Radio: Script by Euripides

British radio, like a British weekend, is casual, slow-paced and elastic. If the script calls for a minute of silence or three hours of steady bagpiping, the BBC's Third Program* (TIME, Nov. 4) is only too happy to oblige. British broadcasters and British listeners have no horror of dead air or of overtime. In the U.S., such dawdling is unthinkable: a production is adaptable to radio only if it can be hustled through on an hour, a half-hour or a 15-minute schedule, with carefully timed pauses for the sponsor's plugs.

Last week Manhattan listeners got an earful of the Made-in-Britain type of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!