Little Novels

Dramatisation of five Victorian mysteries by Wilkie Collins
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Ronald Pickup stars in five Victorian mysteries by Wilkie Collins.

Ronald Alfred Pickup was an English actor. He was active in television, film, and theatre, beginning with a 1964 appearance in Doctor Who. Theatre critic Michael Billington described him as "a terrific stage star and an essential member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre company" He passed away 24 Feb. 2021 - Wikipedia

Dramatised by John Arden
Pianist: Colin Guthrie
Director: David Blount

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997

1. Mr Policeman and the Cook
Cornelius Brady used to be a Police Constable. Now as he lies on his deathbed, he has an astonishing confession to make...

Wilkie Collins:...Ronald Pickup
PC Brady...John Quinn
Priscilla...Rachel Atkins
Priest...Hugh Dickson

2. Miss Jeromette & The Clergyman
Stephen Wheatmeal is to take holy orders, but what should he do about his mistress living in Chelsea?

Wilkie Collins...Ronald Pickup
Rev Wheatmeal...John Rowe
Young Wheatmeal...David Brooks
Jeromette...Alison Pettitt
Blacklock...David Bannerman.

3. Mr Marmaduke & The Minister
Felicia leaves her father's remote manse to live in London's Belgravia, but her new husband's strange behaviour is a cause for concern. What secret is he keeping from her?

Wilkie Collins...Ronald Pickup
Rev Maconochie...Peter Kelly
Felicia...Emma Fielding
Mr Marmaduke...Christopher Wright
Yellow-haired Woman...Carolyn Jones

4. Miss Bertha & The Yankee
An Englishman and an American are rivals for the affections of a beautiful heiress.

Wilkie Collins...Ronald Pickup
Bertha Laroche...Alison Pettit
Aunt...Jenny Lee.
Captain Stanwick...David Timson
Lionel Varleigh...David Jarvis
Rector...Ioan Meredith

5. Miss Morris & The Stranger
A governess is the recipient of a generous legacy.

Wilkie Collins...Ronald Pickup
Nancy Morris...Deborah Berlin
Sextus Sax...Alastair Danson
Sir Gervase Damian...Hugh Dickson
Mrs Fosdyke...Jane Whittenshaw
Miss Melbury...Alison Pettitt
Freddy...Lucas Rush
Miss Ellen...Katie Lucy
Miss Eva...Katie Clarke

  1. Mr Policeman and the Cook (36.1Mb)
  2. Miss Jeromette & The Clergyman (38.8Mb)
  3. Mr Marmaduke & the Minister (38.5Mb)
  4. Miss Bertha & The Yankee (38.3Mb)
  5. Miss Morris & The Stranger (38.5Mb)

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