Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was first published in 1759. Ralph Richardson plays Tristram's eccentric Uncle Toby. He has two "hobby-horses", the wound in his groin suffered at the Siege of Namur during the Nine Years' War and his neighbour, the Widow Wadman.
"Theatre Royal" is a series of radio dramas owned and restored by Heritage Media, part of the Divine Art Recordings Group. First broadcast in 1953-4, it was the only radio series in which Laurence Olivier played dramatic roles. Other leading actors included Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles, Margaret Lockwood, Alec Guinness, Robet Donat and Trevor Howard.