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 comedy drama starring The Penny Dreadfuls, mocking the Victorians, and later other historical figures. 17 episodes (2 series), 2008 - 2020. Stars Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck, Ingrid Oliver and Miles Jupp.

Another series is in development.

Guy Fawkes - The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Guy Fawkes

Humorous trio The Penny Dreadfuls take a break from all things Victorian this Bonfire Night to examine the life of Guy Fawkes, his failed attempt to blow up Parliament and his subsequent interrogation in the Tower Of London. Guest starring Kevin Eldon as Guy.

Further details

What exactly is it that we're asked to remember on the 5th of November? As the nation prepares for Bonfire Night; highly acclaimed comedy trio, The Penny Dreadfuls, take a fresh and timely look at a familiar story with a comedic, stirring and sometimes graphic exploration of the build-up to and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot for The Afternoon Play.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in London, there's plenty of laughs in places where you least expect them - from the boisterously optimistic meetings of the conspirators through to Fawkes' internment in the Tower of London.

Broadcast details

Thursday 5th November 2009
BBC Radio 4
45 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Humphrey Ker Various
    David Reed Various
    Thom Tuck Various
    Guest cast
    Kevin Eldon Guy Fawkes
    Miles Jupp Thomas Percy
    Andrew Pugsley Thomas Winter
    Writing team
    Humphrey Ker Writer
    David Reed Writer
    Thom Tuck Writer
    Production team
    Julia McKenzie Producer

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