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Bittersweet comedy drama as a community mental health nurse makes her rounds. Stars Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles. From 2016.

A bittersweet comedy drama about a community mental health nurse created by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings.

Liz (played by Esther Coles), the community psychiatric nurse of the title makes her rounds to visit "service users" in their homes. Most of those patients are played by comedy chameleon Paul Whitehouse himself – with supporting roles for Rosie Cavaliero, Vilma Hollingbery and Cecilia Noble.

Whitehouse brings us an obese bed-bound mummy's boy, an agoraphobic ex-con, a manic ex-glam rock star, ageing rake Herbert who hoards his house with possessions and memories, a Jewish chatterbox in unrequited love with his Jamaican neighbour, and a long-suffering carer and his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother.

There are new characters too in the guise of a self-proclaimed DJ and a Geordie struggling with his wife's job in the world's oldest profession.

We follow their humorous, sometimes sad and occasionally moving interactions with Liz, whose job is to assess their progress, dispense medication and offer support.

Nurse gives a sympathetic insight into the world of some of society's more marginalised people in a heartfelt and considered way.

Written by David Cummings and Paul Whitehouse, with additional material by Esther Coles.

Paul Whitehouse
Esther Coles
Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Rosie Cavaliero
Sue Elliott-Nichols
Charlie Higson
Vilma Hollingbery
Jason Maza
Cecilia Noble

A Down The Line production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2016.

14 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 May 2020 23:00


Role Contributor
Actor Paul Whitehouse
Actor Esther Coles
Actor Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Actor Rosie Cavaliero
Actor Sue Elliott-Nicholls
Actor Charlie Higson
Actor Vilma Hollingbery
Actor Jason Maza
Actor Cecilia Noble
Writer Paul Whitehouse
Writer David Cummings


  • Wed 13 Apr 2016 23:00
  • Wed 12 Jun 2019 23:15
  • Tue 19 May 2020 23:00

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