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Frankie Takes a Trip

4 Extra Debut. In 1962, comedian Frankie Howerd tries a controversial, yet legal treatment for his depression - LSD. Starring David Benson.

During his long showbiz career, Frankie Howerd had quite a few ups and downs.

It was during one of these 'down' periods, in 1962, that Frankie decided to take a trip. Not to Clacton - but to the other side of his consciousness as he tried to deal with his depression through the controversial, though legal, use of LSD.

Comedy drama by Martyn Hesford.

Frankie ...... David Benson
Dennis ...... Tim Downie
Mother ...... Emily Pithon
HM the Queen ...... Emily Pithon
Father ...... Conrad Nelson
Producer ...... Conrad Nelson
Rada Examiner ...... Hugh Simon
Doctor ...... Hugh Simon
Agent ...... Roger Morlidge
Soldier ...... Roger Morlidge
Young Frankie ...... Sam Hattersley

Director: Gary Brown

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 4 Feb 2020 21:15

Martyn Hesford

Martyn Hesford
"For me the writing of any character whether famous or not is the pyschology. That's where I come from. Why did a person, in this situation, behave like this...and then do that."

David Benson

David Benson
"Our job is to go behind the public image... what are the connections we all have... I think with performing these characters you are looking for resonances in your own life."

Credits

Role Contributor
Frankie David Benson
Dennis Tim Downie
Mother Emily Pithon
HM the Queen Emily Pithon
Father Conrad Nelson
Producer Conrad Nelson
Rada Examiner Hugh Simon
Doctor Hugh Simon
Agent Roger Morlidge
Soldier Roger Morlidge
Young Frankie Sam Hattersley
Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown
Writer Martyn Hesford

Broadcasts

  • Fri 27 Mar 2015 14:15
  • Fri 5 May 2017 14:15
  • Tue 4 Feb 2020 11:15
  • Tue 4 Feb 2020 21:15

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