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Slices of 19th-century London life from the pen of Charles Dickens Here are ten gloriously comic stories from Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens' earliest collection of short pieces in which he honed his literary genius. Each tale is dramatised with a full cast. ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd Cast and credits Written by Charles Dickens Directed by Sally Avens Starring Nicholas Farrell as Boz The Tuggses at Ramsgate The nouveau riche Tugg family discover that money cannot buy you love. Cast: Christopher Hancock, Frances Jeater, Colleen Prendergast, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sean Baker, Tracy-Ann Oberman First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1 September 1998 The Bloomsbury Christening The arrival of a bouncing baby boy is wonderful news - but not for miserable misanthrope Nicodemus Dumps. Cast: Alison Reid, Geoffrey Whitehead, Robert Harper, Charlie Simpson, Elaine Pyke First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8 September 1998 The Great Winglebury Duel Alexander Trott finds it is possible to become betrothed in even the most trying circumstances. Cast: Peter Gunn, Julia Deakin, David Timson, Kim Wall and David Antrobus First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 September 1998 The Private Theatricals of Mrs Joseph Porter A household becomes obsessed with amateur dramatics - with farcical results. Cast: Geoffrey Whitehead, Frances Jeater, David Antrobus, Jane Holm, Shirley Dixon, Charles Simpson First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 22 September 1998 Mr Watkins Tottle All Mr Tottle wants is to enter the blessed state of matrimony - but the course of true love never did run smooth. Cast: David Collings, John Hartley, Jenny Howe, Patience Tomlinson, Christopher Scott First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 29 September 1998 Love and Oysters Meeting an oyster seller sparks disruption for orderly John Dounce. Cast: David Calder, Samantha Spiro, Siriol Jenkins, Elizabeth Conboy, David Allister, loan Meredith First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5 July 1999 The Steam Excursion A boat trip on the Thames proves the undoing of 'paragon of perfection' Percy Noakes. Cast: Marston Bloom, Shirley Dixon, Joanna Monro, Jeremy Swift, Becky Hindley, Ben Crowe, Stephen Critchlow First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12 July 1999 Sentiment The Crumpton sisters are delighted when an MP's daughter arrives at their finishing school - until a romantic attachment comes to light. Cast: Patience Tomlinson, Jane Booker, Gerard Murphy, Tilly Gaunt, Harry Myers, Elizabeth Conboy, Michael Mueller First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 July 1999 The Boarding House The respectability of Mrs Tibbs' residential establishment is threatened by a mysterious new lodger. Cast: Imelda Staunton, Annette Badland, Christopher Hancock, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Stephen Critchlow, Peter Gunn, Jason O'Mara First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 July 1999 Horatio Sparkins The snobbish Maldertons are thrilled when their unmarried daughter receives the attentions of the gentlemanly Mr Sparkins. But who exactly is he? Cast: David Haig, Tessa Worsley, Sarah-Jane Holm, Adrian Schiller, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Patrick Barlow First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 August 1999Show more
BBC Audio presents Lady Susan, Jane Austen's early novel not published until after her death. Widowed Lady Susan is an outrageous flirt and a dreadful mother, constantly controlling and embarrassing the people around her. When Lady Susan remarries, she attempts to push her daughter into a bleak marriage with a man she despises. Deceit slowly spreads through a series of letters exchanged between Lady Susan, her daughter, friends, family and arch enemies. Will the truth be unravelled in time? Starring Imelda Staunton, Alicia Johnson and Maggie Steed. © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (p) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
Martin Jarvis stars in this BBC radio satire set in the competitive world of advertising Happiness... is a career in advertising. Or is it? Activist turned ad writer Ken Handley isn't so sure. Back in the day, he used to hitch-hike and attend peace protests. Now, he finds himself writing copy for the Conservative Party and extolling the virtues of products he hates - while also coping with a drunken boss, strait-laced colleagues and an overactive mind. Over three series, we follow his exploits and moral dilemmas as he grapples with the challenges of winning accounts, presenting to clients and dealing with the women in his life. A pitch for a motorway services chain drives him round the bend, a seven-foot squirrel nearly sends him nuts, and he faces his own emergency when he's coerced into a Samaritans campaign. On the domestic front, Ken's got a divorce and a new home to contend with - but things start looking up when leggy model April comes on the scene... Written by Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Jon Canter (Posh Nosh), this sardonic advertising sitcom stars Martin Jarvis as Ken, with a cast including Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Joss Ackland and Miriam Margolyes. Production credits Script and commercial concepts by Guy Jenkin Commercials by Jon Canter Produced by Geoffrey Perkins (Series 1) and Pete Atkin (Series 2 & 3) First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 January-22 February 1982 (Series 1), 7 February-13 March 1984 (Series 2), 7 October-11 November 1986 (Series 3) Cast Ken Handley - Martin Jarvis Sarah - Sheila Steafel Sandy - Christopher Godwin Freddie - Lockwood West Hitchhiker - Vincent Brimble Portley - Richard Bebb Runcie - Simon Jones June - Wendy Richard