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Winnie-the-Pooh

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Summary

Alan Bennett reads A. A. Milne's much-loved stories about a small bear and his friends. The collection includes Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and A Party for Pooh.

What is the connection between a bear of very little brain and a honey pot? Usually it's the very sticky paw of Winnie-the-Pooh, as he takes a break between adventures for a little something. In these stories, Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents, and an expedition is mounted to the North Pole! As usual they are accompanied by Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl - to say nothing of Pooh's very clever young human friend, Christopher Robin. Now with a musical introduction, Alan Bennett gives A. A. Milne's characters the voices you felt they were always meant to have in this collection of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl.

The stories are:

'Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place'

'Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle and Eeyore Loses a Tail'

'Piglet Meets a Heffalump'

'Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents'

'Christopher Robin Leads an Expedition to the North Pole'

'A House Is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore'

'Tigger Comes to the Forest and Has Breakfast'

'A Search Is Organised and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again'

'Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In'

'Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing and Owl Moves House'

'Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest'

'Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water'

'Christoper Robin Gives Pooh a Party'

'Tiggers Don't Climb Trees'

'Rabbit Has a Busy Day'

'Tigger Is Unbounced'

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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The Complete Talking Heads

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The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors.

The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim and remain among his most admired works today.

This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, 'A Woman of No Importance'.

Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are: 'A Woman of No Importance' (Patricia Routledge); 'A Chip in the Sugar' (Alan Bennett); 'A Lady of Letters' (Patricia Routledge); 'Bed Among the Lentils' (Anna Massey); 'Soldiering On' (Stephanie Cole); 'Her Big Chance' (Julie Walters); 'A Cream Cracker Under the Settee' (ThoraHird); 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet' (Patricia Routledge); 'The Hand of God' (Eileen Atkins); 'Playing Sandwiches' (David Haig); 'The Outside Dog' (Julie Walters); 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' (Penelope Wilton) and 'Waiting for the Telegram' (Thora Hird).

Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Author: Alan Bennett
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Alan Bennett

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Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling

Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Two recordings feature selected material from

Untold Stories:

Part 1: Stories contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. Stories is a poignant family memoir recalling the marriage of Alan's parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts, and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. At times heartrending, and at others extremely funny, Untold Stories is a matchless and unforgettable journey into Alan Bennett's past.

©2005 Forelake Limited (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Alan Bennett
Author: Alan Bennett
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Alan Bennett

Summary

Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling

Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Two recordings feature selected material from

Untold Stories:

Part 1: Stories contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. They are an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, funny, and yet always meaningful.

©2005 Forelake Limited (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Alan Bennett
Author: Alan Bennett
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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Alan Bennett: Stories

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A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time.

Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir 'The Lady in the Van'; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood. 'Uncle Clarence' sees Bennett visiting the grave of a relative who died in Flanders in 1917; while in 'Hymn' he joins forces with composer George Fenton and the Medici String Quartet to explore his musical memories.

Bennett's incisive, acute observations shine through in his fiction too, with wry, moving and darkly humorous meditations on death ('Father! Father! Burning Bright' and 'The Laying On of Hands'), sex ('The Shielding of Mrs Forbes) and middle-age ennui ('The Clothes They Stood Up In'). His gift for affectionate satire reaches its pinnacle in 'The Uncommon Reader', a delightful tale in which the Queen discovers the pleasures of literature.

Poignant, compassionate, wise and witty, the stories included are 'The Lady in the Van', 'Uncle Clarence', 'The Clothes They Stood Up In', 'Father! Father! Burning Bright', 'Hymn', 'The Laying On of Hands', 'The Uncommon Reader' and 'The Shielding of Mrs Forbes'.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Narrator: Alan Bennett
Author: Alan Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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The Lady in the Van

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Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage play.

An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next 15 years. This is the fascinating story of the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett's life and writing.

But the drama is as much about the author himself as Miss Shepherd. Why did Alan Bennett let her commandeer his driveway? Was he acting out of kindness, weakness or hidden guilt over not spending enough time with his own mother? Did he always subconsciously plan to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit?

Thought provoking and moving, The Lady in the Van tackles profound questions about social responsibility, homelessness and mental illness with a lightness of touch characteristic of Bennett the master storyteller.

With a full cast including Adrian Scarborough, Marcia Warren and Alan Bennett, this bittersweet comic tale stars Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd.

Now a major BBC feature film starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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The Wind in the Willows

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One spring morning, Mole abandons his spring cleaning and surfaces into the sunlight and warm grass of a great meadow. Rambling busily along the hedgerows, he comes all at once to the edge of a river. Mole is entranced. Here on the river bank he meets the Water Rat. Mole stays with the Water Rat in his snug waterside home where the river laps at the sill of the window and here he meets Ratty's friends: Badger who lives in the Wild Wood and the incorrigible Toad of Toad Hall. A timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or puttering about in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant every listener. Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this dramatization for BBC Radio 4, including Richard Briers as Rat, Adrian Scarborough as Mole, and Terence Rigby as Albert, with Alan Bennett as the narrator.

©1991 Alan Bennett (P)2006 AudioGO

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Alan Bennett: Doctor Dolittle Stories

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Alan Bennett reads these three enchanting Doctor Dolittle stories. Doctor Dolittle has an extraordinary talent - he can talk to the animals! Taught by his parrot, Polynesia, he is soon able to chat to every kind of creature - and his skill leads him into all sorts of adventures. In The Story of Doctor Dolittle, the Doctor and his pets set sail for Africa to save the monkeys - but they face great danger and challenges, including a sinking ship and Barbary pirates.... The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle finds Doctor Dolittle on the high seas once again, this time with his young friend Tommy Stubbins. The pair head for Spider Monkey Island, a mysterious place of magic and secrets.... Doctor Dolittle's Circus sees the Doctor in need of money, so he and his Pushmi-Pullyu join the circus. They're such a hit with the other animals that Doctor Dolittle soon finds himself running the show! Brilliantly read by Alan Bennett, whose delightfully whimsical rendition brings Doctor Dolittle and all his animal friends magically to life, this charming collection of stories will delight listeners young and old.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Narrator: Alan Bennett
Author: Hugh Lofting
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Julie Walters and Friends

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With friends like Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell, and Alan Bleasdale, you are in very good company! Especially when they have written a show just for you. That is the calibre of friends Julie Walters has. In this hilarious recording, Julie, in a variety of characters, demonstrates her wonderful acting talent in a show that won a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best TV Light Entertainment Programme. Both on her own and with Victoria Wood, she brings to life the amazing and very funny characters created by some of our finest writers. You will also hear the voices of Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale talking about Julie and why they think she is so special. Winner of Best TV Light Entertainment Programme Award 1992.

©1991 London Weekend TV (P)2011 Redbush Entertainment

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