The NEWS...

NEW RADIO: THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING


Brian's latest radio dramatisation is an adaptation of T H White's fantasy classic, The Once and Future King...

The series of six one-hour plays are based on White's idiosyncratic retelling of the Arthurian legends that was also the inspiration for the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical, Camelot, and the Walt Disney animated film, The Sword in the Stone.

The dramatisation follows Arthur's story from his boyhood as an adopted orphan to his miraculous revelation as 'Rightwise King of All England', the creation of the Round Table and its eventual collapse in the ruins of forbidden love, hatred, deceit and revenge.

The Once and Future King stars David Warner as Merlyn...


...and Paul Ready as King Arthur with Lyndsey Marshal as Queen Guenever


You can discover more about the series and its cast here


COMING SOON!

Brian's new book The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Official Movie Guide will be published on 20 November in paperback and in a limited edition signed by the author...


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JUST PUBLISHED!

A new edition of Brian's book, Three Cheers for Pooh...



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OTHER RECENT BOOKS!

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Brian's third volume, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Official Movie Guide, will be published in November 2014.
The fascinating, fact-filled, behind-scenes story of the making of Aardman Animation's most ambitious feature-length film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (or for American readers, The Pirates! A Band of Misfits)
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THE HISTORY OF TITUS GROAN wins Award

Brian's six-part dramatisation of the 'Gormenghast' novels of Mervyn Peake, The History of Titus Groan received the Best Adaptation Award in the inaugural BBC Audio Awards.

The award was presented by David Tennant. at a ceremony in the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House on Sunday 29 January,2012.

The judges described this as "a brilliant piece of radio drama. It was a hugely ambitious undertaking to adapt the darkly comic, surreal and visual world of Mervyn Peake's novels for sound and this adaptation is faithful to both the spirit and the landscape of the originals.
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THE HISTORY OF TITUS GROAN available as a DOWNLOAD...


Followers of Brian's recent cycle of radio plays (for more details, see below), may care to know that the complete six-hour series can now be purchased and downloaded from AudibleGo
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Over six weeks, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Brian's dramatisation, The History of Titus Groan, based on Mervyn Peake's trio of novels Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone with elements of the recently published Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmore (see item below).

The cycle of radio plays began with 'Titus Arrives' in which Titus, the 77th Earl of Gormenghast is born to the royal house of Groan and the ruthlessly ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike, makes a bid for freedom. Here are Carl Prekopp (left), as Steerpike, Hugo Docking,
(right), as young Titus and Luke Treadaway, (centre), as the narrator Titus. The series concludes on Sunday 14 August (repeated Saturday 20 at 21:00) with 'Titus Alive', concluding Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone and an episode from Maeve Gilmore's Titus Awakes.
 Steerpike and Titus x Two
The plays featured a terrific cast including David Warner, Miranda Richardson, James Fleet, Adrian Scarborough, Paul Rhys, Mark Benton, William Gaunt, Tamsin Greig, Fenella Woolgar, Claudie Blakeley, Maureen Beattie and Gerard Murphy.

Here is Brian with members of the cast on the first day of recording...



The plays are now available for purchase on download.

The series' producer, Jeremy Mortimer, writes about project (with a sound clip of Brian talking about the production) on the BBC Radio 4 Blog.

Photos: Islay Bell-Webb and David Hunter


BBC Radio 4 broadcast a half-hour documentary, A Hundred Years of Mervyn Peake, exploring the life of the artist and writer and, in particular, his connection with the island of Sark and its fictional counterparts in Peake's illustrations to Treasure Island (left), The Hunting of the Snark, Swiss Family Robinson and other works.

The programme was presented by Mervyn's son, Sebastian Peake, and featured his brother and sister, Fabian and Clare as well as novelist, Joanne Harris and Gormenghast's dramatist, Brian Sibley.

You can listen to the programme again on BBC iPlayer

Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmore based on a fragment by Mervyn Peake from Vintage Books (Random House) with an introduction by Brian Sibley

Mervyn Peake's widow, the late Maeve Gilmore, wrote a conclusion to her husband's cycle of novels about Titus Groan. Lost for many years, the book is now finally published to coincide with Mervyn Peake's centenary.

DOWN THE RABBIT-HOLE...

Brian appears on the Blu-ray 60th Anniversary Edition release of Walt Disney's 1951 animated feature, Alice in Wonderland in a fascinating 76-minute picture-in-picture documentary, Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland.Also... Don't miss Brian's feature-length audio commentary on the Blu-ray release of Walt Disney's 1940 classic, Fantasia.


In the PAPERS...

Brian was featured on the cover of July 2013 issue of The Magic Circular, the magazine of The Magic Circle with a profile interview inside...


On the BOX...

