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AD012009042720110222 (R4)

By Michael Chaplin

We return to The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians, in the company of William and Sandy; two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series. Our two elderly thespian residents of the Old Beeches home for retired members of the Acting profession become embroiled in making sure the course of true love DOES run smooth.

It all begins with a proposal, leading swiftly to a wedding, involving two residents - a Shakespearian knight called Sir Trelawney Hope and an ex-nightclub chanteuse called Dolores Sweet, with William as Trelawney's best man and Sandy giving Dolores away. But as the old couple stand there, Trelawney drops a bombshell - he no longer wishes to go through with it. There's uproar, Trelawney strides away, refusing to say any more. Our two heroes are once again pressed into service to solve a mystery; just why does the bridegroom suddenly call the wedding off?

Cast:

Sandy Boyle - Stanley Baxter

William Parnes - Richard Briers

Dolores Sweet - Julia McKenzie

Sir Trelawney Hope - John Rowe

Godfrey - Joseph Mydell

Mary Winter - Jillie Meers

Isadora Klein - Susan Wooldridge

Hugo - Stephen Critchlow

Saxophonist - Julie Hodge

Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD01I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends20131118

AD01I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends20131118
AD01I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends2013111820160114 (R4)

By Michael Chaplin.

Following the sad death of Richard Briers earlier this year, in the first of these two final episodes of Two Pipe Problems, Stanley Baxter as Sandy is joined by Geoffrey Palmer as his friend and fellow sleuth William Parnes.

A new chef is in the kitchen at The Old Beeches and he's cooking up a storm and delighting the residents, with Sandy as his willing and enthusiastic sous-chef. But things begin to go badly wrong after a visiting concert party sing a Beatles song which triggers unhappy memories for Albie the Chef (played by the late Felix Dexter).

William and Sandy go in search of Albie and his son, and a successful father and son reunion is celebrated in song.

Young Terrell Forde, who recently starred in Matilda in the West End, joins the company to play and sing the role of Albie's son, accompanied by David Shaw-Parker as his step dad, David Holt as memory man Billy, and Tracey Wiles as the warm hearted Old Beeches care assistant Karen.

Cast:

Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

William Parnes....Geoffrey Palmer

Albie....Felix Dexter

Karen/ Sadie....Tracy Wiles

Billy....David Holt

Edgar/ Lewis....David Shaw-Parker

Jonathan....Terrell Forde

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02Have You Come Far?20090428
AD02Have You Come Far?2009042820110223 (R4)

We return to The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians, in the company of William and Sandy; two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

Sandy appears in the honours list but a trip to Buckingham Palace to collect his award provides another mystery for the veteran sleuths to solve.

Cast:

Sandy Boyle - Stanley Baxter

William Parnes - Richard Briers

Karen - Tracy Wiles

Postman - David Shaw-Parker

Charles, Equerry to HRH - Julian Rhind-Tutt

Doctor Mortimer - Geoffrey Whitehead

Marvin - Stephen Critchlow

Elsie - Linda Broughton

Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02The House On The Marsh20131119

AD02The House On The Marsh20131119
AD02The House On The Marsh2013111920160115 (R4)

In this final Two Pipe Problem, William and Sandy travel to a windswept wintry Suffolk in search of William's inheritance, where they are haunted by ghosts from the past and threats from the present, and William makes a life changing decision about his future.

This week marks the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, and his opera Peter Grimes is woven into this final episode of Two Pipe Problems. The opera is set in Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast from which Britten drew so much inspiration. Writer Michael Chaplin was inspired to create a story that drew on that landscape and the creation of Peter Grimes, but also paid homage to the genius of MR James' ghost story, Oh Whistle And I'll Come You, My Lad.

Stanley Baxter is once again joined by Geoffrey Palmer playing William, and Stephen Critchlow and Linda Broughton playing a mother and son who bear a grudge, in this haunting story - an entertaining and touching farewell to the series.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Catherine Bailey

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.