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44 Scotland Street

The Blue Spode Tea Cup

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

There are gender issues with Ulysses – Bertie thinks his baby brother looks like a girl. And with Cyril the dog in prison, Angus needs help to free the New Town canine!

Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town is the setting for the quirky tales and ‘goings-on’ adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his worldwide bestselling series of books.

Portrait painter, Angus Lordie, is a frequent visitor to Domenica Macdonald, the anthropologist and longest-term resident of 44 Scotland Street.

Will their friendship blossom and will she ever let his dog Cyril into her flat? Domenica’s thoughts are elsewhere, sensing trouble with the return of her neighbour Antonia who has been living in Glasgow of all places! Is Domenica’s ‘property’ safe with Antonia back in town?

Meanwhile in the flat below lives Bertie, aged six, a prodigy and victim of his excessively pushy mother, Irene. Bertie wants the life of an ordinary six-year-old boy, but instead he has psychotherapy, yoga and Italian conversation lessons. He also wants to know why his new baby brother, Ulysses, looks remarkably like his psychotherapist, Dr Fairbairn.

ANGUS LORDIE....……..…..CRAWFORD LOGAN
DOMENICA..……….....CAROL ANN CRAWFORD
IRENE………….........……............EMMA CURRIE
BERTIE………………...……....….….SIMON KERR
LAWYER.............................MATTHEW ZAJAC
SOCIAL WORKER.....................MOLLY INNES

Director: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. Show less

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