JB Priestley: BBC Radio Collection

Full-cast dramatisations of some of Priestley's best known works
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John Boynton Priestley was an English novelist, playwright, screenwriter, broadcaster and social commentator.

His Yorkshire background is reflected in much of his fiction, notably in The Good Companions (1929), which first brought him to wide public notice. A number of his plays are structured around a time slip, and he went on to develop a new theory of time, with different dimensions that link past, present and future.

Presented here are BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations of some of Priestley's best known works:

Dangerous Corner
A happy gathering of friends begin to probe events which happened in the past and discover that the relationships they have with each other aren't what they seem: "truth is like skidding round a corner at sixty".
Robert Caplan ... Martin Jarvis
Olwen Peel ... Stephanie Turner
Freda Caplan ... Heather Stoney
Betty Whitehouse ... Helen Worth
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by John Foley
Directed by Alfred Bradley.
First broadcast on Radio 4 in 1984.

I Have Been Here Before
A group of people thrown together by chance when they decide to stay at a remote Yorkshire inn, discover that they're so inter-dependent that a decision taken by any one of them is likely to have a profound effect on the lives of the others. Have they lived through the experience before? Is there a chance to make different decisions this time?
Sally Pratt.... Lesley Nichol
Sam Shipley .... George A. Cooper
Dr Gortler.... Geoffrey Banks
Walter Ormund ... Ronald Baddiley
Janet Ormund .... Susan Tracy
Oliver Ferrant... Alan Rothwell
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by Brian Sibley
Director: Alfred Bradley.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1984.

Time and The Conways
A World War has just ended. The Conway family gather to celebrate daughter Kay's 21st birthday party. But 19 years later we see that the future is far from the one they imagined.
Mrs Conway ...... Harriet Walter
Kay ...... Anna Madeley
Alan ...... Rupert Evans
Carol ...... Amaka Okafor
Hazel ...... Eleanor Howell
Robin ...... Harry Hadden-Paton
Madge ...... Heather Craney
Joan ...... Clare Corbett
Ernest Beevers ...... Tony Bell
Gerald Thornton ...... Clive Hayward
JB Priestley ...... Michael Bertenshaw
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by John Foley
Directed by David Hunter
First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in September 2014

An Inspector Calls
The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila when a Police Inspector calls. Each member of the family is questioned about their relationship with a young woman, Eva Smith. And each has to face up to their role in her tragic story.
Inspector Goole ... Toby Jones
Arthur Birling....David Calder
Sibyl Birling...Frances Barber
Sheila Birling ... Morvern Christie
Eric Birling ... Sam Alexander
Gerald Croft ...Geoffrey Streatfeild
Edna... Vineeta Rishi
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by John Foley
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2010.

The Grey Ones
A patient fears evil is at work in the shape of a sinister conspiracy. Will his psychiatrist be able to help?
Patson ...... Tony Britton
Dr Smith ...... Jack May.
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by Patricia Mays
Producer: Derek Hoddinott
Director: Martin Williamson
First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1983.

The Linden Tree
Britain, 1947: Rationing and austerity seem to have fostered opportunism, escapism and confrontation within the Linden family. Professor Linden wants only to continue teaching in a world that no longer seems to share his quiet ideals. His family urge him to retire from the fight, but the Professor is not so easily deterred...
Professor Linden .... Geoffrey Banks
Isabel .... Kathleen Helme
Rex Linden .... Christopher Godwin
Dr Jean Linden .... Carole Hayman
Marion de Saint Vaury .... Joanna Wake
Dinah Linden .... Penelope Reynolds
Alfred Lockhart .... David Mahlowe
Edith Westmore .... Sally Gibson
Bernard Fawcett .... Christian Rodska
Mrs Cotton .... Shirley Dixon
Cellist: Rosalind Gonley
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by Mollie Greenhalgh.
Directed by Kay Patrick.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1977.

