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Jack Martin and his strange coach journey.
This last story from “The Pickwick Papers” finds Dickens in roister-doister form with a rollicking, enchanting tale of derring-do: featuring a hero, heroine, and a couple of posh, dastardly villains!
On a visit to Edinburgh, Jack Martin spends a ” heavy” last night with Scottish friends and, on his way home in the wee small hours, he stumbles across a park full of abandoned old mail coaches. Nodding off, he awakes to find a magical change as the coaches and their human contents spring into new life. Our hero is whisked away on a journey involving kidnap, conspiracy, sword play and a beautiful, feisty heroine in peril. Listen to how Jack makes it through to an exciting, romantic, but sadness-tinged denouement.
The Goblins who stole a gravedigger.
This is the third of our short-story adaptations from Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers” and his first Yuletide supernatural tale. It tells of Gabriel Grubb, a morose, lonely and drunken grave digger who hates people, particularly during the festive season.
One Christmas Eve, while at work in the graveyard, he encounters a startlingly scary Goblin Queen (and her many subjects), who terrorises and whisks him away to her underworld lair where Grubb is shown the true human values of the season.
Dickens was to return triumphantly to this theme seven years later with “A Christmas Carol”.
The story of Tom Smart.
“Tom Smart” is one of four short stories adapted from Charles Dickens’ first major work “The Pickwick Papers”. Originally called A Tale Told by a Bagman, it is a story of magical transformation. After a few too many drinks at the inn where he is staying, our hero Tom notices a strange wooden chair in his bedroom. What follows is a fantastic encounter that changes Tom’s life forever.
The strange client.
Another short story from Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers” and the only one in our series that is truly serious.
Having been imprisoned by him, and after witnessing child and then wife die in abject poverty, George Heyling vows to be revenged on the man responsible for this tragedy – his father-in-law. What follows is a path of destruction as Heyling systematically – and legally – ruins the man’s life, engineering his death in a final, fatal confrontation.
A Christmas Carol (Part 1)
Dickens’ most famous story is brought to stunning audio life in this production of two parts that focuses on the destructive power of money, and uncontrolled exploitation of people that can be its result.
With the carol “God rest ye merry gentleman” immediately drowned out by the chanting of the words “money” and “business”, the sound stage is set for Scrooge’s lack of charity to be exposed, and the beginning of his progress towards a potentially lonely grave.
In this first episode, we see his greedy character fully exposed – refusing charity, hospitality and good nature – and on the anniversary of his business partner’s death, the visitation of a terrifyingly ghostly Jacob Marley. Followed by an equally scary and weird Ghost of Christmas Past, who begins to remind the miser of what he has lost by embracing Mammon. The violence with which Scrooge despatches this ghost means that redemption is still a long way off.
A Christmas Carol (Part 2)
The final part begins with an unrepentant Scrooge receiving the untrammelled jolliness of the Ghost of Christmas Present and witnessing more scenes of fragile Yuletide hope from the Cratchit family and his nephew’s celebrations. Finally, he meets with a silent, black figure who leads him slowly and inexorably to the revelation of where his life will lead if he does not change. The rest is joyous transformation.
Scrooge’s progress towards redemption is like the progress of the tide – waxing then waning until lonely greed has been washed away by the actions of love and altruism.
Humpy Smith a comedy written by Sarah Davis.
Safe Word is a tale of boy meets girl for the digital age, with real ale and capes.
I’ll never forget.
Andrew lies in a hospital bed in mental decline. Memory flits in and out of the past as he tries to remember old actors, movies, Shakespeare, football players.
He is visited by younger brother Tom, back from abroad, who he does not initially recognise. They relive old times – visits to the cinema, the pub, paper doilies – and begin to remake the connections of a relationship.
The excitement of a family trip to a Beatles tribute concert is disrupted by an encounter with a loud, aggressive man with a grey poneytail.
Tensions rise and a vicious punch is thrown. But the tables soon turn seriously for the perpetrator.
Underneath the blankets, a young mind damaged by parental abuse is heroically protected by Dan “The Teddynator” – his one-eyed toy. And slowly healed in adulthood by a kindly, patient therapist.
The wrong end of the stick.
A woman in her 50s sits in her favourite Italian restaurant at lunchtime musing on a life now empty, save for career and the dubious comforts of food. A song, a voice, and a romantic face from the past enter the room.
