Hemingway's Chair [Michael Palin]

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Assistant postmaster Martin Sproale is pinning his hopes on a promotion in the quiet coastal town of Theston.

But the area manager has his own plan to push the old-fashioned post office into the hi-tech 21st century...

Michael Palin begins a ten-part reading of his first novel.

Producer: Rosemary Watts

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1995.

Assistant postmaster Martin conceals a secret all-consuming passion for the words of Papa.

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

021995052320190430 (BBC7)
20190501 (BBC7)

Martin feels increasingly slighted by his lack of promotion, and there's a rival collector

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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As pressure mounts at work, Martin finds himself being challenged in his private life too.

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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Martin finds himself drawn more and more to Ruth, but Elaine has some curt words for him.

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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Nick continues to make his clandestine plans for the Post Office, and Elaine isn't happy.

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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Nick has an offer for Martin, but will he take it? What will it mean for him and Ruth?

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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Martin finally stirs into action, but has Nick been ahead of him all along?

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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Martin succumbs more and more to the power of the chair, but soon gets his comeuppance.

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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20190510 (BBC7)

Martin's drunken antics lead him into a field of bulls, and Ruth starts to worry about him

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer

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20190511 (BBC7)

Martin returns to the Post Office, seeking Geraldine. Meanwhile Nick anticipates a big day

A mild and conventional assistant postmaster has an obsession with the great writer