Scenes From Provincial Life

Three leading novelists report on stories from their home patch.

Episodes

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20051007

By William Cooper.

Eric Pringle's dramatisation of this comic novel, exploring the lives and loves of a schoolmaster and his friends in pre-war Leicester.

1/4. A Sensible Man

Which couple should have the cottage for the weekend? Joe and Myrtle or Tom and Steve?

Joe ...... David Thorpe

Myrtle ...... Alison Pettitt

Tom ...... Jonathan Keeble

Steve ...... Robert Harper

Bolshaw ...... Keith Drinkel

Fred ...... Leighton Pugh

Frank ...... Clive Standen

Trevor ...... James Joyce

Producer/director David Blount.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20051014

By William Cooper.

Eric Pringle's dramatisation of this comic novel, exploring the lives and loves of a schoolmaster and his friends in pre-war Leicester.

2/4. Not As Good As a Play

Joe and Tom are planning to emigrate to America, but Myrtle and Steve have other ideas.

Joe ...... David Thorpe

Myrtle ...... Alison Pettitt

Tom ...... Jonathan Keeble

Steve ...... Robert Harper

Bolshaw ...... Keith Drinkel

Frank ...... Clive Standen

Producer/director David Blount.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20051021

By William Cooper.

Eric Pringle's dramatisation of this comic novel, exploring the lives and loves of a schoolmaster and his friends in pre-war Leicester.

3/4. False Alarm

Joe ...... David Thorpe

Myrtle ...... Alison Pettitt

Tom ...... Jonathan Keeble

Steve ...... Robert Harper

Bolshaw ...... Keith Drinkel

Frank ...... Clive Standen

Producer/director David Blount.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20051028

By William Cooper.

Eric Pringle's dramatisation of this comic novel, exploring the lives and loves of a schoolmaster and his friends in pre-war Leicester.

4/4. Round the Clock Tower

The four lovers' fates are resolved in the centre of town.

Joe ...... David Thorpe

Myrtle ...... Alison Pettitt

Tom ...... Jonathan Keeble

Steve ...... Robert Harper

Director David Blount.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

01Abdulrazak Gurnah In Kent19980115

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel `Paradise', Abdulrazak Gurnah came to England from Zanzibar thirty years ago.

He now sets out to meet the Czech and Slovak Romanies seeking asylum in Dover, and compares their experience of displacement and arrival with his own.

01Abdulrazak Gurnah In Kent19980115

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel `Paradise', Abdulrazak Gurnah came to England from Zanzibar thirty years ago.

He now sets out to meet the Czech and Slovak Romanies seeking asylum in Dover, and compares their experience of displacement and arrival with his own.

02Martyn Bedford On Ilkley Moor19980122

Bradford Council has banned grouse shooting on the municipal moor, intensifying the feud between urban and rural.

Martyn Bedford, whose best-selling novel `Acts of Revision' is about revenge, scents out the rumpus.

02Martyn Bedford On Ilkley Moor19980122

Bradford Council has banned grouse shooting on the municipal moor, intensifying the feud between urban and rural.

Martyn Bedford, whose best-selling novel `Acts of Revision' is about revenge, scents out the rumpus.

03 LASTVal Mcdermid In Manchester19980129

The award-winning crime writer steps out in Manchester's Gay Village in search of a plot.

03 LASTVal Mcdermid In Manchester19980129

The award-winning crime writer steps out in Manchester's Gay Village in search of a plot.