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Kind Hearts and Coronets - Like Father, Like Daughter

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 May 2012

Natalie Walter is pursuing a title and Alistair McGowan plays the seven members of a family standing in her way in a sequel to the famous Edwardian comedy by Roy Horniman.

The action of this new radio sequel to a classic comedy takes place some years after the death of the 10th Earl of Chalfont, a man who has systematically murdered his family in order to inherit his title. The twentieth century rolls on and even against a backdrop of international conflict and revolution,an Earldom is still not to be sniffed at apparently. It is rather to be fought for by fair means and foul. There are at least eight claimants to the Chalfont title, all of them ruthless. The Gascoyne family is a big one, its sense of entitlement enormous, its appetite for violence impressive and the family resemblance at times uncanny. A fresh modern take on a great comic plot, this Saturday Play draws both on the Edwardian novel 'Israel Rank' by Roy Horniman for inspiration. David Spicer's entirely new version of this brilliantly simple story has something to offer both those who know the original and those who come to it for the first time.

Written by David Spicer

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.


The Gascoyne Family
Alistair McGowan
Natalie Walter
Jane Whittenshaw
Tour Guide
Jane Whittenshaw
Sally Orrock
Mr Morfill
Simon Greenall
David Holt
Prosecuting Counsel
David Holt
Inspector Stirling
Steve Hodson
Prison Governor
Steve Hodson
Foreman of the Jury
Jason Devoy
David Spicer
Frank Stirling


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