Hopes And Desires

comedies about unconscious yearnings.

Episodes

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20050907

1/3. Vongole

By Michael Butt.

In the first of this series of comedies about unconscious yearnings, Bill Nighy plays Professor Swann, whose obsession is seducing female students over a languorous meal of Spaghetti Vongole. But what is he really looking for?

Tristram....Bill Nighy

Minnie....Emma Callander

Helen....Miranda Colchester

Freddie....Stephen Critchlow

Mamma/Judy....Carolyn Jones

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050914

Series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

2/3. The Nonentity

By Marcy Kahan.

Moscow. Dmitri once made a good living writing dull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling Communist Party. Now times have changed and his work is ignored. So why has a young woman publisher flown all the way from London to meet him?

Dmitri....Kenneth Cranham

Annoushka....Eleanor Bron

Claire....Sylvestra Le Touzel

Robert....Stephen Critchlow

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050921

Series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

3/3. Toad Squad

By Nick Warburton.

Reg, bitter at being retired prematurely, finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to its mating grounds. Now Reg has a mission. In future no toad will end up looking like a flattened gardening glove...

Reg....Philip Jackson

Bel....Amanda Root

Mr Topping....Jonathan Coy

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20070129

Series of romantic comedies.

1/3. Catching Heathcliff

By Nick Warburton.

Lindsey, an incurable romantic, yearns to meet a modern- day Heathcliff. When she does, she rashly sends him a romantic letter, and immediately regrets it. Her long-suffering friend Graham is then pushed into an elaborate and wildly comic campaign to retrieve it.

Graham....Philip Jackson

Lindsey....Amanda Root

Heathcliff/Morton....Mark Straker

Postman....Nick Warburton

20070205

Series of romantic comedies.

2/3. Battersea Triangle

By Michael Butt.

Spineless Dougie has become domestically embroiled with Angela, his boss at work. He's deeply regretting it. So when he meets passive, unconditionally adoring India, his problems seem to be over. Or are they just beginning?

Dougie....Mark Benton

India....Indira Varma

Angela....Christine Kavanagh

Fiona....Emily Rose Smith

20070212

Series of romantic comedies.

3/3. The Dangers of Self Hypnosis

By Gary Ogin.

Maurice has problems dating. So he buys a self-hypnosis CD to explore his subconscious in order to find love. But then the CD sticks, leaving him stranded in his own psyche. Fortunately, beautiful Rachel's CD has stuck too.

Mother....Prunella Scales

Maurice....Richard Coyle

Rachel....Sophie Winkleman

Abigail....Christine Kavanagh

Hypnotist/Manager/Judge/Policeman....Sam Dale

Daniel....Mark Straker

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Followed by News Summary.

20080115
20080129

Series of romantic comedies.

3/3. The Dangers of Self Hypnosis

By Gary Ogin.

Maurice has problems dating. So he buys a self-hypnosis CD to explore his subconscious in order to find love. But then the CD sticks, leaving him stranded in his own psyche. Fortunately, beautiful Rachel's CD has stuck too.

Mother....Prunella Scales

Maurice....Richard Coyle

Rachel....Sophie Winkleman

Abigail....Christine Kavanagh

Hypnotist/Manager/Judge/Policeman....Sam Dale

Daniel....Mark Straker

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

02Battersea Triangle20080122

By Michael Butt.

Spineless Dougie has become domestically embroiled with Angela, his boss at work. He's deeply regretting it. So when he meets passive, unconditionally adoring India, his problems seem to be over. Or are they just beginning?

Dougie....Mark Benton

India....Indira Varma

Angela....Christine Kavanagh

Fiona....Emily Rose Smith.

0101Vongole2003050520040123
20050813 (BBC7)
20050814 (BBC7)
20051231 (BBC7)
20060101 (BBC7)
20080826 (BBC7)
20080827 (BBC7)
20090328 (BBC7)
20050907 (R4)

Bill Nighy stars as Professor Tristram Swann, a saucy university lecturer with a taste for Italian poetry, woo-ing young female students, and sampling Spaghetti Vongole in various romantic Italian cities.

But what is he really after? Using carefully selected stanzas from Petrarch, he charms the ladies into visiting Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice in an attempt to fulfil his romantic desires.

