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Skeletons in the Cupboard: The Complete Series 1 and 2: A BBC Radio 4 black comedy Audiobook

Skeletons in the Cupboard: The Complete Series 1 and 2: A BBC Radio 4 black comedy

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Nigel Planer Release Date: April 2021

Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks and Nigel Planer star in this tale of two sisters - and a mysterious stranger. Not long after their mother's death, sisters Maureen and Lesley are packing up their family home. It's a painful duty, with Maureen trying to control the worst of Lesley's projectile lamenting. Then a strange man knocks at the door and introduces himself as David Johnson, a friend of Maureen's neighbour. He'd like to view the house if they are thinking of selling - which Maureen definitely is. But Lesley has other ideas and, behind Maureen's back, offers David their mother's old bedroom as a pied-a-terre. Gradually, he forces his way into the sisters' lives, turning up at inopportune moments and constantly getting in their hair. As they both become increasingly fed up with him, Maureen and Lesley put aside their differences and unite to try and find out exactly who this David Johnson is, and what he is hiding. But when his secret is finally revealed, the sisters are in for a shock. The situation is about to get really out of hand... Created by acclaimed writer and broadcaster Sue Limb, of Gloomsbury fame, this blackly comic sitcom stars Alison Steadman as Maureen, Morwenna Banks as Lesley and Nigel Planer as David. Cast Maureen........................Alison Steadman Lesley........................Morwenna Banks David........................Nigel Planer Written by Sue Limb Produced and Directed by Jamie Rix Production Coordinator: Frances Tott Studio Manager: Simon Couzens Executive Producer: Clive Brill A Little Brother production for BBC Radio 4 First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 October-8 November 2019 (Series 1) and 15 January-5 February 2021 (Series 2) ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Four Joneses and a Jenkins: The complete BBC Radio 4 comedy series Audiobook

Four Joneses and a Jenkins: The complete BBC Radio 4 comedy series

An everyday story of sheep, sin and scholarship under the shadow of the Long Mynd Written by Sue Limb (Gloomsbury, Skeletons in the Cupboard), this pastoral sitcom follows six months in the life of the Jones family, who live on a small farm in rural Wales. We join them in September - the start of the farming year - as daughter Megan, a brainy 'plain Jane', sets her sights on Mr Bootle - only to find he's really just interested in birdwatching. December brings 'Goose-Feathering Night' - but Megan's determined to save Gudrun from a plucking. February finds her desperate to get into Oxford University but fearing rejection: could the creepy Mr Jenkins offer a solution? There are ructions in April, as her desire to escape the farm and become a student leads to a confrontation; while June sees a storm descend on the village, and the talk turns electric. And, as August arrives and the harvest is gathered in, Megan spurns the Carnival Queen contest in favour of a visit to Nana... BAFTA-winning actress and comedian Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Lewis, Avenue 5) stars as Megan, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Mr Jones, Lisbeth Miles as Ma Jones, Matthew Morgan as Owen, Michael Fenton Stevens as Mr Bootle and Nickolas Grace as Mr Jenkins. In addition to Four Joneses and a Jenkins, this release includes a bonus programme: From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunancy of Sue Limb. In a three-hour guided tour through the worlds that flow from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb, Shaun Ley discusses the ideas and inspiration behind Sue's writing with the author herself, and chats with regular cast members including Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes. Featuring episodes from Sue's hit series The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, Gloomsbury, The Sit Crom and Alison & Maud. Four Joneses and a Jenkins was produced by Jonathan James-Moore Cast Mr Jones - Geoffrey Whitehead Ma Jones - Lisbeth Miles Megan - Rebecca Front Owen - Matthew Morgan Mr Bootle - Michael Fenton Stevens Mr Jenkins - Nickolas Grace First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 August-15 September 2000

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Alison and Maud: The Complete Series 1 and 2: The BBC Radio 4 comedy Audiobook

Alison and Maud: The Complete Series 1 and 2: The BBC Radio 4 comedy

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: Denise Coffey, Geoffrey Whitehead, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes Release Date: August 2020

Sisters Alison and Maud are joint landladies of the Abbeyfield Guest House, dispensing hospitality to a variety of demanding clients while also looking after their irascible, bedridden father downstairs in the granny flat. Dreamy ornithologist Alison has just moved back from Bloomsbury, while Maud ran a 3000-acre farm in Africa - but neither sibling is really up to the task of managing a B&B, and chaos generally ensues. In these two series, Alison has the hots for their accountant, Bernard - and is the reluctant object of a courtship display from a fellow bird-fancier; Maud comes up trumps in the middle of the night (but what will the guests make of what's in the saucepan?) and handyman Mr Mullet and the Bishop of Norwich get a little too close for comfort over tea. Meanwhile, the landladies' daddy complains about his new orthopaedic mattress, battles with hallucinogenic fungus and chips and prepares for his 85th birthday party - but what form will the celebrations take? Sue Limb's sitcom stars Denise Coffey as Alison and Miriam Margolyes as Maud, with Joss Ackland as Father and Geoffrey Whitehead as Bernard. Written by Sue Limb Produced by Jonathan James-Moore Starring Denise Coffey as Alison and Miriam Margolyes as Maud Cast Father - Joss Ackland Mr Mullett/Brian - Chris Emmett Bernard/Mr Ducket - Geoffrey Whitehead Marina - Phyllida Nash Leslie - Nickolas Grace Mrs Ducket - Judy Flynn The Bishop of Norwich - Nicholas Le Provost Jane - Jane Sellars First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 13 December 2002-17 January 2003 (Series 1), 15 March-19 April 2004 (Series 2)

