The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)

  • by Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by Maggie Smith, Adrian Scarborough
  • 1 hrs and 32 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A new Radio 4 adaptation of one of Alan Bennett's most well-loved works. In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...


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It's many days since I listened to this dramatization and I still can't get it out of my head. It haunts you because it's so real and because the lady in the van is such denial. There are lovely pieces like when he says she has a lot of success when she stands her ground with officials and it's because they can't stand the smell so do whatever will get her out of there fast. I am using my new credits on more Alan Bennett dramatizations. They are excellent. I love that you can hear the audios as there are some books I would have bought had this not been possible, and then been disappointed with the reader.
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- Hilda

The Lady in the Van - by Alan Bennett

I was totally engrossed in this book. The storyline was both, very humorous and at times, quite sad, when it became apparent that the lady was not having an easy life.
Maggie Smith was wonderful as the lady in
another brilliant story from Alan Bennett.
I just did not want the story to end.
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- Margaret Irene Corner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-06-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited