Tidal Talk From The Rock Pool

A six-part series in which residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides.

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A six-part series in which residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides. 2: Geoffrey Palmer plays the hermit crab. Written by Lynne Truss

Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat

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Unknown: Geoffrey Palmer

Written By: Lynne Truss

Producer: Sarah Blunt

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Six-part series by Lynne Truss. Residents of the rocky shore talk about life between the tides. 3: Alison Steadman plays a self-obsessed sea anemone.

Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat

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Unknown: Lynne Truss.

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A six-part series by Lynne Truss in which residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides. 4: Dame Judi Dench plays a wistful limpet.

Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat

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Unknown: Dame Judi Dench

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Six-part series by Lynne Truss in which residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides.

5: Greg Proops plays a small but tough-talking goby fish. Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat

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Unknown: Greg Proops

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The last in the series by Lynne Truss in which six residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides.

Tony Robinson plays a lugworm who decides to break free.

Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat

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Unknown: Tony Robinson

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A six-part series in which residents of the rocky shore reveal the truth about life between the tides.

Bill Wallis plays the periwinkle who recalls his near-death experience when he was swallowed by a seagull.

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1/3. The Periwinkle and the Hermit Crab.

The Periwinkle played by Bill Wallis and the Hermit Crab played by Geoffrey Palmer, reveal the truth about life in a rock pool, in the first of three very funny salty tales, written and introduced by Lynne Truss, with a soundscape by Chris Watson, and recorded at the QEH Theatre in Bristol as part of BBC Radio 4's 'More than Words' festival.

For the joke-loving Periwinkle, life is all about entertaining his neighbours as he roves around the rocks annoying the Hermit Crab, the Sea Anemone, the Goby Fish, the Limpet, and the Lugworm with his terrible jokes. But life in the rock pool isn't all laughter and fun as the Periwinkle reveals when he recalls his encounter with a giant gull - and a near- death adventure!

Meanwhile the Hermit Crab stuck in shell with a Ragworm who doesn't do their fair share of the housework, a parasitic barnacle and worst of all an Anemone on his roof who spends all her time exercising; thump, thump, thump. There's no peace 'down below' for the crab. And just when it looks like life couldn't get any worse, a crowd of children arrive at the rock pool with their fishing nets. The Hermit Crab scuttles into the back of his shell for safety and waits for the worst to happen!

Periwinkle : Bill Wallis

Hermit Crab : Geoffrey Palmer

Written and introduced by Lynne Truss

Sound design by Chris Watson

Produced by Sarah Blunt.

The Periwinkle and the Hermit Crab reveal the truth about life between the tides.

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Life is no fun for the hermit crab (played by Geoffrey Palmer), living in a shell that leaks, with a useless ragworm, a parasitic barnacle and an anemone who performs aerobics all day on his roof.

Nipping is the only consolation for the crabby landlord.

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2/3. The Anemone and the Goby Fish.

The Anemone (played by Alison Steadman) and the Goby Fish (played by Sean Power), reveal the truth about life in a rock pool, in the second of three very funny salty tales, written and introduced by Lynne Truss, with a soundscape by Chris Watson, and recorded at the QEH Theatre in Bristol as part of BBC Radio 4's 'More than Words' festival.

The Anemone lives on the Hermit Crab's shell, which means she gets free rides around the rock pool to see her neighbours. And there's almost nothing the Anemone loves more than being able to parade her slim and highly toned body around the pool. Of course this means she is almost permanently on a diet and has to exercise to keep fit, stretching and bending her tentacles. All this thumping up and down on his roof annoys the Hermit crab, but the Anemone is used to his grumbling. She exercises a lot and he grumbles a lot. They are the perfect partners. And then one day; as she's bending and stretching, there's a terrible sound..!

The Goby Fish is a very small fish in a big pool. He's a tough talkin', fast movin' fish who likes the girls and loves his mother. He zips about the pool showing off his fancy fin work, sweet-talking the girls and playing the cool guy - which is not always easy when, as he points out, you've got a not-very-cool sucker attached to one side of your body. Still a little guy can have big dreams and this little fishy has really big dreams!

Anemone : Alison Steadman

Goby Fish : Sean Power

Written and introduced by Lynne Truss

Sound design by Chris Watson

Produced by Sarah Blunt.

The Anemone and the Goby Fish reveal the truth about life between the tides.

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Episode 03 of 03

3. The Limpet and the Lugworm.

The Limpet (played by Samantha Bond) and the Lugworm (played by Tony Robinson), reveal the truth about life in a rock pool, in the third of three very funny salty tales, written and introduced by Lynne Truss, with a soundscape by Chris Watson, and recorded at the QEH Theatre in Bristol as part of BBC Radio 4's 'More than Words' festival.

The Limpet is perched as usual on her rock, looking out at the horizon across the sea and dreaming of love and adventure. She's a wistful soul, a poet riven with angst. The Common Limpet has perfected the art of "staying put'. Its only when the tide comes in, that she can lift her heavy shell a fraction and move on a slime trail across the rock. But it's not all melancholic reflections, especially when she catches sight of her brasher neighbour, the American Slipper Limpet, and she heaves her shell across the rock in order to secure a romantic shell-a-shell!

The Lugworm spends his days burrowing in the sand. Lugworms live in U-shaped tunnels which they excavate by ingesting sand, passing it through their body and ejecting it. The ejected sand forms the little coiled castings of sand seen on sandy beaches near rock pools. It's a pretty lonely existence living in a burrow, swallowing sand all day, but the Lugworm amuses himself by singing gloomy hymns. Between the hymns, he wonders what life would be like outside his burrow and talks with religious fervour of 'THE GREAT BEAK ', and then much to his excitement, the discovers the truth about 'The Great Beak' with dramatic consequences.

Limpet : Samantha Bond

Lugworm : Tony Robinson

Written and introduced by Lynne Truss

Sound design by Chris Watson

Produced by Sarah Blunt.

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Dame Judi Dench plays the limpet, whose destiny is to be stuck fast to a rock, dreaming of life on the high seas.

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Greg Proops plays a small but tough-talking goby fish.

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Tony Robinson plays a lugworm whose excavating days come to an end when he decides to break free.