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

Press[edit]

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]

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