Beryl - A Love Story on Two Wheels

Beryl - A Love Story on Two Wheels
Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

To my mind Maxine Peake is an actress who can do no wrong. How will she fare as a writer? In this, her first attempt at penning her own work, she has crafted an intriguing take on a regular love story.

It’s a drama about the true-life romance of the astonishingly successful working-class cyclist Beryl Burton and her mechanic husband, Charlie, that also uses the recollections of a now 80-something Charlie and his daughter, Denise Burton-Cole.

As well as handling the writing duties, Peake also stars as Beryl in scenes recorded on bicycles in locations around Yorkshire.

About this programme

Drama written by and starring Maxine Peake. The story of Beryl Burton, a working-class woman from Morley in Leeds who combined farm work with global success in cycling throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Featuring contributions by Beryl's husband Charlie, who was also her mechanic, and daughter Denise Burton-Cole. With Mark Jordon and Tony Pitts.

Cast and crew


Beryl Burton
Maxine Peake
Charlie Burton
Mark Jordon
Tony Pitts
Young Beryl/Angela
Sydney Wade
Young Denise
Sophie Downham
Mike McNamara/Nim Carlin
John Hollingworth
Charlie Burton
Denise Burton-Cole


Justine Potter
Maxine Peake