For Better Or For Worse: The Complete Series 1-3
Vince Powell

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Narrated By: Gorden Kaye, Su Pollard,

Duration: 9 hours and 48 minutes

What to expect

All three series of the BBC radio comedy about the turbulent relationship of an odd couple

Dithering undertaker's assistant Bernard Pringle has finally got engaged to his sweetheart, Iris Bickerdyke - but Iris still has to persuade her fiancé to buy her a ring. And goodness knows when he'll manage to get her down the aisle...

The course of their true love runs rather less than smooth in these 20 episodes, as a trip to the cinema turns into an off-screen disaster, Iris faces competition in the shape of new office secretary Crystabelle, and Bernard is all at sea after he's asked to scatter a client's ashes. There are problems with their parents too, as Iris's mum Daisy is conned out of her inheritance and Bernard's dad Wilf is caught with his guard - and his trousers - down. But as father and son stride to the crease in the annual cricket match, Bernard finds himself just 22 yards from glory - can he save the day?

Written by Vince Powell, who scripted a string of successful TV sitcoms including For the Love of Ada, Bless This House and Here's Harry for Harry Worth, this warm-hearted comedy stars Gorden Kaye ('Allo 'Allo!) as Bernard and Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!) as Iris.

Written by Vince Powell
Produced by Mike Craig

Cast
Iris - Su Pollard
Bernard - Gorden Kaye
Wilf - David Ross
Daisy - Paula Tilbrook/Marlene Sidaway
Mr Foley/Police Sergeant - Peter Wheeler
Mr Matthews - John Jardine
Miss Parker/Myrtle/Doreen/Crystabelle - Julie Higginson
Tommy/Mr Cameron - Roger John-Lee
Other parts played by members of the cast


First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 11 February-1 April 1993 (Series 1), 3 December 1994-12 January 1995 (Series 2), 18 January-22 February 1996 (Series 3)

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction, Contemporary romance

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