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Peter Tinniswood

Earlier this year, the novelist and playwright Peter Tinniswood, one of Radio Drama's best-loved and innovative practitioners, died after a long, debilitating illness.

Peter had created some brilliant larger-than-life characters in his prose writings, such as his dotty cricket-loving Brigadier from Witney Scrotum and the gloriously gloomy Uncle Mort, both of whom went on to achieve radio immortality.

He was also widely known and respected for the many fine original radio plays he wrote, which attracted some of the starriest names in the British acting world including Judi Dench, Peter Vaughan, Penelope Wilton, Paul Scofield and Emma Fielding.

Radio 4 and BBC 7 join together to pay tribute to the life and work of one of our best loved radio comedy and drama writers.


Anton in Eastbourne
Monday 9 June, 2.15pm

Paul Scofield
The last play Peter Tinniswood completed was 'Anton In Eastbourne', which was written especially for Paul Scofield to celebrate his great love of Chekhov.


The action takes place in and around the Hotel Imperial - Majestic, Eastbourne. Mr. Anton arrives there for a sojourn. He is greeted by the effusive manager, Mr. Kember and he expects soon to meet Miss Mansfield, a young lady with a little dog. He knows her stories well. But he doesn't seem, yet, to have read his own work.

Paul Scofield stars as Anton, with Emma Fielding as Miss Mansfield and Stephen Thorne as Mr. Kember.


Tales From A Long Room
Monday 9 - Friday 13 June, 3.30pm

Robin Bailey Five of the most popular 'Tales From A Long Room', narrated by the Brigadier (Robin Bailey), one of Tinniswood's most well-loved creations who shared with the writer a life-long passion for cricket.


Monday: The race between Roald Amundsen and Captain Scott to reach the South Pole is decided by the result of a cricket match held at Cape Evans between the British and Norwegians.

Tuesday: The Brigadier muses on his reasons for marrying the woman who has become the bane of his life by insisting on having her birthday on the Saturday of the Lord's Test. But then who could resist the charms of a woman with such a striking likeness to England Test cricketer Herbert Sutcliffe?

Wednesday: The pastoral idyll that is the village of Witney Scrotum - here the Brigadier reflects on the strange phenomenon he is experiencing, where the faces of all around him begin to resemble more and more that of legendary English Umpire, Dicky Bird.

Thursday: The Brigadier waxes lyrical on the exploits of a humble grocer who earns the nickname, 'The Batman of Botham City', for his superlative batting skills.

Friday: How a Cambridge man, known only as 'The Mole', was for some time committing the most heinous kind of treachery by passing top-level cricketing secrets to the KGB.


The Goalkeeper's Boo-Boo
Friday 13 June, 9.00pm

Alan Green Raymond is goalkeeper for a Northern Premier League Football Club making a determined effort to win a European competition. But his own form - mirroring his rather miserable private life - has, in recent weeks, been distinctly below par.

Can Raymond find his best form for the big match in Turin? Will he even be playing? Is he actually a goalkeeper at all? And why does he feel a special affinity towards giraffes?

Starring Paul McCrink, Ian McDiarmid and BBC football commentator Alan Green.





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