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    • Alan Bennett: Plays

    • BBC Radio Dramatisations
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Patricia Routledge
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Plays by Alan Bennett

    • By Edwin on 29-09-16

    Regular price: £31.99

    • The Complete Talking Heads

    • The classic BBC Radio 4 monologues plus A Woman of No Importance
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Patricia Routledge
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 369

    The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors. The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bleak but brilliant!

    • By Laura on 01-01-16

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Alan Bennett: Stories

    • Read by Alan Bennett
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time. Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir 'The Lady in the Van'; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Consummate story-teller

    • By Kirstine on 04-12-16

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

    • Diaries 2005-2014
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    Alan Bennett narrates the latest installment of his diaries, as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. Following on from Alan Bennett's best-selling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences. At its heart is his latest published collection of diaries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Described as unabridged but not really

    • By pwgc on 10-11-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Lady in the Van

    • A BBC Radio 4 adaptation
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, full cast, Maggie Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage play. An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next 15 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, a classic

    • By T M Brown on 01-01-16

    Regular price: £10.00

    • The History Boys (Dramatised)

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wish I'd read it when I was at school

    • By Tylertheviper on 03-01-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Six Poets

    • Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Alan Bennett's selection of English verse by his favourite poets: Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin is accompanied by his own enlivening commentary and was recorded before a live audience. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen more than seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just Listen

    • By Martin on 14-07-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Alan Bennett

    • Diaries 1980-1990
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Alan Bennett's gentle, wry observations of life have made him one of the country's best-loved and most famous authors. He reads extracts from his best-selling diaries which offer a fascinating insight into his life - the work on location, life in Camden and fond, poignant memories of his childhood and home life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Vivienne on 05-12-15

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories, Part 1: Stories
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece by a Master writer

    • By Sue McW on 18-06-14

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett's On the Margin

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennet, John Sergeant
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • The Wind in the Willows

    • By: Kenneth Grahame, Alan Bennett - adaptation
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Richard Briers, Adrian Scarborough, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    One spring morning, Mole surfaces into the sunlight and warm grass of a great meadow. Rambling busily along the hedgerows, he comes to the edge of a river. Mole is entranced. Here on the river bank he meets the Water Rat. He meets Ratty's friends: Badger who lives in the Wild Wood and the incorrigible Toad of Toad Hall. A timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this dramatization for BBC Radio 4.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good vocal adaptation

    • By Clare W. on 26-02-19

    Regular price: £9.19

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. The History Boys harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play The History Boys. Arise, Sir..., finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Getting On

    • A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Drama
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Charles Simpson, David Rintoul, Emily Richard, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast production of one of the earliest plays by Alan Bennett. The 1970s are a time of change, but Labour MP George Oliver feels stuck in one place: distrusting the ‘mawkish mentality’ of the young and fearing the encroaching life of the middle-aged, with little to look forward to but the imminent end of a not-very-interesting road.

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    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…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bennett at his best!

    • By Tracey on 25-05-11

    Regular price: £14.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories Part 3: Written on the Body
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stories, his major collection of new writings. Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You gotta love Bennet

    • By Alison on 06-02-15

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Telling Tales
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully poignant and funny

    • By Paul Brookes on 17-11-16

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Untold Stories, Part 2: The Diaries
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Author relays diaries

    • By Hedgehog on 01-01-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Alan Bennett

    • Three Plays
    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Alan Bennett's three classic BBC Radio full-cast dramas: Kafka's Dick, Forty Years On, and An Englishman Abroad.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Three first class plays

    • By Kirstine on 14-11-07

    Regular price: £16.00

    • Judi Dench and Michael Williams: With Great Pleasure

    • By: Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Charlotte Mitchell, and others
    • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Michael Williams
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Cocktail Sticks

    • By: Alan Bennett
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Alan Bennett, full cast
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre. Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

    • By Highlight on 10-09-18

    Regular price: £10.00

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