Drama: The Rosenthals

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Cold Enough for Snow20170506

A-levels, inter-railing and affairs in Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama set in the 1990s.

Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama
adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

1996 Two sets of parents plot to keep their children apart whilst they're studying to get into University. But it isn't the children they should be worrying about.....

Written by Jack Rosenthal
Adapted by Amy Rosenthal

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

This is the second drama written by Jack Rosenthal and adapted for radio by his playwright daughter, Amy ("Eskimo Day" was broadcast last Saturday). Both dramas had a huge impact at the time they were originally broadcast on TV. The last drama saw Pippa and Neil arrive from Cheltenham and Blackburn respectively for their interviews at Cambridge. Now, they're working towards their A levels. And as their future looks uncertain, both sets of parents realise quite what a turning point this is in their own lives.
On Monday you can hear Amy Rosenthal's new drama, "Thin Ice", inspired by what really happened when she went to University.

A-levels, inter-railing and affairs in Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama set in the 1990s.

Eskimo Day20170429

Jack Rosenthal's poignant comedy drama, set on interview day in Cambridge.

by Jack Rosenthal
adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

1996 and it's interview day at Cambridge University. As well as nerves, hopefuls Pippa from Cheltenham and Neil from Blackburn must also endure the embarrassment of their parents' company. But as the day progresses, it's seems it's not the children who are most in need of help.............

Written by Jack Rosenthal
Adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Playwright Amy Rosenthal's father, Jack, was a prolific and much-loved dramatist and this is the first of two linked comedy dramas he wrote in the 1990s ("Cold Enough for Snow" follows next Saturday). Amy has adapted her father's dramas for radio and written a new drama, "Thin Ice", inspired by what happened when she went to University. It follows "Cold Enough for Snow" in the drama slot at 2.15 on Monday 8th May.

A stellar cast includes Ben Miles (Wolf Hall, The Crown), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word), Nicholas Gleaves (Scott & Bailey) and Lucy Robinson (Cold Feet). Real-life father and son, Timothy and Samuel West, guest star as fictional father and son, James and Simon. Simon's a University lecturer trying to juggle interviews and persuade his father to go into a home. But his father is not quite ready to give in yet....
The potential Cambridge students are played by Rosie Day (Outlander; Screen International Star of Tomorrow) and David Moorst (Winner of the Emerging Talent Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015).

Jack Rosenthal's poignant comedy drama, set on interview day in Cambridge.