A ten part series in which actor Mike McShane takes on the role of a series of characters in the background of day-to-day life to deliver ten stories by Damon Runyon as monologues. Often accompanied by background vignettes.
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Michael McShane ...  Narrator 5 episodes, 1994
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A ten part series in which actor Mike McShane takes on the role of a series of characters in the background of day-to-day life to deliver ten stories by Damon Runyon as monologues. Often accompanied by background vignettes.

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One of the great unsung works of TV genius
30 July 2013 | by gar_hodgeSee all my reviews

Stories by the great Damon Runyon told with complete authenticity by the excellent Mike McShane. I have always loved these stories but now when I read them I only hear McShanes voice. The cadence, the beat, that strange sentence structure, it's all brought to life by him.

The extra conceit of having a small story taking place around him as he tells the story to the camera, is beautifully done too. None more so than in the story "Neat Strip" which takes place in a lift.

How are these stories not available to buy? If you are intrigued a trawl through Youtube will reveal at least some of these.

SO far I have found Neat Strip, The Old Dolls House, Johnny One Eye and Dancing Dans Christmas.

I hope this becomes a more popular piece of work. As Damon Runyon himself said "You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year".

This deserves to be remembered.


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