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Village Christmas by Laurie Lee

5. The Cold Christmas Walk in the Country

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Laurie Lee's writings bringing to life landscape and traditions of England in the last century. Concluded by Derek Jacobi. Show more

Contributors

Author:
Laurie Lee
Abridger:
Karen Rose
Producer:
Karen Rose

Genres

Book of the Week

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Episode 1: The Beginning...

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Waving goodbye to mother and walking to London, with busking on the way. Tobias Menzies reads Laurie Lee's classic travel book. Show more

Book of the Week

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Vigo

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Spain, Laurie Lee’s first port of call is Vigo, for late night merry-making with Dona Maria’s family. Read by Tobias Menzies. Show more

Book of the Week

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Madrid

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Laurie Lee strides, strolls, then hobbles into Madrid. Into 'the jaws of a lion'. But where to stay? Read by Tobias Menzies. Show more

Book of the Week

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Seville

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Seville is beautiful and poor. Laurie Lee finds intimations of Spain’s future struggle with civil war. Read by Tobias Menzies. Show more

Book of the Week

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Malaga and more...

Duration: 15 minutes

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

After Malaga and Almunecar, it’s the reality of war. Laurie finds safe passage home, but then what? Concluded by Tobias Menzies. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Adaptation of Laurie Lee's memoir of growing up in the Slad Valley during and after WWI, exploring the idyll of his early years and the intensity of adolescent experiences. Show more

Contributors

Annie Lee:
Samantha Morton
Granny Trill:
Annette Crosbie
Granny Wallon:
June Whitfield
Private James Harris:
Billy Howle
Young Loll:
Georgie Smith
Voice of Laurie Lee:
Timothy Spall
Young Jack:
Dylan Turland
Mrs Moore:
Shola Adewusi
Miss Buckley:
Sarah Sweeney
Young Rosie:
Libby Easton
Spadge Hopkins:
Jack Harris
Squire:
Bob Goody
Cabbage Stump Charlie:
Ian Drysdale
Policeman:
Jake Haywood
Military Policeman:
James Inkling
Author:
Laurie Lee
Producer:
Helen Gregory
Production Company:
Origin Pictures