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All three series of the BBC radio bittersweet comedy narrated by Sheila Hancock following the adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire - plus special episode 'Full Stop'. Relationships have come and gone but life continues in Wadenbrook, where Sheila Hancock takes us behind closed doors to reveal the inhabitants' heartbreak and happiness. We meet Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook), who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system, and recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself'. Forthright self-defence teacher Esther (Katherine Jakeways, also the writer of this series) and her gentle and put-upon husband Jonathan (Kevin Eldon) are trying to start a family, and Ken and Keith, possibly the happiest couple in town are determined to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night. Throughout this funny and touching comedy show, love blossoms in the most unexpected places, birthdays are celebrated, and visitors are both expected and unexpected. In the final ever episode, 'Full Stop' the residents of Wadenbrook travel to see a starry production at the Birmingham Hippodrome but heavy snow threatens to thwart everyone's plans.... Narrated by Sheila Hancock, North by Northamptonshire also stars Kevin Eldon, Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook and Felicity Montagu, and was written by Katherine Jakeways.Show more
The final four series of this BBC Radio comedy drama about sisterhood and sibling rivalry In these final four series, Anna is trying to remain calm and centred in the midst of the familial chaos that surrounds her. Her sisters Victoria and Charlotte are more combative than ever, and when a row blows up between them, Anna is stuck in the middle. Having graduated from university, her niece Emily is preparing for marriage and motherhood. But her wedding plans cause ructions, as Victoria and Charlotte make her celebrations all about them. The baby's birth sends Victoria into competitive granny mode - while Anna receives a heart-warming surprise. Having dallied with a string of lovers, Charlotte finally gets engaged - but there are more twists to come in her complicated love life. Her professional life is in turmoil too: with daughter Gisele starring in a TV series, will Charlotte keep chasing her own big break as an actress, or try and make it as a model instead? As the sisters look forward to new beginnings, one thing is certain - they'll always have each other... Scripted by Simon Brett, this hugely popular comedy stars Rosemary Leach as Anna, with Angela Thorne as Victoria, Celia Imrie and Felicity Montagu as Charlotte and Lisa Coleman as Emily. Written and produced by Simon Brett Music composed by Elizabeth Parker, BBC Radiophonic Workshop Cast Anna - Rosemary Leach Victoria - Angela Thorne Charlotte - Celia Imrie/Felicity Montagu Roger - Bill Nighy/Jonathan Coy Eddie - James Greene Emily - Lisa Coleman Nick - Kieran Hill George - Bruce Alexander With Sheila Mitchell, Richard Syms, James Vaughan, Bridget McConnell, Rowland Davies, Richenda Carey, Bruce Alexander, Judy Flynn, Marianne Borgo, Stephen Thorne, Bill Wallis, Colin Starkey, Susan Jameson, Jon Glover, Chris Emmett, Joanna Monro, Michael Simkins First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January-3 March 2004 (Series 10), 19 January-23 February 2005 (Series 11), 26 April-31 May 2006 (Series 12), 11 April-16 May 2007 (Series 13)Show more
Series 6-9 of the BBC Radio comedy drama following the fortunes of three forty-something sisters Sisters Anna, Victoria and Charlotte are back for four more series, in which relationships are forged, hearts are broken and family ties are strained - but not severed. Older sister Anna continues to live her life on her own terms, despite her sisters' insistence on being there for her. But when she suffers a couple of knocks to her confidence and needs a shoulder to cry on, they are too self-absorbed to be any use. Fortunately, niece Emily provides moral support, and Anna reciprocates with some down-to-earth advice about Emily's love life. With their daughter away at university, Emily's parents find themselves reassessing their marriage. Roger is tempted to stray, while Victoria become even more insecure - and a death in the family sends shock waves rippling in unexpected directions. Meanwhile, Charlotte's star rises and falls, as she makes her soap opera debut and finally acquires celebrity status, only to have her bubble cruelly burst. With her acting career seemingly on the decline, she embarks on a quest to find herself - and makes some surprising discoveries... Written by Simon Brett, this much-loved sitcom stars Rosemary Leach as Anna, with Angela Thorne as Victoria, Celia Imrie and Felicity Montagu as Charlotte, Lisa Coleman as Emily and Bill Nighy as Roger. Produced by Maria Esposito (Series 6-8) and Simon Brett (Series 9) Music composed by Elizabeth Parker, BBC Radiophonic Workshop Cast Anna - Rosemary Leach Victoria - Angela Thorne Charlotte - Celia Imrie/Felicity Montagu Roger - Bill Nighy Eddie - James Greene Emily - Lisa Coleman With Edward de Souza, Christian Rodska, Joanna Monro, Will Ing, Jane Gibson, Alan Cowan, Alison Skilbeck, Simon Brett, Tracy-Ann Obermann, Bruce Alexander, James Vaughan, Colin Starkey, Kenny Blythe, Natalie Casey, Jason Done, Michael Jayston First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14 July-18 August 1999 (Series 6), 31 January-7 March 2001 (Series 7), 2 January-6 February 2002 (Series 8), 1 January-5 February 2003 (Series 9)Show more
