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The most beloved fairy tales of Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, narrated by the very best of British stage and screen talent. Perfect for bedtime, the long car journey or rainy afternoons at home, let Andersen delight and enchant children (and adults) of all ages with characters that stand the test of time. The Princess and the Pea and the Steadfast Tin Soldier by Sir Roger Moore The Little Match Girl by Ewan McGregor The Ugly Duckling by Stephen Fry The Emperor's New Clothes by Dame Joan Collins The Snow Queen by Joanna Lumley Little Claus and Big Claus by Sir Michael Caine The Little Mermaid by David Walliams Thumbelina by Charlotte Rampling It's Quite True by Paul McKenna The Nightingale by Michael Ball - Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author, poet and artist. Celebrated for children's literature, his most cherished fairy tales include 'The Emperor's New Clothes', 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Nightingale', 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier', 'The Snow Queen', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Little Match Girl'. His books have been translated into every living language, and today there is no child or adult that has not met Andersen's whimsical characters. His fairy tales have been adapted to stage and screen countless times, most notably by Disney with the animated films 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Frozen', which is loosely based on 'The Snow Queen'. Due to his contribution to children's literature, Andersen's birth date, April 2, is celebrated as International Children's Book Day.Show more
The complete second series of the BBC radio comedy drama about a couple who have been married 'for ever', but are keeping the passion alive 'Sublimely funny, touching series... a work of supreme craftsmanship' Radio Times Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam return as the married couple who met in the Summer of Love and are still passionate about music, life - and each other. Once again, we listen in on their warm, witty 'conversations', which dance around topics big and small: from health scares and jealousy to disagreements about TV viewing and sourdough bread. There's laughter, bickering, banter - and some loving one-upmanship from both parties, as Roger gives Joanna a masterclass in dishwasher stacking, while Joanna instructs him on how to wave goodbye to departing guests. Approaching the end of a particularly turbulent year, Joanna makes a list of New Year's Resolutions - for Roger - and suggests their marriage needs a re-boot. 'Out the door?' is his response: but there's plenty of life left in this long, loving relationship, and many more discussions, questions and confessions yet to come... Created by award-winning writer and journalist Jan Etherington, and based on her own long marriage to Gavin Petrie (with whom she wrote the hit radio and TV series Second Thoughts and Faith in the Future), this sparkling comedy two-hander will resonate with anyone who's ever been in a couple. Starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam Produced and directed by Claire Jones A BBC Studios productionShow more
When Peter Pan flies through the Darling Children's nursery window one night, he is nearly captured and makes a hasty escape, leaving behind his shadow. Returning with the fairy Tinker Bell to reclaim it, he wakes up Wendy, John and Michael, and whisks them away to the magical shores of Neverland. There they meet the Lost Boys, befriend Tiger Lily and her Braves, swim with the mermaids in the lagoon and have a host of wonderful adventures. But danger awaits too, for the terrible Captain Hook and his pirate gang are determined to make them walk the plank... Abridged by Marin Jarvis, JM Barrie's timeless masterpiece is introduced by Michael Morpurgo and read by ten star actors: Kit Harrington, Martin Jarvis, Alex Jennings, Alex Kingston, Joanna Lumley, Helen McCrory, Jennifer Saunders, Juliet Stevenson, David Walliams and Zoe Wanamaker. All publisher's profits from the sale of this recording will be shared equally between The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (Registered Scottish Charity Number SC041382 and Company Number SC363695) and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (Registered Charity Number 1160024 and Company number 09338724).Show more
All six episodes of the BBC radio comedy drama about a couple who have been married for over 40 years but are still passionate about life, love and each other Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a married couple who met in the Summer of Love and have stayed together ever since. Children of the Sixties, they are still free spirits, drawn together by their love for music and one another. We follow their conversations from the café to the kitchen table, taking in everyday chores, dealing with problems with long-held friendships and tackling their frustrations with each other. With warmth, wit and honesty, they talk about the indignities of ageing (he has a dodgy knee and is on statins, she resents her new, tri-focal glasses), their desire to still be seen as attractive and their fears and vulnerabilities around growing older. There’s jealousy and talk of affairs, confessions are made and long-held secrets are unearthed – but underlying it all is their enduring love for each other and their desire to keep the passion alive. Written by award-winning comedy writer and journalist Jan Etherington, and based on her own 35-year marriage, this gentle comedy will ring a bell with couples of all ages.Show more
Why do we sleep? Do animals dream? Where is the oldest bed in the world? In this compendium of 5-minute really true stories, you will travel to Ancient Egypt to explore the five beds of Tutankhamun, jet off into space to discover how astronauts get ready for bed and plunge underwater to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their bottoms. With up-to-the-minute, expert information that is beautifully read by British actress Joanna Lumley, this audiobook is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for young children. “Nonfiction lovers will enjoy these short and intriguing pieces about the night: the starry skies, record-breaking beds, space travel, nocturnal jobs and animals.” - The Times “I could not think of a better way to make a small personal contribution in these difficult times than by making these beautiful stories about the magical world available for younger people to listen to as they fall asleep. After recording all 30 stories, I came away with a spring in my step, feeling a little younger and a little wiser for it.” - Jonanna Lumley, BookBrunch “What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?' - Kirkus ReviewsShow more
Joanna Lumley reads 'The Snow Queen'. One day, a diabolical troll builds a mirror that shows everything that is beautiful as ugly and all that is good as evil. Delighted, the trolls decided to carry this mirror to heaven and mock the angels, but on their way the mirror breaks and shatters into hundreds of pieces that spread across the world. Some bigger pieces are turned into windows and others are made into spectacles, but some of tiniest bits get stuck into people’s eyes or in their heart, changing their life for ever. That is what happens to little Kay, to the great chagrin of his neighbour and friend, Gerda, and this is how he comes to cross the path of the Snow Queen. Joanna Lumley is a British actress and activist most known for her roles in the BBC sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous' and in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013).Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. Revisit the world of Beatrix Potter in this timeless new audiobook edition. Featuring all 23 of the classic tales, this new collection features a range of award-winning and contemporary voices, including Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Lily James, James Acaster, David Harewood and Joanna Lumley. Whether you're looking to relive those treasured moments of your childhood, or hoping to share some of your old favourites with your own little ones, there's no storybook world more pleasant than that of Beatrix Potter. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck and many more. The complete cast of voices include: Olivia Colman, Lily James, Tom Hardy, Pearl Mackie, James Norton, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Aisling Bea, Richard Armitage, David Harewood, Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Bailey Smith, Mandip Gill, Jessie Ware, James Acaster, Jenna Coleman, Yrsa Daley Ward, Will Young, Matt Baker, Robert Webb, Alfred Enoch and Gemma Whelan.Show more
Fly into a fiery and fantastical future with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams, in an epic adventure of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy who must save the world... It is 2120 and London is in ruins. The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace - but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her, himself... and the entire city. In a future of myths and legends, join the bestselling David Walliams and venture forth into his most enthralling tale yet!Show more
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, a select group of his family and most ardent admirers from the worlds of literature and entertainment; including Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow, gathered in Highgate Cemetery, burial place of many of the Dickens family, to hear readings from his work introduced by his great-great-grandson Mark Dickens and discuss his life.Show more
Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece of wit and perception, ridiculing the superficial manners of Jane Austen's time. But it is more than just social satire. Notice, in particular, how the author's close attention to detail makes the events and characters so true to life. Above all, enjoy the story - its sheer narrative force and humour - and enter a world of snobbery, romance and uncertainty, in which people behave casually, indifferently or even cruelly - in short just like people behave everywhere in the world today.Show more
Patsy and Edina are in full swing in these four BBC TV soundtrack episodes - Fat; Birthday; Death; Happy New Year - starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, with Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and others. Duration: 1 hour 40 mins.Show more
Jane Austen skewers the novelistic extremes of her day made popular in many 18th-century Gothic potboilers. Dilapidated castles, locked rooms, inexplicable chests, enigmatic notes, and tyrannical fathers all figure into Northanger Abbey, but with a decidedly sardonic twist. *Extended track length will prohibit the ability to burn to a standard CD*Show more
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