Movie Matinees

Back to the book to find the passages from literature that inspired iconic movie moments.

Gone With The Wind

Scarlett and Melanie are paid a visit by looting Yankee soldiers.

Writer: Margaret Mitchell
Reader: Megan Dodds

Ice Cold

‘They served it ice cold in Alex.’ And it’s the prospect of an ice cold beer at the end of the journey that keeps Captain George Anson and his team just this side of sanity through the insane desert heat.

Writer: Christopher Landon
Reader: Ben Miles

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A cyclone sets Dorothy and Toto gently down in the land of the Munchkins, an awfully long way, as the girl said, from Kansas.

Writer: Frank Baum
Reader: Lorelei King


It’s the morning after the ball and the young Mrs de Winter is determined to confront Mrs Danvers and find out why the housekeeper hates her so.

Writer: Daphne du Maurier
Reader: Emma Fielding


In the seclusion of the Cretan countryside, Zorba dances for the sheer joy of living.

Writer: Nikos Kazantzakis
Reader: Alex Jennings

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 15th-19th May 2006 at 15:50 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Sound Engineer: Perry Andrews
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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