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Six masterly BBC radio monologues from renowned playwright Peter Tinniswood - plus his classic comic play The Governor's Consort. Peter Tinniswood was best known for his popular TV series The Home Front and I Didn't Know You Cared, and award-winning novel A Touch of Daniel. But he was also a prolific writer for radio, where he created a host of wonderful characters - often funny, sometimes poignant and always totally believable. This compilation brings together six of his finest monologues, as well as his comic play The Governor's Consort. With one exception (I Always Take Long Walks), all these dramas were specially written for the actors who star in them, giving them a special resonance and adding an extra dimension to our enjoyment. The Packer - Michael Williams stars as Gladwyn Jebb, a man who sees his job as a vocation, his craft as an art - and his lies as truths... The Governor's Consort - Lady Edith is sailing with her husband to a South Atlantic island of which he's about to become Governor - but the voyage has an invigorating and somewhat earthy effect on her... Starring Mary Wimbush, with John Moffatt, Bernard Hepton and Stephen Thorne. On the Whole It's Been Jolly Good - Written to mark the actor's diamond jubilee in broadcasting, this witty, moving monologue stars Maurice Denham as ex-MP Sir Plympton Makepeace, reflecting on 60 glorious years in The House. Verona: A Conspiracy of Parrots - Stephanie Cole stars as the 'slightly elderly' lady whose exotic birds bring her triumphant fulfilment. But can she keep her feathered friends out of the hands of the auctioneer? I Always Take Long Walks - Cricket widow Enid shares her private thoughts on kitchen units, life with her husband and the men she's loved and lost. Starring Dame Judi Dench as Enid. The Last Obit - Billie Whitelaw stars as Millicent Doris Clayton, an obituarist living in her own very particular world, in this brilliant black comedy which won the 1998 Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award. The Duvet Lady - Wrapped from head to foot in a flowery duvet, Edna recalls her younger days. Will she ever emerge for her evening engagement? Billie Whitelaw stars in this superb one-woman drama. Production credits Written by Peter Tinniswood The Packer Starring Michael Williams as Gladwyn Jebb Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7 April 2000 The Governor's Consort Lady Edith - Mary Wimbush Sir Wilfred - John Moffatt Doctor Spofforth - Bernard Hepton Captain MacWhirter - Stephen Thorne Delgado - Keith Drinkel Chief Engineer - Matthew Morgan First Officer - James Telfer Tarleton - Jonathan Adams Band - Michael Haslam, Judith Herbert and Kevin Street Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17 May 1993 On the Whole It's Been Jolly Good Starring Maurice Denham as Sir Plympton Makepeace Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 April 1998 Verona: A Conspiracy of Parrots Starring Stephanie Cole as Verona Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29 April 1998 I Always Take Long Walks Starring Dame Judi Dench as Enid Directed by John Tydeman First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 4 July 1991 The Duvet Lady Starring Billie Whitelaw as Edna Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14 March 2001 The Last Obit Starring Billie Whitelaw as Millicent Directed by Enyd Williams First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 April 1998Show more
The collected BBC radio productions of the major works of Oscar Wilde, plus bonus play by Neil Bartlett Loved for his flamboyant personality, sparkling wit and brilliant epigrams, Oscar Wilde was a comic genius and a literary icon. This collection reflects the many facets of his dazzling talent. Here are dramatisations of his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a Gothic tale of a gilded aristocrat who makes a dangerous pact, as well as four scintillating social comedies - Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. Among the distinguished casts are Ian MacDiarmid, Joely Richardson, Edward Fox, Diana Rigg, Martin Clunes, Michael Hordern and Judi Dench. Moving examples of his correspondence are revealed in The Letters of Oscar Wilde and De Profundis, read by Simon Callow and Simon Russell Beale respectively, and his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, is performed live by stars including Ian McKellen, Neil Tennant and Stephen Fry. In addition, a bonus drama, In Extremis by Neil Bartlett, starring Corin Redgrave and Sheila Hancock, reimagines Oscar Wilde's hastily arranged sitting with a society palm reader, a week before the trial that would cost him so dearly.Show more
