London Street Cries

As part of 'London: Another Country ?' on Radio 4, five short features in which the voices of the poor of Victorian London throw into sharp relief the underprivileged of today's London.

The present-day is heard through interviews, the Victorian stories are voiced by actors from the verbatim transcripts made in the 1850s by the pioneer of London oral history, Henry Mayhew, author of "London Labour and the London Poor".

It is impossible to read Mayhew without being struck by how little has changed.

The rough sleepers of Mayhew's West End are there today too, there are always girls forced to walk the streets under-age, the market stall-holders still flaunt their stock, hen parties look for "grotesque" dancing to enjoy as the Victorians did the "penny gaff" and mudlarks go on working the shore of the Thames.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 this week.

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01

120100705

As part of 'London: Another Country ?' on Radio 4, five short features in which the voices of the poor of Victorian London throw into sharp relief the underprivileged of today's London. The present-day is heard through interviews, the Victorian stories are voiced by actors from the verbatim transcripts made in the 1850s by the pioneer of London oral history, Henry Mayhew, author of "London Labour and the London Poor".

It is impossible to read Mayhew without being struck by how little has changed. The rough sleepers of Mayhew's West End are there today too, there are always girls forced to walk the streets under-age, the market stall-holders still flaunt their stock, hen parties look for "grotesque" dancing to enjoy as the Victorians did the "penny gaff" and mudlarks go on working the shore of the Thames.

In Part 1 we hear those living rough then and now, about the hardship and risks of living on the streets of London.

Each programme highlights a particular sector of London life, now and then:

Programme 1: Rough sleepers.

Programme 2: Street sellers and costers.

Programme 3: Sex workers.

Programme 4: Street cleaners and scavengers.

Programme 5: Entertainers and revellers.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 this week.

Cast for the week

Henry Mayhew .....Sam Dale

With Jude Akuwudike, Tony Bell, Christine Kavanagh, Alison Pettit, David Seddon, Michael Shelford, Lloyd Thomas

Abridged by Penny Gold

Producers: Jeremy Mortimer and Rebecca Stratford.

. The voices of those living rough then and now.

01Rough Sleepers20100705

As part of 'London: Another Country ?' on Radio 4, five short features in which the voices of the poor of Victorian London throw into sharp relief the underprivileged of today's London.

The present-day is heard through interviews, the Victorian stories are voiced by actors from the verbatim transcripts made in the 1850s by the pioneer of London oral history, Henry Mayhew, author of "London Labour and the London Poor".

It is impossible to read Mayhew without being struck by how little has changed.

The rough sleepers of Mayhew's West End are there today too, there are always girls forced to walk the streets under-age, the market stall-holders still flaunt their stock, hen parties look for "grotesque" dancing to enjoy as the Victorians did the "penny gaff" and mudlarks go on working the shore of the Thames.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 this week.

In Part 1 we hear those living rough then and now, about the hardship and risks of living on the streets of London.

01Rough Sleepers20100705

As part of 'London: Another Country ?' on Radio 4, five short features in which the voices of the poor of Victorian London throw into sharp relief the underprivileged of today's London.

The present-day is heard through interviews, the Victorian stories are voiced by actors from the verbatim transcripts made in the 1850s by the pioneer of London oral history, Henry Mayhew, author of "London Labour and the London Poor".

It is impossible to read Mayhew without being struck by how little has changed.

The rough sleepers of Mayhew's West End are there today too, there are always girls forced to walk the streets under-age, the market stall-holders still flaunt their stock, hen parties look for "grotesque" dancing to enjoy as the Victorians did the "penny gaff" and mudlarks go on working the shore of the Thames.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 this week.

In Part 1 we hear those living rough then and now, about the hardship and risks of living on the streets of London.

02

220100706

Continuing the series of voices from the London streets, in which each programme highlights a particular sector of London life, now and in the 1850s.

In Part 2 we hear stories from London street sellers and market traders, both from Victorian times and the present day.

Abridged by Penny Gold

Producers: Jeremy Mortimer and Rebecca Stratford.

. Stories from Victorian and present day London street sellers and market traders.

02Street Sellers And Costers20100706

In Part 2 we hear stories from London street sellers and market traders, both from Victorian times and the present day.

02Street Sellers And Costers20100706

In Part 2 we hear stories from London street sellers and market traders, both from Victorian times and the present day.

03

05 LASTEntertainers And Revellers20100709

In Part 5 we hear about the raucous and bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s, and compare this with a present-day London Hen Night, with contributions from male strippers.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 as part of the'London: Another Country' season.

Comparing the bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s with a present day London hen night.

05 LASTEntertainers And Revellers20100709

In Part 5 we hear about the raucous and bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s, and compare this with a present-day London Hen Night, with contributions from male strippers.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 as part of the'London: Another Country' season.

Comparing the bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s with a present day London hen night.

320100707

Continuing the series of voices from the London streets, in which each programme highlights a particular sector of London life, now and in the 1850s.

In Part 3 we hear from sex workers who ply their trade in modern London, as well as hearing testimony from Victorian prostitutes.

Abridged by Penny Gold

Producers: Jeremy Mortimer and Rebecca Stratford.

. Stories from the sex workers of Victorian and modern London.

03Sex Workers20100707

In Part 3 we hear from sex workers who ply their trade in modern London, as well as hearing testimony from Victorian prostitutes.

03Sex Workers20100707

In Part 3 we hear from sex workers who ply their trade in modern London, as well as hearing testimony from Victorian prostitutes.

04

420100708

Continuing the series of voices from the London streets, in which each programme highlights a particular sector of London life, now and in the 1850s.

In Part 4 we hear from present day street cleaners and recycling operatives, as well as from a modern mudlark, and from nineteenth-century scavengers.

Abridged by Penny Gold

Producers: Jeremy Mortimer and Rebecca Stratford.

. Stories from present day street cleaners and 19th-century scavengers.

04Street Cleaners And Scavengers20100708

In Part 4 we hear from present day street cleaners and recycling operatives, as well as from a modern mudlark, and from nineteenth-century scavengers.

04Street Cleaners And Scavengers20100708

In Part 4 we hear from present day street cleaners and recycling operatives, as well as from a modern mudlark, and from nineteenth-century scavengers.

05

5 LAST20100709

Continuing the series of voices from the London streets, in which each programme highlights a particular sector of London life, now and in the 1850s.

In Part 5 we hear about the raucous and bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s, and compare this with a present-day London Hen Night, with contributions from male strippers.

The Mayhew extracts are abridged by Penny Gold whose Afternoon Play "A Chaos of Wealth and Want", examines an incident in the life of Mayhew as he was compiling the interviews for his history, is being broadcast on Radio 4 as part of the'London: Another Country' season.

Cast for the week

Henry Mayhew .....Sam Dale

With Jude Akuwudike, Tony Bell, Christine Kavanagh, Alison Pettit, David Seddon, Michael Shelford, Lloyd Thomas

Abridged by Penny Gold

Producers: Jeremy Mortimer and Rebecca Stratford.

. Comparing the bawdy Penny Gaff theatres of the 1850s with a present day London hen night.