"A comedy focusing on a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. With Celia Imrie as Elizabeth I.
A new comedy by Martyn Wade about Elizabethan Real Tennis culminates in an epic match, poetry and death by strawberries and cream. Recorded on location. Celia Imrie stars as Elizabeth I and David Troughton won Best Supporting Actor in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013.
Inspired by past events at Wimbledon, this comedy by Martyn Wade takes as its theme a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. Having failed to satisfy an argument with a more traditional duel, the pair resort to a five-set game in front of Queen Elizabeth herself - the outcome of which will decide not only personal pride but also the marital fate of the Queen, as she decrees that proposed nuptials with a French duke will only take place if Oxford wins...
Queen Elizabeth - Celia Imrie
Simier - Alex Jennings
Earl of Leicester - David Troughton
Earl of Oxford - Nicholas Boulton
Philip Sidney - Thom Tuck
Duke of Anjou - Michael Maloney
Crick - Geoffrey Whitehead
Benjamin - Philip Fox
William - Carl Prekopp
Spectator - Nick Saunter
Tennis scenes recorded at the Millennium Real Tennis Court, Middlesex University
Director Cherry Cookson
First broadcast in June 2012.