Not in Front of the Children: The complete BBC Radio series
Richard Waring

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Narrated By: Francis Matthews, , Wendy Craig

Duration: 12 hours and 41 minutes

What to expect

Wendy Craig stars in the complete Series 1 and 2 of the popular 1960s sitcom, as heard on BBC radio

With three young kids and a headstrong husband, frazzled housewife Jennifer Corner has her hands full. Everyday life can be chaotic and full of challenges - but no matter what crises the Corners encounter, Jen keeps the family together.

In these 26 episodes, a shaky treehouse gets hubby Henry in trouble with the law, the couple's plans for a week free of the children go awry, and Jen's money-making plans run into red tape - and worse... It's all change for the Corners as son Robin wins a scholarship to boarding school, there's a new baby on the way, and Henry has a job offer - but can they bear to leave London and move to the countryside?

This hilarious family comedy ran for four series on BBC TV between 1967 and 1970, winning Wendy Craig a BAFTA Award for Best Actress and paving the way for her sitcom success in And Mother Makes Three and Butterflies. The show was so successful that creator Richard Waring adapted his own scripts for this radio version, now fully restored from the original reel-to-reel tapes.

Due to the age of these vintage recordings, the sound quality may vary.

Production credits
Written and adapted by Richard Waring
Produced by Trafford Whitelock
Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst
First broadcast 30 September-23 December1969, BBC Radio 4 (Series 1), 4 October-27 December 1970, BBC Radio 2 (Series 2)

Cast
Jennifer Corner - Wendy Craig
Henry Corner - Francis Matthews
Trudi - Roberta Tovey
Robin - Hugo Keith-Johnston
Amanda - Jill Riddick
Mother - Fanny Rowe
Mary - Charlotte Mitchell
With Madeleine Howell, Olwen Griffiths, David Tate, Geoffrey Frederick, Elizabeth Morgan, Tenniel Evans, Edward de Souza, Felix Felton, Noel Howlett, Alexander John, Gwenda Wilson, Bunny May, David Dodimead, Jeffrey Segal, Karen Newport, Christopher Reynalds, Helen Lindsay, Anna Dawson, Michael Kilgarriff, Aline Waites, Frederick Treves, Richard Waring, Carole Lorimer, Rosalind Adams, Ross Hutchinson, Barbara Mitchell, Rex Graham, James Thomason, John Gabriel, Kevin Brennan, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Benny Lee, Garard Green, Margot Boyd, Nan Kenway, Norman Mitchell, Jordan Rogers, Madi Hedd, Rosalyn Slater, Nigel Lambert, June Liversidge, Wallas Eaton, Bettina Dickson, Sean Barrett, Eva Haddon and Martin Friend

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction

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