Stephen Wyatt

Sketches by Boz
  • Sketches by Boz

    • Charles Dickens

    • Stephen Wyatt

    • Nicholas Farrell (Read by)

    • Imelda Staunton (Read by)

    • Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by)

    • Annette Badland (Read by)

    • David Haig (Read by)

    • Samantha Spiro (Read by)

    • David Antrobus (Read by)

    • Tracy-Ann Oberman (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Slices of 19th-century London life from the pen of Charles Dickens

    Here are ten gloriously comic stories from Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens' earliest collection of short pieces in which he honed his literary genius. Each tale is dramatised by Dr Stephen Wyatt with a full cast.

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    Cast and credits
    Written by Charles Dickens
    Dramatised by Dr Stephen Wyatt
    Directed by Sally Avens
    Starring Nicholas Farrell as Boz

    The Tuggses at Ramsgate
    The nouveau riche Tugg family discover that money cannot buy you love.

    Cast: Christopher Hancock, Frances Jeater, Colleen Prendergast, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sean Baker, Tracy-Ann Oberman

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1 September 1998

    The Bloomsbury Christening
    The arrival of a bouncing baby boy is wonderful news - but not for miserable misanthrope Nicodemus Dumps.

    Cast: Alison Reid, Geoffrey Whitehead, Robert Harper, Charlie Simpson, Elaine Pyke

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8 September 1998

    The Great Winglebury Duel
    Alexander Trott finds it is possible to become betrothed in even the most trying circumstances.

    Cast: Peter Gunn, Julia Deakin, David Timson, Kim Wall and David Antrobus

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 September 1998

    The Private Theatricals of Mrs Joseph Porter
    A household becomes obsessed with amateur dramatics - with farcical results.

    Cast: Geoffrey Whitehead, Frances Jeater, David Antrobus, Jane Holm, Shirley Dixon, Charles Simpson

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 22 September 1998

    Mr Watkins Tottle
    All Mr Tottle wants is to enter the blessed state of matrimony - but the course of true love never did run smooth.

    Cast: David Collings, John Hartley, Jenny Howe, Patience Tomlinson, Christopher Scott

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 29 September 1998

    Love and Oysters
    Meeting an oyster seller sparks disruption for orderly John Dounce.

    Cast: David Calder, Samantha Spiro, Siriol Jenkins, Elizabeth Conboy, David Allister, loan Meredith

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5 July 1999

    The Steam Excursion
    A boat trip on the Thames proves the undoing of 'paragon of perfection' Percy Noakes.

    Cast: Marston Bloom, Shirley Dixon, Joanna Monro, Jeremy Swift, Becky Hindley, Ben Crowe, Stephen Critchlow

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12 July 1999

    The Crumpton sisters are delighted when an MP's daughter arrives at their finishing school - until a romantic attachment comes to light.

    Cast: Patience Tomlinson, Jane Booker, Gerard Murphy, Tilly Gaunt, Harry Myers, Elizabeth Conboy, Michael Mueller

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 July 1999

    The Boarding House
    The respectability of Mrs Tibbs' residential establishment is threatened by a mysterious new lodger.

    Cast: Imelda Staunton, Annette Badland, Christopher Hancock, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Stephen Critchlow, Peter Gunn, Jason O'Mara

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 July 1999

    Horatio Sparkins
    The snobbish Maldertons are thrilled when their unmarried daughter receives the attentions of the gentlemanly Mr Sparkins. But who exactly is he?

    Cast: David Haig, Tessa Worsley, Sarah-Jane Holm, Adrian Schiller, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Patrick Barlow

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 August 1999

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.

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