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Final Episode of North By Northamptonshire

Final Episode of North By Northamptonshire

Today 13 Jan 2012

BBC Radio Four, Katherine Jakeways' Final Episode of North By Northamptonshire Series Two

Today at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4, the final episode of Katherine Jakeways’ North By Northamptonshire series two.

Norman may have stopped the parade, but the festival must go on. Meanwhile Helen has news for Jan and Frank, and love blossoms for a most unlikely couple.

Mackenzie Crook...........................Rod
Felix Dexter...............................Arnold
Kevin Eldon...................Jonathan / Ken
Shelia Hancock....................... Narrator
Jessica Henwick...........................Helen
Katherine Jakeways........ Esther / Jacqui
Felicity Montagu..............................Jan
Geoffrey Palmer........................Norman
Lizzie Roper..............................Angela
Penelope Wilton............................Mary
Rufus Wright................................Frank.
John Biggins................................Keith
 
Press for episode three
“Wry, dry sitcom.” **** Mail On Sunday 11.12.11

Press for episode two
 “We return to the eccentric town of Wadenbrook, where everything is just a degree off normal. Rod, the supermarket manager, is sharing much too much information with his customers over the Tannoy. Esther and Jonathan continue in their joyless but dogged determination to procreate, and Sheila Hancock, the narrator, casts a wry eye over everything. The second episode of a finely crafted, six part sitcom.” **** Daily Mail, 3.12.11
 
PREVIEW PRESS FOR SERIES TWO
 
“Hear this… Laugh until you cry as the bleakest sitcom ever written returns for a new run. Ostensibly, Katherine Jakeways’s series is a comedy: it has the structure of a comedy and the characters of a comedy, and it’s set in the kind of stupefied suburbia that has spawned a thousand sitcoms. But this is humour of the blackest kind as lives of quiet desperation and bitter disappointment are played out against the backdrop of residents ‘ meetings, church hall events and supermarket announcements. Brilliantly played by a fine cast including Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook Sheila Hancock and Kevin Eldon, it’s superbly written too.” Time Out London, 1.12.11-7.12.11
 
“RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK” Radio Times, 26.11.11-02.12.11
 
“Don’t miss… Sheila Hancock narrates a spikey comic drama with a top-class cast in North by Northamptonshire” Radio Times 26.11.11-02.12.11

“…acutely observed comedy,  set in rural Northamptonshire… with a mix of poignancy and very good jokes.” Radio Choice The Times 26.11.11
 
“… a finely written comic delight.”  **** Saturday Daily Mail, 26.11.11
 
“Full of quiet wit.” **** Mail On Sunday, 27.11.11
 
"Set in a town of 'low hills and high-definition televisions', Middle England enclave Wadenbrook houses a smorgasbord of thwarted dreams and passions.  In series two of the Sheila Hancock-narrated slice of rural life, spurned wife, Jan returns from Australia, still harbouring her desire for a hen-pecked husband, while supermarket manager Rod uses his tannoy to romance check-out pin-up Tanya.  The comedy plays like an Alan Bennett-scripted edition of The Archers." Mail On Sunday, 27.11.11
 
"Seldom has a radio comedy had a more brilliant cast.  Penelope Wilton, Sheila Hancock, Kevin Eldon and Felicity Montagu all star in Katherine Jakeways' continuing tale of a small market town, Wadenbrook, where nothing much happens except the sort of thing which gets small towns all over the country excited.  In Wadenbrook just now it's a Dickens Festival weekend.  Stove pipe hats at the ready, ditto cravats, crinolines and shawls (some of which have also done duty in the cat basket)." Gillian Reynolds’ Pick of the Day Telegraph, 26.11.11
 
"Sheila Hancock, Penelope Wilton and Mackenzie Crook star in the second run of Katherine Jakeways' series set in a market town.  The thing about Wadenbrook is that anyone who has ever lived anywhere will recognise what goes on.  Even when the town seems caught up in a Dickens Festival Weekend, beneath those mob caps, behind each cravat are people just as obstinate, dreamy, wilful and daft as the rest of us." Radio Choices, Sunday Telegraph, 27.11.11

For more information go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0196tyh

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