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.

Le Carré On Spying - The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Le Carré On Spying

Uncover the truth about John Le Carré's secret past in the murky world of 1960s espionage and be transported back to the paranoid height of The Cold War.

Further details

David Cornwell (the real name of the spy and thriller writer John Le Carré) is the star of this comedy drama as we follow his desperate efforts to uncover the latest mole in the secret service. John F Kennedy's official visit to Berlin looms and the pressure is on to get to the truth. Dramatic tension and big laughs abound in this seventh comedy play by acclaimed sketch group The Penny Dreadfuls.

Broadcast details

Saturday 8th July 2017
BBC Radio 4
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Humphrey Ker Various
    David Reed Various
    Thom Tuck Various
    Guest cast
    Miles Jupp David Cornwell
    Margaret Cabourn-Smith Lizbeth
    Margaret Cabourn-Smith Mrs M
    Mark Heap Narrator
    Writing team
    David Reed Writer
    Production team
    Julia McKenzie Producer

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