Diary Of A Nobody, The [2012]

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Johnny Vegas and Katherine Parkinson play Mr and Mrs Pooter in Andrew Lynch's adaptation of the Grossmith brothers' comic novel of 1892.

The story is a social vignette of Charles, the self-important but highly likeable clerk, his loving wife Carrie and their son William (played by Andrew Gower).

Much of the action takes place in the house that the Pooters share with their maid Sarah...and the noisy sound of passing trains. The Laurels in Brickfield Terrace is frequently visited by colourful and amusing characters, not least Gowing and Cummings, Pooter's 'trusty' fairweather friends.

This full dramatisation has a Victorian sit-com feel and stays true to the book - with a couple of twists of Lynch's own - capturing a kind of lower-middle-class aspiration that still has a tangible familiarity in 2012.

In Episode One, the Pooters move in to The Laurels. Charles and Carrie attend The Mansion House Ball and Willie arrives home from the bank in Oldham.

Cast:

Charles Pooter....Johnny Vegas

Carrie Pooter....Katherine Parkinson

William / Lupin....Andrew Gower

Sarah....Sinead Matthews

Cummings (and Horwin)....Adrian Scarborough

Gowing (and Borset)....Stephen Critchlow

Farmerson....Joe Ransom

Trillip....Adam Gillen

Daisy Mutlar....Sarah Sweeney

Other parts were played by members of the cast.

Adapted by Andrew Lynch, from the original by George and Weedon Grossmith.

Produced by Sally Harrison

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Woolyback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Johnny Vegas and Katherine Parkinson play Mr and Mrs Pooter in Andrew Lynch's adaptation of the Grossmith brothers' comic novel of 1892.

The story is a social vignette of Charles, the self-important but highly likeable clerk, his loving wife Carrie and their son William (played by Andrew Gower).

Much of the action takes place in the house that the Pooters share with their maid Sarah...and the noisy sound of passing trains. The Laurels in Brickfield Terrace is frequently visited by colourful and amusing characters, not least Gowing and Cummings, Pooter's 'trusty' fair-weather friends.

This full dramatisation has a Victorian sit-com feel and stays true to the book - with a couple of twists of Lynch's own - capturing a kind of lower-middle-class aspiration that still has a tangible familiarity in 2012.

In Episode Two, Lupin's lifestyle upsets the measured balance of everyday life, Carrie hosts a seance with Mrs James, while Mr and Mrs Pooter dine with Franching in Peckham and meet a Mr Hardfur Huttle.

Cast:

Charles Pooter....Johnny Vegas

Carrie Pooter....Katherine Parkinson

William / Lupin....Andrew Gower

Sarah....Sinead Matthews

Cummings (and Horwin)....Adrian Scarborough

Gowing (and Borset)....Stephen Critchlow

Mrs James....Jo Neary

Hardfur Huttle....John Guerrasio

Murray Posh....Joe Ransom

Frank Mutlar....Adam Gillen

Lillie Girl / Daisy Mutlar....Sarah Sweeney

Other parts were played by members of the cast.

Adapted by Andrew Lynch, from the original by George and Weedon Grossmith.

Produced by Sally Harrison

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Woolyback Production for BBC Radio 4.