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Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad

Spies in decline - what did the agent say to the actress? Burgess meets Coral Browne. Stars Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton.

When a mysterious Englishman appears in her dressing-room, actress Coral Browne assumes he's with the embassy, but, if so, why are his trousers out at the knees? And what does he want with her face-powder?

Alan Bennett based this drama on a real incident in Moscow involving the spy Guy Burgess in 1958.

Starring Michael Gambon as Guy Burgess, Penelope Wilton as Coral Browne, Lala Lloyd as Mrs Burgess, John Baddeley as Claudius and Michael Higgs as Tolya/Hamlet.

Adapted from BBC TV's 1983 film and directed by Hilary Norrish

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1994.

45 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Feb 2016 02:15

Broadcasts

  • Mon 3 Mar 2008 10:15
  • Mon 3 Mar 2008 21:15
  • Tue 4 Mar 2008 02:15
  • Wed 18 Feb 2009 10:15
  • Wed 18 Feb 2009 21:15
  • Thu 19 Feb 2009 02:15
  • Sat 9 May 2009 13:00
  • Sun 10 May 2009 01:00
  • Fri 8 Apr 2011 15:00
  • Sat 9 Apr 2011 05:00
  • Tue 24 Apr 2012 11:15
  • Tue 24 Apr 2012 21:15
  • Wed 25 Apr 2012 04:15
  • Sat 25 May 2013 13:15
  • Sun 26 May 2013 03:15
  • Sat 20 Feb 2016 14:15
  • Sun 21 Feb 2016 02:15

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