The Lady In The Van

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Autobiographical play about the woman who took refuge in the author's Camden garden and stayed for 15 years.

Stars Maggie Smith.

Autobiographical play about the woman who took refuge in the author's Camden garden.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900419]

Unknown: Alan Bennett

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900426]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900503]

The third of four talks. 'I hear people passing the gate say, "You know she's a millionaire," the inference being no one in their right mind would let her live there if she weren't!'

Alan Bennett recalls an unusual visitor who took up residence in his garden. BBC North

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900503]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900510]

Alan Bennett concludes his account of an unusual visitor. BBC North

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900510]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900625]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900702]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900709]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19900716]
Programme Catalogue - Details: alan Bennett Part 119900419

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: 26 April 1990

Description

SBH:The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

1 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:How he first came across Miss Shepherd and her van in Camden Town.

She and her van first appeared in his road in the late 60's.

Social setup of the road and the problems with guilt that it caused him.

How Miss Shepherd supported herself selling tracts and pencils.

Miss Shepherd's van and its coats of yellow paint.

Various attacks on Miss Shepherd and her van.

Eventually suggested that she spend the nights in a lean to hut at the side of his house.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2295 TXN/TDT:R4 19-Apr-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

19 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

25 Jun 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485594

Programme Catalogue - Details: alan Bennett Part 119900625

First broadcast on 1990-04-19

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: 26 April 1990

Description

SBH:The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

1 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:How he first came across Miss Shepherd and her van in Camden Town.

She and her van first appeared in his road in the late 60's.

Social setup of the road and the problems with guilt that it caused him.

How Miss Shepherd supported herself selling tracts and pencils.

Miss Shepherd's van and its coats of yellow paint.

Various attacks on Miss Shepherd and her van.

Eventually suggested that she spend the nights in a lean to hut at the side of his house.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2295 TXN/TDT:R4 19-Apr-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

19 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

25 Jun 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485594

Programme Catalogue - Details: 26 April 199019900426

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: PART 3

Previous in series: Alan Bennett PART 1

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

2 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Problems caused for Miss Shepherd when parking restrictions were brought in.

Inevitably Miss Shepherd and her new van ended up in his garden - she put the handbrake on so firmly it could never be released.

Position of the van in his garden and the problems it caused for visitors.

Miss Shepherd's ideas for getting on the radio and television.

Miss Shepherd's appearance, her hats and the way she spoke.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2296 TXN/TDT:R4 26-Apr-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

26 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485640

Programme Catalogue - Details: 26 April 199019900702

First broadcast on 1990-04-26

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: PART 3

Previous in series: Alan Bennett PART 1

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

2 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Problems caused for Miss Shepherd when parking restrictions were brought in.

Inevitably Miss Shepherd and her new van ended up in his garden - she put the handbrake on so firmly it could never be released.

Position of the van in his garden and the problems it caused for visitors.

Miss Shepherd's ideas for getting on the radio and television.

Miss Shepherd's appearance, her hats and the way she spoke.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2296 TXN/TDT:R4 26-Apr-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

26 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485640

Programme Catalogue - Details: Part 319900503

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: PART 4

Previous in series: 26 April 1990

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls the elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

3 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Miss Shepherd's political opinions.

Her letter writing habits.

Miss Shepherd's attempt to stand for parliament as a candidate for the Fidelis Party (her own party).

Qualified for full social security because she had a permanent address (in his garden).

Her Reliant Robin.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2297 TXN/TDT:R4 03-May-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

03 May 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

09 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485659

Programme Catalogue - Details: Part 319900709

First broadcast on 1990-05-03

Producer: G.

HUSH

Next in series: PART 4

Previous in series: 26 April 1990

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls the elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

3 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Miss Shepherd's political opinions.

Her letter writing habits.

Miss Shepherd's attempt to stand for parliament as a candidate for the Fidelis Party (her own party).

Qualified for full social security because she had a permanent address (in his garden).

Her Reliant Robin.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2297 TXN/TDT:R4 03-May-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

03 May 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

09 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485659

Programme Catalogue - Details: Part 419900510

Producer: G.

HUSH

Previous in series: PART 3

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

4 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Miss Shepherd's method of propelling her wheelchair.

Her religion.

Difficult to get Miss Shepherd to accept help - was eventually persuaded to go to a day centre where he hoped she would stay.

Had to reassure her that he wouldn't have her sent to hospital.

What he found out about her life after she died - had driven an ambulance during World War II and was nearly blown up; had wanted to become a nun but had not been accepted; spent time in mental hospitals; was involved in an accident which led to her changing her name.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2298 TXN/TDT:R4 10-May-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

10 May 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

16 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485666

04 LASTProgramme Catalogue - Details: Part 419900716

First broadcast on 1990-05-10

Producer: G.

HUSH

Previous in series: PART 3

Description

SBH:The Lady In the Van - The playwright recalls an elderly lady who took up residence in his garden.

4 (of 4).

Producer: Gillian Hush.

PRE:Miss Shepherd's method of propelling her wheelchair.

Her religion.

Difficult to get Miss Shepherd to accept help - was eventually persuaded to go to a day centre where he hoped she would stay.

Had to reassure her that he wouldn't have her sent to hospital.

What he found out about her life after she died - had driven an ambulance during World War II and was nearly blown up; had wanted to become a nun but had not been accepted; spent time in mental hospitals; was involved in an accident which led to her changing her name.

OTN:TMR009/90NT2298 TXN/TDT:R4 10-May-1990 CON:BENNETT Alan (spkr) HUSH Gillian (prod)

Broadcast history

10 May 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

16 Jul 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gillian Hush (Producer)

Alan Bennett (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 485666