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The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

  • Radio comedy
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2017
  • 10 episodes (1 series)

Ten-part serialisation of Adrian Mole's first youthful diary. Stars Harry McEntire.

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2017
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
10 (1 series)
Star
Harry McEntire
Writers
Sue Townsend and Sara Davies
Producer
Alexa Moore
Companies

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Book At Bedtime: The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾
Production
Studio

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 25th September 2017 at 10:45pm on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Friday 6th October 2017 at 10:45pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 8th November 2021 at 2:00am on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 5
  • Monday 8th November 2021 at 1:45am on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 4
  • Monday 8th November 2021 at 1:30am on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 3

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