Drama about Lucille Ball on Radio 4
Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Sitcom is a 5 part drama to be broadcast on Radio 4 from Monday to Friday 17th -21st August 2020 at 10.45am each morning , repeated at 8.45pm each evening. Written by Gregg Oppenheimer, it tells the story of his writer-producer father’s famous TV series I Love Lucy.
This roller-coasting five-part serial shows how television, at a crucial time, learned from the established craft of radio. Cuban bandleader Desi’s inventive genius engendered studio techniques now taken for granted. Lucille and Desi’s uplifting relationship flouted conventional thinking and defied accepted entertainment practice in one of the most influential sitcoms in TV history.
Martin Jarvis directs a cast that includes Anne Heche (as Lucy), Wilmer Valderrama (as Desi), Alfred Molina, Stacey Keach, Mike McShane and Jared Harris.