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Spread A Little Happiness

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama / sitcom. 12 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2011. Stars Nicola Duffett, Debra Stephenson, Suranne Jones, Susan Cookson, Neil Dudgeon, Elizabeth Godber, Ralph Brown and others.

Spread A Little Happiness

Sitcom about a sandwich shop in East Yorkshire run by two ladies trying to introduce designer sandwiches to the locals

Comedy Drama, Sitcom
2009 - 2011
BBC Radio 4
12   (2 series)
Nicola Duffett, Debra Stephenson, Suranne Jones, Susan Cookson, Neil Dudgeon, Elizabeth Godber, Ralph Brown, Joanne Frogatt and others
John Godber and Jane Thornton
Chris Wallis

Sitcom about a newly divorced woman helping her old schoolfriend with her new project, bringing designer sandwiches to the hinterland of Hull. But Hull seems more interested in bumper breakfast baps than smoked salmon bagels.

Hope and Jodie are understandably nervous as they open their new sandwich shop. As they arrive for their first day, they hope to spread a little happiness to their customers - something they could both do with a bit more of themselves too actually.

It's clear that Hope is rather at sea with this new venture, as it's the first time she has had a proper job. Recently split from her successful businessman husband, Gavin, and waiting for the divorce settlement, Hope ends up sleeping on an airbed in the spare bedroom at Jodie's house.

Hope and Jodie are the 'Thelma and Louise' of the sandwich world and have known each other since school, but Jodie is a workaholic and Hope an alcoholic. The duo discuss the detailed differences between a bap, a stottie cake and a bread bun - not to mention a fish cake and a turnover.

In Series 2, Jodie has to go to Portugal in a hurry, leaving Hope to hold the fort. So the arrival of Hope's cousin Maria, from Dagenham is a bonus, until she starts bringing her southern ideas to a northern makeover, and her advice to Hope's relationship with ex-husband Gavin.

Jodie's husband Dave is none too pleased with the makeover either, but comes round when Hope and Maria agree to look after his Mam while he plumbs in toilets in Goole.

Other characters include passionate roadmender Ray, triumphant divorcee and anxious would-be poet Jenny, posh restaurant reviewer Anita and Hope's moody teenage daughter Carrie.

Production Details

Production company
The theme tune is sung by Suranne Jones.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 27th May 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Friday 8th April 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 11th March 2015 at 9:30am on Radio 4 Extra