Holding Back The Tide [Drama]

Nick Warburton's comedy of one group's attempts to halt the modernisation of their town.

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0201Democracy2017081120190611 (R4)Southerners Richard and Clare move north to a seaside community intent on resisting change

Drama from BBC Radio 4

by Nick Warburton

Directed by Sally Avens

Richard and Clare have inherited a house on a clifftop in Breck Howe but the sea is eroding the land.
Their tenant John Hector is intent on stopping them all from being evicted, but when Clare suggest they need a voice on the council the result is anything but the democratic process she imagined. Comedy as North meets South in a definite clash of cultures.

Radio 4 drama

0202I Want To Thank You All2017081820190612 (R4)Clare and Richard pay a visit to a famous resident and leave with more than they expected.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

by Nick Warburton

Directed by Sally Avens

Comedy as Clare and Richard move to Breck Howe and a house they inherited along with a sitting tenant John Hector. Their lives will never be the same again as Hector entangles them in his preservation of the town. This week they find themselves paying a visit to a famous resident and leaving with more than they expected when John takes off with what he believes rightly to belong to the town.

Radio 4 drama

0203 LASTHerring Week2017082520190613 (R4)Comedy as Richard and Clare move north to a seaside community intent on resisting change.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

by Nick Warburton

Directed by Sally Avens

Comedy as Clare and Richard move to Breck Howe and a house they inherited along with a sitting tenant John Hector. Their lives will never be the same again as Hector entangles them in his preservation of the town. This week Clare gets a job running Herring Week, but John is horrified that a Southerner should be put in charge and attempts a coup.

Radio 4 drama

0301There Will Be Guests2018111620200728 (R4)by Nick Warburton

When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a house in Breck Howe they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who sees the house and the town as his own personal fiefdom. With money tight Richard and Clare decide to take in B&B guests, a decision which John is determined to change.

Richard Wells.... Paul Ritter
Clare Wells.... Kate Duchêne
John Hector.... Ronald Pickup
Lux.... Michelle Asante
Chucker.... Don Gilet
Barb.... Jeanette Percival
Mikey.... Cameron Percival
Anthony.... Lewis Bray

Directed by Sally Avens

Comedy as Ronald Pickup stars as John Hector standing fast against any change in his life

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Ronald Pickup's work spans time from The Day of The Jackal to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He was recently seen in The Queen and The Darkest Hour.
Paul Ritter can be seen in 'Friday Night Dinners', 'No Offence', and 'Hang Ups'
Kate Duchêne is best known for her role as Miss Hardbroom in The Worst Witch.

Nick Warburton is an award winning writer for radio and tv.

0302Ps And Qs2018112320200804 (R4)by Nick Warburton

John Hector has a new campaign to halt the decline of good manners in Breck Howe. But his idea of naming and shaming those who fall below his standards meets with opposition, and John's own manners are called into question.

John.... Ronald Pickup
Richard.... Paul Ritter
Clare.... Kate Duchêne
Mrs Cardabbon.... Sue Jameson
Ralph Bell.... Sean Murray
MC.... Tony Turner
Robust Betty.... Emma Handy
Rude Girl.... Saffron Coomber
WPC.... Jeanette Percival
Surly Reader.... Cameron Percival

Directed by Sally Avens

Comedy as one man in Yorkshire is determined to stop the erosion of standards in his town.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0303John's Jaunts2018113020200811 (R4)by Nick Warburton

Richard....Paul Ritter
Clare....Kate Duchêne
John....Ronald Pickup
Mrs Cardabbon....Susan Jameson
Trevor Butt....Tony Turner
Mrs Briggs of Events....Elizabeth Counsell
Tourist....Cameron Percival

Directed by Sally Avens

When John Hector is thrown off a tour of Breck Howe he decides to set up his own guided tours in opposition to the council run ones.
A decision which tests Clare's loyalties to the limit.

Comedy by Nick Warburton: Ronald Pickup stars as the most truculent man in Yorkshire.

