full-time writer before I became an agent 16 years ago, and was responsible for an episode of “Inspector Morse” and a dramatization of “All Passion Spent”, both of which were nominated for BAFTAs).

“I enlisted the help of a professional podcast producer, Jane Markham of Podcats, and we cast six young actors, all members of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. None of them had read Georgette Heyer, but they revelled in her wit, high spirits, intrigue, and romance – all of which boded well, since our intention was to attract a new audience to her work. In the spring we recorded six episodes in a room at the Oxford Union, and the first two of these will be launched on August 19th, with the other four following at weekly intervals. They will be available on most podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, TuneIn, ITunes, and Google Podcasts.”

It’s a fabulous listen, so do hurry over to your nearest listening device and give yourself a treat.

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Our first audio drama accepted into prestigious Leipziger Hörspielsommer fest


Writer and senior producer, Sara-Mae, submitted our entry at the last minute.

“I thought, what the hell, it’s free,” she laughs. Originally a short story published in The Norwegian American (which is where this glorious illustration comes from), the audio fiction version has won through to the Leipziger Hörspielsommer audio drama fest in July.

The story is a black comic exploration of one woman’s psychosis…unless, that is, she’s the victim of gaslighting on a terrifying scale. Britt sees body parts everywhere in her house. She’s come to ignore it, but it’s really annoying when there’s no freezer space because of all the severed limbs. The question is, is she nuts, or is her husband an actual serial killer?

Finding voice actors to play the roles was a challenge at the last minute.

“I was just going to do all the lady parts myself, with my much put upon hubby Mike playing the terrifying/misunderstood ‘villain’ of the piece, Ando. Needless to say, he did a fantastic job…a little bit too good, actually…he managed to creep me out!”

One of the joys of the process was getting in touch with the immensely supportive audio drama community online.

“Suzy Buttress, the powerhouse behind the fab Casual Birder Podcast, suggested I try asking if anyone fancied doing the voices for some of the characters. Fiona Thraille (podcaster and writer extraordinaire) put up a notice for me on the FB page. Soon, I had two mega gifted voice actors Karin Heimdahl and Sarah Golding (of Madiva Podcast and about a million others). Karin’s reading of the vulnerable main character instantly appealed to me, and she managed to convey the confusion and repressed fear/anxiety of the character brilliantly.

“Sarah and I are, I feel, at the start of an audio drama odyssey – her audition was just SO great. She gave me about 4 different possible accents, added her own hilarious banter in between, and generally brought the (rather scary) therapist, Mrs Knutson, to life. I’m hoping to write something especially for her some time soon.”

You can hear ‘Finger in the Pie at the Leipziger Hörspielsommer audio drama fest on 13 July, 9pm, and the winning story will be announced on the evening of the 14 July.

Fingers (and pies) crossed we win!

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