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Midnight's Children Radio/TV Program

Midnight's Children: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

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Publisher's Summary

Nikesh Patel stars as Saleem in BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of love, history and magic.

Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

But Saleem's story starts almost thirty years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. That pivotal moment in Kashmir in 1919 sparks a series of bizarre events that will lead to a cryptic prophecy and the birth of a boy with an extraordinary destiny. As a 'Midnight's Child', Saleem has magical powers, and can telepathically tune in to all the other gifted children whose birth coincided with India's division. However, his strange entanglement with the fate of India will have dramatic repercussions for both him and his country....

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon, this dazzling dramatisation of Rushdie's many-layered, magical realist masterpiece is both an enthralling family saga and a riveting history of post-colonialism. First broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, it features Nikesh Patel as Saleem, with a star cast including Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose and Narinder Samra.

Also included is an interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the author talks to radio drama director Emma Harding about his multi-award winning novel.

Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and was subsequently awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 and 'The Best of the Booker' prize in 2008.

©2017 Salman Rushdie (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Radio drama of the year." (Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph)

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    "Like listening to a play"

    Amazing voice acting brings the story alive, the writing really sets the feeling for each character, their experiences, success and mistakes really effect the listener..

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  • CAVALLO ELENA
    4/12/17
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    "Fantastic dramatization"

    I was so enthralled by the dramatization that I want to read the original book now! Thank you BBC for making it so unique, it was like watching a movie! Also, I very much appreciated the interview with the author at the end.

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  • Nigel
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    18/09/17
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    "Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC"

    BBC Radio 4 have dramatised Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Booker Prize winning novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India.

    A superbly crafted story which in the 13 minute interview at the end, we learn took Salman Rushdie 5 years to write.

    Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC, I really enjoyed it. 5*

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  • E. Harmer
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    4/12/17
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    "Really annoying constant background music"

    Would have been enjoyable but for the constant, annoying background music which made it difficult to hear the actors. Also way too much inane giggling from the actresses! This audible dramatisation threatens to ruin a good book- beware!

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  • Kindle Customer
    Milton Keynes
    12/11/17
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    "An enjoyable listen"

    I first heard this on Radio 4. Was very pleased when I found the audiobook.

    Thanks Audible.

    Definitely worth listening to more than once.

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  • Georgina
    6/11/17
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    "Brilliant work from the BBC"

    This is a great story, the narration, acting performances and sound effects took me on a real journey. I loved this adaptation.

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  • Anonymous
    1/11/17
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    "Fantastic "

    A chaotic and winding tale spanning 6 decades and 3 generations living through the partition of India. Mystic, smoldering and engaging throughout. A wonderful tale.

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