Drama Page 74

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On Mardle FenOn Mardle Fen. By Nick Warburton. Trevor Peacock stars as inspirational chef Warwick Hedges – Mr Toad meets King Lear – who runs an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. His son Jack works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious, and they are helped by Zofia the Polish waitress and Samuel the odd-job man “who crawled out of the slime with the eels”. There are giant helpings of delicious wit, and wisdom from writer Nick Warburton.

Series 1
Distant Cold Light. A mysterious young man brings his mum for a special meal at Warwick Hedge’s Cambridgeshire restaurant.
Mural. Warwick Hedges keeps interfering at the restaurant, so his son gives him a project.
Dark Horse. Samuel the odd-job-man lugs a collection of foul-smelling objects into the restaurant. One of them has a story attached to it, and the dark tale of the twisted eel seems about to repeat itself.
The Taste Of Success.The eccentric restaurant set in the Fens is in financial trouble. Jack asks his nephew to take care of things so he can get away for a few weeks. Meanwhile Warwick sings the praises of Mardle Pudding, a legendary local dish.

Series 2
Top Dog. A smart stranger arrives at the restaurant with an unusual request, but Jack doesn’t like the look of him.
A Water Baby. After weeks of heavy rain, Mardle Fen is waterlogged and a strange child leads Warwick through the flood.
Old Boggie. Chef Warwick Hedges is invited to lunch in a remote part of the Fens and he discovers treasure guarded by a ghost-dog.
Silver Ribbon. Eccentric chef Warwick Hedges challenges his son Jack to a race, with Jack to go on his bike by road, Warwick on his skates by waterway, and the first man to arrive at the cathedral door wins.

Series 3
Bird In Hand. Warwick is out on the Fen, taking in the atmosphere, when he thinks he spots a rare bird. Keen bird-watcher Megan tells him she’d pay considerable sums to see it. So Warwick offers her bed and breakfast and a guaranteed sighting of the bird.
The Dream Insists. Warwick and Sam share a recurring dream about a ramshackle hut – but it turns out that it really exists.
Pitiless Storm. Buoyant chef Warwick Hedges promises lavish Christmas gifts for all – what is he up to?
The Dancing Stone. Warwick discovers a large, flat stone with strange marking half buried in a clump of trees on the edge of Mardle Fen.
He wants to display it in the restaurant but odd-job man Samuel says he moves the stone at his peril.

Series 4
If You Build It. Warwick hits on an idea for putting the restaurant on the map; a music festival. Jack is dead against it but Warwick has plans.
Wives. Warwick’s granddaughter is back from college and she’s curious about the family. She wants to trace her roots. In particular she’s been wondering about her grandmother but her request touches a nerve.
Goose Feathers. Warwick is after celebrity endorsement for the restaurant but Jack is hesitant. Just who does Warwick consider to be a celebrity? And would Jack want them in the restaurant? Meanwhile a silent guest turns up in the restaurant and mysteriously disappears.
The Old Lost Road. An invitation turns up for “Mr Hedges” to read a poem at a large charity do in the cathedral on Christmas Eve. Both Jack and Warwick begin to practice using the heavily pregnant Zofia as a sounding board.

Series 5
Talk To The Bones. Warwick dreams of expansion. He gets it into his head that they should have a covered area built on the side of the restaurant with romantic views over the river.
According To Ditcher. It’s a full moon and no-one is sleeping On Mardle Fen. Samuel is reminded of an ancient fenland story and Marcia has something on her mind.
At The Dawning. It’s been raining for weeks and the river has risen to danger level.
Dillie’s Day. Polish waitress Zofia has a surprise communication from her brother who is coming to Britain for a short visit.

Series 6
Mardle End Part 1. In the sixth and final series of this comedy drama, set in the Cambridgeshire Fens, Warwick goes in search of a magical, golden paradise… somewhere on Mardle Fen.
Mardle End Part 2. Eccentric chef Warwick Hedges goes in search of a magical, golden paradise, somewhere on Mardle Fen. But up a tree at dusk, disguised as a badger, he is shot at. Could this be poachers or something more sinister?

