How to watch the original Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues – and the original line-up


In one in every of the extra thrilling examples of lockdown TV, a choice of the nation’s high thespians have come collectively to file new variations of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues –  which first aired in the late 80’s and have since discovered their means onto the faculty syllabus.

Stars of stage and display together with Jodie Comer, Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton have all carried out a few of the monologues, taking up from an equally esteemed group of actors who initially recorded.

All however two of the original monologues are included in the collection (A Cream Cracker Beneath the Sofa and Ready for the Telegram, each initially carried out by the late nice Thora Hird are the exceptions), whereas there are additionally two new monologues carried out by Sarah Lancashire and Monica Dolan.

Right here’s all you want to learn about who carried out the monologues first time spherical.

How can I watch the original Alan Bennett Talking Heads monologues?

Sadly, it’s not that straightforward – the original monologues aren’t presently obtainable on any streaming platforms or catch-up providers, both to purchase or to lease.

Subsequently your finest wager might be shopping for the DVD assortment, which could be bought on Amazon and a bunch of different on-line retailers, whereas the ebook containing the scripts of all the monologues can be presently on sale at bookshops.

Who initially carried out Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues?

As well as to Thora Hird – who twice gained Baftas for her performances – an unlimited array of stars had been referred to as upon by Alan Bennett, together with the screenwriter himself.

Each Miss Fozzard Finds Her Toes, carried out in 2020 by Maxine Peake, and A Girl of Letters, which Imelda Staunton takes on this time spherical, had been initially carried out by Patricia Routledge.

Julie Walters

Julie Walters in Her Massive Likelihood

One other actor to carry out not one however two monologues in the original collection was Julie Walters, who was the originator of each Her Massive Likelihood and The Exterior Canine – with these roles being respectively stuffed by Jodie Comer and Rochenda Sandall this outing.

In the meantime Alan Bennett himself was the star of A Chip in the Sugar – taking part in a component given to Martin Freeman for the reboot, whereas Maggie Smith performed Susan in A Mattress Amongst the Lentils, with that character being portrayed by Lesley Manville for the new collection.

Alan Bennett in A Chip in the Sugar

Alan Bennett in A Chip in the Sugar

Stephanie Cole was the original actor to play Muriel in Soldiering On, with Harriet Walter taking up that function this time, and the half performed in the reboot by Lucian Msamati in Enjoying Sandwiches was initially carried out by David Haig.

Lastly, Kristin Scott Thomas’ function as Celia in The Hand of God was performed by Eileen Atkins first time spherical, whereas Penelope Wilton initially starred in Nights in the Gardens of Spain, which the time spherical options Tamsin Greig.

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads begins on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday 23rd June with a double-bill that includes Imelda Staunton in A Girl of Letters and Sarah Lancashire in An Odd Lady. All twelve Talking Heads will likely be obtainable to stream as a boxset on BBC iPlayer.

For those who’re in search of extra to watch, try our TV information.

If you would like to watch the original collection, purchase Talking Heads – The Full Assortment on Amazon now.


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