Absolute Beginners

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 February 199619960203

Producer: N.

GHOSE

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COPYRIGHT AND PERFORMANCE FEE

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drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

03 Feb 1996 14:30-16:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Colin Mcinnes

Richard Pearce (Actor)

Jillie Meers (Actor)

Philip Glenister (Actor)

Don Gilet (Actor)

Leroy Golding (Actor)

Jimmy Hibbert (Actor)

Alison Darling (Actor)

Ray Brown (Actor)

Andrew Tiernan (Actor)

Christopher Hancock (Actor)

Sarah Nixon (Actor)

Laura Richmond (Actor)

John Bramwell (Actor)

Taff Girdlestone (Actor)

Nicolas Moss (Actor)

John Culshore (Actor)

Christopher Hawes (adap)

Keith Jafrate (Composer)

Nandita Ghose (Producer)

Recorded on 1995-11-17.

0120140113

London, 1958. "I swore by Elvis and all the saints that this last teenage year of mine was going to be a real rave." The eighteen-year-old narrator of Colin MacInnes' cult classic is determined to declare his independence from earlier generations, as he roams the city with his camera and a sharp eye for the stylish and the subversive. In the smoky jazz clubs of Soho, the coffee bars of Notting Hill and the cheap rooms of Pimlico the young and the restless - the absolute beginners - are revolutionising youth culture and forging a new carefree lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Meanwhile the Teddy Boy gangs are staging internecine battles, and a generation of Black immigrants is struggling to make a life in a hostile city. The definitive account of London life in the 1950s and what it means to be a teenager, this account of a young man's coming of age captures the spirit of a generation and the changing face of London in the era of the first race riots and the lead up to the swinging Sixties.

Read by Joel MacCormack

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies

0220140114

London, 1958, and Colin MacInnes' teenage narrator and his young friends are making the city their own, from down-at-heel Notting Hill to the smoky jazz clubs of Soho and the fashion boutiques of Mayfair. Mr Cool reports trouble brewing on the streets, the Fabulous Hoplite brings news of a party at Dido Lament's and Suzette won't be persuaded out of her impending marriage.

Read by Joel MacCormack

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

0320140115

London, 1958. The teenage narrator of Colin MacInnes cult classic sets about making some serious money in an attempt to win back the love of his life, only to get a nasty shock. There are more shocks to come when he has a warning visit from Ed the Ted, and a worrying visit from Mr Cool.

Read by Joel MacCormack

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

0420140116

London, 1958, and the teenage narrator of Colin MacInnes' cult classic is still shocked by Suzette's marriage to Henley. Determined to try and woo her back, he takes the opportunity of a boat trip up the Thames with his dad to pay her a visit.

Read by Joel MacCormack

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

05 LAST20140117

September, 1958, and racial tension is rising in parts of London. The teenage narrator of Colin MacInnes' cult classic finds himself caught up along with his friends in the violence that erupts on the streets of his home patch in Notting Hill. As the fighting spreads, Suzette turns up at the Santa Lucia club, but then his brother Vernon arrives with bad news.

Read by Joel MacCormack

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.