Singles And Doublets [Drama On 3]

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2012062420130303A 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.