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Until the time of her death in 2003, much-loved actress Thora Hird worked regularly with the playwright Alan Bennett. Now, in a specially written introduction and postscript, Bennett recalls his work and friendship with Thora, and introduces three examples of their collaboration. In The Last of the Sun, Dolly's remaining days in an old people's home are enlivened by a seemingly respectable man. Recorded in 2002, Thora Hird's last ever performance, in a part written especially for her, is moving and memorable. In A Cream Cracker Under the Settee, Doris has taken a fall at home, and until someone comes to rescue her she's left immobile and in reflective mood. This monologue features one of Thora's best-remembered performances. Waiting for the Telegram sees Violet remembering how she lost her first young man - but she does not see how close she is to losing her second. This heartbreaking piece won Thora Hird huge critical acclaim, and showcases her acting genius.
The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including James Bachman, Sarah Hadland and Susy Kane, as well as guest star David Mitchell as the Rev Godly Fecund. Series Four begins with Pip, who must enlist the help of his former nemesis to fight a new evil spreading terror and cake-crumbs through the streets of London. 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Contains all six episodes from the fourth BBC Radio 4 series. 'A freshly minted comedy classic' - Guardian.
Ed Reardon (Christopher Douglas) - author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns for a fourth series. In these six episodes, Ed surprises the literary world by still being alive and finds romance. He also, finally, comes up with a once-in-a-lifetime idea - but then loses it. And in the last episode, 'Trimarans That Pass in the Night', love is in the air for Ed. But it's far from plain sailing. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this complete fourth series of Ed Reardon's Week includes guest appearances by Morwenna Banks and Geoffrey McGivern. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.
Speeches by Great Entertainment Celebrities is a compilation of contributors to the entertainment industry. From filmmakers, producers, and stars to music icons, book writers, and comedians, this collection features words, talks, addresses, reflections, tips, and speeches about their lives and accomplishments.Alfred Hitchcock - Speaks of film making (22:58)James Cameron - Talks about making Avatar and Titanic (16:37)Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Sheen - Reflect on the making of Apocalypse Now (57:51)Martin Scorsese - Making movies and the preservation of film (31:05)Steven Spielberg - Speaks at the Academy of Achievement (12:18)Bill Haley - Talks about the early days of rock 'n' roll (3:48)Elvis Presley - Vancouver, BC, press conference from 1957 (22:35)The Beatles - BBC interview (8:31)Brian Epstein - Talks about managing the Beatles and the music business (14:32)Jimmy Buffett - 2015 University of Miami commencement address (18:33)Ernest Hemingway - Receiving the Nobel Prize (2:08)Ray Bradbury - Writing tips (51:45)Tom Clancy - Speaks on America, government, the private sector, and writing (39:45)John Grisham - 2010 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill commencement (18:30)Katharine Hepburn - Reads a letter she wrote to Spencer Tracy (6:40)Marilyn Monroe - Press conference and "e;Happy Birthday"e; to JFK (2:00)Clint Eastwood - "e;Empty Chair"e; address at 2012 Republican National Convention (11:12)Robert Redford - 2013 Westminster College Commencement Address (16:57)Barbara Walters - Yale Class of 2012 commencement (24:37)Jennifer Lopez - Address to the Woman's Conference 2008 (10:48)Bob Newhart - Speaks at the Press Club (48:53)Don Rickles - 1985 Address at Ronald Reagan's inauguration party (5:28)
Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio from 1935 to 1959, featuring its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan. Living in the fictional midwestern city of Wistful Vista, Fibber was an American teller of tall tales and a braggart, usually to the exasperation of his long-suffering wife, Molly, who tried to keep him out of trouble. Fibber's weekly schemes would be interrupted by, inspired by, and often played upon the people of Wistful Vista, a set of regular players and characters that were as beloved as the stars of the program.Life in their town of Wistful Vista followed a well-developed formula but was always fresh. The show began as a comic reflection of Depression-era America, but as time went on and the shadows of war came over the nation, the show again caught the mood of the country. World War II was fought on the home front in Wistful Vista as surely as anywhere else in America, but here they had the benefit of Fibber's somewhat addled perspective on life.
