Bleak Expectations. Image shows from L to R: Hardthrasher (Geoffrey Whitehead), Aunt Lily (Celia Imrie), Young Pip (Tom Allen), Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head), Sir Philip Bin (Richard Johnson), Harry Biscuit (James Bachman). Copyright: BBC.

Bleak Expectations

BBC Radio 4 sitcom parodying Dickens. 30 episodes (5 series), 2007 - 2012. Stars Tom Allen, Anthony Head, Richard Johnson, James Bachman and others.

Series 3, Episode 3 - A Sort Of Fine Life De-Niced Completely

Pip Bin strives to improve working conditions in his Bin factory, and to end poverty once and for all using Harry Biscuit's anti-poverty cannon. But will his quest distract him from a dastardly plan to steal London and sell it to the French?

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th November 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Tom Allen Young Pip
Anthony Head Mr Gently Benevolent
Richard Johnson Sir Philip Bin
James Bachman Harry Biscuit
Susy Kane Pippa Bin
Sarah Hadland Lily
Geoffrey Whitehead Wackwallop
Sarah Hadland Ripely
Mark Evans Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mark Evans Writer
Production team
Gareth Edwards Producer

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