Michael Williams

Bristow
  • Bristow

    • Frank Dickens

    • Michael Williams (Read by)

    • Rodney Bewes (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    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

MICHAEL WILLIAMS is the best-selling author of On the Slow Train, On the Slow Train Again, Steaming to Victory and The Trains Now Departed. Michael is a journalist and academic – writing, broadcasting and blogging on transport, society, the media and other issues of the day for the national media and many other outlets, including the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian the New Statesman, the Tablet, the History Channel, as well as the specialist and business press. Michael is also a leading travel writer, reporting on journeys around the world for a variety of publications. In his academic role, he is co-editor and author of the book The Future of Quality News Journalism. Formerly, he was deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday, executive editor of The Independent and head of news and features at the Sunday Times. Previously he was a member of the home news staff of The Times in London. In addition, Michael Williams is chairman of the Springdene Care Homes group in London and external examiner in the School of Media and Communication at Goldsmiths University, London. He lives with his family in Camden Town, London..

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