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Little Monster

Are Nick and Karen brave enough to leave baby Benjy on their first night out since he was born? Stars Rufus Jones. From 2013.

Little Monster follows the fortunes of new mother Karen (Sarah Hadland) as she struggles to get to grips with her little monster. No really, he is literally a monster. Or should that be she is.? Or even it is..? To be honest it's all a bit of a jumble, but they're opted for the name Benjy for now.

Like all babies, Benjy (Cariad Lloyd) keeps growing. Horns mainly. Scales. Fangs. Tail. Karen never quite knows what's going to greet her when she unbolts the reinforced door of his nursery and turns the padlock on his cot.

Not that he's dangerous, of course. Just very excitable. And strong. And surprisingly advanced for his tender age. While most babies lie in their cots looking sweet, Benjy is soon galumphing around the house and bringing in the remains of next door's chickens. And though he may be a monster, he's still Karen's monster. She loves him and she always will, no matter what he puts her through. And he's sometimes very well-behaved, especially when his Dad, Nick (Rufus Jones) or Grandma (Geraldine James) are around.

While Karen has to cope with one very real monster, she also has to deal with her own 'monsters' - the monsters of guilt, envy and low self-esteem that gnaw away at her from the inside. She wants to be the best mother in the world and just ends up behaving like the worst.

Written by Gerard Foster (At Home With The Snails, Horrible Histories) this is a darkly comic look at modern parenthood, set in our child-obsessed world of big buggies and Little Einsteins.

In this pilot episode, Nick and Karen have planned their first night away since Benjy was born. But is it worth the trouble - and will they actually have the courage to leave him?

Karen - Sarah Hadland
Nick - Rufus Jones
Benjy - Cariad Lloyd
Val - Geraldine James
Sammy - Bridget Christie
Nina / Receptionist - Hannah Wood
Security Guard - Gerard Foster

Written by Gerard Foster.

Produced by Ed Morrish

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30 minutes

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Fri 8 Nov 2019 05:30



Role Contributor
Karen Sarah Hadland
Nick Rufus Jones
Benjy Cariad Lloyd
Val Geraldine James
Sammy Bridget Christie
Nina Hannah Wood
Receptionist Hannah Wood
Security Guard Gerard Foster
Producer Ed Morrish
Writer Gerard Foster


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