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character appearing each week on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show. On August 31, 1941, Gildersleeve landed his own situation comedy, The Great Gildersleeve, becoming radio's first spin-off.Gildersleeve moved from the town of Wistful Vista, where Fibber McGee and Molly lived, to Summerfield, where he oversaw his late brother-in-law's estate and took on the rearing of his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie and Leroy Forrester. The household also included a cook named Birdie. The Great Gildersleeve was the first show to center on a single parent balancing child rearing, work, and a social life, and it was accomplished with taste and genuine wit, often at the expense of Gildersleeve's slightly understated pomposity.Radio veteran Hal Peary originated the role of Gildersleeve and performs here in these twelve episodes that aired from December 1947 to March 1948:"e;New Year's Eve Party"e;"e;Anne Tuttle's Back in Town"e;"e;Marjorie's New Romance"e;"e;School Board Election"e;"e;License Plate Time"e;"e;Acting Mayor"e;"e;Getting Glasses"e;"e;Leila's Cousin Arrives in Town"e;"e;Adeline Is Trying to Steal Birdie"e;"e;Girl Shy Leroy"e;"e;The Duel"e;"e;Adeline Wants to Visit the Jolly Boys"e;
This is a practical storytelling guide from comedian, winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, and founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program Margot Leitman. Did you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises.
Some say having an open window while you sleep at night is a guarantee of good health. For young Ellen, it was an open invitation to allow all manner of scary things to enter her cozy little bedroom. As she grew older, Ellen discovered an open window wasn't so scary after all. As a child she shivered from fear. But now she shivers with anticipation...
Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a young woman running a farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl.Living with her mole-obsessed, gun-happy, cider-drinking father, Sally has her work cut out. But with the love of local farm boy Johnny Hutchins and their mutual passion for Elvis and farm machinery, life can be full of frolics.Devon Girl is a light-hearted look at farming with a fair sprinkling of colorful locals, such as the adorable best friend Mary, an imposing lesbian vicar, and local irresistible calf dealer Richard Sucksmith. Grab a cup of tea and sit back for a bit of a giggle with this British comedy directed by multiple award-winning BBC producer Cherry Cookson.
A hilarious BBC Radio Four spoof from Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuireToday on Radio Hoohah:In My Mind delves into the thoughts of Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler and her passion for pugs, Shakespeare, and taking her clothes off when she totally doesn't realize it.Popular soap opera The Burgers has a few surprises in store when Mrs. White slips on some conditioner in the hairdressers.What's New has an exclusive look into Dorothy Ahlwhala's latest novel, Raspberry Ripple, Iron Hoof; the latest theater and music releases; as well as a political hot potato: globalization.
Biddlecombe is a perfectly ordinary English seaside town-except everyone there has been turned to stone.Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange truth of what happened when middle-aged and romantically disappointed hairdresser Marjorie Briggs finds something in a polythene bag on the beach that didn't belong there-something ancient and terrible with the power to seriously muck up the lives of Marjorie and all those she loves and hates.
This lively hour of stories, songs, and poems about love were performed before a live audience at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, New York. Among the highlights of the evening was a parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? called "e;Who's Afraid of a Virginian's Wrath?"e; as played by George and Martha Washington, performed by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg; Lorie singing "e;The Aroma Thyme Bistro Opera"e; and reading "e;Ode to a Transfer Station"e;; and Joe and Lorie in a sketch called "e;Valentine Vignette."e; There is also some great piano playing by Wayne Hosford and a healthy eating tip from Aroma Thyme Bistro owner and chef Marcus Giuliano. The hour is hosted and produced by Joe Bevilacqua, with additional music by Paul Salomone.
