The Castle

Hie ye The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings

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01Drama20150510

In Franz Kafka's mind-warping novel, set in a bureaucratic wonderland, the hapless land-surveyor known only as K answers a summons to work at the mysterious Castle, only to find himself drawn into a labyrinth of terror and absurdity.

With the Jackie Palmer Children's Choir

Dramatist: Ed Harris

Producer: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production for BBC Radio 4.

02Drama20150517

In Franz Kafka's mind-warping novel, set in a bureaucratic wonderland, while K continues to seek a meeting with the elusive official Klamm, his relationship with Frieda is under strain. He suspects her of maintaining a secret tryst with Klamm, and she of a dalliance with Barnabas' two sisters.

Dramatist: Ed Harris

Producer: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production for BBC Radio 4.

01012007090720080924
20110720 (BBC7)
20131029 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-Bryant.

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

Sir William wants a castle with a dungeon/gym.

01022007091420081001
20110727 (BBC7)
20131105 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

An unexpected lion and the world's first satellite dish spell trouble for Anne and Sam Tree's ongoing romance.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-Bryant.

Sir William loves Lady Anne, but she loves a local yokel.

01032007092120081008
20110803 (BBC7)
20131112 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

De Warenne decides to woo Lady Anne with a swearing cook and a chocolate fountain. What Ho! magazine features a world exclusive.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-Bryant.

De Warenne decides to woo Lady Anne with a swearing cook and a chocolate fountain.

What Ho! magazine features a world exclusive.

01042007092820081015
20110810 (BBC7)
20131119 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

Sir John decides to open a theme castle and Sam Tree decides to save Unicorn Forest. Meanwhile, Anne and Charlotte are looking out for flying sheep.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-Bryant.

Sir John plans to turn his home into a theme park, and serf Sam becomes an eco warrior.

Sir John decides to open a theme castle and Sam Tree decides to save Unicorn Forest.

Meanwhile, Anne and Charlotte are looking out for flying sheep.

01052007100520081022
20110817 (BBC7)
20131126 (BBC7)

Lady Anne goes uncover as a serving wench at the local pub to get closer to Sam.

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

The village pub acquires two new mysterious barmaids as Anne and Charlotte plot to ensnare Sam Tree. De Warenne gets in touch with his feminine side whilst Duncan gets in touch with his masculine one.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-bryant.

The village pub acquires two new mysterious barmaids as Anne and Charlotte plot to ensnare Sam Tree.

De Warenne gets in touch with his feminine side whilst Duncan gets in touch with his masculine one.

The village pub acquires two new mysterious barmaids.

0106 LAST2007101220081029
20110824 (BBC7)
20131203 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Kim Fuller, set in a medieval castle with some remarkably modern trappings.

Featuring an art exhibition, a strolling footpad, a dodgy flat-pack scaffold and a lawnmower.

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Susan Earl

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Sam Tree....Toby Ross-Bryant.

Featuring an art exhibition, a strolling footpad, a flat-pack scaffold and a lawnmower.

0201Houston We Have An Problemme2009010220110831
20110907 (BBC7)
20140121 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode Master Henry hits puberty, Lady Anne and Charlotte hit the bar, De Warrenne hits a Planning Official and Sam Tree goes off like a rocket...

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne - Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock - Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte - Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock - Steven Kynman

Merlin - Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Now prithee pay heed to the rest of our cast of high and low lives - as we explain exactly Who's Who in The Castle -

Sir John Woodstock (James Fleet) - the Lord of the Castle and basically in charge of keeping order in the ramshackle medieval village. Although he hates all that torturing and usually lets the peasants off with a bit of community service. He lives in his huge but slightly falling down castle (but then it was built by the French so what can one expect) with his daughter Anne (Montserrat Lombard) and very teenage son Henry (Steven Kynman). Anne's best friend Charlotte (Ingrid Oliver) nearly always joins Anne on her constant quest to find fit men in the village. In fact, they think they've found a decent one in the shape of Merlin, the new handyman and wayward wizard (Lewis Macleod). And Anne certainly isn't interested in Sir William De Warenne ("Knight errant, scourge of the Levant") (Neil Dudgeon) who lives across the way.

Unfortunately he can't take a hint and is besotted with Lady Anne and Sir John thinks it a good match. Ah! what is a Lady to do! Cardinal Duncan (Jonathan Kydd) (a man of the cloth - in particular crushed silk which he loves), has to endure De Warenne's incessant plans to woo Lady Anne and has little time to peruse sweethearts of his own. Which oddly enough, he doesn't seem to mind...

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0202Nice To Gavotte You, To Gavotte You Nice2009010920110907
20110914 (BBC7)
20140128 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, the arrival of a new handyman, a mysterious Frenchwoman and a celebrity dance competition puts everyone in a whirl.

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock - Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan - Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte - Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock - Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

and special guest

Comtesse Totti - Katy Brand

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

A new handyman, a mysterious Frenchwoman and a dance competition put everyone in a whirl.

