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The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised... Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.
Time and the Conways follows the fortunes of one family over a period of years, and offers a moving perspective on the abstract nature of the past, present and future. It is 1919, the War is over and the Conway family are celebrating their daughter Kay's 21st birthday. But her sudden premonition of their lives in 1937 casts a shadow over their dreams and expectations. This BBC Radio production features a distinguished cast including Marcia Warren, Stella Gonet, Belinda Sinclair, Amanda Redman and Toby Stephens.
Priestley defined the essay as a 'prose masterpiece in miniature' and he expressed his thoughts on a diverse range of subjects from old age to his horror of conferences. Writing sometimes 'out of devilment' to shake up a complacent public, Priestley's essays reveal the singular voice of one of Britain's most distinguished writers.