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Episode 1 - Why Didn't You Ask Me to Dance?

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who’ve been married 'for ever'. Their conversations are practical, passionate, hilarious - and familiar to every couple.

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who have been married ‘for ever’. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music and each other. Their warm and witty conversations dance around everyday chores and appointments as well as dealing with problems within long-held friendships, and tackling their own frustrations with each other. But underlying it all is their enduring love for each other and their desire to keep the passion alive.

This week they’re invited to a party with old friends but return home with a burning question: why didn’t you ask me to dance?

Written for Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam by award-winning comedy writer and journalist Jan Etherington, who’s been married for 35 years to Gavin Petrie, with whom she created many hit radio and TV series (Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future, The Change). Conversations from a Long Marriage is her first solo narrative comedy series.

Produced by Claire Jones
A BBC Studios production

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28 minutes

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Last Wednesday 11:30

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