Lost And Found

Series of three short stories by major writers which have only recently come to light.

Episodes

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AR01The Undertaker's Tale20101031

By Mark Twain.

A previously-unpublished tale about the funeral industry.

Newly published in the book 'Who Is Mark Twain?' and The Strand Magazine, Twain's tale about the funeral industry had lain undiscovered for 130 years.

Twain tackles the same problems that we are challenged with today and pokes fun at the same type of characters that inhabit our present-day world.

This world broadcast premiere is read by Hector Elizondo.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

AR01The Undertaker's Tale2009051920101024
20140204 (BBC7)
20140205 (BBC7)

By Mark Twain.

Newly published in the book 'Who Is Mark Twain?' and The Strand Magazine, Twain's tale about the funeral industry had lain undiscovered for 130 years.

Twain tackles the same problems that we are challenged with today and pokes fun at the same type of characters that inhabit our present-day world.

This world broadcast premiere is read by Hector Elizondo.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

A previously-unpublished tale about the funeral industry.

By Mark Twain. Sharply ironic satire on the commercial aspects of funeral undertaking.

Newly published in the book 'Who Is Mark Twain?' and The Strand Magazine, Twain's tale about the funeral industry had lain undiscovered for 130 years. Twain tackles the same problems that we are challenged with today and pokes fun at the same type of characters that inhabit our present-day world.

AR02Blackberry Day2009052020101107
20140205 (BBC7)
20140206 (BBC7)

By Malachi Whitaker.

A woman in the Yorkshire Dales struggles to come terms with her husband's retirement from the mill.

Read by Rosalind Ayres.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

A woman in the Yorkshire Dales struggles to come terms with her husband's retirement.

Malachi Whitaker was the pen name of Marjorie Olive Whitaker.

She wrote a number of short stories in the twenties and thirties and was regarded as one of the finest authors of that time.

Whitaker chronicled the lives of ordinary folk in the north of England, with sensitivity and humanity.

She died in 1975.

Her forgotten story, 'Blackberry Day' is a moving account of a woman in the Yorkshire Dales finding it hard to come terms with her husband's retirement from the mill.

Reader: Rosalind Ayres

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

By Malachi Whitaker. Betty finds it hard to come to terms with Ben's retirement.

Malachi Whitaker was the pen name of Marjorie Olive Whitaker. She wrote a number of short stories in the twenties and thirties and was regarded as one of the finest authors of that time.

Whitaker chronicled the lives of ordinary folk in the north of England, with sensitivity and humanity. She died in 1975. Her forgotten story, 'Blackberry Day' is a moving account of a woman in the Yorkshire Dales finding it hard to come terms with her husband's retirement from the mill.

AR03 LASTProvidence And The Butler2005083020090521 (BBC7)
20140206 (BBC7)
20140207 (BBC7)

By PG Wodehouse. Martin Jarvis performs the rediscovered witty tale of aristocratic angst.

This cannily observant early P.G. Wodehouse story was lost for 99 years, now recently discovered. It has some classic "Plum" ingredients: an eccentric Earl, an irresponsible young man, a chorus girl, and of course a butler, not Jeeves (Wodehouse hadn't created him yet!) but the ancient 'Keeling', who has more worldly wisdom than anybody.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

AR03 LASTProvidence And The Butler2009052120101114

PG Wodehouse's story with an eccentric earl, a young man, a chorus girl and a butler.

This cannily observant early P.G.

Wodehouse story was lost for 99 years, now recently discovered.

It has some classic "Plum" ingredients: an eccentric Earl, an irresponsible young man, a chorus girl, and of course a butler, not Jeeves (Wodehouse hadn't created him yet!) but the ancient 'Keeling', who has more worldly wisdom than anybody.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

By PG Wodehouse.

Published by the Washington Herald Literary Magazine in 1910 and lost for 99 years, this story was recently discovered by a Wodehouse scholar.

It features some classic Wodehouse ingredients: an eccentric earl, an irresponsible young man, a chorus girl and of course a butler - not Jeeves, but the ancient and wise Keeling.

This world broadcast premiere is read by Martin Jarvis.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.