Two Pipe Problems

Plays by Michael Chaplin, set in The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians.

Inmates William and Sandy still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

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0101A Streetcar Named Revenge.2008081120100121

Plays by Michael Chaplin, set in The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians.

Inmates William and Sandy still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

William and Sandy are haunted by the return of two characters from the past.

Sandy becomes amorously involved through the medium of a shared passion for crosswords.

Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

William Parnes....Richard Briers

Hatty Doran....Edna Dore

Angel Hosmer....Linda Broughton

Mary Winter....Jillie Meers

Edgar....David Shaw-Parker

Karen....Tracy Wiles

Ronnie Adair....Nickolas Grace

Marie Devine....Susan Wooldridge

Hugo Oberstein....Rad Lazar

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

0102 LASTThe Trusty Valet And The Crusty Butler2008081220100128

By Michael Chaplin, set in The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians.

Inmates William and Sandy still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

William and Sandy venture outside the Old Beeches to a movie set, accompanied by the intrepid care assistant Karen, as they take on the world of celluloid.

Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

William Parnes....Richard Briers

Inspector Bradstreet....David Shaw-Parker

Karen....Tracy Wiles

Laura Lyons....Ellie Beaven

Thaddeus Sholto....Lloyd Hutchinson

John Barrymore....Geoffrey Whitehead

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

William and Sandy, accompanied by care assistant Karen, take on the world of celluloid.

02012009042720110222

Michael Chaplin's drama returns to The Old Beeches retirement home for elderly thespians and the company of William and Sandy, two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s TV series.

The pair become embroiled in making sure that the course of true love does run smooth.

It begins with a proposal of marriage, but they are once again pressed into service to solve a mystery.

Just why does the bridegroom suddenly call the wedding off?

Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

  • william parnes....director: marilyn imrie

    william and sandy are again pressed into service to solve a mystery at the old beeches

  • dolores sweet....Julia Mckenzie
  • godfrey....joseph mydell
  • hugo....Stephen Critchlow

    directed by Marilyn Imrie

    a Catherine Bailey production for bbc radio 4.

    by michael chaplin.

    elderly thespians william and sandy become embroiled in a mystery

  • isadora klein....Susan Wooldridge
  • mary winter....Jillie Meers
  • sir trelawney hope....John Rowe
  • william parnes....Richard Briers

    we return to the old beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians, in the company of william and sandy; two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as holmes and watson in a 1960s television series.

    our two elderly thespian residents of the old beeches home for retired members of the acting profession become embroiled in making sure the course of true love does run smooth.

    it all begins with a proposal, leading swiftly to a wedding, involving two residents - a shakespearian knight called sir trelawney hope and an ex-nightclub chanteuse called dolores sweet, with william as trelawney's best man and sandy giving dolores away.

    but as the old couple stand there, trelawney drops a bombshell - he no longer wishes to go through with it.

    there's uproar, trelawney strides away, refusing to say any more.

    our two heroes are once again pressed into service to solve a mystery; just why does the bridegroom suddenly call the wedding off?

    cast:

    sandy boyle - stanley baxter

    william parnes - richard briers

    dolores sweet - julia mckenzie

    sir trelawney hope - john rowe

    godfrey - joseph mydell

    mary winter - jillie meers

    isadora klein - susan wooldridge

    hugo - stephen critchlow

    saxophonist - julie hodge

    producer

  • 0202 LASTHave You Come Far?2009042820110223

    We return to The Old Beeches, a retirement home for elderly thespians, in the company of William and Sandy; two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s television series.

    Sandy appears in the honours list but a trip to Buckingham Palace to collect his award provides another mystery for the veteran sleuths to solve.

    Cast:

    Sandy Boyle - Stanley Baxter

    William Parnes - Richard Briers

    Karen - Tracy Wiles

    Postman - David Shaw-Parker

    Charles, Equerry to HRH - Julian Rhind-tutt

    Doctor Mortimer - Geoffrey Whitehead

    Marvin - Stephen Critchlow

    Elsie - Linda Broughton

    Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    William and Sandy are faced with another intriguing mystery during a trip to the Palace.

    Michael Chaplin's drama returns to The Old Beeches retirement home for elderly thespians and the company of William and Sandy, two actors who still nurse a certain affectionate animosity towards one another since they starred as Holmes and Watson in a 1960s TV series.

    Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

  • charles, equerry to hrh....Julian Rhind-tutt
  • doctor mortimer....Geoffrey Whitehead
  • elsie....linda broughton

    directed by Marilyn Imrie

    sandy appears in the honours list, but a trip to the palace provides another mystery

  • karen....Tracy Wiles
  • marvin....Stephen Critchlow
  • postman....david shaw-parker
  • william parnes....Richard Briers

  • 0301A Rose By Any Other Name2012110720130415

    In tribute to Richard Briers who co-starred in this series for six years.

    Sandy and William find a cardboard box in the doorway to the Old Beeches; inside, a tiny baby, clutching a small toy. There is no message and no sign of the mother. From the moment Sandy carries the box into the breakfast room, the discovery causes a sensation in the closet world of the home. Everyone is enchanted by the child - a little girl - and horrified at the implications of her being abandoned.

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey Production

    Written by award winning television and theatre writer Michael Chaplin.

    Produced by: Catherine Bailey

    A Catherine Bailey Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Comedy drama by Michael Chaplin, featuring mystery-solving retired thespians William and Sandy.

    0302 LASTI Love A Lassie2012111420130422

    Sandy decides to travel to Greenock on Clydeside to collect his Freedom of the City award. As he has no living relatives or close friends, he invites William to accompany him on condition he behaves himself. Once again

    Stanley Baxter and Richard Briers play the two elderly detectives who solve mysteries by stealth and intuition.

    When Sandy and William arrive in the old shipbuilding town, they meet the Provost's secretary Moira. It becomes clear that his hosts really know virtually nothing about Sandy - in fact Moira asks to interview him so she can write up the Provost's speech for the ceremony.

    The following day, Sandy shows William around his birthplace. They visit the tenement where he was born and meet a man he was at school with. He isn't wholly friendly and, when they return to the hotel, there is a message: "Do you know how much pain you left behind. Why?". Sandy is anxious, especially when another message appears on the morning of the ceremony: "Why, oh why? Now it's your turn to feel the pain. You will suffer as others have suffered".

    So the race is on to uncover who exactly is out to get Sandy and why. The solution to the riddle is finally revealed at the Freedom of Greenock ceremony, when the roots of everyone's resentment are uncovered.

    Director : Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    AD01I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends20131118

    By Michael Chaplin.

    Following the sad death of Richard Briers earlier this year, in the first of these two final episodes of Two Pipe Problems, Stanley Baxter as Sandy is joined by Geoffrey Palmer as his friend and fellow sleuth William Parnes.

    A new chef is in the kitchen at The Old Beeches and he's cooking up a storm and delighting the residents, with Sandy as his willing and enthusiastic sous-chef. But things begin to go badly wrong after a visiting concert party sing a Beatles song which triggers unhappy memories for Albie the Chef (played by the late Felix Dexter).

    William and Sandy go in search of Albie and his son, and a successful father and son reunion is celebrated in song.

    Young Terrell Forde, who recently starred in Matilda in the West End, joins the company to play and sing the role of Albie's son, accompanied by David Shaw-Parker as his step dad, David Holt as memory man Billy, and Tracey Wiles as the warm hearted Old Beeches care assistant Karen.

    Cast:

    Sandy Boyle....Stanley Baxter

    William Parnes....Geoffrey Palmer

    Albie....Felix Dexter

    Karen/ Sadie....Tracy Wiles

    Billy....David Holt

    Edgar/ Lewis....David Shaw-Parker

    Jonathan....Terrell Forde

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    AD02 LASTThe Case Of The Missing Meerschaum2013112520110812 (BBC7)
    20131225 (BBC7)

    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

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    AD02 LASTThe House On The Marsh20131119

    In this final Two Pipe Problem, William and Sandy travel to a windswept wintry Suffolk in search of William's inheritance, where they are haunted by ghosts from the past and threats from the present, and William makes a life changing decision about his future.

    This week marks the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, and his opera Peter Grimes is woven into this final episode of Two Pipe Problems. The opera is set in Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast from which Britten drew so much inspiration. Writer Michael Chaplin was inspired to create a story that drew on that landscape and the creation of Peter Grimes, but also paid homage to the genius of MR James' ghost story, Oh Whistle And I'll Come You, My Lad.

    Stanley Baxter is once again joined by Geoffrey Palmer playing William, and Stephen Critchlow and Linda Broughton playing a mother and son who bear a grudge, in this haunting story - an entertaining and touching farewell to the series.

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    Producer: Catherine Bailey

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.