The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

  • by Paul Gallico
  • Narrated by Steve Mackintosh, Georgia Groome, Deborah Findlay, Sam Dale
  • 0 hrs and 57 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose by Nick Warburton, starring Steven Mackintosh.
When Open Book asked various authors to champion a favourite neglected classic on the programme, Michael Morpurgo chose The Snow Goose - perhaps no surprise, with his own story 'War Horse' depicting a friendship between a boy and his horse which takes them both into the horror of World War I.
In The Snow Goose, A wounded bird brings together a disfigured artist and a young girl on the eve of World War II. With Steven Mackintosh as Philip Rhayader, Georgia Groome as Fritha, Deborah Findlay as Mrs Farnes, and Sam Dale as the storyteller. Also featuring Michael Shelford, Malcolm Tierney, and David Seddon. Directed by Sally Avens.

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Masterful and moving

What did you like most about The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)?

This is a classic of modern, ordinary writing -- neither high literature nor low. The story is moving and tugs at the heart-strings. It is a story that meets our need to belief that good underlies all things.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)?

The scene when the snow goose returns for the first time. The painting of Frith. The moment when the snow goose stays permanently. The scene when Frith returns as Philip is leaving for Dunkirk. The beach rescue scene. It is impossible to choose.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have read the text, but the narration brings it to life (especially for someone who is not English/British in origin).


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- Myles

Atmospheric and touching

I love listening to this and have done many times as it's short enough and so very good.



The sound effects take you there straight away and the narrators do a superb job with the characters. It's a moving story.
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- Peanut

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited