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Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege.


The book was read by David Tennant.

Part 1- January 26, 2004: In 1973, a 19-year-old art student with a head full of Kerouac, Hendrix and Vietnam discovers a new vocation.
Part 2 - January 27, 2004:
The rookie lighthouse keeper learns the ropes at his first light, Pladda.
Part 3 - January 28, 2004: The lighthouse keeper settles in, and a new and different crew arrives.

Stargazing Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper was broadcast as part of BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week series in January 2004. 

The one hour long excerpts were transmitted at 9:45 am. The novel was written by
Peter Hill, the story was adapted for radio by Laurence Wareing.

Part 4 - January 29, 2004: A new lighthouse offers the challenge of rat infestation, unpredictable weather and a fog horn.
Part 5 - January 30, 2004: Posted to the remote Hyskeir light in the Hebrides where he faces a Doctor Who fanatic and an invasion of birds.

Mr Wareing was kind enough to provide the following information:

"I was working on the abridgement in mid to late December 2003, so I’m guessing the recording took place in the following January. I don’t know where, but probably it was in Glasgow. 

The commission came via BBC Scotland Radio Drama and the producer was Gaynor Macfarlane.

At that time, BBC Scotland was still located at Queen Margaret Drive in Glasgow (it has since moved) and it seems likely that Gaynor would have used a recording studio there.

At the time, David Tennant was still “up and coming” but I do remember Gaynor saying to me that she was excited to have got him for the recording, adding that “he can do anything”.  

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