Tracy Ann Oberman Rock & Doris & Elizabeth

(1 stars; 1 reviews)

Rock and Doris and Elizabeth On the 15th July 1985, Rock Hudson appeared at a press call on the first day of filming for the TV show Doris Day's Best Friends as a favour to his old friend. His ravaged appearance shocked the world. At the same time another old friend, Elizabeth Taylor, was beginning a crusade to raise awareness of the little-understood AIDS. Tracy Ann Oberman's play is inspired by these events, imagining how they might have played out and exploring the relationships between Hollywood icons - the professional virgin, the all American man and the woman condemned as an "erotic vagrant" by the Pope. It marks the end of one Hollywood era and the start of another, presenting a vivid snapshot of stardom and sexuality, love and loss. Rock Hudson: Jonathan Hyde Doris Day: Frances Barber Elizabeth Taylor: Tracy-Ann Oberman Terry Melcher: James Lance Reporter: Jonathan Hart Writer: Tracy-Ann Oberman Script Editor: David Spicer Produced by Liz Anstee A CPL production for BBC Radio 4 Drama First broadcast:  Tue 16th Oct 2012 14:15 on BBC Radio 4 FM

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


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Terrible imitation of Doris Day sinks this

(1 stars)

pretty sleazy look at the sadder side of Hollywood. Day was an Ohio native, but Frances Barber apparently thought she was from New Jersey by way of the Bronx. Even as an older lady, Day's speaking voice was still soft and appealing, not this harsh noise. Barber (and Obermann) also makes her sound mindless, when most folks know her as quick on her feet. She was a sensitive lady who'd been viciously treated by her dirtbag ex-husband. Obermann's cheap shots at Christianity are also offensive, apparently the chosen one's métier.

A time it was,

(0 stars)

and what a time it was, it was