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Summary

All four series of the BBC radio comedy drama about a couple experiencing love for the second time - plus special festive episode 'The Fight Before Christmas'.

Bill and Faith are both divorcees, late in love but new to each other. As they battle to forge a relationship together, they discover that the course of true love doesn’t always run smoothly.

In these 31 episodes, they move in together, plan a wedding and deal with the challenges of married life - all the while trying to balance the demands of Bill’s ex-wife, Liza, and her teenage children, Hannah and Joe. From bickering about the kids to worrying about money, trying to find time for romance and dealing with feelings of jealousy, the duo’s relationship comes under fire from all sides. Can they make love work the second time around?

Inspired by the real lives of its writers, husband and wife Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie, this funny, bittersweet sitcom was adapted for ITV where it ran for five seasons and was followed by an equally successful sequel, Faith in the Future. It stars Lynda Bellingham as Faith and James Bolam as Bill.

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Produced by Pete Atkin (Series 1), Sioned Wiliam (Series 2) and Paul Schlesinger (Series 3 and 4 and 'The Fight Before Christmas').

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 3 November-22 December 1988 (Series 1), 31 October-19 December 1989 (Series 2), 9 April-28 May 1991 (Series 3), 18 June-23 July 1992 (Series 4), 25 December 1992 ('The Fight Before Christmas').

Cast:

Faith……………………Lynda Bellingham

Bill……………………James Bolam

Hilary……………………Celia Imrie/Geraldine Fitzgerald

Liza……………………Belinda Lang

Hannah……………………Kelda Holmes/Emma Gregory/Julia Sawalha

Joe……………………Mark Denham

Grace/Jill……………………Moir Leslie

Alex……………………John Samson/Mark Straker

Ray……………………Nicholas Courtney/Ian Lindsay

Ted/Mr Burrows……………………Norman Bird

Treadwell……………………Richard Tate

Christian/Gideon/Waiter……………………Ian Targett

Richard……………………John Moffatt/Christopher Good/Geoffrey Whitehead

Steve……………………Guy Brougham

Rachel……………………Rebecca Front

Police Officer……………………Deborah Rowbottom

Dennis……………………Brian Bowles

Mr Roper……………………Danny Schiller

Marjorie……………………Jo Kendall

Registrar……………………John Baddeley

Video Man……………………Richard Tate

Cabbie……………………Ben Onwukwe

Gina……………………Danielle Allen

Kevin……………………Mark Straker/David Learner

Karel Cerny……………………Nigel Carrington

Clayton……………………David Learner

Chris……………………Peter Gunn

Louise……………………Melanie Hudson

Course Leader/Duncan……………………Nick Murchie

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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I preferred this to the actual ITV sitcom, although it has pretty much the same cast and storyline.

Brilliantly performed, genuinely funny. 30 or so half hour episodes, self contained but with a story running through all of them.

I enjoyed this so much and have re-listened loads!

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I enjoyed this listen. The ex wife is well worth a boo. Excellently acted, story line ok, frustration at times

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A well written & produced BBC comedy with an extraordinary all star cast; Linda Bellingham, Celia Imrie, Belinda Lang, Geoffrey Whitehead & James Bolam. The later episodes include Julia Sawalha continuing a fantastic career playing daughters & producer Paul Schlesinger. An enjoyable listen!