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Wealthy, northern businessman George Cleaver must acquire a love of fine wines to get on in society. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead.

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In The Butler, we meet George Cleaver, the Sausage King of the North, who sells his business and moves to London in order to enter society. He employs a butler, Tibbs, to help him to do this. Tibbs explains that it’s vital Cleaver learns as much as he can about fine wines - and, to this end, Tibbs sets about buying rare and expensive vintages and educating his employer. Before long, Cleaver feels he no longer needs his butler’s advice.

Cast:
Storyteller………..Charles Dance
George Cleaver….Geoffrey Whitehead
Mrs Cleaver……...Sarah Badel
Tibbs……………..Nickolas Grace
Lord Dungeness….Nicholas Boulton

Written by Roald Dahl
Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Director: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

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Storyteller Charles Dance
George Cleaver Geoffrey Whitehead
Mrs Cleaver Sarah Badel
Tibbs Nickolas Grace
Lord Dungeness Nicholas Boulton
Author Roald Dahl
Adaptor Stephen Sheridan
Director David Blount

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