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Faye Walters knows that today's women are sorted and stylish. They have the job, the house, the colour co-ordinated capsule wardrobe. They cope with the pressures of singledom, marriage and having kids with peanut-allergies. And they all do it effortlessly, with nothing more than a women's mag and a poem by Pam Ayres to guide them. So why can't she pull it off? Everything would be fabulous if only she could wangle an invitation to her boss's wedding, buy a flat with her boyfriend and get her mum to loan her £10,000. But even with a new kitchen, an awards ceremony and her own engagement party to look forward to, she's still anxious. And life only gets more nerve-wracking as she prepares for a royal visit at work and her hen do - especially since she's having serious doubts about whether she wants to get married at all... Starring Daisy Haggard (Breeders, Back to Life) as ditsy, neurotic Faye, this quirky comedy features a stellar cast including Katy Brand as Denise, Olivia Colman and Melanie Hudson as Edith, Laura Solon as Kim and Justin Edwards as Mark. Among the guest stars are Adam Buxton, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Mark Lamarr. Produced by Simon Nicholls Music by Osymyso First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 May-20 June 2007 (Series 1), 14 October-11 November 2008 (Series 2), 9 February-2 March 2010 (Series 3) Cast Faye - Daisy Haggard Denise - Katy Brand Edith - Olivia Colman/Melanie Hudson Kim - Laura Solon Mark - Justin Edwards With Adam Buxton, Matthew Holness, Joanna Neary, Eve Dallas, John Dougall, Joanna Scanlan, Anne Reid, Jot Davies, Geoffrey McGivern, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Stephen Critchlow, Mel Hudson, John Rowe, Dan Starkey, Bradley Ford, Renee Clark, Chelsea Jabbau, Alison Pettit, Martin Hyder, Joanna Monro, Sally Grace, David Armand, Nigel Hastings, Rufys Wright, John Biggins, Mark LamarrShow more
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
Born and bred in Dundee, Servant sees himself as a people's champion. His extraordinary self-belief stems largely from his dominant position in Dundee's notorious Cheeseburger Wars of the early 1980s - a period of riotous appreciation for the traditional American snack that caused madness on the streets and lined Servant's pockets. He continued his Midas touch in the 1990s by running what he often claims to have been the 'largest window cleaning round in Western Europe'. Now he's retired and, feeling purposeless and a little bored, he's taking on the internet spammers of the world. Playing the fraudsters at their own game, he soon has them in the palm of his hand. Starring Brian Cox as Bob Servant, with Felix Dexter, Laura Solon, Sanjeev Kohli and Lewis MacLeod.Show more
The complete second BBC Radio 4 series by Perrier Award winner Laura Solon. Laura Solon won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 with her sensational debut show. She now returns to Radio 4 with a new series of her bittersweet comedy show packed with characters, monologues and sketches from this extraordinary writer and performer. There will be talking, not talking, some stories, and a lion made out of china. Aided by Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond, Laura Solon is a remarkable talent with an astonishing eye for detail and ear for voice. ‘The writing is as fresh as a cowslip, as sharp as a kitchen-knife, and sometimes as coarse as a fishwife’ - Telegraph '... moments of twisted genius' - Observer 'Talking and Not Talking is very clever' - Times 'Solon's series stood out for its self-assurance, its unforced oddness...' - Independent 'She's a remarkable talent' - Guardian 'Laura Solon is the new Catherine Tate' - Mail on SundayShow more
The complete BBC Radio 4 series by Perrier Award-winner Laura Solon. Laura Solon won the Perrier at Edinburgh Festival in 2005 with her sensational debut show. In this, her complete Radio 4 series, all six episodes feature a mix of monologues and sketches from this extraordinary writer and performer. There will be talking, not talking, some stories and a lion made out of china. Aided by Ben Moor, Katherine Parkinson and Ben Willbond, Laura Solon is an award winning talent with an astonishing eye for detail and ear for voice. 'The writing is as fresh as a cowslip, as sharp as a kitchen-knife, and sometimes as coarse as a fishwife' - Telegraph '... moments of twisted genius' - Observer 'Talking and Not Talking is very clever' - Times 'Solon's series stood out for its self-assurance, its unforced oddness...' - Independent 'She's a remarkable talent' - Guardian 'Laura Solon is the new Catherine Tate' - Mail on SundayShow more