Dame Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley to tell tales on Radio 4

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren and close friend Joanna Lumley are due to appear on Radio 4 for a season of classic girl’s school tales for three days next month.

The stories will be classics from the 20’s, 30’s and 40s and will include authors such as Enid Blyton.

Dame Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley are to summon up the “jolly hockey sticks” era for BBC Radio 4 with a season of classic girls’ school tales.

Martin Jarvis, an actor with plenty of Radio 4 experience has directed the programmes, which had to be recorded in Los Angeles and New York because of the actresses’ busy schedules.

Helen Mirren is heard voicing A Midnight Revel by Angela Brazil, which was released in 1925, while Lumley chose Enid Blyton, more familiar to most, who’s story dates back to 1947.

The short series, to be broadcast in the afternoon will be called, Good Show Clarissa, and will also welcome Cranford star, Lisa Dillon, who voices Jemima Gets them Guessing, by Hilda Richards from 1939.

Joanna did her recordings whilst working on Broadway, and said, “Blyton had a very clear sense of right and wrong, and this short story is rather wonderful in the way the dilemma of being a cheat is resolved.

“I was at boarding school and I recognise the quietness of a dormitory when all the other girls are asleep, the face-reddening terror of being found out doing something wrong, and the absence of parental influence except as a distant memory of all that is decent.”

The programmes will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm on the 8th, 9th and 10th March

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