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All six episodes of the radio series spoofing the adventures of the famous sleuth Deep in the bowels of the British Museum, a locked leather portmanteau is unearthed. Contained within it is a rare treasure: the hitherto unpublished journals of Dr John H Watson... Prepare to be amazed and amused as he recounts his escapades with Sherlock Holmes, England's greatest detective, master of disguise and toffee-nosed ponce. In The Case of the Clockwork Fiend, the duo delves into a series of bizarre deaths linked to new-fangled inventions. Their inquiries lead to Fark Hall, and the eminent explorer Orinoco Quills... The Mystery of the Obese Escapologist sees them probing the murky world of Victorian music hall when Yorkshire wag Willie Eckerslike mysteriously disappears, and in The Case of the Deranged Botanist, they head to Kew Gardens to unravel a monstrous mystery involving cross-bred plants and humans. Sherlock Holmes and the Glorious Doppelganger features a dastardly plot against Queen Victoria - can Holmes discover who is behind it? In Holmes Strikes a Happy Medium, the Baker Street detective has a brush with the occult when he investigates murderous goings-on at a séance, and in The Demon Cobbler of Greek Street, the game's afoot when Holmes and Watson go on the trail of a sinister shoemaker... A feast of risqué gags, groan-inducing puns and ribald revelry, this delightfully daft extravaganza stars Roy Hudd, Chris Emmett and June Whitfield (the dream team from The News Huddlines) as Holmes, Watson and Mrs Hudson. Jeffrey Holland plays Lestrade, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Moriarty Production credits Written by Tony Hare Produced by Chris Neill Musical accompaniment: Ian Smith First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 16 January-20 February 1999 Cast Sherlock Holmes - Roy Hudd Dr Watson - Chris Emmett Mrs Hudson - June Whitfield Inspector Lestrade - Jeffrey Holland Moriarty - Geoffrey Whitehead Other parts played by June Whitfield, Jeffrey Holland and Geoffrey WhiteheadShow more
An everyday story of sheep, sin and scholarship under the shadow of the Long Mynd Written by Sue Limb (Gloomsbury, Skeletons in the Cupboard), this pastoral sitcom follows six months in the life of the Jones family, who live on a small farm in rural Wales. We join them in September - the start of the farming year - as daughter Megan, a brainy 'plain Jane', sets her sights on Mr Bootle - only to find he's really just interested in birdwatching. December brings 'Goose-Feathering Night' - but Megan's determined to save Gudrun from a plucking. February finds her desperate to get into Oxford University but fearing rejection: could the creepy Mr Jenkins offer a solution? There are ructions in April, as her desire to escape the farm and become a student leads to a confrontation; while June sees a storm descend on the village, and the talk turns electric. And, as August arrives and the harvest is gathered in, Megan spurns the Carnival Queen contest in favour of a visit to Nana... BAFTA-winning actress and comedian Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Lewis, Avenue 5) stars as Megan, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Mr Jones, Lisbeth Miles as Ma Jones, Matthew Morgan as Owen, Michael Fenton Stevens as Mr Bootle and Nickolas Grace as Mr Jenkins. In addition to Four Joneses and a Jenkins, this release includes a bonus programme: From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunancy of Sue Limb. In a three-hour guided tour through the worlds that flow from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb, Shaun Ley discusses the ideas and inspiration behind Sue's writing with the author herself, and chats with regular cast members including Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes. Featuring episodes from Sue's hit series The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, Gloomsbury, The Sit Crom and Alison & Maud. Four Joneses and a Jenkins was produced by Jonathan James-Moore Cast Mr Jones - Geoffrey Whitehead Ma Jones - Lisbeth Miles Megan - Rebecca Front Owen - Matthew Morgan Mr Bootle - Michael Fenton Stevens Mr Jenkins - Nickolas Grace First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 August-15 September 2000Show more
Sisters Alison and Maud are joint landladies of the Abbeyfield Guest House, dispensing hospitality to a variety of demanding clients while also looking after their irascible, bedridden father downstairs in the granny flat. Dreamy ornithologist Alison has just moved back from Bloomsbury, while Maud ran a 3000-acre farm in Africa - but neither sibling is really up to the task of managing a B&B, and chaos generally ensues. In these two series, Alison has the hots for their accountant, Bernard - and is the reluctant object of a courtship display from a fellow bird-fancier; Maud comes up trumps in the middle of the night (but what will the guests make of what's in the saucepan?) and handyman Mr Mullet and the Bishop of Norwich get a little too close for comfort over tea. Meanwhile, the landladies' daddy complains about his new orthopaedic mattress, battles with hallucinogenic fungus and chips and prepares for his 85th birthday party - but what form will the celebrations take? Sue Limb's sitcom stars Denise Coffey as Alison and Miriam Margolyes as Maud, with Joss Ackland as Father and Geoffrey Whitehead as Bernard. Written by Sue Limb Produced by Jonathan James-Moore Starring Denise Coffey as Alison and Miriam Margolyes as Maud Cast Father - Joss Ackland Mr Mullett/Brian - Chris Emmett Bernard/Mr Ducket - Geoffrey Whitehead Marina - Phyllida Nash Leslie - Nickolas Grace Mrs Ducket - Judy Flynn The Bishop of Norwich - Nicholas Le Provost Jane - Jane Sellars First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 13 December 2002-17 January 2003 (Series 1), 15 March-19 April 2004 (Series 2)Show more
