No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...Find out more
Browse audiobooks narrated by Ingrid Oliver, listen to samples and when you're ready head over to Audiobooks.com where you can get 3 FREE audiobooks on us
Arch-Brutalist Sir Lucien founded his architectural practice on a commitment to brutalist concrete in all its forms. But fashion has been a cruel mistress, and four decades later things are not going well for Sir Lucien and his loyal(ish) employees. With no money and no commissions, times are tough – but it’s onwards and upwards (and upwards again) for the staff, as they go all out to win new contracts, deal with nightmare clients and fight to get their ambitious projects past the planners. In the pilot episode, architects Sarah (Laura Solon) and Dan (Ben Willbond) contemplate escape from a malfunctioning multi-storey car park in Esher and the pure aesthetic of the open sandwich. Series 1 finds Sir Lucien (Geoffrey Whitehead) trying to overcome his creative block by visiting a spa in Baden Baden – accompanied by reluctant colleague Tim (Alex Carter). Back at the practice, the other partners are juggling ambition, principles and scary Americans – and dreaming of taking minimalism to the max. In Series 2, Sir Lucien and Partners chase a lucrative airport contract, head to Watford to restyle a Premier League footballer’s mansion, design a building with a great big turret (possibly) and decide to go into house building – negotiating marshland, unexploded bombs and homicidal relatives en route... Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths, this caustic, satirical comedy also stars Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Crilly and Aisling Bea. Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths Directed by Toby Swift Pilot Sarah – Laura Solon Dan – Ben Willbond Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Rasmus – Ewan Bailey Tim – Tim Downie Mayoress – Joanna Brookes Car Park Attendant – Ben Crowe Series 1 and 2 Matt – Dominic Coleman Sarah – Ingrid Oliver/Anna Crilly Sir Lucien – Geoffrey Whitehead Tim – Alex Carter Hayley – Aisling Bea Gregory Nettles/Mr Douglas – Sean Murray Mr Russell/Gentle Energy MD – Steve Toussaint Nurse/Amanda/Helene/Planning Officer – Carolyn Pickles Lotte – Georgie Fuller Snadaker/Dave – Stephen Critchlow Mr McCoy – Harry Myers Justin – Ben Crowe Dawn – Susie Riddell Murray – Peter Forbes Noel – David Hounslow Ella – Rhiannon Neads Danny – Richie Campbell Sean – Jude Akuwudike John/Darvo/Council Receptionist – Ian Conningham Computer Caddie/Tony – Sam Dale Jemima – Hannah Genesius Bob – David Acton Jane/Lucy – Jane Slavin First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 27 March 2013, (Pilot), 14 March-4 April 2014 (Series 1), 2-23 February 2015 (Series 2)Show more
Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet (The Vicar Of Dibley), Neil Dudgeon (Life Of Riley, Midsomer Murders), Martha Howe-Douglas (Horrible Histories) & Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who). Thrill! - as brave knight Sir William De Warenne’s dungeon renovation falls foul of the Health & Safety inspectors Swoon! - as young Lady Anne tries to lose her cut-glass accent in an attempt to get on “The Only Way Is Wessex” Sympathize! - as Lord of the castle Sir John hires the latest top-of-the-range horse, but can’t work out what to do with the built-in “ashtrays” …and Get Out Your Laughing-Spats! as Bates the new valet arrives hotfoot from Downton Abbey... This is medieval England seen from a 21st century comedy perspective complete wit the now-legendary lute jingles. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the medieval versions of Jumping Jack Flash, Mama Mia, I Shot The Sheriff or even Agadoo, this is the series to buy! Sir John Woodstock (James Fleet) is the Lord of the Castle and basically in charge of keeping order in the ramshackle medieval village. Although he hates all that torturing and usually lets the peasants off with a bit of community service. He lives in his huge but slightly falling down castle (but then it was built by the French so what can one expect) with his daughter Anne (Martha Howe-Douglas) and very teenage son Henry (Steven Kynman). Anne’s best friend Charlotte (Ingrid Oliver) nearly always joins Anne on her constant quest to find fit men in the village. And Anne certainly isn’t interested in Sir William De Warenne ('Knight errant, scourge of the Levant') (Neil Dudgeon) who lives across the way. Unfortunately he can’t take a hint and is besotted with Lady Anne and Sir John thinks it a good match. Ah! what is a Lady to do! Cardinal Duncan (Jonathan Kydd) (a man of the cloth – in particular crushed silk which he loves), has to endure De Warenne’s incessant plans to woo Lady Anne and has little time to peruse sweethearts of his own. Which oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to mind... Written by......................................................... Kim Fuller with additional material by Nick Doody& Matt Kirshen Music by Guy Jackson Produced and directed by............................ David TylerShow more
