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I see the moon*....1999
Ghost story, 22 Apr 99,45m, rpt. 2001.

A woman's walk is never done*....1999
Afternoon play, 1 Sep 00.

The old man & the angel*....1998
R4, 11 Jul 1998, with James Bolam.
...........The Old Man & The Angel by Alex Ferguson (R4, 1500 hrs. 11 July) was an excellent play about an old man who loses his wife.........then an angel appears to him. The dialogue between the old man, played by James Bolam, the angel and various people who try to help him, including a particularly unctuous counsellor, is wonderful. Sensitive listeners should have handkerchiefs ready.......ND, VRPCC newsletter, Sep 98

My Uncle Freddie....1997
Set in 1930s Jarrow: trilogy relating the antics of ten-year old Lecky and his imaginative Uncle Freddie. With Gareth Brown, Shaun Prendergast and Charlie Hardwick; director Melanie Harris. Rpt. BBC7 Feb 08.


WALPAMUR AND PLYWOOD....1993
13 Mar 93, SNT, by Alex Ferguson. In 1934, the Ashington branch of the Workers' Educational Association decided to add art appreciation to its evening classes. The WEA and Durham University organised for the painter and teacher Robert Lyon to come and instruct the group, but its members, mainly miners from the Woodhorn and Ellington Collieries, quickly grew dissatisfied with the course. To kindle their interest, Lyon suggested that the group members try creating their own paintings as a means to develop an understanding and appreciation of art.

Features Corin Redgrave as Robert Lyon, with Derek Walmsley, Art Davies, David Begg, Joe Caffrey, John Branwell, Christine Cox, Carole Copeland, James Thackeray and David Swinburn. Directed in Manchester by Dave Sheasby

For more information about what became known as The Ashington Artists Group, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashington_Group

See also 2007 R3 play "The Pitmen Painters" by Lee Hall (adapted from his stage play) which was inspired by William Feaver's 1988 book, "Pitmen Painters: Ashington Group, 1934-84".

A date in September*....1992
3 Feb 92; afternoon play; a man attends an old school reunion after 40-odd years; his wife is not keen on either his old schoolmates or his enthusiasm for seeing them, and with good reason.

HEART'S ACHE, HEART'S EASE....1992
My Uncle Freddie, series 2, no. 1: title as above; 4 Mar 92. Afternoon Play.

A TIME OF DEEP AFFLICTION....1992
My Uncle Freddie, series 2, no. 2: title as above; 11 Mar 92. Afternoon Play.

A CATALOGUE OF DISASTERS....1992
My Uncle Freddie, series 2, no.3: title as above; 18 Mar 92. Afternoon Play.

THE PINEAPPLE KING OF JARROW....1990
My Uncle Freddie, no. 1: title as above; 4 Apr 90. Afternoon Play.

A SHOCKING DAY....1990
My Uncle Freddie, no. 2: title as above; 11 Apr 90. Afternoon Play.

FOR THE HONOUR OF THE FAMILY....1990
My Uncle Freddie, no. 3: title as above; 18 Apr 90. Afternoon Play.


SNT=Saturday Night Theatre.



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