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Summary

An everyday story of sheep, sin and scholarship under the shadow of the Long Mynd.

Written by Sue Limb (Gloomsbury, Skeletons in the Cupboard), this pastoral sitcom follows six months in the life of the Jones family, who live on a small farm in rural Wales.

We join them in September - the start of the farming year - as daughter Megan, a brainy 'plain Jane', sets her sights on Mr Bootle - only to find he's really just interested in birdwatching. December brings 'Goose-Feathering Night' - but Megan's determined to save Gudrun from a plucking. February finds her desperate to get into Oxford University but fearing rejection: could the creepy Mr Jenkins offer a solution? There are ructions in April, as her desire to escape the farm and become a student leads to a confrontation; while June sees a storm descend on the village and the talk turns electric. And, as August arrives and the harvest is gathered in, Megan spurns the Carnival Queen contest in favour of a visit to Nana....

BAFTA-winning actress and comedian Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Lewis, Avenue 5) stars as Megan, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Mr Jones, Lisbeth Miles as Ma Jones, Matthew Morgan as Owen, Michael Fenton Stevens as Mr Bootle and Nickolas Grace as Mr Jenkins.

In addition to Four Joneses and a Jenkins, this release includes a bonus programme: From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunancy of Sue Limb. In a three-hour guided tour through the worlds that flow from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb, Shaun Ley discusses the ideas and inspiration behind Sue's writing with the author herself and chats with regular cast members including Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes. Featuring episodes from Sue's hit series The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, Gloomsbury, The Sit Crom and Alison & Maud

Four Joneses and a Jenkins was produced by Jonathan James-Moore

Cast:

Mr Jones - Geoffrey Whitehead

Ma Jones - Lisbeth Miles

Megan - Rebecca Front

Owen - Matthew Morgan

Mr Bootle - Michael Fenton Stevens

Mr Jenkins - Nickolas Grace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11th August-15th September 2000

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I really enjoyed four Jones & a Jenkins I obviously hadn’t read the title details properly because of half this audiobook is an interview with the author & some random episodes of other things she’s written. Would of preferred more of the four Jones & Jenkins episodes very funny & delightful.

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