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...

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