Imaginary Friends

An exploration of the very real world of the imaginary friend as seen by those who have them.

'He comes for tea when you're not looking mummy and brings his own invisible food and chair to sit on - but only I can see him'.

Four and a half year old Margot plays with her imaginary friend everyday.

Polar explorer Dave Mill created his imaginary friend, 'Nobody' at the age of 34 as a survival mechanism when he embarked on a solo walk to the North Pole.

Prize-winning children's author, creator of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, played with 'Popski' as a girl and years later joined in with her eldest son's imaginary friend's adventures and used them as inspiration for a series of stories.

Episodes

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20110207 (BBC7)
20130324 (BBC7)

From tea-time to the North Pole, children and adults share their experiences of invented companions. From January 2006.

2006013020110207 (BBC7)

An exploration of the very real world of the imaginary friend as seen by those who have them.

'He comes for tea when you're not looking mummy and brings his own invisible food and chair to sit on - but only I can see him'.

Four and a half year old Margot plays with her imaginary friend everyday.

Polar explorer Dave Mill created his imaginary friend, 'Nobody' at the age of 34 as a survival mechanism when he embarked on a solo walk to the North Pole.

Prize-winning children's author, creator of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, played with 'Popski' as a girl and years later joined in with her eldest son's imaginary friend's adventures and used them as inspiration for a series of stories.From tea-time to the North Pole - children and adults share their experiences of invented companions.

From January 2006.

Children and adults share their experiences of invented companions.

An exploration of the very real world of the imaginary friend as seen by those who have them.

'He comes for tea when you're not looking mummy and brings his own invisible food and chair to sit on - but only I can see him'. Four and a half year old Margot plays with her imaginary friend everyday.

Prize-winning children's author, creator of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, played with 'Popski' as a girl and years later joined in with her eldest son's imaginary friend's adventures and used them as inspiration for a series of stories.

2006013020110207 (BBC7)

An exploration of the very real world of the imaginary friend as seen by those who have them.

'He comes for tea when you're not looking mummy and brings his own invisible food and chair to sit on - but only I can see him'.

Four and a half year old Margot plays with her imaginary friend everyday.

Polar explorer Dave Mill created his imaginary friend, 'Nobody' at the age of 34 as a survival mechanism when he embarked on a solo walk to the North Pole.

Prize-winning children's author, creator of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, played with 'Popski' as a girl and years later joined in with her eldest son's imaginary friend's adventures and used them as inspiration for a series of stories.From tea-time to the North Pole - children and adults share their experiences of invented companions.

From January 2006.

Children and adults share their experiences of invented companions.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900914]

Played By: Giles Lewin

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900914]

Played By: Giles Lewin

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910310]

Memories of invented childhood companions which reveal the joys and insecurities of childhood.

Music specially composed and played by Giles Lewin. Producer Penny Boreham

Contributors

Played By: Giles Lewin.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910310]

Memories of invented childhood companions which reveal the joys and insecurities of childhood.

Music specially composed and played by Giles Lewin. Producer Penny Boreham

Contributors

Played By: Giles Lewin.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910310]

Played By: Giles Lewin.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910310]

Played By: Giles Lewin.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Imaginary Friends19900914

Producer: P.

BOREHAM

Description

SBH:Memories of invented childhood companions.

Incl.

comments from child.

Music composed & played by Giles Lewin.

Producer: Penny Boreham.

Broadcast history

14 Sep 1990 16:05-16:30 (RADIO 4)

10 Mar 1991 15:05-15:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Giles Lewin (Composer)

Penny Boreham (Producer)

A Byatt (Speaker)

Jenny Jones (Speaker)

Vin Nicholls (Speaker)

Patricia Oxted (Speaker)

Katie Winter (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 392443.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Imaginary Friends19900914

Producer: P.

BOREHAM

Description

SBH:Memories of invented childhood companions.

Incl.

comments from child.

Music composed and played by Giles Lewin.

Producer: Penny Boreham.

Broadcast history

14 Sep 1990 16:05-16:30 (RADIO 4)

10 Mar 1991 15:05-15:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Giles Lewin (Composer)

Penny Boreham (Producer)

A Byatt (Speaker)

Jenny Jones (Speaker)

Vin Nicholls (Speaker)

Patricia Oxted (Speaker)

Katie Winter (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 392443.

BBC Programme Number: 89WT2220

Recorded on 1989-09-19

Producer: P. BOREHAM

Notes: CAIRS 392443

Description

SBH:Memories of invented childhood companions. Incl. comments from child. Music composed and played by Giles Lewin. Producer: Penny Boreham.

