Sue Limb

The Leopard in Autumn
  • The Leopard in Autumn

    • Neal Anthony

    • Roger Danes

    • Sue Limb

    • David Swift (Read by)

    • Sian Phillips (Read by)

    • Graham Crowden (Read by)

    • Paul Bigley (Read by)

    • Saskia Wickham (Read by)

    • Nick Romero (Read by)

    • Christopher Kelham (Read by)

    • Kim Wall (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Comedy about the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state

    In Monte Guano, a ridiculously small and penniless principality in Renaissance Italy, Prince Ludovico II finds his rule constantly undermined by those around him: his shrewd wife, his official mistress, and his three disappointing - if not outright humiliating - sons.

    As well as having to manage the ever-increasing tributes demanded by the Pope, Prince Ludovico must also contend with feeble conscripts in search of war booty, getting on the pilgrim map, fake currency, religious battles, and worst of all, English tourists. Can they keep their family together despite the chaos of their lives?

    Perfect for fans of Blackadder and The Castle, the brilliant comedy cast includes David Swift as Ludovico, Sian Phillips as Plethora, Graham Crowden as Francesco and Paul Bigley as Alessandro, as well as Saskia Wickham, Nick Romero, Christopher Kelham and Kim Wall.

    Production credits
    Devised by Neal Anthony
    Written by Neal Anthony, Roger Danes and Sue Limb
    Produced by Helen Williams and Dawn Ellis


    Ludovico - David Swift
    Plethora - Sian Phillips
    Francesco - Graham Crowden
    Alessandro - Paul Bigley
    Rosalie - Saskia Wickham
    Salvatore - Nick Romero
    Guido - Christopher Kelham
    Brother Michael/Father Ignazio - Kim Wall
    Lord Luton - Nicholas Grace

    Series 1
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001
    Series 2 First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

RELEASED 18/08/2022

Sue Limb is a British writer and broadcaster. Her work includes novels – many of them for young adults – and a sitcom for ITV television and BBC Radio 4, Up the Garden Path. For Radio 4, she has written a number of comedy series: The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere , The Sit Crom, Four Joneses and a Jenkins and Alison and Maud; and also Growing Pains (a documentary about ageing), Hilaire Belloc, and Cities (six programmes of literary anthology).

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