Mr Betjeman's Class [Drama]

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2017122520191226 (R4)By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets.

Radio 4 drama

1 / 2. By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets. 1928. John Betjeman, aged 23, has left Magdalen College - sent down without a degree. He's spent three years at Oxford being a class-conscious social climber, clowning his suburban way into the country house weekend set. With his ambitions in ruins, he's reduced to acting as cricket master in a prep school. He knows nothing of cricket. Stars Benjamin Whitrow in his final role before his death at the age of 80.

Producer/director: Bruce Young
(Jonathan Smith's second play, Mr Betjeman Regrets, is at 2.15pm on Boxing Day).

"By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets.

Producer/director: Bruce Young
(Jonathan Smith's second play, Mr Betjeman Regrets, is at 2.15pm on Boxing Day)."

Drama from BBC Radio 4

By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets.
1928. John Betjeman, aged 23, has left Magdalen College - sent down without a degree. He's spent three years at Oxford being a class-conscious social climber, clowning his suburban way into the country house weekend set. With his ambitions in ruins, he's reduced to acting as cricket master in a prep school. He knows nothing of cricket.

Older Betjeman.... Ben Whitrow
Younger Betjeman.... Philippe Edwards
Bessie.... Sophie Thompson
Ernest.... Nicky Henson
Headmaster.... Gerard McDermott
Boy 1.... Adam Thomas Wright
Boy 2.... Kedar Williams-Stirling
Boy 3.... Tom Cawte

Producer/director: Bruce Young
(Jonathan Smith's second play, Mr Betjeman Regrets, is at 2.15pm tomorrow.)

Older Betjeman.... Ben Whitrow
Younger Betjeman.... Philippe Edwards
Bessie.... Sophie Thompson
Ernest.... Nicky Henson
Headmaster.... Gerard McDermott
Boy 1.... Adam Thomas Wright
Boy 2.... Kedar Williams-Stirling
Boy 3.... Tom Cawte

Producer/director: Bruce Young
(Jonathan Smith's second play, Mr Betjeman Regrets, is at 2.15pm tomorrow.)