Broadcast history

14 Sep 1990 16:05-16:30 (RADIO 4)

10 Mar 1991 15:05-15:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Giles Lewin (Composer)

Penny Boreham (Producer)

A Byatt (Speaker)

Jenny Jones (Speaker)

Vin Nicholls (Speaker)

Patricia Oxted (Speaker)

Katie Winter (Speaker)

Producer: P. BOREHAM

Description

SBH:Memories of invented childhood companions. Incl. comments from child. Music composed and played by Giles Lewin. Producer: Penny Boreham.

Broadcast history

14 Sep 1990 16:05-16:30 (RADIO 4)

10 Mar 1991 15:05-15:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Giles Lewin (Composer)

Penny Boreham (Producer)

A Byatt (Speaker)

Jenny Jones (Speaker)

Vin Nicholls (Speaker)

Patricia Oxted (Speaker)

Katie Winter (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 392443

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4

0120110716 (BBC7)
20110717 (BBC7)

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

New York, 1968.

Naive young sociologist Roger Zimmern has just got his first job at university.

0120110716 (BBC7)
20110717 (BBC7)

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

New York, 1968.

Naive young sociologist Roger Zimmern has just got his first job at university.

02 LAST20110723 (BBC7)
20110724 (BBC7)

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Alison Lurie's comic novel dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Roger has gone to see Verena, worried that Tom has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are coming to earth.

02 LAST20110723 (BBC7)
20110724 (BBC7)

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Alison Lurie's comic novel dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Roger has gone to see Verena, worried that Tom has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are coming to earth.

0120110711

New York, 1968.

Naive young sociologist Roger Zimmern gets his first job at university.

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

New York in 1968, and naive young sociology graduate, Roger Zimmern, has just got his first job at a university.

1/10

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob...

Simon Bubb

Directed by Marc Beeby

1968.

New York State.

Newly graduated sociologist Roger Zimmern is delighted to be asked work with his academic hero Tom McCann.

They are to investigate the Truth Seekers, a small cult group who believe they are receiving spiritual guidance from the planet Varna.

The group is run by middle-aged Elsie and her beautiful niece, Verena.

Under cover, the two academics join the Truth Seekers.

But things quickly begin to go wrong.

Roger's objectivity is tested when he begins to fall in love with Verena.

And what is happening to Tom McCann? Why is he behaving so strangely? Poor Roger, desperate to be a success, desperate to be noticed, doesn't know who to trust..

Imaginary Friends is a devastatingly funny look at the foibles of modern times.

It's driven by a story that works brilliantly on a number of levels - in part a sharp social satire of the academic profession, in part a witty exploration of the wilder reaches of ' spirituality'.

It is also a tender - if slightly skewed - love story, and a touching take on a young man's coming of age.

0120110711

New York, 1968.

Naive young sociologist Roger Zimmern gets his first job at university.

Alison Lurie's comic novel of academia and alien gurus, dramatised by Melissa Murray.

New York in 1968, and naive young sociology graduate, Roger Zimmern, has just got his first job at a university.

1/10

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob...

Simon Bubb

Directed by Marc Beeby

1968.

New York State.

Newly graduated sociologist Roger Zimmern is delighted to be asked work with his academic hero Tom McCann.

They are to investigate the Truth Seekers, a small cult group who believe they are receiving spiritual guidance from the planet Varna.

The group is run by middle-aged Elsie and her beautiful niece, Verena.

Under cover, the two academics join the Truth Seekers.

But things quickly begin to go wrong.

Roger's objectivity is tested when he begins to fall in love with Verena.

And what is happening to Tom McCann? Why is he behaving so strangely? Poor Roger, desperate to be a success, desperate to be noticed, doesn't know who to trust..

Imaginary Friends is a devastatingly funny look at the foibles of modern times.

It's driven by a story that works brilliantly on a number of levels - in part a sharp social satire of the academic profession, in part a witty exploration of the wilder reaches of ' spirituality'.

It is also a tender - if slightly skewed - love story, and a touching take on a young man's coming of age.

0220110712

Young sociologist Roger makes contact with the small cult known as the Truth Seekers.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

2/10

Young sociologist Roger Zimmern has made contact with the small cult known as the Truth Seekers.

But are they crazy enough for a ground breaking sociological study?

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0220110712

Young sociologist Roger makes contact with the small cult known as the Truth Seekers.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

2/10

Young sociologist Roger Zimmern has made contact with the small cult known as the Truth Seekers.

But are they crazy enough for a ground breaking sociological study?

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0320110713

Roger and his boss Tom McCann infiltrate the Truth Seekers cult.

By Alison Lurie, dramatised by Melissa Murray

3/10

Sociologists Roger Zimmern and his boss, Tom McCann, have managed to infiltrate the small cult of the Truth Seekers.

But now their reasons for being there are about to be exposed.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Felicia...

Susie Riddell

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0320110713

Roger and his boss Tom McCann infiltrate the Truth Seekers cult.

By Alison Lurie, dramatised by Melissa Murray

3/10

Sociologists Roger Zimmern and his boss, Tom McCann, have managed to infiltrate the small cult of the Truth Seekers.

