Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

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01Pearl20130520

Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull is left to bring up her three children alone

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode One - Pearl

Abandoned by her salesman husband an angry Pearl Tull is left to bring up her three children alone.

Director: David Hunter

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant tells the story of two brothers and a sister deserted by their father, raised by their angry mother, moving through the calamities and exultations of their difficult youth into separate strategies for survival, and finally into a shared humanity.

The place is Anne Tyler's Baltimore. The story is Pearl's, her short-lived romance and late marriage to "flamboyant" travelling salesman Beck Tull and her attempt to keep the family together after he leaves. We see her three children pummelled into adulthood through her excesses of maternal energy and spurts of terrifying rage.

Cody, wild and incorrigible is driven to cruel domination over his brother Ezra, boyhood practical jokes and taunts culminating in an unforgivable (and yet seemingly forgiven) act, and is ultimately possessed by the lure of power and money. High-spirited, hard-working Jenny becomes a paediatrician, nurturing strangers as she becomes more and more inaccessible to those close to her. Ezra, his mother's favourite (and Anne Tyler's most enduring character) has a dream of a homesick restaurant "where people come just like to a family dinner" - except that whenever his own family gathers at his restaurant the meal is always left unfinished, appetites dissipated in squabbles and tempests.

There are elements of this family tragedy that we all recognise, details that ring sharply true and characters that are both truthful and entertaining.

HER NAKED SKIN by Rebecca Lenkiewicz was the first play to be performed on the Olivier stage by a living female playwright. THE NIGHT SEASON won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. SARAH AND KEN (Drama on 3) was awarded a special commendation at the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Awards. Other radio work includes CARAVAN OF DESIRE and BLUE MOON OVER POPLAR.

There is a synergy between Rebecca and Anne Tyler - a common precision of language, an understanding of character, a shared angle on the poetry of language and image and a similar sense of fascination with the quirky and the offbeat.

02Teaching The Cat To Yawn20130521

Young Cody's jealousy of his placid younger brother Ezra accelerates.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Two - Teaching the Cat to Yawn

Director: David Hunter

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant tells the story of two brothers and a sister deserted by their father, raised by their angry mother, moving through the calamities and exultations of their difficult youth into separate strategies for survival, and finally into a shared humanity.

The place is Anne Tyler's Baltimore. The story is Pearl's, her short-lived romance and late marriage to "flamboyant" travelling salesman Beck Tull and her attempt to keep the family together after he leaves. We see her three children pummelled into adulthood through her excesses of maternal energy and spurts of terrifying rage.

Cody, wild and incorrigible is driven to cruel domination over his brother Ezra and is ultimately possessed by the lure of power and money. High-spirited, hard-working Jenny becomes a paediatrician, nurturing strangers as she becomes more and more inaccessible to those close to her. Ezra, his mother's favourite (and Anne Tyler's most enduring character) has a dream of a homesick restaurant "where people come just like to a family dinner" - except that whenever his own family gathers at his restaurant the meal is always left unfinished, appetites dissipated in squabbles and tempests.

There are elements of this family tragedy that we all recognise, details that ring sharply true and characters that are both truthful and entertaining.

HER NAKED SKIN by Rebecca Lenkiewicz was the first play to be performed on the Olivier stage by a living female playwright. THE NIGHT SEASON won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. SARAH AND KEN (Drama on 3) was awarded a special commendation at the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Awards. Other radio work includes CARAVAN OF DESIRE and BLUE MOON OVER POPLAR.

There is a synergy between Rebecca and Anne Tyler - a common precision of language, an understanding of character, a shared angle on the poetry of language and image and a similar sense of fascination with the quirky and the offbeat.

03Destroyed By Love20130522

With Cody at college and Ezra drafted, Jenny is left to deal with the unpredictable Pearl.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Three - Destroyed by Love

With Cody at College and Ezra drafted, Jenny is left to deal with the unpredictable Pearl and Ezra's friend Josiah... but an unlikely romance is in the air.

Director: David Hunter.

04Heart Rumours20130523

Ezra has plans to modernise Scarlatti's Restaurant.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Four - Heart Rumours

Director: David Hunter.

05The Country Cook20130524

Cody's obsession with his brother Ezra's fiancee, Ruth, becomes a determined campaign.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Five - The Country Cook

Cody's obsession with his brother Ezra's fiancee, country girl Ruth, becomes a determined campaign.

Director: David Hunter.

06Beaches On The Moon20130527

Pearl shoulders the blame for the tragedy that has struck her sons.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Six - Beaches on the Moon

Director: David Hunter.

07Dr Tull Is Not A Toy20130528

A vacuum cleaner goes missing, and Dr Jenny Tull finds her domestic niche.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Seven - Dr. Tull is not a Toy

Director: David Hunter.

08This Really Happened20130529

Cody's son Luke makes the journey to Baltimore and the Homesick Restaurant.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Eight - This Really Happened

Director: David Hunter.

09Apple Apple20130530

Glimpses of happiness are found in the youthful diaries of the now blind Pearl.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Nine - Apple Apple

Director: David Hunter.

10 LASTDinner20130531

Home truths are aired at the final family dinner.

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode Ten - Dinner

Director: David Hunter.

0120130525 (BBC7)
20130526 (BBC7)

Omnibus. The truthful and universal scrapbook of the lives of the troubled Tull family.

Omnibus. Made for 4 Extra. The truthful and universal scrapbook of the lives of the troubled Tull family of Baltimore. With Lorelei King and Ben Crowe.

02 LAST20130601 (BBC7)
20130602 (BBC7)

Omnibus. Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl is left to bring up her children alone.

Omnibus. Made for 4 Extra. Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull is left to bring up her children alone. Starring Lorelei King and Barbara Barnes.