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Our Hylda

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Poignant comedy drama about British TV's first female comedy star. For over 30 years, Hylda Baker was Britain's biggest comedienne when most comics were men. Show more

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Frankie Takes a Trip

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. In 1962, comedian Frankie Howerd tries a controversial, yet legal treatment for his depression - LSD. Starring David Benson. Show more

Contributors

Frankie:
David Benson
Dennis:
Tim Downie
HM the Queen:
Emily Pithon
Producer:
Conrad Nelson
Rada Examiner:
Hugh Simon
Doctor:
Hugh Simon
Young Frankie:
Sam Hattersley
Director:
Gary Brown
Producer:
Gary Brown

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Give Dotty a Chance

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Comedy by Martyn Hesford. Welsh singer and camp icon Dorothy Squires is living penniless in a caravan when two fans turn up to persuade her to make a comeback. Can she still do it? Show more

Contributors

Dorothy Squires:
Ruth Madoc
Margaret:
Sue Jenkins
Radio Interviewer:
Leah Marks
Box Office Man:
Jake Norton
Man in Bar:
Jake Norton
Director:
Gary Brown
Producer:
Gary Brown

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Drama

Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dramatised portrait of the popular comedian, who craved fame and recognition throughout his career but was never comfortable with his own identity. Adapted from Williams's own words. Show more

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Kenneth Williams:
Michael Sheen
Nicholas Parsons:
Nicholas Parsons
Tony Hancock:
Martin Trenaman
Charles Hawtrey:
David Charles
Kenneth Halliwell :
Ewan Bailey
Joan Sims:
Beatie Edney
Charlie Williams:
Peter Wight
Joe Orton:
Kenny Doughty
Lou Williams:
Cheryl Campbell

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Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. It is 1964, and with the Carry On films at the height of their popularity, Kenneth Williams bumps into Charles Hawtrey in a London tea room. Starring Adam Godley. Show more

Contributors

Kenneth Williams:
Adam Godley
Charles Hawtrey:
David Charles
Louie Williams:
Janine Duvitski
Alice Hawtrey:
Marcia Warren
Gloria:
Lisa Allen
Director:
Gary Brown
Producer:
Gary Brown

Drama

Martyn Hesford - Mrs Lowry and Son

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. An imagining of the impact of an over-bearing, bed-ridden mother on artist LS Lowry. Stars Lynda Baron and Reece Dinsdale. Show more