My Turn To Make The Tea

Monica Dickens's semi-autobiographical novel set in the early 1950s in which Poppy is the junior reporter on the Downingham Post, and it is always her turn to make the tea.

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By Monica Dickens, adapted by Sheila Goff.

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Look Out Behind You

In this semi-autobiographical story set in the early 1950s, Poppy is the junior reporter on the Downingham Post, where it is always her turn to make the tea.

Poppy promises her acrobat friend Maimie that she will write a supportive review of the local Christmas pantomime.

But all does not go according to plan.

Poppy - Alice Hart

Mr Pellet - Keith Barron

Mamie - Annabelle Dowler

Victor - Stephen Critchlow

Mike - Peter Darney

Joe - Martin Hyder

Marjorie - Jemima Elder

Director David Hunter.

Followed by London: After the Bombs: A series of short reflections, broadcast throughout the day, on people's memories and experiences of London in the immediate aftermath of the July 7 attacks last year.

01The Stain On The Carpet2004082520060630

Poppy takes lodgings with the formidable Mrs Goff and discovers something sinister under the bed.

  • adapted by sheila goff
  • betty....kezia burrows
  • bunch....jemma elder
  • casubon....Nicholas Boulton
  • directed by.... David Hunter
  • joe....Martin Hyder
  • john....robert hastie
  • maimie....Annabelle Dowler
  • margaret....alex kelly
  • marjorie....jemma elder
  • mike....peter darney
  • mr pellet....Keith Barron
  • mrs goff....Marlene Sidaway
  • poppy....Alice Hart
  • speaker....John Rowe
  • victor....Stephen Critchlow
  • william....ashley cook

  • 02Look Out Behind You2004090120060707

    It's Christmas time and Poppy, the Junior Reporter on the Downingham Post, promises her acrobat friend Maimie that she'll write a supportive review of the local pantomime.

    But all does not go according to plan.

    03The Anarchist In The Basement2004090820060714

    Neil Casubon, the anarchist in the basement of Poppy's boarding house, throws a wild party and landlady Mrs Goff is not amused.

    Novice reporter Poppy's trip to a civic banquet with Downingham Post Editor Mr Pellet finds them letting their hair down.

    04 LASTThe Soldier And The Dancer20040915
    04 LASTThe Soldier And The Dancer20060721

    Poppy finds herself in a compromising position when the paper picks up a story about a fellow lodger. But this ultimately propels her into her true vocation.

    Director David Hunter