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Play For Today

Sunset Across the Bay

Alan Bennett makes his first contribution to Play for Today with some autobiographical sketches of the fag end of family life. ‘Mam’ and ‘Dad’ (based on Bennett’s own parents and, like their originals, referring to each other by those Northern familial pronouns throughout the play, even though children are seldom present) find settling into retirement in Morecambe harder than they thought. She’s becoming livelier than ever, he just seems to want to close down. Soon enough, one of them slips away. With Bob Peck and Paul Shane.

Bus stop encounter Long dark night of the rissole
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