A DIFFERENT WAY HOME....1988
PITY ABOUT KITTIE
LOOKS LIKE RAIN*, by Jimmie Chinn (R4 1415 25 May 01) was a well-written northern drama starring Bernard Cribbins and Dora Bryan. Joyce and Stan have just been to their mother's funeral. They sort through her belongings and their memories. And what about brother Charlie - is he really family? Cribbins and Bryan acted superbly, as ever. Directed by Martin Jenkins; SM Robin Cherry. Originally written as a one-off play, but it was well received, and there were two sequels (below). Repeated 9 Aug 04.
LOOKS LIKE RAIN AGAIN*, by Jimmie Chinn The saga continues....Charlie is a nasty piece of work...and Joyce is almost as gormless and gutless as Stan...with Dora Bryan, Bernard Cribbins, Roy Barraclough.
RAIN ON THE JUST*, by Jimmie Chinn (R4 1415 1 Apr 03) revealed more family secrets... or are they fabrications by the unctuous and plausible Charlie? Have they led to murder? Has Stan killed his long-lost brother? And why did he come out of the woodwork in the first place? An excellent end to the trilogy begun some time ago; Stan expertly played by Bernard Cribbins, Beryl by Joan Kempson, and Charlie by Roy Barraclough. "Possibly the best radio play of the year" (a listener on the BBC Radio 4 website)....directed by Martin Jenkins, who is now an independent radio producer.
ND comments..........a lovely play with an excellent cast. Two old-stagers, Gus and Dudley, think they're top of the bill. Maisie has some surprises for them, and not just on stage. Directed by Martin Jenkins
DORA'S RADIO READINGS....2008
Info. from own collection, and thanks to Greg Linden for supplying details of a play I missed.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website
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