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The Sit Crom: The complete BBC Radio 4 comedy series Audiobook

The Sit Crom: The complete BBC Radio 4 comedy series

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: Alun Armstrong, Clive Merrison, Denise Coffey, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes Release Date: August 2020

Autumn, 1646. The English Civil War is raging, and there’s trouble ahead for Sir John and Lady Anne Firebasket. There’s a Roundhead platoon camping out in the barn, a perplexed priest hiding behind the panelling and, unbeknown to the Firebaskets, their scullery maid Mercy is actually a disguised aristocrat (and Royalist spy) named Melissa Fortescue-Bottomley. While Mercy steels herself to carry out a deadly mission, pious steward Tobias Thynne rails against the Devil’s vegetables and Father Francis takes to the rooftops in a borrowed nightgown for a rendition of ‘Ave Maria’. With the whole household suffering from severe domestic derangement, it’s a bad time for General Cromwell to show up – and then news arrives that the fugitive King Charles has also decided to pay a visit... As confusion reigns, Sir John takes to drink, Lady Anne takes to her bed and the New Model Army take up their muskets. Will Firebasket Hall survive the hostilities? Scripted by Sue Limb (Gloomsbury, The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere), The Sit Crom features a wealth of comedy acting talent including Joss Ackland as Sir John Firebasket, Miriam Margolyes as Mercy and Alun Armstrong as Captain Arise Higgs. Produced by Jonathan James-Moore Music by Colin Sell Cast Sir John Firebasket – Joss Ackland Lady Anne Firebasket – Denise Coffey Tobias Thynne – Clive Merrison Mercy, alias Melissa – Miriam Margoyles Father Francis/Old Thomas – Nickolas Grace Slow Ned/King Charles – Chris Emmett Gazebo Fogg – Jack Klaff Captain Arise Higgs – Alun Armstrong Posthumous – Nicky Henson Lettice – Jane Whittenshaw Counter Tenor – Peter Hayward General Cromwell – Bert Parnaby Colonel Thundery – Peter Howell The New Model Army – The cast First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 6 October-10 November 1990

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Gloomsbury: The complete series 1-5 of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy Audiobook

Gloomsbury: The complete series 1-5 of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group. A stellar cast, including Roger Lloyd-Pack, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.

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Skeletons in the Cupboard: A BBC Radio 4 Comedy Drama Audiobook

Skeletons in the Cupboard: A BBC Radio 4 Comedy Drama

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Nigel Planer Release Date: January 2020

Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks and Nigel Planer star in this tale of two sisters - and a mysterious stranger Not long after their mother's death, sisters Maureen and Lesley are packing up their family home. It's a painful duty, with Maureen trying to control the worst of Lesley's projectile lamenting. Then a strange man knocks at the door and introduces himself as David Johnson, a friend of Maureen's neighbour. He'd like to view the house if they are thinking of selling - which Maureen definitely is. But Lesley has other ideas and, behind Maureen's back, offers David their mother's old bedroom as a pied-a-terre. Maureen is annoyed by Lesley's initiative, but David is oblivious to the tension he has caused. Gradually, he forces his way into the sisters' lives, turning up at inopportune moments and constantly getting in their hair. As they both become increasingly fed up with him, Maureen and Lesley put aside their differences and unite to try and find out exactly who this David Johnson is, and what he is hiding. But when his secret is finally revealed, the sisters are in for a shock... Created by acclaimed writer and broadcaster Sue Limb, of Gloomsbury fame, this delightful sitcom stars Alison Steadman as Maureen, Morwenna Banks as Lesley and Nigel Planer as David. Cast Maureen........................Alison Steadman Lesley........................Morwenna Banks David........................Nigel Planer Written by Sue Limb Produced and Directed by Jamie Rix Production Coordinator: Frances Tott Studio Manager: Simon Couzens Executive Producer: Clive Brill A Little Brother production for BBC Radio 4 First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 October-8 November 2019

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Up the Garden Path: The Complete Series 1-3: The BBC Radio 4 comedy Audiobook

Up the Garden Path: The Complete Series 1-3: The BBC Radio 4 comedy

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: Imelda Staunton Release Date: May 2019

