Bernard Wrigley

From starting in folk clubs as a child bride, and then writing & performing at the Octagon theatre in Bolton, the career has always combined singing and acting. From TV programmes and films such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Phoenix Nights, Dinnerladies, Alan Bennett films, Brassed Off, My Son The Fanatic & Steve Coogan’s Coogan’s Run, to the many radio plays and programmes presented or guested upon, there has throughout been a steady stream of LPs and CDs - eighteen to date, the early ones all now remastered to CD.

Brassed Off (1996)

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A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns. Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted by Andrea Dunbar from two of her own controversial plays. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Michelle Holmes  •  Siobhan Finneran  •  George Costigan  •  Kulvinder Ghir

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns. Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted by Andrea Dunbar from two of her own controversial plays. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Michelle Holmes  •  Siobhan Finneran  •  George Costigan  •  Kulvinder Ghir

The Parole Officer (2001)

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A hapless parole officer is framed for murder by a crooked police chief. To prove his innocence he must entice his former clients away from the law abiding lives they are now living to recover the evidence that will save him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Steve Coogan  •  Lena Headey  •  Ben Miller  •  Om Puri

A hapless parole officer is framed for murder by a crooked police chief. To prove his innocence he must entice his former clients away from the law abiding lives they are now living to recover the evidence that will save him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Steve Coogan  •  Lena Headey  •  Ben Miller  •  Om Puri

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

The Insurance Man (1986)

Franz, a young man, works in a dye factory in Prague. One day he notices a skin-rash, like eczema, growing on his hands. All attempts to treat it with ointment fail, and the rash gradually spreads over his body. After complaining to the management he is laid off ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Robert Hines  •  Alan MacNaughtan  •  Jim Broadbent

Franz, a young man, works in a dye factory in Prague. One day he notices a skin-rash, like eczema, growing on his hands. All attempts to treat it with ointment fail, and the rash gradually spreads over his body. After complaining to the management he is laid off ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Robert Hines  •  Alan MacNaughtan  •  Jim Broadbent

A Private Function (1984)

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

SoulBoy (2010)

1974. Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the football terraces, Joe McCain is bored of a life that's going nowhere. Enter hair-dresser Jane: blonde, beautiful, and moving to the beat of a whole new world of sound, movement and all-nighter dancing at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shimmy Marcus
CAST:  Martin Compston  •  Felicity Jones  •  Alfie Allen  •  Nichola Burley

1974. Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the football terraces, Joe McCain is bored of a life that's going nowhere. Enter hair-dresser Jane: blonde, beautiful, and moving to the beat of a whole new world of sound, movement and all-nighter dancing at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shimmy Marcus
CAST:  Martin Compston  •  Felicity Jones  •  Alfie Allen  •  Nichola Burley

A Day Out (1972)

Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  David Waller  •  James Cossins  •  Brian Glover  •  John Normington

Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  David Waller  •  James Cossins  •  Brian Glover  •  John Normington

Strumpet (2001)

Strayman, a spontaneous poet, is landlord to a pack of stray dogs. Unable to resist another of life's strays, he hooks up with Strumpet, a shy, homeless girl with an extraordinary gift for music. After Strayman's neighbour overhears them singing, the three set off ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Genna G  •  Stephen Walters  •  David Crellin

Strayman, a spontaneous poet, is landlord to a pack of stray dogs. Unable to resist another of life's strays, he hooks up with Strumpet, a shy, homeless girl with an extraordinary gift for music. After Strayman's neighbour overhears them singing, the three set off ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Genna G  •  Stephen Walters  •  David Crellin

Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002)

James Bolam portrays serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman in this made-for-TV drama. The film follows the story of Shipman, a general practitioner who throughout his career is believed to have killed as many as 250 of his patients. When the high death rate of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Bamford
CAST:  James Bolam  •  James Hazeldine  •  Micheal Stainton  •  Olive Pendleton

James Bolam portrays serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman in this made-for-TV drama. The film follows the story of Shipman, a general practitioner who throughout his career is believed to have killed as many as 250 of his patients. When the high death rate of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Bamford
CAST:  James Bolam  •  James Hazeldine  •  Micheal Stainton  •  Olive Pendleton

Afternoon Off (1979)

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Henry Man  •  Benjamin Whitrow  •  Angela Morant  •  Pasquale Perrino

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Henry Man  •  Benjamin Whitrow  •  Angela Morant  •  Pasquale Perrino

Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000)

The comedienne stars in this festive sketch show, alongside a host of celebrity guests.  (more)

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CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Caroline Aherne  •  Susie Blake

The comedienne stars in this festive sketch show, alongside a host of celebrity guests.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Caroline Aherne  •  Susie Blake

Soul Music (1997)

The young druid Imp y Celyn comes to Ankh-Morpork to become a famous musician, but a new guitar from a mysterious shop possesses him with a new kind of music - the Music with Rocks In. To make matters worse, Death, saddened by the death of his adopted daughter, has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Flynn
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Graham Crowden  •  Andy Hockley  •  Debra Gillett

The young druid Imp y Celyn comes to Ankh-Morpork to become a famous musician, but a new guitar from a mysterious shop possesses him with a new kind of music - the Music with Rocks In. To make matters worse, Death, saddened by the death of his adopted daughter, has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Flynn
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Graham Crowden  •  Andy Hockley  •  Debra Gillett

My Son the Fanatic (1997)

Pakistani taxi-driver Parvez and prostitute Bettina find themselves trapped in the middle when Islamic fundamentalists decide to clean up their local town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Udayan Prasad
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Akbar Kurtha  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Pakistani taxi-driver Parvez and prostitute Bettina find themselves trapped in the middle when Islamic fundamentalists decide to clean up their local town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Udayan Prasad
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Akbar Kurtha  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Speech Day (1973)

Speech Day is a bit of a laugh if you are not one of nature's prize-winners. But now that they've finished with school and school with them, what comes next for Ronnie, Wally and Rob?  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  John Forbes-Robertson  •  Geoff Tomlinson  •  Bill Dean  •  Brian Glover

Speech Day is a bit of a laugh if you are not one of nature's prize-winners. But now that they've finished with school and school with them, what comes next for Ronnie, Wally and Rob?  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  John Forbes-Robertson  •  Geoff Tomlinson  •  Bill Dean  •  Brian Glover

Sunset Across the Bay (1975)

A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Gabrielle Daye  •  Harry Markham  •  Bob Peck  •  Christine Buckley

A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Gabrielle Daye  •  Harry Markham  •  Bob Peck  •  Christine Buckley