Hay Fever

Four new stories from this year's Guardian Hay Festival programme for children.


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A summer comedy by Noel Coward.

The Bliss family are ultra-bohemian and have "weekends". This time they have each invited a guest without telling one another. Result: mayhem!

With an introduction by Sheridan Morley.

Director Leslie Lawton

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Comedy By: Noel Coward.

Unknown: Sheridan Morley.

Director: Leslie Lawton

Judith Bliss: Judi Dench

David Bliss: Michael Williams

Richard Greatham: Geofrey Palmer

Myra Anmdel: Celia Imrie

Jackie Coryton: Patricia Brake

Sandy Tyrell: Christopher Blake

Simon Bliss: Patrick Pearson

Sord Bliss: Alison Reid

Clara: Patricia Hayes

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Yannick goes to stay with relatives in Provence, where he encounters the greatest painter in the world.

  • written and read by Michael Morpurgo

  • AR02The Language Of Birdsong20040602

    Lucy James is intrigued by a mysterious monument near her family's holiday home in France.

    She sets out to discover its meaning and uncovers an almost forgotten tragedy.

  • written and read by celia rees

  • AR03My Dead Sheep Story20040603

    A story about the risks of not being able to tell the story.

  • written and read by kevin crossley-holland

  • AR04 LASTNot Such A Bad Thing20040604

    Jack has won first prize in a short story competition, but he has a good reason for dreading the award ceremony.

  • written and read by catherine fisher

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    By: Noel Coward

    Starring: Peggy Ashcroft/Tony Britton/Millicent Martin/Julia Martin/Maurice Denham