DAVID BUCK (1936-1989)
David was a well-known actor who worked on stage and on radio but was better known to the public for his television and film work. He was in The Mummy's Shroud, Deadfall and A Taste of Excitement in the 1960s. He was married to the actress Madeleine Smith.
He later began to write, and created original plays and adaptations for BBC radio, the details of which are listed below. He continued to work as an actor. He recorded 13 episodes of Sherlock Holmes with Barry Foster, taking the part of Dr. Watson in 1978. He adapted eighteen Raffles stories (by Hornung) for radio, wrote historical dramas including 'Conflict of Doves' set at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, and he adapted a creepy tale from the Ingoldsby Legends which was broadcast in the "Fear on Four" series; he played the part of the undertaker.
17.12.73 The Ballad of Cock Lane, Monday Play
07.05.75 Pact, Thirty Minute Theatre
02.07.77 The Resurrectionist
??.??.80 The Resurrectionist, World Service, different cast from 1977
??.??.81 The Ballad of Cock Lane' World Service, different cast from 1973
10.01.83 Barnsdale Wake, Monday Play
28.07.86 Conflict of Doves, Monday Play
??.??.88 That Wretched Smithson Girl: Episodes In an Artist's Life, R3
24.05.89 Moonlight and the Black Cat, Afternoon Play, rpt 25.12.89
??.??.89 The Dead Drummer, “Fear on Four”
20.03.80 The Image of God, medieval mysteries, Drama Now, 20.03.1980 to 03.04.1980
18.03.80 The Mysteries: Talk by David Buck about the background to The Image of God.
20.12.87 Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas, R4, originally World Service 1981
13.09.81 Solo: by Robert Nye, ad David Buck.
20.08.84 Her Privates We, from Frederick Manning , Monday Play
1985, 1988 & 1992: Raffles by E. W. Hornung; 18 episodes in three series
12.04.87 The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas R4 6-part serial beginning 12.4.87
29.06.87 The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin, abridged in ten parts, reader Michael Siberry
27.07.87 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, abridged in 6 parts, read by William Roberts
13.11.87 The Child in Time by Ian McEwan,abridged in 10 parts.
16.05.88 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, abridged in 10n parts, reader Bob Sherman
30.07.88 Peter Ibbotsen by George du Maurier,dram. David Buck
13.08.88 Idee Fixe: compiled by DB; Norman Rodway as Berlioz
03.10.88 White Boy Running by C.Hope, abridged in ten episodes; reader Jack Klaff
04.03.90 The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Dickens, 5-part Classic Serial
14.07.90 Brummell Abroad by Bernard da Costa, ad. David Buck, R4 SNT
02.08.90 Screen Scene Written by Alain Vettese. Trans/ad. by David Buck
The Actors Are Come Hither: An Anthology of Shakespeare's Plays and Play Goers, compiled by David Buck; WS,1984
THE DEAD DRUMMER....1989
Series 2, episode 13. 25.1.89. From one of the Ingoldsby Legends. Cast: Ray Smith, Christian Rodska, Glyn Houston, David Buck. Producer - Martin Jenkins.
The composition of the Symphoniefantastique, compiled by DB from the memoirs & letters of the composer. See also Bruce Stewart's page for 'Hector's Fixed Idea'.
CONFLICT OF DOVES....1986
Drama about the Third Reich, and the top Nazis' attempt to hi-jack the 1936 Berlin Olympics and turn it into a propaganda exercise for the master race. They were going to split the medal tally for the U S A into 'blacks' and 'whites', but when they calculated it, black America would have pushed Germany into second place.
Eighteen episodes in three series, adapted from Hornung's stories by David Buck. Cast: A.J.Raffles - Jeremy Clyde, Bunny Manders - Michael Cochrane, music - Jim Parker. Producer: Gordon House. Series 1, ep. 1, 20.1.85. Bunny Manders is in desperate need of some money to repay a gambling debt. He meets Raffles, England cricketer and cracksman, who knows a way of helping. There's a jeweller in Bond Street, and they pay him a visit.
