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Afternoon Theatre


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A Desperate Hour
A comedy by JOHN GRAHAM Two criminals on the run from the police decide to lie low in an ordinary family house, holding the occupants hostage.... after all Humphrey Bogart did it in The Desperate Hour8.
However, what appears simple on film is seldom so In real life, particularly if the occupants of the house are not as ordinary as it would first appear.
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN (Norman Rodway is a member of the RSC)


Comedy By: John Graham
Unknown: Humphrey Bogart
Directed By: Glyn Dearman
Directed By: Norman Rodway
The Police: Chief Con Norman Make peace: Norman Rodway
Det-Sgt Brian Benskin: Alan Downer
WPC Annabelle Robey: Sarah Maywell
Insp Groves: Brian Haines
Sgt Thorogood: Gordon Bulieu
The Criminals:Snelgrove: Jack May
The Criminals:O'Connor: David Kelly
Others involved:: Ruth Makepeace
Others involved:: Jennifer Piercet
Sarah Nelson: Jenny Twigge

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