BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)
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The Madhouse on Castle Street 

A man mysteriously locks himself in a room in a boarding house leaving only a note saying he has decided to "retire from the world". His worried sister and the other boarders then try to discover why.

Director:

Philip Saville

Writer:

Evan Jones
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
David Warner ... Lennie
Bob Dylan ... Bobby
Maureen Pryor Maureen Pryor ... Mrs. Griggs
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Martha Tompkins
Reg Lye ... Walter Tompkins
James Mellor James Mellor ... Bernard
Georgina Ward Georgina Ward ... Susan Taylor
Ian Dallas ... Reverend Spooner
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A man mysteriously locks himself in a room in a boarding house leaving only a note saying he has decided to "retire from the world". His worried sister and the other boarders then try to discover why.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1963 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are audio tapes of all fours songs Dylan performed in the programme in existence, made by fans at the (only) time of broadcast using microphones next to the television speaker. See more »

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Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 16 December 2017 (2017) See more »

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Faded memory
28 March 2005 | by LautremontSee all my reviews

Isaw this when I was about ten or eleven, in our little house in Wales. My parents had read something about the program and decided to watch it. It made enough of an impression to remain with me in fragments. I had no idea who Dylan was. I remember him sitting on a doorstep or by a wall or something as the action went on in the foreground, and at some point he sang with the camera close on him. He was wearing his peaked cap. I don't even remember, or don't even know if I understood the story of the play. Now a Dylan obsessive, but the BBC wiped away so many things in its treasure trove. Now its just fragments in most people's memories. Presumably there is a script and stills still in existence.


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