by Michael Frayn
abridged and read by Martin Jarvis
Frayn's 1973 surreal celestial satire.
First broadcast 23 to 31 Jan 1998 (The Late Book)
repeated on BBC7, 24 June to 2 July 2004
Heaven, reported St John in Revelation, was a cubical city 12,000 furlongs high made of 'pure gold, like unto clear glass'. That was 1,900 years ago, and heaven today has changed out of all recognition, as Howard Baker is about to discover when he crosses the Highgate Road against a red light...
01 Howard Baker accelerates away from a set of traffic lights in North London, only to find he has unexpectedly arrived in Heaven - much of which seems oddly familiar.
02 In heaven, Howard's friends hang off his every word and his wife forgives his behaviour.
03 Howard has no trouble adapting to his heavenly life.
04 Howard discovers that life in Heaven is not as smooth as he first thought.
05 Howard's career change works out well but he gets a shock in his personal life.
06 Howard makes a drastic lifestyle change and finally meets God.