BBC Radio celebrates Michael Frayn’s 80th

Michael Frayn. Photo: Scott Matthewman
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Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander have been cast in a BBC Radio adaptation of Michael Frayn’s book Skios, which will form part of a mini-season celebrating the writer in his 80th year.

Skios will be broadcast in January on BBC Radio 4, which will also air an adaptation of Frayn’s 1999 novel, Headlong. The season will be completed by a production of Frayn’s Copenhagen, to be transmitted on BBC Radio 3.

Skios, a 90-minute drama adapted by Archie Scottney for BBC Radio 4, will also star Janie Dee and Joanne Whalley. It is being produced byindependent production company Jarvis and Ayres, and directed by Martin Jarvis.

The company described the drama, which also features Lisa Dillon, Susan Sullivan and Jon Glover, as a story about “mislaid identities and academic absurdities on a sun-drenched Greek island”.

Jarvis said: “It was a joy to direct this international cast. There was much laughter in the studio and on location as we recorded Michael’s philosophic farce of mislaid identity and preposterous pretension.”

Casting for Copenhagen and Headlong has not yet been announced.