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A tense English rubber planter in Bengal fears a lethal snake is in his bed and nestling on his stomach. Stars Charles Dance and Madhav Sharma.

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues' gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In Poison, rubber planter Harry Pope fears that a krait – a lethally venomous snake – has crawled under his bed sheets and is nestling on his stomach. His friend, Timber Woods, calls the local doctor for urgent assistance. When Dr Ganderbai arrives, tension mounts as he puts an ingenious and desperate plan into operation.

Storyteller……..Charles Dance
Timber Woods…Jonathan Keeble
Harry Pope……..Ben Crowe
Dr Ganderbai…...Madhav Sharma

Written by Roald Dahl
Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Director: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

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15 minutes


Role Contributor
Storyteller Charles Dance
Timber Woods Jonathan Keeble
Harry Pope Ben Crowe
Dr Ganderbai Madhav Sharma
Author Roald Dahl
Adaptor Stephen Sheridan
Director David Blount


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