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Summary

Stephen Mangan and Claire Skinner star in the final series of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 

Bill works as an economist in a right-wing institute giving succour to bankers and businessmen. Bella teaches yoga, waters the plants in Canary Wharf and holds Proust seminars for retirees. Years ago they shared a flat before Bill got married and moved to America. Now he's back and feeling a little off-kilter, so he decides to rekindle his friendship with Bella. 

Once a month they get together for lunch, where they talk about everything from politics to Proust, parenting and the perils of online dating. The only thing they've never discussed is how much they love each other....

In Marcy Kahan's delightful 'platonic romantic comedy', we join Bill and Bella as they meet, eat and disagree about everything - and, in this final series, end up ordering room service in a hotel room after too much tapas.

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"A wise and witty feast for the senses." (Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph)

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An Excellent Must Read/Listen - Highly Recommend

Stephen Mangan and Claire Skinner are excellent as a couple of friends who are reunited after not seeing each other for a long time. They start to meet each other for lunch and this is where this 2-handed amazing performance takes place. You get to know both characters, who have some things in common, but not many. Their beliefs and where they sit on the political spectrum and what they do for work and lifestyles are complete opposites from each other. There is much humour throughout, but also an important message, that no matter what you do, what you believe in, you can still sit down for lunch, be civilised and have a very nice time, perhaps even romance may linger and grow in the air.

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Great finale

Well written piece to follow previous series. Can't quite picture Stephen Manghan as a Bill though!