Maureen Lipman

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Oklahoma! | Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’
Hugh Jackman, with Maureen Lipman, in the 1999 Royal National Theatre production

Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics & Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

  • Track 20
  • Maureen Lipman
  • WORDS FOR YOU
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 Missing You By Penelope Shuttle

(verses 1, 2 and 21)

read by Maureen Lipman

1

This year no-one will ask how you voted,

or if you know the way to town

No-one will call you as an eye-witness

or teach you how to train a bird of prey

No-one will bring you your New Scientist,

try to sell you double-glazing

or tell you their secrets

People will write to you

but you won’t answer their letters

The high sheriff of mistletoe

will never catch your eye again

No-one will peel apples for you,

or love you more than you can bear

No-one will forget you

2

I wept in Tesco,

Sainsburys

and in Boots

where they gave me

medicine for grief

But I wept in Asda,

in Woolworths

and in the library

where they gave me

books on grief

I wept in Clarks

looking in vain for shoes

that would stop me weeping

I wept on the peace march

and all through the war

I wept in Superdrug

where they gave me

a free box of tissues

I wept in the churches,

the empty empty churches,

and in the House of Commons –

they voted me out of office

21

I’ve lived with your death for a year,

that despot death, that realist,

stunned,

as if I’ve just given birth to a foal,

or made an enemy of the rain

All at once

you had more important things to do

than to live

Death is the feather in your cap,

the source of your fame,

my darkest lesson

This dropout year closes,

I begin my second year without you,

just me and the paper-thin world

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I would love to see this advert back on the TV.

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PHOTOS: David Tennant & Billie Piper Filming Doctor Who - The Idiot’s Lantern #ThrowbackThursday 

Today’s Throwback Thursday looks back at the filming of the 2006 episode of Doctor Who, The Idiot’s Lantern. The episode saw the Doctor and Rose travel back to the 1950s where they discover an electrical entity taking advantage of the increase in domestic TV sets ahead of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Doctor Who – The Idiot’s Lantern

It’s 1953, the Coronation year of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the people of Great Britain gather to witness the great event. But behind the celebrations there are rumours of monsters on the streets.
With David Tennant as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. The episode also starred Maureen Lipman as the Wire, Ron Cook as Mr. Magpie, Jamie Foreman as Eddie Connolly and Margaret John as Grandma. 

The Idiot’s Lantern was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Euros Lyn. Filming took place in Cardiff and at Alexander Palace in London.

The episode was first broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 27th May 2006.

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