Amid the fantasies and sub-realities of these monologues--by the guard of a controversial work of art, by a dog; by the Prime Minister explaining his occupancy of a car driven by a 15-year-old girl who affirms "He seemed like a nice bloke, he'd gone a bit quiet"--Miriam Margolyes is a shining star. She gives scintillating life to the banal, particularly as Maggie, maker of last request meals for the condemned since the re-introduction of hanging, "It's nice for me in a way because I get to do some cooking again."
"Ugly intrusiveness", ascribed to mobile phones in the penultimate contribution, is a phrase better suited to that particular story, and even the most moving allegory, touchingly read by Dermot Crowley, is somewhat spoiled. Surely the writers can't imagine obscenities enhance their work. --Lyn Took (4 cassettes Running time 6hrs 30mins)