Peter Tinniswood

Episodes

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A Touch Of Daniel20120204 (BBC7)
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As Carter Brandon struggles for love, the only person who understands is his baby cousin.

Young Carter Brandon struggles for love in a world preoccupied with Cheshire cheese, individual trifles, dominoes, outbreaks of wireworm and vests; where strong women fight grimly to maintain their hold on a traditionally matriarchal society and where the only person who really understands Carter is his cousin, the baby Daniel.

Peter Tinniswood's Northern drama about the Brandon family.

Starring Christian Rodska as Carter, Liz Smith as Mrs Brandon, Eileen Derbyshire as Auntie Lil, George A Cooper as Mort, Graham Roberts as Mr Brandon and Judy Bennett as Daniel.

Directed by Tony Cliff at BBC Manchester

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1977.

As Carter Brandon struggles for love, the only person who understands is his baby cousin. Stars Christian Rodska and Liz Smith.

A Very Rare Bird Indeed20130822 (BBC7)
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A lonely woman waits in a remote Welsh hotel for her philandering husband.

At a small family-run hotel on the Welsh coast, lonely Avril observes the guests while waiting for her philandering husband.

Peter Tinniswood's drama stars Judi Dench as Avril, Peter Jeffrey as Maynard, John Moffatt as Morgan, Lou Hirsch as Clayton, Carolyn Jones as Marion, Jeff Shankley as Gilbert and Derek Waring as Major Rackham.

Music by Simon Morecroft.

Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1997.

4 Extra Debut. A lonely woman waits in a remote Welsh hotel for her philandering husband, and observes the guests. Stars Dame Judi Dench, Peter Jeffrey, John Moffatt and Lou Hirsch.

Age Gap20080107 (BBC7)
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Two women are thrown together in a rest home. Dark comedy about growing older. Stars Phyllida Law and Imelda Staunton.

Two women are thrown together in a rest home. Dark comedy about growing older.

Anton In Eastbourne20080108 (BBC7)
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Set in a hotel, Peter Tinniswood's last play was created for Chekhov admirer Paul Scofield

Mr Anton arrives for a sojourn. He expects to meet a young lady with a little dog. He knows her stories well. But he doesn't yet seem to know his own.

Peter Tinniswood's last play was created as a tribute for Chekhov admirer, Paul Scofield who plays Mr Anton.

With Emma Fielding as Miss Mansfield and Stephen Thorne as Mr Kember.

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Set in a hotel, Peter Tinniswood's last play was created for Chekhov admirer Paul Scofield. With Emma Fielding and Stephen Thorne.

Crossing The Frontier20150605 (BBC7)
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Jean is 38, attractive and married. On a cruise, she finds her values being challenged.

Jean is 38, attractive and married. She decides to go on a cruise without her husband.

On the first night out, she sees a row of lights sticking straight out to sea. She feels as if she's entering a strange land with different customs, different values. As if she is becoming a different person.

Peter Tinniswood's drama afloat stars Shirley Dixon as Jean, David Buck as Roy and Stephen Thorne as Richard.

Producer: Shaun McLoughlin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1985.

4 Extra Debut. Jean is 38, attractive and married. On a cruise without her husband, she finds her values being challenged. Stars Shirley Dixon.

Jean is 38, attractive and married. On a cruise without her husband, she finds her values being challenged. Stars Shirley Dixon.

Dorothy, A Manager's Wife20091209 (BBC7)
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A resentful soccer spouse rants about the game and her football manager husband. Stars Pauline Collins and Timothy West.

A resentful soccer spouse rants about the game and her football manager husband.

I Always Take Long Walks20141209 (BBC7)
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Dame Judi Dench, playing the wife of a man addicted to cricket, shares private thoughts.

Dame Judi Dench plays Enid, the wife of a man addicted to cricket.

She shares with us her private thoughts - many of which she has while taking walks - on cricket, kitchen units and life with her husband.

Written by Peter Tinniswood. Director: John Tydeman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1991.

Mr Reliable20080801 (BBC7)
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It is Mr Openshaw's job to listen to people, except when he visits Mrs Flenswick. Peter Tinniswood tale starring Peter Sallis and Edna Dore.

It is Mr Openshaw's job to listen to people, except when he visits Mrs Flenswick.

Next Time We Might Play Better20170226 (BBC7)
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An inept quartet of musicians' fervent aim is to improve.

An excruciatingly inept quartet of musicians' fervent aim is to play better.

Peter Tinniswood's touching comedy stars Graham Crowden as Mr Leslie Deedes and Hugh Dickson as the Narrator.

With Jillie Meers, Carolyn Jones, Christopher Scott, Stephen Thorne, Anthony Ofoegbu, Tracy Ann Oberman and Gerard McDermott.

Musical director: Michael Haslam

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

4 Extra Debut. An excruciatingly inept quartet of musicians' fervent aim is to improve. Comedy starring Graham Crowden and Hugh Dickson.

On The Train To Chemnitz20080109 (BBC7)
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Vivid storytellers Aubrey and Dorinda inhabit a claustrophobic world fuelled by guilt. Stars Paul Scofield and Fiona Shaw.

Vivid storytellers Aubrey and Dorinda inhabit a claustrophobic world fuelled by guilt.

On The Whole It's Been Jolly Good20170118 (BBC7)

Maurice Denham is ex-MP Sir Plympton Makepeace, reflecting on 60 glorious years in The House. Monologue by Peter Tinniswood.