The Interviews.The Interviews. By Nick Warburton. A year in the life of three children at a primary school seen through the eyes of their teacher and their parents.

Beyond ContemptBeyond Contempt. By Peter Jukes. Peter Jukes’ nail-biting account of how, as a playwright turned court reporter, he came to live-tweet the entire 8 1/2 month hacking trial.

burning_chromeBurning Chrome. By William Gibson. Adam Sims reads William Gibson’s hugely influential short story of cyberspace hackers and ruthless computer cool. Two cyberpunks go for the big score by hacking a vicious criminal.

Captain Kidd and the First FifteenCaptain Kidd and the First Fifteen. By John Peacock.
1. Harry thinks Captain Kidd is just a game until it turns into a battle for his life.
2. Harry hopes to rise to his greatest challenge yet as Captain Kidd prepares for an adventure.
3. As Harry beings his treatment, Captain Kidd reveals his devious plans.
4. As Harry’s health deteriorates, Captain Kidd’s diabolical plans are coming to fruition.
5. Harry returns home as Captain Kidd plans a deadly plot.
6. Harry’s health is failing fast, while Captain Kidd thinks he has cheated justice.

The Great Scott.The Great Scott. By Walter Scott. Scott was a poet, novelist, ballad-collector, critic and man of letters, but is probably most renowned as the founder of the genre of the historical novel, involving tales of gallantry, romance and chivalry. Beginning with the publication of Waverley in 1814, one of the most significant books of the nineteenth-century, his anonymously published Waverley novels proved hugely popular in Europe and America, and established his reputation as a major international literary force. It is a measure of Scott’s influence that Edinburgh’s central railway station, opened in 1854, is called Waverley Station.

The Fair Maid Of Perth. Feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles – chaos reigns supreme. When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself. Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves – or should she obey her father’s wish and shun a world of ‘hard iron and barbaric cruelties’ by betrothing herself to Christ?
Rob Roy. Our Rob Roy has dispensed with the Jacobite setting and updates the story to the 20th century. It is 1924 and 20-year-old Frank falls foul of his father. He has spent a year in Paris, supposedly learning the business, but actually hanging out with Imagist poets. When he refuses to join the business his father sends him north to stay with his Uncle – a radical and mixed up in the cause of Irish Nationalism.
Waverley. It’s 1745 and 21 year old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to the exiled Stewart dynasty.Waverley falls in love with two very different Scottish girls – the cautious, loyalist, lowlander Rose Bradwardine, and the fiery highland rebel Flora. He goes AWOL for Flora just as her brother Fergus is rallying their clan to fight for Charlie. When Waverley is accused by his Commanding Officer of a treasonable flirtation with the enemy, he joins the uprising in a fit of pique and helps defeat an English army at the battle of Prestonpans. When he finds out that he has caused the arrest of Uncle, he returns to London to try to clear his name.
The Bride. Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor.The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family’s enemy Edgar Ravenswood. The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries – but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?
Ivanhoe. Scott Cherry adapts Ivanhoe. Set in 1194 after the failure of the third Crusade, King Richard I is said to be in captivity in Austria after having been taken on his way back to England. In his absence, his brother John is plotting to take over the throne. Wilfred of Ivanhoe, son of Cedric and one of the few remaining Saxon Lords, joined Richard in the Crusade but has been disinherited by his father for showing allegiance to a Norman. Ivanhoe is rumoured to have come to the rescue of his King in his hour of need but has since disappeared. Is he alive? Rowenna – the woman he loves – anxiously waits for news.
Redgauntlet. Alan Fairford is destined to become a lawyer but is distracted from his studies by the sudden disappearance of his best friend Danny Latimer. Danny’s absence seems to be connected with the sudden appearance of Stuart Galloway – aka Redgauntlet – who has business with Alan’s father, Alexander. But who is Redgauntlet? And what is his mission? Alan Fairford sets out to find out the answers and hopefully to rescue his friend.
Heart of Midlothian. By Walter Scott. “She wouldn’t lie in court to save her sister’s life – so she had to find another way. “Mike Harris’ fast paced adaptation of Walter Scott’s most gripping, most contemporary novel. ‘Heart of Midlothian’ begins with a trial for child murder, and then never lets the tension drop with disguises, thwarted love, hazardous journeys, kidnappings, riots, rescues – and a shy, retiring, heroine who will stop at nothing to undo the terrible damage her virtue has done.
Antiquary. By Walter Scott. The Antiquary (1816) is a novel by Sir Walter Scott about an amateur historian, archaeologist and collector of items of dubious antiquity. Although he is the eponymous character, he is not necessarily the hero, as many of the characters around him undergo far more significant journeys or change. Instead, he provides a central figure for other more exciting characters and events – on which he provides a sardonic commentary.
The Talisman. By Walter Scott. The Talisman is the finale of Scott’s novels set during the crusades but this one features the dying dog days of the Third Crusade. Richard the Lionheart is de facto leader but the military expedition has ground to a halt and the allies are getting itchy feet. They are sick of Richard’s over-bearing leadership and, to make it worse, very few of them still believe Jerusalem can be reconquered.
Dinner at the Homesick RestaurantDinner at the Homesick Restaurant. By Anne Tyler. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant tells the story of two brothers and a sister deserted by their father, raised by their angry mother, moving through the calamities and exultations of their difficult youth into separate strategies for survival, and finally into a shared humanity. The place is Anne Tyler’s Baltimore. The story is Pearl’s, her short-lived romance and late marriage to “flamboyant” travelling salesman Beck Tull and her attempt to keep the family together after he leaves. We see her three children pummelled into adulthood through her excesses of maternal energy and spurts of terrifying rage. Cody, wild and incorrigible is driven to cruel domination over his brother Ezra, boyhood practical jokes and taunts culminating in an unforgivable (and yet seemingly forgiven) act, and is ultimately possessed by the lure of power and money. High-spirited, hard-working Jenny becomes a paediatrician, nurturing strangers as she becomes more and more inaccessible to those close to her. Ezra, his mother’s favourite (and Anne Tyler’s most enduring character) has a dream of a homesick restaurant “where people come just like to a family dinner” – except that whenever his own family gathers at his restaurant the meal is always left unfinished, appetites dissipated in squabbles and tempests. There are elements of this family tragedy that we all recognise, details that ring sharply true and characters that are both truthful and entertaining.

The CorruptedThe Corrupted. By G.F Newman. A new long-running drama series from G F Newman based on the characters from the multi-award winning writer’s best-selling crime novel. Spanning six decades, it plots the course of one family against the backdrop of a revolution in crime as the underworld extends its influence to the very heart of the establishment, in an uncomfortable relationship of shared values. Joey Oldman is a Russian Jew, who arrived in Britain before the war with only two words of English and married Cathy Braden. They had a son, Brian, and a daughter, Rose. Cathy’s widowed mother, Gracie, takes up with a famous and glamorous gangster, Billy Hill, while her brother Jack wants to become World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Both the army and the Kray twins interfere with this ambition. Jack is left feeling bitter and angry and plunges headlong into crime, running protection rackets and claiming a piece of other criminals’ sometimes infamous pies. His actions become ever more savage and bizarre and harder to reconcile. Haunted by the murder of his grandfather which he witnessed when he was six, Brian Oldman holds a terrible secret that he must keep for fear of his life as he falls deeper under his mother’s spell. But there is a more disturbing secret he has yet to discover – one that will threaten his very existence. All the while he becomes a willing participant in the criminal underworld in the 1950s, where gangs such as the Krays and the Richardson are emerging to challenge the old guard in savage battles for territory.

Series 1 covering the years 1950-60.
Series 2 covering the years 1961-70.
Series 3 covering the years 1971-80.

