Alan Bennett's Telling Tales

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01A Strip Of Blue20110221 (BBC7)
20120116 (BBC7)

The much-loved writer reads his wry recollections and observations about his early life, growing up in Leeds.

The writer reads his wry recollections and observations about his early life in Leeds.

02Our War20110222 (BBC7)
20120117 (BBC7)

The writer recalls his 1940s childhood. Producer of suits and rhubarb - his home city of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.

Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood. Producer of suits and rhubarb, his home city of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.

Producer of suits and rhubarb, Alan Bennett's home of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.

03An Ideal Home20110223 (BBC7)
20120118 (BBC7)

The writer recalls his 1940s childhood, when the sum total of family secrets amounted to not having a proper breakfast.

The writer recalls the 40s, when the only family secret was not having a proper breakfast.

Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood, when the sum total of family secrets amounted to not having a proper breakfast.

Alan Bennett recalls the 40s, when the only family secret was a lack of a proper breakfast

04A Shy Butcher20110224 (BBC7)
20120119 (BBC7)

The writer recalls his father's lot in life - plus his own childhood evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.

Recalling his father's lot in life and evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.

Alan Bennett recalls his father's lot in life, plus his own childhood evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.

05Days Out20110225 (BBC7)
20120120 (BBC7)

The writer recalls his 1940s childhood and the difficulties he and his parents faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.

The writer recalls the difficulties his family faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.

The writer recalls his 1940s childhood - and the difficulties he and his parents faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.

06Proper Names20110228 (BBC7)
20120123 (BBC7)

The writer reminisces about his 1940s Leeds childhood, and the time his father was taken seriously ill.

The writer reminisces about the time his father was taken seriously ill.

The writer reminisces about his 1940s Leeds childhood - and the time his father was taken seriously ill.

07Eating Out20110301 (BBC7)
20120124 (BBC7)

The writer recalls the menu revolution of 1950s Britain, which saw the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties.

The writer recalls the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties in 1950s Britain.

08Aunt Eveline20110302 (BBC7)
20120125 (BBC7)

The writer shares post-war memories of his relatives. They may not have been colourful, but they were definitely eccentric.

The writer recalls his relatives, who, although not colourful, were definitely eccentric.

09Unsaid Prayers20110303 (BBC7)
20120126 (BBC7)

Scared of infection from the communion challis, the writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.

The writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.

Scared of infection from the communion chalice, the writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.

10 LASTNo Mean City20110304 (BBC7)
20120127 (BBC7)

The writer concludes his reminisces of post-war Leeds - and describes the hold it's always maintained on him into adulthood.

The writer describes the hold that Leeds has maintained on him into adulthood.

The writer concludes his reminiscences of post-war Leeds, and describes the hold it's always maintained on him into adulthood.