Miranda Richardson - Sound


This page contains a list of Miranda's radio and Talking Book appearances.

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Audio Books - Horrid Henry

This section lists the original releases. Several of these have now been repackaged as multiple CD sets, and book/CD sets.
A series of 'early reader' Horrid Henry book/cd's are also being released.

All stories written by Francesca Simon 
read by Miranda Richardson
running time approx 1 hour
Four stories per CD / tape. 
Release by Orion Audiobooks

Horrid Henry Rocks (#20)
Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead (#19)
Horrid Henry Robs the Bank (#18)
Don't Be Horrid Henry (#17)
Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker (#16)
Horrid Henry's Meets the Abominable Snowman (#15)
Horrid Henry's and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (#14)
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend (#13)
Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (#12)
Horrid Henry's Underpants (#11)
Horrid Henry (#10)
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb (#9)
Horrid Henry's Revenge (#8)
Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter (#7)
Horrid Henry and the Secret Club (#6)
Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse (#5)
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy (#4)
Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick (#3)
Horrid Henry's Nits (#2)
Horrid Henry's Haunted House (#1)


Audio Books - other
Other CD's that Miranda has narrated, from books by Francesca Simon
Miaow Miaow Bow Wow by Francesca Simon, read by Miranda Richardson
Join in the caterwaul with the animals on Buffin Street in a brand new collection of pet stories from the best-selling author Francesca Simon.
 
Moo Baa Baa Quack by Francesca Simon , read by Miranda Richardson
A book of Farmyard stories from the bestselling author Francesca Simon introduces the animals from Buffin Street. Being on audiobook gives the opoportunity to create entertaining and funny animal sound effects that children will delight in reading along with.
 
A new series of 'Early Reader' book and CD sets are being released during 2011. The books are by Francesca Simon and Emily Bolam, with the CD narrated by Miranda.
Titles to be released are:-
Runaway Duckling
Where Are My Lambs?
Barnyard Hullaballoo
Billy The Kid Goes Wild
The Parent Swap Shop
Mish Mash Hash
Chicks Just Want To Have Fun
Meet the Gang
 
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Read by Miranda Richardson
Miranda narrates this audiobook from the story by Roald Dahl.
Description - "This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!"
 
The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera by Shahrkh Husain
Read by Miranda Richardson
Shahrukh Husain has selected seven classical operas, retelling them in a way that will capture the imagination of today's children. Each story opens with background information on the composer and the opera, plus a musical extract, while endnotes offer advice for parents on best recordings. This title is narrated by Golden Globe winner, Miranda Richardson. All stories open with an introduction and a new section at the back includes information on famous opera houses, behind the scenes contributors, singers, composers, and more!
 
The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Batt
Read by Miranda Richardson
Far away in the distant north, a beautiful princess meets a mysterious white bear, and embarks with him on a breathtaking journey. Combining remarkable artwork with lyrical storytelling, this tale brings together the major themes of three Northern European wonder tales, creating an unforgettable adventure. It is narrated by Golden Globe winner, Miranda Richardson.

Dr Suess books narrated by Miranda. These are available as book/CD sets.
Mr Brown Can Moo Can You
Oh The Places You'll Go
Happy Birthday To You

Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hears a Who

Oh Say Can You Say?
Scrambled Eggs Super! and Other Stories
The Sneetches and Other Stories


The Secret Garden
Hamlyn Books on Tape - ISBN: 0600560597
by Frances Hodgeson Burnett (abridged) 
read by Miranda Richardson
released 1988
2 cassettes - running time approx 2.5 hour
 
Sense and Sensibility
Abridged audio book
by Jane Austen 
released 1993
2 cassettes - running time approx. 3 hrs 

RADIO APPEARANCES
Bowen and Betjeman
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama - 14th February 2014
1x45 minute drama
Award winning novelist, John Banville, imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Bowen and John Betjeman as they meet for luncheon in a Dublin hotel during the Second World War. As their conversation ranges over their lives, their loves, their politics, we are given a portrait of wartime Dublin and London and of the place of the artist in a world at war.

Cast
Elizabeth Bowen ..... Miranda Richardson
John Betjeman ....... Toby Jones
Isaiah Berlin ....... Nick Dunning
Goronwy Rees ........ Nicholas Murchie
Maurice Bowra ....... Gerard McDermott
Dermot .............. Miche Doherty
Noreen Colley ....... Sophie Harkness
Rosamond Lehmann .... Maggie Cronin

Written by John Banville
Produced by Gemma McMullan.

