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.
For those who may be interested in reviewing the work, you can download the first four episodes by clicking on this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qlw8l1746kuivik/AABTc-XFfqiY6YAZxJK4wRrpa?dl=0
More information can be found on www.thegrandsophy.co.uk.