Pam Ferris.

Moving The Goalposts

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about a cancer patient. 1 episode in 2020. Stars Pam Ferris.

Moving The Goalposts

A woman with cancer turns to humour to deal with her illness

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Pam Ferris
Juliet Ace
Tracey Neale

Eighty year old Mattie has Stage 4 cancer. Words are becoming more and more difficult to find. Is this because of cancer, dementia or just old age? Duty. Burden. Dignity. Fear. Pain and Humour are words she'll never forget. You can add Bloody-mindedness to the list and the refusal to call cancer a battle to be won. Mattie regards her cancer as a pantomime villain who is, by turns, devious and full of dark humour.

She is given 18 months to live which allows Mattie the golden opportunity to plan her 'future'. There's a will to make, a funeral to organise and possessions to give away. It's an empowering experience. But then, unbelievably, she doesn't bloody die. Four years later, Mattie is left with very limited mobility and exhaustion - a condition she shares with many cancer patients who are supposedly cured of the disease. Thank god for her wicked sense of humour, her irreverence and her ability to appreciate the ironies of the situation.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Afternoon Drama: Moving the Goalposts (Other official name)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 19th March 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes