The Gobetweenies

If it's Wednesday...it must be Holloway.

A candid look at contemporary family through the prism of two North London siblings Lucy and Tom as they schlep between their determinedly hands-on parents.

David Tennant and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined to be double not single parents and bring the kids up together apart.

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0101Meet The Millers2011050620110511 (BBC7)
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Mimi awaits her third marriage to get going. Her ex Joe hates being a Dad once a fortnight

A candid look at contemporary family through the prism of two North London siblings Lucy and Tom as they schlep between their determinedly hands-on parents. Lucy is excited about exploring surrealism, Tom is obsessively counting sultanas and their mum Mimi (Sarah Alexander) is desperate for her third attempt at married life to get started, but the children's father Joe (David Tennant) has come to a decision that will changes their all their lives...

If it's Wednesday... it must be Holloway

Cast List:

Joe - David Tennant

Mimi - Sarah Alexander

Tom - Finlay Christie

Lucy - Phoebe Abbott

Harry - Stuart Milligan

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lucy is excited about exploring surrealism, Tom is obsessively counting sultanas and their mum Mimi is desperate for her third attempt at married life to get started, but the children's father Joe has come to a decision that will changes their all their lives.

0102Sniffing Stevie And The Gym Horse2011051320110518 (BBC7)
20140907 (BBC7)
20140908 (BBC7)

David Tennant and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined their marital failures will not get in the way of good parenting.

This week son Tom feels guilty about not wanting to be mates with a boy with a permanent snot bubble. The divorced pair confuse him about the morality of befriending losers. Meanwhile a visit to a tattoo parlour gives Lucy a great idea about getting some attention. Joe finds a new job and a visit to The Wellcome Institute provides Mimi with some useful information about Syphilis.

If it's Wednesday... it must be Holloway...

Cast List:

Joe - David Tennant

Mimi - Sarah Alexander

Tom - Finlay Christie

Lucy - Phoebe Abbott

Bobby - Stephen Critchlow

Stevie - Ben Baker

Ms Smart.... Morwenna Banks

Donald - Gordon Kennedy

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Divorced parents Joe and Mimi confuse son Tom about the morality of befriending losers.

This week son Tom feels guilty about not wanting to be mates with a boy with a permanent snot bubble.

The divorced pair confuse him about the morality of befriending losers.

Meanwhile a visit to a tattoo parlour gives Lucy a great idea about getting some attention.

Joe finds a new job and a visit to The Wellcome Institute provides Mimi with some useful information about Syphilis.

0103Commendation And Competition2011052020110525 (BBC7)
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20140915 (BBC7)

Why won't Lucy's father take her to his own exhibition?

David Tennant and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined their marital failures will not get in the way of good parenting.

Lucy gets inspired by art and creates her own Angel of the North London - but she is confused by Joe's refusal to take her to an exhibition of his own work.

Meanwhile Mimi is stuck as usual with annoying Helen who overuses the word 'achingly', hits on Joe and is oddly pretending to find Tom's lame jokes a hoot.

If it's Wednesday... it must be Holloway

Cast List:

Joe - David Tennant

Mimi - Sarah Alexander

Tom - Finlay Christie

Lucy - Phoebe Abbott

Katy - Ophelia Davidson

Helen - Tracy-ann Oberman

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

0104 LASTBefriending Freddie2011052720110601 (BBC7)
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20140922 (BBC7)

Mimi is delighted that her new husband wants to be a father, but Lucy has overheard.

David Tennant and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined to be double not single parents and bring the kids up together apart.

But Lucy needs compensation for moving house every week...

If it's Wednesday it must be Holloway.

It turns out Mimi's new husband says he is into fatherhood after all, and Lucy tells her Dad and Tom all about Mum's condition...

Mimi is desperate to bring the kids to New York for the premiere of her new husband's play but Tom has found a new friend whose cute yogic mother Joe is drawn to...

