North by Northamptonshire

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North by Northamptonshire
Genre Comedy
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Geoffrey Palmer
Mackenzie Crook
Sheila Hancock
Penelope Wilton
Jessica Henwick
Written by Katherine Jakeways
Produced by Series 1-Claire Jones
Series 2-Victoria Lloyd
Series 3-Steven Canny
Executive producer(s) Steven Canny
Narrated by Sheila Hancock
Original release 16 June 2010 – present
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 16
Audio format Stereophonic sound

North by Northamptonshire is a BBC Radio 4 comedy, written by Katherine Jakeways, that takes place in Northamptonshire. The first series was transmitted in the summer of 2010, and the second series in December 2011 and January 2012. Series 1 was produced by Claire Jones, series 2 by Victoria Lloyd and Series 3 by Steven Canny.[1]

Cast list[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series Episode First broadcast
1 1 16 June 2010
2 23 June 2010
3 30 June 2010
4 7 July 2010
2 1 2 December 2011
2 9 December 2011
3 16 December 2011
4 23 December 2011
5 30 December 2011
6 6 January 2012
3 1 23 December 2013
2 30 December 2013
3 6 January 2014
4 13 January 2014
5 20 January 2014
6 27 January 2014


The response to the series has been very good, and the show received lots of attention for the work of the writer and narrator. The show was nominated for a Sony Radio Award in 2012.[2]

  • 'Sheila Hancock narrates this story of life in a small Northamptonshire town that's home to the funniest of locals. Miss this at your peril' Radio Times 8/6/10
  • 'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out 10/6/10
  • 'Clearly a major comedy writing talent, Jakeways is as adept at coming up with stinging one-liners as she is able to create a choice gallery of English eccentrics.' The Stage 5/7/10
  • 'Funny and touching series about a small town preparing for a talent night.' Radio Choice, The Independent 16/6/10
  • 'Sheila Hancock is the deadpan narrator for the opening episode of this spiffing new comedy series,' Daily Mail 7/7/10 [3]