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31 December 2005

THEATRE DIGS
Actors spend much of their lives away from home.  They are often on tour, on location, in repertory and, of course, during the Christmas season in panto.

Sandi Toksvig takes a look at the life of the strolling player and discusses the benefits and drawbacks living out of a suitcase. Actors Sheila Hancock, Karen Archer and Ian Kelly share their travellers' tales of unsuitable accommodation, the loneliness of days off, the hazards of taking the family with you and reminisce about treading the boards in far flung towns. 


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Interior of Coliseum, London


This week's guests:

Sheila Hancock, Actress and comedienne. 

BBC Guide to Comedy: Sheila Hancock 

Ramblings of an Actress
By Sheila Hancock
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN: 0099618206

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw
By Sheila Hancock
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747577099

Karen Archer, Actress. 

BBC Guide to Comedy: Karen Archer 
 
Ian Kelly, Actor and writer. 

Beau Brummell
By Ian Kelly
Publisher: Sceptre
ISBN: 0340836989

Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carême the first celebrity chef
By Ian Kelly
Publisher: Short Books, London
ISBN: 1904095208 

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