Saturday, 1 May 2010

Middle Ditch 44

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The Boar Run

When Joe visits Drake's farm he finds something unexpected

This episode features in order of appearance:

David Caddy as the Announcer
Ian Brinton as Joe
Sue Tarrant as Susan
Jeremy Drake as Farmer Drake

Editing and sound effects by David Caddy
Written by Monique Caddy and directed by Jeremy Drake

44 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Oh man, this is a good one. Love the opening of this. This guy is hilarious. "lil lady!" lol.

an average patriot said...

They keep getting better! Excellent Ian and David.

ivan said...

Monique,

I finally got a backup browser and was able to hear this installment.

Marvellous. Hilarious!

And dammit, salable.

You and your crew are wildly talented!

A privilege and a delight to listen to the radioplay.

I am positive I will soon hear it on British radio...It's certainly good enough to try to sell it here in Canada...You'd be amazed at some of the tame import we get around here, certainly on TVO, or TV Ontario.
Outstanding performance!

Reader Wil said...

Very good! All of you! I could hear you now very loud and clear!
Pigs can be very mean, can't they?!

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

I love the opening. You know, I once watched an episode of 'Father Ted' where Ted was explaining to Dougal that the cows looked small because they were far away. He didn't understand the difference between the small toy cows and the real ones in the field. This episode reminded me of that.
Loved the action of the pig chase too.

Beach Bum said...

This was fantastic! Brutus brought back memories of the pigs my granddad kept when I was very small.

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks Charles and Jim. You are such loyal listeners. I know that you, Charles, have missed a few episodes and I also know why, but it's great to see you back.

Middle Ditch said...

Ivan, I am so pleased that you finally could listen and even more pleased that you like it so much. But you might be positive to hear it soon on British radio, I am definitely not too sure. It's damn tricky to get your scripts read anywhere in this country.

Yes, I have a very talented 'crew'. Without them this blog could never have happened and I cannot praise them enough. They are such an enthusiastic lot and each recording session is a delight.

Middle Ditch said...

Reader Wil, you are also such a loyal visitor. Without your support and all the others I probably would have given up a long time ago. Comments like yours make it all worthwhile, believe you me.

And yes, pigs can be mean. David told me a long time ago, when we were strolling through a field with cows and a bull (I was pretty frightened) that he once was chased by a boar. Little stories like that are filed in my head and, when needed, pop out ready to be used.

Middle Ditch said...

Anne, I was a big fan of Father Ted. It was such a surreal comedy. Wonderful. And I do remember that scene. They were in the tiniest caravan on holiday. Later they were invaded by another priest and some youngsters enthusiastically dancing and singing the night away, keeping Ted and Dougal awake. Wasn't there also a naked man involved? Hanging on for dear life to the bonnet of the car, whilst Ted and Dougal pretended that everything was hunky dory?

Great memories here and you too are such a loyal listener. Thank you.

Middle Ditch said...

Beach Bum, thank you. My grandparents also kept a yearly pig. They bought them as a little piglet and my grandmother would bring them up. The pig and my grandmother became great friends and the pig would always run up to her to greet her. And then it was time for the slaughter and she would have to call it in. It always saddened her.

David Caddy said...

Brutus has become quite character. He has played a crucial part from the beginning and now he seems to be coming into his own. Poor Joe, he must had quite a fright!! Very well acted by Ian, Sue, Jed and Brutus. A memorable episode!!!

fizzycat said...

Thanks, mum passed away very peacefully in her sleep, around a fortnight ago.It is still very strange without her but her strength and bravery will always be rememberd.
Will be back in couple of days to listen here, best wishes.

C.J.Duffy said...

Ha Ha. The way the chap says 'vegetable peelings' with such disdain is wonderful. The story's we both write do have similarities don't they? Mine are set in a parallel universe Britain called Albion. Yours is firmly footed in our sphere of existence but so good and so funny. It is the humour that links our tales more than the fact they are set in villages.

Splendid stuff!

TomCat said...

Hi Monique!

Middle Ditch said...

Hey David, yes, Brutus is becoming quite a character. And Cassidy's flesh is now totally out of his system so he is safe to slaughter if Drake would wish to do so. Hopefully not though, as he is well liked by Drake and seems to be doing a good job, supplying Drake with plenty of piglets. Thanks for commenting and thanks for being such a loyal supporter and, I must say, for being a supreme editor.

Middle Ditch said...

Fizz, I did read it right on your blog. My condolences to you and your family. I know that your mother had been through a long illness and for a while she seemed to get better and brighter. It is so sad when a loved one passes away. I think your only console is that she died peacefully in her sleep without any more suffering.

Middle Ditch said...

C.J., I love reading your stories, also set in a small village with its wonderful characters. They are just so much fun to read. And I agree with you, it is indeed the humour that links the two. People when you have the chance, please click on the link and also enjoy what C.J. writes.

Hi Tom, good to see you here. I do miss you on FV on FB. Please come back.

Thank you both so much for supporting this blog and its quirky tales of village life.

S E E Quine said...

Ve-ge-ta-ble peelings, eh?

By the way, I'm trying to see everyone's blogs now, and spreading the news...

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X. Dell said...

Wild episode. Interesting to see a bit of pettiness from Drake. And it's fun to see a macho tough like Joe in a bit of panic. Hysterical.

jed said...

