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Stolen Time is a radio play by David Pownall. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 28 February 1998. The running time is 90 minutes[1][2][3].


In 1752, pressure to Europeanize forces a move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, consigning a superstitious population to an 11-day limbo of non-time.

It is during this period that poet Thomas Gray meets a ghost from his past.


  • Stephen Boxer
  • Alun Armstrong
  • Jenny Lee
  • David Graham

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

Critical Reception[]

"Just when you've got the hang of this little duologue about the power of art and the working week, David Pownall's Stolen Time rips off the ploughman mask to reveal a mad aristocrat who wants to shoot Gray for trashing his poetry." - Plays International.[4]