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The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

BBC Radio 4 comedy about a teenager. 10 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Stars Harry McEntire.

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

Ten-part serialisation of Adrian Mole's first youthful diary

BBC Radio 4
10   (1 series)
Harry McEntire
Sue Townsend and Sara Davies
Alexa Moore

In the year that Adrian Mole turns 50, also-50 Radio 4 is returning to his early years in a brand new serialisation of his first Secret Diary for Book At Bedtime. The character first appeared as 'Nigel' on BBC Radio 4 in 1982 and was originally played by the actor Nicholas Barnes.

In Sue Townsend's hilarious and heart-breaking chronicle of a teenager growing up in the Midlands in the 1980s, Adrian Mole will be read by Harry McEntire. It's 1981 and Margaret Thatcher is in power, Britain is at war in the Falklands and teenagers are growing up in a world without mobile phones or computer games. While his parents are downstairs, drinking, smoking and arguing about their failing marriage, Adrian is upstairs in his bedroom listening to Abba, reading great works of literature, writing poems, and penning letters to the BBC.

Despite the many challenges that life throws at him - including regular beatings from the school bully, unrequited love, raging hormones, a severe case of acne and numerous rejection letters - Adrian soldiers on bravely and wins a place in our hearts with his charming naïveté.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Book At Bedtime: The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (Other official name)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 25th September 2017 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:45pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 6th October 2017 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:45pm
Length of episodes
15 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 9th October 2017 at 2:30am on Radio 4 Extra