Pat and Margaret
by Victoria Wood
adapted for radio by John Foley
"When you deal with me, Claire, think icon."
Pat is the glamorous face of an American soap opera; Margaret, a waitress in a motorway cafe in Lancashire.
Sisters who've not seen each other for 27 years.
Brought together in the glare of a popular TV show, they have no choice but to seem thrilled.
But a darker past lies behind their reunion.
Pat - Tracy-Ann Oberman
Margaret - Sarah Lancashire
Maeve - Imelda Staunton
Claire - Claire Skinner
Jim - Andrew Dunn
Jim's Mum - Thelma Barlow
Vera - Rachel Davies
Billy - Danny Webb
Nosey Neighbour - Lynda Baron
Stella - Joanna Monro
Bella - Sally Orrock
Martin - Philip Lowrie
Daisy - Deeivya Meir
Driver - Adeel Akhtar
Hotel Manager - Sam Dale
Floor Assistant - Iain Batchelor
Director: Marion Nancarrow
"I'm glamorous, attractive, I have enough sexual charisma to open a factory.
She's fat, Northern, working class - of course she wants to be my sister."
Victoria Wood's bitter-sweet comedy has its first radio airing on Christmas Day.
In the 50th anniversary year of "Coronation Street" the production sees a number of its former stars re-united - Sarah Lancashire (who played Racquel), Thelma Barlow (Mavis), Andrew Dunn (Roger Stiles) and Philip Lowrie (who played Elsie Tanner's son).
Imelda Staunton (star of Vera Drake) is the Irish talk-show host and Claire Skinner (from Outnumbered) the earnest assistant, Claire.
Lynda Baron (Open All Hours) plays a cameo role of the nosy neighbour, Rachel Davies (Boon) is Mum and Danny Webb (Alien 3) the reporter, Billy.
Victoria Wood's bitter-sweet comedy about two sisters reluctantly reunited on a TV show.