Following the recent "on/off, is it happening or not?" news of a possible live-action adaptation of The Castafiore Emerald
, a quick heads-up about an audio adaptation with real live actors which is definitely going ahead!
The latest in what is proving to be a first-rate series of French-language radio serials is broadcasting this week in five episodes - from Monday the 26th of October, 2020, to Friday the 30th, The Castafiore Emerald
becomes the fifth drama based on the works of Hergé to be performed by the distinguished acting company, La Comédie-Française, for presentation by the France Culture channel.
The previous adaptations in the series were Les Cigares du Pharaon
/ The Cigars of the Pharaoh
(2016), Le Lotus bleu
/ The Blue Lotus
(2016), Les 7 boules de cristal
/ The Seven Crystal Balls
(2017) and Le Temple du Soleil
/ Prisoners of the Sun
(2019), and the principal rôles are once again taken by Noam Morgensztern as Tintin, Thierry Hancisse as Captain Haddock, and Denis Podalydès as le professeur Tryphon Tournesol (Professor Cuthbert Calculus). Additionally, Sylvia Bergé joins the cast as the Milanese Nightingale herself, Bianca Castafiore.
Another great feature of this series is that the stories are made available for listening as downloadable podcasts
after broadcast, which gives those of us with the inclination or need to be able to pause, repeat and listen on the move, the ability to do so easily.
I'm looking forward to hearing this one!