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The entire first and second series of the popular TV series about Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), an infernal snob out to irritate her neighbours. Married to the hen-pecked Richard (Clive Swift), Routledge follows in the success of Kitty on 'The Victoria Wood Show' and her performance in Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads'.
Sidney Poitier stars in this British drama based on E.R. Braithwaite's novel. Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is an engineer who loses his job and turns to teaching in a tough school in London's East End. He immediately faces hostility from his students - the graduating class - who are determined to break his spirit. However, Thackeray counters by treating the teenagers as young adults, attempting to prepare them for life in the outside world. Gradually, as he takes the class on field trips to museums and similar outings, Thackeray earns both their affection and respect.
The complete collection of Alan Bennett's twelve monologues, which tell the bittersweet tales of 'ordinary, uneventful, desperate lives'. Patricia Routledge stars in 'A Lady of Letters', Maggie Smith in 'Bed Among the Lentils', Stephanie Cole in 'Soldiering On', Julie Walters in 'Her Big Chance', Thora Hird in 'A Cream Cracker Under the Settee', Patricia Routledge in 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet', Eileen Atkins in 'The Hand of God', David Haig in 'Playing Sandwiches', Julie Walters in 'The Outside Dog', Penelope Wilton in 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' and Thora Hird in 'Waiting for the Telegram'.
BBC dramatisation of the classic Dickens novel. Young David Copperfield (Honathan Kahn)'s life is not a happy one. After the death of his father, his mother marries the villainous Edward Murdstone (Gareth Thomas). When his mother also dies, David (David Yelland) moves to live with the Micawbers (Arthur Lowe and Patricia Routledge) and encounters the scoundrel Uriah Heep (Martin Jarvis).
All 44 episodes of the popular TV series about Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), an infernal snob out to irritate her neighbours, who insists on pronouncing her surname 'Bouquet', and is married to the hen-pecked Richard (Clive Swift). Episodes comprise: 'Daddy's Accident', 'The New Vicar', 'Stately Home', 'The Charity Shop', 'Daisy's Toyboy', 'The Christening', 'A Strange Man', 'Driving Mrs Fortesque', 'The Candlelight Supper', 'Hyacinth Tees Off', 'Problems With Relatives', 'Onslow's Birthday', 'Singing For Emmett', 'The Toy Store', 'The Three-Piece Suite', 'A Picnic For Daddy', 'The Father Christmas Suit', 'Early Retirement', 'Iron Age Remains', 'Violet's Country Cottage', 'How to Go On Holiday Without Really Trying', 'Richard's New Hobby', 'The Art Exhibition', 'What To Wear When Yachting', 'A Job For Richard', 'Country Retreat', 'A Celebrity For The Barbeque', 'The Commodore', 'Looking At Properties', 'Please Mind Your Head', 'Let There Be Light', 'Sea Fever', 'Angel Gabriel Blue', 'The Senior Citizen's Outing', 'The Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball', 'Hyacinth Is Alarmed', 'Riparian Entertainment', 'Skis', 'The Country House Sale', 'The Boy Friend', ' A Barbeque At Violet's', 'The Rolls Royce', 'The Hostess' and The Pageant'.
A selection of BBC plays and observational pieces written by celebrated playwright Alan Bennett. The collection includes: 'A Visit From Miss Prothero', 'Sunset Across the Bay', 'A Day Out', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'Our Winnie', 'An Englishman Abroad', 'Dinner at Noon', 'The Insurance Man', '102 Boulevard Haussman', 'A Question of Attribution' and 'Portrait Or Bust'.
A fabulous six-CD audio box-set containing the entire collection of stories by Beatrix Potter, complete and unabridged. The twenty-three tales in this giftset, have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. 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. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers, including Patricia Routledge, Timothy West, Michael Hordern, Janet Maw, and Rosemary Leach.
A collection of complete BBC series starring Britain's best-loved comedienne Victoria Wood. The collection includes 'As Seen On TV', 'Acorn Antiques', all six short plays from 'Victoria Wood Presents' and the travel documentary series 'Victoria's Empire'.
Twelve classic Christie short stories are given a modern spin in these BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. Agatha Christie is the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', and these twelve short stories showcase her skilful plotting and talent for producing compelling mysteries. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. Among the star cast are Tom Hollander, Emilia Fox, Patricia Routledge, Julia McKenzie, Neil Dudgeon, Richard Griffiths, Rebecca Front and Andrew Sachs. Unconventional detective Parker Pyne features in two of the stories, all twelve of which are infused with Agatha Christie's trademark tension and suspense. These tantalising tales of revenge, jealousy, love and death will thrill her many fans. The stories are: Philomel Cottage Swan Song Magnolia Blossom Witness for the Prosecution The Gates of Baghdad The Hound of Death In a Glass Darkly The Dressmaker's Doll The Case of the Perfect Carer The GBP199 Adventure The Gypsy The Last Seance Duration: 5 hours 30 mins approx.
