Radio Plays: Christmas

The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding....2004
John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot next week in another yuletide adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunit. Poirot must try and retrieve a priceless stolen ruby as he attends a Christmas house party. Donald Sinden also features in the cast. First broadcast in Dec 2004, directed by Enyd Williams. BBC7 repeat, Christmas day 2007.

Old Harry’s Game Christmas Special....2002
Not really "drama", but very well-scripted and excellent comedy. In part one of this two-part tale, Satan's powers of nastiness are undermined by the arrival of the beautiful and saintly Hope Fraser, sent to Hell as a result of administrative errors. Written by and starring Andy Hamilton; first broadcast in December 2002. BBC7 repeat: Christmas Day 2007.

Paul Hague arrives home on Christmas Eve to find other people living in his house. He's arrested after a fight breaks out. The police can find no evidence of his existence. Cathy Tyson stars in Daniel Brocklehurst's drama first broadcast in December 1999. BBC7 rpt. Christmas Eve 2007.
The Exorcism....1992
Radio version of Don Taylor's stage play. A sinister tale of a group of friends trapped in a cottage at Christmas.

THE LINTEL....1992
By Albert Welling. "Timeslip" play. Set on a cold, snowy Christmas Day, now and a century ago.

By Lucy Gannon, 25 Dec 89. A couple move into a cottage, which a bunch of friendly ghosts haunt.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas....1986
Peter Sallis stars as the Belgian sleuth in this seasonal whodunit by Agatha Christie. First broadcast in December 1986, with Manning Wilson, Edward de Souza and Nicky Henson. Directed by Enyd Williams.

Dad’s Army: Present Arms....1974
Christmas Special Edition 1974. As the 'season of goodwill' approaches, Captain Mainwaring and his men use their rifles and their wits in a no-holds-barred contest with Captain Square and the Eastgate Platoon for the honour of guarding a Very Important Personage. 60 minutes of Yuletide fun from 1974. BBC7 repeat: 28 Dec 07.

..........THREE DAYS OF FROST, by R.D.Wingfield, broadcast in 1977 in 'Saturday Night Theatre'. A complex mystery about a lost child, set in sub-zero temperatures at Christmas, it also featured Jack May as Superintendant Mullett and Steve Hodson as D.C.Barnard, here the narrator.

Round The Horne: Cinderella....1967
OK - apologies for more comedy - but it's good. Who is waiting for Prince Charming to come calling? Find out in this seasonal comedy with Kenneth Horne and chums. First broadcast in December 1967. BBC7 repeat: Christmas Day 2007.

The Goon Show: A Christmas Carol....1959
More comedy: The gang are in festive mood as Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale is re-hashed in their inimitable anarchic fashion by Messrs. Milligan, Sellers and Secombe. Originally broadcast in December 1959. BBC7 repeat, Christmas Eve 2007.

Hancock’s Half Hour: Hancock’s Happy Christmas....1956
Comedy / drama: Christmas spirit is hardly abundant in the Hancock household in this droll classic episode from December 1956. Starring Tony Hancock, Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams as the Vicar. Listen for guest appearances from writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. BBC7 repeat: Christmas Day 2007.

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Above plays known to exist in vrpcc collections.

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