But just as his favourite dish, Spaghetti Vongole, often disappoints so does his experience with the young women.

Thrust back into the Oxbridge tutorial room, his Casanova tenancies begin again.

What is the secret behind Professor Swann's obsession with Vongole? Can he learn to kick the habit before it lands him in deeper water than a warm Italian clam? And what is his long-held, but deeply suppressed Hope and Desire?

0101Vongole2003050520040123
20050813 (BBC7)
20050814 (BBC7)
20051231 (BBC7)
20060101 (BBC7)
20080826 (BBC7)
20080827 (BBC7)
20090328 (BBC7)
20050907 (R4)

Bill Nighy stars as Professor Tristram Swann, a saucy university lecturer with a taste for Italian poetry, woo-ing young female students, and sampling Spaghetti Vongole in various romantic Italian cities.

But what is he really after? Using carefully selected stanzas from Petrarch, he charms the ladies into visiting Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice in an attempt to fulfil his romantic desires.

But just as his favourite dish, Spaghetti Vongole, often disappoints so does his experience with the young women.

Thrust back into the Oxbridge tutorial room, his Casanova tenancies begin again.

What is the secret behind Professor Swann's obsession with Vongole? Can he learn to kick the habit before it lands him in deeper water than a warm Italian clam? And what is his long-held, but deeply suppressed Hope and Desire?

0102The Non-entity2003051220050914

Dmitri once made a good living writing dull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling Communist Party.

Now times have changed and his work is ignored.

So why has a young woman publisher flown all the way from London to meet him?

0102The Non-entity2003051220050914

Dmitri once made a good living writing dull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling Communist Party.

Now times have changed and his work is ignored.

So why has a young woman publisher flown all the way from London to meet him?

0103The Toad Squad2003051920040130
20120129 (BBC7)
20120130 (BBC7)
20050921 (R4)

Reg, bitter at being retired prematurely, finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate.

Now Reg has a mission.

In future none of the toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves.

0103The Toad Squad2003051920040130
20120129 (BBC7)
20120130 (BBC7)
20050921 (R4)

Reg, bitter at being retired prematurely, finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate.

Now Reg has a mission.

In future none of the toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves.

0104 LASTThe Anniversary Waltz20030526

Max and Shirely bicker all day long in their north London deli.

Max believes the customers love their bantering, but Shirley has had enough.

There must be more to life than this?

0104 LASTThe Anniversary Waltz20030526

Max and Shirely bicker all day long in their north London deli.

Max believes the customers love their bantering, but Shirley has had enough.

There must be more to life than this?

0201Catching Heathcliff2007012920080115

Lindsey, an incurable romantic, yearns to meet a modern- day Heathcliff.

When she does, she rashly sends him a romantic letter, and immediately regrets it.

Her long-suffering friend Graham is then pushed into an elaborate and wildly comic campaign to retrieve it.

0201Catching Heathcliff2007012920080115

Lindsey, an incurable romantic, yearns to meet a modern- day Heathcliff.

When she does, she rashly sends him a romantic letter, and immediately regrets it.

Her long-suffering friend Graham is then pushed into an elaborate and wildly comic campaign to retrieve it.

0202Battersea Triangle2007020520080122

Spineless Dougie has become domestically embroiled with Angela, his boss at work.

He's deeply regretting it.

So when he meets passive, unconditionally adoring India, his problems seem to be over.

Or are they just beginning?

0202Battersea Triangle2007020520080122

Spineless Dougie has become domestically embroiled with Angela, his boss at work.

He's deeply regretting it.

So when he meets passive, unconditionally adoring India, his problems seem to be over.

Or are they just beginning?

0203 LASTThe Dangers Of Self Hypnosis2007021220080129

Maurice has problems dating.

So he buys a self-hypnosis CD to explore his subconscious in order to find love.

But then the CD sticks, leaving him stranded in his own psyche.

Fortunately, beautiful Rachel's CD has stuck too.

0203 LASTThe Dangers Of Self Hypnosis2007021220080129

Maurice has problems dating.

So he buys a self-hypnosis CD to explore his subconscious in order to find love.

But then the CD sticks, leaving him stranded in his own psyche.

Fortunately, beautiful Rachel's CD has stuck too.