The Small, Intricate Life Of Gerald C. Potter

The Small, Intricate Life Of Gerald C. Potter

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1976 - 1981
  • 25 episodes (4 series)

Comedy about a crime writer struggling for inspiration, and his prolific novelist wife. Stars Ian Carmichael and Charlotte Mitchell.

The Small Intricate Life Of Gerald C. Potter

Gerald C Potter is the proud author of Death in the Arboretum, described by the Bournemouth Echo as 'well-written'. He works hard on his books, and worries about every comma, adjective and unfortunate typo: but somehow, he never seems to get very much done. However, his wife and fellow novelist, Diana (aka Magnolia Badminton), is positively prolific - much to his chagrin.

These four series recount his daily activities and struggles for inspiration, as he tries to solve the mystery of his missing briefcase; goes up against his wife as they compete to publicise their new books; takes a holiday abroad that's far from relaxing and receives a double-edged surprise on United Potter Day. And in special festive episode The Cousin, an unexpected message in a Christmas card leaves Gerald and Diana scrambling to prepare for a last-minute visitor...

Written by celebrated humourist Basil Boothroyd, this witty, quick, clever sitcom ran for five years on Radio 4 between 1976 and 1981. It stars Ian Carmichael (The World Of Wooster, Lord Peter Wimsey) as Gerald C Potter, with Charlotte Mitchell (Waggoners' Walk, The Adventures Of Black Beauty) as Diana.

First released: Thursday 19th August 2021

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