Gentleman Jim

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Gentleman Jim is Raymond Briggs' own dramatisation of his graphic novel of the same title.

It is the story of Jim Bloggs, a toilet attendant who dreams of a better life for him and his beloved wife Hilda.

Ruminating over the jobs in the paper, Jim's imagination leaps into action as he seeks adventure and excitement.

He sets out to turn his dreams into reality, but soon discovers that things aren't so straightforward.

Hindered not least by a lack of education and funds, Jim's life begin to spiral out of all control, and his romantic dreams turn into terrible nightmares.

Gentleman Jim is a wonderfully funny and yet intensely moving tale, which despite its melancholy has at its heart a real feeling of optimism.

Jim - David Haig

Hilda - Jan Ravens

Other characters - John Sessions, Adrian Schiller and Sara Markland

The producer is Celia De Wolff, and this is a Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

By Raymond Briggs.

The story of Jim Bloggs, a toilet attendant who dreams of a better life