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BBC Dramatisations - Alan Bennett

 
  • A Visit From Miss Protheroe
    by Alan Bennett
    4.90 (7 ratings)
    Taken from Alan Bennett: Triple Bill, April 2007 Release. Since Mr Dodsworth retired, he has had all the time in the world. Then he has a visitor from his old firm - Miss Prothero, who is eager to tell him all the news...
  • Alan Bennett: Triple Bill
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench
    4.70 (43 ratings)
    Here are three classic Alan Bennett adaptations, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Included are "Say Something Happened", "Two in Torquay", and "A Visit from Miss Protheroe".
  • Talking Heads
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    4.40 (127 ratings)
    Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.
  • Two in Torquay
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.60 (5 ratings)
    Taken from Alan Bennett: Triple Bill, April 2007 Release. A middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman engage in polite conversation in a hotel on the Cornish Riviera. But neither is quite who they appear to be. Who is deceiving whom?
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  • The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Maggie Smith, Adrian Scarborough
    4.60 (61 ratings)
    In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...
  • Alan Bennett: Three Plays
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by full cast
    4.30 (50 ratings)
    Alan Bennett's three classic BBC Radio full-cast dramas: Kafka's Dick, Forty Years On, and An Englishman Abroad.
  • The History Boys (Dramatised)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour
    4.60 (115 ratings)
    Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.
  • Alan Bennett: An Englishman Abroad (Dramatisation)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Full Cast
    3.90 (7 ratings)
    It is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double-agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world. When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England. Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English society gossip, and cajoles her into taking home measurements for a new pinstripe suit from his London tailor.
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  • Alan & Thora
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett, Thora Hird
    4.80 (26 ratings)
    This splendid title showcases the combined talents of Alan Bennett, one of our foremost dramatists and writers, and Thora Hird, the celebrated and much-loved actor who died in 2003. It features an exclusive and unique recording, The Last of the Sun, that Thora made for BBC Audiobooks a couple of months before her death.
  • Alan Bennett's On the Margin
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennet, John Sergeant
    4.60 (10 ratings)
    Produced by Sydney Lotterby of Yes Minister and Porridge fame. Each instalment featured a mixture of sketches (some foreshadowing Bennett's subsequent television dramas, others mocking television clichés, such as documentaries about working-class Northern writers and discussion programmes featuring pretentious critics). This is a never before broadcast compilation of sketches and extracts from the TV series before the tapes where wiped.
  • Alan Bennett: A Question Of Attribution (Dramatisation)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Full Cast
    4.60 (12 ratings)
    In 1956, Sir Anthony Blunt, pillar of the Establishment and respected Knight of the Realm, is working as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. Perfectly at home in the corridors of Buckingham Palace, he frequently encounters Her Majesty as he works on her paintings and has a special fondness for one particular Titian. However, there is one small problem: the painting, like Blunt himself, is a fake.
  • Alan Bennett: Double Bill
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by full cast
    4.70 (15 ratings)
    This version of Forty Years On, Alan Bennett's popular stage play, starring Sir John Gielgud, Alan Bennett, and Paul Eddington, is paired with A Woman of No Importance, one of Bennett's famous monologues, starring Patricia Routledge as Margaret.
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  • Alan Bennett: Single Spies (Dramatised)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (18 ratings)
    It is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double-agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world. When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England. Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English society gossip, and cajoles her into taking home measurements for a new pinstripe suit from his London tailor.
  • Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by various
    4.80 (76 ratings)
    In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.
  • Alan Bennett: Telling Tales
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (28 ratings)
    Following on from the phenomenal success of Writing Home, Alan Bennett reminisces about his early years, from his schooldays to undergraduate life at Oxford University.
  • Kafka's Dick
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by various
    3.90 (14 ratings)
    Richard Griffiths, Alison Steadman, and Peter Woodthorpe star in this BBC Radio 4 version of Alan Bennett's acclaimed comedy/drama stage play. Present-day Kafka aficionado Sydney and his wife, Linda, are visited by the long-dead Kafka and his friend Max Brod (with whom Kafka had left instructions for all his works to be burned; instructions which Brod chose to ignore).
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  • Forty Years On (Dramatised)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    4.60 (18 ratings)
    The Headmaster has been at Albion House for 50 years, man and boy. Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. Entitled Speak For England, Arthur, it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades.
  • Alan Bennett at the BBC
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.80 (13 ratings)
    This unique anthology of Alan Bennet's BBC radio and television work features extracts from his diaries and readings, as well as tributes to friends Russell Harty and Peter Cook.
  • Lady in the Van
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (41 ratings)
    The humorous and moving tale of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric old lady who, by a bizarre series of twists and turns, lived in the author's garden for many years. Alan Bennett reads his own acclaimed work, recently adapted as a West End smash hit starring Maggie Smith as the eccentric old lady.
  • Say Something Happened (Dramatised)
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    Taken from Alan Bennett: Triple Bill, April 2007 Release. A naive, inexperienced social worker calls on an elderly couple - but does she need more help than they do?
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  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.20 (100 ratings)
    Two unexpected tales written and read by the best-selling author of The Uncommon Reader, Untold Stories and The History Boys."The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...
  • Father! Father! Burning Bright
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (7 ratings)
    Alan Bennett reads his own funny and poignant story set largely in a northern hospital. Comedy is mixed with farce and family relationships are revealed in a throw-away sentence in this moving tale from the master storyteller.