HER PRIVATES WE....1984
By Frederic Manning, ad. David Buck. R4, Monday Play. 20 Aug 84. An account in the vernacular of the lives of ordinary soldiers during World War I. The central character is the filter through which Manning's own experiences during the war are transposed into the lives of a group of men whose own personal qualities interact in response to conflict and comradeship. The story is widely regarded as one of the very finest based upon the experiences of warfare.
Jim's notes on this play (from which this short exerpt is taken) are on the 1984 page.
With Peter Pacey [Private Bourne], Colin Starkey [Private Shem], Michael Jenner [Private Martlow], Michael Tudor Barnes [Sergeant-Major Tozer], Trevor Cooper [Private Weeper Smart], Bernard Brown [Private Pritchard], Norman Jones [Regimental Sergeant Major / Carpenter], David Gareth [The Colour Sergeant], Sean Barrett [Private Glazier], William Eedle [Private Madeley], Spencer Banks [Private Pacey], Brett Usher [Corporal Hamlow / Lance Corporal Johnson], Geoffrey Collins [Lieutenant Clinton / Corporal Greenstreet], Henry Stamper [Sergeant Glasspool], Peter Acre [Private Jakes / Captain Malet], Mark Straker [Lieutenant Marsden / Private Hines], Helena Breck [Therese], and Cecile Chevreau [Therese's Mother]. Other parts played by members of the cast.
BARNSDALE WAKE .... 1983
16.1.1983 By David Buck, with Denis Quilley / Julian Glover / David Timson.
DB plays Falstaff in his own adap. of Robert Nye's novel, prod.J.Tydeman (see also True Sir John, Actor-26/5/69).
THE IMAGE OF GOD....1980
Part 1: The image of God, 20.3.80; part 2: The image of Man, 27.3.80.
R3. Adaptation of medieval mysteries by David Buck. info from RT, R3 21.12.1980 - 4.1.198: Cast - Denis Quilley/John Rowe/Sue Jones-Davies/Annette Crosbie/John Shrapnel.
2.7.1977; with John Abineri/Madeline Smith/David Buck.
7.5.1975/1130; with Marian Diamond/Hugh Dickson.
THE BALLAD OF COCK LANE....1973
A ghost mystery for radio, set in 18th century London. Monday Play, 17 Dec 73; Afternoon Theatre, 23 Dec 73.
"Last year of George the second's reign
The first of George the Third
Moll Parsons ruled at 6 Cock Lane
Where first our ghost is heard"
Cast: John Rowe [John Moore], Elizabeth Proud [Libby Parsons], Cecile Chevreau [Mrs Parsons], Haydn Jones [Mr Parsons, the Parish Clerk], Ronald Herdman [William Kent, a widower], David Buck [Dr Douglas], Rolf Lefebvre [Lord Mayor], Anthony Daniels [Mr Aldrich], Neville Jason [Mr Broughton], Stephen Thorne [Mr Bray], Elizabeth Revill [Bray’s Daughter], Fraser Kerr [Frantzen], Elizabeth Morgan [Frances Kent and Mary Fraser], Anthony Hall [Mr Jones], Sandra Clark [Carrots], William Sleigh [A Lawyer and A Doctor]. Michael Harbour as The Balladeer. Produced by John Tydeman.
DAVID BUCK AS ACTOR
27/12/1988 with David Buck as Antonio Vivaldi
WHOSE IS THE KINGDOM....1988
11/3/88 ep4: Letters, Discreet and Indiscreet with
Timothy West, Samantha Bond, Mary Wimbush, David Buck
LOOSE PHANTASIES AND INNOCENT RECREATIONS....1987
11/10/1987 Readers Liane Aukin and David Buck.
CROSSING THE FRONTIER....1987
5/7/1987 By Peter Tinniswood with Shirley Dixon as
Jean, David Buck as Roy and Stephen Thorne as Richard.
30/9/1985. By Lee Gallaher. with Sarah Neville, David
Buck, David Garth
CROSSING THE FRONTIER....1985
18/7/1985 By Peter Tinniswood, with David Buck,
Stephen Thorne, Bill Wallis.
