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Cold Enough for Snow2017050620180608 (R4)

A-levels, inter-railing and affairs in Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama set in the 1990s.

Radio 4 drama

Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama
adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

1996 Two sets of parents plot to keep their children apart whilst they're studying to get into University. But it isn't the children they should be worrying about.....

Written by Jack Rosenthal
Adapted by Amy Rosenthal

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

This is the second drama written by Jack Rosenthal and adapted for radio by his playwright daughter, Amy ("Eskimo Day" was broadcast last Friday night). Both dramas had a huge impact at the time they were originally broadcast on TV. The last drama saw Pippa and Neil arrive from Cheltenham and Blackburn respectively for their interviews at Cambridge. Now, they're working towards their A levels. And as their future looks uncertain, both sets of parents realise quite what a turning point this is in their own lives.
Amy Rosenthal's drama, "Thin Ice", inspired by what really happened when she went to University, was broadcast at 2.15 on Thursday 31 May.

Cold Enough For Snow2017050620180608 (R4)

A-levels, inter-railing and affairs in Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama set in the 1990s.

Radio 4 drama

Eskimo Day2017042920180601 (R4)

Jack Rosenthal's poignant comedy drama, set on interview day in Cambridge.

Radio 4 drama

by Jack Rosenthal
adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

1996 and it's interview day at Cambridge University. As well as nerves, hopefuls Pippa from Cheltenham and Neil from Blackburn must also endure the embarrassment of their parents' company. But as the day progresses, it seems it's not the children who are most in need of help...

Written by Jack Rosenthal
Adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Playwright Amy Rosenthal's father, Jack, was a prolific and much-loved dramatist and this is the first of two linked comedy dramas he wrote in the 1990s ("Cold Enough for Snow" follows next Friday). Amy has adapted her father's dramas for radio and written a new drama, "Thin Ice", inspired by what happened when she went to University, which precedes these 2 plays in the drama slot on Thursday at 2.15.

A stellar cast includes Ben Miles (Wolf Hall, The Crown), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word), Nicholas Gleaves (Scott and Bailey) and Lucy Robinson (Cold Feet). Real-life father and son, Timothy and Samuel West, guest star as fictional father and son, James and Simon. Simon's a University lecturer trying to juggle interviews and persuade his father to go into a home. But his father is not quite ready to give in yet....
The potential Cambridge students are played by Rosie Day (Outlander; Screen International Star of Tomorrow) and David Moorst (Winner of the Emerging Talent Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015).

Thin Ice2017050820180531 (R4)

Amy Rosenthal's affectionate tribute to her dad reveals an unusual pact they made in 1993.

Radio 4 drama

by Amy Rosenthal

To complement the dramas being broadcast on the next two Fridays by her father - Jack Rosenthal's "Eskimo Day" and "Cold Enough for Snow" - this is Amy's tribute to him, inspired by an unusual pact they made when she - very reluctantly - went to university in 1993.

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

This affectionate tribute from playwright Amy Rosenthal to her father - the award-winning dramatist and writer Jack Rosenthal - is part of a trilogy of dramas being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Amy has adapted 2 of his dramas - "Eskimo Day" and "Cold Enough for Snow" - for radio and they follow on the next two Friday evenings. (All three plays will be available on BBC iPlayer for a month). His dramas look at empty nest syndrome from the parents' point of view. Her drama looks at it - but, as she describes it, from the point of view of the bird! Amy introduces her drama and talks about how her perspective on her father's dramas and stories has changed with the distance of twenty years. Jack Rosenthal died in 2004.