Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp is Literally Unputdownable
  • Miles Jupp is Literally Unputdownable

  • Miles Jupp probes mysteries both fictional and autobiographical in these ten radio investigations

    Actor and comedian Miles Jupp puts his inquiring mind and talent for comic analysis to work, as he turns his quizzical gaze on the world of fiction.

    In these ten entertaining documentaries, he explores why some books, games and binge-watched box sets are, as they say, 'literally unputdownable'; peers into Plotto, an ingenious manual of story devices, to discover whether it really can make writing easy; takes a sideways look at some familiar characters from literature, including James Bond, Dracula, Fu Manchu and Carruthers; delves into the intricacies of the locked-room murder; and revisits his old prep school to find out whether a book of stirring 19th-century verse can work its magic on today’s young people. And there’s a shock in store for Miles as, researching his Huguenot ancestors, he finds cracks appearing in his family tree…

    Included in this collection are:
    Miles Jupp is Literally Unputdownable
    Miles Jupp and the Plot Device
    The Soviet James Bond
    The Woman Who Invented James Bond?
    The Trainspotter’s Guide to Dracula
    Miles Jupp in a Locked Room
    Fu Manchu in Edinburgh
    By Jove, Carruthers!
    Miles Jupp’s Muscular Lines
    Miles Jupp is Insufficiently Belgian


    Production credits
    Presented by Miles Jupp
    Produced by David Stenhouse
    Archive BA: Kevin Gordon
    Actor: David Jackson Young

    Miles Jupp is Literally Unputdownable first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 June 2020
    Featuring DJ Taylor; Paula Hawkins; Jed Mercurio; Will Storr and Frederick Forsyth

    Miles Jupp and the Plot Device first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 December 2015
    Featuring Mike Ashley; Professor Paul Collins of the University of Portland Oregon; John Harvey; Jeffrey Marks; Val McDermid and Damon Rochefort

    The Soviet James Bond first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 December 2014
    Commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and produced by BBC Radio Scotland
    Featuring Professor Ian Christie of Birkbeck College; Mark Liederman, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder; Olga Semyonova; Vitali Vitaliev and Simon Winder

    The Woman Who Invented James Bond? first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10 December 2016
    Featuring Pam Hirsch; John Pearson; Nigel West and Simon Winder

    The Trainspotter’s Guide to Dracula first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 October 2017
    Featuring Sir Christopher Frayling; Andras Hlavacska; Zita Hummer; Tudor Salajan; Alexandru Simon and Dacre Stoker

    Miles Jupp in a Locked Room first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21 May 2012
    Featuring Robert Adey; Mike Ashley; Paul Doherty; Jasper Fforde; Christopher Fowler; Paul Halter; Daniel Mallory; Denise Mina; John Pugmire and Soji Shamada

    Fu Manchu in Edinburgh first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6 April 2010
    Featuring Sascha Auerbach; Paul Bailey; Alan Bennell; Grant Buttars; Owen Dudley Edwards; Bill Maynard; Dr Jonathan Murray; Matthew Sweet and Shenxiao Tong
    Reader: Crawford Logan

    By Jove, Carruthers! first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12 May 2009
    Featuring Louis Barfe; Owen Dudley Edwards; Bruce Durie; Roger Johnson; Sam Llewellyn and Celia Mitchell

    Miles Jupp’s Muscular Lines first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3 January 2010
    Featuring Leslie Barr; Colonel Tim Collins, OBE; Owen Dudley Edwards; Sir Ranulph Fiennes and vox pops with pupils from St George’s School, Windsor Castle

    Miles Jupp is Insufficiently Belgian first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 March 2015
    Written by Miles Jupp and David Stenhouse with additional material by James Kettle
    Featuring Nick Barrett; Bella Jupp, Gillian Jupp, Rob Jupp, Rupert Jupp, Thomas Jupp, Christine Sas and Lieven Schiere

Miles Jupp is an actor, comedian and writer. He started performing stand-up in 2000, and the following year won both So You Think You're Funny and The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. He was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer award for his debut Edinburgh solo show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues. He contributes to a number of Radio 4 shows as well as his own series for the station Miles Jupp's Real World (with Frankie Boyle). His TV credits include The Thick Of It, Gary: Tank Commander and Rev. His film work includes Made In Dagenham, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Sherlock Holmes. He is known to younger fans as Archie the Inventor in the children's series Balamory. His show Fibber in the Heat was one of the big successes of the Edinburgh festival in 2010.