The Pickerskill Reports

Dr Henry Pickerskill, the highly-respected, now retired, English master of Haunchurst School for boys.

He looks back on his favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world based on their school reports and their letters to him after they left.

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By Andrew Mcgibbon

  • arf somerset-stephenson....mike sarne
  • bernadette feane....Abigail Hollick
  • calman - louis williams
  • calman....williams
  • chadwick....tom kane
  • crispin biggerstaffe....james rowland
  • directed by Andrew Mcgibbon
  • dr henry pickerskill - ian mcdiarmid
  • dr henry pickerskill....ian mcdiarmid
  • mrs pickerskill....Abigail Hollick
  • producer: Nick Romero
  • written and directed by Andrew Mcgibbon

  • The Last Report20130527

    A special one-off finale of the long running series The Pickerskill Reports.

    Set in a public school, The Pickerskill Reports finds a long retired English master remembering his favourite students - the ones he thought most likely to make a real difference to the world and who also possessed a streak of anarchy and subversion.

    In The Final Report, he has to see off a cult leader Faye Hornette, whose shady organization The Constancy wants to take over Haunchurst College.

    With Elaine Cassidy, (BBC 1's The Paradise), Mark Heap (Big Train, Green Wing), Tony Gardner, (Fresh Meat, Bluestone 42), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), Michael Feast (State of Play) and starring Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars I-III, V-VI) in the title role of Dr Henry Pickerskill.

    Script Editors: Nick Romero and David Quantick

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    Dr Henry Pickerskill, the highly-respected, now retired, English master of Haunchurst School for boys.

    He looks back on his favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world based on their school reports and their letters to him after they left.Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a very mischievous chorister.

    Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a very mischievous chorister.

    Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill, retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looking back on his favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world - based on their school reports and their letters to him after they left.

    Harry Hindle-Rand, an apparently saintly pupil and school chorister, secretly encourages one of the master's weakness for altar wine in exchange for answers to end of term exams. While the boy may be a heavenly singer, Pickerskill uncovers Hindle-Rand's darker motives and predicts correctly that he will become successful as an adult. Just not in the way one might have expected.

    Dr Henry Pickerskill - Ian McDiarmid

    Harry Hindle-Rand - Thomas Sangster

    Lefty Rogers - Tony Gardner

    The Chaplain - Mike Feast

    The Colonel - Richard Johnson

    Elfyn Wynn Thomas Evans - Philip Madoc

    Collyer - Tom Kane

    Stealgroynes - Louis Williams

    Written and directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    Producers: Nick Romero and Jonathan Ruffle

    A Curtains For Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

    Harry Hindle-Rand, an apparently saintly pupil and school chorister, secretly encourages one of the masters' weakness for altar wine in exchange for answers to end of term exams.

    While the boy may be a heavenly singer, Pickerskill uncovers Hindle Rand's darker motives and predicts correctly that he will become successful as an adult.

    Just not in the way he might have expected.

    Harry Hindle Rand....Thamas Sangster

    Lefty Rogers....Tony Gardener

    Directed by Andrew Mcgibbon

    An apparently saintly pupil encourages one of the masters' weakness for altar wine.

    Just not in the way one might have expected.

    Premiere.

    Retired English Master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls some of his favourite pupils.

    Stars Ian McDiarmid.

    From August 2009.

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    Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a pupil with engineering talents.

    Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill, retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looking back on his favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world - based on their school reports and their letters to him after they left.

    Dr Pickerskill encourages Francis Kaws, whose great engineering talents are being wasted on clever and inventive school pranks, putting him in danger of being expelled.

    Pickerskill harnesses the boy's gifts, encouraging him to adapt an old tractor to run on Haunchurst College's defunct narrow-gauge railway line.

    Dr Henry Pickerskill - Ian McDiarmid

    Elfyn Wynn Thomas Evans - Philip Madoc

    Francis Kaws - Louis Williams

    The Colonel - Richard Johnson

    Mike Poulson Jabby - Mike Feast

    Stanislaw - Mike Sarne

    Jack Rousseau - Tony Gardner

    Written and directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    Producers: Nick Romero

    A Curtains For Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

    Pickerskill harnesses the boy's gifts and encourages him to adapt an old tractor to run on Haunchurst's defunct narrow-gauge railway line.