Good OmensGood Omens. By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse – War, Famine, Pollution and Death – have been summoned from the corners of the earth and are assembling. Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate some unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess and witch Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor’s cryptic predictions about exactly where the impending Apocalypse will take place. Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything that is but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. Aziraphale (once an angel in the Garden of Eden, but now running an antiquarian bookshop in London), and Crowley (formerly Eden’s snake, now driving around London in shades and a vintage Bentley) have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. But if they are to stop Armageddon taking place they’ve got to find and kill the one who will the one bring about the apocalypse: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…

Grimm TalesGrimm Tales. By Philip Pullman. The two Grimm brothers published their first volume of stories, Children’s and Household Tales, in 1812 although there were some who disputed their suitability for young minds. Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm devoted their lives to collecting these German folk tales. Inspired by the rise of Romanticism and interest in traditional national stories and lore, in the end they collected more than 200. Philip Pullman reads five of his re-workings of Grimm Tales, written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their publication.

The Riddle. A prince takes it into his head to travel the world with his faithful servant.
The Musicians of Bremen. Four unwanted animals decide to take up music.
The Moon. A country where the night is always dark and not one star twinkles discovers moonlight.
Rumpelstiltskin. A miller’s daughter must spin straw into gold for the king.
Little Red Riding Hood. ‘Oh granny, what big ears you’ve got.’ The errand of cake and a bottle of wine.

HomeownersHomeowners. By Kellie Smith. Wrapped up in the excitement of moving into their first home, Kate and Mark receive the shock of their lives when they discover that the house’s previous owners have neglected to move out. Their dream home suddenly turns into a nightmare.

In the Depths of Dead Love.In the Depths of Dead Love. By Howard Barker. Richard E Grant plays Chin, a banished poet in Howard Barker’s new play set in ancient China. Chin has bought a bottomless well used by unhappy locals to end their troubles by throwing themselves in. His tiny industry is thriving. Then the beautiful Hasi appears. She seems disinclined to jump. And Chin begins to hope she won’t… In this exceptional new piece, Barker has created a dramatic, and often darkly comic, dilemma. Chin has been banished from the city but longs to return. Lord Ghang, a local grandee, can help him realise this wish, but at a high price: a compromise involving his wife, Lady Hasi. And now Chin has fallen in love with the doomed beauty. Barker’s study is a beautiful, darkly funny look at marriage and its secrets. Chin struggles to fathom Lord Ghang’s complex and ambiguous love for his wife. If he truly loves her, why does he stand by as she visits Chin’s well daily, contemplating throwing herself in?

InquestInquest. By Richard Monks. The inquest into the death of a female soldier found drowned reveals she has been the victim of a sexual assault by a fellow soldier. Over five days we hear witness statements and the coroner must decide whether she took her own life.

Lord of the Flies.Lord of the Flies. William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted. Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.

An Insurance Inspector Calls.An Insurance Inspector Calls. By Justin Moorhouse. A comedy drama, with a cheeky nod to J.B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, from award winning Manchester comedian, Justin Moorhouse. The story involves a seaside guesthouse, a dysfunctional family, a Judy Garland tribute act, a mysterious bleach incident, and an insurance inspector who is not all that he seems.

Master and Commander.Master and Commander. By Patrick O’Brian. Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.

The Surgeons MateThe Surgeons Mate. By Patrick O’Brian, Read by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Surgeon’s Mate is the seventh historical novel in the Aubrey–Maturin series written by Patrick O’Brian, first published in 1980. The story is set during the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars.

The Painted VeilThe Painted Veil. By Somerset Maugham. Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery. First published in 1925 to a storm of protest this is a haunting and poignant drama of a woman’s spiritual awakening. Kitty marries for the wrong reasons and is living with her husband, Walter, in Hong Kong. She’s in love with another man and when her husband discovers her infidelity he, in an act of vengeance, poses a terrible ultimatum.

The Wyndham Case.The Wyndham Case. By Jill Paton Walsh, dramatised by Neville Teller.
Amateur sleuth Imogen Quy solves another mystery at Cambridge University.
The locked library of St Agatha’s College houses an invaluable collection of 17th-century volumes. It also contains one dead student…