When Lucy refuses to miss out on her best friend's birthday because of a planned visit to her stepfather in New York, Mimi fails to get Joe's back-up.

Cast List:

Joe - David Tennant

Mimi - Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy - Phoebe Abbott

Jennifer - Emily Bruni

Freddie....Oliver Dillon

Harry....Stuart Milligan

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Mimi's new husband seems to want to be a father - and Lucy overhears.

0201The Break-up2012070620140723
20151211 (BBC7)

Marcella Evaristi's sly take on contemporary parenting looks at a divorced North London family through the prism of two go-betweening siblings.

This week, Lucy prepares to dazzle the world with her Rihanna-influenced take on the part of Nancy in the school production of Oliver! - but her mum, armed with a new parenting manual, prepares to do battle with her daughter's impermeable belief in her own genius. Meanwhile, son Tom is appalled by his hated fictional alter ego, cutesy Georgie. Maybe if he garrottes his mother's puppet version of himself, she'll get the hint? Dad is determined to steer him away from the merchandise and takes him to see a wrestling match instead.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Helen....Tracy-ann Oberman

Katy....Ophelia Davidson

0202Happy Father's Day2012071320140730
20151218 (BBC7)

Mark Bonnar and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined to be double- not single-parents and bring their kids up together apart.

But Lucy has noticed the difference between her affluent mum, a children's fiction writer, and her broke dad who has just started a new job with Your Pets Painted in the Afterlife.com. She figures her dad he needs a proper Father's Day present, and her tuba has served it's purpose of getting her into that good state school where she doesn't get bricks thrown at her head. So why not take a visit to the pawn shop?

Her mum Mimi's young life was blighted by a no-show actor dad but she has fibbed to her kids, telling them her missing magical dad suffered from Dramnesia. When Tom discovers his granddad is starring in a stool-softening advert he invites him to visit. Won't his mum be delighted?

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Her mum Mimi's young life was blighted by a no-show actor dad but she has fibbed to her kids, telling them her missing magical dad suffered from Dramnesia. When Tom discovers his grandad is starring in a stool-softening advert he invites him to visit. Won't his mum be delighted?

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

William....Nicky Henson

02032012072020140806
20160101 (BBC7)

Mark Bonnar and Sarah Alexander star in Marcella Evaristi's comedy of shared parenting.

Mimi and Joe are determined to be the best kind of divorced parents, supportive and as good as any traditional set up. Mimi has even salvaged her ex's best suit from the charity shop where it was meanly dumped by Joe's most recent ex-wife. But Joe keeps getting misdirected post from the fetish shop across the road and Mimi cannot keep her prying fingers away from a big fat intriguing parcel.

Meanwhile their daughter Lucy has discovered an ethical way of eating that does not involve putting Quorn in her mouth - because her hero Mark Zuckerberg has said eating meat is not immoral if you catch your own dinner. So Lucy is going to steal a chicken. From a back garden in Highgate. It's a brilliant plan, especially since she has told her brother Tom he is saving the chicken bound for a battery farm.

But what are all those funny handcuffs doing on her dad's sitting room floor?

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Jennifer....Emily Bruni

Freddie....Oli Dillon

0204Under The Same Night Stars2012072720140813
20160108 (BBC7)

Lucy is despairing about the future of the planet - until she meets a cute boy with a moped. But Tom is in a huff with his family and inventing imaginary parents because he is not allowed to see his best friend Freddy. When Freddy runs away it's left to Lucy to save the day. Thank goodness her mum never uses that porcini filled writing shed.

Written by Marcella Evaristi.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Lucy's in despair about the future of the planet and Tom's best friend runs away from home

Cast:

Joe - Mark Bonnar

Mim - Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Jenn - Emily Bruni

Fred - Oli Dillon

Bob - Stephen Critchlow

Chris....Daniel Boyd

0205Sex, Guns And Frida Kahlo2012080320140820

Mimi and Joe are in a state of conflicted liberal anguish because Lucy is growing up too fast. She wants a sexy Halloween costume to dazzle her boyfriend, but Joe talks her into going to a party dressed as Frida Kahlo. Meanwhile Joe's wily mother sorts out her son's vindictive and most recent ex-wife, the radical rug designer.

