Ronald Pickup, Paul Ritter and Kate Duchêne star in Nick Warburton’s comedy about one community’s attempts to resist change
When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a clifftop house in Yorkshire, they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who treats their home as his own and the local town as his own personal fiefdom. But the sea is eroding the land, and John is intent on stopping them all from being evicted, so the Wells’ reluctantly embrace him as an ally. As he entangles them in his conservation battles, Clare and Richard find themselves drawn into the Breck Howe Preservation Society, an unlikely group attempting to defend their town against the worst ills of modernity. Their lives will never be the same again...
North meets South in this comedic clash of cultures, written by award-winning dramatist Nick Warburton. Ronald Pickup stars as John Hector, with Paul Ritter as Richard and Kate Duchêne as Clare.
Written by Nick Warburton
Directed by Sally Avens
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January 2016 (The Vauxgarth Pig), 11-25 August 2017 (Series 1), 16 November-14 December 2018 (Series 2)
Richard Wells – Paul Ritter
Clare Wells – Kate Duchêne
John Hector – Ronald Pickup
Lux – Michelle Asante
Penrith – Chris Pavlo
Trafford/Hugh – Gerard McDermott
Mrs Cardabbon – Susan James
Estate Agent – Caolan McCarthy
Ticket Lady – Kerry Gooderson
Guard – Bob Blythe
Tiffany – Louise Brealey
Librarian – Chetna Pandya/Liam Lau Fernandez
Mrs Briggs of Events – Sanchia McCormack/Elizabeth Counsell
Headley – Philip Fox
Norwegian Herring Enthusiast – Simon Ludders
Ralph Bell – Sean Murray
MC/Trevor Butt – Tony Turner
Robust Betty – Emma Handy
Rude Girl/Brandi – Saffron Coomber
Barb/WPC – Jeannette Percival
Mikey/Surly Reader/Tourist – Cameron Percival
Chucker/A Heavy – Don Gilet
Anthony/Wayne/Seasider – Lewis Bray
Himself – Jonathan Agnew
Out of print for many years, this is a brand new edition of the definitive companion to the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series of novels, written by the author himself.
What was daily life in Nelson's navy really like, for everyone from the captain down to the rawest recruit? What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of watches? How were the officers and crew paid, and what was the division of prize-money?
These questions and many more are answered in Patrick O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy.
The meticulously researched text provides an unparalleled insight into life during wartime in the Napoleonic era, and offers a wonderfully evocative companion to the world of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin.
Great British Trials presents a fascinating glimpse into three of the most notorious crimes and trials of the last 100 years. Through original trial transcripts, eyewitness accounts and contemporary newspaper reports, we witness the actual events that made each trial a cause célèbre of its day. In March 1950 Timothy Evans, aged 25, was hanged for the murder of his wife and child. 16 years later the Queen was to grant him a full pardon. So why did Timothy Evans confess to murder? Why was John Christie not arrested until three years later? And what was the gruesome discovery behind the kitchen wall? The shocking truth of the sordid events that took place behind the doors of number 10 Rillington Place was to horrify the nation. The Trial of Evans & Christie - 10 Rillington Place, starring Ronald Pickup as John Reginald Halliday ChristieFully Dramatised starring Ronald Pickup; Terence Edmond; Trevor Nichols; John Baddeley; Robin Welch; Nicola Barber; Elizabeth Mansfield; Howard Ward; Jonathan Wrather
John Masefield (1878–1967) was one of the most prolific, popular and successful poets of the twentieth century. Masefield broke upon Edwardian literature with the startling work entitled The Everlasting Mercy, which described the spiritual enlightenment of a drunken poacher. Over the span of his lifetime, he was appointed Poet Laureate and amassed a large number of admirers, which included such high-profile names as John Betjeman, Robert Graves and W.B. Yeats. This collection contains thirty-six poems and spans Masefield’s entire career. There are early poems from Salt-Water Ballads (1902) and Ballads (1903), followed by extracts from the narrative poems The Everlasting Mercy, Dauber and Reynard the Fox. The selection also includes a number of sonnets including ‘On Growing Old’, as well as his poetry on the Romans, alongside a number of rarities.
John Zebedee was found killed with a knife in the night. Who killed him, cloaked in darkness?
With just days to live, a dying policeman finally reflects on the many cases of his career. The case stands out amongst the rest: the case of John Zebedee. The case that changed his life forever.
He candidly reveals his involvement in a murder case many years before. As a young police constable in London, he recalls how a young woman burst in with news of a gruesome killing...
Detective story by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1881.
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.
Written over four hundred years ago, 'Hamlet' still remains one of the most powerful, influential and thrilling tragedies in the English language. The story of Prince Hamlet and his quest for vengeance has been interpreted countless times on stage, film and television. With its riveting plot featuring murder and supernatural horror; and presenting possibly the most fascinating character in the history of drama, it never fails to enthral. This BBC archive production from 1971 was produced by the renowned John Tydeman and features a cast of highly-regarded actors, with music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.