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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch

Sunday 14 August 2005 20:30-21:30 (Radio 3)

Adapted by Neil Gaiman from the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

A small boy goes to stay with his grandparents in Southsea, spending his days at his grandfather's failed arcade on the seafront. When Swatchell, a Punch and Judy professor, sets up his booth in the arcade, the boy becomes fascinated by the story played out by these strange violent wooden puppets - particularly when strange parallels start to develop between the story of Mr Punch and events in his own family's life.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist:

Narrator ...... Richard Dillane
Swatchell ...... Alexander Morton
Grandfather ...... Hugh Dickson
Morton ...... Karl Johnson
Boy ...... Jonathan Bee
Mermaid ...... Rachel Atkins
Grandmother ...... Susan Jameson
Father ...... Stuart McLoughlin
Mr Punch ...... Geoff Felix
Sister ...... Frankie Dean

Music by Dave McKean and Ashley Slater.

Directed by Patrick Rayner
Produced by Lu Kemp




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