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Dance on BBC Radio 4

During the years 1979 to 1982 the BBC broadcast a radio adaptation of Dance. This was broadcast in four parts each of which covered three of the novels.

I am indebted to John Gould of Phillips Academy, USA for making the information about the series available. I'll let John explain, as he did in an email to me:

While in England on sabbatical in 1990, I managed to gain access to the BBC archives and for a fee of £25 spent an afternoon listening to as much of the radio broadcast of ADTTMOT as I could, which translated to 5 reels at approx. 1 hour/reel. This let me hear AQOU and ABM in their entirety and the first half of HSH (I really wanted to hear Scorpio M.'s voice). It was a fascinating, if somewhat overwhelming, experience. I still wanted more at the end of the afternoon, but the reels had me reeling, so to speak.

These dramatisations cannot be released, according to the BBC folks I talked with, because of copyright problems. Apparently no one obtained rights for subsequent uses (such as cassette publication) and all the actors have scattered, and no one wants to -- or is able to -- recover them all.

I did get lists of the productions, including casts, dates of broadcast, duration. The series was broadcast in four installments: 1979, June 1980, May 1981, and June 1982. Frederick Bradnum dramatised the entire series. Noel Johnson was the narrator at the start and played Nicholas as an adult throughout.

Would folks be interested in more info on this material? Perhaps I could expand on what I have, although it is a lot of trivia, except to those who are REALLY interested in knowing that Madame Leroy was played by Mary Wimbush. My notes do say that in AQOU Widmerpool's pomposity is "audible" -- he was played by Brian Hewlett. Jean Templar was played by Jane Asher, by the way. Perhaps, rather than the list discussion, I could do something with all the material for the actual page, if you'd like.

What follows are the production lists which John has kindly provided, only lightly edited and kept in their original format except for being "reduced" from having been kept on 5"x3" index cards ...


DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, A JS
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T 47332-37 A sequence of novels by Anthony Powell 1979
2 reels each Dramatised by Frederick Bradnum in 6
(15 ips) parts from the first 3 novels of the
STEREO sequence
 Music composed by Antony Miall
see below Produced by Graham Gauld

 Copyright & P.F.
 Trans: R4 (see below)
 Documents: PasB

 Dur Rec Tx
T 47332 1. A Question of Upbringing (1) 54'15" 27.6.79 22.7.79
T 47333 2. A Question of Upbringing (2) 54'19" 30.6.79 29.7.79
T 47334 3. A Buyer's Market (1) 52'13" 2.7.79 5.8.79
T 47335 4. A Buyer's Market (2) 53'54" 9.7.79 12.8.79
T 47336 5. The Acceptance World (1) 53'04" 11.7.79 19.8.79
T 47337 6. The Acceptance World (2) 54'04" 13.7.79 26.8.79


Cast: Jenkins (Narrator): Noel Johnston
 Young Jenkins: Gareth Johnson
 Stringham: Simon Cadell
 Templer: Christopher Good
 Widmerpool: Brian Hewlett
 Jean Templer: Jane Asher
 Uncle Giles: Garard Green
 Le Bas: Peter Pratt
 Calthorpe: Adam Richardson
 Buster Foxe: John Pullen
 Tuffy Weedon: Margaret Ford
 Mrs. Foxe: Monica Grey
 Mr. Templer: William Eedle
 Sunny Farebrother: Hugh Dickson
 Jimmy Stripling: Charles Hodgson
 Babs Stripling: Liza Flanagan
 Gwen Carol: Marsh
 Commandant Leroy: Lewis Stringer
 Madame Leroy: Mary Wimbush
 Dubuisson: Gregory de Polnay
 Orn: Christopher Bidmead
 Lundquist: Eric Allan
 Sillery: Preston Lockwood
 Quiggin: Gordon Dulieu
 Mark Members: Paul Lowther
 Truscott: Jeffry Wickham
 Sir Gavin: Alan Wheatley
 Lady Walpole-Wilson: Lydia Sherwood
 Eleanor: Anne Rosenfeld
 Barbara: Josie Kidd
 Archie: Brian Carroll
 Pardoe: Philip Sully
 Anne: Jenny Twigge
 Mr. Deacon: Godfrey Kenton
 Rosie: Hilda Schroder
 Gypsy Jones: Susan Sloman
 Milly: Ysanne Churchman
 Max: David Alder
 Sultan the dog: Leonard Fenton
 Janet: Hilda Kriseman
 Bamby: Kenneth Shanley
 Sir Magnus Donners: Jack May
 Baby Wentworth: Petra Davies
 Prince Theodoric: John Bull
 Peggy Stepney: Phyllida Nash
 Mrs. Widmerpool: Eva Stuart
 Mona: Tammy Ustinov
 Mrs. Erdleigh: Betty Baskcomb
 Tolland: Martin Friend
 Maiden: Andrew Branch

DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, A JS
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T 48714-19 Anthony Powell's sequence of 12 June 80
2 reels each novels dramatised by Frederick Bradnum:
(15 ips) Books 4, 5 & 6 - At Lady Molly's,
STEREO Casanova's Chinese Restaurant &
 The Kindly Ones
durations below Title music by Antony Miall
 Produced by Graham Gauld

 Commercials
 Copyright & P.F.
 Trans: R4 12.7.-16.8.80


Episode Tape No. Duration Rec. Tx
 1 T 48714 53'43" 5.6.80 12.7.80
 2 T 48715 53'49" 8.6.80 19.7.80
 3 T 48716 54'06" 10.6.80 26.7.80
 4 T 48717 54'13" 20.6.80 2.8.80
 5 T 48718 54'21" 22.6.80 9.8.80
 6 T 48719 53'49" 24.6.80 16.8.80


Cast: Jenkins (Narrator) Noel Johnson
 Nicholas Jenkins: Gareth Johnson
 Lady Molly: Sian Phillips
 Widmerpool: Brian Hewlett
 General Conyers: William Fox
 Mrs. Conyers: Peggy Paige
 J.G. Quiggin: Gordon Dulieu
 Uncle Giles: Garard Green
 Ted Jeavons: John Bott
 Chips Lovell: John Levitt
 Alfred Tolland: John Church
 Lady Frederica: Phyllida Nash
 Eleanor Walpole-Wilson: Anne Rosenfeld
 Smith: R.S. Campbell
 Mildred Blaides: Josie Kidd
 Norah Tolland: Sonia Fraser
 Moreland: Sion Probert
 Girl Friend: Lolly Cockerell
 Erridge: Alexander John
 Mark Members: Paul Lowther
 Dicky Umfraville: Brian Carroll
 Tuffy Weedon: Margaret Ford
 Mona Templer: Tammy Ustinov
 Peter Templer: Christopher Good
 Max Pilgrim: David Alder
 Lady Isobel: Elizabeth Proud
 Maclintick: Leonard Fenton
 Barnby: John Bull
 Carolo: Iain Mitchell
 Norman Chandler: Andrew Branch
 Gossage: Christopher Scott
 Mr. Deacon: Godfrey Kenton
 St. John Clark: Martin Friend
 Robert Tolland: Anthony Hyde
 George Tolland: Bernard Brown
 Roddy Cutts: Geoffrey Collins
 Audrey Maclintick: Jenny Lee
 Matilda Wilson: Liza Flanagan
 Katherine Westminster: Jill Balcon
 Mrs. Fox: Monica Grey
 Norma (Waitress): Amanda Murray
 Priscilla Tolland: Penny Brownjohn
 Veronica Tolland: Paddy Turner
 Woman Street Singer: Josephine Gordon
 Charles Stringham: Simon Cadell
 Buster Fox: John Pullen
 Captain Jenkins: Brian Haines
 Mrs. Jenkins: Ursula Hirst
 Nicholas, as a boy: Stephen Rooney
 Albert: Fred Bryant
 Dr. Trelawney: Patrick Barr
 Sir Magnus: Donners Jack May
 Bracey: Gordon Reid
 Billson: Tara Soppet
 Lady Anne Umfraville: Jenny Twigge
 Betty Templer: Eve Karpf
 Fettiplace-Jones: Nigel Greaves
 Mrs. Widmerpool: Eva Haddon
 Bob Duport: Michael Spice
 Stanley Jeavons: Michael McStay
 Gypsy Jones: Susan Sloman
 Mrs. Erdleigh: Betty Baskcomb

DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, A JS
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T 48720-25 Anthony Powell's sequence of 12 May 81
2 reels each novels dramatised by Frederick Bradnum:
(15 ips) Books 7, 8 & 9 - Valley of Bones,
STEREO The Soldier's Art & The Military Philosophers
 Title music by Antony Miall
durations below Produced by Graham Gauld

 Commercials
 Copyright & P.F.
 Trans: R4 14.6.-19.7.81


Episode Tape No. Duration Rec. Tx
 1 T 48720 54'50" 13.5.81 14.6.81
 2 T 48721 54'55" 16.5.81 21.6.81
 3 T 48722 51'39" 18.5.81 28.6.81
 4 T 48723 54'29" 22.5.81 5.7.81
 5 T 48724 53'57" 24.5.81 12.7.81
 6 T 48725 55'00" 26.5.81 19.7.81