Written by Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Mimi and Joe turn to the latest parenting theory when their daughter Lucy gets a boyfriend

Cast:

Joe - Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom - Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Sophia....Juliet Cadzow

0206 LASTThe Next Story2012081020140827

Tom and Lucy are furious they are not allowed a dog. Their parents say that when kids go between two households it's too complicated. But their mum and dad's love lives are even more tangled. After all, Tom has seen his parents kissing. So where does that leave their mum's new third husband, and the unstable pet shop owner their dad has been secretly dating?

Written by Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom - Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Bobby....Stephen Critchlow

Vicky....Doon Mackichan

Harry - Guy Paul

Lucy and Tom are not allowed a dog - but their dad is seeing an unstable pet shop owner.

030120131018

Marcella Evaristi's bittersweet take on divorced parenting looks at a north London family through the prism of two go-betweening siblings.

Starring Sarah Alexander as Mimi and Mark Bonnar as Joe, their arrangement comes under strain - newly divorced Mimi is blaming Joe for the failure of her third marriage. But it's hard to establish a regime of minimum contact with her children's father when the new dog has to attend puppy classes.

And no one can decide on his name.

Mimi has decided to branch into teenage fiction but, when the kids discover they are being used as copy, they mutiny. Lucy pretends to have an eating disorder and lies that Tom is now bed-wetting. But Mimi is set on her new writing venture. She's calling it The Gobetweenies and it's all about urban puberty.

Mimi's agent Ruby disapproves. She tells Lucy and Tom about Philip Roth and his warnings on the fall out of writing about your own family. But when Tom starts reading Portnoy, he gets wonderfully inspired.

Written by Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

030220131025

Mimi is having a hard time. She's freshly divorced and scared of her eggs going stale so she's decided to freeze them. But she didn't realise she had to give herself hormone injections. What's the divorced etiquette of asking an ex-husband to inject your torso? And how come she's not the favourite parent? Could it be because she was a complete failure trying to convince the mother of Tom's best friend that skateboarding was safe?

Joe is flailing too. And very broke. When Lucy sees him posing at her life drawing class she bolts. Does he think he can do a Lena Dunham and go naked at his age? She switches her allegiance to Mimi and gives her a make-over that turns her into Ernie from Sesame Street.

Meanwhile Tom is still proud of Dad. Joe talked Jennifer into letting Freddy skateboard. But his mum makes him wear so much protective gear he and Tom look like Team Pathetic. And with his big chrome bucket of a helmet, Freddy looks like Darth Vader - but stupid. Now the pair of them get pelted with KFC cartons and cans.

Maybe Mum can help. If she can recover from the smell of the vegan dog food Jennifer has given her.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Tuberose....Charlotte Richie

Jennifer....Emily Bruni

Freddie....Harry Nowell

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

030320131101

Lucy is driving rational science-loving Tom crazy with her passion for astrology. She tries to convince him by swishing her magnificent Leo hair at him.

With her brother mercilessly mocking her gullibility, Lucy decides to read Tom's book, Exploring the Night Sky. When she discovers that starlight comes from extinct stars she has an existential crisis made worse by a recent visit to a ghoulish exhibition about grave robbers and dissectionists. Now she knows the awful truth - the sky is haunted and worse, she herself is actually mortal.

It's very hard being fifteen and finite.

Tom's head is also full of the Burke and Hare-type crimes he learned about at the exhibition. And, when he overhears a late night conversation between his dad Joe and his old school friend, he begins to harbour terrifying suspicions. The old friend, Leon, is a vet and Joe makes a meagre living working for YourPetsPaintedintheAfterlife.com. Tom is convinced that his Dad's old school friend is putting down healthy animals so that Joe can profit from doing their afterlife portraits. Sweeney Dad the Demon Painter!

