Nick Warburton

Holding Back the Tide
  • Holding Back the Tide

    • Nick Warburton

    • Ronald Pickup (Read by)

    • Paul Ritter (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Kate Duchêne (Read by)

    Ronald Pickup, Paul Ritter and Kate Duchêne star in Nick Warburton’s comedy about one community’s attempts to resist change

    When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a clifftop house in Yorkshire, they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who treats their home as his own and the local town as his own personal fiefdom. But the sea is eroding the land, and John is intent on stopping them all from being evicted, so the Wells’ reluctantly embrace him as an ally. As he entangles them in his conservation battles, Clare and Richard find themselves drawn into the Breck Howe Preservation Society, an unlikely group attempting to defend their town against the worst ills of modernity. Their lives will never be the same again...

    North meets South in this comedic clash of cultures, written by award-winning dramatist Nick Warburton. Ronald Pickup stars as John Hector, with Paul Ritter as Richard and Kate Duchêne as Clare.

    Written by Nick Warburton
    Directed by Sally Avens

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January 2016 (The Vauxgarth Pig), 11-25 August 2017 (Series 1), 16 November-14 December 2018 (Series 2)

    Richard Wells – Paul Ritter
    Clare Wells – Kate Duchêne
    John Hector – Ronald Pickup
    Lux – Michelle Asante
    Penrith – Chris Pavlo
    Trafford/Hugh – Gerard McDermott
    Mrs Cardabbon – Susan James
    Estate Agent – Caolan McCarthy
    Ticket Lady – Kerry Gooderson
    Guard – Bob Blythe
    Tiffany – Louise Brealey
    Librarian – Chetna Pandya/Liam Lau Fernandez
    Mrs Briggs of Events – Sanchia McCormack/Elizabeth Counsell
    Headley – Philip Fox
    Norwegian Herring Enthusiast – Simon Ludders
    Ralph Bell – Sean Murray
    MC/Trevor Butt – Tony Turner
    Robust Betty – Emma Handy
    Rude Girl/Brandi – Saffron Coomber
    Barb/WPC – Jeannette Percival
    Mikey/Surly Reader/Tourist – Cameron Percival
    Chucker/A Heavy – Don Gilet
    Anthony/Wayne/Seasider – Lewis Bray
    Himself – Jonathan Agnew

Michael Chaplin (Author) Nick Warburton (born 1947) was a primary school teacher for ten years before deciding to become a full-time writer. He writes plays for stage, television and radio and scripts for television series including Doctors, Holby City and EastEnders. He has been part of the regular writing team on Holby City since 2001. His radio plays, On Mardle Fen are one of the few recurring series on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play strand.

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