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Beau Geste - P.C. Wren 31/10/2009 - Now for the Marty Feldman film!----------Beau Geste (Classic Serial) 04-10-2009 - 11-10-2009 Beau Geste is PC Wren's classic story of honour, love and adventure. The Geste brothers run away from England, home and romance to join the French Foreign Legion, following the mysterious disappearance of a valuable family heirloom. They endure hardship and suspicion until matters come to head when the Touareg – a nomadic North African desert tribe – suddenly attack their lonely outpost. Wren's tale of "doing the right thing" was written in the years following the Great War, when the world was coming to terms with the birth of Communism in Russia and the rise of National Socialism in Germany. He saw both as challenges to the notion of Englishness that characterised, as he saw it, the proven social order manifest in British colonial rule during the Edwardian era. Beau Geste is both a rattling good yarn and a plea for a return to a time when a stiff upper lip and a ramrod posture were essential components of the moral compass of the day. From The Radio TimesThere are certainly not any men falling in love with their male associates in this drama. The moral compass is on a ramrod-stiff straight-and-narrow setting in this rollicking version of PC Wren's tale of honour, love (heterosexual, of course) and adventure in the French Foreign Legion. It's old-fashioned, but in a delightfully satisfying way.Beau ............................................. Chris NewJohn ............................................ Rob Hastie Lawrence .................................... Michael Culkin Major Jolivet .............................. Timothy Ackroyd Aunt Patricia ................................ Tessa Worsley Isobel ...................................... Candida Benson Gussie .................................... Anthony Schuster Burdon ...................................... Scott Richards Young Beau ................................... Nick Hockaday Young Gussie .................................. Freddie Hill Young John ................................... Alex Hockaday Young Claudia ................................ Hannah Sharpe Young Isobel ............................... Melissa Gardner Lejeune ...................................... Nick Fletcher Boldini ..................................... Laurence Possa Hank ........................................... Greg Wohead Buddy ......................................... Don Mousseau The Sergeant .............................. Alasdair MacEwan Recruiting Officer .............................. Max Bennet Schwartz ................................. Simon Scardifield This production, adapted for radio by Graeme Fife and directed by Willi Richards, was recorded on location in the UK and Tunisia. Original music by Roger Pasto Cortina. Producer Roger Elsgood