But now their reasons for being there are about to be exposed.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Felicia...

Susie Riddell

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0420110714

Verena, leader of the Truth Seekers, seems to have lost her way.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

4/10

Her aunt Elsie has persuaded professor Tom McCann to speak to her.

But McCann has an agenda of his own.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0420110714

Verena, leader of the Truth Seekers, seems to have lost her way.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

4/10

Her aunt Elsie has persuaded professor Tom McCann to speak to her.

But McCann has an agenda of his own.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0520110715

Roger is worried that McCann is behaving increasingly strangely.

By Alison Lurie. Dramatised by Melissa Murray

5/10

Sociologist Tom McCann is behaving increasingly strangely, much to the frustration of his young assistant Roger. But they're about to hear some news that will make things a great deal stranger.

Roger... Jonathan Forbes

McCann... Nathan Osgood

Elsie... Barbara Barnes

Verena... Alex Tregear

Sissy... Susie Riddell

Bill... Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger... Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

Sociologist Tom McCann is behaving increasingly strangely, much to the frustration of his young assistant Roger.

But they're about to hear some news that will make things a great deal stranger.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

0520110715

Roger is worried that McCann is behaving increasingly strangely.

By Alison Lurie. Dramatised by Melissa Murray

5/10

Sociologist Tom McCann is behaving increasingly strangely, much to the frustration of his young assistant Roger. But they're about to hear some news that will make things a great deal stranger.

Roger... Jonathan Forbes

McCann... Nathan Osgood

Elsie... Barbara Barnes

Verena... Alex Tregear

Sissy... Susie Riddell

Bill... Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger... Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Marc Beeby.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

Sociologist Tom McCann is behaving increasingly strangely, much to the frustration of his young assistant Roger.

But they're about to hear some news that will make things a great deal stranger.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

0620110718

Roger worries that Tom has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are coming.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

6/10

Roger has gone to see Verena, worried that Tom McCann has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are about to visit earth.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Peggy Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0620110718

Roger worries that Tom has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are coming.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

6/10

Roger has gone to see Verena, worried that Tom McCann has influenced the announcement that the Varnians are about to visit earth.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Peggy Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0720110719

The Truth Seekers' spiritual guides from the planet Varna are about to arrive.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

7/10

It's the moment the Truth Seekers have been waiting for.

Their spiritual guides from the planet Varna are about to arrive.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Peggy Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0720110719

The Truth Seekers' spiritual guides from the planet Varna are about to arrive.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

7/10

It's the moment the Truth Seekers have been waiting for.

Their spiritual guides from the planet Varna are about to arrive.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Sissy...

Susie Riddell

Bill...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Ken...

Simon Bubb

Peggy Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0820110720

Sociologist Tom claims he has been possessed by the spirit of the alien guru Ro of Varna.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

8/10

Things have taken a bizarre turn, as sociologist Tom McCann has claimed he has been possessed by the spirit of the alien guru, Ro of Varna,

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob/Ken...

Simon Bubb

Cop...

Alun Raglan

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0820110720

Sociologist Tom claims he has been possessed by the spirit of the alien guru Ro of Varna.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

8/10

Things have taken a bizarre turn, as sociologist Tom McCann has claimed he has been possessed by the spirit of the alien guru, Ro of Varna,

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob/Ken...

Simon Bubb

Cop...

Alun Raglan

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0920110721

Tom McCann and his fellow Truth Seekers have come to the attention of the local police.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

9/10

Following an argument during which a shot was fired, Tom McCann and his fellow Truth Seekers have come to the attention of the local police.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob/Ken...

Simon Bubb

Bill/Cop...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Cop...

Alun Raglan

Directed by Marc Beeby.

0920110721

Tom McCann and his fellow Truth Seekers have come to the attention of the local police.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

9/10

Following an argument during which a shot was fired, Tom McCann and his fellow Truth Seekers have come to the attention of the local police.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Verena...

Alex Tregear

Bob/Ken...

Simon Bubb

Bill/Cop...

Peter Polycarpou

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Cop...

Alun Raglan

Directed by Marc Beeby.

10 LAST20110722

On his way to visit Tom McCann in hospital, Roger hears some terrible news.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

10/10

Roger, on his way to visit Tom McCann in hospital, has stopped off to visit Elsie, where he has heard some terrible news.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Nurse...

Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.

10 LAST20110722

On his way to visit Tom McCann in hospital, Roger hears some terrible news.

By Alison Lurie.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray

10/10

Roger, on his way to visit Tom McCann in hospital, has stopped off to visit Elsie, where he has heard some terrible news.

Roger...

Jonathan Forbes

McCann...

Nathan Osgood

Elsie...

Barbara Barnes

Mrs Munger...

Jane Whittenshaw

Nurse...

Elaine Claxton

Directed by Marc Beeby.