Topaz [Radio Scotland]



In Lucy Gannon's comic drama, Brian Cox stars

as the unfortunate 19th century poet, William Topaz McGonagall.

In the face of widespread ridicule at his lack of talent,

MacGonagall dreams of rescuing his reputation by seeking royal

patronage. He decides to walk from Dundee to Balmoral

to see Queen Victoria, accompanied by his long-suffering

son, Billy. A desperate desire for fame and celebrity has almost

destroyed McGonagall's life - but if he can meet her Majesty

his fortunes would be transformed.

William McGonagall....Brian Cox

Queen Victoria....Niamh Cusack

Billy....Sandy Grierson

Jean....Maureen Beattie

Gatekeeper....Stuart McQuarrie

Shepherd....Andrew Neil

Ellen....Colette O'Neil

Circus Master....Sean Murray

Dougie....Ali Craig

Queen's maid....Amaka Okafor

Other parts are played by the cast.

Producer/director: Bruce Young