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Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Narrative Monologue, 61 minutes
Preceded by: Rain
Followed by: Talking About Love

Ok, here I am, four years old, sitting on the handlebars of our lawnmower.

Pretender is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1986.


Joe narrates a slide show of his life. He describes having an affair with fellow teachers: a woman with scars on her face who later marries a rich man, a woman who has her teeth capped, a half deaf hypochondriac librarian for whom he later pretends to be obese, an overweight woman who goes to gyms. "History is other people," and ending up "only a teacher." The fictionalized story of Marmouth, illegitimate son of the king and pretender to the throne of England, who lead a failed revolution in 1685. The story is interspersed by the song "the great pretender." Slide show includes women in nude magazines. Woman speaks a brief second person monologue to her lover. Sounds of battle.