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The Penny Dreadfuls Present.... Image shows from L to R: Humphrey Ker, Thom Tuck, David Reed.

The Penny Dreadfuls Present...

BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7 sketch show starring The Penny Dreadfuls, mocking the Victorians, and later other historical figures. 15 episodes (2 series), 2008 - 2017. Stars Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck, Ingrid Oliver and others.

Don Quixote special to follow in 2018.

The Penny Dreadfuls Present.... Image shows from L to R: Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

The Penny Dreadfuls Present...

Radio comedies in which sketch group The Penny Dreadfuls - aka Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck - present plays around historical subjects

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Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
2008 - 2017
Channels
BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 7
Episodes
15   (2 series)
Starring
Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck, Ingrid Oliver and Miles Jupp
Writers
Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck and Richard Turner
Producer
Julia McKenzie

Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck write and perform as the Victorian-themed sketch group The Penny Dreadfuls.

Originally each episode of their initial radio show looked at a different Faversham brother, the sons of Kentish aristocrat Sir Digby Faversham and his wife Lady Alexandra... The British Empire's sexiest, deadliest, and most pregnant secret agent. From fighting wars to solving crimes, to great explorers to amazing magicians, there is not one field that the brothers failed to impress in.

Since 2009 the troupe have been recording a series of plays on various historical subjects. Their first covered the live of Guy Fawkes. Their second, in 2011, covered the French Revolution. A third, on Boxing Day 2012 covered the forgotten English rebel Hereward The Wake.

In 2014 they presented their tale Macbeth Rebothered starring Greg McHugh. In 2015 their new story took on Homer's Odyssey, with guest star Robert Webb. In 2016 they presented The Curse of The Beagle about Charles Darwin, and in 2017 they parodied John Le Carré in Le Carré On Spying guest starring Miles Jupp. Their next show in 2018 will feature their take on Don Quixote.

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