Well, He Would, Wouldn’t He? by Charlotte Williams
Mandy Rice-Davies, in person and in recent history, is the star of Charlotte Williams’s drama-documentary. She narrates her own account of how, aged 16, she ran away to London, where she modelled then worked as a dancer in a cabaret club. That was where she met Christine Keeler, got involved with the circle of a well-connected osteopath Stephen Ward and became the mistress of notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman. Keeler and Rice-Davies had, through Ward, been meeting very influential men so, when one of Keeler’s previous lovers turned up at Ward’s flat with a gun, it was the start of an interlocking set of scandals which rocked 1963 and echoes still. At Stephen Ward’s subsequent trial for living off the immoral earnings of Keeler and Rice-Davies, prosecuting counsel told Rice-Davies that Lord Astor had denied an affair with her, indeed claimed never to have met her. That’s when she said the words, more or less, of the plays’s title.
Mandy (younger) . . . Aimee Ffion-Edwards
Christine Keeler . . . Lyndsey Marshall
'Pops' Murray . . . Steven Marzella
Stephen Ward/Peter Rachman . . Ewan Bailey
Lord Astor . . . Adrian Schiller
Eugene Ivanov . . . Alex Dower
Johnny Edgecombe . . . Anthony Courier
A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.
First broadcast BBC-R4 Saturday Drama: 23 Feb 2013
MPEG 1.0 Layer 3 - 128 kbps mp3 – 44 khz - Joint Stereo
Duration: 57 Mins
Summary by Gillian Reynolds of The Telegraph
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