THE DAY OF RECKONING 3/7/1985
By John Spurling, with Stephen Thorne,
David Buck, Charles Hodgson.Spencer Banks. Jane Knowles
THE FARMER'S BOY 19/6/1985
By Richard Mullen with David Buck as William Cobbett.
A MOVEABLE FEAST 26/4/1985
By Ernest Hemingway, abridged in eight parts by
Neville Teller. Read by David Buck.
A LIFE OF JOHNSON....1984
12/12/1984 (Johnson's 200th birthday)- with David Buck
as Samuel Johnson and Michael Deacon as James Boswell.
THE ACTORS ARE COME HITHER....1984
22/4/1984 Compiled by David Buck and directed by
Dickon REED; first broadcast on WS.
THE BIRDS FALL DOWN....1984
15/3/1984 By REBECCA WEST, abridged in 17 parts by Pat McLoughlin. Read by Janet Suzman and David Buck.
LOGIC & FUTILITY....1983
By Christopher Russell 15.10.83. The story of Babbage's Difference Engine, in a highly stylised production. David Buck/Richard Hurndall SNT.
30/9/1983 By William Faulkner; read by David Buck
VISIONS BEFORE MIDNIGHT: SIR THOMAS BROWNE....1983
By Francis Watson, 18/5/83. With David Buck as Sir Thomas Browne.
8 eps, by Philip Mackie, with Francesca Gonshaw, David Buck, Helen Sparks.
2.12.1982 WILLIAM BARTON'S DREAM....1982
By Michael Campbell, with Anna Cropper/David Buck/Kate Fahy. AFT. 2.12.82.
31/10/1982. By Leigh Jackson, with David Buck, Stuart Milligan, Haydn Jones.
19/10/1982 An anthology of his poetry compiled and
introduced by Michael Graham-Dlxon and read by David Buck and Elizabeth Proud.
A SENSE OF PRESERVATION....1982
16/09/1982, By T D Webster, with David Buck, Rosalind Shanks, John Barron.
THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER....1982
15/8/1982 By Jonathan Smith, with Barry Foster,
David Buck, Stephen Thorne.
16/5/1982 By Henry James, selected and abridged by Derek Parker, read by David Buck, spread over several episodes.
18/4/82, by Von Goethe, with Michael Pennington as Tasso and David Buck as Prince Alfonso.
By Royce Ryton 24.10.81. With Peter Barkworth/Sarah Badel/David Buck . SNT.
BEAUTIFUL FOR EVER....1981
26/9/1981 by Un Liston. With Terry Molloy, William Gaultt, David Buck, Hugh Ross, Stephen Hancock.
KATE OF HEILBRONN....1981
9/7/81 By Heinrich von Kleist. David Buck as Friedrich Wetter.
A FALL OF MOONDUST....1981
By Arthur C. Clarke/Andrew Lynch 30.5.1981. With David Buck/Barry Foster/Roland Curram/Bill Simpson. SNT.
2/2/81, by Allan Berrie. Boris Brodski: David Buck
31/10/1980. Tom: David Buck.
FIVE LAWRENCE READINGS....1980
Five Lawrence readings - five programmes- from 13/9/1980 from the writings of David Lawrence, read by David Buck.
14/8/1980 By Polly Devlin, with Maureen O'Brien, David Buck, David Allister, Irene Sutcliffe.
7/7/1980 Short story by Gabriele d'Annunzio , translated by Alethea Graham and read by David Buck.
THE GOLDEN AGE....1980
19/4/1980 A short story by John Cheever, read by David
THE LONG, LONELY VOYAGE OF U-395 ....1980
By James Follett, 29.3.1980. With David Buck/Rod Beacham.
23/03/1980 By C Whelan, with David Buck, C Guard.
THE WORM IN THE APPLE.....1980
17/3/1980 A short story by John Cheever, read by
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA....1980
6/3/1980 Sebastian Shaw, Gabriel Woolf, Ajax: David
Buck, John Rye, Jeremy Clyde.
