The Village Fête
is a radio play by Peter Tinniswood. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 17 January 1987, as an installment of Saturday Night Theatre. The duration is 90 minutes[1]. It was the first appearance of Tinniswood's popular character Winston Hayballs, and the success of this play spurred several sequel series.


The Empson family moves from London to a ramshackle house in the country. They are transformed by village life and by their encounters with larger than life local resident, Winston Hayballs.


Directed by Shaun MacLoughlin

Critical ReceptionEdit

One of Tinniswood's most acclaimed radio plays, The Village Fête won a Giles Cooper Award and a Sony Award.


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