Brian can also be seen on the extras to just-out 70th Anniversary DVD release, Pinocchio





At the MOVIES...

Brian is currently to be seen in a new documentary film, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story which examines the career and the strained sibling relationship between songwriting brothers, Richard M Sherman and Robert Sherman.

The Sherman Brothers wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose and provided songs for countless Disney movies - Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, Winnie-the-Pooh to name but a few - as well as many of the Disneyland attractions such as 'It's A Small World'.

On the WEB...

Read Brian's entry on Wikipedia




Read Brian on the BBC Today website talking about Mickey Mouse at 80



Several of Brian's photographs of Venice are now appearing on the website of his favourite hotel in the city, Hotel Ala

In addition to those on the Home Page, others will be found on the pages devoted to 'Location' and 'Reservation'.

Now, scroll down here to the Galleries to see even more photos of this incomparable city.


Brian's book of 50 Favourite Bible Stories (see below) is discussed on the Official Cliff Richard Website and the book gets a nice on-line review at The Good Bookstall



Read Brian's interview on Winnie-the-Pooh's iconic status on ICONS: A Portrait of England


Off the PRESS...

Out of print for several years, Brian's guide to J R R Tolkien's map-making will be republished on 28 May as The Road Goes Ever On and On: The map of Tolkien's Middle-earth.

The revised hardback edition will have new illustrations by John Howe as well as John's colour version of the map in a pocket at the back of the book.

On his web-site, the artist writes: "I did new black-and-white illustrations for the booklet, since I couldn't locate the ones I'd done for the first edition (they were pretty bad; had I located them, I might well have chucked them out and done new drawings anyway)."

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A new paperback edition of Phantastes, George MacDonald's 1858 novel of the fantastic is published at £7.99 by Paternoster with Arthur Hughes' original illustrations and an introduction and annotations by Nick Page. The book carries endorsements from C S Lewis, W H Auden, G K Chesterton - and Brian Sibley who writes: 'Phantastes is a haunting, provocative and disquieting novel that links the dreams of medieval romance with the new awakenings of the Victorian era and - in opening a long-lost door to the realm of Faerie - stands as a daringly challenging forerunner to the modern fantasy novel.'

50 Favourite Bible Stories retold by Brian, illustrated by the brilliant young artist, Stephen Waterhouse and read on three CDs by Cliff Richard as part of the musical star's celebration of fifty years in show-biz

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The Golden Compass: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion Brian's book tells the behind-the-scenes story of The Golden Compass, the first film based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

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Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It This book chronicles the journey of everyone's favourite nanny from page to stage: P L Travers immortal character as she appeared in the original books, in Walt Disney's unforgettable film and, most recently on the Broadway and West End stage...

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The BIOGRAPHY...


The LIFE and TIMES
Brian Sibley's biography: all you've never needed to know!
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The WORKS...
The BOOKS

The BACK-STORY
How (and Why) those books got written
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The BOOK-LIST
All the Sibley tomes and volumes brought to book -- and listed!
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The SHOWS

The SHOW REPORT
The back-stage, off-air story of Brian Sibley's shows and programmes
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The PRODUCTION NOTES
A full schedule of the Sibley output for stage, radio and television
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The RECORDINGS

The FILM-LIST
Sibley appearances and commentaries on DVD
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The TRACK-LIST
Sibley Works on CD and Cassette
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The GALLERIES...

A series of Photo-Essays by Brian Sibley & David Weeks


The VENICE ALBUMS

Venice Observed View...

Snapping the Cliché-Ridden View...
 

Venice: The Bizarre Bazaar View...

Observed by Venice View...


MORE ALBUMS COMING SOON!

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The FEATURES...


The Ring Goes Ever OnThe Making of the BBC Lord of the Rings
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The Bradbury Machine
Sci-Fi legend, Ray Bradbury, talks about his life and books...
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...And Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree
The script of Brian's popular Christmas monologue
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Meeting Mr Wonka
Memories of encountering Roald Dahl
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How I Got Walt Disney's Autograph

A book-collector's dream story
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Remembering the Bear Necessities
Recollections of Disney's The Jungle Book
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Heaven on Earth
In Praise of Emporios on the Island of Kalymnos
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The BLOGS...

Brian Sibley: the blog
Random Thoughts on the Ups-and-Downs & Round-Abouts
of the Carousel of Life

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Brian Sibley's Likely Stories
A Collection of Terrible Tales and
Freaky Fables

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Ex Libris: Brian Sibley
Volumes taken at idle moments
from my bookshelves

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Window Gazing
A gallery of images looking at, into,
or out of windows...
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button's blog: a rabbit's ramblingsmemorable photo-moments from his globe-hopping life
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Original images © Brian Sibley and David Weeks, 2008/13
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