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

0203Is This A Turnip That I See Before Me?2009011620110914
20110921 (BBC7)
20140204 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

As the old showbiz saying goes, never work with children, animals or a high-speed turnip and a mead spittoon

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne - Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock - Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte - Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock - Steven Kynman

Merlin - Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0204Pool Party Of Doom2009012320110921
20110928 (BBC7)
20140211 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, a heatwave and an archaeological excavation leads to an unexpected swimming pool...

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock - Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0205Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Visor2009013020110928
20111005 (BBC7)
20140218 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, Sir John decides to raise money by holding a rock festival in the grounds of Woodstock... Let's hear it for kicking sounds from the electric lute, new-fangled hummous from the Levant and much disapproval from Pope Innocent the VIth!

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

In this episode, Sir John decides to raise money by holding a rock festival in the grounds of Woodstock...

Let's hear it for kicking sounds from the electric lute, new-fangled hummous from the Levant and much disapproval from Pope Innocent the VIth!

0206 LASTSomething Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Filled With Helium2009020620111005
20111012 (BBC7)
20140225 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, love is in the air as a new suitor for Anne puts De Warenne's visor firmly out of joint. Meanwhile, a primitive SatNav and some surgically-introduced helium cause chaos at the altar...

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Montserrat Lombard

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

In this episode, love is in the air as a new suitor for Anne puts De Warenne's visor firmly out of joint.

Meanwhile, a primitive SatNav and some surgically-introduced helium cause chaos at the altar...

0301The Dragon Of Mass Destruction2010071420120404
20120105 (BBC7)
20140420 (BBC7)

Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, De Warenne is in trouble as an official enquiry into the Crusades gets mixed up with a Talent Competition and a Dragon of Mass Destruction. Plus embroidery gets a right dissing.

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock - James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

An inquiry into the Crusades, a talent competition and a dragon of mass destruction.

Producer: David Tyler

In this episode, De Warenne is in trouble as an official enquiry into the Crusades gets mixed up with a Talent Competition and a Dragon of Mass Destruction.

Plus embroidery gets a right dissing.

0302The Pilchards Of Doom2010072120120411
20120112 (BBC7)
20140427 (BBC7)

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, Sir John grapples with both an adulterous affair and a tin of pilchards. Meanwhile, Thomas explores the secrets of the Universe and Anne falls in love with King Russell de Brand

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

Sir John takes on an affair and a tin of pilchards; Anne falls for King Russell de Brand.

Producer: David Tyler

In this episode, Sir John grapples with both an adulterous affair and a tin of pilchards.

Meanwhile, Thomas explores the secrets of the Universe and Anne falls in love with King Russell de Brand.

0303The Snowballs Of Hell2010072820120418
20120119 (BBC7)
20140504 (BBC7)

Hie ye The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode there's romance in the air for Charlotte as a vicious gang war breaks out in the Castle. Meanwhile, De Warenne discovers the fondue and declares martial law.

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0304The Vuvuzela Of Terror2010080420120425
20120126 (BBC7)
20140511 (BBC7)

Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, we discover that an Englishman's home is his castle and an Englishman's moat is his tax write-off. Until Sir John is investigated and has to hire some Frenchmen and a bucket of eels. Meanwhile, the Woodstock Hospital is about to lose its no-star status...

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0305Four Wiseguys And A Funeral2010081120120502
20120202 (BBC7)
20140518 (BBC7)

Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings and A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode, when some gangsters from De Warenne's past pay a little visit, Henry becomes a made man and Charlotte becomes an unmade woman. Plus a clever sting and a souped-up getaway sheep.

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Merlin....Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

0306 LASTThere's No Place Like Woodstock2010081820120509
20120209 (BBC7)

In this episode, we discover that somewhere, over the rainbow... there are a bunch of idiots from Woodstock and a mysterious man known only as 'Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber'.

0406 LASTA Term For The Worse2012061820120808
20130709 (BBC7)
20141208 (BBC7)
20130702 (R4)

Anne is off to Cambridge, but Charlotte doesn't know the meaning of the word 'thick'.

Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley"), Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley"), Martha Howe-Douglas ("Horrible Histories") and Ingrid Oliver

Anne's off to Cambridge but Charlotte doesn't know the meaning of the word "thick". Literally. Is this the end of a beautiful friendship? And what will Sir Warenne do?

Written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander

Music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler.

Anne's off to Cambridge, but Charlotte doesn't know the meaning of the word 'thick'.

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Sir John Woodstock....James Fleet

Sir William De Warenne....Neil Dudgeon

Lady Anne Woodstock....Martha Howe-Douglas

Cardinal Duncan....Jonathan Kydd

Lady Charlotte....Ingrid Oliver

Master Henry Woodstock....Steven Kynman

Bates....Lewis Macleod

DRAMA022015051720150523 (R4)

In Franz Kafka's mind-warping novel, set in a bureaucratic wonderland, while K continues to seek a meeting with the elusive official Klamm, his relationship with Frieda is under strain. He suspects her of maintaining a secret tryst with Klamm, and she of a dalliance with Barnabas' two sisters.

Dramatist: Ed Harris

Producer: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production for BBC Radio 4.