#blessed. Image shows from L to R: Pippa (Olivia Poulet), Steven (Laurence Dobiesz). Copyright: Sparklab Productions

Key details

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Olivia Poulet, Laurence Dobiesz, Ayesha Dharker, Valmike Rampersad and Fenella Woolgar
Olivia Poulet and Laurence Dobiesz
Susannah Tresilian
Melanie Harris

A woman waits in a hospital bed while her husband tears across London with a priceless suitcase that may or may not contain one egg - their only chance of having a baby.

Written and performed by Olivia Poulet and Laurence Dobiesz, #blessed is inspired by true events of IVF treatment within the NHS. It's funny, a little-bit heart-breaking and, in the end, life-affirming. It's a love story.

Pippa goes under the anaesthetic for extraction from her one viable follicle. Husband Steven is ready and waiting to take the fluid across London in a heavy metal-plated suitcase as quickly as he can. As she waits in recovery, Pippa longs to hear from him, longs to hear good news. Steven faces train cancellations, passengers suspicious of his strange case, and the anxiety of his own performance when he finally reaches his destination. Will there be an egg? Can he fertilise it? The story unfolds through their own anxious internal thoughts, and by text and phone calls. This is their last chance to become a family.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Afternoon Drama: #blessed
  • Drama: #blessed

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 16th July 2018 at 2:15pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
45 minutes
All previous repeats
  • Friday 3rd July 2020 at 2:15pm on Radio 4

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