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Publisher's Summary

A star-studded BBC radio production of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion - plus bonus drama The ‘B’ Word, telling the story of the play’s scandalous opening night.

Irascible phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can train Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to talk ‘like a lady’ and pass as a duchess at the Ambassador’s Ball. As the day of reckoning approaches, can Eliza convince the assembled aristocrats that she’s one of them? And what will become of her afterwards?

This effervescent radio version of Shaw’s classic comedy features a stellar cast, including award-winning comedians Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins, Morgana Robinson as Eliza Doolittle and Al Murray as Alfred Doolittle.

Also featured on this release is The ‘B’ Word, written by and starring Alistair McGowan as Bernard Shaw. Centring on the shocking opening night of Pygmalion - the first time that the word ‘bloody' was used on the British stage - it also explores the passionate love-hate relationship between Shaw; his leading man, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and his leading lady, Mrs Patrick Campbell, who played the 19-year-old Eliza Doolittle at the age of 49.

Cast and credits

'Pygmalion'
Henry Higgins……………………Alistair McGowan
Eliza Doolittle……………………Morgana Robinson
Alfred Doolittle……………………Al Murray
Colonel Pickering……………………Hugh Fraser
Mrs Higgins……………………Siân Phillips
Mrs Pearce/Maid……………………Charlotte Page
Mrs Eynsford-Hill……………………Georgie Glen
Clara Eynsford-Hill……………………Maeve Bluebell Wells
Freddy Eynsford-Hill.....……………………Tom Forrister
Nepommuck……………………David Sturzaker
Ambassador……………………John Dougall
Ambassador's wife……………………Sarah Ridgeway
Bystander……………………David Sterne
Written by Bernard Shaw
Produced and directed by Emma Harding
 

'The ‘B’ Word'
Bernard Shaw……………………Alistair McGowan
George Alexander……………………David Sturzaker
Mrs Patrick Campbell.....……………………Charlotte Page
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree……………………Richard McCabe
Charlotte Shaw……………………Georgie Glen
Merivale……………………Philip Fox
Gurney/Fishman……………………Simon Ludders
Bell……………………Charlie Clements
Maid……………………Sarah Ridgeway
Written by Alistair McGowan
Produced and directed by Emma Harding  

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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writing is fine, ending leaves much to be desired

I know I'm divided , as many critics are, as to the ending. it seems there needs to be a resolution, even a slight one would be appreciated. The play drags you in with mighty speeches and emotion, and to do that without a hint of resolution seems unfair. But it is what the playwright wanted it to be, so there it is.

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I really enjoyed this particular production of Pygmalion. The actors were wonderful, at times it was a little hard to hear but it was very good, very well voiced. I did not, however like 'The "B" Story', the bonus at the end of Pygmalion. The voice of Shaw annoyed me and I felt took it away from the great play I had just listened too. But Pygmalion was excellent!

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Brilliant dramatisation of a classic play.

The actors all performed wonderfully to give it full life. Shaw gives such a comedic view of the failings of humans and their class distinctions.