The Vicar Automaton And The Talking Dog


2014081820160726 (R4)
20190627 (BBC7)
An extraordinary day in the life of Alexander Bell as a child.

Using a mixture of fact and fantasy, this is an extraordinary day in the life of Alexander Graham Bell as a child.

We discover the roots of his genius, and how his mother's impending deafness helped lead him to his invention of the telephone. Aleck, with the help of his friend and brother, made an automaton that could say 'Mama' and further, he manipulated his dog's throat and mouth so he indeed had a talking dog.

Written by Lavinia Murray.

Aleck....John Bell
Ben....Keir Beckwith
Reverend McReady....Stuart Mcquarrie
Father, Voice of the Automaton, and Trouve....Seamus O'Neill
Mother....Morag Siller
Melville....Stephen Fletcher

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

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We begin with a symphony of various telephone rings through the ages brought to us on a light Scottish breeze, and then we cut to answer machine. We see the stark difference between Bell's world of sound and his mother's world into silence. This is a drama not without humour, fascinating, illuminating and enchanting; providing a real, dramatic insight into the roots of a scientific genius, told with imagination and originality, and created especially for radio.

An extraordinary day in the life of Alexander Bell as a child.