With customary wryness, Alan reminisces about growing up in Leeds.

With music by George Fenton.


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01A Strip Of Blue2001060420010622Alan Bennett's childhood in 1940s Leeds.
With music by George Fenton.
With customary wryness, Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
Written and read by Alan Bennett in ten parts.
1: `A Strip of Blue'.
With customary wryness, Alan reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
 
02Our War2001060520010629
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Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood.
Producer of suits and rhubarb - his home city of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.
Producer of suits and rhubarb, Alan Bennett's Leeds is not a prime bombing target.
Being a city which produces suits and rhubarb, Leeds is not a number one bombing target.
Being a city which produces suits and rhubarb means that Leeds is not a number one bombing target.
Alan Bennett's childhood in 1940s Leeds.
Producers of suits and rhubarb mean that Leeds is not a number-one target for bombs.
Producers of suits and rhubarb means Leeds is not No 1 target for bombs.
With customary wryness, Alan Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
With music by George Fenton.
The writer recalls his 1940s childhood.
Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood. Producer of suits and rhubarb, his home city of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.
Producer of suits and rhubarb, Alan Bennett's home of Leeds is not a prime bombing target.
03An Ideal Home2001060620021103
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Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood, when the sum total of family secrets amounted to not having a proper breakfast.
Alan Bennett recalls the 40s when the only family secret was not having a proper breakfast
With customary wryness, Alan Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
Episode 3 of 10.
Alan Bennett recalls from his childhood the family secret of not having a proper breakfast
Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood, where the sum total of family secrets amounted to not having a proper breakfast.
The writer recalls his 1940s childhood, when the sum total of family secrets amounted to not having a proper breakfast.
The writer recalls the 40s, when the only family secret was not having a proper breakfast.
Alan Bennett recalls the 40s, when the only family secret was a lack of a proper breakfast
04A Shy Butcher2001060720021110
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Alan Bennett recalls his father's lot in life - plus his own childhood evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.
Alan Bennett recalls his father's lot in life and cleaning his parents' false teeth.
Alan Bennett recalls spending childhood evenings cleaning his parents' false teeth.
Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood.
Who is this child that spent his evenings cleaning his parents' false teeth?
With customary wryness, Alan reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
The writer recalls his father's lot in life - plus his own childhood evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.
Recalling his father's lot in life and evenings spent cleaning his parents' false teeth.
05Days Out2001060820021117
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Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood - and the difficulties he and his parents faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.
Alan Bennett recalls the difficulties his family faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays
Alan Bennett recalls the difficulties endured over leaving 1940s Leeds on a Sunday.
Alan Bennett recalls his 1940s childhood and the difficulties endured over leaving Leeds on a Sunday.
With customary wryness, Alan Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds.
The writer recalls his 1940s childhood - and the difficulties he and his parents faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.
The writer recalls the difficulties his family faced in leaving Leeds on wartime Sundays.
06Proper Names2001061120010727 (R4)
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The writer reminisces about his 1940s Leeds childhood - and the time his father was taken seriously ill.
The writer reminisces about the time his father was taken seriously ill.
Alan Bennett recalls when his father was taken seriously ill.
Alan Bennett reminisces about his 1940s Leeds childhood and the time his father was taken seriously ill.
Alan Bennett wryly reminisces about his time growing up in Leeds - and the time his father came close to death.
07Eating Out2001061220021201
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The writer recalls the menu revolution of 1950s Britain, which saw the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties.
The writer recalls the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties in 1950s Britain.
Alan Bennett recalls the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties in 1950s Britain.
Alan Bennett recalls the menu revolution of 1950s Britain, which saw the arrival of frothy coffee and cocktail parties.
With customary wryness, Alan Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds, and outings to eateries.
08Aunt Eveline2001061320021208
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The writer shares post-war memories of his relatives.
They may not have been colourful, but they were definitely eccentric.
The writer recalls his relatives, who, although not colourful, were definitely eccentric.
Alan Bennett's post-war memories of his relatives - who were definitely eccentric.
Alan Bennett's post-war memories of his relatives.
Alan Bennett's relatives may not have been colourful, but they were definitely eccentric.
Another light-hearted reminiscence.
The writer shares post-war memories of his relatives. They may not have been colourful, but they were definitely eccentric.
09Unsaid Prayers2001061420010817
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Scared of infection from the communion challis, the writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.
The writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.
Scared of infection from the communion challis, Alan Bennett recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.
Alan Bennett recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.
With customary wryness, Alan Bennett reminisces about growing up in Leeds - and his youthful religious fervour.
With customary wryness, Alan reminisces about growing up in Leeds - and his youthful religious fervour.
With music by George Fenton.
Scared of infection from the communion chalice, the writer recalls his Anglican faith throughout army and university life.
10 LASTNo Mean City2001061520010629 (R4)
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Writer Alan Bennett concludes his reminiscences of post-war Leeds and describes the hold it's maintained on him into adulthood.
Alan Bennett describes the hold his childhood in Leeds has had on him into adulthood.
The writer concludes his reminiscences of post-war Leeds, and describes the hold it's always maintained on him into adulthood.
The writer describes the hold that Leeds has maintained on him into adulthood.
The writer concludes his reminisces of post-war Leeds - and describes the hold it's always maintained on him into adulthood.

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