Not nowadays! I suppose having to pay Jonathan Ross £6 million a year has meant that they simply can't afford to employ the Somebody any more or, maybe, just can't run to the expense of the notepaper (and postage) involved...
If a BBC contributor wants to keep up with examples of their oeuvre being once again shared with the listening public, they need to rely on the good offices of friends and acquaintances, such as the one who excitedly gripped my arm on Saturday and said, "Congratulations!"
"On what?" I asked.
"On next week's broadcasts!" he continued, his excitement still evident.
"What broadcasts?" I demanded, supposing this particular acquaintance to have confused me (as sometimes happens, albeit fleetingly) with Brian Sewell.
"The Pilgrim's Progress!" he explained, identifying a three-part dramatisation that I made a few years ago of John Bunyan's famous book which has since been gathering dust somewhere in the bowels of Broadcasting House.
This was welcome news, indeed - not from a pecuniary point of view since the sum for two repeats of three sixty-minute episodes (to wit, six hours of broadcasting) will only yield a revenue in the region of £30 - but because I was quite fond of this mini-epic which set Bunyan's well-known allegorical tale of Christian's journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City within the context of Bunyan's trial for preaching without a licence and his subsequent imprisonment in Bedford Gaol during which time he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.
Anton Rogers as Bunyan and Neil Dudgeon as Christian headed a great cast which included Alec McCowen, Anna Massey, Don Warrington, Peter Bowles and Derek Waring.
The Pilgrim's Progress is being broadcast on Radio 7 at various times from today until 6th November.
You'll find the transmission times on this schedule and you can check out this short review from The Independent on Sunday when the dramatization was first broadcast back in 2004. As another reviewer wrote: "Christian or no, it's worth listening to for the light it casts on that period in English history."
And for those of you who share my love of maps, here's one of Christian's pilgrimage from This World to That Which is to Come...
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Had I possessed the relevant information I would, of course, have marked your present location with an arrow and the legend: YOU ARE HERE!