The World According to Garp
BBC Radio 4 - from Sunday 5th January 2014 - 19th January 2014
3x60 minute drama series
New England 1942. Garp is born to nurse Jenny Fields, who raises him alone. As Garp becomes a young man he falls in love with wrestling or more specifically, the wrestling coach's daughter Helen. Helen will only marry a writer and so begins Garp's journey into becoming a novelist. Unfortunately for him, his mother Jenny is writing something of her own....

Cast
Jenny .......................... Miranda Richardson
Garp ........................... Lee Ingleby
Fat Stew/Ernie ................. William Hope
Cushie/Roxy .................... Lydia Wilson
Midge/Charlotte/Mrs Ralph ...... Charlotte Emmerson
Little Garp/Duncan ............. Adam Thomas Wright
Helen .......................... Lyndsey Marshal
Pooh/Pock/Pooh Percy/Ellen James Amanda Hale
Nurse/Mrs Poole ................ Carys Eleri
John Wolfe ..................... John Guerrasio
Roberta Muldoon ................ Jonathan Keeble
Walt ........................... Adam Greaves-Neal
Michael Milton ................. Harry Jardine
Jillsy/Sally/Jenny Garp ........ Emma Fielding
Directed by Nadia Molinari.

Where'd You Go Bernadette
BBC Radio 4 - from Monday 2nd July 2012 10:45am (repeated at 7:45pm)
10x15 minute drama series
Maria Semple's brilliantly comic debut novel about misplaced genius and mother-daughter love, starring Miranda Richardson, Lydia Wilson, Richard Laing and Madeleine Potter.
When 15 year old Bee wins perfect grades, she calls in her parents' promise of a graduation present of 'anything she wants'. This turns out to be a family trip to Antarctica - a prospect that will challenge her mother Bernadette's agoraphobia and social reclusiveness...

Cast
Bernadette .............. Miranda Richardson
Bee ..................... Lydia Wilson
Elgin ................... Richard Laing
Audrey .................. Madeleine Potter
Soo Lin ................. Laurel Lefkow
Marcus Strang ........... Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob .......... Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek ........... Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear .... Susie Riddell
Dr Kurtz ................ Christine Absalom

Other parts played by members of the company.

History of Titus Groan
BBC Radio 4 - from Sunday 10th July 2011 (repeated Saturdays at 9pm)
6x60 minute drama series
Based on the fantasy novels written by Mervyn Peake and on the recently discovered concluding volume written by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, the six one hour episodes chronicle Titus' life from birth, through childhood and adolescence to his decision to renounce his title and embark on an exploration of the alien world beyond the confines of his home. Gormenghast - a vast stronghold of crumbling masonry steeped in immemorial ritual and inhabited with an extraordinary cavalcade of characters including the kitchen boy, Steerpike, who ruthlessly rises to the upper echelons of dynastic power through mischief and murder..

Cast
Titus.........................Luke Treadaway
Artist........................David Warner
Steerpike.....................Carl Prekopp
Sepulchrave, Earl Of Groan....Paul Rhys
Gertrude, Countess Of Groan...Miranda Richardson
Dr Prunesquallor..............James Fleet
Irma Prunesquallor............Tamsin Greig
Clarice.......................Fenella Woolgar
Cora..........................Claudie Blakley
Fuchsia.......................Olivia Hallinan
Flay..........................Adrian Scarborough
Abiatha Swelter...............Mark Benton
Sourdust......................James Lailey
Nannie Slagg..................Jane Whittenshaw
Keda..........................Susie Riddell

The Chopin Experience - Chopin's Tour of Britain
BBC Radio 3 - 18th May 2008 at 6:30pm - 10pm
Miranda recites some of the writings of George Sand as part of this weekend of celebration of Chopin

Words and Music - Space
BBC Radio 3 - 11th May 2008 at 10:20pm-midnight
Words And Music reaches the outer orbit with a wide range of music and poetry on the theme of space. Miranda Richardson reads a selection of poetry from Walt Whitman as well as Lorca's A Game Of Moons, George Herbert's The Star and Craig Raine's A Martian Sends A Postcard Home.

Private Passions
BBC Radio 3 - 31st July 2005 at 12 noon - 1pm
Miranda guests and plays and discusses her favourite music. Her musical choices range from Roy Bailey singing the traditional folk song Bitter Withy, to the Sanctus from Britten's War Requiem, and the opening of Debussy's opera Pelleas et Melisande.
 