For more Detective stories go to the Detective Page

Operation Black BuckOperation Black Buck. By Robin Glendinning. During the Falklands War 30 years ago, the RAF staged the world’s longest bombing run, in an attempt to damage the runway at Port Stanley. Using ageing Vulcan bombers, crews flew a round trip of 8000 miles from Ascension Island to the South Atlantic. Such a journey required not just in-flight refuelling, but re-fuelling of the refuelling planes – a hazardous undertaking that had never before been attempted on such a scale. In this drama, Robin Glendinning recreates the nail-biting adventure. Not only were the raids themselves difficult to pull off, but even getting the aircraft ready for the flights was a major task. Aviation museums across the world were raided for spares, and key parts retrieved from junkyards. But there are those who question whether or not the operation was militarily useful – or whether or not the same job could have been done more effectively using planes attached to the naval task force. Was this really about war, or was it about the RAF trying to carve out a role for itself in a conflict that threatened to be entirely dominated by the Army and Royal Navy? And how successful were the raids anyway?

Right Place Wrong TimeRight Place Wrong Time. Dark thriller by Don Webb. Salesman, Alan Morgan, spends a lot of time away from home. When series of violent crimes are committed across the north, the only lead is a photo-fit reconstruction of the robber’s face; it is the spitting image of Alan.

The Once And Future KingThe Once And Future King. By T. H. White. T. H. White’s classic retelling of the King Arthur story dramatised by Brian Sibley. England is in turmoil. On the night before a decisive battle, Merlyn and Arthur meet to talk about what has brought the King and country to this perilous state.

The Coming of Merlyn. England is in turmoil. On the night before a decisive battle, Merlyn and Arthur meet to talk about what has brought the King and country to this perilous state.
The Sword in the Stone. Wart’s remarkable education at the hands of the wizard Merlyn draws to a close.
The Queen of Air and Darkness. Rebels led by King Lot and Queen Morgause of Orkney challenge Arthur’s claim to the throne. As war draws nearer, darker more personal motives for bringing Arthur down emerge.
The Ill-Made Knight. Full of zeal for Arthur’s new chivalric order, Lancelot rides into Camelot.
The Lengthening Shadow. Murder and betrayal threaten to undermine all that Arthur holds dear.
The Candle in the Wind. Mordred uses Arthur’s new laws against him and long-held secrets are forced out into the open.

Rhinoceros in LoveRhinoceros in Love. By Liao Yimei. A runaway success in China after its first staging in 1999, Liao Yimei’s play is a dark romance about a rhinoceros keeper, Malu, who falls in love with his beautiful neighbour, Mingming.

My Life With FluMy Life With Flu. By Sarah Woods. A love story, about flu. It’s January 1969, the winter after the summer of love, and Jill and David’s fledgling relationship is about to be put to test by the outbreak of Hong Kong Flu. My Life with Flu has been produced in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and follows the story of Jill across five decades as she struggles with the highs and lows of life, love and viral infection. At the same time the story tracks the life of Hong Kong Flu – how, over 45 years, it has traversed the globe, evolved and is ultimately being superseded by new, more virulent strains, such as Swine Flu. Using cutting edge science – of transmission, viral evolution and genetic predisposition – it tells the story of flu, and investigates the unique qualities of Jill’s genome which make her a ‘severe responder’. Paul Kellam, Virus Genomics team leader at the Sanger Institute worked closely with writer Sarah Woods to weave the science seamlessly into the story. The drama underlines the deep connection human beings have to the viruses that survive through us, and how illness can shape the course of our lives.

Slow Boat to LeningradSlow Boat to Leningrad. By David Pownal. Black comedy following events of August 1939, when the British and French were seriously out-manoeuvred by Stalin and Hitler when they unexpectedly agreed to sign a non-aggression pact.

My Dad KeithMy Dad Keith. By Maxine Peake. Maxine Peake writes and stars in this tale of teenage angst, mid-life crisis and drumming. Reaching her 40th birthday and with her grandad in hospital, Steph begins to reflect on her life, loves and the quest to find out who her dad was. As a teenager a fractious relationship with her mother pushes Steph towards her grandad and together they set out to piece together the clues to the identity of her dad. They come to a startling conclusion about him. The play débuts Mike Joyce the drummer from The Smiths in his first acting role.

