Marriage Lines: The Complete Series 1 and 2
Richard Waring

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Narrated By: , Prunella Scales, Richard Briers

Duration: 12 hours and 56 minutes

What to expect

All 26 episodes of the much-loved 1960s sitcom, as heard on BBC radio

Kate and George Starling are just beginning their lives as young newlyweds, and are already experiencing the frustrations, as well as the joys, of marriage. But although they have their ups and downs, their mutual love and mistrust gets them through.

In these two series, they experience the downsides and delights of domesticity: from getting locked out of their new flat, sparring over nights out and coping with the next-door neighbours, to planning a holiday together and looking forward to a new arrival. Parenthood brings further challenges – including organising baby Helen’s christening and finding a family home – but a job abroad could offer new opportunities for the Starlings...

Originally broadcast on BBC TV between 1963 and 1966, this absorbing comedy by Richard Waring was so popular that it was adapted on radio for the BBC Light Programme. It stars Richard Briers as George and Prunella Scales as Kate, with guest stars including Heather Chasen, Derek Waring, Joan Sanderson, Wallas Eaton and Derek Fowlds.

Written by Richard Waring
Produced by Charles Maxwell
Recorded at the BBC Paris Studio in London

First broadcast BBC Light Programme: 21 May-13 August 1965 (Series 1), 19 March-11 June 1967 (Series 2)

Cast
George – Richard Briers
Kate – Prunella Scales
Norah – Heather Chasen
Peter – Geoffrey Matthews
John – David Morton
Miles – Rodney Diak/Derek Waring
Ossie – David Graham
Mr Reynolds – Leon Thau
Ronald – Terence Alexander
George’s father– Geoffrey Sumner
Kate’s mother– Joan Sanderson
Mr Cartwright – Wallas Eaton
Mr Renfrew Smith – Felix Felton
Arthur – Frederick Treves
Denis – Peter Hawkins
Jeanie – Audrey Nicholson
Murray – Penny Morrell
Mother – Diana King
Pauline – Rosalind Knight
Ronald – William Fox
With John Baddeley, Norma Ronald, Philip Guard, Isabel Rennie, Elizabeth Morgan, Jo Kendall, Nigel Graham, John Graham, Charlotte Mitchell, Rosemary Miller, Peter Gilmore, James Taylor, Clive Morton, Noel Hood, Edward de Souza, Beth Boyd, Carol Marsh, Wilfred Babbage, Pearl Hackney, Ronald Hines, Fraser Kerr, Carole Boyd, Robert McBain, Lockwood West, Tim Barrett, Doris Rogers, Anna Gilchrist, Derek Fowlds, Gretchen Franklin, Alec Bregonzi

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction

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