BBC adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens. Nigel Havers stars as the eponymous young hero, who is cruelly thrown out into the world to seek his fortune. Along the way he meets a rich assortment of oddball characters who could only have originated from the quill of Dickens, played by a supporting cast that includes Freddie Jones, Liz Smith and Patricia Routledge.
A unique collection of twelve full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are Forty Years On ; A Visit from Miss Prothero ; Say Something Happened ; Kafka's Dick ; Two in Torquay ; The Madness of George III ; The History Boys ; An Englishman Abroad; A Question of Attribution; The Lady in the Van ; Cocktail Sticks and The Last of the Sun. The cast includes John Gielgud, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Alex Jennings and many more. Duration: 15 hours approx
The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, A Woman of No Importance. Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are:A Woman of No Importance (Patricia Routledge); A Chip in the Sugar (Alan Bennett); A Lady of Letters (Patricia Routledge); Bed Among the Lentils (Anna Massey); Soldiering On (Stephanie Cole); Her Big Chance (Julie Walters); A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (ThoraHird); Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (Patricia Routledge); The Hand of God (Eileen Atkins); Playing Sandwiches (David Haig); The Outside Dog (Julie Walters); Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Penelope Wilton) and Waiting for the Telegram (Thora Hird). Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.
Darker and more intense than the first collection, these six stories uncover the secrets behind ordinary suburban lives. From Patricia Routledge's Miss Fozzard, whose new chiropodist turns out to be rather peculiar, to Eileen Atkins' portryal of an antiques dealer who lets a masterpiece slip through her fingers, the characters come alive through Bennett's writing. These tales of desperation and loneliness are handled with the lightness of touch, compassion and shrewdly observed detail that have made Alan Bennett one of the country's best-loved writers. The stories included are: 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet' read by Patricia Routledge; 'The Hand of God' read by Eileen Atkins; 'Playing Sandwiches' read by David Haig; 'The Outside Dog' read by Julie Walters; 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' read by Penelope Wilton and 'Waiting for the Telegram' read by Thora Hird. 3 CDs. 3 hrs 22 mins.
Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation and vulnerability. In these compelling pieces, Bennett displays the wry observation, knowing irony and tender understatement that have ensured his rightful place at the forefront of contemporary writing. The stories included are: `A Chip in the Sugar' read by Alan Bennett; `A Lady of Letters' read by Patricia Routledge; `Bed Among the Lentils' read by Anna Massey; `Soldiering On' read by Stephanie Cole; `Her Big Chance' read by Julie Walters and `A Cream Cracker Under the Settee' read by Thora Hird. 3 CDs. 3 hrs 15 mins.
Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. In a shocking scandal, the like of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the eighteenth century, Lord Peter Wimsey's elder brother, the Duke of Denver, stands accused of murder. Lord Peter is determined to prove his brother's innocence, yet finds him strangely uncooperative. Furthermore, other family members apparently oppose Peter's attempts to get to the truth. His sister, Lady Mary, seems to know more than she is letting on - could the Duke be protecting her? In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family, and finds himself faced with the unhappy alternative of sending either his brother or his sister to the gallows. Until he himself becomes a target... Patricia Routledge plays the Dowager Duchess in this classic dramatisation, alongside Maria Aitken as Lady Mary and Miriam Margolyes as Mrs Hardraw.
"Sinead Cusack, Anna Massey, Patricia Routledge, Andrew Sachs, and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies star in this 1974 BBC Radio full-cast production of Chekhov s classic play"
Madame Ranyevskaya and her daughter Anya have returned home from Paris to discover that their family estate which includes their beloved cherry orchard has to be sold to cover the family s debts. They believe a miracle can save their orchard. But will their stubborn pride and fond, childhood memories be enough?
Chekhov s tragic-comedy is about the passing of an era and is a timeless study of a Russian aristocratic family desperately clinging to the past.
Among the star cast in this 1974 production are Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Sinead Cusack, Anna Massey, Patricia Routledge, and Andrew Sachs.
The Classic Radio Theatre series presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights and starring some of our finest actors."
When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception, they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter-writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics, but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot - while remaining the firmest of pen-pals. Feisty, naughty and endlessly funny, Ladies of Letters provides a hilarious insight into suburban friendships as they really are! 'Quite honestly as I laid the last letter aside I felt a better person for having glimpsed behind the net curtains of Mrs Small's and Mrs Spencer's life.' - Sue Townsend. 1 CD. 1 hr 30 mins.
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