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Just William: A Second BBC Radio Collection

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
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A second wonderful collection of Just William stories, selected and read by Martin Jarvis.

Richmal Crompton’s stories featuring irrepressible schoolboy William Brown have been firm favourites with both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster - for his harassed elders at least.

With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry (the Outlaws) and the angelic thorn in his side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary and radio immortals.

The stories in this collection include: 

  • That Boy
  • The Bishop’s Handkerchief
  • William and Uncle George
  • The Haunted House
  • William and St Valentine
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Not Much
  • The Cure
  • William’s Wonderful Plan
  • The Outlaws and the Penknife
  • William the Reformer
  • William’s New Year’s Day
  • Aunt Florence and the Green Woodpecker
  • The Plan That Failed
  • William and the Begging Letter
  • A Question of Exchange
  • William and the Temporary History Teacher
  • The Outlaws and the Tramp
  • A Few Dogs and William
  • The Outlaws and the Missionary
  • William the Good
  • William and the Young Man
  • William and the Spy
  • William and the Badminton Racket
  • William Turns Over a New Leaf
  • William and Dear Little Peter
  • William and the Waxwork Prince
  • William and the White Cat
  • William and Photography
  • The Great Detective
  • The Fete - and Fortune
  • The Weak Spot
  • The Outlaws Go a-Mumming
  • William's Double Life
  • William to the Rescue
  • William the Film Star
  • William the Rat Lover
  • William the Showman
  • William and the Monster
  • William the Persian
  • The New Game
  • William and the Love Nest
  • The Cat and the Mouse
  • Waste Paper Wanted
  • William the Globe Trotter
  • William and the Prize Pig
  • A Present from William
  • A Night of Mysteries
  • William and the Chinese God
  • William and the League of Perfect Love
  • Fireworks Strictly Prohibited
  • William the Psychiatrist
  • William Joins the Waits
  • Violet Elizabeth Takes Control
  • William - the Dear Little Boysie
  • William’s Brilliant Plan
  • The Outlaws and Aunt Jo
  • Violet Elizabeth’s Special Party
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  • Ms. E. J. Baker
  • 07-04-2019

More Wonderful William Stories BUT Abridged!!

What really can be said ? If you have ever read William stories when young you will just adore these but sadly they are abridged versions which I didn't realise til I listened and this is sometimes to the detriment of the amusement of the story. Nevertheless these are stories which come and are set in the age of the black and white films of slapstick humour, set in the 1920's1930's and are very innocent stories of bygone times, younger versions of the P G WODEHOUSE era of life and when children were children, their games were innocent, times were safe and children could go and play in woods and gardens without health and safety nonsense and parental worry. William is 11 years old and these are all about him and the Outlaws, his 3 friends and his dog Jumble making up the gang. These however are gang stories about playing cowboys and indians, hunting spies, playing with bows and arrows, tops, mouth organs, trumpets and cricket and badminton bats. How many children really use their imagination in playtime now? Martin Jarvis has really got into his stride with the narration and the different voices he does are stupendous. The result is really gentle,, funny humour that some of us still wish applied in this day and age. Probably more appealing to adults than children now, these are nevertheless totally suitable for all, are thoroughly enjoyable and sadly now would almost certainly be dismissed by any publisher today.