Barbara Nice. Barbara Nice (Janice Connolly). Copyright: BBC
Barbara Nice

Barbara Nice

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 2
  • 2015 - 2017
  • 5 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom starring Janice Connolly and John Henshaw as husband and wife Barbara and Ken Nice. Also features Angela Curran.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1 - The Scare

Barbara is convinced that Ken needs a health check-up and is horrified to discover that she is the one the doctors are interested in. She suspects the worst and is determined to fulfil some lifetime ambitions recruiting Mary and Ken into her misguided plans.

Further details

Ever-dramatic Barbara makes a bucket list after being told she has high-blood pressure. The list includes her recreating Marilyn Monroe's famous scene in the Seven Year Itch by standing on a chair in her white terry dressing gown as mate Mary blows a hairdryer up her robe. Refusing to accept her ill-health "born busy" Barbara even challenges her doctor to star jumps and shuttle runs.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 14th March 2017
BBC Radio 2
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 14th October 2020 7:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 14th October 2020 5:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 15th October 2020 5:00am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 29th September 2023 9:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 29th September 2023 2:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 29th September 2023 7:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 30th September 2023 5:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Janice Connolly Barbara Nice
John Henshaw Ken Nice
Angela Curran Mary
Guest cast
Ameet Chana Doctor
Jo Enright (as Josephine Enright) Consultant
Toby Tilling Receptionist
Writing team
Janice Connolly Writer
Production team
Rebecca Papworth Producer


Barbara Nice review

Audience sitcoms are notoriously hard to get right, but this pacy, funny and feelgood hits all the right notes. TV commissioners ought to be taking notice.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 14th March 2017

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