Six more monologues from Britain's foremost writer delivered by the nation's favorite performers.
In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.
Alongside the original pieces, these superb monologues form one of the great contributions to television drama.
Included in this collection are:
Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet, with Patricia Routledge
The Hand of God, with Eileen Atkins
Playing Sandwiches, with David Haig
The Outside Dog, with Julie Walters
Nights in the Gardens of Spain, with Penelope Wilton
Waiting for the Telegram, with Thora Hird
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Hilarious, moving, haunting
I'm going to listen to all these again and get the first series too. So well written and preformed. They'll all read so differently the second time around as I only picked up on so many of the hints. Each performance was engrossing. I've heard these parodied so many times I thought that I probably wouldn't get much out of it, and whilst there were a good few mentions of biscuits, drizzle and slacks, I wasn't quite prepared for how haunting these would be.
The first story in particular made me laugh. Some wonderful turns of phrase and brilliant timing by Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket off Keeping up Appearances).
The story with Thora Hird practically made me sob while walking down the street. Really sad stuff.
For an audible book its fairly short, but has amazing re-listen value, and you can jump in at any chapter depending on your mood. So although it seems like bad value compared to a 25hr book, its actually worth the money/credit.
- D. Minniti
5 modern tragedies
His sublime writing and earthy Yorkshire delivery
Going into the tragic head of a destructive paedophile. What immense courage and humanity. It takes someone like Bennet to say the unsayable.
Julie Walters as the wife of a serial killer
Too many to mention
5 stunning performances. 5 exquisite dramas. Alan Bennet is up there with the greatest writers in history