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Episode 1

The Gobetweenies, Series 3 Episode 1 of 6

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 18 October 2013

Marcella Evaristi's bittersweet take on divorced parenting looks at a north London family through the prism of two go-betweening siblings.

Starring Sarah Alexander as Mimi and Mark Bonnar as Joe, their arrangement comes under strain - newly divorced Mimi is blaming Joe for the failure of her third marriage. But it's hard to establish a regime of minimum contact with her children's father when the new dog has to attend puppy classes.

And no one can decide on his name.

Mimi has decided to branch into teenage fiction but, when the kids discover they are being used as copy, they mutiny. Lucy pretends to have an eating disorder and lies that Tom is now bed-wetting. But Mimi is set on her new writing venture. She's calling it The Gobetweenies and it's all about urban puberty.

Mimi's agent Ruby disapproves. She tells Lucy and Tom about Philip Roth and his warnings on the fall out of writing about your own family. But when Tom starts reading Portnoy, he gets wonderfully inspired.

Written by Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.


Mark Bonnar
Sarah Alexander
Finlay Christie
Phoebe Abbott
Valerie Cutko
Mr Thompson
David Troughton
Marilyn Imrie
Gordon Kennedy
Marcella Evaristi


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