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King Street Junior

A BBC Radio 4 Comedy
Narrated by: Peter Davison, full cast
Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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Summary

All 10 series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy drama set in a small junior school.

Running for 10 series between 1985 and 1988 (with a sequel, King Street Junior Revisited, airing from 2002-2005), this hugely popular school-based sitcom was one of the BBC’s most successful radio programmes.

Created by award-winning writer Jim Eldridge, it follows the headmaster and staff of an inner-city primary as they deal with unruly pupils, problem parents, school governors and OFSTED inspectors.

From Parents’ Evening to the PTA, and from supply teachers to staff room squabbles, every day brings fresh challenges for headmaster Mr Beeston. Among the problems facing him are a flu epidemic, a shortage of computers, a phantom prune thief and a mysterious graffiti artist - and there’s trouble in store when in comes to sex education, school trips and Sports Day.

Meanwhile, idealistic newcomers Mr Brown and Mr Sims learn some lessons about teaching, and their battle-scarred colleagues vie for promotion - or look forward to retirement. And as each new term rolls around at King Street Junior, they all prepare to shape the minds of a brand new generation....

Peter Davison stars as Eric Brown, Karl Howman as Philip Sims and James Grout as Mr Beeston, with guest stars including John Craven and Michaela Strachan as themselves.

Created by Jim Eldridge

Written by Jim Eldridge, Paul Copley, Richard Stoneman, Ivan Shakespeare, Dave Single and Martin Davies

Produced by John Fawcett Wilson

Violinist: Sarah Hallam

Pianist: Max Harris

©2019 Jim Eldridge (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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"The Sistine Chapel of radio drama." (The Times)

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Love this!

Having listened to King Street Junior on BBC Radio 4 over the years I thought I might be disappointed to hear it again. I was wrong, it’s just as enjoyable now as it was when I heard it for the first time. James Grout is outstanding as The Principal, Mr Beeston and brings great humour to the role.

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A delight.

True to the reality of teaching and the staff room, believable children and engaging staff. Entertaining through each of the 79 episodes. Would that there were more.

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Better Second time around

Use to listen to show on radio when it was first broadcast. Unfortunately use to miss some episodes with this Audiobook not a problem. I think issues raised are still valid today. Pity we never find out how Mr Sims does on his travels. Great Audiobook

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Brilliance ..

Another BBC piece of England ..
Listened to this on and off ..
when it was first aired on radio 4 ..
many years ago ..
Just takes you .. in so many ways through a kaleidoscope of memories ..
Thank you all ..

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Enjoyable listening

A lovely look back at a much liked series which I remember from years ago. A great cast which with well rounded characterizations conveys the day to day issues of teaching together with light humour.

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Very Enjoyable

This is an excellent series about primary school life and I was very sorry when it ended. I first heard these stories on Radio 4 many years ago and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to listen to them again on Audible and indeed to hear many that I originally missed. Highly recommended.