The complete series 1-3 of the BBC Radio 4 narrative comedy featuring Beauty Oolonga's adventures as a care worker, starring Jocelyn Jee Esien. Beauty of Britain breaks the embarrassed silence about what happens to us when we get old and start to lose our faculties. It shows the process in all its chaotic tragi-comedy but it does so from the point of view of a migrant worker, Beauty, whose Zimbabwean Shona background has taught her to respect age. Beauty sees Britain at its best, its worst and also sometimes without its clothes on running the wrong way down the M6 with a toy dog shouting 'Come on!' In first series Beauty discovers the glories of Weston-super-Mare's charity shops, has a disastrous crush on worship leader Wayne and looks after the elderly Mr Easterby, who has a new girlfriend and is behaving like a love-struck teenager. In the second series, Beauty's employer, the Featherdown Agency, sends her to provide care for those who need it - and some who don't, but all of whom have relatives with guilty consciences. In the third and final series Beauty's mother pays her a visit, finds herself on the receiving end of a surprising proposal and wonders is Stephen, a charming English gent, is just like Hugh Grant in those movies. Jocelyn Jee Esien heads up a starry cast that includes Jenny Agutter, Felix Dexter, Pippa Haywood, Paterson Joseph, Julia Mackenzie, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Clive Swift. Written by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson, Produced by Tilusha Ghelani.Show more
These four brand new shows, made up of a delightful mix of poems, personal stories and sketches, are themed around the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Pam is once again joined by actors Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead for sketches about topics including the May elections, spring cleaning, keeping cool, wedding gifts, Parents' Evening, bonfires, competitive ailments and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Poems include 'I Was Standing by the Cow', 'Heaps of Stuff', 'No Alarm on the Flight Deck', 'That Perfect Swimsuit', 'The Harvest Hymn' and 'Insomnia'. Full of fabulous material, this will amuse and entertain Pam Ayres fans all year round.Show more
Pam Ayres brings you four brand new shows made up of a delightful mix of poems, personal stories and sketches on subjects that have recently inspired her: Passion, In The Doghouse, On Yer Bike and Shopping. She's joined by actors Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead for sketches including those about the joys of owning a dog, the agony of attempting to get in shape for a holiday, the challenge of trying to reignite the passion in a relationship and the horror of being given advice in a cosmetics department. Poems include 'Don't Ask Me to the Wedding', 'I'm the Dog Who Didn't Win the Prize', 'Tippy Tappy Feet', 'The Pension Poem' and 'Through the Lens.' Packed with hilarious material, this audio release will delight and amuse Pam Ayres fans everywhere.Show more
Just over thirty years ago, a little-known poet named Pam Ayres made her debut on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks. Since then, she has taken the nation by storm, entertaining millions of people with her books, stage shows and radio and television appearances. Her first BBC Radio 4 series, Ayres on the Air, was a huge success, and this second series proves to be every bit as droll and delightful. A mix of comic poetry, sketches, and observations on life, each programme is themed around a different subject: Fame, Animals, Travel, Motherhood, The Old Days and Food. Here are much-loved poems such as 'Do You Think Bruce Springsteen would Fancy Me?', 'I'm Going to Be Surgically Enhanced', 'Clamp the Mighty Limpet', 'How Can That Be My Baby?', 'The Dolly on the Dustcart', 'With These Hands' and 'Thoughts of a Late-Night Knitter'; and sketches about the frustration of calling rail enquiry lines, the art of text messaging, and trying to stick to a diet. These six programmes show the inimitable Pam Ayres at her warmest and wittiest, and are guaranteed to amuse and delight her many fans.Show more
Writer, poet and broadcaster Pam Ayres has been making her fans smile for more than thirty years since her first television appearance on Opportunity Knocks. This recording is taken from four of Pam's live shows for her BBC Radio 4 series Ayres On The Air, and is packed with her usual mix of comic poetry, prose and droll observations on life. Pam Ayres has recently been 'rediscovered' via her appearances on Radio 4's Just a Minute, That Reminds Me and Loose Ends, and Ayres On The Air has been celebrated on both Pick of the Week and Feedback. She regularly tours both the UK and abroad, performing to sell-out audiences. Here, Pam can be heard delighting her public on such topics as holidays, families, ageing and country living. With sketches about being 'Topless at 60', getting shingles up the Orinoco and the joys of buying a tractor; and poems including: 'The Wonderbra', 'Littering', 'Poor Dad' and 'The Voice at the Foot of the Stairs', this collection showcases one of the nation's most popular poets at her very best.Show more
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