Fame and Fortune
BBC Radio 4 - from 2nd November 2007 at 9pm
6x60 minute drama series
Frederic Raphael's sequel to the television classic The Glittering Prizes returns to the group of friends who met at Cambridge University in the early 1950s. The series chronicles English social life and public and private values in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Cast
Adam Morris...........Tom Conti
Barbara Morris........Miranda Richardson
Fiona.................Georgina Rich
Alan Parks............Alistair McGowan
Mike Clode............Mark Wing Davey
Denis Porson..........Nigel Havers
Giancarlo.............Jon Glover
Joyce Hadleigh........Angela Down
Dan...................Malcolm Stoddard
Shirley...............Felicity Montagu
Tom Morris............Rupert Degas

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation
BBC Radio 4 - 3rd April 2007 
Miranda guests in Jeremy Hardy's long running satirical comedy series
 
 
Plenty
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday 30th September 2006 at 2:30pm 
90 minute drama from the play written by David Hare
Miranda Richardson stars in David Hare's Plenty, directed for radio by John Dove, currently at the Globe Theatre.
In counter-pointing the experiences of an Englishwoman helping the French Resistance during the Second World War with her life in the following 20 years, Hare offers a unique view of post-war history, as well as making a powerful statement about changing values and the collapse of ideals embodied in a single life.
Plenty was originally staged at the National Theatre in 1978 and was followed by other successful productions across the world. It was also made into a film, starring Meryl Streep as Susan.
Cast
Miranda Richardson
Geoffrey Palmer
Ben Miles
Wild Things!
Series 1 - BBC Radio 4 - Mondays 11:30am
August/September 2002 
Series 2 - BBC Radio 4 - Wednesdays 11:30am
November/December 2003 
30 minute comedy written by Georgia Pritchett
Ample and Winnie are the florists with attitude, who sell a few flowers, talk a lot and insult all their customers..
Cast
Ample - Miranda Richardson
Winnie - Doon Mackichan
Robert - David Morrissey
Sandra - Imelda Staunton
Phil - Robert Webb

Episode 1 - Happiest Day of Your Life
In between organising flowers for a wedding Ample is rehearsing for an audition and Winnie getting ready for a blind date..

Episode 2 - Bundle of Joy
Ample and Winnie have a go at babysitting but find themselves outmanouevred by the tiny tot...

Episode 3 - Date With Fate
Winnie and Ample try their hand at matchmaking

Episode 4 - Rear Window
Winnie becomes a guinea pig for medical experiments, with shocking results

 
Tales We Tell- When Should We Live, If Not Now?
BBC Radio 4 - Thursday 24th Sept 1998 
15 minute reading - story by Rachel Bentham 
"She felt expansive and hungry for experience. So why does a holiday swim change the course of this woman's life and relationship for ever?" (from BBC radio website) 
 
Casque D'Or
BBC Radio 4 - 1992
A tale of revolutionary Paris based on the characters in Toulouse Lautrec's posters.
 
The Shape of Things To Come
BBC Radio 4,  8x60 min episode

An anthology series of science-fiction adventures.

#8 - Tiger! Tiger! (originally broadcast 14th Sept. 1991)
Alfred Bester's story about Gulliver Foyle, who survives abandonment in space to create vengeful havoc. Even the War Lords of the 24th Century fail to stop him....

Cast: 
Gully Foyle...............Alun Armstrong
Joseph....................Tony Church
Jisabella McQueen.........Leslie Manville
Presteign.................Andrew Hilton
Olivia Presteign..........Miranda Richardson
Saul Dagenham.............Brett Usher
Robin Wednesbury..........Siobhan Redmond
Capt. Y'ang-Yeovil........Steve Hodson
Regis Sheffield...........Christopher Ashley
Moira.....................Petra Markham
Sgt Logan.................Eric Allen
Ben Forrest...............David Bannerman
Harley Baker..............Terrance Edmund
Sigurd/Robot..............John Telfor
Written by Alfred Bester, dramatised by Ivan Benbrook.
Directed by Andy Jordan.
Produced by Paul Spencer
 
Thirty Minute Theatre - Love To Madeleine 
BBC Radio 4,  30 min episode (Nov 20th 1990) 

Peter is having an affair with Brians wife. A telephone call from lover to husband reveals far more than was intended... 

Cast:
Madeleine.................Miranda Richardson
Brian (her husband).......Richard E Grant
Peter (her lover).........Philip Davis

Written by Craig Warner
Produced by Andy Jordan
 
The Loved One
BBC Radio 4,  3x35 min episodes (Oct 30th, Nov 6th, Nov 13th 1990)

An adaption of Evelyn Waugh's black comedy/satire on the American way of death, and of the life of Brit's in Tinseltown. It is set in 1947.
Having failed to make it in Hollywood movies, British poet and screenwriter Dennis Barlow takes a job in a pet cemetery 'The Happier Hunting Ground'. Miranda plays Aimee Thanatogenous, a mortuary cosmetician. 