Dorcus A Speculation for Public Radio. Dorcus profiles a young surgeon who makes a giant difference for her tiny patients. Script: Jeff Ward Production: Union Signal Cast: Josh Weinstein Jeff Ward Carolyn Baeumler Bibb Bailey Danton Stone Jerry Gerber Union Signal is Jeff Ward and Doug Bost. From their ruined garage, they've been producing radio plays that have been heard on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, and Bavarian State Radio, as well as local stations across the country and Joe Bevilacqua's The Comedy-O-Rama Hour. Their plays have won awards with the BBC and the Midwest Radio Theater Workshop, as well as the Mark Time and Charles Ogle Awards. Doug Bost's screenplays include Diminished Capacity, Kubuku Rides (This Is It), Focus Group, and Policy of Truth. Radio plays include Dead Man's Hole, Roadkill, The Dan, and The Bride in the Box. His short stories have been heard on KCRW's Unfictional. Jeff Ward writes radio plays and musicals. He is the author of December 17, The Toad, Georgia, and the hard-hitting, impeccably researched documentaries Dorcus and October Surprise. He wrote the musical Take One and has written jokes for SNL's Weekend Update. Waterlogg Productions is a full service audio/video entertainment company, founded in 2002 by husband and wife creative duo Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg. They are the proud distributors of Union Signal, whose plays have graced Joe Bev's The Comedy-O-Ram in its XM Radio incarnation. Together, Joe and Lorie have been responsible for over 150 titles distributed exclusively by Blackstone Audio. Check out their website at www.Waterlogg.com.
The Toad Retribution springs from the marshes in another thrilling adventure in the annals of Clovis DeWitt, alias The Toad. Script: Jeff Ward Production: Union Signal Music and engineering: Mark Ballora Artwork: Jimmy Dean Horn Cast: Jeff Ward David McDaniel Bob Sadler Trissy Callan Doug Bost Mark Ballora Steve Farrell David Rainey Priscilla Holbrook Mary Micari Michael Mabern Mike Giordano Union Signal is Jeff Ward and Doug Bost. From their ruined garage, they've been producing radio plays that have been heard on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, and Bavarian State Radio, as well as local stations across the country and Joe Bevilacqua's The Comedy-O-Rama Hour. Their plays have won awards with the BBC and the Midwest Radio Theater Workshop, as well as the Mark Time and Charles Ogle Awards.Doug Bost's screenplays include Diminished Capacity, Kubuku Rides (This Is It), Focus Group, and Policy of Truth. Radio plays include Dead Man's Hole, Roadkill, The Dan, and The Bride in the Box. His short stories have been heard on KCRW's Unfictional. Jeff Ward writes radio plays and musicals. He is the author of December 17, The Toad, Georgia, and the hard-hitting, impeccably researched documentaries Dorcus and October Surprise. He wrote the musical Take One and has written jokes for SNL's Weekend Update. Waterlogg Productions is a full service audio/video entertainment company, founded in 2002 by husband and wife creative duo Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg. They are the proud distributors of Union Signal, whose plays have graced Joe Bev's The Comedy-O-Ram in its XM Radio incarnation. Together, Joe and Lorie have been responsible for over 150 titles distributed exclusively by Blackstone Audio. Check out their website at www.Waterlogg.com.
Permafrost is an unincorporated (and entirely concocted) town on the logging road, off the gravel road, off the county road from Big Falls, in Koochiching County, Minnesota. It went into the unusually hard winter of 1887-88 and never came out. Oh, it isn't frozen in time, it's just frozen.There is what is called a "e;microclimate"e; around Permafrost. About two square miles around the town and a lake are below freezing all year round. It doesn't get bitter cold even in winter, or warm even in summer, just freezing, all the time. It's no wonder Permafrost is the ice-fishingest place around.Permafrost, MN is an audio serial in thirteen three-minute episodes about the people who live and work in the town. Together they tell about one important event in the history of the town, and each episode tells a part of this tale with a short story of its own.You'll meet Finch Shelmerdine and her parents who run the Frozen Filet Cafe. You'll hear from Bux Hootkins, who lives in Permafrost but has a place in Texas that he visits in the summer because he likes the extremes. You'll find Melody McCleod, Permafrost's mail carrier and town gossip who, if there's not enough to gossip about in a small town, just makes it up. Then there is Les Decksia, town historian, who claims he remembers the threat of a thaw back in '69. And they are all a little nuts to live in a remote and frozen place like Permafrost, Minnesota.This is a very Minnesota program, with likable characters and humorous situations and events, written, produced, and performed by Minnesotans and richly enhanced with original music and sound effects.Permafrost, MN is one of the plays from the Great Northern Audio Theatre, which creates its own unique, original brand of lighthearted, comic stories that evoke the inventiveness of Firesign Theatre and the sophistication of Norman Corwin, celebrated American creator of radio drama.Permafrost, MN performers include Irene Ruderman, Donna Alexander, Don Cosgrove, Rebecca Fay, David Hennessey, Dean Johnson, Carolyn Press, Mark Sulander, Jerry Stearns. Original theme music is by Mike Wheaton. Radio music is by Darren Callahan.
Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest consulting detective, is on trial for his life!Trapped in a nightmarish court room and charged with endangering the public and his friends, Holmes is forced to relive some of his most bizarre cases with only Doctor Watson to aid his defense.Gasp at the Adventure of the Lizard's Hands! Work your brain into a frenzy of confusion as our heroes uncover the mystery of a dead man found in the middle of Regent Street! Steady your nerves as you bear witness to some snakes! On a train!But is all this evidence enough to satisfy a mysterious judge with a vendetta against our hero?Starring Peter Davis, Matthew Woodcock, Simon Kane, Laura Marshall, and Ben Whitehead
Emails Abroad is a play based on travels abroad relayed by e-mails between an ingenuous first-time traveler and her disillusioned home-bound sister. It culminates in their role-reversal, with the possibility of closure, a tragic end, or a new beginning.Starring Maggie Turner and Robin Miller
It's Valentine's Day, but events turn less than romantic when one of the members of a dating site is murdered. Can detective Jean-Pierre LePoulet find the killer?Recorded in front of an audience at the New Diorama Theatre, The St. Valentine's Day Murder stars Neil Frost, Mike Garnell, Debbie Bearelle, Philp Noth, Laura Marsall, Jade Allen, Laura Ashenden, Matthew Woodcock, and Kevin Haney.
When Connie's beloved husband, Jack, dies after twenty-seven years of marriage, Connie hopes that her only son, Gary, will console her. Gary, however, finds that level of commitment a bit, well, too much of a commitment. Connie is left with interfering neighbor Val until Gary's girlfriend Sandra rings with some unexpected news.This sets Connie on a journey from a village in the Midlands to Hackney and eventually to Ghana as she finds a way to come to terms with her grief and to forge new friendships and a new life.Starring Maggie Turner, Michael Good, Marishka Tharani, Nic Van Gelder, Ike Ononye, Linda Mathis, Carrie Cohen, and Fran Kirkham
Based on the true story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, perhaps one of the greatest mass murderers of all time, a woman who tortured and killed over 600 young women for their bloodToo noble to be executed, in 1610 the "e;Bloody Lady of Cachtice"e; was bricked up in a set of rooms in her own castle in Slovakia. Why then should the young and beautiful Katya be at the castle door attracting the close attention of the gaoler and wanting a job looking after Countess? Is it revenge or some more ghostly visit from Bathory's past? And if she should help her escape ...Starring Josephine Arden, Mike Garnell, Fiz Marcus, and Andrew Ward
On the anniversary of his wife's death, Leo Carlin and his two sons come together for their traditional night of sharing the good and not-so-good memories of the dearly departed Mrs. Carlin. Beers are drunk. Plans are hatched. Secrets are revealed.The Mighty Carlins is a black comedy that celebrates a family at its worst.Starring Shane Rimmer, Christopher Ragland, and Christian Malcolm
Stage Fright by Lynn Howes, directed by Emma TaylorA savagely funny satire on celebrity and theater that garnered five-star reviews at its world premiere, Stage Fright charts the struggle for supremacy between three actors appearing in a play together: old friends Peter and Charles, and Geraldine, the young and vulnerable actress they have befriended.As opening night approaches, it becomes apparent that Geraldine is not who she appears to be, and the friends must fight to salvage their pride, their identity, and their reputations in this thought-provoking tragicomedy.
