Nick Warburton

Hopes and Desires
  • Hopes and Desires

  • Seven BBC full-cast romantic comedies about love, longing and life-changing moments

    Written by a host of top radio writers and starring some of Britain's finest actors, these sparkling, beautifully crafted comedy dramas are centred around people with unconscious yearnings. From the serial seducer to the lonely mother's boy, each is looking for love - but will they find it?

    Vongole by Michael Butt: Oxford professor Tristram Swann's favourite pastime is wooing his female students with Petrarch and pasta. But what is he really after? Starring Bill Nighy.

    The Non-Entity by Marcy Kahan: Once a successful Soviet hack, Dimitri hasn't sold a story since the fall of Communism. So why has a British publisher flown out to Moscow to see him? Starring Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron and Sylvestre Le Touzel.

    Toad Squad by Nick Warburton: Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg embarks on a mission to protect the humble toad. Starring Philip Jackson and Amanda Root.

    The Anniversary Waltz by Jeremy Front: Deli owners Max and Shirley spend their days sniping at one another - but a sudden epiphany makes them realise things have got to change... Starring Prunella Scales, Roger Allam and Rebecca Front.

    Catching Heathcliff by Nick Warburton: Lindsey dreams of someone brooding and passionate - and then Morton walks into her book group... Starring Philip Jackson and Amanda Root.

    Battersea Triangle by Michael Butt: Passive Dougie is trapped in a relationship with his domineering boss, Angela. When he meets the docile India, his problems seem to be over - but are they just beginning? Starring Mark Benton, Christine Kavanagh and Indira Varma.

    The Dangers of Self-Hypnosis by Gary Ogin: Having had no luck with speed-dating, Maurice turns to a self-hypnosis CD to find romance. Exploring his subconscious, he finds the beautiful Rachel... Starring Richard Coyle, Prunella Scales and Sophie Winkleman.

    Produced and directed by Peter Kavanagh

    Tristram - Bill Nighy
    Minnie - Emma Callander
    Helen - Miranda Colchester
    Freddie - Stephen Critchlow
    Mamma/Judy - Carolyn Jones
    Written by Michael Butt

    The Non-Entity
    Dmitri - Kenneth Cranham
    Annoushka - Eleanor Bron
    Claire - Sylvestra Le Touzel
    Robert - Stephen Critchlow
    Written by Marcy Kahan

    Toad Squad
    Reg - Philip Jackson
    Bel - Amanda Root
    Mr Topping - Jonathan Coy
    Written by Nick Warburton

    The Anniversary Waltz
    Shirley - Prunella Scales
    Max - Roger Allam
    Roszinka - Rebecca Front
    Girl - Rosie Fellner
    Marcy - Liza Sadovy
    Toastmaster/Old man - Bruce Purchase
    Written by Jeremy Front

    Catching Heathcliff
    Graham - Philip Jackson
    Lindsey - Amanda Root
    Heathcliff/Morton - Mark Straker
    Postman - Nick Warburton
    Written by Nick Warburton

    Battersea Triangle
    Dougie - Mark Benton
    India - Indira Varma
    Angela - Christine Kavanagh
    Fiona - Emily Rose Smith
    Written by Michael Butt

    The Dangers of Self-Hypnosis
    Maurice - Richard Coyle
    Mother - Prunella Scales
    Rachel - Sophie Winkleman
    Abigail - Christine Kavanagh
    Hypnotist/Judge - Sam Dale
    Daniel - Mark Straker
    Written by Gary Ogin

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
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Michael Butt (Author) Michael Butt has written numerous dramas for BBC radio, including Peter Lorre Vs Peter Lorre, The Last Project (El Ultimo Proyecto), Unauthorised History, Filthy Rich and Ambiguous Loss (winner of a BBC Radio Drama Award for Best Series or Serial.) Jeremy Front (Author) Jeremy Front is an award winning writer, actor and broadcaster. He studied Fine Art (Painting) at Goldsmith's, University of London and Central St. Martin's School of Art. His first feature length screenplay was shortlisted for the Oxford Film Foundation Prize and first theatre pieces were musical/sketch revues, co-written with his sister, Rebecca Front. Four Times Four, a collection of monologues for women was staged by the RSC in Stratford as part of their New Writing Season. Jeremy has written extensively for radio and television moving between original and adaptations in both drama and comedy. Work for BBC Radio includes the comedy series: Jack and Millie, seven series of Incredible Women (nominated BBC Audio Drama Award) in both of which he co-stars with Rebecca Front, and the long-running radio comedy series The Charles Paris Mysteries starring Bill Nighy. Jeremy has adapted and dramatized work by Graham Greene Stamboul Train, Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Harrison's Confession, John Meade Faulkner The Lost Stradivarius, Anita Loos Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Nominated and Finalist for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award), Chekov The Duel and Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall, Scoop, Brideshead Revisited and The Sword of Honour Trilogy (Winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award).

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