Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm

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01Flora's Rights1981051720080602 (BBC7)
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Flora Poste decides to live off her relatives, the Starkadders of Howling.

In which Flora Poste - she of the strong will and the slender ankle - begins her adventures.

Flora believes that unless life is tidy, one cannot even begin to enjoy it- and life with her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm promises to be anything but.

Stella Gibbons tale of early 20th century rural England dramatised in 4-parts by Elizabeth Proud

Starring Patricia Gallimore as Flora Poste, Elizabeth Proud as Stella Gibbons, Malcolm Hayes as the Abbe Fausse-Maigre, John Westbrook as John Westbrook, Kate Binchy as Mary Smiling, David McAlistair as Charles Fairford, Pauline Letts as Aunt Gwen, Alexander John as Angus McKnag, Gladys Spencer as Spiritualist Lady, Margaret Robertson as Judith Starkadder, Trevor Martin as Reuben Starkadder, Cyril Shaps as Adam Lambsbreath, Sion Prober as Seth Starkadder, John Hollis as Amos Starkadder, Stephen Garlick as Mark Dolour and Jane Knowles as Elfine Starkadder.

Music: Terence Allbright

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

Flora Poste decides to live off her relatives, the Starkadders of Howling. Comedy-drama starring Patricia Gallimore.

In which Flora Poste - she of the strong will and the slender ankle - begins her adventures.

Flora believes that unless life is tidy, one cannot even begin to enjoy it- and life with her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm promises to be anything but.

First published in 1932, Stella Gibbons tale of early 20th-century rural England dramatised in 4 parts by Elizabeth Proud

Starring Patricia Gallimore as Flora Poste, Elizabeth Proud as Stella Gibbons, Malcolm Hayes as the Abbe Fausse-Maigre, John Westbrook as John Westbrook, Kate Binchy as Mary Smiling, David McAlistair as Charles Fairford, Pauline Letts as Aunt Gwen, Alexander John as Angus McKnag, Gladys Spencer as Spiritualist Lady, Margaret Robertson as Judith Starkadder, Trevor Martin as Reuben Starkadder, Cyril Shaps as Adam Lambsbreath, Sion Prober as Seth Starkadder, John Hollis as Amos Starkadder, Stephen Garlick as Mark Dolour and Jane Knowles as Elfine Starkadder.

Music: Terence Allbright

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

Flora Poste embarks on a career as a parasite and moves in with the Starkadders of Howling

In which Flora Poste - she of the strong will and the slender ankle - begins her adventures.

Flora believes that unless life is tidy, one cannot even begin to enjoy it - and life with her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm promises to be anything but.

First published in 1932, Stella Gibbons' tale of early 20th-century rural England is dramatised in four parts by Elizabeth Proud.

Flora Poste....Patricia Gallimore
Stella Gibbons....Elizabeth Proud
The Abbe Fausse-Maigre....Malcolm Hayes
John Westbrook....John Westbrook
Mary Smiling....Kate Binchy
Charles Fairford....David McAlistair
Aunt Gwen....Pauline Letts
Angus McKnag....Alexander John
Spiritualist Lady....Gladys Spencer
Judith Starkadder....Margaret Robertson
Reuben Starkadder....Trevor Martin
Adam Lambsbreath....Cyril Shaps
Seth Starkadder....Sion Prober
Amos Starkadder....John Hollis
Mark Dolour....Stephen Garlick
Elfine Starkadder....Jane Knowles

Music: Terence Allbright
Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981

02Amos' Call1981052420080603 (BBC7)
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Flora aims to tidy up the Starkadders, and the apocalyptic ravings of preacher Amos.

Flora aims to tidy up the Starkadders, and the apocalyptic ravings of preacher Amos. With Patricia Gallimore and Kate Binchy.

Flora Poste embarks on a career as a parasite and moves in with the Starkadders of Howling

02Amos's Call1981052420190507 (BBC7)
20190508 (BBC7)

Flora aims to tidy up the Starkadders, and the apocalyptic ravings of preacher Amos.

Flora believes that unless life is tidy, one cannot even begin to enjoy it - and life with her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm promises to be anything but.

First published in 1932, Stella Gibbons' tale of early 20th-century rural England is dramatised in four parts by Elizabeth Proud.

