Love In A Glass Jar. Copyright: BBC.

Love In A Glass Jar

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2009. Stars Niamh Cusack and Lorcan Cranitch.

Love In A Glass Jar

A Radio 4 comedy drama about sperm donation. Eve and Patrick agree to a face-to-face meeting in a hotel room in order to carry out a transaction

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Niamh Cusack and Lorcan Cranitch
Nancy Harris
Steven Canny

Eve and Patrick are two strangers who get chatting on a dating website. They've agreed to a face-to-face meeting in a hotel room in order to carry out an unofficial sperm donation transaction. Patrick is in his late forties and separated from his wife. He has no children and harbours hopes of romancing Eve, whose online profile so beguiled him.

Eve is a successful single woman in her thirties and is tired of being let down by love. She wants a child and wants to know the father, but she doesn't want a man in her life.

Armed with cups, catheters and a host of erotic magazines, Eve struggles to keep their meeting strictly business. Unfortunately, Patrick yearns for something more from a situation that is proving to be more clinical than he had ever anticipated. What promised to be a simple "man-gives-woman-his-sperm-in-a-cup encounter" is suddenly fraught with emotion, complication and frustrated hopes.

The dynamic between them shifts and flows with comic and painful results as both Eve and Patrick struggle to come to terms with their loneliness and each other.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 2nd October 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 20th September 2014 at 4:15am on Radio 4 Extra