    Dr Pickerskill attempts to harness mischievous Francis Kaws' talent for engineering.

    Stars Ian McDiarmid.

    From August 2009.

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    Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a pupil set for Olympic glory.

    A pupil with American diplomat parents is denied access to the senior cadets shooting team by the Colonel because he's not a British citizen - even though he is the only hope the school have of winning the prestigious inter-school's shooting cup.

    But when he visits Haunchurst as an adult with an Olympic medal for shooting with his US team, the Colonel is totally unimpressed. Why?

    Dr Henry Pickerskill....Ian McDiarmid

    Colonel Bradshaw - Richard Johnson

    A.R.F. Somerset-Stephenson - Mike Sarne

    Young Cadmus Wilcox - Tom Kane

    Adult Cadmus Wilcox - Dominic Hawksley

    Wentworth - Louis Williams

    Written and Directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    Producer: Nick Romero

    A Curtains For Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

    By Andrew Mcgibbon.

    Dr Henry Pickerskill, the highly-respected, now retired, English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looks back on his favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world based on school reports and their letters to him after they left.

    A pupil with American diplomat parents is denied access to the senior cadets shooting team by the Colonel because he is not a British citizen, even though he is the only hope the school have of winning the prestigious inter-schools shooting cup.

    But when he visits Haunchurst as an adult with an Olympic medal for shooting with his US team, the Colonel is totally unimpressed.

    Cadmus Wilcox (Boy)....Tom Kane

    Cadmus Wilcox (Adult)....Dominic Hawksley

    Directed by Andrew Mcgibbon

    Cadmus Wilcox visits Haunchurst as an adult with an Olympic shooting medal.

    Why?

    A.R.F.

    Somerset-Stephenson - Mike Sarne

    Stars Ian McDiarmid.

    From September 2009.

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    Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a large lad with a big crush.

    Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looking back on his most favourite pupils and their fortunes in the adult world based on their school reports and their letters to him after they left.

    Pickerskill is forced by the Warden, A.R.F. Somerset-Stephenson to intercept intimate letters left carelessly by a love sick pupil as they threaten to expose and embarrass the boy's father, a well-known Conservative MP.

    Dr Henry Pickerskill - Ian McDiarmid

    Crispin Biggerstaffe - James Rowland

    ARF Somerset-Stephenson - Mike Sarne

    Chadwick - Tom Kane

    Calman - Louis Williams

    Mrs Pickerskill / Bernadette Feane - Abigail Hollick

    Written and Directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    Producer: Nick Romero

    A Curtains For Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

    Pickerskill is forced by the Warden, A.R.F.

    Somerset-Stephenson to intercept intimate letters left carelessly by a love sick pupil as they threaten to expose and embarrass the boy's father, a well-known Conservative MP.

    Pickerskill is forced by the warden to intercept some intimate letters.

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    Retired English Master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a bullied day boy and his mother. Stars Ian McDiarmid. From July 2011.

    Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a bullied day boy and his mother. Stars Ian McDiarmid.

    Retired English Master Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls a bullied day boy and his mother. Stars Ian McDiarmid. From July 2011.

    Darkly comic drama written by Andrew McGibbon. Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looking back on his most favourite pupils, their formative moments in the college and what became of them in the adult world.

    When day boy Beauchamp is picked on repeatedly and brutally by Castlereagh House bullies, his mother Lady Sylvia Beauchamp puts Dr Pickerskill on the spot by arriving unannounced at Haunchurst requesting her child attend a different school.

    Cast:

    Dr Henry Pickerskill....Ian McDiarmid

    Lady Paula Whitney Beauchamp....Sheridan Smith

    Paul Whitney Beauchamp....James Rowland

    A.R.F. Somerset Stephenson....Mike Sarne

    Stealgroynes....Jack Edwards

    Calman....Kris Saddler

    Moorcroft/Udwin Parminter....Joe Cooper

    Matron....Mia Soteriou

    Honorable Vivian Wainfleet....Jonathan Ruffle

    Written and Directed by Andrew McGibbon

    Producers: Nick Romero and Andrew McGibbon

    A Curtains For Radio Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Darkly comic drama written by Andrew McGibbon.

    Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys, looking back on his most favourite pupils, their formative moments in the college and what became of them in the adult world.

