Scummow: Things Washed Up By The Sea

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2010. Stars Mary Woodvine, Stephen Hogan, Barbara Jefford and Charles Barnecut.

Press Clippings

Cornish magic is at work in this surreal modern comedy, inspired by the ancient saints who, it is said, landed in the county from Brittany and France hundreds of years ago. Mary Kneebone, the local baker in a small Cornish harbour, has not been happy of late. Her wretched husband turned out to be a bigamist and her beloved father has died, leaving her to run the business on her own. But when, one dark and stormy night (of course!), she rescues a solitary Irish sailor with a beard down to his knees and limpets attached to his back, she feels a burning pain of love and happiness shoot across her chest. Her misery begins to turn to joy. And Mary is not the only sad soul in the village to find a cure through this strangest of healers. The weird one's clientele grows ever larger, unfettered by his alcohol addiction and the suggestion that he might have murdered his father. A generous and uplifting take on our folkloric storytelling traditions.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 25th March 2010