Arch-Brutalist Sir Lucien founded his architectural practice on a commitment to brutalist concrete in all its forms. But fashion has been a cruel mistress, and four decades later things are not going well for Sir Lucien and his loyal(ish) employees. With no money and no commissions, times are tough – but it’s onwards and upwards (and upwards again) for the staff, as they go all out to win new contracts, deal with nightmare clients and fight to get their ambitious projects past the planners. In the pilot episode, architects Sarah (Laura Solon) and Dan (Ben Willbond) contemplate escape from a malfunctioning multi-storey car park in Esher and the pure aesthetic of the open sandwich. Series 1 finds Sir Lucien (Geoffrey Whitehead) trying to overcome his creative block by visiting a spa in Baden Baden – accompanied by reluctant colleague Tim (Alex Carter). Back at the practice, the other partners are juggling ambition, principles and scary Americans – and dreaming of taking minimalism to the max. In Series 2, Sir Lucien and Partners chase a lucrative airport contract, head to Watford to restyle a Premier League footballer’s mansion, design a building with a great big turret (possibly) and decide to go into house building – negotiating marshland, unexploded bombs and homicidal relatives en route... Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths, this caustic, satirical comedy also stars Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Crilly and Aisling Bea. Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths Directed by Toby Swift Pilot Sarah – Laura Solon Dan – Ben Willbond Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Rasmus – Ewan Bailey Tim – Tim Downie Mayoress – Joanna Brookes Car Park Attendant – Ben Crowe Series 1 and 2 Matt – Dominic Coleman Sarah – Ingrid Oliver/Anna Crilly Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Tim – Alex Carter Hayley – Aisling Bea Gregory Nettles/Mr Douglas – Sean Murray Mr Russell/Gentle Energy MD – Steve Toussaint Nurse/Amanda/Helene/Planning Officer – Carolyn Pickles Lotte – Georgie Fuller Snadaker/Dave – Stephen Critchlow Mr McCoy – Harry Myers Justin – Ben Crowe Dawn – Susie Riddell Murray – Peter Forbes Noel – David Hounslow Ella – Rhiannon Neads Danny – Richie Campbell Sean – Jude Akuwudike John/Darvo/Council Receptionist – Ian Conningham Computer Caddie/Tony – Sam Dale Jemima – Hannah Genesius Bob – David Acton Jane/Lucy – Jane Slavin First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 27 March 2013, (Pilot), 14 March-4 April 2014 (Series 1), 2-23 February 2015 (Series 2)Show more
A BBC Radio 4 parody of the lives of the Romantic poets by Sue Limb, writer of the hit comedy Gloomsbury. An everyday story of towering genius, set in and around the Lakeland retreat of William and Dorothy Wordsmith. The Wordsmiths have not long settled in their sublime cottage, when they are visited by the inebriate Samuel Tailor Cholericke and the lascivious Lord Biro, followed by numerous other romantically-inclined writers and leech-pedlars who arrive at the door of Vole Cottage. Dorothy must manage the increasingly chaotic household (assisted by Stinking Iris), while William focuses on his latest masterpiece, 'The Withered Turnip'. Set against an elegant musical background of trilling sheep. Starring Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Tim Curry as Lord Biro. Cast: Dorothy Wordsmith: Denise Coffey William Wordsmith: Geoffrey Whitehead Samuel Tailor Cholericke: Simon Callow Stinking Iris: Miriam Margolyes The Leechpedlar: Chris Emmett Lord Biro: Tim Curry Teresa Sanseveria: Helen Atkinson Wood Percy Jelley: Hugh Thomas Mary Godwit: Alison Fiske Charles Lump: Nicholas le Prevost Mary Lump: Julia Hills Thomas de Quinine: Nickolas Grace Sir Walter Spott: Bill Paterson Mary Wordsmith: Iris-Gemma Morlay John Sheets: Nicky Henson Sara Cholericke: Angela Pleasance William Bloke: John Shrapnel Announcer: Eugene Fraser Music by Stephen Oliver , sung by Cantabile Produced by Jonathan James-MooreShow more
The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian Romp, Bleak Expectations.Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip’s poor Mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly-named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, opium dens, disguises, court-cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swash-buckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Series 1: Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Episodes: A Childhood Cruelly Kippered, An Adolescence Utterly Trashed, A Youth Utterly Crocked, A Young Adult Bitterly Dismantled, A Young Love Mercilessly Dismembered, A Life Sadly Smashed then happily restored A Bit. Series 2: A Happy Life Cruelly Re-Kippered, A Re-kippered Life Smashed Some More, A Recovery Made Miserable, A Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse, An Already Bed Life Made Worse But Sort of on Purpose, A Happy Life Broken and then Mended A Bit. Series 3: A Lovely Life Re-Kippered Again Once More, A Now Grim Life Yet More Grimmified, A Sort of Fine Life De-niced Completely, A Horrible Life Un-ruined and then Re-ruined Again, An Evil Life Sort of Explined, Lives Lost, Ruined Wrecked and Redeemed.Series 4: A Tolerable Life De-Happified, A New-Spoiled Life Smashed Some More, A Wretched Life Made Much Much Sadder, A Painful Life Re-Miserablised, A Now Tricky Life Woefully Miseried Up, A Life Destroyed then Repaired and Re-Happied. Series 5: A Pleasant Yet Dull Life Re-Evilled, A Re-Excited Life Made Distinctly Dangerous, An Alrightish Life Savagely Frozen to Bits, A Writerly Life Made Dreadfully Different, A Terrifying Life Made Even Scarier a Bit Some More, A Loved-Up Life Potentially Totally Annihilated.Show more