Will they be able to put right a 30 year-old mistake?
The famous, wily Belgian sleuth Diogènes Flambert closes in on the perpetrator of his latest dastardly case – the murder of Doctor Ebony.
He has assembled the potentially guilty in one room for the dénouement. Will it be Major Coleman, Madame Blanche, Principal Peach, or someone else? As the tension mounts, be prepared for one final and unexpected twist.
Matt Radice is the travelling salesman with a busier agenda than most: stretching job, boorish boss, and a complicated personal life.
Add in a strangely-behaving satnav called Sadie and you have the ideal conditions for the perfect storm of a day…
Keep me safe.
Two men are fighting. One shouts “keep me safe!” – why?
The letter I always meant to write.
In his hospital bed Ralph, a retired lawyer, thinks of the letter he should have sent many years ago to Jess, the now-deceased love of his life.
Chronicling the history of their relationship – its ups, the final bitter down, and detrimental impact of this break-up on the rest of his life – a profound realisation kicks in.
Alex and cake-loving Robbie, the carpet fitters, arrive at Mrs Tyson’s bungalow to fit her new carpet, in the room she shares with her lovely budgerigar Barnabas.
They finish the job and are about to leave. But where has the bird gone?
The man in the window.
A woman watches a man dressing mannequins in a shop window, surrounded by fog.
This leads her to fantasy, a brief connection, illness, and finally….sorrow.
Black and white and red all over.
Driving home at night, Will is forced to stop after colliding with something in the road – possibly a badger?
Getting out of the car he realises quickly that something is not right. And then the police arrive…
Ashes to Ashford Part 1.
Ashes to Ashford is a “quest” story…with a difference.
Instead of a heroic Odysseus, Sir Lancelot or Luke Skywalker, we have Jimmy McIver, a feckless Cockney failure living in 21st Century England. Having made very little of his existence thus far, Jimmy is given one last chance to “make it big” by a now-deceased old school friend and success story, Roger Soul.
To inherit his earth, McIver must successfully complete four tasks set for him by Roger. In Part 1, we hear what these challenges are and how Jimmy fares with the first two of them, accompanied by his doughty assistant Spud Murphy – imagine an Irish version of Sancho Panza.
What could possibly go wrong? Listen in to both parts and see how McIver makes it.
Ashes to Ashford Part 2.
Left in a state of confusion at the end of Part 1, Jimmy “Skiver” McIver manages to kick start his quest to inherit old school mate Roger Soul’s considerable fortune.
By way of an Italian volcano via an East Kent hillside, Jimmy (and occasionally, his trusty side-kick Spud Murphy) face their sternest challenge yet – from an unlikely source.
Hear how love (aided and abetted by bucket loads of money) wins through for our hero…in curiously dubious circumstances.
Who do you think you are?
This is a distinctly different, American gangster story.
Mobster Louis Gainsborough meets glamorous Dolores (FBI Agent Cody in disguise) in the bar owned by his criminal rival Frank Schulz…..except that these characters continually interrupt the imagination of the writer as he creates this story.
Louis gets to choose his own name. Feisty Dolores decides what she will and won’t do and say. Meanwhile, the action moves atmospherically towards its double crossing and surprisingly murderous end.
Turner’s Gift is a fictional story in two parts, recounting a dramatic series of events in the late life of the celebrated English artist, J M W Turner. It is based significantly but not entirely on real aspects of his existence.
In Part 1 & 2, Turner – recovering from serious illness – receives two visitors at his London studios. One is a potential assistant, Francis Sherrell, who Turner then takes on and who proves to have an immediate, positive influence on the artist’s motivation.
The other visit is from George Smarden Dike: a strangely-behaving man who targets the wealthy Turner with an idea for a new printing process. The artist easily sees through his reproductive pretensions, and Dike is ejected: but his pursuit of the artist has only just begun…
In this second and final episode, George Smarden Dike redoubles his efforts to extract money from the artist J M W Turner, this time through blackmail.
Turner is faced with a dilemma: losing one of his paintings or jeopardising his most important private relationship. He has little time, but comes up with a plan. But will it work?
The Birdman of Clapham North.
The social and economic impact of lockdown hits a man hard. He has lost his job. Coping with the fall-out of this and trying to just survive has taken him to the edge. But a blackbird offers a glimmer of hope.
