Russell Tovey.

The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton

Adaptation of JM Barrie's classic satire about the changing fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Russell Tovey, David Bannerman, Beth Chalmers, David Timson, Martha Howe-Douglas, Gunnar Cauthery, Lizzy Watts, Adrian Grove and others
JM Barrie and Fiona Kelcher
Fiona Kelcher
Fiona Kelcher

In an aristocratic Mayfair household, Crichton is devoted to his master, Lord Loam, even though he can't abide Loam's view that all men are equal. He detests his master's monthly tea parties where the family and their friends socialise with the servants. Nature, he argues, dictates that society needs masters and servants and people should stick to their status - for a butler to socialise with either a Lord or a stable-boy is abhorrent to him. Lady Mary, Loam's newly engaged daughter, shares Crichton's approval of social ranking and Crichton loves her disdain.

When the family is shipwrecked on a deserted island during their yachting trip, it's Crichton's resourcefulness which saves the day. Over the next two years on the island, their small society finds happiness and a brand new social order. And far away from the constraints of England, love affairs start to complicate relationships in their little tribe, with all the women desperate to win the heart of their beloved "Gov".

Production Details

Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 2nd May 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:30pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 3:00am on Radio 4 Extra