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People Don't Do Such Things

It is 1979 and hapless accountant Arthur (a winning Reece Shearsmith) and his wife Gwen (Laura Pyper) have made a new friend.

Flashy novelist Reeve (Michael Maloney) is everything they're not - carefree, charismatic and seemingly irresistible. At first, his friendship seems to offer an enticing window into a world beyond their cloistered suburban existence, but it doesn't take long for the relationship to slip into rather more sinister territory. With unfussy performances and a rumbling documentary-style soundscape, the grimness of late-70s suburbia is palpable throughout.

From the moment colossal egotist Reeve arrives on the scene, it's clear that Arthur and Gwen don't stand a chance, and it's this festering inevitability, lurking in awkward pauses and fidgety middle-class tics, that gives this play its most haunting moments.

Dramatised by Mike Walker from a short story by Ruth Rendell.

Arthur ...... Reece Shearsmith
Gwen ...... Laura Pyper
Reeve ...... Michael Maloney
Other parts are played by Rachel Atkins and David Holt

Sound Design: Steve Bond

Directed by John Dryden
A Goldhawk Production for BBC Radio 4.

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 8 Jun 2012 14:15


Role Contributor
ArthurReece Shearsmith
GwenLaura Pyper
ReeveMichael Maloney
ActorRachel Atkins

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