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.

The Penny Dreadfuls - Volume 3: Le Carré On Spying | Don Quixote | Hadrian's Beard

The Penny Dreadfuls - Volume 3: Le Carré On Spying | Don Quixote | Hadrian's Beard

In these riotous revisionist plays, The Penny Dreadfuls present alternative takes on three icons, ably assisted by guests including Miles Jupp, Mark Heap, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Amanda Abbington and Sylvester McCoy.

In The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Le Carré On Spying, we follow David Cornwell's (Le Carré's real name) 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.

In The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Don Quixote, Cervantes' mighty tome has been condensed into an hour's entertainment. Join peasant Sancho and the man who thinks he's a knight, locked in a quest to save those who don't want saving and unravel enchantments which may or may not only exist in their minds.

In The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Hadrian's Beard, Emperor Hadrian's instinct is to protect himself and Rome with a wall, but will the locals fall into line?

First released: Thursday 17th October 2019

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