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The Bed-Sitting Room. Image shows from L to R: Mate (Bernard Cribbins), Penelope (Catherine Tate), Lord Fortnum (Derek Jacobi), Captain Kak (Paul Merton). Copyright: BBC
The Bed-Sitting Room

The Bed-Sitting Room

  • Radio comedy drama
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2015
  • 1 episode

Surreal post-apocalyptic comedy set after the end of the nuclear Third World War. Stars Paul Merton, Derek Jacobi, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Corrie Corfield and more.

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Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2015
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Creators
John Antrobus and Spike Milligan
Stars
Paul Merton, Derek Jacobi, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Corrie Corfield, Suki Webster, John Antrobus, Sean Baker and Richard Pepple
Writers
John Antrobus and Paul Merton
Director
Sam Michell
Producer
Victoria Lloyd
Company

Three years since the nuclear misunderstanding which led to the Third World War ("and it's no idle boast when I remind you that this was the shortest world war on record... two minutes twenty eight seconds... including the signing of the Peace Treaty which is now on sale at Her Majesties Stationary Office with a free T-shirt") survivors gather together on the former-streets of London.

In amongst the rubble, Captain Kak and his fiancée Penelope find Lord Fortnum, who is convinced he's turning into a bed-sitting room. With property prices what they are, Kak should be on to a good thing.

This atmospheric, surrealist play was originally written by John Antrobus & Spike Milligan, and has been adapted for radio by John Antrobus & Paul Merton.

Additional details

Production
Studio

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 26th December 2015 at 2:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 14th July 2024 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 13th July 2024 at 9:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 13th July 2024 at 3:00pm on Radio 4 Extra

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