Flora Poste....Patricia Gallimore
Stella Gibbons....Elizabeth Proud
John Westbrook....John Westbrook
Reuben Starkadder....Trevor Martin
Adam Lambsbreath....Cyril Shaps
Seth Starkadder....Sion Probert
Amos Starkadder....John Hollis
Aunt Ada Doom....Fabia Drake
Meriam....Amanda Murray
Mrs Beetle....Miriam Margolyes
Mrs Murther....Diana Bishop
Mr Mybug....Michael Spice
Waitress....Kathryn Hurlbutt

Music: Terence Allbright
Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981

Flora aims to tidy up the Starkadders, and the apocalyptic ravings of preacher Amos.

Flora Poste embarks on a career as a parasite and moves in with the Starkadders of Howling

03Elfine's Rights1981053120080604 (BBC7)
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Flora aims to transform Elfine into the belle of the ball. Comedy with Patricia Gallimore.

Flora aims to transform Elfine into the belle of the ball. Comedy-drama with Patricia Gallimore and John Westbrook.

In which Flora's plots begin to thicken and she seems to be making headway over the tidying-up of the farm. But she’s reckoned without Aunt Ada Doom...

First published in 1932, Stella Gibbons' tale of early 20th-century rural England is dramatised in four parts by Elizabeth Proud.

Flora Poste....Patricia Gallimore
Stella Gibbons....Elizabeth Proud
John Westbrook....John Westbrook
Reuben Starkadder....Trevor Martin
Judith Starkadder Margaret Robertson
Adam Lambsbreath....Cyril Shaps
Seth Starkadder....Sion Probert
Amos Starkadder....John Hollis
Micah Starkadder....Alexander John
Richard Hawk-Monitor....Stephen Garlick
The Abbé Fausse-Maigre....Malcolm Hayes
Meriam....Amanda Murray
Mrs Beetle....Miriam Margolyes
Aunt Ada Doom....Fabia Drake
Mr Mybug....Michael Spice
Claud Hart-Harris....Roger Hammond
Harkaway Starkadder....David Timson
Urk Starkadder....Christopher Scott
Monsieur Solide....Alan Dudley
Rennett Starkadder....Christine Absalom
Mrs Hawk-Monitor....Margot Boyd
Elfine Starkadder....Jane Knowles
Young Man....David McAlister

Music: Terence Allbright
Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

Flora Poste embarks on a career as a parasite and moves in with the Starkadders of Howling

04Flora's Rights Again1981060720170928 (BBC7)
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As Elfine's wedding day nears, only Aunt Ada Doom is hindering Flora's campaign.

Flora Poste embarks on a career as a parasite and moves in with the Starkadders of Howling

As the wedding draws near, Flora Poste wrestles with Aunt Ada Doom. Will she get her rights at last?

First published in 1932, Stella Gibbons' tale of early 20th-century rural England is dramatised in four parts by Elizabeth Proud.

Flora Poste....Patricia Gallimore
Stella Gibbons....Elizabeth Proud
John Westbrook....John Westbrook
Reuben Starkadder....Trevor Martin
Judith Starkadder Margaret Robertson
Adam Lambsbreath....Cyril Shaps
Seth Starkadder....Sion Probert
Amos Starkadder....John Hollis
Micah Starkadder....Alexander John
Richard Hawk-Monitor....Stephen Garlick
The Abbé Fausse-Maigre....Malcolm Hayes
Aunt Ada Doom....Fabia Drake
Mrs Beetle....Miriam Margolyes
Mr Mybug....Michael Spice
Harkaway Starkadder....David Timson
Urk Starkadder....Christopher Scott
Rennett Starkadder....Christine Absalom
Mrs Hawk-Monitor....Margot Boyd
Elfine Starkadder....Jane Knowles
Charl;es Fairford....David McAlister
Earl P Neck....Nigel Anthony
Dr Mudel....John Rye
Letty....Pauline Letts
Susan....Diana Bishop

Music: Terence Allbright
Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

04 LASTFlora's Rights Again20080605 (BBC7)
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As Elfine's wedding day nears, only Aunt Ada Doom is hindering Flora's campaign.

As Elfine's wedding day draws near, only Aunt Ada Doom is hindering Flora's campaign. Comedy-drama with Patricia Gallimore.