Saturday, 2 May 2009

Middle Ditch 29



The Beaker People

Grandad has gone missing. Drake and Howard discuss the skeleton found on
Drake's farm. Jim receives grim news.

This episode features, in order of appearance,

Sue Tarrant as the Announcer
Jeremy Drake as Farmer Drake
David Caddy as Howard
Sue Tarrant as Susan
Keith Walton as Jim
Sorani Mkandawire as Anna

Editing and sound effects by David Caddy and Helen Hardy
Written and directed by Monique Caddy and David Caddy

45 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Just hearing about the "beaker people" and the grand antiquities ignited my imagination. Love that stuff.

海盜姐姐 said...

Like that sound effect :)

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks Charles and Doreen. It's good to see you both.

Devin said...

I just can't tell you all how much I love Middle Ditch! hehe "not your legs-hers" "my mobile is vibrating" -sending love and hugs to all of you!!

BC Doan said...

Great episode! I also thought the sound effect was very interesting!

an average patriot said...

Excellent! Love the sound effects! I find myself listening with interest wondering with interest. It's funny but I really like listening and not seeing but using my imagination.

Middle Ditch said...

Hi Devin, thanks for commenting. When we were rehearsing this episode, and David's line about Anna's fine legs came up, Jeremy just said "Thank you Howard", which produced great laughs and we kept it in with that reply.

BC Doan, Helen and David did, as per usual, a great job with the sound effects. Thank you for visiting.

Hey Jim, I am re-discovering listening too. And enjoying it. As you say, using my imagination. It's great seeing you again.

Ruela said...

I'm Risen From The Dead ;)
very busy lately...

I like very much the sound effect, great job.

jed said...

I think that Drake's memories of Anna are slowly coming back to him and wonder where they will lead.

This episode was a lot of fun!

Middle Ditch said...

Ruela, great to see you. I'm not at all surprised that you are busy. I'll be at your place soon to see more of your wonderful art.

Hi Jed, we'll see in future episodes how Drake will react to Anna's re-appearance. At the moment he is in shock.

Thank you both for commenting.

Reader Wil said...

Again an interesting episode! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for your comment about Koninginnedag. The young man who drove the car, died and his parents are in shock. They are very sad that their son had done this. He must have been devastated. A lonely man, always polite and kind to his neighbours, and nobody knew him.

benjibopper said...

love the old school farmer's observations. so addictive with the cliffhangers is this. and the characters are always enjoyable.

Middle Ditch said...

Reader Wil, a very sad happening indeed. Thanks for visiting.

Thanks Ben. It's also very enjoyable to write the episodes. And yes, something terrible has happened. We will learn what it is in the next episode.

fizzycat said...

Thanks for comment will be back to hear this episode soon.

Ricardo said...

Anna!Anna!!!

Another wonderful episode. Thank you again for the wonderful and funny distraction. I always look forward to these.

Nessa said...

That Drake is really dedicated to his pigs. You gotta love that in a man.

I'm on pins and needles about the bad news.

raccoonlover1963 said...

Great post, as always. Waiting for the next!
Take care and have a great week.
Lisa

Helene (the Artist Formerly Known as Kate) said...

I think I look forward to your sound effects! lol They are always good. I also really like David Caddy's voice... its sorta raspy and somewhat familiar to me... like an actor on TV or something...

Another good episode!

Middle Ditch said...

I'll await your return Fizz.

Ricardo, thanks for the compliment. It's great to know that you enjoy these.

Nessa, Drake absolutely adores his pigs. He couldn't live without them. The bad news will be revealed in the next episode.

Hey Lisa, thanks for the visit.

Helene, David and Helen always do a very good job with the sound effects and David's voice? Well, he's not a professional actor but a poet who gives loads of readings. Maybe you have heard him on a radio station. Who knows!

Thank you all for commenting.

KB said...

A good listen ,as always.

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks KB, it's good to see you.

Heff said...

Hmmm. I'll have to hit this up later, so I can hear it.

Middle Ditch said...

I'm awaiting your return Heff

David Caddy said...

I enjoyed this episode. It was great fun!

Janice Thomson said...

Like your ending in cliff-hangers in these last few episodes - keeps one coming back for more. :)

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

This episode had me really hungry. I wondered for a moment how Middle Ditch would grow locally produced mangoes for the chutney - but never mind :-)

It also reminded me about living in Cork, Ireland. You'd have to be living there for at least a hundred years to not be seen as a foreigner (or outsider) anymore.

Another lovely addition to the family of episodes, everyone. I really like the authentic accents.
Best
Anne

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks David.

Hi Janice, they are the hardest, cliffhangers I mean. Once I've got that, the story follows.

Thank you both for commenting.

Middle Ditch said...

Hey Anne, it's good to see you. The locally grown and home-made chutney is made from green tomatoes. It was quite fun to think of local speciality food. We hadn't done this before apart from Drake's famous ham of course.

There seem to be few villages now which has not been invaded by city dwellers buying up cottages for a second (or even third) home in the countryside and driving the locals away, but there are still some and one of those, being in the middle of the sticks, is Middle Ditch.

I'm glad that you enjoy the local accent. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

David Caddy said...

Today is the first anniversary of Paul Hart's death.

We remember him with joy and gratitude.

Onwards!

Middle Ditch said...

David, we will always remember him. He was central to Middle Ditch.

..................... said...

ohhhh .. it's been a year already? i had just started listening to MD then.

so, you say you do these sound effects using garageband?

foam

BernardL said...

Very entertaining dialogue.

Heff said...

I'm starting to get the Idea of how this blog works, lol.

Middle Ditch said...

Hi Foam, good to see you again. We record on garageband and use sound effects stored on our computer.

Thanks BernardL. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this episode.

Hi Heff, it is a radio serial. To listen from the beginning just find episode one.

Thank you all for visiting and commenting.

fizzycat said...

Great stuff as always the legs, the glass sound effect, the mooing.

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks Fizz

fizzycat said...

Thanks for the good wishes and the net tip.

Middle Ditch said...

Your welcome Fizz

Leigh Russell said...

Great escape from the rollercoaster of my life right now. Middle Ditch gets better and better. I don't know how you sustain it so well, but you absolutely do.
See you on my blog soon, I hope. Nearly time for my Virtual Book Launch. Just as well. I could do with a drink!

Middle Ditch said...

Hey Leigh, thanks for the compliment. It's the ending I always search for and then, usually, the rest falls into place. So many story lines still to unravel. Like, where is Sir John? How is Sarah? What was that great news Anna had for the village? And many more.

Thanks for the visit and commenting. I can never get enough of those.

Miss Pidgin said...

and the fancy one is back..Moooohahahaha...in return and listen to the sound it's great. :)

Middle Ditch said...

Miss Pidgin, yes, she is back. Anna has returned to Middle Ditch and poor Drake had the shock of his life. What will he do? Reconnect?

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

fizzycat said...

Yes trying to grow as many herbs as possible this year.

Middle Ditch said...

Good for you Fizz

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