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Summary

John Moffatt and Rosemary Leach star in this BBC Radio 4 production of Noël Coward’s patriotic play about the ups and downs of a working-class family between 1919 and 1939.

This Happy Breed opens in 1919, when the Gibbons family have just moved to their smart new home in the suburbs of South London. Against a background of social change and national upheaval spanning twenty years, the family celebrate their own triumphs and deal with their personal traumas.

Coward’s moving and humourous production, showing what life was like for a typical suburban family between the wars, was a huge hit and was adapted into a famous 1944 film starring John Mills and Celia Johnson. Among the distinguished cast in this 1989 BBC Radio 4 production are John Moffatt, Rosemary Leach, Anna Cropper and Doris Hare.

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As only Coward could observe it

A nostajgia for a Britain long gone?,
As a child of the fifties much of this play rings true and as much a ' memory ' as though lived through. The people of this story were parents and grand parents of my generation and the turbulence of the first half of the 20th century was still fresh in their minds.

In this grab it now regardless of consequence age of entitlement such a world recreated here is actually to be envied. There was an innocence and naivety then which is entirely gone.

It actually made me want to weep.

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Today I recieved a gift of monies from the people of Praze an Beeble collected at the Village Stores to help pay the vetinary fees of my injured Dachshund whom along with his brother is a popular personality hereabouts.

The spirit of yesterday lives in the hearts of my neighbours - God Bless them.

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try this play, you won't regret it

loved it! brilliant acting made this play a joy to listen to, really highly recommended

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Between the Wars.

an first class feel good story from the master of an typical English family after the war and the start of another.

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Wonderful nostalgia

Takes you back to a time when everything seemed simpler. Wonderful family saga of times between the wars

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Brilliant

A pleasure to listen to. One of Cowards Best works. Buy it you will not regret it.

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Wonderful

Brought back happy memories of seeing this as a black and white film. Excellent. Highly recommend.

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  • 27-02-15

Brilliantly done!

Loved every second of this performance and it's a credit to the brilliance of Noel Coward.

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  • ANNE-MARIE BURKE BREWSTER
  • 21-06-21

what a Breed

Short but worth the listen, I found it a relief from working stress. Humouroussbut serious.