Hopes And Desires

comedies about unconscious yearnings.

Episodes

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1/3. 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

Professor Swann seduces his students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Professor Swann's favourite pastime is seducing female students over a languorous meal of Spaghetti Vongole.

But what is he really looking for? And can he improve before he is landed in deeper water than the ornate Italian clam he so relishes?

Hopes and Desires is a series of

Michael Butt's comedy drama stars Bill Nighy as Tristram, Emma Callander as Minnie, Miranda Colchester as Helen, Stephen Critchlow as Freddie and Carolyn Jones as Mamma.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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?

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20050813 (BBC7)
20050814 (BBC7)
20051231 (BBC7)
20060101 (BBC7)
20080826 (BBC7)
20080827 (BBC7)
20090328 (BBC7)
20180419 (BBC7)
20180420 (BBC7)
20180421 (BBC7)

1/3. 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

Professor Swann seduces his students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Professor Swann's favourite pastime is seducing female students over a languorous meal of Spaghetti Vongole.

But what is he really looking for? And can he improve before he is landed in deeper water than the ornate Italian clam he so relishes?

Hopes and Desires is a series of

Michael Butt's comedy drama stars Bill Nighy as Tristram, Emma Callander as Minnie, Miranda Colchester as Helen, Stephen Critchlow as Freddie and Carolyn Jones as Mamma.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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?

1/3. By Michael Butt.

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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

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?

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Dmitri is bemused when a British publisher hails him as an undiscovered literary talent.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

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?
Hopes and Desires is a series of

Marcy Kahan's comedy drama stars Kenneth Cranham as Dmitri, Eleanor Bron as Annoushka, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Claire and Stephen Critchlow as Robert.
Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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By Nick Warburton. Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg goes on a mission.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg 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...

Nick Warburton's comedy drama stars Philip Jackson as Reg, Amanda Root as Bel and Jonathan Coy as Mr Topping.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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.

Series of

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

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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?

Bickering deli owners Shirley and Max have a simultaneous life-changing moment.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Max and Shirley bicker all day long in their north London deli. Max believes the customers love their bantering but Shirley's had enough.

There must be more to life than this?

Jeremy Front's comedy drama stars Prunella Scales as Shirley, Roger Allam as Max, Rebecca Front as Roszinka, Rosie Fellner as Young Shirley, Liza Sadovy as Marcy and Bruce Purchase as the Toastmaster.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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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.

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

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20080122 (BBC7)

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?

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

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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.

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.

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