Dodie Smith: A BBC Radio Drama Collection

BBC Radio productions of some of the major works of Dodie Smith.
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BBC Radio productions of some of the major works of Dodie Smith.

Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith was an English novelist and playwright. She is best known for writing the children's novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. In her lifetime, spent in both England and the United States, Smith wrote 9 novels, 11 theatre plays and 2 film screenplays.

Her novel 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' was adapted into a 1961 animated film and a 1996 live-action film, both produced by Disney. Her novel 'I Capture the Castle' was voted number 82 in "the nation's 100 best-loved novels" by the British public in the BBC's 'The Big Read' (2003).

I Capture the Castle
In the ruins of medieval castle, deep in rural 1930's Suffolk, funny, intelligent 17 year old Cassandra Mortmain attempts to capture her family's life in a journal. Their isolation is disrupted by the arrival of rich American brothers Simon and Neil and desperate to escape the family's grinding poverty, Cassandra's beautiful older sister Rose determines to marry Simon.
Cassandra .... Holliday Grainger
Rose .... Scarlett Alice Johnson
Mortmain .... Toby Jones
Topaz .... Charlotte Emmerson
Thomas .... Sam Hattersley
Stephen .... Harry McEntire
Simon .... John Macmillan
Neil .... Henry Devas
Shop Assistant .... Martha Loader
Written by Dodie Smith
Directed by Nadia Molinari
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015

Dear Octopus
It's 1938. Charles and Dora Randolph are celebrating their Golden Wedding. It's a chance for four generations of the same family to be together - sparking all the problems and surprises that such a gathering inevitably causes..
Charles Randolph .... Michael Denison
Dora Randolph .... Dulcie Gray
Belle .... Mary Wimbush
Margery .... Annette Badland
Edna .... Frances Jeater
Nanny .... Dora Bryan
Cynthia .... Penny Downie
Laurel .... Trevyn McDowell
Hilda .... Joanna David
Nicholas .... Nicholas Gecks
Fenny .... Charlotte Attenborough
Hugh .... Joshua Towb
Kenneth .... Michael Tudor Barnes
Bill .... Mark Burrows
Scrap .... Sara-Jane Derrick
Flouncy .... Bernadette Windsor
Gertrude .... Becky Hindley
Written by Dodie Smith
Producer: Glyn Dearman
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995

Call It A Day
by Dodie Smith
Starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
First broadcast by Theater Guild on the Air in 1946

101 Dalmations
by Dodie Smith
Performed by Martin Jarvis

  1. I Capture the Castle (104.3Mb)
  2. Dear Octopus (81.8Mb)
  3. Call It A Day (46.4Mb)
  4. The Hundred and One Dalmatians (249.2Mb)

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