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Series 2

Comedy series by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

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Fri 13 Jan 2012 11:30 BBC Radio 4

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  • Here's just some of what the press said about Series One:

    "Katherine Jakeways is the new Victoria Wood. And that's official. Her character comedy is so acutely observed and so sharp that it's in danger of causing permanent injury. Sheila Hancock narrates this story of life in a small Northamptonshire town that's home to the funniest of locals. Miss this at your peril." Radio Times 8/6/10

    "A new four-part series with the potential to become a classic in the Little Britain mode. The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run." Time Out 10/6/10

    "It would have been worth listening to the Radio 4 sitcom North by Northamptonshire just for Sheila Hancock and Penelope Wilton, but it turned out to be good in all sorts of other ways too. Setting it in the fictitious market town of Wadenbrook, writer Katherine Jakeways picked off local "characters" with the eagle eye of a rooftop sniper. Clearly a major comedy writing talent, Jakeways is as adept at coming up with stinging one-liners as she is able to create a choice gallery of English eccentrics. Casting Sheila Hancock as the narrator was inspired: her sardonic and sometimes downright snide interventions making a perfect counterpoint to the barminess of Wadenbrook's social round. I can imagine this one transferring well to TV." The Stage 05.07/10

    "A star cast decorates Katherine Jakeways' slightly surreal comedy about the inhabitants of a small town...There's a tinge of Under Milk Wood about it all" Radio Choice, The Times, 16.06.10

    "Funny and touching series about a small town preparing for a talent night" Radio Choice, The Independent 16.06.10

    "Great expectations abound for North by Northamptonshire. This new four-part comedy of the reflective kind, set in a small town bubbling with hope, fear and mistrust, a bit like an inland English Under Milk Wood faintly reminiscent of Peter's Tinniswood's lively studies in eccentricity. By Katherine Jakeways, it has the great benefit of Sheila Hancock as narrator, Mackenzie Crook as Rod the supermarket manager, and the author herself as instructor of both driving and judo. The overall plot is how they're all getting ready for a talent night, produced by Mary (fab Penelope Wilton)." Gillian Reynolds' Choice, Daily Telegraph, 16.06.10

    "Sheila Hancock is the deadpan narrator for the opening episode of this spiffing new comedy series, starring Mackenzie Crook... Cleverly written, understated comedy... excellent sitcom... continues to hit the spot... very funny comedy... Let's hope a new series is commissioned soon". FIVE STARS Daily Mail 12/6/10 - 07.07.10

  • The Cast

    The Cast

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