Radio Plays - 1996 - other authors

Thriller by Tony McHale; afternoon play 3 Jan 96. Abbie is worried by what she overhears of her husband's phone conversations. Cast: Annabel Mullion ....... .....Abbie, David Antrobus ............. Patrick, Tara Dominick .............. Rebecca, Ian Masters ................ Chris, Jilly Bond ................. Susan, With Peter Yapp and Don McCorkindale. Produced by Matthew Walters.

The Years Between....1996
By Daphne du Maurier. R4,3.2.1996/1950,Diana Quick/Roger Allam.Saturday Night Theatre. 90m.

Stolen Kisses....1996
By Bill Taylor,R4,24.2.1996/1950,Paul McGann/Neil Pearson/Louise Lombard.Saturday Night Theatre. 90m. Sombre tale of dark deeds in a hotel.

Whisky Galore....1996
By Compton Mackenzie,R4,2.3.1996/1950,Bernard Holley/Dolina. Saturday Night Theatre. 90m. The famous comedy about the shipwrecked bottles of whiskey.

A Raging Fury....1996
By Christopher Reason,R4,9.3.1996/1950,James Aubrey/John Branwell/Stephen Hall. Saturday Night Theatre. 90m. Psychological drama with a passing reference to the "Captain Hurricane" stories from the "Valiant", in the 1960s.

Body Of Glass....1996
By Marge Piercy,R4,13.4.1996/1950,Eleanor Bron/Penny Downie. Saturday Night Theatre. 90m. Dram. by Michelene Wandor.

R4, 30 Apr 96. A romantic comedy set in a school.

R4, 4 Jun 96. A child's fairy tale merges with reality.

R4, 15 Jun 96. A dramatisation of Robert Graves' comic novel about the titanic struggle between a brother and sister over the ownership of a stamp collection. 90m.

R4, 17 Jun 96. The story of the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. 90m.

Honeymoon secrets re-surface. 9 Jul 96, R4.

An underground theme park in an old mine...90m. R4, 28 Sep 96. A tale of disaster.

ONE FINE DAY....1996
R4, 23 Jul 96, R4. The negro maid in "Gone with the Wind" returns twenty years later with an axe to grind.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde....1996
R4, 5 Oct 96. 90m and 60m (2 parts). By Christopher Fitz-Simon. Simon Russell Beale as Oscar Wilde; Nigel Davenport as the Marquis of Queensberry, who is hounding Wilde for corrupting his son. Wilde can either ignore Queensberry or risk having his private life dragged through the courts. With Alex Lowe, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Pearce and Peter Sallis. Part 1 directed by Peter Kavanagh; part 2 directed by Eoin O'Callaghan. Repeated on BBC7, 10 Apr 05 and 17 Apr 05.

A play about the saving of Winchester Cathedral, which, about 3 generations ago, was starting to tilt. A man named Walker, a diver, swam through the flooded foundations carrying bags of concrete, and stabilised it. It took him many years, and thousands of journeys. R4, 15 Nov 96. 45m. Afternoon play.

A ghost story, by J. Metcalfe. R4, 30 Nov 96.

The French revolution, and the French chemist Lavoisier. 5 Dec 96, R4,2.02pm, 55m.

By Donald E Westlake; dramatised by Ed Thomason. Thirty Minute Theatre, 17 Dec 96. Two robbers enter a bank vault only to find it full of people - employees and customers already taken hostage. 'Too Many Crooks' won the 1990 Edgar for Best Short Story. Cast: William Hope [John Dortmunder], Andy Lucas [Andy Kelp], Alice Arnold [May], Ray Shell [First Robber], Steven Crossley [Second Robber], Mark Bonnar [Third Robber], Sean Baker [Policeman], Nathan Osgood [Cab Driver], Amanda Gordon [Mrs Myers / Elliott, her son]. Producer Andy Jordan.

Ruben has invented a machine which can listen to pots. Now he needs someone to steal some from the museum. R4, 55m, 19 Dec 96. There's more about this play on the Science Fiction Plays page.

Not drama, but I'm listing it because the writing is so good..... A selection of classic Woody Allen prose adapted from his anthologies `Without Feathers' and `Side Effects'. 23 to 27 December 1996 on Radio 3.

    23 Dec 1996
    The Shallowest Man
    Lenny Mendel, hypochondriac and TV producer, overcomes his fear of hospitals and disease when he gets the hots for the nurse of his dying friend, Meyer Iskowitz. With Garrick Hagon, Robert Arden, Nathan Osgood, Kenneth Jay, and Lachele Carl. Narrator Mike McShane.

    24 Dec 1996
    If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists
    Letters from Vincent van Gogh the dentist to his brother Theo read by William Hootkins.

    The Whore of Mensa
    Starring Jay Benedict as private eye Kaiser Lupowitz. With Michael J
    Shannon, Eve Karpf, Kim Criswell and Russell Bentley.

    25 Dec 1996
    The Kuglemass Episode
    Sidney Kuglemass, a professor at City College, New York, sets his heart on an affair. With the help of a magician - the Great Persky - he finds himself in `Madame Bovary' and romancing Emma. Starring Kerry Shale as Kuglemass and Doon MacKichan as Emma, with Ian Porter, Cyril Shaps and Joyce Springer. Narrated by Greg Proops.

    26 Dec 1996
    A Guide to Some of the Lesser Ballets
    A review of some lesser-known ballets, with summaries and scholarly commentary. Read by William Drufis, with original music composed and performed by John Whitehall.

    The Lunatic's Tale
    The dark tale of a New York doctor torn between the conflicting and yet necessary delights of two contrasting women, Olive Chomsky and Tiffany Schmeederer. With Don Fellows as Dr Ossip Parkis.

    27 Dec 1996
    Harold Cohen, a young writer, enters into a fabulous affair with sexy WASP Connie Chasen. Neither can believe their luck at having found each other, but fate and wily desires of the flesh combine to take their relationship in unexpected directions. Performed by Henry Goodman, Rebecca Front, Myra Sands, Jonathan Kydd. Pianist Ian Harker.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Most of above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections.

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