BBC Radio Drama: ‘Conversations from a long marriage at Christmas’. Starring Roger Allam

Hello and Merry Christmas. I hope you have or are having a lovely day.

This BBC radio drama starring our own Roger Allam (Fred Thursday) and the always lovely Joanna Lumley (she starred in the Lewis episode, ‘Counter Culture Blues’) is endearingly, funny and well worth a listen.

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who have been married for over 40 years. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music – and each other.

The show follows their conversations that take them from the local café, to their kitchen table, taking in her resentment of new glasses – a symbol of ageing – and fury at being lectured by the dental hygienist. He has a dodgy knee and is on statins, and when they discuss the marriage break-up of their closest friends, Sally and Peter, there’s jealousy and talk of affairs. She suggests there are advantages to single beds, separate holidays and wants to go clubbing in Ibiza for her imminent ‘big’ birthday.

When a couple stop kissing each other, the marriage is in trouble, she believes, ‘what it says in the Shoop Shoop Song is so true. It IS in his kiss!’

Written for Joanna Lumley by award-winning comedy writer and journalist Jan Etherington, who herself has been married for 33 years. Jan has created and written many long-running radio and television series with her husband Gavin Petrie (Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future) and has written sketches for the likes of Radio 4’s Ayres on the Air, but this is her first solo-scripted, half hour comedy. She says: “Conversations from a Long Marriage will resonate with couples of any age but especially those who are still dancing in the kitchen, singing in the car and trying to keep the passion alive.”

Producer: Claire Jones
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.

I hope you all enjoy it.

Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science. Firstly I have to complete an intensive year at college which starts at the end of August 2018. If I pass the college year I will then be able to go straight into Edinburgh University. A busy time ahead made even busier by my writing a book on the TV series, Lewis.

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