Saturday, 28 April 2012

Arthur Lowe And John Le Mesurier Subject Of New Radio Drama

Dear Arthur, Love John will look at the working 
relationship of Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier
A comedy play entitled Dear Arthur, Love John has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and will look at the working relationship of Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier during the making of Dad's Army.

Written by West End playwright Roy Smiles, the comedy drama will star Robert Daws, Anton Lesser, Kenny Ireland, James Lance and Matt Addis and is produced by CPL Productions.

To quote the British Comedy Guide the synopsis is as follows:
"It is 1982 and as John writes to Arthur to say how much he misses him, the story flashes back to Dad's Army: the first read through, the reaction to getting 21 million viewers, Lowe's hatred of being recognised by the public, the rivalry between John Laurie and Arnold Ridley, Lowe's hostility to Clive Dunn and socialism; the affection Le Mesurier had for them all, particularly Jimmy Beck, and how, after initial snobbery about the show, the cast came to realise it was the best time of their lives. 
Lowe and Le Mesurier were men of wildly different temperaments, yet bonded while working together on the series over the course of its nine-year run and became fast friends. Anton Lesser will play John Le Mesurier in the drama, while Robert Daws will play Arthur Lowe."
Dear Arthur, Love John will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 7th May 2012 at 14:15Hrs

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