Episode 4 of 6
'Births, Deaths and Marriages' is a brand new sitcom set in a Local Authority Register Office where the staff deal with the three greatest events in anybody's life.
Written by David Schneider ('The Day Today', 'I'm Alan Partridge'), he stars as chief registrar Malcolm Fox who is a stickler for rules and would be willing to interrupt any wedding service if the width of the bride infringes health and safety. He's unmarried but why does he need to be? He's married thousands of women.
Alongside him are rival and divorcee Lorna who has been parachuted in from Car Parks to drag the office (and Malcolm) into the 21st century. To her marriage isn't just about love and romance, it's got to be about making a profit in our new age of austerity.
There's also the ever spiky Mary, geeky Luke who's worried he'll end up like Malcolm one day while ditzy Anita may get her words and names mixed up occasionally but as the only parent in the office, she's a mother to them all.
In this episode, Lorna's latest brainwave to let school children into the office brings back unhappy memories of bullying for Malcolm & Luke and a missing register causes chaos.
Malcolm ...... David Schneider
Lorna ...... Sarah Hadland
Anita ...... Sandy McDade
Luke ...... Russell Tovey
Mary ...... Sally Bretton
Lord Jefferson, Patrick, Groom ...... Simon Greenall
Reader, Woman registering birth ...... Jane Whittenshaw
Mum, Bride ...... Gina Peach
Producer: Simon Jacobs
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.