Moonbeam And Mrs Pat [Peter Ling]


1996011820191027 (BBC7)
20191028 (BBC7)

The most constant and adored companion in the life of the celebrated stage actress Mrs Patrick Campbell was her little dog Moonbeam.

With war declared in 1939, 'Mrs Pat' travels with Dorothy, the daughter of her former secretary, on a train journey to Spain. Thus begins Dorothy's voyage of discovery as she learns of her marriages, love letters from George Bernard Shaw – and how she met her beloved Moonbeam.

Starring Imelda Staunton as Mrs Patrick Campbell. With Sarah Badel as Egypt, Zulema Dene as Madame Lescaux, Jilly Bond as Mrs Whittall and Oona Beeson as Dorothy Whittall.

Written by Peter Ling - who with Hazel Adair - most famously created the Midland-based ITV soap opera, Crossroads.

Mrs Patrick Campbell (born Beatrice Stella Tanner in 1865, died 1940) made a name for herself in a variety of diverse theatre roles: Mrs Darling in Peter Pan, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac and Raina in Arms And The Man.

Directed by Enyd Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.

Celebrated actress Mrs Patrick Campbell had one constant companion, her dog Moonbeam.