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The Random Jottings of Hinge and Bracket

Radio 2
1982-1989 (dates?)

Given the great success, in former years, of ventriloquism on the radio, we should not be surprised to learn that it also features one or two drag acts.  Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket, who are apparently, for listings purposes, ‘real people’ (Hinge recently appeared, in a seriocomic role, in a Radio 4 adaptation of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, no less), were heard going about their business in and around their home, namely the Old Manse, Stackton Tressel, and chatting to various equally eccentric characters.  The series, written by Gerald Frow, followed a very similar show entitled The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket, which went out in the late 1970s and had a different writing team.  Daphne Heard, who also featured in the earlier series, returned as the “daily help”, Maud; in later series the part was taken by Jean Heywood.  Random Jottings was succeeded by a third series, At Home with Hinge and Bracket.

© JB Sumner 1998