    A.R.F.

    Somerset Stephenson - Mike Sarne

    Day boy Beauchamp is picked on repeatedly and brutally by Castlereagh House bullies.

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    Retired teacher Dr Henry Pickerskill recalls an unusual boy fascinated by thunderstorms.

    Written and Directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    Patrick Trumball's strange fascination for thunderstorms, lightening and other epic forces of nature appear to mark him out as an unusual, otherworldly child confirmed by Pickerskill when he discovers that the boy also possesses a perfect photographic memory.

    Cast:

    Dr Henry Pickerskill....Ian McDiarmid

    Fintan Grice....Toby Longworth

    Patrick Trumball....Louis Williams

    A.R.F. Somerset Stephenson....Mike Sarne

    Stealgroynes....Jack Edwards

    Calman....Kris Saddler

    Moorcroft....Joe Cooper

    Matron....Mia Soteriou

    Producers: Nick Romero and Andrew McGibbon

    A Curtains For Radio Production for BBC Radio 4.

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    The new progressive headmaster Mike Poulson Jabby decides to impose an austerity drive.

    Written and Directed by Andrew McGibbon.

    When the new progressive headmaster Mike Poulson Jabby decides to impose an austerity drive in the seventies, the quality of the school's food is compromised as part of the tedious process. But the inventive agricultural talents of young boarder, Timothy Spoontz, helped by his successful father's growing agricultural business, provide the school and Castlereagh House with it's own privately delivered supply of food - until Mike Poulson Jabby gets wind of it.

    Cast:

    Dr Henry Pickerskill....Ian McDiarmid

    Timothy Spoontz....Harry McEntire

    Mike Poulson Jabby....Mike Priest

    Lefty Rogers....Tony Gardner

    Stanislaw....Mike Sarne

    Stealgroynes....Jack Edwards

    Calman....Kris Saddler

    Moorcroft....Joe Cooper

    Matron....Mia Soteriou

    Producers: Nick Romero and Andrew McGibbon

    A Curtains For Radio Production for BBC Radio 4.

    When the new progressive headmaster Mike Poulson Jabby decides to impose an austerity drive in the seventies, the quality of the school's food is compromised as part of the tedious process.

    But the inventive agricultural talents of young boarder, Timothy Spoontz, helped by his successful father's growing agricultural business, provide the school and Castlereagh House with it's own privately delivered supply of food - until Mike Poulson Jabby gets wind of it.

    Matron...

    Mia Soteriou

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    In the late 1940s, the master dupes two brothers entranced by Lenin, Marx and Trotsky.

    Written by Andrew McGibbon.

    It is the late forties and Gregory and Richard Severin, soon to head off to university, become entranced by the in-vogue teachings of Lenin, Marx, Engels and Trotsky and the Soviet experiment.

    In a bid to save himself from being bored to death by their endless Spartist dogma, Pickerskill uses a detention with them to say that he is secretly one of them - a communist, and that they must remain silent until he gives them the signal to join him in the vanguard of the great British workers proletarian rebellion. Unfortunately, his false pledge of allegiance is overheard by the cook of Castlereagh House who happens to be the daughter of a murdered White Russian anti-communist.

    Cast:

    Dr Henry Pickerskill....Ian McDiarmid

    Richard Severin....Tom Kane

    Gregory Severin....James Rowland

    A.R.F. Somerset Stephenson....Mike Sarne

    Mrs Stroove....Mia Soteriou

    Cartwright/Dawson....Toby Longworth

    The Colonel/Pyotr Stroove....Andrew McGibbon

    Producers: Nick Romero and Andrew McGibbon

    Directed by Andrew McGibbon

    A Curtains For Radio Production for BBC Radio 4.

    In a bid to save himself from being bored to death by their endless Spartist dogma, Pickerskill uses a detention with them to say that he is secretly one of them - a communist, and that they must remain silent until he gives them the signal to join him in the vanguard of the great British workers proletarian rebellion.

    Unfortunately, his false pledge of allegiance is overheard by the cook of Castlereagh House who happens to be the daughter of a murdered White Russian anti-communist.

    A.R.F.

    Somerset Stephenson - Mike Sarne

    In the late 40s, school-leavers Richard and Gregory become entranced by Marxism.