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Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series | [Mark Evans]

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a big name cast including, Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Richard Johnson,Tom Allen and James Bachman.

Bleak Expectations is the remarkable adventures of young Philip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the plotting of his guardian, the scheming, evil and badly-named Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher brothers.

A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

If you liked Blackadder then this historial romp is very much up your street.

©2008 Mark Evans; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    PP Merge 29/04/2008
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    "Oliver with a Twist or a Tall Tale of no cities"

    With a new series looming on Radio 4 someone recommended this comedy title on Audible. I had missed it when broadcast and as the source of the comedy is Dickens I wasn't sure it was for me. How wrong I was. If you are a fan of 'Old Harry's Game' and 'Revolting People' then get this.

    The humour is at times surreal with many running gags but always sharp and perfectly acted by an excellent ensemble cast including the superb Anthony Head.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Genius, at last"

    For anyone who can no longer laugh at the spiteful PC 'observation' ramblings of most current comedy. Here it is! The solution, something to make you remember how much you enjoyed clever humour. If you love early Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield, Alan Partridge or I'm sorry I haven't a clue. Then buy these and savour them one at a time...
    If you are a comedy writer, listen, learn, think positive and create something new..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 12/01/2015
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    "Hilarious to me but not for everyone."

    I adore this series but it really is only for people who appreciate humour in the same vein as Monty Python, Q9, The Goons etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Norman Dorchester, U.K. 05/07/2013
    T. Norman Dorchester, U.K. 05/07/2013 Member Since 2015

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    "BBC radio comedy at its finest"

    A star studded cast bring this hilarious parody of Dickensian literature to vivid life. Pip Bin, Harry Biscuit and co must defeat Gently Benevolent, Pip's EVIL guardian, despite set a is such as being sent to the workhouse, press ganged into a ships crew and being accused of plagiarism. How will they get past these Bleak Expectations?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Jane a caravan somewhere in Europe 14/04/2010
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    I'm a blogger who loves travel, books, walking, coffee and cake! Visit my blog for all my book reviews and travel posts, plus the odd recipe or two.

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    A great series that kept me giggling through my commutes for two days. Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead are particularly fabulous and the script is clever, surreal and sometimes very corny!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom 31/01/2010
    Colin Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom 31/01/2010
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    "Brilliantly funny & a little surreal!"

    Hi All.
    When I first heard this on Radio 4 , I was driving and nearly drove off the road laughing.
    I have series 1 & 2 and am eagerly waiting for series 3 to be released.
    Its now on my iPod and it makes me cry laughing - it is so funny & witty- get it & enjoy!

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    "British humour at its best"

    The comparisons with Blackadder, Old Harry's Game and Revolting people are completely justified. Well done the BBC. If you have a sense of the ridiculous and do not mind a little lampooning of one of Britain's greatest writers and chroniclers of our sometimes less than attractive Victorian history, then this is for you. A fantastic cast does a great job and PLEASE, Audible, let's have the second series soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Radio Comedy at its best"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Anthony Head's portrayal of the evil Mr Gently Benevolent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. And all the other series as well.


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    "Very funny, Listen, laugh and enjoy"

    The performances of all actors add to this great story. Bleak Expectations is a radio play mimicking the stories of Charles Dickens and oozes wit with laughs throughout. Will Pip Bin save the day? Will his best friend Harry Biscuit finally invent something without Swans? And what awful contraption will our intrepid reporter think up next?

    Cast performances are great with many famous names amongst the cast. Listen, laugh and enjoy

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    Mrs Longtown, United Kingdom 07/06/2013
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    "loved it"

    i had listened to some of the later series on Radio 4 so wanted to start at the beginning. Absolutely bonkers, hilarious, I listened to it when driving, I must have looked strange to other drivers, throwing my head back and laughing out loud. I will definitely be buying the rest of the series :-)

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    "Brilliant Parody"

    I had heard this BBC production on the ABC in Australia and I was really pleased to find it available on Audible.Dickens in context is of course brilliant but so is Bleak Expectations using parody nd irony it is hilarious. So good to hear humour that requires thought and is so politically incorrect, great choice audible!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "As a Dickens fan this cracked me up."

    The tone is just spot on and in parts the absurdist humour reminded me of The Goon Show. It's wonderfully acted as well. Well worth a listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Outstanding"

    I picked this up on a whim and was amazed at how funny it was. I devoured it in 2 days. Great program.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
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    "Wow...just WOW!"

    I bought this audio drama on a whim. One of the best things I've gotten here on audible. Great humor. Reminds me of the wonderful British comedies of past and present. If you liked Blackadder, Python, IT Crowd, and Hogan's Heroes(I know, not British, but still great!), you will love this!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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