The man they call 'Britain's Funniest Milton', Milton Jones stars in his smash-hit Sony Award-winning comedy show, “Another Case Of Milton Jones”, co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill (“The Office”, “Humans”), Ben Willbond (“Horrible Histories”), Dave Lamb (“Come Dine With Me”), Ingrid Oliver (“Dr. Who”) & Lucy Montgomery ('Down The Line').In each episode, Milton is a complete and utter expert at something - and in each episode, with absolutely no ability or competence, he plunges into a furiously funny and fast-paced adventure with utterly hilarious results.“He's immensely quotable, chucking out one-liners like bread for the birds... A strange and brilliant comic mind”- The Observer“makes the studio audience whoop with delight” - The Telegraph“If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!” - The Daily Mail"In the first episode of the first series Milton plays at being a world-beating architect and tries his hand at building a bridge out of Lego, playing a naked match of boules at the Sorbonne and designing the world's first rotating mosque... Episode two and Milton plays at being a musical Maestro and at the age of 37 becomes the oldest winner of the BBC Young Musician Of the Year...In the third episode, Milton plays at being a Biogeneticist, wins the Nobel Prize, and sneaks through Customs with fifty shrews concealed about his person.For the fourth episode, Milton is a world-beating Chess Grandmaster in a thrilling tale of Cold War tension, supercomputer-controlled laser guns and Lego...In, the fifth episode, Milton plays at being a celebrity chef, and manages to tangle with a glass-bottomed boat, a large Spanish waiter, ten rolls of Sellotape and an over-excited Robbie Williams...And finally, in the sixth and final episode of the series, Milton turns out to be an expert Formula 1 Racing Driver... along the way, he'll meet a Texan millionairess, Simon & Garfunkel, a man called simply “Mr Hodgekiss” and some hot toffee...Series 2, and in the first episode, Milton is a world-famous barrister, who gets involved in a dastardly plot involving the Bayeux Tapestry, the National Trust, the bloodline of the rightful Kings of England and a quote for some guttering...Episode 2, and Milton turns polar explorer and Desert Island Castaway all in the same show. Along the way he meets Buzz Aldrin, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Dalai Lama and the world's largest anorak.In episode 3 Milton becomes a Championship Jockey and races his way from Blackpool Sands to Abu Dhabi via Las Vegas, Cheltenham and a dodgy baseball bat warehouse in Toxteth. Plus a high-stakes poker game and the Queen meets a burping AustralianFor the fourth episode Milton is accidentally elected Mayor of London. Politics, global warming and the London Eye come together in a fast-moving plot of dastardly scheming and international peril. Will the pigeons take over London? Will the ice-caps melt? Will Cuba join in a game of International Twister? And can we save Wandsworth from destruction, and if so - why? In the first episode of the third series, Milton is a world-famous photographer who travels from the catwalks of Milan to the jungles of Bolivia to find the perfect picture of a calendarFor the second episode, Milton turns collector and antiques expert whose passion for Fabergé Eggs leads him to bankruptcy, a Russian sleigh ride and a mysterious Swiss Schloss...Episode 3, and Milton becomes an internationally-renowned magician and illusionist who gets tangled up in a devilish plot to make the Bank of England disappear...In the fourth episode, Milton is a health and diet guru who plans to take over the world by means of a Walnut Shell & Nettle face scrub...Series 4 and in the first of the new series, Milton's a daredevil test pilot and Top Gun who gets tangled up in a fiendish plot to replace the turkey twizzler...For second episode, Milton is a mathematical whizzkid who gets tied up in knots and rings trying to solve the equation of the mysteriously disappearing geniuses...In episode three, Milton's a world-famous Travel Entrepreneur who builds the world's most Extreme Sports Hotel and crosses the Atlantic in a rather unusual way...Episode Four, and Milton is a world-class cyclist who gets tangled up in a close-fitting body suit and the population of Holland...In the fifth episode, Milton waves goodbye to the world of dance and musical theatre to pursue his dream of becoming - a miner!And in the last episode of this series, Milton proves that you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; you just need a fully-working anemometer and a mouse called Tim.In the first episode of the fifth series - move over Brian Cox - Milton is now a world-famous astronomer and seeker after scientific truth and accuracy. Typical Sagittarian.In the second episode, Diplomat Milton is on the run after leaking all the UN's emails - except for the Swiss ones, which were too dull. And he meets a shadowy hacker. And the shadowy hacker's mum.In Episode 3, Milton crosses stamens with a deadly rival in the vicious cutthroat world of gardening..For this, the fourth episode, as the royal Speech