This is the first in a series of three short story “Lockdown Squibs” that dramatise different aspects and impacts of the pandemic virus.
All is not well for a USS submarine crew as they hear of a virus affecting the world above. Long term confined isolation leads to strife and conflict. Will they survive and make it to dry land? If they do, what will they find?
This is the second in a series of three short story “Lockdown Squibs” that dramatise different aspects and impacts of the pandemic.
Cottoning On Part 1.
The life and times of Geoffrey Banks: teacher, broadcaster, thespian and TV actor in Coronation Street, Poirot, and a host of other shows and films. As told in his memoirs of growing up and living in 20th century Northern England and read by his son Nigel.
In this first episode, we learn about Geoffrey, the background to the origination of Cottoning On, and begin the exploration of his early life in Bolton, Lancashire: multiple house moves, coal men, mud pies, Norma Nuttall, and much more.
Cottoning On Part 2.
Geoffrey’s memoir continues a journey through boyhood, dominated by the figure of Grandpa Tomlins – a stylish ladies’ man fallen on hard times – who arrives, unbeknown to young Geoff, to stay with the Banks family.
We learn also of the strange rituals of Empire Day, the wonders of cricket and Bolton Wanderers football club, the fate of Norman Isherwood, and at his demise, the resolved mystery of Grandpa Tomlins’ strange protuberance.
Cottoning On Part 3.
Part 3 ranges far and wide in the life of Geoff as he grows up to secondary school age at Bolton Grammar School, and with a nod to his future in both the teaching and acting professions.
The Raymond Street gang, playground fights, the vagaries of corporal punishment, and his interview for ‘big’ school are some of the boyhood delights, along with the scarily bewhiskered, one-armed caretaker Mr Hammond. He attends the ‘soap church’ (in honour of its benefactor, the future Lord Leverhulme), learns the facts of life, and proceeds to pass them on to a decidedly unappreciative spinster, his Auntie Nora.
Meeting A.D. Walsh at Bolton Grammar introduces him to an influential teacher, future colleague, and fellow theatrical thespian, famed for his unwitting star turn as a loudly vociferous, deaf mute.
Cottoning On Part 4.
In this episode of Geoffrey’s memoirs, he joins “the snob factory” (i.e. Bolton Grammar School) on his way to Cambridge University and a degree in French. Crucial to this progress is the guiding influence of Irish teacher Emma Saxelby.
En route, we hear of the Reverend Goff (limp handshake, boring sermons), the four modes of Lancastrian language, scouting, a new baby sister, fashion as applied to shirt tails and long trousers, and the sad wartime fate of fellow pupil Arnold, the conscientious objector.
Cottoning on Part 5.
As Geoff enters Cambridge University, two major themes are pursued in this penultimate episode of his memoirs.
First, the life of his mother as a working class woman of the mid-20th century – her ailments (bunions to be precise), work ethic (“work must not only be done, but be back-breakingly done”), quaint views of his passion for acting, and ultimately her sad death from Alzheimer’s.
The world of acting also hoves into detailed view. Our hero begins slowly at university, deals with the theatrical prejudices of ‘normal’ people, and tells stories generated from his efforts in the quirky and sometimes perilous world of amateur dramatics: short-sighted sword fighters, a beautiful but hopeless female Shakespearian actor, high camp Roman centurions, and theatrical sets and props that have a life of their own!
Cottoning on Part 6
In this final part of his life and times, the focus is on Geoffrey’s father – a taciturn, diffident Northerner with distinct and sometimes quirkily “interesting” views, likes, and dislikes.
We learn about life on match day at Bolton Wanderers football club in the 1940s and 50s – brass bands, cough lozenge sellers, and the different stance of some players who had been miners during the Second World War.
As his life and the death of his wife proceed, Geoff’s dad moves from domestic dependence towards comparative self-sufficiency, coping with car accidents, visits to hospital, and the other perils of old age. All met with bracing degrees of stubbornness, idiosyncracy and eccentricity, until his sad, elegiac end.
Keith, the driving instructor, wakes up in hospital next to a critically injured woman, having had a “cardiac event” in his car. He is tended to by a doctor and nurse with markedly different views on the philosophy and practice of health care.
In his still-confused state, our hero cannot understand why his wife is not there. He hears an ominous tune and enters a strange white room…is this “the end”?