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Martin Jarvis directs Frayn's masterly comic series. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alex Jennings, Janie Dee and Jarvis himself.

Martin Jarvis directs the masterly comic series written by Michael Frayn, the author of Noises Off and the most comic philosophical writer of our time. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings and Jarvis himself.

It's an astonishing tour de force of comic imagination and satire.

Each of the four episodes reveals Frayn's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction, television and the media, the church, relationships - life in general.

In this second episode, Darren Richardson conducts a misguided sight-seeing tour, Ian McKellen has Helpline difficulties, Nigel Anthony and Joanna Lumley revisit Listen With Mother and Martin Jarvis attempts to broadcast from The Royal Opera House. Meanwhile, Alex Jennings and Janie Dee are a confused married couple, George Blagden is an unusually literate weatherman and Ian McKellen, as Richard III, is interrupted by footnote scholars.

Ian McKellen, Nigel Anthony, Lisa Dillon, Edward Bennett, Janie Dee, Martin Jarvis, Alex Jennings, Rosalind Ayres, George Blagden, Darren Richardson and Joanna Lumley.

Written by Michael Frayn,
Director: Martin Jarvis.
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes


Role Contributor
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor Nigel Anthony
Actor Lisa Dillon
Actor Edward Bennett
Actor Janie Dee
Actor Martin Jarvis
Actor Alex Jennings
Actor Rosalind Ayres
Actor George Blagden
Actor Darren Richardson
Actor Joanna Lumley
Writer Michael Frayn
Director Martin Jarvis