Semi Circles: The Complete Series 1 and 2
Simon Brett

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Narrated By: David Wood, Paula Wilcox, Full Cast Full Cast

Duration: 5 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

Paula Wilcox and David Wood star in this BBC Radio sitcom about an upwardly mobile husband and wife climbing the social ladder in suburbia

Helen and Ben have recently moved into a lovely semi-detached house in an up-and-coming area, and are eager to restore their home to its original character (complete with open fireplace in the living room and milkmaid's yoke on the wall). They're also keen to host dinner parties and mix with the right sort of people - to the bafflement of their elderly neighbour, Mrs Kelly, who's lived in the neighbourhood all her life and preferred it before it filled up with middle-class incomers.

In these twelve episodes, Ben and Helen join an action committee to oppose the opening of a new restaurant on their street, contemplate the attractions of the countryside and squabble over spending Christmas with Helen's mother in West Wittering. Plus, Helen flirts with feminism, Ben contemplates private education, and the couple unite to fight the forces of materialism...

Written by Simon Brett, whose sitcom credits include After Henry, this improving story of life and improving times in an improving neighbourhood stars Paula Wilcox as Helen and David Wood as Ben.


Produced by Pete Atkin
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1 March-5 April 1982 (Series 1), 16 November-21 December 1982 (Series 2)

Cast
Helen - Paula Wilcox
Ben - David Wood
Mrs Kelly - Pat Heywood
Alastair - Bruce Alexander/Tony Millan
Mr Juke - Arthur English
Roger - Ben Aris
Mo - Penelope Nice
Mr Mukerjee - Tariq Yunis
Willy - Robert Longden
Blythe - Bryan Coleman
Perpetua - Patience Tomlinson
Laura - Anita Carey
Nigel - James Griffiths
Linda - Jill Lidstone
Kevin - Stuart Organ
Julian - Mark Wing-Davey
Maureen - Miranda Forbes
Doctor - Robert Rietty
Mr Cullingford - Michael Bilton
Dick - David Gooderson
Marian - Jean Trend
Neil - Nick Wilton
Britt - Rosalind Adams

Genre

Humorous fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

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