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North By Northamptonshire

BBC Radio 4 sitcom set in a small town. 17 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2015. Stars Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Kevin Eldon, Katherine Jakeways and others.

North By Northamptonshire

Series about the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. Written by Katherine Jakeways

2010 - 2015
BBC Radio 4
17   (3 series)
Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Kevin Eldon, Katherine Jakeways, Rufus Wright, John Biggins, Mackenzie Crook, Tim Key and others
Katherine Jakeways
Claire Jones, Victoria Lloyd and Steven Canny

Series about those that live in a small market town.

Each week listeners catch up with Rod the local supermarket manager, who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system.

There's recently divorced Jan, who has been trying rather unsuccessfully to "find herself" with a trip abroad to an elephant sanctuary. But it is at home in Wadenbrook that she starts to feel happier as her friendship blossoms with ex-teacher Mary, where perhaps Jan will get to experience romance at last.

There's also driving instructor and forthright self-defence teacher Esther and her gentle and put-upon husband Jonathan who are struggling to start a family; and possibly the only happy couple in town, Ken and Keith, who are trying to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night.

The creators say: "As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor."

Production Details

Production company
The theme music is If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out by Cat Stevens.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 16th June 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Thursday 31st December 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Last repeat
Friday 30th October 2020 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra