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Subterranean Homesick Blues: The Complete Series 1-3

A BBC Radio 4 Drama
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Summary

Love doesn't get easier when you're older but no wiser.

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. 

Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk?

This delightful comic drama stars Bill Nighy as John and Anna Calder-Marshall as Maggie.

A.L. Kennedy is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, an academic and a stand-up comedian. 

Directed by Sally Avens.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Great two hander

Wonderful acting by Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall, the two have just the right amount of spark between them, plenty of good one liners and you genuinely feel the two of them care for one another having met again after a long period of time. You get the feeling that they are both afraid of growing old alone and yet scared of trying to relive their younger selves. As always Nighy draws you in simply with his voice and skills and Calder-Marshall matches him with a frail vulnerability as they both rail against growing old.

Top stuff.

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It's Bill It's A Hit

You know you are in for a laugh when you listen to Bill Nighy & this is no exception. Without being an online spoiler; Bill bumps into an old love 30 years after he dumped her over a romantic restaurant dinner & we follow the two old romantics on their 2nd journey. Anna-Calder gives a good performance & is perfect as the dumped partner giving as good as she gets as they both fill this little love gem with gags that will tickle you pink. I would not normally choose this type of theme for an audiobook but Bill Nighy makes it. This is also on BBC Radio 4 at the moment & I am amazed that for a change, the BBC version is much more witty with more relaxed fun, but this is still worth a listen.

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BILL NIGHY all day long. The man is a MASTER.

Lovely drama about two older people finding each other again and reminiscing about past and worrying about the future.
Anna and Bill are just perfect together.

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  • Colin
  • WATFORD, United Kingdom
  • 17-05-19

An Unexpected Gem...

Being a big fan of the Charles Parris series I bought this title purely on the strength of Bill Nighy's unflappable charm and poised delivery. I was not disappointed.

As a man in my 60s I could totally relate to the premise of the story (meeting an old love and finding the flame still burns) and how both characters cautiously approach the idea of 'being a couple' at this late stage of their lives.

The banter between Nighy and Calder-Marshall is wonderful and the crisp dialogue just canters along. The challenges they face as their relationship rekindles (first kiss, where and when to meet, weekends away) are beautifully handled, with the episode at the village mums and babies group being especially enjoyable and moving at the same time.

Highly recommended

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Rubbish

Very disappointed. And I really like Bill Nighy, but not in this.
I feel rather saddened by it.

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