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In a Questionable Shape

Alternative title
Daunt and Dervish
Synopsis
Radio detective series. In this episode, the Daunt and Dervish Detective Agency is involved in a case of blackmail that takes Josephine and Susan back to the Old Vic Theatre and its current production of Hamlet. The Shakespearean tragedy is given a new ending when, during a performance, Susan Dervish appears on stage as Ophelia’s ghost to interrupt the swordfight between Laertes and Hamlet.
Series
Afternoon Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
19 May 2006 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Colin Guthrie
Producer
Colin Guthrie
Cast
Geoffrey WhiteheadRonald (Hamlet)
Frances BarberSusan Dervish (Ophelia)
Anna MasseyJosephin Daunt
Elizabeth BellMagdalena
Kim WallWaterloo Eddie
Nicholas BoultonNoel Coward
Sean ScanlanBill
Thomas WheatleyInspector Braithwaite

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
1940s
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Mystery; alternative endings

Notes

General
'Daunt and Dervish’ is a post-war period detective series written by Guy Meredith, from an idea by Anna Massey and Imelda Staunton. It follows the adventures of Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish, ex-employees of The Ministry of Defence, who more or less successfully run their own detective agency.
History
First episode in the second series. The first series, comprised of five episodes, was originally broadcast in November -December 2003.

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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