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Bird in Hand

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 06 December 2010

by Nick Warburton. Warwick is out on the Fen, taking in the atmosphere, when he thinks he spots a rare bird. Keen bird-watcher Megan tells him she'd pay considerable sums to see it. So Warwick offers her bed and breakfast and a guaranteed sighting of the bird.

Warwick Hedges...Trevor Peacock
Jack...Sam Dale
Marcia...Kate Buffery
Samuel...John Rowe
Zofia...Helen Longworth
Megan...Claire Rushbrook

Directed by Claire Grove

Trevor Peacock stars as inspirational chef Warwick Hedges - Mr Toad meets King Lear - who runs an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. His son Jack works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious, and they are helped by Zofia the Polish waitress and Samuel the odd-job man "who crawled out of the slime with the eels". There are giant helpings of delicious wit, and wisdom from writer Nick Warburton in the third series of this popular comedy drama.

Trevor Peacock is best known as the bumbling Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley. At 79 he is still at the top of his game appearing in Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre, as Stephen Fry's father in the TV series Kingdom and in two previous series of On Mardle Fen.

Nick Warburton recent radio work includes an adaptation of The Snow Goose and Not Bobby, a comedy about a rabbit that learns to write. His series Witness dramatising St Luke's Gospel went out to great acclaim in Dec 2007 on R4.



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