Radio 4 drama

Richard.... Paul Ritter
Clare.... Kate Duchêne
John.... Ronald Pickup
Mrs Cardabbon.... Susan Jameson
Trevor Butt.... Tony Turner
Mrs Briggs of Events.... Elizabeth Counsell
Tourist.... Cameron Percival

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0304Selling The Capstan2018120720200818 (R4)by Nick Warburton

John....Ronald Pickup
Richard....Paul Ritter
Clare....Kate Duchêne
Lux....Michelle Asante
Robust Betty....Emma Handy
Brandi....Saffron Coomber
Librarian....Liam Lau Fernandez
A Heavy....Don Gilet
Wayne....Lewis Bray

Directed by Sally Avens

When the local tearoom is threatened with takeover by a major coffee chain The Breck Howe Preservation Society decide to take direct action to save it; John Hector has big ideas but unsurprisingly things don't go to plan.

Nick Warburton's comedy about a small town resistant to change starring Ronald Pickup

Radio 4 drama

John.... Ronald Pickup
Richard.... Paul Ritter
Clare.... Kate Duchêne
Lux.... Michelle Asante
Robust Betty.... Emma Handy
Brandi.... Saffron Coomber
Librarian.... Liam Lau Fernandez
A Heavy.... Don Gilet
Wayne.... Lewis Bray

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0305 LASTChips2018121420200825 (R4)by Nick Warburton

John Hector....Ronald Pickup
Richard Wells....Paul Ritter
Clare Wells....Kate Duchêne
Trafford....Gerard McDermott
Robust Betty....Emma Handy
Seasider....Lewis Bray

With a special guest appearance from Jonathan Agnew.

John Hector is meant to be taking things easy but it's all too easy to become annoyed especially when listening to Test Match Special on the radio.
And when Jonathan Agnew comes to town John Hector is waiting for him.

Comedy starring Ronald Pickup and Jonathan Agnew.

Radio 4 drama

John Hector.... Ronald Pickup
Richard Wells.... Paul Ritter
Clare Wells.... Kate Duchêne
Trafford.... Gerard McDermott
Robust Betty.... Emma Handy
Seasider.... Lewis Bray

Directed by Sally Avens

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0401The Woman In Puce20210303by Nick Warburton

Richard Wells.... Paul Ritter
Clare Wells.... Kate Duchene
John Hector.... Philip Jackson
Vanessa.... Jessica Turner

Directed by Sally Avens

When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a house in Breck Howe they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who views the house and the town as his own personal fiefdom. Today John's bravado takes a battering when his past returns to haunt him.

Comedy by Nick Warburton. Philip Jackson stars as the most truculent man in Yorkshire

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0402Good Fences20210304by Nick Warburton

Richard Wells.... Paul Ritter
Clare Wells.... Kate Duchene
John Hector.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Cardabbon.... Sue Jameson
Morton.... Sue Jameson
Hedley.... Nick Murchie

Directed by Sally Avens

Clare and Richard Wells have inherited a house in Breck Howe and a sitting tenant, John Hector, who views the house and the town as his own personal fiefdom.
When a new neighbour moves in next door it's not long before John and he lock horns over rights of way.

Comedy by Nick Warburton. Philip Jackson stars as the most truculent man in Yorkshire.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

0403Walk On20210305by Nick Warburton

Richard Wells.... Paul Ritter
Clare Wells.... Kate Duchene
John Hector.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Cardabbon.... Sue Jameson
Theatre Director.... Nick Murchie

Directed by Sally Avens

The arrival of a touring theatre company in Breck Howe makes Richard question the mundanity of his life running the B&B.
And when auditions are held for extras John Hector is determined to steal the limelight putting Richard's dreams of escape in jeopardy.

Comedy by Nick Warburton. Philip Jackson stars as the most truculent man in Yorkshire

Drama from BBC Radio 4

DRAMA01 LASTThe Vauxgarth Pig2016012820170804 (R4)Nick Warburton's comedy of one group's attempts to halt the modernisation of their town.