It's the beginning of a new school term and Izzy is dreading it... Tumbling from one love entanglement to another, 30 something teacher Izzy Comyn has a predilection for inappropriate men.Over the three hilarious series of Up the Garden Path, Izzy, played by Imelda Staunton, deals with the complicated ups and downs of her attempts to find true love. Along with Imelda Stanton as Izzy, Marty Cruickshank plays Maria, Nicholas Le Prevost is Michael and Mike Grady is Dick. Producer: Jonathan James-Moore Adapted by Sue Limb from her 1984 novel

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Gloomsbury: Series 5: The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy Audiobook

Gloomsbury: Series 5: The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

The complete fifth series of Sue Limb's satirical send-up of the Bloomsbury Group. In this fifth series, our arty, adulterous Bohemians are creating havoc at home and abroad. Henry is hoping to ignore his fiftieth birthday - but Vera has organised a surprise party. When Venus sneaks in uninvited and makes a nuisance of herself in the bushes, Henry wants to head for the hills. Fortunately, a lecture tour of America beckons... In the USA, Vera meets Dorothy Barker at the Algonquin, while Henry rubs shoulders with Al Padrone en route to Chicago. Meanwhile, a cottage on the Sizzlinghurst estate has become vacant, and everybody wants it. Returning from the States, Henry seeks election as a Labour Party candidate, while Ginny talks socialism with George Gurnard Shaw. Vera decides she wants another child, but Henry whisks her off to Paris for a fling before the war starts. Accompanied by Ginny and Lionel, they are enjoying a last-minute whirlwind of pleasure in the City of Love when Venus arrives with some dreadful news... Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom. '... one of the funniest, slyest, most naughtily inventive and brilliantly performed shows on the air' Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph 'A gloriously silly show' The Lady

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The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere: The Complete Series 1 and 2: The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Audiobook

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere: The Complete Series 1 and 2: The BBC Radio 4 Comedy

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: , Denise Coffey, Geoffrey Whitehead, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow, Tim Curry Release Date: February 2018

A BBC Radio 4 parody of the lives of the Romantic poets by Sue Limb, writer of the hit comedy Gloomsbury. An everyday story of towering genius, set in and around the Lakeland retreat of William and Dorothy Wordsmith. The Wordsmiths have not long settled in their sublime cottage, when they are visited by the inebriate Samuel Tailor Cholericke and the lascivious Lord Biro, followed by numerous other romantically-inclined writers and leech-pedlars who arrive at the door of Vole Cottage. Dorothy must manage the increasingly chaotic household (assisted by Stinking Iris), while William focuses on his latest masterpiece, 'The Withered Turnip'. Set against an elegant musical background of trilling sheep. Starring Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Tim Curry as Lord Biro. Cast: Dorothy Wordsmith: Denise Coffey William Wordsmith: Geoffrey Whitehead Samuel Tailor Cholericke: Simon Callow Stinking Iris: Miriam Margolyes The Leechpedlar: Chris Emmett Lord Biro: Tim Curry Teresa Sanseveria: Helen Atkinson Wood Percy Jelley: Hugh Thomas Mary Godwit: Alison Fiske Charles Lump: Nicholas le Prevost Mary Lump: Julia Hills Thomas de Quinine: Nickolas Grace Sir Walter Spott: Bill Paterson Mary Wordsmith: Iris-Gemma Morlay John Sheets: Nicky Henson Sara Cholericke: Angela Pleasance William Bloke: John Shrapnel Announcer: Eugene Fraser Music by Stephen Oliver , sung by Cantabile Produced by Jonathan James-Moore

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Gloomsbury: Series 4: The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy Audiobook

Gloomsbury: Series 4: The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

Miriam Margolyes and Alison Steadman star in the fourth BBC Radio 4 series of Sue Limb's wickedly funny parody of the Bloomsbury Group. '… one of the funniest, slyest, most naughtily inventive and brilliantly performed shows on the air' Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph This fourth series sees our arty, adulterous Bohemians struggling with the issues of class, money and how to become truly modern. Henry is concerned about Vera's dangerous susceptibility to romance, and her tendency to fascinate several women at once. In addition, he is wrestling with his biography of the king, misses the hurly burly of life at the Foreign Office and is tempted to stand for Parliament as a Labour MP. Meanwhile, Vera tangles with a randy Llewd George, accompanies Ginny to Sandwich where they meet Lytton Scratchy and Dora Barrington, and takes part in an indiscreet radio broadcast and a surprising séance. The friends also embark on a trip to Venice, where they meet Dave Lollipop, his pneumatic German wife Frieda and man-eating American art connoisseur Peggy Googleheim. Duration: 3 hours approx.

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Gloomsbury: Series 1: 6 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Audiobook

Gloomsbury: Series 1: 6 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: , Alison Steadman, Miriam Margolyes Release Date: July 2015

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'. Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

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Gloomsbury: Series 2: 6 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Audiobook

Gloomsbury: Series 2: 6 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom

Author: Sue Limb Narrator: , Alison Steadman, Miriam Margolyes Release Date: July 2015

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Roger Lloyd-Pack star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'. Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

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