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Talk to the Bones

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 16 November 2012

By Nick Warburton. Trevor Peacock is back as inspirational chef Warwick Hedges who runs an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens with his permanently anxious son Jack. In the first of a new series of this comedy drama, Warwick dreams of expansion. He gets it into his head that they should have a covered area built on the side of the restaurant with romantic views over the river.

Directed by Claire Grove

Trevor Peacock stars as inspirational chef Warwick Hedges - Mr Toad meets King Lear - who runs an up market restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. His son Jack , played by Sam Dale, works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious. They are assisted by Samuel, played by John Rowe, an earthy odd-job man "who crawled out of the slime with the eels" and Zofia, a Polish waitress. The mixture of food, family relationships and Fenland legend is handled with Nick Warburton's characteristic deft comic touch.

Trevor Peacock is a brilliant character actor best known as the bumbling Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley. At 81 he is still at the top of his game appearing alongside Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut film Quartet. Other recent appearances include Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre, playing Stephen Fry's father in the TV series Kingdom and four series of On Mardle Fen for R4.

Nick Warburton won the Peter Tinniswood Award for the Best New Play on Radio. His series The Peoples Passion went out to great acclaim last Easter on R4. His afternoon play Friday When It Rains (TX October) was Radio Times Choice. Nick dramatised 'Father and Son' and 'The Snow Goose' for R4's Classic Serial. His original radio plays include Our Late Supper with Marcia Warren. Other work includes 6 episodes of Thrush Green and Moonfleet for Radio 4. Plays for stage and radio include Conversation from the Engine Room, which won the 1985 BBC/Radio Times Award, The Messenger for Radio 3, an adaptation of Tolstoy's Resurrection, A Grove of Straight Trees (short-listed for the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award), and A Soldiers' Debt (entered for the Prix Italia).


Warwick Hedges
Trevor Peacock
Jack Hedges
Sam Dale
Marcia Hedges
Kate Buffery
Helen Longworth
John Rowe
Ben Crowe
Claire Grove
Nick Warburton



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