Ronald Pickup, Paul Ritter and Kate Duchêne star in Nick Warburton’s comedy about one community’s attempts to resist change.
When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a clifftop house in Yorkshire, they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who treats their home as his own and the local town as his own personal fiefdom. But the sea is eroding the land, and John is intent on stopping them all from being evicted, so the Wells reluctantly embrace him as an ally. As he entangles them in his conservation battles, Clare and Richard find themselves drawn into the Breck Howe Preservation Society, an unlikely group attempting to defend their town against the worst ills of modernity. Their lives will never be the same again....
North meets South in this comedic clash of cultures, written by award-winning dramatist Nick Warburton. Ronald Pickup stars as John Hector, with Paul Ritter as Richard and Kate Duchêne as Clare.
Directed by Sally Avens.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January 2016 (The Vauxgarth Pig), 11-25 August 2017 (Series 1), 16 November-14 December 2018 (Series 2).
Richard Wells - Paul Ritter
Clare Wells - Kate Duchêne
John Hector - Ronald Pickup
Lux - Michelle Asante
Penrith - Chris Pavlo
Trafford/Hugh - Gerard McDermott
Mrs Cardabbon - Susan James
Estate Agent - Caolan McCarthy
Ticket Lady - Kerry Gooderson
Guard - Bob Blythe
Tiffany - Louise Brealey
Librarian - Chetna Pandya/Liam Lau Fernandez
Mrs Briggs of Events - Sanchia McCormack/Elizabeth Counsell
Headley - Philip Fox
Norwegian Herring Enthusiast - Simon Ludders
Ralph Bell - Sean Murray
MC/Trevor Butt - Tony Turner
Robust Betty - Emma Handy
Rude Girl/Brandi - Saffron Coomber
Barb/WPC - Jeannette Percival
Mikey/Surly Reader/Tourist - Cameron Percival
Chucker/A Heavy - Don Gilet
Anthony/Wayne/Seasider - Lewis Bray
Himself - Jonathan Agnew
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Listened to this with my 10 year old daughter & we both really enjoyed the gentle humour & the gentle stories. Such a shame there were only two series made.
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- Anonymous User
if you want an easy listening light heart book were nobody dies....
then this is the book for you.