The Climb

a play about cycling, jazz, competition and comradeship

by Lance Woodman

An original drama-documentary commissioned and produced by BBC Radio Drama

Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor battle it out on the climb on the Puy de Dôme during the 1964 Tour de France

Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor battle it out on the climb on the Puy de Dôme during the 1964 Tour de France

The first broadcast of the play was on 4th July 2007 at 2:15pm (The Afternoon Play). An extract from the play was featured on Pick of the Week on July 8th.

Clive is having a bad time. Then Billy turns up out of the blue. A bike ride with an old mate turns into something much more important as they hit the climb.

Soweto Kinch

The drama is counterpointed with a documentary interview with musician Soweto Kinch. Soweto composed and recorded music especially for The Climb.

Urban Music Awards Best Jazz Act 2004 & 2006, BBC Jazz Awards Best Instrumentalist & Best Band 2004, Peter Whittingham Award Jazz Innovation 2004, Mercury Music Prize An Album Of The Year 2003, MOBO Awards Best Jazz Act 2003, BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star 2002, White Foundation International Sax Competition, Montreux Jazz Festival International Young Saxophonist Of The Year 2002.

“Soaring, risk-taking playing” The Times; “A spectacular musician” The Observer; “Simply explosive. Promoters, media and audiences are suggesting him as a major new star” Jazz Review; “One of the best and most original British jazz albums ever made” Jazzwise; “A new British original with the confidence, skill and vision to take the music far” The Guardian

Credits

John Flitcroft Clive Paul Clarkson Billy
Soweto Kinch Original music and interview Michael Harrison Studio Manager (panel)
Catherine Bassett Studio Manager (spot) Christina Read Broadcast Assistant
Peter Leslie Wild Director Rosie Boulton Documentary producer
Music by Soweto Kinch

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