Great British Trials presents a fascinating glimpse into three of the most notorious crimes and trials of the last 100 years. Through original trial transcripts, eyewitness accounts and contemporary newspaper reports, we witness the actual events that made each trial a cause célèbre of its day. Mild-mannered Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen committed one of the most famous English murders of the 20th century - in early 1910 he dismembered his wife's body and buried the remains. His subsequent trial at the Old Bailey was expected to be a mere formality, but Dr Crippen pleaded 'Not Guilty!', and so begins this strangely moving tale of passion and despair. The Trial of Doctor Crippen starring Andrew Sachs as Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen Fully dramatised starring Andrew Sachs; Norman Bird; Geoffrey Whitehead; John Baddeley; Teresa Gallagher; Howard Ward; Robin Welch; Andrew Wincott.Show more
Chris Dolan's dramatisation of Honore de Balzac's entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France. Episode 1:After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Philippe Bridau becomes a reckless gambler who steals from his mother to finance his obsession. She foolishly continues to idolise him, and it is left to his more dependable brother Joseph to rescue the family from destitution. Episode 2: Philippe's gambling has left his family destitute and his political activities have landed him in jail. His mother and brother seek financial help from a rich elderly relative, but a pretty young housekeeper and her lover have already laid plans to rob the old man of his money. Narrated by Geoffrey Whitehead with full cast. Directed by Bruce Young.Show more
These four brand new shows, made up of a delightful mix of poems, personal stories and sketches, are themed around the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Pam is once again joined by actors Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead for sketches about topics including the May elections, spring cleaning, keeping cool, wedding gifts, Parents' Evening, bonfires, competitive ailments and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Poems include 'I Was Standing by the Cow', 'Heaps of Stuff', 'No Alarm on the Flight Deck', 'That Perfect Swimsuit', 'The Harvest Hymn' and 'Insomnia'. Full of fabulous material, this will amuse and entertain Pam Ayres fans all year round.Show more
Ten guests travel to an island at the invitation of someone named U.N. Owen. All are strangers, but they have two things in common: they have all been responsible for someone's death, and none will leave the island alive. Over the next two days and nights, each of the guests is killed off in a different manner in keeping with the nursery rhyme, 'Ten Little Soldier Boys'. As they are picked off one by one, who could possibly be responsible? The killers are forced to turn detective so they can find the unknown murderer, but one by one they become victims... Billed as 'the famous detective story without a detective', And Then There Were None is one of Agatha Christie's darkest and most enduring tales.Show more
Sophisticated wit and intense emotion, religious fervour and erotic sensuality, delight in life's pleasures and fascination with death, are all to be found in the paradoxical poetry of John Donne. One of the foremost metaphysical poets, Donne's ingenious metaphors and inspired use of language has earned him affection and reverence in near equal measure to Shakespeare. This collection of his finest poetry showcases the diverse range of his work, and includes Death Be Not Proud, A Hymn to God the Father, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Go Catch a Falling Star, The Flea and To His Mistress Going to Bed.Show more
Pam Ayres brings you four brand new shows made up of a delightful mix of poems, personal stories and sketches on subjects that have recently inspired her: Passion, In The Doghouse, On Yer Bike and Shopping. She's joined by actors Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead for sketches including those about the joys of owning a dog, the agony of attempting to get in shape for a holiday, the challenge of trying to reignite the passion in a relationship and the horror of being given advice in a cosmetics department. Poems include 'Don't Ask Me to the Wedding', 'I'm the Dog Who Didn't Win the Prize', 'Tippy Tappy Feet', 'The Pension Poem' and 'Through the Lens.' Packed with hilarious material, this audio release will delight and amuse Pam Ayres fans everywhere.Show more
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