23/2/1980 with Ed Bishop , Garard Green, John Baddeley, David Buck, Geoffrey Matthews.
16/2/1980 John Baddeley , Heather Bell , David Buck , David Graham.
09/02/1980- John Baddeley, David Buck, Malcolm Garard, David Healy.
TACTICS AND STRATEGY....1980
2/2/1980 John Baddeley, David Buck.
A DOLL'S HOUSE....1979
20/12/1979 By Ibsen, trans. by Michael Ueveb(??), with Ian McKellen, Susan Fleetwood, Michael Gough, David Buck and Sheila Reid.
WALK ON THE LAWN....1979
2/8/79 by Jane Beeson, with Ann Bell, David Buck.
A MOVEABLE FEAST....1979
8/6/1979 By Ernest Hemingway, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by David Buck.
RICHARD OF BORDEAUX ....1979
By Gordon Daviot, 26.5.1979. With Martin Jarvis/Maurice Denham/David Buck/Maureen O'Brien/John Rowe. SNT.
RAGE AMONG LILIES....1979
9/2/1979 By Bruce Stewart, with Colette O'Neil as Cornelia Connelly and David Buck as Pierce Connelly.
THE TOR SANDS EXPERIENCE....1979
5/1/1979 by Bruce Stewart with David Buck, Miriam Margoyles, Kate Binchy, Stephen Murray, Maurice Denham.
WHEN THE SNOW LAY ROUND ABOUT....1978
By James Forsyth 16.12.1978 David Buck/Mary Wimbush/Philip Sully SNT.
Based on Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant. Monday Play 2/10/1978. With Angela Pleasence, David Buck , Harold Kasket, Valerie Lilley, David March and Elizabeth Spriggs.
Abridged in 12 parts by Madge Hart and read by
DB; Woman's Hour. Sep 78 (?).
THE LOVE KNOT....1978
Afternoon Theatre 1/9/1978, by Michael J.Butler. With
Barbara Leigh Hunt, David Buck, Rosemary Mellale and Julian Curry.
A DELICATE CONDITION....1978
21/5/1978 By Malcolm Quantrill, with Stephen Murray,
Sylvia Coleridge, David Buck.
13 episodes, with Barry Foster, DB taking the part of
Dr. Watson in 1978 (a binaural production, designed for headphone listening).
23/10/77 By Richard Imison and Phyllis Bentley. With Martin Jarvis, Sian Phillips, Geoffrey Collins David Buck and Colin Baker.
23/8/1977, ad by Paul Meier from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, with the voices of David Buck, Blain Fairman, Susannah Fellows, Don Fellows, Bessie Love , David March Nicolette McKenzie and Paul Meier.
14/6/77 by Martin Jenkins (26 episodes). Historical epic. Queen Margaret: Peggy Ashcroft, Warwick: Charles Gray, Suffolk: Julian Glover, Winchester: Peter Howell, Somerset: David Buck.
WAGNER IN LONDON....1977
29/5/1977 A feature by Bert Coules on Wagner's
four-month visit to London in 1855, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society. With David Buck as Wagner.
THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT....1977
22/5/1977. By Jonathan Raban. With David Buck,
Stephen Murray, Diana Olsson, Lockwood West.
RAGE AMONG LILIES....1977
11/5/77 By Bruce Stewart. With David Buck, John Rye, Peter Howell.
THE WIZARD WHO WORKED WONDERS....1977
27/3/1977 tr & ad by David Turner from El Mdoico Prodiaioso by Pedro Calderfin de la Barca (1600-81) with David Buck, Lisa Harrow, Patrick Troughton and Lockwood West.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD....1977
By Thomas Hardy , abridged in 18 parts by Myra
Beaton. Read by DB. (Woman's Hour)
DIANA OF THE CROSSWAYS....1976
20/9/76 By George Meredith. With David Buck.
LORCA: THE ANGUISH OF A POET....1976
19/8/1976. with Mary Wimbush, Miriam Margoyles, David Buck.
