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01Here Doggie2011081120130401Anne Reid and Honor Blackman join Richard Briers and Stanley Baxter in this latest Two Pipe Problem, written by Michael Chaplin.
The Old Beeches care-worker Karen has a new pet; Poppet, a rambunctiously badly behaved Scottie dog.
Manager Mary issues an ultimatum - the pet goes, or you both go, and Sandy persuades another resident ,a retired variety artiste called Norman Naylor who once had a dog-novelty act, to start training the dog on the nearby common.
His wife Nelly, who also lives in the home, sees this as yet another opportunity for her husband to return to his old philandering ways.
And one day, he doesn't return, and neither does Poppet.
William and Sandy follow Norman's trail to an elegant home near the Common, belonging to a retired BBC Home Service announcer called Diana, with whom Norman and Poppet have taken residence.
Norman confesses he met her on the common where she was exercising her dog.
Nelly appears, and tells Diana of Norman's skill at picking up women via 'his bloody dogs'.
Norman sadly acknowledges it's always been the best way to go a-wooing.
Meanwhile Poppet takes off through an open door and heads for a main road nearby, followed by Norman.
Tune in to find out what happens next!
Cast:
Sandy Boyle - Stanley Baxter
William Parnes - Richard Briers
Karen....Tracy Wiles
Norman/Postie/Post Office Clerk - Sam Dale
Mary - Jillie Meers
Poppet the Dog/PC Marlowe/Tedious Customer - David Holt
Diana - Honor Blackman
Nellie - Anne Reid.
William and Sandy track down a missing dog and a philandering variety artiste.
William and Sandy follow Norman's trail to an elegant home near the Common, belonging to a retired BBC Home Service announcer called Diana, with whom Norman and Poppet have taken residence. Norman confesses he met her on the common where she was exercising her dog.
Nelly appears, and tells Diana of Norman's skill at picking up women via 'his bloody dogs'. Norman sadly acknowledges it's always been the best way to go a-wooing. Meanwhile Poppet takes off through an open door and heads for a main road nearby, followed by Norman. Tune in to find out what happens next!
02 LASTThe Case Of The Missing Meerschaum2011081220130408Joanna David, James Fleet and Geoffrey Palmer join Richard Briers and Stanley Baxter in this new Two Pipe Problem by Michael Chaplin.
William and Sandy are to appear at a Sherlock Holmes Convention, held at a hotel just around the corner from Holmes' mythical haunts in Baker Street.
Sandy isn't keen but succumbs to William's desperate need to be in the spotlight once more.
Sandy finds the display of 'fan-dom' absurd: the packed memorabilia stalls, and one fan's observation that he thought he'd died years before.
He also finds the political infighting threatening to tear the Society apart faintly ridiculous.
But William is in his bombastic element, to such an extent that he has a very public and painful row with Sandy, who quits the convention and catches the Metropolitan Line back to the Old Beeches.
William occupies centre-stage at that night's dinner flourishing a meerschaum lent to him by a zealous member of the Baker Street Adventurers, which was used by Basil Rathbone in the first Holmes films.
During the dinner the society's internal tensions, prior to elections at the AGM next day, spill over, but after a bibulous evening, William rolls into bed, still with the precious pipe in his possession.
He wakes up the following morning and discovers that it's gone.
He travels to the Old Beeches in a panic, begging Sandy to return to the Convention to help him, and solve the mystery, which he does, using Holmesian precepts and restoring their friendship in the process.
Cast:
Sandy Boyle - Stanley Baxter
William Parnes - Richard Briers
Mortimer Tregennis - Geoffrey Palmer
Roger Butterworth - James Fleet
Beryl Butterworth - Joanna David
Underground Worker/Hotel Receptionist - Matt Simandl
Autograph hunter/Souvenir Stall holder....James McGregor
Directed by Marilyn Imrie
Produced by Catherine Bailey
A Catherine Bailey Production for BBC Radio 4.
Retired thespians William and Sandy tackle the theft of a rather famous pipe.
In tribute to Richard Briers, who co-starred in this series for six years.
Starring the late Richard Briers and Stanley Baxter.
William and Sandy are to appear at a Sherlock Holmes Convention, held at a hotel just around the corner from Baker Street. Sandy isn't keen but succumbs to William's desperate need to be in the spotlight once more. Sandy finds the display of 'fandom' absurd - the packed memorabilia stalls and one fan's observation that he thought he'd died years before. He also finds the political infighting threatening to tear the Society apart faintly ridiculous. But William is in his bombastic element, to such an extent that he has a very public and painful row with Sandy, who quits the convention and catches the Metropolitan Line back to the Old Beeches.
William occupies centre-stage at that night's dinner, flourishing the Society's prized meerschaum used by Basil Rathbone in the Holmes films. After a bibulous evening, William rolls into bed still with the precious pipe in his possession.
He wakes up the following morning and discovers that it's gone. He travels to the Old Beeches in a panic, begging Sandy to return to the Convention to help him solve the mystery - which he does using Holmesian precepts, and restoring their friendship in the process.
Written by Michael Chaplin

Duration

  • 45 Minutes

Genre

  • Drama

Trivia

  • "Afternoon Play" or "Afternoon Drama"? Should it start with "A" or not? Should there be a hypen between "Two" and "Pipe"?

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