No Cause for Alarm is a silly play.It has no comment to make about the human condition, love in the twenty-first century, or the Iraq war.Starring James Ash, Michael Good, Ceri Gifford, Jennifer McFarlane, Gareth Rubin, Tim Smith, Trevor Cutherbertson, Jack Bowman, and Neil Frost
Rob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, television personality, the new doyen of Just a Minute, and apparently, Stephen Fry's new best friend. But all isn't quite as it seems, and when Stephen discovers that Rob's BAFTA-winning script was stolen, he undertakes to expose Rob for the fraud he is.We Are the BBC is the follow-up to the hugely popular 2011 hit We Are Not the BBC and stars Adam Hall, Susan Casanove, Simon Stanhope, Andrew Macbean, Nick Lucas, Ann Theato, Alison Mead, Claire Wyatt, Cheska Moon, Katharine Waugh, and Silas Hawkins, with Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry as themselves.
This story is a lighthearted look at the radio drama production process as seen by the members of an amateur dramatics society in a sleepy suburb of Swansea.It can't be difficult to make your own play for radio, can it? And with a LAMDA-trained professional actor at the helm, surely nothing could go wrong. After their attempt at Mike Leigh-inspired improvisation doesn't exactly produce satisfactory results, things start to look up when a visiting celebrity agrees to step in and play the lead role.Starring Adam Hall, Susan Casanove, Andrew Macbean, Nick Lucas, Katharine Waugh, Ceri Gifford, and Christopher Timothy
The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Richard Johnson, Anthony Head, and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including Tom Allen, James Bachman, Sarah Hadland, Susie Kane and Mark Evans - and guest starring Raquel Cassidy as Miss Sweetly Delightful, the nicest woman in the world, and Jane Asher as Mr Gently Benevolent's evil mother. Series Three begins several years after the death, for the second time, of Mr Gently Benevolent. All seems well as Pip Bin enjoys fame and wealth for his hugely popular invention, the bin, until... 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Contains all six episodes from the third BBC Radio 4 series.Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'A freshly minted comedy classic... balls-to-the-wall silliness with flourishes of surrealism' - Guardian Guide.
To piger fra det nordvestlige London drømmer om at blive dansere, men kun den ene har talent. Den anden er optaget af rytme og tid, af sorte kroppe og sort musik, af tilhørsforhold og af frihed. De to piger udvikler et tæt, men aldrig ukompliceret venskab, som ender brat, da pigerne er i begyndelsen af tyverne, et venskab som de aldrig genoptager, men som de heller ikke kan glemme.Tracy bliver professionel danser, men har det svært med voksenlivet. Hendes veninde lægger barndommes arbejderkvarter bag sig og rejser verden rundt som assistent for Aimee, en verdenskendt popstjerne.Da Aimee kaster sig ud i et storstilet velgørenhedsprojekt, følger vi fortælleren fra London til Vestafrika, hvor hun møder europæiske efterkommere på jagt efter deres rødder, unge afrikanske mænd der sætter livet på spil for en bedre fremtid i Europa, kvinder der danser ligesom Tracy – de samme bevægelser, den samme rytme, og hun må sande, at den grundlæggende ulighed i samfundet ikke kun skyldes historiske forhold, men er en konstant og reproducerende faktor.Zadie Smith regnes for en af Englands, måske hele den engelsksprogede verdens, største nulevende forfattere. Hendes nye bog Swing Time blev en omgående bestseller i både England og USA og var en af 2016’s bedst anmeldte bøger."Zadie Smith is our greatest novelist of race, class, and gender. Swing Time proves it." – Vox"Moving, funny and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire's or Michael Jacksons grace." – Kirkus (Starred Review) "Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation, and Swing Time is her best book to date. As the title promises, the novel swings and pulsates with life, filled with emotion, excited by intellect and haunted by sadness. What a miracle that literature can still do things other forms of art cannot. What a miracle that Zadie Smith is among us, writing." – Gary Shteyngart