Goodbye, Mr Chips

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Goodbye, Mr Chips

Written by James Hilton

Abridged by Neville Teller

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek Jacobi reads James Hilton’s 1934 classic novel “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, in this abridged five part version. Over the five instalments we follow Mr Chips’ life as he remembers it in flashback from the comfort and serenity of retirement at Mrs. Whitlow’s cottage. A moving and emotional story, spanning a lifetime and filled with many colourful and recognisable characters.

Dur: 1hr 11mins STEREO – 5 part Radio series

Available as 320kbps Stereo MP3 – 161MB

 

Description

 

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2005.

Sir Derek Jacobi reads James Hilton’s 1934 classic novel “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, in this abridged five part version. Over the five instalments we follow Mr Chips’ life as he remembers it in flashback from the comfort and serenity of retirement at Mrs. Whitlow’s cottage. A moving and emotional story, spanning a lifetime and filled with many colourful and recognisable characters. This abridged version, by renowned abridger Neville Teller, keeps true to the original work, rather than the famous 1939 MGM movie. Evocative and touching, “Goodbye, Mr Chips” is a timeless story that will bring a tear to everyone’s eye.

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Derek Jacobi records “Goodbye, Mr Chips” in 2005

 


FURTHER INFORMATION

PART ONE

In the first episode of “Goodbye, Mr Chips” we meet Brookfield institution Mr Chipping as he reflects on his long years as a teacher and the many boys he has taught. He takes us back to his very first days as a young school-master struggling with his new students and his unexpected marriage to Katherine.

PART TWO

In the second instalment of “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, Mr Chipping’s recollections show how Katherine was an immediate success at Brookfield, and under her benign influence Chips himself blossomed. Then, a brief few years into their blissfully happy marriage, Kathie – together with their baby – dies in childbirth!

PART THREE

In the third instalment of “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, we hear how Chips became a Brookfield institution – more of an essential part of the school than he dreamed. When the brash new headmaster, Ralston, decided that the time had come for Chips to retire, not only the boys but the staff and the Governors rallied behind him.

PART FOUR

In the fourth instalment of “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, Chipping remembers the events of the Great War, when he was recalled to run the school for the duration, although he declined the ultimate honour of being appointed full-time Headmaster. On the night of the Armistice he submits his resignation, and retires for the second and last time.

PART FIVE

In the final instalment of “Goodbye, Mr Chips”, Chipping is fully retired but still resides near Brookfield, so he can “keep an eye” on things. He is visited by young Linford and reminded of all the boys he has taught, generations on generations of them. Finally, after many memories, for Chips the Brookfield bells ring no more.

Additional information

Reader

Sir Derek Jacobi

Writer

James Hilton

Abridger

Neville Teller

Composer

SNK Music

Sound Design/Editing

Neil Gardner

Director/Producer

Neil Gardner

Copyright

Ladbroke Productions (Radio) / BBC Radio 2

Released

2005

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