Tahmima Anam.

The Startup Wife

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about a startup tech company. 10 episodes (1 series) in 2021. Stars Preeya Kalidas.

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The Startup Wife

Reading of Tahmima Anam's novel about a woman working at a startup tech firm

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
10   (1 series)
Preeya Kalidas
Tahmima Anam and Sara Davies
Celia De Wolff

Asha is halfway through her PhD and working on an algorithm to develop empathy in artificial intelligence. When she meets up with her high-school crush Cyrus, now a charismatic creator and celebrant of secular rituals, she sees the opportunity to adapt her research into a revolutionary new social media platform to bring meaning into millions of lives. She also falls back in love with Cyrus and they get married in a whirlwind of passion, ambition and excitement. Together with Cyrus's best friend Jules, they are invited to join the super-cool startup incubator Utopia, and their journey through the cutting-edge world of tech innovation begins. As their app takes off, Asha finds herself confronting challenges to her marriage, her dreams for the future and her independence, and discovers the brave new world of tech is still, like the old one, dominated by men and their ambitions.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Startup Wife By Tahmima Anam (Other official name)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 7th June 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 12:04pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 18th June 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 12:04pm
Length of episodes
15 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 18th June 2021 at 10:45pm