A TYNESIDE ENTERTAINMENT....1976
30/7/1976. A History of the Geordie Speaking
Peoples by Alan Plater, with Ian Cullen and David Buck.
A CELEBRATION OF WALT WHITMAN....1976
8/7/1976. Written and compiled by Anne Stevenson, with David Buck as Walt Whitman.
THE GREAT AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY PARADE....1976
4/7/1976, by Archibald Macleish. With Peter Marinker and David Buck as Thomas Jefferson.
By Daphne du Maurier 17.4.1976 Sheila Ruskin/David Buck/Geoffrey Matthews. SNT.
31/3/76. A play for radio by Charles Thomas.
With David Buck, Maureen O'Brien, Michael Bates, Haydn
THE STEEPLE CHASERS....1975
26/9/1975 By Richard O'Keeffe, with David Buck as Gerard.
THE MASK AND THE FACE....1975
By Luigi Chiarelli, translated by Noel de Vic
Beamish. With David Buck and Anna Cropper.
Richard of Bordeaux....1975
29/3/1975; by Gordon Daviot, with Martin Jarvis,
Maurice Denham , David Buck, Maureen O'Brien, John Rowe.
THE CASTLE INN....1974
By Stanley J. Weyman, read by DB. Woman's Hour, 13/12/74.
The Last Temptation....1973
16/9/1973: John Hurt, Judi Dench and David Buck. Translated and adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis by Andreas Stavrou and Hallam Tennyson.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW....1973
By Joan O'Connor. 25/6/1973. Adapted from
the novel by Henry James. With Edward Fox, Katherine Parr David Buck, Moira Redmond and Helen Worth.
HENRY IV, PART 1....1973
By William Shakespeare. With Leo McKern, Peter Jeffrey, John Rowe, David Buck. 18/3/73.
19/2/1973. By Gerhart Hauptmann, translated by Ludwig Lewisohn and adapted for radio by MartinJenkins. With Derek Jacobi, David Buck and Hannah Gordon.
15/1/1973 . By August Strindberg, translated by Michael Meyer, with Janet Suzman and David Buck.
OBSERVATIONS ON A JESTING MAN....1972
By Alick Howe with David Buck as the Man.
Read by DB, in 10 parts.
THE HERRIES CHRONICLE....1972
30/1/1972. By Hugh Walpole. 12 episodes. Georges
Paris played by David Buck.
16/9/1972. By James Brabazon, with Daphne Slater and
A Letter in Four Movements....1972
9/8/72. An impression of the letters of Gustav Mahler to his wife Alma. Trans. Basil Creighton, arr. for radio by Anthony Wilkinson, with David Buck as the composer.
THE CAVES OF ADULLAM....1972
17/7/1972: By Dan Jacobsen, with Valerie Sarruf and John Justin, Martin Jarvis and David Buck. MON.
POOR TOM, POOR MARTHA....1972
AFT 3/5/1972. By Bill Kirton, with David Buck and Jane Wenham.
The Birth of an Opera: Aida....1971
15/10/1971. David Buck as Verdi, Brian Hewlett
as his librettist.
21/8/71 SNT, rpt as AFT. A play for radio based on the Rumpelstiltskin story by David Wade. With Elizabeth Proud and David Buck.
22/8/71. The first British performance of the tragedy by Heinrich von Kleist, written in 1808, in a specially commissioned version by Robert Nye. With Barbara Jefford, Martin Jarvis, Rosalie Crutchley, Kathleen Michael and David Buck. Radio 3.
THE GREEN HILL....1971
Richard Wagner's Love Affair with Mathilde Wesendonk. 29/6/71, with David Buck as Richard Wagner.
For Schools- Drama Workshop - Julius Caesar....1971
With David Buck, Barry Foster.10/5/71.
1/3/1971 . A comedy by Alexander Ostrovsky, translated and adapted by Alan Brown and Kyra Dietz with Patience Collier and David Buck.
Life is a dream (la vida cs sueno)....1971
By Pedro Calderfin de la Barca, c1630.30) Trans. Edwin Honig; adapted for radio by Margaret Etall & John Powell. With David Buck, Prunella Scales, Maurice Denham, Joss
Ackland. R3, 21/2/71.
