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On Mardle Fen: Series 1-6

The Complete BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)
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Summary

Trevor Peacock (The Vicar of Dibley) stars as inspired chef Warwick Hedges in this comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Warwick’s son, Jack, works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious. They are assisted by Samuel, an earthy odd-job man 'who crawled out of the slime with the eels', and Zofia the Polish waitress. 

Whether hosting unusual guests, dealing with flooding, fuelling father-son rivalry or moving strange stones from the edge of the Fen to his restaurant 'at his own peril', Warwick certainly keeps Mardle Fen on its toes.

The mixture of food, family relationships and Fenland legend is handled with Nick Warburton's characteristic deft comic touch. 

Cast:
Warwick Hedges...Trevor Peacock
Jack Hedges...Sam Dale
Zofia...Helen Longworth
Samuel...John Rowe
Marcia Hedges...Kate Buffery 

Other parts played by Chris Pavlo, Liza Sadovy, Christine Kavanagh, Liz Sutherland, Lizzy Watts, Victoria Inez Hardy, Malcolm Tierney, Paul Rider, Lauren Mote, Claire Rushbrook, Tony Bell, Adam Billington, Ben Crowe, Tilly Tremayne, Paul Bazely and Gyles Brandreth.

Produced and directed by Claire Grove.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Limited

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innocent escapism


On mardle fen was pure, innocent escapism. for me, this was the audible version of snuggling up by a warm fire with a good book. The acting was wonderful.

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Wonderfully enchanting!

The central character, 'Warwick' he of the restaurant on Mardle Fen, is really rather annoying. But in the same way the Fawlty Towers only works with Basil Fawlty, On Mardle Fen works because of Warwick Hedges.
The acting is great and the timing exceptional. I'd highly recommend this series, it is an enchanting listen.

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So Special

Despite an entirely forgivable false start, this series of plays becomes one of the brightest stars of recent BBC drama, and possibly the very best. It will not disappoint; it will intrigue, delight, spook, shake to laughter or to cry, amaze, set-you-on-the-seat's-edge, endear you to characters, attract you the Cambridgeshire Fens - astound you with the writer's creativity and skill. Stunning. For those who side with Toad from the Wind in the Willows, here you will see his human counterpart in riot; outrageous AND vulnerable. I followed this series with when broadcast with greed. Atmospherically it is true to the Fens, and having stayed 3 times where it is rumoured the plays are based, it seems all perfectly credible. There are no weak links in acting, writing, or production - such well matched music too. Snap this up. Something like this does not come along every day. Become a fan of Warwick, and all at Mardle Fen (The Anchor). Riddled with goodness and value for money/credit. Enjoy.

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Been an audible member for a number of years and this was the best use of a credit yet. Each episode draws you deeper in.

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Really different

Really liked the quirky stories. However some characters disappeared after 1st series
Loved Polish Sophia

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Absorbing mysterious atmospheric comedy.

Six series of wonderful drama,
A bizarre comedy set in a Fen land restaurant, Brilliant characters, wonderful story lines, and a large dose of mystic fen land intrigue,
The landscape of this area invites echoes of past lives, almost forgotten incidents, Ghosts and spirits passing through.
The climate dictates the atmosphere, the flat water land where unfinished business can come and find you all too quickly.
You have 16 wonderful hours of absorbing entertainment ahead of you,
If radio plays are your pleasure, i would really advise you to buy this , i am sure you will find yourself seated in the window of the restaurant of your minds eye, whilst your cup of tea grows cold.

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A delightful listen

A cast of loveable characters caught up in impossible situations in and around a restaurant in the Fens. Warning Warwick Hedges' 'terms of endearment' may not be to everyone's taste.

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Totally enjoyable!

The characters in the first couple of episodes did irritate me a bit but I’m glad I persisted as it got better and better. Zofia was my clear favourite. I listened to this on holiday, laughed out loud several times and had withdrawal symptoms when the series ended.

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Slow to engage but sad to see it end

I would not describe it as a comedy and was disappointed with the first few episodes but once I got past those I was fully engaged and entertained by the stories and characters. So much so that the ending came too soon.

Well worth the time to listen to it all and I look forward to revisiting them again in the future

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