BBC Radio 4 has commissioned a brace of new radio dramas from independent production company CPL Productions, including one about the making of the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army and another about the friendship between Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor.
Dear Arthur, Love John, by West End playwright Roy Smiles, will chart the relationship between Dad’s Army stars Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier and focus on the creation of the beloved TV series.
Lowe and Le Mesurier were men of wildly different temperaments, yet bonded while working together on the series over the course of its nine-year run and became fast friends. Anton Lesser will play John Le Mesurier in the drama, while Robert Daws will play Arthur Lowe.
Rock and Doris and Liz, written by former EastEnders actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, will explore the friendship between Hollywood star Rock Hudson and actresses Day and Taylor, while a third commission, Like a Daughter, is a play examining wills and family relationships.
CPL’s head of radio, Liz Anstree, said in a statement: “The commission of three further afternoon dramas from Radio 4 means we can build on our reputation for producing first class content, working with some of the best talent in the industry.”
Dear Arthur, Love John will be broadcast on Monday 7 May, while Rock and Doris and Liz will go out on Monday 18 June. Like a Daughter does not currently have a scheduled transmission date.