Beauty Of Britain. Beauty Olonga (Jocelyn Jee Esien). Copyright: BBC.

Beauty Of Britain

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 18 episodes (3 series), 2009 - 2012. Stars Jocelyn Jee Esien, Felicity Montagu, Indira Joshi, Paul Sharma and Nicola Sanderson.

Beauty Of Britain

Radio sitcom by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson. Jocelyn Jee Esien stars as an upbeat carer of the nation's elderly

2009 - 2012
BBC Radio 4
18   (3 series)
Jocelyn Jee Esien, Felicity Montagu, Indira Joshi, Paul Sharma and Nicola Sanderson
Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson
Tilusha Ghelani

Beauty Of Britain is a comedy from Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson with a cast led by Jocelyn Jee Esien.

Beauty Olonga, bargain hunter and star of the Burslem Hope Gospel Choir, works as a carer for the Featherdown Agency and sees herself as an inspiration to other African girls hoping to live the dream in Britain. "There are plenty of opportunities here. The professional classes are always off sick due to binge drinking and the rest are too lazy to get off the couch to answer the pizza delivery man."

Her journal records her adventures among the nation's elderly - their overheated houses, their cauliflower cheese addiction and their wandering arthritic hands.

The series is about one woman's progress through a foreign country as she searches for personal fulfilment, a sense of belonging and perhaps a pair of Jimmy Choos she can walk to church in. It also presents a perspective on the elderly care process in all its chaotic, tragic-comedy but it does so from the viewpoint of an economic migrant, Beauty, whose Southern African Shona background has taught her to respect age.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 5th October 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Friday 21st September 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra