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Speckledy Hen

Sussex, UK
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  • North by Northamptonshire: Complete Series (BBC Radio 4: Comedy)

  • By: Katherine Jakeways
  • Narrated by: Sheila Hancock, Mackenzie Crook
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama series with a stunning cast including Sheila Hancock, Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. 'North by Northamptonshire' was originally broadcast weekly from 16 June 2010 to 7 July 2010. In each episode we catch up with Rod, the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook), who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written radio mini-series

  • By Angel Cake on 08-03-18

Modern comedy at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Waddington in Northamptonshire is exceptionally ordinary, as are its residents at first glance. Bur Katherine Jakeways manages the seemingly impossible, finding the most incredibly funny but also, at times, sad gems amidst their daily interactions. This is truly fabulous - a top notch cast give great performances, but the script is the star here. Series 2 has already been broadcast on Radio 4 and I really hope it is soon available on Audible, too.

  • Charles Paris: Cast in Order of Disappearance

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Suzanne Burden, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama. Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Speckledy Hen on 23-12-12

Very entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Charles Paris as played by Bill Nighy is having a tricky time. Delighted to be in work, he is stuggling to be inspired by the plot of the film (or his fellow 'actors'). However before long he is caught up in the tangled love life of his co-star Jodie (played by Martine McCutcheon) as well as the tangled love life of his daughter. A great cast and an equally good script (a modern update by Jeremy Front turns Simon Brett's enjoyable novel into an enjoyable radio drama) combine to make a really entertaining listen - undemanding but funny and engaging. I really enjoyed this.

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