Cast: Kedward Henry Davies
 Bithel: Anthony Hall
 Corporal Gwylt: Clive Merrison
 Sergeant Pendry: John Griffiths
 Breeze: Alaric Cotter
 Williams/Air Raid Warden: Haydn Wood
 Popkiss: Mansel David
 General Liddament: Richard Hurndall
 C.S.M: Derek Pollitt
 Irish Girl: Philomena McDonagh
 Pennistone: Philip Sully
 Barnby: John Bull
 Captain Gwatkin: Richard Gold-Parry
 Jenkins (Narrator): Noel Johnson
 Nicholas Jenkins: Gareth Johnson
 Widmerpool: Brian Hewlett
 Lady Isobel: Elizabeth Proud
 Colonel Flores: Geoffrey Matthews
 Major Prasad: Garard Green
 Eleanor: Anne Rosenfeld
 Pedlar: Jonathan Scott
 Cheeseman: Christopher Scott
 Peter Templer: Christopher Good
 Farebrother: Hugh Dickson
 Blackhead: Malcolm Hayes
 Ted Jeavons: John Bott
 Pamela Flitton: Elizabeth Rider
 Myra Erdleigh: Betty Baskcomb
 Norah Tolland: Sonia Fraser
 Jean: Jane Asher
 Duport: Michael Spice
 Field-Marshall: Nigel Lambert
 Asbjornsen: David McAlister
 Der Voort: Crawford Logan
 Kucherman: Nicholas Courtney
 Matilda Donners: Liza Flanagan
 Lady Frederica: Phyllida Nash
 Dicky Umfraville/Archie Gilbert: Brian Carroll
 Flavia Wisebite: Patricia Leventon
 Robert Tolland: Anthony Hyde
 Priscilla Penny: Brownjohn
 Odo Stevens: John Baddeley
 Maelgwyn-Jones: John Livesey
 Maureen Felicity: Hayes-McCoy
 Charles Stringham: Simon Cadell
 Moreland: Sion Probert
 Hogbourne-Johnson: Frank Duncan
 Biggs: Roger Snowdon
 Soper: Martin Friend
 Finn: Brian Haines
 Audrey Maclintick: Jenny Lee
 Chips Lovell: John Levitt
 Max Pilgrim: David Alder

DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, A JS
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T 49914-21 A sequence of novels by Anthony Powell June 1982
2 reels each Dramatised in 8 parts by Frederick Bradnum
(15 ips) based on the last 3 books in the series
STEREO Music composed by Antony Miall
see below Produced by Graham Gauld

 Copyright & P.F.
 Trans: R4 (see below)
 Documents: PasB

 Dur Rec Tx
T49914 1. Books Do Furnish a Room (1) 52'14" 5.6.82 18.7.82
T49915 2. Books Do Furnish a Room (2) 53'42" 8.6.82 25.7.82
T49916 3. Books Do Furnish a Room (3) 54'20" 14.6.82 1.8.82
T49917 4. Temporary Kings (1) 50'11" 16.6.82 8.8.82
T49918 5. Temporary Kings (2) 53'43" 20.6.82 15.8.82
T49919 6. Temporary Kings (3) 55'09" 22.6.82 22.8.82
T49920 7. Hearing Secret Harmonies (1) 53'49" 27.6.82 29.8.82
T49921 8. Hearing Secret Harmonies (2) 55'02" 29.6.82 5.9.82


Cast: Nicholas Jenkins Noel Johnson
 Widmerpool: Brian Hewlett
 Pamela Jo: Manning Wilson
 Bagshaw: David Gooderson
 Sillery: Preston Lockwood
 Ada Leintwardine: Frances Jeater
 Short: Alan Dudley
 Lady Isobel: Elizabeth Proud
 Dicky Umfraville: Brian Carroll
 J.G. Quiggin: Gordon Dulieu
 Alfred: John Church
 Lady Craggs: Susan Sloman
 Norah: Sonia Fraser
 Blanche: Theresa Streatfeild
 Frederica: Phyllida Nash
 Mona: Tammy Ustinov
 Trapnel: Steve Hodson
 Moreland: Sion Probert
 Ted Jeavons: John Bott
 Odo Stevens: John Baddeley
 Hugo Tolland: John Gray
 Roddy Cutts: Geoffrey Collins
 Evadne Clapham: Miranda Forbes
 Le Bas: Peter Pratt
 Russell Gwinnett: Peter Marinker
 Emily Brightman: Margot Boyd
 Mark Members/Soak: Ronald Herdman
 Louis Glober: Alan Tilvern
 Daniel Tokenhouse: Willoughby Gray
 Baby Wentworth: Petra Davies
 Sunny Farebrother: Hugh Dickson
 Bagshaw Snr: Cyril Conway
 Cheeseman/Italian youth: Christopher Scott
 Lintot: Walter Hall
 Rosie Stevens: Hilda Schroder
 Bill Truscott: Jeffry Wickham
 Jimmy Stripling: Charles Hodgson
 Norman Chandler: Andrew Branch
 L.O. Salvidge: John Forbes-Robertson
 Mrs. Erdleigh: Betty Baskcomb
 Audrey Maclintick: Jenny Lee
 Polly Duport: Patience Tomlinson
 Scorpio Murtlock: Crawford Logan
 Gibson Delavacquerie: Roy Spencer
 Mr. Gauntlett: Wilfrid Carter
 Barnabas Henderson: Anthony Daniels
 Matilda Donners: Liza Flanagan
 Fiona Cutts: Jill Lidstone
 Mrs. Woodley: Madi Hedd
 Flavia Wisebite: Patricia Leventon
 Bithel: Anthony Hall
 Greening/Chuck: Stuart Organ
 Susan Cutts: Lolly Cockerell
 Veronica Tolland: Paddy Turner


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