Seven BBC radio full-cast productions of Noël Coward's classic plays - plus bonus material including a profile of Coward and extracts from his diaries Renowned for his wit, style and sophistication, Noël Coward was one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century. His plays, set in the glittering world of high society in which he lived, are much admired and have remained in the popular theatre repertoire to this day. This collection brings together the very best radio adaptations of Coward's works, encompassing sparkling comedies of manners Private Livesand Hay Fever, farcical ghost story Blithe Spirit, and daring ménage à trois drama Design for Living. Here, too, is his controversial first hit The Vortex; the poignant Still Life (the inspiration for the film Brief Encounter); and the semi-autobiographical Present Laughter. Among the star-studded cast are Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Roger Allam, Harriet Walter, Paul Rhys, Stephanie Cole and Paul Scofield. Also included is a BBC World Service profile of Noël Coward, comprising interviews, musical extracts and archive clips; and the BBC Radio 4 programme 'From His Diaries', featuring a selection of passages from Coward's journal read by Simon Cadell. Track listing: 1-2: Private Lives 3-4: Hay Fever 5-6: Blithe Spirit 7-10: Design for Living 11-12: The Vortex 13: Still Life 14-16: Present Laughter 17: Meridian: Noël Coward profile 18-20: Noël Coward - From His Diaries Private Lives Amanda...Helena Bonham-Carter Elyot...Bill Nighy Sibyl...Andrea Riseborough Victor...Paul Ritter Louise...AnnaRose Cattanach Directed by Sally Avens Hay Fever Judith Bliss...Judi Dench David Bliss...Michael Williams Richard Greatham...Geoffrey Palmer Marya Arundel...Celia Imrie Jackie Coryton...Patricia Brake Sandy Tyrell...Christopher Blake Simon Bliss...Patrick Pearson Sorel Bliss...Alison Reid Qara...Patricia Hayes Directed by Leslie Lawton Blithe Spirit Charles...Roger Allam Madame Arcati...Maggie Steed Elvira...Zoe Waites Ruth...Hermione Gulliford Dr Bradman...David Killick Mrs Bradman...Tilly Tremayne Edith...Natalie Cassidy Directed by Philip Franks Design for Living Gilda...Cheryl Campbell Otto...Alex Jennings Leo...Michael Kitchen Ernest Friedman...James Laurenson Mr Birbeck...Alan Barker Henry Carver...Bradley Lavell Miss Hodge/Helen...Joanna Myers Grace Torrence...Linda Marlowe Directed by Ned Chaillet The Vortex Florence Lancaster...Harriet Walter Nicky...Paul Rhys Helen...Frances Jeater Pawnie...John Rye Clara Hibbert...Jenny Funnell Tom Veryan...Robert Portal David Lancaster...Peter Blythe Bunty Mainwaring...Federay Holmes Bruce Fairlight...Keith Drinkel Preston...Pamela Grace Directed by John Tydeman Still Life Laura Lesson...Amanda Root Dr Alec Harvey...John Duttine Myrtle Bagott...Stephanie Cole Albert Godby...Trevor Peacock Beryl Waters/Lady on Train...Sunny Ormonde Stanley...Brian Parr Dolly Messiter...Josephine Tewson Bill...Richard Curnow Johnny/Guard...Malcolm McKee Directed by Sue Wilson Present Laughter Gary Essendine...Paul Scofield Liz Essendine...Joy Parker Monica Reed...Patricia Routledge Joanna Lyppiatt...Fenella Fielding Henry Lyppiatt...Alan Rowe Morris Dixon...Bernard Joyner Daphne Stillington...Miriam Margolyes Lady Saltburn...Betty Huntley-Wright Fred...Timothy Bateson Miss Erikson...Diana Olsson Roland Maule...David Timson Produced by Ian CotterellShow more
Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Program on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's fiftieth anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization."A comedy and a philosophy," Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.Boasting an outstanding cast including Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Judi Dench, John Wood, Nicholas Le Prevost, and Paul Merton, this release includes an exclusive interview with director Sir Peter Hall.Show more
Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer star as old flames Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle. Their love story was all set for a happy ending in the 1950s when Jean was a student nurse and Lionel, a young army officer. But he was posted abroad and they lost touch. Thirty-eight years later, Lionel has returned to London to publish his autobiography and, through a strange coincidence, he is reunited with Jean who has set up a secretarial agency. Specially adapted in six episodes for BBC Radio 2, this hugely popular BBC1 bittersweet comedy about the reunited lovers asks the burning question: 'Can the flame of passion still flicker in middle age?'Show more
Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1st, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatisation. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme and, using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman. Boasting an outstanding cast including Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Judi Dench, John Wood, Nicholas Le Prevost and Paul Merton, this release includes an exclusive interview with director Sir Peter Hall.Show more
This charming short story is made available as an audio digital download, read by Dame Judi Dench, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sweet Pea competition the story is based on In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition.The top prize was a staggering Ã'Â£1000 and organisers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter. He could not foretell that the paper's estimate of the number of competitors would be more than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation-wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating. This touching tale is based on a true story.Show more
Esme Allen is a middle-aged West End actor and is in control of her life: she's financially secure and successful. However, Amy, her grown-up daughter is pregnant by Dominic, an ambitious media-man who believes that theatre is dead. Esme and Dominic, unsurpisingly, loathe each other. But this leaves Amy - whose 'view' is that love conquers all - right in the middle of things. Then Dominic's star begins to rise, just as Esme starts to lose everything: the comforts of home, money. Even her daughter, Amy... Among the star cast in this recording are Samantha Bond and Dame Judi Dench, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance in Amy's View.Show more
Everyone loves a bedtime story. And here are eight of the best, each with a Christmas theme, written by an array of literature's best-known names: Laurie Lee, Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen are just some of the storytellers included in this collection. Amongst those giving voice to these stories are Patricia Routledge, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, Dame Judi Dench and Richard Briers. Intriguing, funny, poignant and above all entertaining, these eight Christmas stories are the best of BBC Radio 4's 'Book at Bedtime'.Show more
Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining. 'With Great Pleasure' saw Judi Dench and Michael Williams joined by fellow actor Alec McCowen to read some of the literature that shaped their lives. Among the poems included are Sylvia Plath's 'Morning Song', 'Fern Hill' by Dylan Thomas and Charlotte Mitchell's 'Just in Case', and there are extracts from Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra', Alan Bennett's 'The Lady in the Van' and Alec McCowen's 'Young Gemini'. 'Fond and Familiar' was a true variety show featuring Dench, Williams and acclaimed actor John Moffatt. Together they performed verses, ballads, limericks, stories, nursery rhymes and epitaphs ranging from the comic to the deeply moving. Featuring old favourites such as 'The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God', 'Mandalay' and 'Billy's Rose' as well as less well-known gems that are nonetheless remembered with affection, this collection of 'party pieces' will surprise, inspire and delight.Show more
Lise is thin, neither good-looking nor bad-looking. One day she walks out of her office, acquires a gaudy new outfit, adopts a girlier tone of voice, and heads to the airport to fly south. On the plane she takes a seat between two men. One is delighted with her company, the other is deeply perturbed. So begins an unnerving journey into the darker recesses of human nature. Read by Dame Judi Dench, rediscover this shocking masterpiece in audiobook on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth.Show more
A wonderful adaptation of Winnie the Pooh now available on audio, featuring an all-star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. In which we are introduced In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh finds one In which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water In which Christopher Robin gives a Pooh Party, and we say good-bye.Show more
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