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The Alan Davies Show

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1998. Stars Alan Davies, Ronni Ancona and Alan Francis.

Series 1, Episode 5 - Tree

Alan falls for a topless road protester.

Further details

Alan and Murray get a man over to meddle with their cable so that they can get all the channels. This backfires when the remote control gets very hot. Kate brings in some leaflets (to use as a hat), and is recommended by the meddling man to go to a lost property office and take stuff that is wrongly hers.

They then discover that the man who gave Kate the leaflets is protesting against a tree being torn down to make way for a new road. He is joined by a woman called Poppy, whom Alan finds highly attractive. Meanwhile, Kate goes to the lost property office and tries to claim an umbrella, but the plan backfires when she claims she took some topless photos, and refuses to show her breasts.

Poppy has however taken topless photos, increasing Alan's affections towards her. Kate then joins them and has a look at the photos. Alan learns from the leaflet that John Lennon and Yoko Ono spend some time naked in the tree as well, where they wrote "Imagine". Alan then decides to spend some time in tree doing the nightshift. Kate goes back to the lost property office and meets a different person in charge, who is much easier to trick. She gets both an umbrella and a bag too.

Kate tries to take some photos of her breasts in a photo booth, but is discovered and leaves, forgetting her umbrella. Alan continues to try and please Polly by making her food and delivering it to the tree via a pulley system. The meddling men accidentally eat some of the food and get wind. Kate meanwhile attempts to show the photographs of her breasts, but the umbrella is not handed in.

Murray and Alan take the nightshift again, but this time they get caught in a lightning storm. It is so bad, that they go in. Just as they go in, the road builders come and knock down the tree. The men bring the tree into Alan's flat, just as Poppy arrives. When Poppy discovers the tree, she leaves. What is worse, he is fined £500 for having illegal cable, but he gets the money when the meddling men sell the tree as Beatles memorabilia.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 17th June 1998
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Alan Davies Alan
Ronni Ancona Kate
Alan Francis Murray
Guest cast
Debra Stephenson Ensemble Actor
Dave Lamb Ensemble Actor
Kim Wall Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Alan Davies Writer
Tony Roche Writer
Ben Silburn Writer
Production team
Jane Berthoud Producer

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