The Wonderful World Of Allaetitia - Scenes From A 1960s Suburban Childhood.

By Charlotte Cory

A new series of comic, sometimes surreal adventures set in 1960s Luton.

Cursed with a name no one can pronounce, she cannot spell and everyone likes to make fun of, 10 year-old Allaetitia escapes the dreary confines of her life by endlessly telling stories and allowing her imagination to get the better of her.

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01The Cold War Of Sunnyside Close20040614

By Charlotte Cory

A new series of comic, sometimes surreal adventures set in 1960s Luton.

Cursed with a name no one can pronounce, she cannot spell and everyone likes to make fun of, 10 year-old Allaetitia escapes the dreary confines of her life by endlessly telling stories and allowing her imagination to get the better of her.It is a long, hot summer at the height of the Cold War and Allaetitia is about to get rather more than she bargained for when she discovers a spy on her street in the guise of an ice cream man.

Allaetitia....Patricia Hodge

BBC Home Service....Geoffrey Wheeler

Young Allaetitia....Natasha Barnes

Father/Grice....David Fleeshman

Mother....Janice Mckenzie

Percival....Ashley Margolis

Hortense....Rosie Fleeshman

Jack Frosty....Alexander Delamere

Librarian/Neighbour....Christine Brennan

Directed by Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts

02The Ancient City Of Linoleum20040615

Allaetitia is desperate for a TV set to watch a programme about Roman Britain which all the girls at school are talking about.

Her mother strongly disapproves of television, she thinks it is 'common', so Allaetitia puts her imagination to work and somehow finds herself having tea with a Roman Centurion.

Allaetitia....Patricia Hodge

BBC Home Service....Geoffrey Wheeler

Young Allaetitia....Natasha Barnes

Father/Northener....David Fleeshman

Mother....Janice Mckenzie

Percival....Ashley Margolis

Hortense....Rosie Fleeshman

Centurion....Alexander Delamere

Librarian/Mrs Northener....Christine Brennan

Mrs Mac/Neighbour....Ann Rye

Directed by Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts

03The Space Race20040616

Parallels between her father's botched attempts to install central heating and the radio news reports about the American and RUSSIAn Space Race, fill Allaetitia's imagination with the notion that her missing cat may well have gone on a mission to the moon.

Allaetitia....Patricia Hodge

BBC Home Service....Geoffrey Wheeler

Young Allaetitia....Natasha Barnes

Father/Builder....David Fleeshman

Mother....Janice Mckenzie

Percival....Ashley Margolis

Hortense....Rosie Fleeshman

Milkman/Foreman....Alexander Delamere

Directed by Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts

04Allaetitia's Birthday Wish20040617

Allaetitia dreams of being allowed to grow her hair so that she is no longer mistaken for a boy.

It appears that a disastrous pedalo excursion with her 'fab' Aunt Ida is exactly the thing to make her wish come true.

Allaetitia....Patricia Hodge

BBC Home Service....Geoffrey Wheeler

Young Allaetitia....Natasha Barnes

Father....David Fleeshman

Mother....Janice Mckenzie

Percival....Ashley Margolis

Hortense....Rosie Fleeshman

Taxi driver/Barry/Gorman....Alexander Delamere

Ida....Christine Brennan

Directed by Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts

05 LASTThe Case Of The Missing Pork Chop20040618

When the Queen comes to Luton to open the new Civic Centre, Allaetitia is left at home alone to finish her homework.

Could it be that her vegetarian mother's Sunday ritual of making the children eat burnt pork chops, 'in case the Queen comes to dinner', is about to come in very handy...?

Allaetitia....Patricia Hodge

BBC Home Service....Geoffrey Wheeler

Young Allaetitia....Natasha Barnes

Father....David Fleeshman

Mother....Janice Mckenzie

Percival....Ashley Margolis

Hortense....Rosie Fleeshman

Milkman....Alexander Delamere

Queen....Christine Brennan

Directed by Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts