Roald Dahl: Served With A Twist

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01The Bookseller20160704

01The Bookseller20160704

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In The Bookseller, we find Mr Buggage and his secretary Miss Tottle hard at work in the back room of Mr Buggage's book shop in London's Charing Cross Road. It soon becomes clear that they are running a most successful business - but the fortune they are amassing is not from the sale of books.

Written by Roald Dahl

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan.

Director: David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

01The Bookseller20160704

Charles Dance tells a darkly comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Toby Jones.

02Poison20160705

02Poison20160705

An English rubber planter in Bengal fears that a lethal snake has crawled into his bed.

02Poison20160705

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In Poison, rubber planter Harry Pope fears that a krait - a lethally venomous snake - has crawled under his bed sheets and is nestling on his stomach. His friend, Timber Woods, calls the local doctor for urgent assistance. When Dr Ganderbai arrives, tension mounts as he puts an ingenious and desperate plan into operation.

Written by Roald Dahl

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Director: David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

03My Lady Love, My Dove20160706

03My Lady Love, My Dove20160706

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In My Lady Love, My Dove, starring Penelope Keith, we meet Arthur and Pamela Beauchamp, a wealthy couple who like to play bridge. However, they are continually being beaten by the Snapes - a younger couple who stay with them as house guests. But Pamela has devised a cunning way of getting her own back.

Written by Roald Dahl

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Director: David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

03My Lady Love, My Dove20160706

Charles Dance tells a darkly comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Penelope Keith.

0520160708

0520160708

Charles Dance tells a comic tale by the master of the bizarre. With Nickolas Grace.

05The Butler20160708

05The Butler20160708

Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and made unforgettable by their breezy cynicism, presenting a hilariously bleak view of human nature.

In The Butler, we meet George Cleaver, the Sausage King of the North, who sells his business and moves to London in order to enter society. He employs a butler, Tibbs, to help him to do this. Tibbs explains that it's vital Cleaver learns as much as he can about fine wines - and, to this end, Tibbs sets about buying rare and expensive vintages and educating his employer. Before long, Cleaver feels he no longer needs his butler's advice.

Written by Roald Dahl

Dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

Director: David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.