Johnnie - Patrick Barr Murray - Gary Cady The General - Bill Fraser Mr Sandell - John Blythe Barman - Geoffrey McGivern Virgil - Marc Smith Mr Sandell:- John Blythe Cindy- Heather Bell Katie- Miranda Forbes Director- David Gooderson Ravi - Ahmed Khalil Deborah - Rosalind Ayres Ambrose - Paul Jesson Janet/Receptionist/Researcher - Stacey Tendeter Mr Cheater/Mr McCafferty - James Griffiths Angus - Michael Jenner Derek - David Peart Stella - Imelda Staunton Stella's Heavy - Jim Carter Subjects - David Peart & Michael Jenner Leo Gale - Glyn Owen Christina - Jo Manning Wilson Receptionist - Maggie McCarthy George - Peter Tuddenham Corners - Don Henderson Benny - Karl Howman Lesley - Pauline Siddle Andy - Chris Emmett Film director - Scott Cherry Tone - Jeremy Clyde Doregan - Lesley Manville Elvira - Moir Leslie Kip - Joseph Marcell April - Shelley Thompson Hedley - Robert Longden Artiste - David Learner Larry Childs - William Hootkins Loretta-Jane Duff - Toni Coyne Dawn/Masseuse - Sally Watts Sally/Choirboy - Jane Leonard Len - Roger Sloman Val/Veronica - Liz Crowther Alf - Roger Hammond Till lady - Avril Clark Doorman - Richard Durden Barman - James MacPherson Policeman - Graham Blockey With the voices of Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, James Griffiths, John Shrapnel, David Tate, James Griffiths, Sally Grace, Enn Reitel and Anton RodgersShow more
A sparkling collection of comic monologues by Jenny Eclair, about women facing pivotal moments in their lives 'Exquisitely crafted' Radio Times In these funny, poignant short stories, voiced by some of Britain's finest actresses, we are introduced to 29 very different women as they open their hearts and share their secrets. Here are tales of love, grief, revenge and adventure, told by a wealth of fascinating characters. There's Bea, a top cook who's about to prepare a very special birthday cake for her husband; Christine, who takes up watercolours and discovers inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places; Patsy, a rock star's wife with a past and Penny, who takes looking after her boss a bit too far. From a grandmother visiting a posh supermarket to buy her grandchildren a meal they won't forget, to a cleaner who discovers some secrets behind the Farrow and Ball doors of the middle-class homes she visits, every one of the women we meet has a memorable, moving and surprising tale to tell... Among the star narrators are Lesley Sharp, Anita Dobson, Imelda Staunton, Josie Lawrence, Frances Barber, Samantha Bond, Doon Mackichan and Anne Reid. Produced by Sally Avens Series 1 Fifteen Minutes to Landing Woman - Lesley Manville Captain James Barrington - Clive Hayward Air Hostess - Jane Slavin Carol Goes Swimming Carol - Lorraine Ashbourne Manager - Jane Slavin A Trolley for a Change Pat - Ruth Sheen Checkout woman - Elaine Claxton Security guard - Clive Hayward Lauren - Jane Slavin George's Cake Bea - Susie Blake The Viewing Reader - Annette Badland Doing the Best for Daniel Reader - Jenny Eclair Series 2 Lorna's Holiday Lorna - Lesley Sharp Christine Paints Christine - Rosie Cavaliero Beverley in Shoes Beverley - Samantha Spiro Points Gail - Sarah Hadland A Slight Alteration Reader - Tessa Peake-Jones Waiting for Billy Patsy - Anita Dobson Series 3 Leo's Passport Penny - Imelda Staunton Caroline - Karen Bartke Hannah's Gone Hannah's Mum - Josie Lawrence Mothers and Daughters Coral - Frances Barber Girl - Karen Bartke Boy - Luke MacGregor Anthea's Round Robin Anthea - Samantha Bond Series 4 The Last Day Miss Cavendish - Vicki Pepperdine The Visit Reader - Doon Mackichan The Nannas Dawn - Tilly Vosburgh A Nice Time with All the Family Julie - Beverley Callard Series 5 A Long Weekend Cathy - Anne Reid The Kitchen Table Reader - Monica Dolan The Book Club Belle - Lucy Robinson Greta Doesn't Want to Wait for Godot Greta - Amelia BullmoreShow more
A prehistoric adventure, perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime – or any time at all! A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a laughing hyena and even, just maybe, by a big brown bear . . . But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby's scribblings on the cave wall? Created by the critically acclaimed author Julia Donaldson and Kate Greenaway medal winner Emily Gravett, Cave Baby celebrates the messy creativity of babies!Show more
A brilliant collection of bestselling stories from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, read aloud by stars Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter and Steven Pacey – perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all! Go 'Grrrr . . .' with the Gruffalo, sing along with the Smartest Giant, help Monkey search for his mum and see if the little old lady can make some room in her house! The Gruffalo and Other Stories is brilliantly performed by well-known actors Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter and Steven Pacey, as well as by the author herself, Julia Donaldson. Each story also has a song and sound effects, with a total running time of an hour. Perfect for listening to at home or to brighten up a car journey with the much-loved creations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This fantastic collection includes four stories: The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town and Monkey Puzzle.Show more
A brilliant collection of bestselling stories from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, read aloud by stars Josie Lawrence, Steven Pacey and Imelda Staunton – perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all! Travel the world with the little snail and the humpback whale, soar through the sky with the witch and her animal friends, join the Gruffalo's Child as she searches for the mysterious Big Bad Mouse, and enjoy the world inside a book with Charlie Cook! The Snail and the Whale and Other Stories is brilliantly performed by well-known actors Josie Lawrence, Steven Pacey and Imelda Staunton, and each story also has a song and sound effects, with a total running time of an hour. Perfect for listening to at home or to brighten up a car journey with the much-loved creations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This fantastic collection includes four stories: The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo's Child and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book.Show more
