The Penny Dreadfuls Present.... Image shows from L to R: David Reed, Thom Tuck, Humphrey Ker. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

The Penny Dreadfuls Present...

Historical comedy looking back at the lives of the Brothers Faversham - heroes of Victorian Britain. Starring Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck

The Penny Dreadfuls Present... The Brothers Faversham; More Brothers Faversham; Guy Fawkes; Revolution; Hereward The Wake
Sketch Show
2008 - 2012  (BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 7)
11 (2 series)
Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck, Ingrid Oliver
Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck
British Broadcasting Corporation

Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck write and perform as the Victorian sketch group "The Penny Dreadfuls".

Each episode looks at a different Faversham brother, the sons of Kentish aristocrat Sir Digby Faversham and his wife Lady Alexandra, The British Empire's sexiest, deadliest, and most pregnant secret agent.

From fighting wars to solving crimes, to great explorers to amazing magicians, there is not one field that the brothers failed to impress in.

Since 2009 the troupe have also been recording a series of plays on various historical subjects. Their first covered the live of Guy Fawkes. Their second in 2011 covered the French Revolution. A third, on Boxing Day 2012 covers the forgotten English rebel Hereward The Wake.

Our Review: A wonderfully entertaining series with laughs all the way through.

The show includes many fun anachronism based jokes, such as the Victorian version of the compensation advert. The Penny Dreadfuls are specialists in this style of comedy, and so it is perhaps not that surprising to find this style of humour in abundance within this show.

The series is so popular that it has been repeated on BBC Radio 4, making it the first BBC Radio 7 show to be repeated on the main station.