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The Bed-Sitting Room

Spike Milligan and John Antrobus's post-apocalyptic, surrealist, comic tale. Starring Paul Merton and Catherine Tate.

Three years since the nuclear misunderstanding which led to the third world war ("and it's no idle boast when I remind you that this was the shortest world war on record... two minutes twenty eight seconds... including the signing of the Peace Treaty which is now on sale at Her Majesty's Stationery Office with a free T-shirt") survivors gather together on the former-streets of London.

In amongst the rubble, Captain Kak and his fiancee Penelope find Lord Fortnum, who is convinced he's turning into a bed-sitting room. With property prices what they are, Kak should be on to a good thing.

This atmospheric, surrealist play was originally written by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan.

Adapted by John Antrobus and Paul Merton.

Captain Kak ...... Paul Merton
Lord Fortnum ...... Derek Jacobi
Mate ...... Bernard Cribbins
Penelope ...... Catherine Tate
The BBC ...... Corrie Corfield
Mrs Ethel Skroake ...... Suki Webster
The Vicar ...... John Antrobus
Captain ...... Sean Baker
Seaman ...... Richard Pepple

Music and FX by Jerry Peal.

Director: Sam Michell.
Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 1 Feb 2020 03:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Captain Kak Paul Merton
Lord Fortnum Derek Jacobi
Mate Bernard Cribbins
Penelope Catherine Tate
The BBC Corrie Corfield
Mrs Ethel Skroake Suki Webster
The Vicar John Antrobus
Captain Sean Baker
Seaman Richard Pepple
Director Sam Michell
Producer Victoria Lloyd
Writer John Antrobus
Writer Spike Milligan
Adaptor John Antrobus
Adaptor Paul Merton

Broadcasts

  • Boxing Day 2015 14:30
  • Sat 10 Jun 2017 15:00
  • Tue 17 Apr 2018 10:00
  • Tue 17 Apr 2018 15:00
  • Wed 18 Apr 2018 03:00
  • Fri 31 Jan 2020 10:00
  • Fri 31 Jan 2020 15:00
  • Sat 1 Feb 2020 03:00

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