Sorry Tales

What happens when the everyday meets the surreal, when the adult world of middle England meets the imagination of children? In a series of dark and magical tales, Mick Jackson explores the possibilities, and revives the art of storytelling.

“This is a real treat for fans of surreal literature… All five readers make a splendid job of reflecting the jet-black humour that runs through each story… Strange but superb.” Radio Times

A Rowboat In The Cellar

A homemade rowboat leads an old man from his cellar to a magical cavern for the retired.

Reader: Alan Bennett

The Lepidoctor

A little boy discovers the secret for bringing butterflies back to life.

Reader: Chris Langham

The Pearce Sisters

The Pearce sisters had been perfectly contented to live hermit-like in a shack on the beach.   Until a passing stranger inadvertently makes them review their living arrangements.

Reader: Miriam Margolyes

Alien Abduction

When a boy, bored by classwork, idly imagines that an alien spaceship has landed in the park, all hell breaks loose as the news spreads.

Reader: James Fleet

Hermit Wanted

Giles and Ginny are wildly wealthy. What could they possibly want for in life? Well – a hermit of course.

Reader: Penelope Wilton

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 4th-8th July 2005 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Mick Jackson
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Director: Gordon House
Producer: Karen Rose

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