John Heilpern - A Patriot For Us

Episodes

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The childhood of playwright John Osborne in Fulham where he was weaned on reproach and failure by his neurotically clean mother Nelly Beatrice. Read by Gareth Thomas.

John Heilpern's biography of the playwright who changed the face of British Theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist Jimmy Porter first burst onto the English Stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger on the 8th March 1956.

Abridged by Robert Evans.

Producer: Lu Kemp

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

Playwright John Osborne was weaned on reproach and failure by his mother, Nelly.

4 Extra Debut. Playwright John Osborne was weaned on reproach and failure by his neurotically clean mother, Nelly. Read by Gareth Thomas.

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20160504 (BBC7)

John Osborne's most renowned play was a mirror of his own marriage to Pamela Lane.

John Osborne's most renowned play was a mirror of his own tempestuous marriage to Pamela Lane. Read by Gareth Thomas.

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20160505 (BBC7)

'Look Back in Anger' and 'The Entertainer' changed John Osborne's fortunes.

'Look Back in Anger' and 'The Entertainer' changed John Osborne's fortunes and he embraced the limelight. Read by Gareth Thomas.

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Osborne found happiness with Helen Dawson, but she was unable to save him from depression.

John Osborne found happiness with Helen Dawson, but she was unable to save him from his depression. Read by Gareth Thomas.

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20160507 (BBC7)

John Osborne was bankrupt with terrible debts, but continued to entertain one and all.

John Osborne was bankrupt with terrible debts, but continued to entertain one and all with champagne. Read by Gareth Thomas.