THE SACRED FLAME....1965
THE DUKE IN DARKNESS (no details)
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE....1976
This was a famous production of a perennially funny play. First broadcast in 1971, it was much repeated and also issued commercially (in a box with KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS). It was perfectly cast and beautifully played. - B.P.
THREE DAYS OF FROST....1977
Barry Pike adds: Leslie Sands played the bewildered police sergeant in OUTBREAK OF FEAR, and it was he who first brought Frost to life, in THREE DAYS OF FROST, 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.
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS....1978
Don Campbell adds: This was a re-working by Keir Cross and was first aired in 1978 or thereabouts. The marvellous David Davis acts as narrator (Kay Harker as a man) and the production retains the Hely-Hutchinson music - to be expected, because David would have been involved with the originals on Children's Hour in 1943 and 1948. Although much truncated, this is still an adaptation that is surely rewarding to both child and adult.
Other details: 24.12.1977/2030,David Davis/Jean English/Cyril Shaps - ND
AGENTS AND PATIENTS....date nk....c1980?
THE SWORD IN THE STONE....1981
B.P: - The boyhood of King Arthur, from T.H.White's famous, fantastic original. Great fun, with Michael Hordern in characteristic mode, beaming benignly through his voice and doing his eccentric best for Wart (the young Arthur). Britten's music greatly enhanced Graham Gauld's production.
ND adds:......I remember reading a comic book version of this with great enjoyment when I was about nine, and I can still recall the pictures. I remember an exasperated Merlin shouting "Blast me to Bermuda", and on hearing the recording, thirty-five years later, I was listening for the line.....to my surprise, it was there. Neville tells me that the rights are owned by the Disney organisation; it can't be repeated - not even on BBC7.
DAUGHTER OF TIME....1982
A TOUCH OF FROST....1982
THE YEARS BETWEEN....1983
WAITING IN THE WINGS....1989
Graham Gauld marshalled a cast of veteran actors with great skill and charm in this late Coward comedy. It was all great fun. (sad, too, at times, as when Patricia Hayes as the endearingly dotty one had to go into (mental) care - suddenly dottiness became something much more frightening.)-B.P.
Don Campbell adds: This has the merit of a suitable faithfulness to the original story - unlike the quite dreadful Hollywood version with the (always) wooden Walter Pidgeon as an unconvincing hero. I wonder why ITV has never repeated the excellent Peter O'Toole version put out about 15 years ago. But to the radio play : Simon Cadell is excellent as the hero and Geoffrey Whitehead appears (wonderful radio voice) as EINE GERMAN POLICEMAN. The strange story of the hunted hero hiding in an animal hide is well handled, and the whole is a convincing and exciting adventure.
THE DIARY...(.late 80s?-ND)
Plays in which Dame Flora Robson starred, in addition to those in the Flora Robson Festival:
TRAVELLER WITHOUT LUGGAGE....1980
Dame Flora also starred in the following plays by Charlotte Hastings:
SISTER NINIAN'S NIGHTINGALE....1977
THE SOFT SEPTEMBER AIR....1978
WHAT SHALL WE DO ABOUT HENRY?....1980
A VOICE IN MY HAND....1981
Plays starring Dame Wendy Hiller:
This was one of a series of W.D.Home plays broadcast in sequence as Home for Christmas. All four were light and charming, in a guilt-free vein now widely scorned. Michael Hordern and Wendy Hiller did not eclipse memories of Ralph Richardson & Celia Johnson in the theatre, but they run them close.-B.P.
THE SACRED FLAME
A DAY BY THE SEA
To mark Marjorie Westbury's 50th year in radio I produced WATERS OF THE MOON, by N.C. Hunter. It also starred Mary Wimbush, Patricia Hayes and Alex Jennings.
It was a joy to hear Marjorie Westbury in Water, in the Edith Evans part. She celebrated her jubilee in style, projecting glamour and sophistication (as, long ago, she did for Steve in PAUL TEMPLE). The New Year Party was admirably done - there was a real sense of a group of divers people interacting, in Graham Gauld's production.-B.P.
Apart from the plays listed, I produced and directed countless other specially-written plays for Afternoon Theatre, Saturday Night Theatre, The Monday Play, etc, such as SUNSHINE, bu Elizabeth Wainwright (with Brian Hewlett, Jennifer Piercey, Audrey Leybourne).
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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