Therapist, Milton helps a Prince find his voice and a king find his pomegranates. He also starts three wars in one afternoon, and another three a little later on.The third episode, and Milton's a world-famous Travel Entrepreneur who builds the world's most Extreme Sports Hotel and crosses the Atlantic in a rather unusual way...In episode 4, Milton's a world-class cyclist who gets tangled up in a close-fitting body suit and the population of Holland...For the fifth episode, Milton waves goodbye to the world of dance and musical theatre to pursue his dream of becoming - a miner!And in the final episode of series 4, Milton proves that you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; you just need a fully-working anemometer and a mouse called TimIn the first episode of the fifth and final series it's time for Brian Cox to move over as Milton is now a world-famous astronomer and seeker after scientific truth and accuracy. Typical SagittarianThe second episode, and Diplomat Milton is on the run after leaking all the UN's emails - except for the Swiss ones, which were too dull. And he meets a shadowy hacker. And the shadowy hacker's mum.For the third episode, Milton crosses stamens with a deadly rival in the vicious cutthroat world of gardening..In episode four, as the royal Speech Therapist, Milton helps a Prince find his voice and a king find his pomegranates. He also starts three wars in one afternoon, and another three a little later on.Episode 5, and Milton is the king of the world of refrigerated haulage with his very own fleet of iced lorries. But his 1000th lorry contains a secret more deadly than one of his mum's famous all-day breakfasts..And in the sixth and final episode of the series, Milton becomes Britain's best-known undercover journalist. Which means that Milton Jones also becomes Britain's most least-effective undercover journalist...Show more
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales read by Tom Baker, Joanna Page, Adjoa Andoh, Ingrid Oliver, Anne Reid, Dan Starkey, Sophie Aldred, Rachael Stirling, Samuel Anderson, Nicholas Briggs, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Yasmin Paige, Michelle Gomez, Paul McGann & Andrew Brooke. A collection of dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who, these captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of all kinds, from every corner of the universe. Originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime, these twisted tales are enchanting for Doctor Who fans of all ages.Show more
A strange but funny BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' about sex, betrayal, the housing market and a love triangle that follows its own surreal logic. 'Cavity' was originally broadcast 29 January 2009, and repeated 24 March 2011. Kirsty is having an affair with a married man, Adrian. When his wife, Lucy, returns unexpectedly from a business conference, Kirsty hides in the attic. In a panic, she falls down the back of the attic into the cavity wall. A story then unfolds which combines the domestically mundane with the utterly bizarre. 'Cavity' stars Ingrid Oliver as Kirsty, Julian Rhind-Tutt as Adrian and Kerry Godliman as Lucy. Also featuring amongst the cast are Hayley Doherty, Jim Howick, Paul Mundell and Deirdre Mullins.Show more
Hie ye to 'The Castle', a sitcom set way back then! Estate Agents, mail-order lingerie and the invention of central heating: this is medieval England from a 21st century perspective. With an all-star cast this is the complete 1st series of the roisteringly funny sitcom Starring James Fleet ('The Vicar Of Dibley', 'Four Weddings & A Funeral'), Neil Dudgeon ('Life Of Riley') and Ingrid Oliver ('Peep Show') - Swoon! - as young Lady Anne falls in love with the new handyman and wayward wizard, Merlin - Sympathize! - as Lord of the castle Sir John hires the latest top-of-the-range horse, but can't work out what to do with the built-in 'ashtrays' - and Get Out Your Dictionary! As Sir Bruce Forsooth has some trouble hosting the annual Strictly Come Gavotting competition... Episode 1 - a new knight arrives in the next-door castle, but Lady Anne refuses to be smitten. There's an estate agent, some medieval poetry, a bloody battle and a sodding joust. Episode 2 - an unexpected lion and the world's first satellite dish spell trouble for Anne and Sam Tree's ongoing romance. Episode 3 - De Warenne decides to woo Lady Anne with a swearing cook and a chocolate fountain - plus a world exclusive in 'What Ho!' magazine... Episode 4 - Sir John decides to open a theme castle in his castle and Sam Tree decides to save Unicorn Forest. Meanwhile, Anne & Charlotte are looking out for flying sheep... Episode 5 - the village pub, The Murk Inn acquires two new mysterious barmaids as Anne & Charlotte plot and plan to ensnare Sam Tree. Meanwhile, De Warenne gets in touch with feminine side whilst Duncan gets in touch with his masculine one. Episode 6 - an Art Exhibition, a strolling footpad and a dodgy flat-pack scaffold are the ingredients for this week's cliffhanger. Oh yes, and a lawnmowerShow more
Check out the latest activities in our KidsZone.