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Episode 1

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 September 2013

The Now Show's Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt with Julian Rhind-Tutt from Green Wing star in a sparkling new dramatisation of Jerome K Jerome's comic classic.

In Edwardian London, three carefree young men and their dog, Montmorency, plan a rowing holiday down the Thames to Oxford. But nothing goes smoothly.

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Even their packing proves a trial for the trouble-prone J, Harris and George. On the eve of the trip they manage to oversleep, they struggle to find the right train from Waterloo to Kingston and get hopelessly lost in the maze at Hampton Court. They navigate their first lock successfully and end up at yet another hostelry 'for just one drink', but the evening ends on a dangerous note - Harris decides he will sing a comic song. Oh dear.

Three Men In A Boat has never been out of print since its first publication in 1889. In stark contrast to the adventure writers of the time - Kipling, Haggard and Stevenson - Jerome K Jerome gave us a story about three ordinary fellows having a jolly time down the river.

Pub singers............. from Rose Bruford College
Music....................... provided by Gary Yershon, with Eddie Hession on accordion

Dramatised by Chris Harrald
Original and adapted music by Gary Yershon

Sound design: Eloise Whitmore

Producer: Melanie Harris
Executive Producer: Polly Thomas

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.


Julian Rhind-Tutt
Steve Punt
Hugh Dennis
Mrs P
Katherine Jakeways
Melanie Harris
Polly Thomas
Chris Harrald
Jerome K Jerome


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