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Patricia Routledge in A Lady of Letters


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Alan Bennett created "Miss Ruddock, whose only pleasure in life is her Basildon Bond" for the Talking Heads series of monologues, first broadcast in 1988. It was not his first collaboration with the doughty Miss Routledge; they had made another monologue, A Woman of No Importance, in the early 80s, which convinced Bennett that solo performances could work on screen. "In television terms a monologue is something of a departure," said Bennett of Talking Heads, "but it is also the oldest form in the world: one person telling a tale."
(A second performance in the Talking Heads series, Julie Walters in Her Big Chance, can be seen on 19 August)


Writer: Alan Bennett
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Giles Foster
Miss Ruddock: Patricia Routledge

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Patricia Routledge in A Lady of Letters

BBC One London, 5 August 1993 21.30

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