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Summary

All three series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy about love, marriage and despair, initially broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Start/Stop

Barney and Cathy. Evan and Fiona. David and Alice. Three couples who have beaten the odds and stayed married - but is that simply because they haven’t got around to divorcing yet? They’ve certainly got enough problems to deal with - Barney and his other half have been together for ages (and it shows), Evan finds that sparks are constantly flying with Fiona (and not always in a good way), and David is afraid his sexy, much younger wife will leave him for someone (anyone) else.

In these three series, we follow this group of friends throughout weekends away and tricky date nights, weddings and funerals, Christmas celebrations and counselling sessions - all of which give them plenty of opportunity for flirting, fighting, competitiveness and reprehensible behaviour. We listen in to their innermost thoughts, feelings and motivations as they break the fourth wall: stopping the action, explaining themselves to the audience, then starting it all up again.

Written by award-winning comedian, actor and writer Jack Docherty, who plays Barney, this warm, smart and funny sitcom was a radio hit and was adapted for TV as part of BBC One’s Comedy Playhouse strand. It stars Charlie Higson as David, Jon Thomson as Evan, Kerry Godliman as Cathy, Fiona Allen as Fiona, and Katherine Parkinson, Sally Bretton and Laura Aikman as Alice. Guest stars include Jon Briggs, Sanjeev Bhaskar and John Sparkes.

Cast
Barney……………………Jack Docherty
Cathy……………………Kerry Godliman
Fiona……………………Fiona Allen
David……………………Charlie Higson
Evan……………………Jon Thomson
Alice……………………Katherine Parkinson/Sally Bretton/Laura Aikman
Voice of Barney’s smartphone……………………Jon Briggs
Therapist……………………Sanjeev Bhaskar
Cathy’s Dad……………………John Sparkes

Written by Jack Docherty
Produced by Steven Canny (series 1) and Claire Jones (series 2 and 3)
First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 6 September-11 October 2013 (series 1), 10 November-29 December 2014 (series 2), 29 July-2 September 2016 (series 3)
This programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Start/Stop

©2019 Jack Docherty (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What listeners say about It’s Not Us, It’s Them: Series 1-3

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Funny and real. Very entertaining.

Anyone who's been in a relationship will relate to it. Very easy to listen to.

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really really really funny.

if you are in your 40s you will find this hilarious im sure. need cheering up? buy this

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Laugh out loud comedy

I listened to this driving to work and back. What a joy to start the day laughing.

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Great character-led comedy

Some great performances in this comedy series about a group of straight, married friends, their trials, tribulations, and aspirations. Genuinely funny. I’m on my second listening.

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clever, funny and so sharp

laugh out loud moments in every episode.. really great characters. wanted to be part of their gang!

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I laughed a lot

I laughed a lot with this audio purchase. It's a great show and is well worth a listen.

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Bril comedy

Throughly enjoyed this book. Did prefer the first person who played the part of Alice rather than the secon person who took over half way through.

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Loved it

Light-hearted humour, easy to listen to and made me giggle out loud. I'd highly recommend.

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So Funny - But Almost Missed Due to Title Change

I loved this when it was on Radio 4 and have searched for it on Audible in the past but missed it due to its title change from Start/Stop to It's Not Us, It's Them. Well worth a listen and laugh out loud funny. Delighted to have it in my library.

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Absolutely brilliant!

Very funny and cleverly written and the comic timing is fantastic. I laughed out loud. Is there more?!

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  • Phyllis
  • 25-12-20

Outstanding Fun

Everything about the series is fun. The writing, the actors, and the production are all excellent. Sorry it ended.

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  • Fre Dreamsky
  • 05-07-20

best humor ever

I cried with laughter, so punchy and unexpected. loved it! the actors, the writers wonderful humor and slapstick timing. loved loved LOVED IT!

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  • Midnightshopper
  • 16-03-20

It’s us and them!

They are flawed individuals but who amongst us can judge? It is very entertaining though. I’ve listened to it countless times.