Alistair McGowan.

My Brilliant Life

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a daydreamer. 1 pilot in 2020. Stars Alistair McGowan and Charlotte Page.

My Brilliant Life

Alistair McGowan plays Harry Pye, a man daydreaming about the brilliant life he never had

BBC Radio 4
1 Pilot
Alistair McGowan and Charlotte Page
Alistair McGowan and David Spicer
Liz Anstee

Alistair McGowan stars as a host of famous people in this new comedy about a man who spends his life on the road, daydreaming about the brilliant life that he's never had.

Harry Pye could have been a great actor, writer, sportsman, politician or rock 'n' roll star. He could have been - but he isn't. Instead he is on his third marriage to the menopausal Sue, is half of a pub-gigging musical duo with his best mate Jason, and spends his days as a red-plate driver. He drives up and down the motorways of Britain delivering luxury cars that he knows he'll never be able to afford to own, while being constantly harangued over his hands-free phone by his millennial boss, Kaley.

It's true that Harry's life hasn't been exactly brilliant but, alone in the car, all the attention and accolades that life have denied him are abundantly supplied by his active imagination. Because, in his daydreams, Harry mingles with and glitters among a staggering array of famous friends - all voiced by Alistair McGowan.

He has created a dazzling celebrity world and placed himself right at its centre. He collects awards for the books he's never written and films he's never made and is feted for political wisdom and sporting prowess he doesn't possess.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 1st January 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Episode length
15 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 11:00pm