As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

By Laurie Lee.

A special adaptation of Lee's celebrated journey from his Cotswolds home to southern Spain in the mid-1930s.

The 19-year-old Laurie sets out on the open road with a vague idea of reaching LONDON and his American girlfriend.

The book has been adapted by playwright Christopher Denys and features recordings made in Spain.

With Jonathan Keeble, Ian Brooker and Alison Carney.

Director: Peter Leslie Wild

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He's off, waving goodbye to mother and walking to London, with a bit of busking on the way

Laure Lee's classic account of walking through Spain is broadcast to mark the centenary of his birth, and is abridged in five episodes by Katrin Williams.

1. The author leaves home on a bright Sunday morning, taking

his hazel walking stick, some clothes and a trusty violin.

Destination? It's London first, then on to.. where?

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Laurie's first port of call is Vigo, Spain, for merry-making with Dona Maria and family.

Laurie Lee's classic account of walking through Spain in the 1930's takes

another turn:

2. He has arrived in Vigo on a one way ticket. All is new and strange,

yet he soon meets Dona Maria and family - a family full of

merry-making. So, out comes the violin!

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Laurie Lee strides, strolls, then hobbles into Madrid. Into the jaws of a lion, he reckons

Laurie Lee's classic account of walking through Spain in the 1930's takes

another turn:

3. From Vigo, out across the plains, then Madrid and its various attractions.

Which means music, cafes, and some new trousers provided by the lovely

Concha..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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The author continues his journey by way of Seville, which is both beautiful and poor.

Laurie Lee's classic account of walking through Spain in the 1930's takes

another turn:

4. Down a white dusty road with orange trees looms Seville. It's beautiful

here and also poor, and there are signs of an armed struggle to come..

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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The author walks on to Malaga, then Almunecar, then the reality of war bites.

Laurie Lee's classic account of walking through Spain in the 1930's takes

another turn:

5. The author is in Almunecar and civil war begins. He drinks with men

who are fighting the cause, before finding safe passage back to England.

But is this the end of his travels?

Reader Tobias Menzies

Producer Duncan Minshull

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By Laurie Lee.

A special adaptation of Lee's celebrated journey from his Cotswolds home to southern Spain in the mid-1930s.

The 19-year-old Laurie sets out on the open road with a vague idea of reaching LONDON and his American girlfriend.

The book has been adapted by playwright Christopher Denys and features recordings made in Spain.

With Jonathan Keeble, Ian Brooker and Alison Carney.

Director: Peter Leslie Wild