James Bachman

Life in London
  • Life in London

    • Pierce Egan

    • Mark Gatiss (Read by)

    • Greg Wise (Read by)

    • James Bachman (Read by)

    • Geoffrey McGivern (Read by)

    • Dave Lamb (Read by)

    • Amanda Abbington (Read by)

    • Alex MacQueen (Read by)

    • Morwenna Banks (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Pierce Egan's renowned 19th-century comic novel adapted by Dan Tetsell is a rollicking real tour of the sprawling post-Regency Metropolis in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring.

    Comedy drama showing the 'fast life' of Regency London, starring Mark Gatiss, Greg Wise and James Bachman and Geoffrey McGivern as Pierce Egan.

    We travel through London town all in the company of garrulous author Pierce Egan, cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom, his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn and their drunken compatriot Bob.

    Tom and Jerry visit a cockfight, try to buy a horse, meet a sporting legend and lay a wager on which is better, London or the West Country. Meanwhile, garrulous narrator Pierce Egan takes literary critic William Hazlitt to his first boxing match. The lads of Regency London drink with the lower orders in the East End and generally get up to mischief around town.

    When Pierce Egan falls on hard times, will his adventures help him make his fortune or will this be the end of the trio's life together?

    When first published the popularity of Pierce Egan's book amounted to a craze, as society tried to guess the real life characters featuring in the tales. The celebrity obsession of the Regency period is depicted in this cleverly adapted comedy.


    In Training for a Swell

    The Fancy

    Mr Lushington

    High and Low Life

    The Show Folks

    An End to Life in London


    Pierce Egan - Geoffrey McGivern

    Corinthian Tom - Greg Wise

    Jerry Hawthorn - Mark Gatiss

    Bob Logic - James Bachman

    Old Hawthorn - Christopher Douglas

    Corinthian Kate - Amanda Abbington

    Mrs Belcher / Fishwife - Laura Shavin

    Mr Primefit / Sir Richard / Actor - Dave Lamb

    Plausible Jack/ Jarvey / George Sala - Ben Graves

    William Hazlitt/Tom Cribb/ Hustle - Alex MacQueen

    Mrs Egan - Alys Torrence

    Lady Wanton - Morwenna Banks

    Fanny - Margaret Cabourn Smith

    Theodore Holt / Dick Trifle- Giles Taylor

    Mr Jonah / Pickpocket - Neil Edmond

    Production Credits

    Written by Pierce Egan

    Adapted by Dan Tetsell

    Music: Ben Walker

    Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June 2006

    ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Armando Iannucci is a writer, director and producer who first became successful as part of the cult comedy team involved in On the Hour and The Day Today. He then presented the satirical comedy show Saturday Night Armistice and wrote and starred in the surreal sketch series The Armando Iannucci Shows before creating the BAFTA Award-winning comedy The Thick of It. A movie spin-off, In The Loop, was released in 2009 to great acclaim. This in turn led to an HBO series, Veep, which has won numerous awards including four Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. James Bachman is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in numerous TV comedy shows including Saxondale, Hyperdrive,The Mighty Boosh, 15 Storeys High, Comedy Nation and The 11 O'Clock Show. He was also a regular cast member on That Mitchell and Webb Sound for BBC Radio 4. His writing credits include Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Jon Holmes is an eight-time Sony Award and double BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. His radio credits include writing and performing on The Now Show, co-creating and writing Dead Ringers, writing and being a regular panellist on The 99p Challenge and working with Armando Iannucci on his Sony Award-winning Charm Offensive.

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