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 4, Episode 4 - Bosom Chums

In an attempt to win back Vera's affection, Ginny installs an aeolian harp at Sizzlinghurst, which creates such heavenly music that Mrs Gosling has a visitation behind the gazebo.

Further details

At Sizzlinghurst, Mrs Gosling is on the point of divorce - which is seriously affecting her cooking. Henry has had enough and is on the verge of firing the Goslings, so Vera embarks on a mission to get Mrs Gosling to forgive her husband and bring harmony back below-stairs.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to win back Vera's affection (which Vera has given to Hilda), Ginny secretly installs an Aeolian Harp in the gardens at Sizzlinghurst in the hope that its sweet sound will captivate Vera. But things backfire when the painter Augustus Dong and his Biblical beard turn up to propose the setting up of a pantisocracy with Vera and Henry.

Broadcast details

Friday 28th April 2017
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Miriam Margolyes Vera Sackcloth-Vest
Alison Steadman Ginny Fox
Jonathan Coy Henry Mickleton
Alison Steadman Mrs Gosling
Nigel Planer Lionel Fox
Nigel Planer Gosling
Morwenna Banks Hilda Matthewson
Guest cast
John Sessions Augustus Dong
Writing team
Sue Limb Writer
Production team
Jamie Rix Director
Jamie Rix Producer
Clive Brill Executive Producer