William's Crowded Hours

Episodes

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01The Outlaws And The Tramp2001041620030518

Martin Jarvis reads two of five stories from the 'Just William' books by Richmal Crompton.

William And The Outlaw was first published in book format in the 1920, entitled, Just William, the character of William Brown having first appeared serialised in Home Magazine during 1919-1922.

After this, the stories continued to be serialised but in the more family-orientated Happy Magazine throughout the 1930s.

Up until 1970, a year after Richmal Crompton's death, a total of 38 books were published, and many TV series were made.

Featuring the exploits of the archetypal British schoolboy, William Brown, the stories of his mischievous adventures along with his friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry and the ever-irritating Violet Elizabeth Bott, are a timeless classic that children over the decades can relate to.

/ Martin Jarvis performs his choice of five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio.

William Brown and his faithful Outlaws are unusually concerned with making provision for their future careers.

As so often, attempting to raise money has unforeseen consequences.

Directed by Pete Atkin

02Aunt Florence And The Green Woodpecker2001041720030525

Martin Jarvis performs his choice of five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio.

William's desire to reward the deserving and improve the lot of the disadvantaged leads to a natural history adventure.

Directed by Pete Atkin.

/ Martin Jarvis tells Richmal Crompton's story of how William's desire to reward the deserving and improve the lot of the disadvantaged leads to a natural history adventure beyond the dreams of David Attenborough.

03William And The Begging Letter2001041820030601

Martin Jarvis performs his choice of five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio.

One of the mysteries of the arcane financial arrangements of adults is cracked open by a chance visitor to the Brown household, with a startling impact upon the love life of William's older brother.

Directed by Pete Atkin.

/ By Richmal Crompton A chance visitor to the Brown household cracks open one of the arcane mysteries of the financial world, with a startling impact upon the love life of William's older brother, Robert.

Read by Martin Jarvis

04William And The Temporary History Master2001041920030608

Martin Jarvis performs his choice of five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio.

Modern teaching methods clash with natural justice in an epic tale of humiliation, hubris, hedonism and humiliation.

Directed by Pete Atkin

05 LASTWilliam And The Badminton Racket2001042020030615

William's village is taken over by a badminton craze.

The connection between this and William's French homework, not to mention his sister's latest beau, leads him into unprecedented physical peril.

Directed by Pete Atkin