This episode was a lot of fun to present. Brutus is indeed quite a character. X-Dell is right about Joe. It is good to see another side to him. Joe certainly knows how to upset the locals. I wonder whether Susan will hit back at his 'Little lady' jibes? Susan strikes me as a resourceful woman.

benjibopper said...

Farmers rule! Great episode, Monique, with fantastic sound. Cracked me up, with a great little plot twist to close it.

Middle Ditch said...

S E E Quine, good to see you back. And glad you are still around. And pleased you liked the episode.

I'l be visiting your wonderful craft blog soon again.

X. Dell, Middle Ditch is still full of surprises for poor old Joe. How could he have suspected that a pig would actually chase him. Have you seen those pigs? They are huge and indeed pretty protective of their area. And as for Drake? Well we know Joe never was his favorite from the start. Now Joe has been out with Anna and Drake was left stranded. How insulting this must have been for Drake. We'll see how he is going to cope.

Thank you both for visiting and leaving a comment. Most appreciated.

Middle Ditch said...

Jed, this episode was also fun to write and to add sound effects. Susan is indeed resourceful. After all, she has had to cope with a wayward daughter and a bit of a mad father. I'm sure that sometime in the future she will get her own back at Joe.

Farmers rule indeed Benji. Specially farmer Drake and Brutus the boar. He is quietly becoming a star, isn't he? And, oh yes, those slippers. First Lady Annabel spotted Drake wearing them and now Joe. What will happen next? It doesn't look good for Drake.

Thank you both for visiting and commenting. I love reading the comments. It makes it all worthwhile.

Leigh Russell said...

Hi Monique, thanks for visiting.
I came over to see how it's going and now wish I hadn't as I don't have time to settle down and listen. Life is even more manic than usual with ROAD CLOSED in production - the printing was brought forward because of WH Smith's Travel (don't ask me what that's about) - and CUT SHORT having its 3rd reprint in a year, all happening at once.
I'll be posting next week about the prepublication panics but no time right now to do that justice!
Looking forward to visiting Middle Ditch again soon.
Take care.

thekingpin68 said...

That cop has a huge ego.

Perhaps the boar should get him?

Russ;)

Middle Ditch said...

Hi Leigh, good to see you and good to see your book is doing so well. As you know Middle Ditch will stay online for as long as the Internet exists and you can come and listen to any episode you fancy when you are not so busy.

thekingpin, thanks for dropping by. Yes, Joe has quite an ego and he thinks that a small village like Middle Ditch can do with cleaning up. Luckily Jim keeps him in check when he is around. And that boar did nearly get him and gave him a, well deserved, fright, didn't he?

foam said...

i can just visualize that big old pig chasing a cop .. :) hilarious!
my relatives used to keep pigs in the germany village they lived in. i used to go feed those porkers peelings from my great aunt's kitchen. those piggies were definitly huge.

Heff said...

Stop back by Monday the 17th if you need some help waking up, lol !

Devin said...

Charles and an average patriot said it all for me !!!!
fantastic job all of you and greetings to your special guests!!!!
hopefully my net connection problems will be over by thursday evening and i can stay better caught up with friends work !!!!
LOL times a billion on this one - thank you!!!!

BernardL said...

The pig chase was genius, especially with the slipper comment to end the episode.

S E E Quine said...

What the heck? Did all the audio players on your blog get switched around? It says 'Click here to install missing plugin'. Well, it wasn't like that last time.

By the way, Lucas is now a movie star! It's an excellent short film involving an orange OF DOOM and lots of action sequences and special effects. And good acting and sexiness.
` His movie is for all to see, and you can watch it here and it's awesome and I think it's gonna wiiiiinnnnn!

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Icy BC said...

I agree with most commenters above. I love the the opening as well. English accent sounds much better than American one.

TomCat said...

Hi Monique. :-)

S E E Quine said...

Oh happy day, your episodes are back!

Sun Follower said...

I'm a little late to the party but... excellent! Why is it that boars can be so fabulously menacing? :)

Middle Ditch said...

Thank you Foam, Heff, Devin, BernardL, S E E Quine, Icy BC, TomCat and Sun Follower for your visits and your comments. Many apologies for being so late in replying to you all. The thing is there is rather a lot going on in my life at the moment and time is of very short supply.

Also, we are, due to unforeseen circumstances, having to delay posting episode 45. We are very sorry about this but we hope that you will be patient and I promise that I will visit each of you loyal listeners as soon as I can.

Once more, thank you. Your visits and comments make it worthwhile continuing.

Beach Bum said...

Just checking in, hope everything is going good.

Middle Ditch said...

Everything is going good, Beach Bum, thank you. Still delayed with posting though. With any luck the next episode should be online by the end of this week.

thekingpin68 said...

'thekingpin, thanks for dropping by. Yes, Joe has quite an ego and he thinks that a small village like Middle Ditch can do with cleaning up. Luckily Jim keeps him in check when he is around. And that boar did nearly get him and gave him a, well deserved, fright, didn't he?'

Yes, well, for a drama I guess one needs some controversial characters.:)

Hope all is well, Monique.

Michelle M. Buchanan said...

Wonderful!

David Caddy said...

Great to see you here Michelle!

Thanks for listening and commenting.

Middle Ditch said...

All is well thekingpin, thank you. And yes indeed, for good drama you do need controversial characters. I do hope that I succeed in this.

Michelle, David said it all, thanks for your visit and listening to the quirky tales of village life.

Episode 45 is now online. It took some doing but we did it. Thank you David for your perseverance and loads of your patience.

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