28/12/70. Ian Holm as Becket, David Buck as Henry II.
13/9/70. By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. Michael Hamburger, ad.John Powell. With Paul Daneman, Stephen Murray, Mary Morris, Deborah Stanford David Buck , Gary Bond, John Justin, and Gary Watson.
The Film Makers....1970
13/7/70. By Edvard Radzinsky, translated by Gerry May,
with David Buck, Kika Markham, John Justin and Catherine Lacey.
THE BLOWING OF THE GLASS....1970
Adap. Philip Leaver, with David Buck and Jane
14/6/70. By Marguerite Duras, translated and adapted for radio by Barbara Bray, with Vivien Merchant and David Buck.
WAR & PEACE....1969
By Leo Tolstoy, 20-episode serial, R4 30.12.1969 - 12.5.1970. With David Buck/Kate Binchy/Martin Jarvis/Anna Cropper/Jeremy Clyde/Denys Hawthorne.
THE WHITE DEVIL....1969
31/10/69 by John Webster. With John Justin, Hector Ross, John Gabriel, Tony Britton, David Buck, Alan Barry.
World Theatre 16/6/69: by Christopher Marlowe. With Alec McCowen as King Edward and David Buck as the younger Mortimer.
THE TRUE SIR JOHN....1969
26/5/69, by Ian Rodger, with Joseph O'Conor, David
Buck and John Hollis.
THE ROAD FROM RUIN....1969
12/2/69 by Frederick Benedict, with Glenda Jackson and David Buck.
4/3/1968 by Saunders Lewis, translated by Elwyn Jones, with Maurice Denham, Meg Wyn Owen, Rhoda Lewis and David Buck.
SNT 3/9/66 then The Sunday Play 9/10/66: By Maurice Moiseiwitsch, adapted for radio from a book by Richard, Earl Lloyd-George. With William Squire, David Buck, Laurence Payne, Eira Heath.
24/5/65, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Elisaveta Fen and adapted for radio by Peter Watts. With Paul Scofield, Jill Bennett, Rosalie Crutchley, Wilfrid Lawson, George Cole, Lynn Redgrave, Terry Scully, Ian McKellen, Gudrun Ure and David Buck.
18/5/64, by Honor de Balzac, adapted for radio by Felix Felton and Susan Ashman from the English translation by Ellen Marriage. With Max Adrian , Edward Chapman and David Buck.
With Angela Huth, David Buck, Frances Jeater. 15 Apr 64. 11.40pm.
BEETHOVEN AND NAPOLEON ....1962
An illustrated study by Hanns Hammelmann and
Michael Rose. 19/8/62 Home programme. Readings by John Baker, David Buck,Joan Hart, Jack Shaw , Norman Shelley, Martin Starkie, Lewis Stringer, with narration by John Glen. Produced by Christopher Sykes. [David Buck broadcasts by permission of the Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre].
MONDAY NIGHT AT HOME....1961
30/10/61 David Buck:'Telephonetics '.
RADIO PROGRAMMES WITH MADELEINE SMITH:
24/4/78 MON and 30/4/1978 AFT Willoughby's
Phoney War by William Fox
7/5/79 MON and 13/5/1979 AFT - Constant Hot Water
17/9/1977 My Sainted Aunt
27/3/1977 AFT - The Polyglots
3/12/1984 Anything Legal : A Tale of Two City Gents by Wally K. Daly.
13/9/1979 AFT - The Island
20/9/1980 SNT : The Idiot Lady
9/9/1989 SNT- The Amazing Test Match Crime
15/9/1990 SNT Murder on the Links
23/3/1990 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (serial) -in Ep 4?-
20/1/1991 Sunday Play - Jean Anouilh 's Poor Bitos
The Fosdyke Saga- radio and television- several episodes. MS as Farida.
With thanks to Greg, Stephen Shaw and Jim; a few other bits by ND.
AFT indicates Afternoon Theatre, MON indicates Monday Play, SNT is Saturday Night Theatre.
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