Keith Allen

Jake's Thing
  • Jake's Thing

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    Jake Richardson, an Oxford don nearing sixty with a lifetime's lechery behind him, is in pursuit of his lost libido and heads of to the consulting room of a miniature sex therapist. Not one to disobey a doctor's orders, he runs the full humiliating gamut of sex labs and trendy 'workshops', where more than souls are bared. He decks himself with cunning gadgetry, dreams up a weekly fantasy, pets diligently with his overweight wife and browses listlessly through porn magazines behind locked doors. Is sex really worth it? As liberationists abuse him, a campus hostess bores him into bed - and even his own wife starts acting oddly - Jake seriously begins to wonder.

    © Kingsley Amis 1978 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Keith Allen was born in 1953. A versatile comedian, actor, singer and writer, he was a breakthrough act from the Comedy Store in 1979. He went on to star in a number of films made by the Comic Strip Presents, played a dead lodger in Shallow Grave, is in the band Fat Les with Damien Hirst and Alex James from Blur, wrote and presented a documentary for Channel Four about ASBO lottery winner Michael Carroll and appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in prime-time BBC series, Robin Hood.

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