When Lucy finds out that Tom's rationality and science swottery has led him to insane conclusions, she exacts her own sweet revenge.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Leon....Dave Lamb

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

030420131108

Episode Four of Marcella Evaristi's comedy explores the impossibility of retaining your privacy when you lead a go-betweening life.

Joe had wanted to keep his new affair secret. His new girlfriend is twenty four and he now wishes he hadn't called Mimi's most recent ex-husband the Decrepit from Connecticut. Mimi is being badgered about bringing a 'plus one' to a wedding. She's in a state of post divorce fragility and begins to wonder if Joe still secretly longs for her. After all, he brought her lilacs on their wedding anniversary.

Tom, already burdened by having to pretend he doesn't know about Tuberose, his Dad's hot new girlfriend, dreams confusingly and guiltily about the wrong girl. Not his girlfriend Poppy, but Lucy's fifteen year old best friend Katy. He's been talking in his sleep. How do you cope with a leaking subconscious?

Meanwhile, having discovered that Tuberose works at Latex Couture of Holloway, Mimi is talked into checking her out.

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Joe tries to keep his new affair a secret, and Tom has erotic dreams about the wrong girl.

030520131115

Joe has had to cancel a holiday with his girlfriend and it's Mimi's fault. So Mimi gets no back up when she wants to get the dog fixed and stop Lucy wearing latex.

Their friend Bobby (Stephen Critchlow) is fed up listening to them squabble because he has a real problem - his son Stevie is stonewalling him. Bobby even offers to help out so Joe can go to Barcelona to be with Tuberose - but Joe is enjoying the moral high ground and loves seeing Mimi up to her neck in his brownie points.

Mimi broke her arm when she went to check out Tuberose at Latex Couture of Holloway and now she can't can't type, floss or fasten her bra. When she complains of the pain, Lucy thinks it must be to do with the weight of her low hanging bosom. She is trying to soft soap her mum so she is allowed to wear the latex dress for the school Springtime Fashionista contest.

Science-loving Tom hates superstition but he is so undone by Poppy's coldness that he decides to start saying Good Morning Mr Magpie and he even steals Lucy's lucky mascot. And it turns out that Mr Hanky, the South Park Christmas Poo, saves the day. The anguish of the Millers has been healed by a cloth turd.

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Mimi wants to get the dog fixed, so the kids campaign to save Milton's privates.

0306 LAST20131122

Tom's girlfriend Poppy has left him for Stevie - once a friendless snotball but now fit and much-fancied - but Tom is channelling Einstein to get his girl back, because Albert proved that linear time is a delusion and that everything that happens is still happening. And if that's true, Tom has no reason to move on.

So Tom is keeping early morning vigil outside Poppy's house holding up placards relating to quantum theory. His parents, Mimi and Joe, are worried. Is their son a little genius with a post-Newtonian grasp on the nature of time or a nutjob?

On different days, Tom pretends to be different ages to escape the tyranny of time - it's all part of his quantum theory girlfriend retrieval strategy. As Lucy's boyfriend Chris says, Tom is not clever in any way that helps. Meanwhile Chris is causing Lucy problems. He says he empathizes with Tom because he knows the trauma of a broken heart. He tells her he once wrote heartbroken love songs to his ex-girlfriend Erica - the very same Erica that is currently rehearsing Titania to his Bottom. Lucy feels romantically demoted and asks her mother what she should do. Mimi advises doing nothing but Lucy figures Tom did nothing about Poppy's roving eye and now her brother is riding on his mind rocket to quantum town.

Cast:

Joe....Mark Bonnar

Mimi....Sarah Alexander

Tom....Finlay Christie

Lucy....Phoebe Abbott

Chris and Older Tom....Daniel Boyd

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.