Amanda Whittington

D for Dexter
  • D for Dexter

  • The award-winning story of Skye and Dexter and their ordinary/extraordinary life

    Skye lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, with her little brother Dexter and Spider the cat. Their mum, Jak, isn't around much - she's on and off the booze, so it's up to Skye to look out for Dexter, play with him, and make sure he's clothed and fed. He likes it best when she plays her guitar, an electric guitar she found under a heap of clothes in her mum's bedroom. The bailiffs didn't take it even when they came back for the telly.

    When we first meet them, Skye is eleven years old, and Dexter two-and-a-half. Through seven series, we follow their highs, lows and struggles to survive through Skye's eyes, as she battles to keep her dysfunctional family together.

    From coping with Jak's alcoholism and Dexter's special needs, to being taken into care by social services, getting excluded from school, trying to home educate Dexter during the Covid crisis, falling in love and coming to terms with her sexuality, she has far more on her plate than any young person should have to deal with.

    And as Skye turns 18 and prepares to face the challenges of adulthood, we bid farewell to her in a special one-off finale.

    Dark, delightful, funny, heartbreaking and heart-warming, this authentic, truthful drama won Best Drama Series/Serial at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016. It was developed through close collaboration with BBC Children in Need and projects they fund (including Home-Start UK, Hull Children's University, Voice of Young People in Care, Can Cook, Footsteps 2000, Young Carers' Transition Project and SAYiT) and was inspired by long-term research and ongoing voluntary work with children and families in Gainsborough.

    Written by Amanda Whittington (series 1-7) and Sarah Daniels (Finale)
    Guitar: Pip Moore and Tom Constantine
    Music by Black Sabbath, the Smashing Pumpkins, Beyoncé, The Breeders and David Bowie performed by Tom Constantine
    Poem by Octavia Bettis
    Directed by Mary Ward-Lowery

    Skye - Sydney Wade
    Dexter - Elsa Rodgers/Alfie Johnson-McCann
    Jak - Una McNulty
    Evan - Samuel Holland
    Alice - Jane Thornton
    Mags - Sarah Parks
    Lin - Martha Godber
    Joe - Bill Rodgers
    Uncle Dean - Peter Caulfield
    Amber - Liz Godber
    Ant - John Elkington
    Boy - Harry Steel
    Dog Man - John Elkington
    Shelagh - Sarah Parks
    Kim/Clare - Jane Godber
    Shanice - Zoe Johnson
    Leanne - Etta Fusi
    Mia - Julie Riley
    Mr Doshi - Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
    Nasty Girl - Octavia Bettis
    Pearce - Beau Anten
    Alex - Don Gilet
    Alisha - Megan Huntley
    Alice - Lauren Bowler
    Scarlett - Scarlett Courtney
    Ryan - Adam Courting
    Aiden Hardy - Will Kirk
    Ed - Mark Addy

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

Sarah Daniels (Author) Sarah Daniels is an ex-archaeologist who escaped academia and now writes stories from her home in rural Lincolnshire. Her work has been published in various online magazines and has been nominated for Best British and Irish Flash Fiction and Best Small Fictions. This is her first novel and part of a duology.

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