Katherine Jakeways

North by Northamptonshire
  • North by Northamptonshire

    • Katherine Jakeways

    • Geoffrey Palmer (Read by)

    • Mackenzie Crook (Read by)

    • Sheila Hancock (Read by)

    • Penelope Wilton (Read by)

    • Kevin Eldon (Read by)

    • Felicity Montagu (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    All three series of the BBC radio bittersweet comedy narrated by Sheila Hancock following the adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire - plus special episode 'Full Stop'.

    Relationships have come and gone but life continues in Wadenbrook, where Sheila Hancock takes us behind closed doors to reveal the inhabitants' heartbreak and happiness.

    We meet Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook), who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system, and recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself'. Forthright self-defence teacher Esther (Katherine Jakeways, also the writer of this series) and her gentle and put-upon husband Jonathan (Kevin Eldon) are trying to start a family, and Ken and Keith, possibly the happiest couple in town are determined to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night.

    Throughout this funny and touching comedy show, love blossoms in the most unexpected places, birthdays are celebrated, and visitors are both expected and unexpected. In the final ever episode, 'Full Stop' the residents of Wadenbrook travel to see a starry production at the Birmingham Hippodrome but heavy snow threatens to thwart everyone's plans....

    Narrated by Sheila Hancock, North by Northamptonshire also stars Kevin Eldon, Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook and Felicity Montagu, and was written by Katherine Jakeways.

    Audio assets updated as of January 2022

Katherine Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. Her television appearances include Extras, Horrible Histories, Sherlock, Episodes, Trying Again, all 3 series of BBC1's The Armstrong and Miller Show and Miranda. She is also notable as one of the regular cast in the radio series Deep Trouble and Look Away Now and plays Mrs Pepys in Radio 4's continuing Woman's Hour Drama "The Diary of Samuel Pepys". She appeared onstage as Sandy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Garrick Theatre in 2006, and was the Entire Supporting Cast in Armstrong and Miller's 2010 national tour. [source: Wikipedia]

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