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Richard Beckinsale and Robert Lindsay star in this BBC radio sitcom about a single dad left holding the baby Bryan Archer's girlfriend has run off with the electrician, leaving him to raise their 18-month-old son, Albert, alone. Fortunately, Bryan's mum Pat is around to help out, but he still needs to get a job and earn enough money to pay the rent. Can he find an employer who'll let him bring Albert along? These seventeen episodes follow Bryan's mishaps and adventures juggling work and childcare, as he tries out as a cosmetic salesman, takes a driving job - but gets caught up in crime, and finds employment as a temporary filing clerk, where he has a bit of bother with a missing file. On holiday with Albert in Frimlington, he finds his fellow holidaymakers aren't too welcoming, and a family Christmas turns farcical when he realises he's managed to get himself double-booked for the festivities. And there are challenges in store as he tries to get a loan to buy a house, attempts to save his sister's marriage, and gets a scare when his little boy is taken into hospital for tests... Created by award-winning writer Jim Eldridge, whose credits include King Street Junior and Parsley Sidings, thissitcom about a doting single dad originally starred the late Richard Beckinsale as Bryan in the pilot and original 1977 series. The second series, broadcast in 1983, saw Robert Lindsay taking his place, and Pat Coombs reprising her roles as Mum and baby Albert. The guest cast includes Douglas Blackwell, Dilys Laye, Gorden Kaye and Marcia Warren. Production credits Written by Jim Eldridge Produced by John Fawcett Wilson Incidental music: Max Harris First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 5 January 1977 (Pilot), 5 November-24 December 1977 (Series 1), 16 March-4 May 1983 (Series 2) Cast Bryan Archer - Richard Beckinsale/Robert Lindsay Mum/Albert - Pat Coombs Dad - John Comer Vernon Wordsworth - Frank Thornton Anna Jameson - Sharon Duce Alice - Anne Cunningham The Magistrate/Dave/Mr Graham - Douglas Blackwell Joe Billings/Fred - Harry Fowler Mr Benson - John Arnatt Sandra - Karin MacCarthy Rex - Terence Alexander Mrs Warburton - Jan Holden Labour Exchange official - Milton Johns Stephanie - Madeline Smith Harry Ponder - John Junkin Mr Simpson - Reginald Marsh Linda - Joanna David Nursery nurse - Heather Bell Mr Wiggins - Peter Vaughan Mavis - Cheryl Hall Deirdre - Helen Worth Jane - Diane Keen Edward - Jon Laurimore Welfare lady/Mrs Featherstone-Haugh/Mrs Hagger - Dilys Laye Benefit official - Robin Parkinson Uncle Eric - Michael Robbins Mr Smith - David Ryall Bank manager/Mr Benson - John Arnatt Nurse - Penelope Reynolds Police Sergeant - Robert Gillespie Rose - Diana Berriman Gran - Patricia Hayes Maureen - Celia Bannerman Store assistant - Kenneth Shanley Mrs Willis - Diana King Ron - Larry Martyn Mary - Rosalind Adams Mr Tibbies/Arnold - Roland MacLeod Vera - Marcia Warren Edward - Gorden Kaye Joe - Ron Pember Job Centre Clerk - David Graham Vikkie - Sherrie Hewson Mrs Weston - Frances Jeater Amateur Photographer - John Tordoff Terry - Derek Martin Alison - Deidre Costello Charlie - Peter Cleall Andy - John Kane Mr Charlesworth - Bernard Gallagher Mrs Charlesworth - Lynda Baron Sandra/Doreen - Wendy Murray Lady Samantha - Sarah Berger Vicar - Michael Bilton Jenny - Brenda Blethyn GP - Renu Setna Nurse - Tammy UstinovShow more
This production - adapted by John Tams and Sally Ward at the behest of the author - is a moving tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. The story of a farm horse sold from Devon into the mire, wire and machine guns of the Great War of 1914-1918 brings together a stellar cast, including Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins, with music and songs from some of the UK's finest folk musicians. This drama was directed by John Tams, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work on the phenomenally successful War Horse stage epic at the National Theatre ('the theatrical event of the decade' - Times) and which also inspired the Steven Spielberg film. 'Sublime' - Michael Morpurgo, on hearing this completed drama.Show more
40 of Aesop's tales, specially adapted for young children. Read by Richard Briers, Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Pryce, Alison Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Lindsay Duncan and Brenda Blethyn. Stories include: The Hare & the Tortoise/The Frogs & the Ox/The Fox & the Crow/The Monkey as King/The Bundle of Sticks/The Gnat & the Lion/The North Wind & the Sun/The Fox & the Grapes/The Dog, the Cockerel & the Fox/The Miller, His Son & the Donkey/The Wolf & the Heron/The Donkey in the Lion's Skin/The Ant & the Grasshopper/The Vain Jackdaw/The Frogs who Wanted a King/The Cat & the Mice/The Lion & the Mouse/The Caged Bird & the Bat/The Fox & the Goat/The Lion & the Elephant/The Crow & the Pitcher/The Fox & the Stork/Two Travellers & a Bear/The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs/The Kid & the Wolf/The Old Lion & the Fox/The Eagle & the Jackdaw/The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing/The Goatherd & the Wild Goats/The Dog in the Manger/Androcles & The Lion, plus 9 more.Show more
One of the most respected, successful chroniclers of nineteenth-century life, Anthony Trollope is still widely-read and much-loved today, and The Barchester Chronicles - witty moral comedies with a wonderful range of characters - are among his most popular tales. The first in the series, The Warden, finds Rev. Harding forced to question the moral basis of the life he is leading; and in the sequel, Barchester Towers, the Reverend is now plain Mr Harding, bound up in a tale of intrigue, hypocrisy and ambition that will delight the listener. Dr Thorne is a gripping drama of wealth and wedlock; while Framley Parsonage tells the story of a naive, ambitious young clergyman whose unwise associations bring him to the brink of ruin. The Small House at Allington explores the power of devotion, in the form of Lily Dale’s love for self-seeking Adolphus Crosbie. Finally, The Last Chronicle of Barset sees the most popular characters from Trollope’s earlier novels, including the Proudies, Lily, Mr Harding and Archdeacon Grantly, reunited in a moving tale of honesty triumphing over hypocrisy. Nearly twenty hours of ironic, witty and wonderfully written drama is contained in this box set. With a star cast including Brenda Blethyn, Eleanor Bron, Kenneth Cranham, Anna Massey, Leo McKern, Simon Russell Beale and Amanda Root, it is guaranteed to appeal to all fans of Trollope’s comic masterpieces.Show more
Patricia Hodge stars as Cruella de Vil in this full-cast dramatisation of the much-loved story. Pongo lives happily with his human pets Mr. and Mrs. Dearly in a large house in Regent's Park. When his wife Missis produces a litter of 15 beautiful pups, life seems wonderfully complete. But the mysterious disappearance of the puppies suddenly throws everything into turmoil. Pongo, one of the keenest brains in Dogdom, quickly realises that he and Missis are the only hope for their youngsters' survival. And so the fearless pair set out on a bleak winter's journey into great dangers, helped along the way by the gallant Colonel, a sheepdog of the Old School. Dodie Smith's canine classic brought pleasure to millions as a Disney film. All its original charm and warmth are fully evident here in this full-cast dramatisation which stars Patricia Hodge as Cruella de Vil, along with Joan Sims, Brenda Blethyn, Nicky Henson and Polly James.Show more