Lydia West and Geoff McGivern star in a brand new Radio 4 adaptation of the classic WWII romantic-fantasy film 'A Matter of Life and Death'.
The first episode of the new audio drama is out today, Saturday 14th October, with the concluding part out next Saturday, 21st October.
It tells the story of Peter, a World War II bomber pilot who survives a plane crash, when he should have died. When the heavenly authorities realise their error they intervene, telling him to accept his death and cross over to the afterlife. Lydia West stars in the audio drama as June, a radio operator who Peter meets when he wakes up after the crash and falls in love with, prompting him to appeal the decision that he must die.
Geoff McGivern plays neurologist Dr Frank Reeves who diagnoses him with a brain injury, but who is then killed in a motorbike crash, allowing him to act as counsel for Peter in the celestial court.
The original film was released in 1946 and starred David Niven alongside Kim Hunter as June and Roger Livesey as Dr Reeves. It remains one of the classic World War II movies of all time.