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' The Pilgrim's Progress ' by John Bunyan
Other parts played by Stephen Jack , Charles Mason
Adapted and produced by Geoffrey Dearmer
In the days when few story books might be opened on Sundays, ' The Pilgrim's Progress ' was the one great exception. The strictest parents could not but approve the vigorous and racy story of the heroic Christian. Bunyan's theology may not have interested children, but his story thrilled them. They probably did not picture Bunyan as ' a tinker out of Bedford, a vagrant oft in quod', nor could they have then known that he probably wrote the book in the old town gaol on Bedford Bridge during his second term of imprisonment (he had already served twelve years) in the year 1676.
It is doubtful whether any other book originally written in English, but since translated into hundreds of languages, has achieved the eminence of this working companion to the Bible in millions of homes.
The text, though necessarily greatly shortened, has been carefully followed, with original commentary to elucidate difficult passages and make the sequence and argument clear to young listeners.


Unknown: John Bunyan
Played By: Stephen Jack
Played By: Charles Mason
Produced By: Geoffrey Dearmer
First Narrator: Carleton Hobbs
Second Narrator: Mary O'Farrell
Christian: Ian Dawson
Evangelist: H 0 Nicholson

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