Gloomsbury. Image shows from L to R: Henry Mickleton (Jonathan Coy), Vera Sackcloth-Vest (Miriam Margolyes), DH Lollipop (John Sessions), Lionel Fox (Nigel Planer), Venus Traduces (Morwenna Banks), Ginny Fox (Alison Steadman). Copyright: Little Brother Productions.


BBC Radio 4 sitcom about the Bloomsbury group. 30 episodes (5 series), 2012 - 2018. Stars Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and others.

Series 2, Episode 3 - Bonfire Of The Jealousies

Vera is consumed with jealousy, because her friend Ginny Fox is going to be photographed for the front cover of Vanity Fair by acclaimed society photographer Manta Ray.

Further details

Vera is consumed with jealousy, because Ginny has won a literary prize and is going to be photographed for the front cover of Vanity Fair by acclaimed Society photographer Manta Ray.

To make matters worse, Venus is getting a teeny crush on Ginny. So, when Ginny asks for style advice in advance of her photographic session, Vera's suggestions have an edge of mockery.

Vera, wracked with torment, breaks the habit of a lifetime and unburdens herself to Mrs Gosling. But of course Mrs Gosling's life has been an endless struggle to suppress her jealousy of her employers' wealth and privilege.

Even a chance encounter with Sigmund Void on Hampstead Heath fails to shake Vera from her melancholic mood. In the end it falls to Henry and Lionel to try to boost Vera's confidence.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 16th April 2014
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Miriam Margolyes Vera Sackcloth-Vest
Alison Steadman Ginny Fox
Morwenna Banks Venus Traduces
Jonathan Coy Henry Mickleton
Alison Steadman Mrs Gosling
Roger Lloyd-Pack Gosling
Roger Lloyd-Pack Lionel Fox
Guest cast
John Sessions Manta Ray
Nigel Planer Dog Owner
John Sessions Sigmund Void
Writing team
Sue Limb Writer
Production team
Jamie Rix Director
Jamie Rix Producer
Clive Brill Executive Producer

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