In the late 70's and early 80's he had three of his plays produced for Radio 4's "Thirty Minute Theatre". These were:-
Down the Bristol Channel - a telling tale of West Country folk.
The Sweet Smell of Success - a West Country farmer finds a new use for his pig muck.
John Peel and the Old Devil - a country shoot has a tricky dilemma on its hands when the main guest is a Master of Fox Hounds.
Peter Crowter adds: I went up to Bristol and attended rehearsals of all 3 plays. Much of 'Bristol Channel' and 'John Peel' were recorded outside the studios. A good deal of BC was recorded on a farm near Bristol. I remember John Cardy getting his shoes covered in shhh - you know what - in an occupied calf pen. Some of JP was recorded in a wood - I was one of the beaters - and in the pub where we had lunch.
DOWN THE BRISTOL CHANNEL
Broadcast 26.11.77; repeated the following Tuesday. It concerned an old farm worker working with a young lad and giving him advice on his love life. The title referred to a lady's cleavage, not the stretch of water! With Francis Lunt/Yvonne Antrobus/Bernard Holley. Thirty Minute Theatre; produced by John Cardy.
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
30.7.1975,1130; with Ivor Salter/Dorothy Hawkins/Alison Hancock /Anthony Smee. When a farmer wants a car to himself, he has to use some low cunning. Thirty Minute Theatre, directed by Brian Miller.
JOHN PEEL AND THE OLD DEVIL
R4, 6.2.1982, with Timothy Bateson/Phillip Manikum. Thirty Minute Theatre, directed by Brian Miller.
I am looking for recordings of "Down the Bristol Channel" and "John Peel" - please email if you can help.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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