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The Trusty Valet and the Crusty Butler

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 August 2008

By Michael Chaplin, set in The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians. Inmates William and Sandy still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

William and Sandy venture outside the Old Beeches to a movie set, accompanied by the intrepid care assistant Karen, as they take on the world of celluloid.

Sandy Boyle ...... Stanley Baxter
William Parnes ...... Richard Briers
Inspector Bradstreet ...... David Shaw-Parker
Karen ...... Tracy Wiles
Laura Lyons ...... Ellie Beaven
Thaddeus Sholto ...... Lloyd Hutchinson
John Barrymore ...... Geoffrey Whitehead

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.



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