The Castle. Image shows from L to R: Sir William De Warenne (Neil Dudgeon), Lady Anne Woodstock (Martha Howe-Douglas), Lady Charlotte (Ingrid Oliver), Sir John Woodstock (James Fleet). Copyright: Pozzitive Productions.

The Castle

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 24 episodes (4 series), 2007 - 2012. Stars James Fleet, Neil Dudgeon, Susan Earl, Jonathan Kydd, Ingrid Oliver, Steven Kynman, Toby Ross-Bryant and others.

The Castle

Radio sitcom set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings. Stars James Fleet and Neil Dudgeon

2007 - 2012
BBC Radio 4
24   (4 series)
James Fleet, Neil Dudgeon, Susan Earl, Jonathan Kydd, Ingrid Oliver, Steven Kynman, Toby Ross-Bryant, Montserrat Lombard and others
Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander
David Tyler

A radio sitcom set in a medieval castle. Estate agents, mail order lingerie and the invention of central heating: this is medieval England seen from a 21st century comedy perspective.

Sir John Woodstock is the Lord of the Castle and basically in charge of keeping order in the ramshackle medieval village. Although he hates all that torturing and usually lets the peasants off with a bit of community service.

He lives in his huge but slightly falling down castle (but then it was built by the French so what can one expect) with his daughter Anne and very teenage son Henry. Anne's best friend Charlotte nearly always joins Anne on her constant quest to find fit men in the village.

Anne certainly isn't interested in Sir William De Warenne ("Knight errant, scourge of the Levant") who lives across the way. Unfortunately he can't take a hint and is besotted with Lady Anne and Sir John thinks it a good match. Ah! what is a Lady to do!

Cardinal Duncan (a man of the cloth - in particular crushed silk which he loves), has to endure De Warenne's incessant plans to woo Lady Anne and has little time to peruse sweethearts of his own. Which oddly enough, he doesn't seem to mind...

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 7th September 2007 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Monday 18th June 2012 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 9am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 24th August 2016 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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