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 5 - The Celtic Cringe

When Ginny and Vera's relationship reaches crisis point, it takes a seance with WB Yikes and his wife Georgie to plaster over the cracks.

Further details

Feeling ostracised by Vera's relationship with Hilda Matthewson and slighted over the lack of thanks for her Aeolian Harp, Ginny decides it is time to end her relationship with Vera and sever the tie forever. But, just as she is leaving London to give Vera a piece of her mind, an unexpected visitor drops in. The poet WB Yikes and his wife Georgie arrive at the Foxes' house in Tavistock Square looking for a precious thing.

When WB Yikes meets Ginny he announces that he has found it and declares that she is his muse. Ginny sets off for Sizzlinghurst with WB Yikes and his wife in tow in better spirits.

Meanwhile WB Yikes gives Lionel and Henry a rejuvenating pill designed to cure writer's block in Henry and give Lionel a younger outlook on life. But the pill has unfortunate side effects.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th May 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
Guest cast
Morwenna Banks Georgie
John Sessions WB Yikes
Writing team
Sue Limb Writer
Production team
Jamie Rix Director
Jamie Rix Producer
Clive Brill Executive Producer