My Blue PianoMy Blue Piano. By Marty Ross. Jerusalem, 1945. When eccentric German poet Else Lasker-Schüler is evicted by her landlady, she is forced to wander the city’s troubled streets. In a series of strange encounters, she meets the angel Gabriel and the ghost of a chimpanzee murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.

Edgar Allan PoeMoyamensing: Scenes From The Life, Death & Dreams Of Edgar Allan Poe. By Marty Ross. Recorded live at the CCA Glasgow. Edgar Allan Poe – drunk, desolate, death-haunted – finds things getting worse as he is locked overnight in Philadelphia’s Moyamensing Prison where his worst nightmares await him. An obscure but true incident from the closing act of Poe’s tragic life inspires a surreal, scary and darkly comic psychological portrait of the tragic genius. Poe left an account not only of his incarceration in Moyamensing, but also of the hallucinations he suffered therein: horrors to match anything in his fiction, but strange beauties too. Follow him through encounters with sinister guards, hungry rats, a murderous doppelganger and a surgeon over-keen to wield his saw on the living, but also a meeting with a sublimely beautiful woman echoing more than one of the women Poe loved and lost.

Verona - A Conspiracy Of Parrots.Verona – A Conspiracy Of Parrots. By Peter Tinniswood. Stephanie Cole stars as the slightly elderly lady whose exotic birds bring her triumphant fulfilment in this monologue written specially for her by Peter Tinniswood.

For more Peter Tinniswood go to the Authors Page.

Mercury 13Mercury 13. Narrated by Laurel Lefkow. In the early 1960s Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb were two of thirteen young women pilots who secretly took NASA’s gruelling astronaut selection tests. They passed with flying colours, in some cases beating the scores of the men. Anita Sullivan’s drama-documentary explores why they were never allowed to go into space. Narrated by Laurel Lefkow and featuring an interview with astronaut candidate, Wally Funk.

For more of the dramatic but true go to the of interest section of the site.

Denmark HillDenmark Hill. By Alan Bennett. Narrated by Alan Bennett. Alan Bennett’s idiosyncratic take on the Hamlet story adapted for radio. Seen largely through the beady eyes of a 15 year old schoolgirl. The play is set in a leafy south London suburb, in the year of an election. Gwen’s husband, Frank, lies ill in bed upstairs while downstairs Harriet, her daughter, is struggling with an essay on “Shakespeare’s view of the family”. In the aftermath of Frank’s death we slowly realise we are being drawn into a strangely familiar story – a suburban Hamlet. In different guises here come Claudius, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Polonius and Ophelia. Even the players play their part. Denmark Hill was originally written as an uncommissioned TV/film screenplay in 1981/2. For whatever reasons, Bennett can’t remember, he kept it in a drawer until it went with all his papers to the Bodleian library for archival storage. Honor Borwick urged Tristram Powell, with Bennett’s permission, to search the archives. At last Powell unearthed the hand typed script. This is Bennett in black comedy mode.

For more Alan Bennett go to the Authors Page.

God Bless Our LoveGod Bless Our Love. Romantic comedy by Ray Connolly about a priest and a nun who fall in love and leave their orders to marry and begin a new life together.

Stannie and JimStannie and Jim. By Simon Littlefield. When James Joyce went to live in Trieste with his wife Nora, his younger brother Stanislaus joined him there. However, Stannie soon discovered that life with James in Trieste often consisted of bailing his brother out financially, dragging him out of bars and taking his English classes on when Jim couldn’t or wouldn’t teach them. The play takes a comedic look at what it was like to be the brother of a somewhat unreliable genius.. How long can Stannie remain Jim’s keeper? With WW1 approaching, the City of Trieste is a political melting pot and the Italians are keen to win back the City from Austria – Stannie took up the irredentist cause to make Trieste Italian once more; a cause represented via a fictional relationship with Beatrice, a young irredentist..

Miss St AndrewsMiss St Andrews. By Mike Bartlett. Old grudges resurface as Miss St Andrews 1961 meets her old rival for the university Charities Queen title nearly 50 years later.

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  1. mark Post author

    The Corrupted: I have to thank Alan Q and others for recommending this gripping story. The characters are vivid and the the storyline is superb. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be made into a TV series.


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