Photo credit: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/fales/exhibits/wilde/00main.htm
With multitudinous thanks to David Rose in Paris for bringing this to my attention. A BBC4 radio programme all about one of my favourite playwrights of all time, Oscar Wilde.
Cut and pasted from the BBC website:
Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Ballad of Reading Gaol, is proposed by Will Self, a writer once described as a 'high powered satirical weapon'.
In 1895, and at the height of his success, Wilde began libel proceedings against the Marquess of Queensberry, sparking a disastrous sequence of trials, prison, exile and disgrace. A century later Oscar Wilde is often listed as one of the wittiest Britons who ever lived, but this was a life that ended in tragedy and early death.
Joining Will Self and Matthew Parris in the studio is Franny Moyle, author of a biography of Oscar Wilde's wife, Constance, an often overlooked character in Wilde's life. The programme features actor Simon Russell Beale's reading of De Profundis - From The Depths.
You can catch it on the BBC iPlayer here (and it looks to me as though it is not going to be taken off the iPlayer - hooray!):