The Fair Intellectual Club. Image shows from L to R: Alison (Jessica Hardwick), Marjory (Samara Maclaren), Ishbel (Caroline Deyga). Copyright: ABsoLuTeLy Productions.

The Fair Intellectual Club

BBC Radio 4 sitcom set in 18th Century Edinburgh. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2016. Stars Caroline Deyga, Samara Maclaren, Jessica Hardwick, Simon Donaldson and Gordon Kennedy.

Series 1, Episode 1 - An Encounter with Mr Newton

The young ladies of a secret Edinburgh scholarly society encounter Isaac Newton. He is struggling with a new theory. Thanks to mathematical genius Alison, the penny finally drops.

Further details

Intellectual giant Isaac Newton is in town and he's struggling with a new theory to explain why things keep falling on his head.

He encounters the members of the Fair Intellectual club - a secret society for the scholarly improvement of young ladies. With the help of carefree socialite Ishbel, devout clergyman's daughter Marjory, and maths boffin Alison, the penny finally drops.

Mr Newton also has to contend with Alison's idiot brother Robert, Ishbel's ancient retainer Kennedy and a rented pineapple.

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd November 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Caroline Deyga Ishbel
    Samara Maclaren Marjory
    Jessica Hardwick Alison
    Simon Donaldson Robert
    Gordon Kennedy Kennedy
    Guest cast
    Gavin Mitchell Isaac Newton
    Writing team
    Lucy Porter Writer
    Production team
    Marilyn Imrie Director
    Gordon Kennedy Producer
    Chris Pye Executive Producer
    Lee McPhail Editor
    Aly Macrae Composer

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