The Good Companions
A 1929 concert party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independent Miss Trant.
Jess Oakroyd ..... Ralph Ineson
Miss Trant ..... Fenella Woolgar
Jimmy Nunn ..... Roy Hudd
Inigo Jollifant ..... Oliver Gomm
Susie Dean ..... Isabella Inchbald
Mr Ridvers ..... Gerard McDermott
Mrs Joe ..... Ellie Darvill
Monte Mortimer ..... Clive Hayward
Leonard Oakroyd ..... Gary Duncan
Mr Joe ..... Philip Bretherton
Morton Mitcham ..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Jerry Jerningham ..... Adam Fitzgerald
Agent ..... Rupert Holliday Evans
Inspector ..... David Reakes
Box Office Lady ..... Katherine Weare
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by John Retallack.
Director: David Hunter
Music composed by Neil Brand
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2018.

The Thirty-First of June
When that elusive day, 31 June, comes round it is not surprising that extraordinary and magical things happen. The centuries part and Romance is in the air.
Melicent ... Debby Cumming
Sam ... John Levitt
King Meliot ... Alan Dudley
Dimmock ... Anthony Newlands
Malgrim ... John Rye
Marlagram ... Peter Woodthorpe
Captain Plunkett ... Henry Stamper
Lamison ... David Gooderson
Ninette ... Maggie Mullarkey
Jarvie ... James Kerry
Anne ... Jill Lidstone
Philip ... Philip Reilly
Queenie ... Jean Trend
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by Brian Sibley
Director Graham Gauld
Radiophonics: Peter Howell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983

When We Are Married
In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think. The three Yorkshire couples discover that they were never legally married ...
Albert Parker .... Alun Armstrong
Annie Parker .... Gwen Taylor
Herbert Soppitt .... Alan Bennett
Clara Soppitt .... Brenda Blethyn
Joe Helliwell .... Michael Jayston
Maria Helliwell .... Nicola Pagett
Mrs Northrop .... Elizabeth Spriggs
with Polly James, Cathryn Bradshaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Timothy Watson, Deborah Berlin, Paul Panting and James Taylor
Music by Stuart Hutchinson
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised by Brian Sibley
Directed by Matthew Walters
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Nov 1995

Laburnum Grove
'The first thing I see in the cards Elsie, is a great surprise. It's coming very soon and I don't think you'll like it. I think it's something to do with a medium-coloured man. I think it must be your father.'
Mrs Baxley ... Diana Olsson
Mr Baxtey ...Geoffrey Matthews
Elsie ... Jane Knowles
Mr Radfern ... Bernard Archard
Harold ... Michael Harbour
Fletten ... Douglas Blackwell
Mrs Radfern ... Kathleen Michael
Insp Stack ... Michael Byrne
Sgt Morris ... Manning Wilson
Written by J.B. Priestley
Adapted and Produced by Christopher Venning
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Apr 1972

Lost Empires
It's 1913 and Richard Herncastle leaves his dead-end job to join his Uncle Nick's act in the vulgar world of music halls to experience the glamour, jealousies and romances backstage. But the glamour soon begins to fade as Richard embarks on a dangerous affair - and tragedy strikes the company. Meanwhile, war is on the horizon....
Nick Ollanton ...... Tom Baker
Harry Burrard ...... Freddie Davies
Old Richard ...... Bryan Pringle
Young Richard ...... Richard Hollick
Tommy Beamish ...... Steven Frost
Julie Blane ...... Brigit Forsyth
Cissie Mapes ...... Deborah McAndrew
Nancy ...... Kathryn Hunt
Jenning ...... Russell Dixon
Johnson ...... John Lloyd Fillingham
Barney ...... Mike Edmunds
Written by J.B. Priestley
Dramatised in three parts by Bert Coules.
Music: Chris Monks
Producer: Kate Rowland
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1994.

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  1. Dangerous Corner (79.2Mb)
  2. I Have Been Here Before (79.8Mb)
  3. Time and the Conways (104.7Mb)
  4. An Inspector Calls (80Mb)
  5. The Grey Ones (24.9Mb)
  6. The Good Companions (78.9Mb)
  7. The Thirty First of June (79.1Mb)
  8. Eden End (95Mb)
  9. Laburnum Grove (81.6Mb)
  10. Lost Empires part1 (50.9Mb)
  11. Lost Empires part2 (51.4Mb)
  12. Lost Empires part3 (52.4Mb)
  13. The Linden Tree (79.3Mb)
  14. When We Are Married (81.2Mb)

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