How To Have A Perfect Marriage

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After 19 years of marriage, Jack tells Karen he's gay. Can they work it out?

By Nicholas McInerny. After 19 years of marriage, Jack tells Karen he's gay and wants a lover. Can they work it out? Stars Greg Wise and Julia Ford.

0120130812

Karen is content enough in her humdrum life. Then she finds an odd text on Jack's phone.

Karen's a busy mum of teenage girls, contentedly burbling along in her humdrum, happy-enough life. She finds an odd text on husband Jack's phone. Her confrontation reveals a seismic shock she did not see coming.

This is writer Nicholas McInerny's autobiographical look at modern relationships.

Jack and Karen are nothing out of the ordinary. They have been happily married for years and are convinced every problem can be worked through. Until Jack decides he really is gay.

Seeking stability at all costs for themselves and for the children, they navigate the bumpy journey of finding a lover for Jack by going for the 'closed loop' arrangement. It sounds just about possible - in theory. But getting consensus all round for their 3-way partnership is far from straightforward. And Karen doesn't want to share her husband. She wants everything to stay the same.

Writer: Nicholas McInerny

Music: instrumental by Greg Wise, vocals by Amy Liptrott

Producer: Melanie Harris

Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

0220130813

The last thing Karen wants is to deal with her newly out gay husband. It's too painful.

Karen decides the easiest route is denial. Her mother's restless, her daughter's smoking weed, and her best friend needs help. The last thing Karen wants is to deal with her newly out gay husband. It's too painful.

This is writer Nicholas McInerny's autobiographical look at modern relationships.

Jack and Karen are nothing out of the ordinary. They have been happily married for years and are convinced every problem can be worked through. Until Jack decides he really is gay.

Seeking stability at all costs for themselves and for the children, they navigate the bumpy journey of finding a lover for Jack by going for the 'closed loop' arrangement. It sounds just about possible - in theory. But getting consensus all round for their 3-way partnership is far from straightforward. And Karen doesn't want to share her husband. She wants everything to stay the same.

Writer: Nicholas McInerny

Music: instrumental by Greg Wise

Producer: Melanie Harris

Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

0320130814

Things unravel further for Karen, and husband Jack is out on his first date with a man.

Things unravel further for Karen. Her daughter storms out, her best friend Miranda feels let down and husband Jack is out on his first date with a man.

This is writer Nicholas McInerny's autobiographical look at modern relationships.

Jack and Karen are nothing out of the ordinary. They have been happily married for years and are convinced every problem can be worked through. Until Jack decides he really is gay.

Seeking stability at all costs for themselves and for the children, they navigate the bumpy journey of finding a lover for Jack by going for the 'closed loop' arrangement. It sounds just about possible - in theory. But getting consensus all round for their 3-way partnership is far from straightforward. And Karen doesn't want to share her husband. She wants everything to stay the same.

Writer: Nicholas McInerny

Music: instrumental by Greg Wise

Producer: Melanie Harris

Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

0420130815

Karen longs for husband Jack to look at her, to notice her, to fall in love with her again

Karen longs for husband Jack to look at her, to notice her, to fall in love with her again. But he's excited by his new relationship and torn apart by the pain he's causing around him. It's time for them all to make some decisions.

This is writer Nicholas McInerny's autobiographical look at modern relationships.

Jack and Karen are nothing out of the ordinary. They have been happily married for years and are convinced every problem can be worked through. Until Jack decides he really is gay.

Seeking stability at all costs for themselves and for the children, they navigate the bumpy journey of finding a lover for Jack by going for the 'closed loop' arrangement. It sounds just about possible - in theory. But getting consensus all round for their 3-way partnership is far from straightforward. And Karen doesn't want to share her husband. She wants everything to stay the same.

Writer: Nicholas McInerny

Music: instrumental by Greg Wise

Producer: Melanie Harris

Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20130816

Karen and Jack celebrate their wedding anniversary the way they always do.

Karen and Jack celebrate their wedding anniversary the way they always do, on Primrose Hill, with flowers and a take-away. But this year is different.

This is writer Nicholas McInerny's autobiographical look at modern relationships.

Jack and Karen are nothing out of the ordinary. They have been happily married for years and are convinced every problem can be worked through. Until Jack decides he really is gay.

Seeking stability at all costs for themselves and for the children, they navigate the bumpy journey of finding a lover for Jack by going for the 'closed loop' arrangement. It sounds just about possible - in theory. But getting consensus all round for their 3-way partnership is far from straightforward. And Karen doesn't want to share her husband. She wants everything to stay the same.

Writer: Nicholas McInerny

Music: instrumental by Greg Wise

Producer: Melanie Harris

Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.