Roald Dahl: Boy

To celebrate the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, Radio 4 broadcasts a dramatisation of tales from his own childhood.

Sometimes magical, sometimes grotesque, but always true, Dahl’s boyhood stories are as remarkable as the acclaimed fiction he would go on to write as an adult. Dahl once wrote in his books: “An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life. It is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography.”

The story of the Welsh writer’s childhood is filled with excitement and wonder but also terror and great sadness. Listeners learn of his experiences at cruel boarding schools, his daring Great Mouse Plot, the dangers of Boazers, the pleasure and pain of the local sweet shop, and his time as a chocolate taster – just some of the marvellous, extraordinary events that no doubt went on to inspire his best-selling books.

Patrick Malahide provides the voice of Dahl in a colourful adaptation by Lucy Catherine.

Roald Dahl…..Patrick Malahide
Young Dahl…..Tarkan Uzun
Teenage Dahl…..Isaac Rouse
Mother…..Joanna van Kampen
Bressington…..Daniel Noel
Thwaites…..Devon Ruckley
Matron…..Adie Allen
Dr Dunbar…..Richard Nichols
Mrs Pratchett…..Elizabeth Bennett
Corkers…..Jason Barnett
Carleton…..Tom Forrister
Williamson…..Sam Rix
Ellen…..Kirsty Oswald
Captain Hardcastle…..Nick Underwood
Mr Cadbury…..James Lailey
Grandfather…..Sean Baker

Director/Producer/Helen Perry for the BBC

Publicity contact: BBC Radio 4 Publicity

DateSaturday, 2 July 2016
Time2:30 PM -
3:30 PM