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Episode 1

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 July 2012

Maria Semple's brilliantly comic debut novel about misplaced genius and mother-daughter love, starring Miranda Richardson, Lydia Wilson, Richard Laing and Madeleine Potter.

When 15 year old Bee wins perfect grades, she calls in her parents' promise of a graduation present of 'anything she wants'. This turns out to be a family trip to Antarctica - a prospect that will challenge her mother Bernadette's agoraphobia and social reclusiveness.

CAST:

Bernadette ..... Miranda Richardson
Bee .... Lydia Wilson
Elgin .... Richard Laing
Audrey .... Madeleine Potter
Soo Lin .... Laurel Lefkow
Marcus Strang .... Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob .... Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek .... Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear .... Susie Riddell
Dr Kurtz .... Christine Absalom

Other parts played by members of the company.

Adapted by Miranda Davies
Produced/ directed by Emma Harding

About the author: Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.

Opening music: 'My Wandering Days Are Over', from the album 'Tigermilk' by Belle & Sebastian, Jeepster Recordings Ltd, 1999

Closing music: 'Expectations', from the album 'Tigermilk' by Belle & Sebastian, Jeepster Recordings Ltd, 1999

Credits

Bernadette
Miranda Richardson
Bee
Lydia Wilson
Audrey
Madeleine Potter
Soo Lin
Laurel Lefkow
Marcus Strang
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/Jacob
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek
Patrick Brennan
Helen/Gwen Goodyear
Susie Riddell
Dr Kurtz
Christine Absalom
Adaptor
Miranda Davies
Director
Emma Harding
Producer
Emma Harding

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