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Singles and Doublets

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 June 2012

A new comedy by Martyn Wade about Elizabethan Real Tennis culminates in an epic match, poetry and death by strawberries and cream. Recorded on location. Celia Imrie stars as Elizabeth I and David Troughton won Best Supporting Actor in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 .

Inspired by past events at Wimbledon, this comedy by Martyn Wade takes as its theme a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. Having failed to satisfy an argument with a more traditional duel, the pair resort to a five-set game in front of Queen Elizabeth herself - the outcome of which will decide not only personal pride but also the marital fate of the Queen, as she decrees that proposed nuptials with a French duke will only take place if Oxford wins...

Queen Elizabeth ..... Celia Imrie
Simier ..... Alex Jennings
Earl of Leicester ..... David Troughton
Earl of Oxford ..... Nicholas Boulton
Philip Sidney ..... Thom Tuck
Duke of Anjou ..... Michael Maloney
Crick ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Benjamin ..... Philip Fox
William ..... Carl Prekopp
Spectator ..... Nick Saunter
Tennis scenes recorded at the Millennium Real Tennis Court, Middlesex University

Director Cherry Cookson

First broadcast in June 2012.


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