Sir Ralph Richardson may no longer be a household name, but just one listen to these Heritage Media 1950s BBC Radio performances will convince listeners why he was one of the most dominant and beloved voices of mid-twentieth-century stage, film, and radio.

With a charming and gentlemanly presence, he easily finds the warmth, clarity, and humor in a number of short selections from English literature’s thickest eighteenth-century offerings: Laurence Stern’s SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY and William Makepeace Thackeray’s VANITY FAIR. In the latter he shares the microphone with the incomparable Margaret Lockwood–another wonderful voice from the golden age of British film and radio. These “pop-and-hiss” recordings offer a great way to experience how these broadcasts were originally heard more than 60 years ago.