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Margaret Rutherford and Paul Scofield in * MISS HARGREAVES'


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A fantastic comedy by Frank Baker
Production by Donald McWhinnie
' You think this is a real woman, don't you? Who came into the world by normal means? Well, she didn't. She is my fantasy, my history-not free to move unless I allow her to move. One of my selves, if you like, whom I foolishly let loose in the world. Is this beyond belief? So was America before Columbus found it..... ' The Dean of Cornford naturally refuses to believe that the eccentric old lady whom he finds playing the organ in his Cathedral owes her existence to a young man's inventive imagination. She is so solidly real. with her poodle, her cockatoo, her hip-bath, her harp, her autocratic ways. and her passion for cathedrals. But Norman Huntley was not raving. The visible presence of Miss Hargreaves in Cornford sets up a train of complications which do more than cause him acute embarrassment, and he is not alone in suffering from the consequences of his flight of fancy.
The author, who plays the piano and organ in tonight's production, made this radio version from his well-known novel, Miss Hargreaves. It is the first of a number of plays specially adapted for radio, and not hitherto broadcast, which the Home Service is presenting during the Festival period. C. N.


Comedy By: Frank Baker
Production By: Donald McWhinnie
Unknown: Norman Huntley
Cornstance Hargreaves: Margaret Rutherford
Norman Huntley: Paul Scoflejd
Cornelius Huntley: Ronald Simpson
Mrs Huntley: Una Venning
Margery Radley: Peggy Cameron
The Dean of Cornford: Stringer Davie
Miss Linkinghorne: Ella Milne
Major Tempemtey: Oliver Burt
Dr Carless: Hamiliton Dyce
Molly: Sarah Leigh
Dr Pepusch: Bryan Powley

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Margaret Rutherford and Paul Scofield in * MISS HARGREAVES'

BBC Home Service Basic, 14 May 1951 21.15

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