Packed full of magic and adventure, this collection of seven fantastic stories from the creators of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, is perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all! Join in the adventure with Sugarlump the rocking horse when a unicorn grants his every wish, help the Singing Mermaid escape the circus and return to her seaside home, join Josephine and her extraordinary new shoes for an action-packed adventure, and much more! This magical collection features seven much-loved stories from the bestselling picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With lively performances from Julian Clary, Noma Dumezweni, Lauren Laverne, Joanna Page, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant and Sophie Thompson, and including the Sugarlump and the Unicorn Song, music and sound effects, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and Other Stories is a must-have audio collection, perfect for listening to together. This fantastic collection includes seven bestselling stories: Sugarlump and the Unicorn, The Singing Mermaid, Sharing a Shell, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Princess and the Wizard, The Girl the Bear and the Magic Shoes and Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox.Show more
All four series of the jaunty crime drama featuring two ex-spies who set up a private detective agency London,1953. Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish both worked for the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War, doing top-secret, highly dangerous espionage work. But in peacetime, they find themselves without a job and feeling useless. Determined to put their talents to good use, they decide to set up a detective agency, with the help of former private eye Bill Mackie. From their Covent Garden office, they handle a steady flow of business. But the ladies’ lives really become exciting when they rescue a woman from drowning – only to discover that she’s not what she seems. Soon, the daring duo are caught up in all manner of challenging cases, including a sporting assignment involving a priest and an Olympic boxing hopeful; a request to bid on a Monet that takes them on a trail across the Channel; a commission to investigate film actress Belinda Lane; and a theft at a fashion designer’s workshop that leads them into a world of Teddy boys, political machinations and murder… Guy Meredith's light-hearted crime series stars Anna Massey as Josephine Daunt, while Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber and Sylvestra Le Touzel play Susan Dervish. Bill Paterson and Sean Scanlan co-star as Bill Mackie. Written by Guy Meredith Format by Imelda Staunton and Anna Massey Series 1 produced by Cherry Cookson and directed by Janet Whitaker Series 2-4 produced and directed by Colin Guthrie Clarinet played by Julian Stringle (Series 3, Episode 1)Show more
All five series of the BBC Radio 4 crime drama featuring Detective Superintendent Julie Enfield, starring Imelda Staunton Dogged DSI Julie Enfield probes eight gruesome cases in these dark, atmospheric radio dramas. Terminus finds her investigating the ‘Lucky Charm’ murders, as she searches for an elusive serial killer who haunts the railway station. In The Smithfield Murders, a grisly killing at London’s famous meat market sparks another troubling investigation, while in The Net and the Canal, Enfield and her team look into a series of mysterious murders along Regent’s Park Canal. Leaves of the Dead presents her with a trio of inexplicable deaths in the British Library – could they be ritual murders? Murder West One comprises the stand-alone dramas A Cure for Death, The Art of the Matter, Five Star Killing and Soho Espresso. In these four episodes, the DSI faces a medical mystery behind the discovery of a dumped body, investigates a clever scam and a missing masterpiece, unravels a high-class murder at a glitzy London hotel and heads to a coffee bar where a man lies dead upstairs – but who killed him? Created by BAFTA-winning scriptwriter Nick Fisher, this thrilling series stars Imelda Staunton as DSI Julie Enfield.Show more
A brilliantly funny story all about celebrating difference - perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all! Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest, confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed . . . Tyrannosaurus Drip is a fantastic rhyming adventure story from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts. This audio edition is read by Imelda Staunton and features a read-along track and a fun song! This roar-tastic book all about celebrating difference is sure to become a firm favourite with young dinosaur fans. Enjoy other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, The Flying Bath and The Cook and the King.Show more
A magical fairytale adventure, perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime - or any time at all! 'The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape.' But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat - the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? The Princess and the Wizard is a magical adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. It is read aloud by award-winning actress, Imelda Staunton, and also includes a read-along version of the story. Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: What the Ladybird Heard, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.Show more
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