I’ve written about The Great Eastern a couple of times: once in April, when I had just started to listen to all the episodes for the fifth or sixth time, and then briefly in August with a quote about libraries. I finished listening to it all last month. It’s still a masterpiece, one of the finest radio comedies and one of the richest and deepest works of radio fiction ever.
Michael Collins has been writing long pieces about it on his web site and they are mandatory reading if you know the show at all:
- The Great Eastern’s 20th Anniversary: Introduction
- “‘How’s She Goin’, B’y?’ No More”: Season 1, Episode 5 of The Great Eastern, which discusses the early episode where Paul covers the death of sub-monoist Hugh Kuva and the controversial “Writing Through Region” conference.
- “The folly of Newfoundland’s grand colonial experiment”: The Great Eastern’s Oougubomba Saga (Season 4, Episodes 11, 13, and 14), about the stunning three Oougubomba episodes.
Mack Furlong, who played host Paul Moth, won a John Drainie award recently. He was impeccable on the show.