Cast:
Dennis Barlow.............Rupert Graves
Aimee Thanatogenous.......Miranda Richardson
Mr Joyboy.................Richard Griffiths
Sir Ambrose Abercrombie...Donald Pickering
Sir Francis Hinsley.......Ronald Fraser
Baumbein..................Bob Sessions
Mrs Heinkel...............Lorelei King
Mr Heinkel................Garrick Hagon
Mr Schultz................Graham Hoadly
Carrie....................Elizabeth Mansfield
Erikson...................Simon Treves
Schindler/Porter..........David Bannerman
Guru Brahmin..............Mike McShane
Mrs Joyboy................Elaine Ives-Cameron
Rhoda.....................Sue Broomfield
Boatman...................Simon Treves
Adapted by Bill Matthews
Produced by Lissa Evans
By Where the Old Shed Used to Be
BBC Radio 4 play - broadcast 1990

Written by Craig Warner 
Winner of the 1989 Giles Cooper Award 

Cast: 
Claire....................Judy Parfitt 
Adelaide..................Miranda Richardson 
Louise....................Tilly Vosborough 
William...................Anton Lesser  
Frank.....................Peter Hugo Daly  
Sarah.....................Siobahn Redmond  
The Creator...............Mary Wimbush  
Deborah...................June Barry  
Police Chief..............Christopher Etteridge  
Minister..................David King  
Police Sergeant...........Eric Allen  
Police Constable..........David Goudge 
Fishwife..................Wendy Brierly 
Aging Public Schoolboy....Simon Treves 
Old Man/Farmer............Hubert Tucker 
Guard/Fireman.............Anthony Donovan 
Directed - Andy Jordan 
 
Tales From The Mausoleum Club
BBC Radio 4,  6x30 min episode

An anthology series of six horror stories, each being told by a member of a very discrete and selective club. The Hon. Clarence Green applies to join and by way of explanation, six members recount their stories and the macabre conditions that grant membership.

Episode 4 - The Turn of the Knob. (originally broadcast 30th Jan 1987)
'A woman! Pah!' ejaculates The Hon Clarence Green. 'This surely is the queerest club in London.' Miss Primrose takes on the task of Governess to two precocious children..

Cast: 
Clarence Green............Royce Mills 
Miss Primrose.............Miranda Richardson 
Mr Wright.................Martin Jarvis 
Mrs Stark.................Rosemary Leech  
Mr Stark..................Hugh Lloyd  
Ruth......................Brenda Blethyn  
Laurence..................Phil Nice  
Sorpressa.................Roy Hudd  
Queenie...................Rachel Gurney 
Produced by Paul Spencer

Howards End
BBC Radio 4 serial (Miranda's first radio performance)

by EM Forster 
dramatised by Jeffrey Segal 

Episode 1 '...the house is old and little, and altogether delightful red brick. We can scarcely pack in as it is, and the dear knows what will happen when Paul arrives tomorrow'. The arrival of Paul is to set off a long chain of events that will change the lives of all those who come into contact with 'Howards End'. 
Episode 2 Margarets friendship with Mrs Wilcox has been blossoming. But death in the family causes suspicion and separation. 
Episode 3 Mr Wilcox has offered to rent his London home to the Schlegels. But when Margaret arrives to view the house she discovers that the offer has dramatically changed 
Episode 4 Margaret has decided to go ahead with her marriage Mr Wilcox, but her happiness seems to be threatened by Helen's mysterious disappearance. 

Cast: 
Margaret Schlegel..........Joanne Pearce 
Helen Schlegel.............Miranda Richardson 
Mrs Wilcox.................Gwen Watford 
Henry Wilcox...............Joss Ackland 
Evie Wilcox................Jane Leonard 
Dolly Wilcox...............Susie Bran 
Aunt Juley.................June Tobin 
Tibby Schlegel.............David Phelan 
Annie......................Jane Leonard 
Porter.....................Robin Summers 
Charles Wilcox.............David Haig 
Paul Wilcox/Herr Liesecke..David Learner 
Frieda Mosebach............Helena Breck 
Leonard Bast...............Mick Ford 
Jacky Bast.................Natasha Pine 
Crane......................Arnie Diamond 
Cahill.....................Bernard Brown 
Miss Avery.................Gwen Cherell 
Albert Fussell.............Trevor Nichols 
Col Fussell................David Garth 
Waiter/Dr Mansbridge.......James McPherson 
Tom/Maid...................Vicky Ireland 
Postman....................Shaun Prendergast 
Director Caroline Raphael 

This page created September 21, 1998; last modified March 18, 2014