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Kevin Eldon Will See You Now : Series 3

Kevin Eldon (and others)

The third series of the award-winning show.

Kevin Eldon is a comedy phenomenon. He’s been in virtually every major comedy show in the last fifteen years, but not content with working with the likes of Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse, Stewart Lee, Julia Davis and Graham Linehan, he’s also created his own comedy series for BBC Radio 4.

Also starring Amelia Bullmore (I’m Alan Partridge, Scott & Bailey), Julia Davis (Nighty Night), Paul Putner (Little Britain), Justin Edwards (The Thick Of It), David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls) & Rosie Cavaliero (Alan Partridge, Harry & Paul), the show is written by Kevin Eldon with additional material by Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris (A Touch Of Cloth and yes, those modern Ladybird books).

In the first episode, more thrilling adventures of Commander Topper Hargreaves and his faithful dog Duke, a sneak preview of a new opera with extra wine gums, and, of course, some vitreous castanets.

In Show 2, a love song, a dead scarecrow, a Jiffy Bag and Kylie Minogue. Some owls were harmed during the making of this programme.

Show 3, and Kevin Eldon and his all-important cast return with sketches about bunnies, Beethoven, Dylan Thomas and olives. Plus we finally discover a use for avant-garde German film director Werner Herzog.

The fourth and final episode features the Napoleonic Wars, boiler parts and a nice rollercoaster …

The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...

The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 1

David Reed (and others)

The Penny Dreadfuls examine the life of Guy Fawkes, undertake a satirical version of the French Revolution and turn their comic eye towards Hereward the Wake

The Penny Dreadfuls – Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck – are a comedy trio who specialise in retelling historical events in their own, inimitable way. In these riotous revisionist plays, they present alternative takes on three famous tales, ably assisted by guests including Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Marek Larwood, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, Richard E Grant, and Sally Hawkins.

Guy Fawkes: What exactly are we supposed to remember on the 5th of November? The Penny Dreadfuls take a fresh look at the build-up to and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot. Starring Kevin Eldon as Guy.

Revolution: The Penny Dreadfuls tell the epic story of the French Revolution – including the execution of the King and the slaughter of thousands at the guillotine – in just one hour, with jokes. Starring Richard E Grant as Robespierre and Sally Hawkins as Marie-Therese.

Hereward the Wake: Why has this Englishman, responsible for leading the fight against the occupation of William The Conqueror, been forgotten? The Penny Dreadfuls explain how the story didn't end when they ran out of embroidery cotton on the Bayeux Tapestry...

Produced by Julia McKenzie.

In and Out of the Kitchen: Series 3

Miles Jupp (and others)

Miles Jupp stars as fussy food writer Damien Trench in six episodes of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 sitcom.

Well-known cookery writer Damien Trench is famous for his book A Year In The Kitchen and is now writing its follow-up volume, In and Out of the Kitchen, in which he opens up the doors “not only to my kitchen, but also to my life”.

During the course of these six episodes, Damien is nominated for an award, finds himself catering for a funeral, agrees to make an after dinner speech, tips his toe into the world of travel journalism, reluctantly helps out at one of his partner Anthony’s barbecues, and contends with an angry neighbour. He also supports Anthony in his thespian venture in a production of Hay Fever.

Now a BBC2 series, In and Out of the Kitchen is a charming opportunity to peek between the recipe book covers, with a cast including Miles Jupp as Damien, Justin Edwards as Anthony, and Brendan Dempsey as the ever-present handyman Mr Mullaney.

In and Out of the Kitchen

Miles Jupp (and others)

Miles Jupp stars as fussy food writer Damien Trench in three series of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 sitcom.

Well-known cookery writer Damien Trench is famous for his book A Year In The Kitchen, a diary of everything he cooked and ate over the course of twelve months. Now, for the follow-up volume In and Out of the Kitchen, Damien undertakes to open up the doors “not only to my kitchen, but also to my life”. But is Damien’s life as idyllic as his readers might suppose?

During the course of these sixteen episodes, we follow the ups and downs of life for Damien and his partner Anthony, as Damien films a pilot for his TV series Poets and their Palates, appears at a literary festival, dips his toe into the world of journalism, contends with the well-meaning interference of friends, family and builder Mr Mullaney, and faces many other trials and tribulations.

Many of Damien’s recipes are included along the way. As he himself might say, enjoy - and more importantly, cook.

Biography

Justin Edwards is a comedian and actor who came to fame as one of the Perrier Award-winning sketch trio The Consultants. He created the character of Jeremy Lion, a drunken children's entertainer, and has appeared in numerous TV shows including The Thick of It, Respectable and the new version of Are You Being Served? On radio, he and Ben Willbond co-wrote and co-starred in the hit sitcom Double Science. Among Justin Edwards' other radio credits are The News Quiz and In and Out of the Kitchen.