The Graduate

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It's summer in the Californian suburbs and Benjamin Braddock is worried about his future.

It's the summer of 1963 in suburban California and Benjamin Braddock has the world at his feet. He's just graduated from university with a teaching scholarship, his dad has bought him a fancy new Italian sports car, and all the Braddocks' friends and neighbours have been invited to a house party to celebrate. There's just one problem. Benjamin refuses to leave his room. He's worried about his future. His parents are perplexed. The stalemate is broken when Ben agrees to give the wife of his father's business partner, Mrs Robinson, a lift home. She's the same age as his mother, fabulously sexy, and bent on seduction.

CAST: Benjamin Braddock - Danny Mahoney, Mr Braddock - William Hope, Mrs Braddock - Laura Brook, Elaine - Samantha Dakin, Mrs Robinson - Sian Thomas, Mr Robinson - Michael Crossman, Wendy - Julia Coulter, Carl - David Blackwell, Student - Stella Martin.

The Graduate has been adapted from Charles Webb's novel by Polly Thomas. Polly is a Sony award-winning director and producer of radio drama. Her theatre work includes directing for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; and the Manchester Literature Festival launch of Margaret Atwood's new book, The Year of the Flood.

A BBC Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

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Ben pursues Elaine to Berkeley, much to the fury of his former lover, Elaine's mother.

Now that's he's stopped sleeping with Mrs Robinson, Benjamin has become obsessed with her daughter, Elaine. Now, at last, he understands the purpose of his life. He drives through the night to Berkeley, determined to find Elaine and marry her. Elaine, however, has other plans.

The Graduate has been adapted from Charles Webb's novel by Polly Thomas. Polly is a Sony award-winning director and producer of radio drama. Her theatre work includes directing for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; and the Manchester Literature Festival launch of Margaret Atwood's new book, The Year of the Flood.

A BBC Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.