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

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama by Spike Milligan, after a nuclear World War III. 1 episode in 2015. Stars Paul Merton, Derek Jacobi, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate and others.

The Bed-Sitting Room

Surreal post-apocalyptic comedy set after the end of the nuclear Third World War

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
John Antrobus and Spike Milligan
Paul Merton, Derek Jacobi, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Corrie Corfield, Suki Webster, John Antrobus, Sean Baker and Richard Pepple
John Antrobus and Paul Merton
Sam Michell
Victoria Lloyd

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.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 26th December 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:30pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Thursday 24th September 2020 at 4:00am on Radio 4 Extra