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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents was transmitted in two parts as part of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Play series on August 23, 2003 at 2:30 pm. The play is 90 minutes long and was adapted by Peter Kerry from Terry Pratchett's original book, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2001.

The play was directed by Chris Wallis, the music was composed and played by Rick Juckes

Technical presentation was by David Fleming-Williams and this was a Watershed Production, as is Hemlock and After, which also features David.

"The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits." - Harper

Darktan's voice was a spoof version of Sean Connery's Scottish burr. The narrator in the adaptation was Maurice himself, describing to Dangerous Beans how they arrived at the perilous situation near the end of the plot.



Harry Myers - Maurice

Tom George* - Keith

Annie Rowe - Melissa

David Tennant - Dangerous Beans

Michael Fenton Stevens - Spider/Mr. Spears

Sean Prendergast - Darktan/Mr. Blunkett

Joanna Monro - Peaches

Rod Arthur** - Ham'n Pork

Finetime Fontayne - Sardines

Charlie Norfolk - Nourishing

Sandra Hunt - Inbrine

Rebecca Norfolk, age 8 - Storyteller

John Rowe - Death

*appears in The Mill on the Floss

**appears as Mr. Parsons in the Doctor Who episode School Reunion

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