Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Roger Lloyd-Pack star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.
A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th century.
The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is "something in the Foreign Office".
Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.
As the scene shifts from Kent to London and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.
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Even if one has only a cursory interest in the writers, poets and artists of Bloomsbury, that's well enough to enjoy this perfect little comedy :) the characters and stories play on our cultural stereotypes about the group, in the most gentle, affectionate way. Who can know what Vita and Ginni were really like or how they related to one another; but I do hope it was, at least sometimes, as frivolous and as playful as this :)
Wonderful sitcom by Sue Limb, and fantastic performances. Mrs Gosling is a hoot and Robert Lloyd Pack's perfromance in the hanky panky episode was sublime - he is sorely missed.
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