Love In Recovery. Image shows from L to R: Danno (Paul Kaye), Andy (Johnny Vegas), Julie (Sue Johnston), Simon (John Hannah), Fiona (Rebecca Front). Copyright: Lucky Giant.

Love In Recovery

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about an AA group. 19 episodes (3 series), 2015 - 2019. Stars John Hannah, Rebecca Front, Sue Johnston, Paul Kaye and others.

Love In Recovery. Image shows from L to R: Danno (Paul Kaye), Andy (Johnny Vegas), Julie (Sue Johnston), Simon (John Hannah), Fiona (Rebecca Front). Copyright: Lucky Giant.

Love In Recovery

Radio 4 comedy drama set around an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2015 - 2019
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
19   (3 series)
Starring
John Hannah, Rebecca Front, Sue Johnston, Paul Kaye, Johnny Vegas, Eddie Marsan and Julia Deakin
Writer
Pete Jackson
Producer
Ben Worsfield

Comedy drama following the lives of five very different recovering alcoholics.

Andy is the sweet but simple self-appointed group leader. Straight talking Julie has been known to have the odd relapse here and there - and everywhere. Snobby and spikey Fiona is an ex-banker who had it all and then lost the lot. Simon is a snide journalist who's not an alcoholic - he got caught drink driving, his boss made him attend the meeting, but he fell in love with Fiona and stayed - and despite her best efforts, she fell in love with him too. And, last but not least, there's Danno, a down and out two-bit chancer with a shady past but a lot of heart, who's desperate to turn his life around.

As we follow their weekly meetings, we hear them moan, argue, laugh, fall apart, fall in love and most importantly, tell their stories.

Writer Pete Jackson is a recovering alcoholic and has spent time with Alcoholics Anonymous. It was there he found, as many people do, support from the unlikeliest group of disparate souls, all banded together due to one common bond. As well as offering the support he needed throughout a difficult time, AA also offered a weekly, sometimes daily, dose of hilarity, upset, heartbreak and friendship.

Love In Recovery doesn't seek to represent an AA meeting exactly as it might happen in real life, but to capture the funny stories, the sad stories, the stories of small victories and of huge milestones, stories of loss, stories of hope, and most importantly, the many many highs and lows in the journey of recovery.

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 7th January 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:15pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 5th February 2019 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last repeat
Wednesday 31st July 2019 at 11:45pm on Radio 4 Extra