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Alan Bennett: Plays Radio/TV Program

Alan Bennett: Plays: BBC Radio Dramatisations

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Publisher's Summary

A unique collection of 12 full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett.

The titles are:

  • 40 Years On
  • A Visit from Miss Prothero
  • Say Something Happened
  • Kafka's Dick
  • Two in Torquay
  • The Madness of George III
  • The History Boys
  • An Englishman Abroad
  • A Question of Attribution
  • The Lady in the Van
  • Cocktail Sticks and the Last of the Sun

The cast includes John Gielgud, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Alex Jennings and many more.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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    Jean Trueman 15/09/2016
    Jean Trueman 15/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "A joy to listen to"

    Alan Bennett is a National treasure and I hope he goes on writing plays and stories for ever. He has a real insight into what we humans are all about and conveys it thoughtfully.
    The actors taking part in this audiobook played their parts extremely well and with clarity. Particularly touching was the author's homage to the late and much missed Thora Hird.
    Listen to all the plays as they all have something different to offer. A real treat

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    John Knight Oswaldtwistle near Accrington, England 15/08/2016
    John Knight Oswaldtwistle near Accrington, England 15/08/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Entertaining listening"

    Some brilliant story's though one or two I struggled with probably make more sense listening to them again, on the whole very enjoyable.

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    "The greatest living playwright."

    Sentiment without sentimentality, wit without smartaleckary. Mr Bennett is a master of turning the commonplace into the fascinating.

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    Keith D. Brown UK 07/08/2016
    Keith D. Brown UK 07/08/2016 Member Since 2010

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    "Bennett Bliss"

    Fans of Alan's work will need little prompting to download this collection of radio plays broadcast on Radio 4. There is probably something new here for everyone, as well as something very familiar that will bring much pleasure on being reheard. A more serious work "forty years on" not all of which I was able to follow begins the collection with the cast including John Gielgud. There are several plays featuring Dame Thora Hird more reminiscent of the "Talking Heads" series of monologues. One of Alan's hits, "the history boys" works very well in the Radio adaptation although I've seen it on stage and the film with the familiar cast includes James Cordon and Richard Griffiths. The final autobiographical pieces centred around his parents and feature Alan himself as well as Alex Jennings playing 'him'. Thinking of my own mother who was also a product of North Yorkshire trying to adapt to Southern sophistication Bennet's work brought me close to tears.

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