Maurice Denham is ex-MP Plympton Makepeace, reflecting on 60 glorious years in The House.

Pen Pals20161218 (BBC7)
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Transatlantic pen pals since 11, Fay is terrified when Beth says she is coming to visit.

Fay, from Bristol, and Miami-based Beth have been pen pals since they were 11 years-old. Fay endlessly describes her life with her dentist husband and three children, whilst Beth boasts of her lovers and free-wheeling between San Francisco and Florida.

They never meet - until Beth announces that she's arriving at Gatwick Airport and won't be put off.

For some reason, Fay is terrified.

Starring Jane Lapotaire as Fay Fuller and Lorelei King as Beth Camacho.

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

The Duvet Lady20080110 (BBC7)
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Wrapped in a duvet, Edna recalls younger days. Will she emerge for an evening engagement?

Wrapped in a duvet, Edna recalls her younger days. Will she ever emerge for an evening engagement? Stars Billie Whitelaw.

Wrapped in a duvet, Edna recalls her younger days. Will she ever emerge for an evening engagement? Billie Whitelaw stars as Edna in Peter Tinniswood's play.

The Governor's Consort20071026 (BBC7)
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Lady Edith's life-changing boat ride to the South Atlantic.

Mary Wimbush stars as Lady Edith in this play written specially for her by Peter Tinniswood.

Lady Edith is sailing with her husband to the tiny South Atlantic island of St David's, of which he's about to become Governor. Her fellow passengers, not to mention the crew and the exuberant band on board, produce an invigorating and somewhat earthy effect on her Ladyship, a frustrated woman of 'a certain age' with a vivid imagination.

With John Moffatt as Sir Wilfred, Bernard Hepton as Dr Spoforth and Stephen Thorne as Captain McWhirter.

Radio kept Mary Wimbush particularly busy throughout her career. She was known to millions as Julia Pargetter in 'The Archers' until her death in 2005, shortly after she'd recorded an episode of the BBC's long-running soap opera at the BBC's Mailbox in Birmingham.

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.

Lady Edith's life-changing boat ride to the South Atlantic. Written by Peter Tinniswood for Mary Wimbush.

The House Swap20071123 (BBC7)
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Sid is an American struggling to come to terms with English life. Stars Penelope Wilton.

Sid is an American struggling to come to terms with English life. Earthy drama starring Penelope Wilton and William Hootkins.

The Last Obit20110218 (BBC7)
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Billie Whitelaw stars as an obituarist living in her own very particular world.

Billie Whitelaw stars as an obituarist living in her own very particular world, in a monologue written especially for her by Peter Tinnswood.

Having spent years writing obituaries for the Morning Telegraph, Millicent Doris Clayton's mind wanders as she prepares her final piece before taking retirement. Epitaphs and judgments on the famous, the notorious and the undeserving have passed through her office. She is a middle-aged spinster. So who will prepare Millicent's own obituary? And what will it say?

Directed by Enyd Williams. First heard on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

The Scan20110103 (BBC7)
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Compulsive talker Ernest seeks reassurance from a protective nurse.

Compulsive talker Ernest seeks reassurance from a protective nurse. Stars Roy Hudd and Judy Cornwell.

The Sitter20130718 (BBC7)
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A new visitor inspires memories of Bulldog's death-defying flights and exotic love affairs

Bulldog is 82 when a new visitor inspires memories of his death-defying flights and exotic love affairs. Stars Maurice Denham.

4 Extra Debut. Bulldog is 82 when a new visitor inspires memories of his death-defying flights and exotic love affairs. Stars Maurice Denham.

The Village Fete20160514 (BBC7)
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When Nancy and her family move to the country, everything goes wrong. Can anyone help?

When Nancy moves to the countryside with her brother, sister and poorly father, everything goes wrong. The Empson family's new house has a gas leak and needs re-wiring and re-roofing.

Nancy doesn't mind. She likes organising. But then Winston, the local poacher and handyman, takes over and invites Nancy to the village fete.

Stars Shirley Dixon as Nancy, Maurice Denham as Father, Liz Goulding as Rosie, Christian Rodska as William and Bill Wallis as Winston.

Peter Tinniswood's play introduces the Empson family - which sparked five series of Winston's adventures for BBC Radio between 1989 and 1994.

Producer: Shaun McLoughlin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.

Verona: A Conspiracy Of Parrots20141008 (BBC7)
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Can a 'slightly elderly lady' keep her bird collection out of the hands of the auctioneer?

4 Extra Debut. Can Verona, a 'slightly elderly lady', keep her bird collection out of the hands of the auctioneer? Stars Stephanie Cole.

Can Verona, a 'slightly elderly lady', keep her bird collection out of the hands of the auctioneer? Stars Stephanie Cole.

Visitors20101007 (BBC7)
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The dramatist's final play observes the brevity of life and the frailty of love.

Winston At Christmas20081222 (BBC7)
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Nancy is keen for the family to enjoy a festive celebration together.

Nancy has always had lovely family Christmases. So happy. So loving. So.... But then she discovers Winston filling his pillowcases with all the food from the fridge.

Festive episode of Peter Tinniswood's bawdy comedy series.

Starring Shirley Dixon as Nancy, Bill Wallis as Winston, Maurice Denham as Father, Liz Goulding as Rosie and Christian Rodska as William.

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day, 1991.