Kiss Kiss [Roald Dahl]

Episodes

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01William And Mary2011041120191217 (BBC7)
20191216 (BBC7)

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl, taken from the anthology, Kiss, Kiss. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these black comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, and are characterized by their deliciously cynical view of human nature and the relish with which they punish the charlatans, bullies and schemers who inhabit their world.

In William And Mary we meet Mary Pearl (Celia Imrie), who thinks she's finally free of William, the tyrannical husband who forbade her all life's pleasures, when he dies after a short illness. She subsequently learns, however, that - hoping to cheat the grave - he allowed a scientist to remove his brain and attach it to a life support system. This gives her the opportunity to get her own back....

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Cast:
Storyteller....Charles Dance
Mary....Celia Imrie
William....John Rowe
Landy....Nigel Anthony

Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4

Charles Dance narrates a darkly comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Celia Imrie.

Adaptations of hilarious and horrific fantasy tales by the classic children's author.

02Parson's Pleasure2011041220191218 (BBC7)
20191217 (BBC7)

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl, taken from the anthology, Kiss, Kiss. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these black comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, and are characterized by their deliciously cynical view of human nature and the relish with which they punish the charlatans, bullies and schemers who inhabit their world.

In Parson's Pleasure we meet Cyril Boggis (Ronald Pickup), an unscrupulous antiques dealer, who charms his way into people's homes disguised as a simple parson, hoping to pick up neglected treasures for a song. One bright, Sunday afternoon however, all does not go according to plan when, in the home of farmer Rummins, he discovers a priceless Chippendale commode...

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Cast:
Storyteller....Charles Dance
Cyril Boggis....Ronald Pickup
Rummins...David Ryall
Claud....John Baddeley
Lady Harcourt..Lucie Fitchett

Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4

Charles Dance narrates a comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Ronald Pickup.

Adaptations of hilarious and horrific fantasy tales by the classic children's author.

03Royal Jelly2011041320191219 (BBC7)
20191218 (BBC7)

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl, taken from the anthology, Kiss, Kiss. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these black comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, and are characterized by their deliciously cynical view of human nature and the relish with which they punish the charlatans, bullies and schemers who inhabit their world.

In Royal Jelly we meet beekeeper Albert Taylor and his wife Mabel. Worried that their newborn daughter isn't eating properly, Albert starts giving her royal jelly - a highly nutritious substance fed by bees to the larvae of their queens. The baby starts to put on weight. But Mabel begins to notice other changes too..

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Cast:
Storyteller....Charles Dance
Albert....Chris Emmett
Mabel....Rachel Atkins

Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4

Charles Dance narrates a darkly comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Chris Emmett

Adaptations of hilarious and horrific fantasy tales by the classic children's author.

04Mrs Bixby And The Colonel's Coat2011041420191220 (BBC7)
20191219 (BBC7)

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl, taken from the anthology, Kiss, Kiss. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these black comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, and are characterized by their deliciously cynical view of human nature and the relish with which they punish the charlatans, bullies and schemers who inhabit their world.

In Mrs Bixby & The Colonel's Coat, Mrs Bixby - wife of a dull, New York dentist - is having an affair with a wealthy playboy known as the Colonel. When he decides to end their relationship, the Colonel gives her a mink coat as a keepsake. Realizing that her husband will wonder where she acquired such an expensive gift, Mrs Bixby devises an ingenious plan to explain it away....

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Cast:
Storyteller....Charles Dance
Mrs Bixby / Miss Pulteney....Lorelei King
Bixby / Colonel /
Wilkins / Pawnbroker....Kerry Shale

Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4

Charles Dance narrates a comic tale of adultery. With Kerry Shale and Lorelei King.

Adaptations of hilarious and horrific fantasy tales by the classic children's author.

05The Landlady2011041520191221 (BBC7)
20191220 (BBC7)

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl, taken from the anthology, Kiss, Kiss. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these black comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings.

In The Landlady we meet young Billy Weaver, who has just arrived in Bath to take up a new job. He books into a curiously deserted B & B. The landlady, who inhabits a sitting room filled with stuffed animals, is welcoming but odd. Wondering if he's her only guest, Billy checks the register and sees two strangely familiar names. Taking tea with her later, Billy suddenly remembers reading in the papers that both her former guests disappeared in mysterious circumstances. The landlady tells Billy that, like him, each was a beautiful young man whom she didn't want to leave....

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Cast:
Storyteller....Charles Dance
Landlady....Doreen Mantle
Billy Weaver....James Joyce
Mr Greenslade...John Rowe

Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4

Charles Dance narrates a dark tale by the master of the bizarre. With Doreen Mantle.

Adaptations of hilarious and horrific fantasy tales by the classic children's author.