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 6 - Two Broads Broadcasting

When Ginny asks Vera to appear on her BBC radio programme about modern poetry, Vera sees an opportunity to read out one of her poems, but she has not bargained for Ginny's jealousy.

Further details

Vera is terrified when she receives a letter inviting her to do a lecture tour of America, and instantly begins a search for plausible excuses. But when Ginny asks her to help present a programme on BBC Radio about modern poetry her anxiety is swiftly forgotten. Vera sees a chance to read one of her poems on the radio and share the limelight with those two wonderfully modern poets, TS Jellitot and DH Lollipop.

Henry warns Vera not to underestimate Ginny, however, who won't allow Vera to read anything unless Ginny agrees to it... and Ginny does not think that Vera's poem is modern enough to be in her programme.

What Ginny has not bargained for is the prudery and authority of Lord Reith who will not allow TS Jellitot to appear on her programme, because his American accent will corrupt the listeners and banishes DH Lollipop from Broadcasting House because of the constant sexual references in his language.

It falls to Vera to save the day by impersonating TS Jellitot and DH Lollipop live on air and then to get one over on Ginny by reading out her poem before Ginny can stop her. The broadcast falls apart, but Vera returns Sizzlinghurst the victor.

Back at home, over a brandy or two, Henry reminds Vera about the prohibition movement in America. Reason enough for Vera to wriggle out of her lecture tour. Chin chin!

Broadcast details

Wednesday 7th May 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
John Sessions DH Lollipop
Roger Lloyd-Pack Lionel Fox
Guest cast
Nigel Planer Crispin St John Higginbotham
John Sessions TS Jellitot
Writing team
Sue Limb Writer
Production team
Jamie Rix Director
Jamie Rix Producer
Clive Brill Executive Producer

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