Rodney Bewes

Bristow
  • Bristow

    • Frank Dickens

    • Michael Williams (Read by)

    • Rodney Bewes (Read by)

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    Michael Williams stars in all three series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom based on Frank Dickens’ famous comic strip character

    Bristow is a middle-aged, ineffectual buying clerk for the Chester-Perry Organisation. He is merely a small cog in a gigantic wheel... and he knows it. But he has his own small ways of rebelling, and together with sparring partner Jones and tea lady Mrs Purdy, he weaves hopeless tangles of red tape to confound the system and liven up everyone’s day.

    In these fourteen episodes, Bristow hopes to make a mint from a rumoured takeover bid; helps Jones to plan his escape from Chester-Perry; crusades to improve conditions for the cleaning ladies and falls in with troublemaker Tom Paine at the office dinner dance. Plus, he obtains some inside information that must surely lead to promotion; learns the meaning of poetic justice while writing for the house journal and bumbles towards proving his theory that he is surrounded by incompentents.

    Adapted by Frank Dickens from his own cartoon strip, which ran for 41 years in London’s Evening Standard and was syndicated internationally, this charming corporate comedy stars Michael Williams (A Fine Romance) as Bristow, with Rodney Bewes (The Likely Lads) as Jones and Dora Bryan (Last of the Summer Wine) as Mrs Purdy.

    Written by Frank Dickens
    Produced and directed by Neil Cargill
    Music composed and performed by John Whitehall
    Image copyright © Estate of Frank Dickens, 2019.

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 21 April-26 May 1999, (Series 1), 24 November-15 December 1999 (Series 2), 7-28 July 2000 (Series 3)

    Cast
    Bristow……………………Michael Williams
    Jones……………………Rodney Bewes
    Mrs Purdy……………………Dora Bryan
    Hewitt……………………Owen Brenman
    BJ Bothwick……………………Christopher Benjamin
    Miss Sunman……………………Katy Odey
    Fudge/Stationmaster/Samson/Hawkins/Tom……………………Jon Glover
    Mrs Dimple/Molly……………………Sheila Reid
    Jonathan Quartly……………………Bernard Cribbins
    Rupert Clement……………………Royce Mills
    Richard Blobb……………………Norman Bird
    Miss Golightly……………………Lucy Akhurst
    Postboy/Little Red……………………Simon Schatzberger
    Receptionist/Yellow Overcoat Girl……………………Zeena Eate
    Gert……………………Liz Fraser
    Daisy……………………Joan Sims
    Fred Stokes……………………David Battley
    Hickford……………………Roger Lloyd Pack
    Lift Boy……………………Ian Kelland
    Miss Peach/Miss Glockling……………………Carol Starks
    Moorcroft……………………Robert Bathurst
    Witherspoon……………………Peter Kelly
    Fenella……………………Anna Mountford
    Perkins……………………Leslie Phillips
    Teacher……………………Jane Booker
    Sylvana/Miss Pleasant……………………Jackie Neglia
    Liftboy……………………Ian Kelland

    With Sarah Huntley and David Ryall

RELEASED 19/03/2020

Rodney Bewes was born in 1937 and has been working in theatre, film and television for over fifty years.Appearing in the hugely successful sitcom The Likely Lads and its sequel as well as the hit show Dear Mother-Love Albert that he also wrote and produced. He has appeared in numerous films, plays and one-man shows. At Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his solo 3 Men in a Boat won the coveted Stella Artois Prize in 1997. Rodney is a member of The London Rowing Club and the Chelsea Arts Club, the Garrick Club and is a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. He lives with his wife Dahne in Henley and Cornwall. They have four children.