Jail Mates [Radio Scotland]

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20160212

Jenny is a 40 something, adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Bored of her life back in this middle-class enclave, and in a search of some excitement, she's registered with a website called Jailmates.com and begun corresponding with inmate Gerry, a fellow Glaswegian from the other side of town, currently serving 18 months for stealing books and selling them online.

Their backgrounds and experiences of life couldn't be more different - on a day-to-day basis, Jenny worries about not fitting in with the other mums at the school gate, while Gerry's just trying to make it through the day unscathed.

Jenny is frustrated by the expectations placed upon her by the world, constantly rejecting pressure to conform, and - albeit in starkly different circumstances - Gerry is too.

Through this series of hilarious letters, they discover a common ground and compatibility, but will a relationship develop?

20160212

Jenny is a 40 something, adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Bored of her life back in this middle-class enclave, and in a search of some excitement, she's registered with a website called Jailmates.com and begun corresponding with inmate Gerry, a fellow Glaswegian from the other side of town, currently serving 18 months for stealing books and selling them online.

Their backgrounds and experiences of life couldn't be more different - on a day-to-day basis, Jenny worries about not fitting in with the other mums at the school gate, while Gerry's just trying to make it through the day unscathed.

Jenny is frustrated by the expectations placed upon her by the world, constantly rejecting pressure to conform, and - albeit in starkly different circumstances - Gerry is too.

Through this series of hilarious letters, they discover a common ground and compatibility, but will a relationship develop?

02The Phone Call20170113

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's found a new friend (and perhaps more) in Jenny, and is looking forward to some female companionship to distract himself from life inside.

Romance is blossoming between Jenny and Gerry, who are both opening up to each other about their past lives. Stag do's and hen parties aren't quite the fun they used to be, as international crises are narrowly avoided in Poland and wedding plans might be cancelled after a confession about a wild night out in Soho.

Things are hotting up between the jail mates, but will they take their relationship to the next level?

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Jo Jo Sutherland and Rosco Mcclelland

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.

02The Phone Call20170113

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's found a new friend (and perhaps more) in Jenny, and is looking forward to some female companionship to distract himself from life inside.

Romance is blossoming between Jenny and Gerry, who are both opening up to each other about their past lives. Stag do's and hen parties aren't quite the fun they used to be, as international crises are narrowly avoided in Poland and wedding plans might be cancelled after a confession about a wild night out in Soho.

Things are hotting up between the jail mates, but will they take their relationship to the next level?

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Jo Jo Sutherland and Rosco Mcclelland

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.

03Sparring Partners20170120

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's really warmed to Jenny and says that her letters are the best thing that has happened to him inside, even better than his TV soaps.

But after the disastrous phone call, is it all over before it has really started? Their letters continue, and the couple (a couple? Too soon?) find out more about each other as they share the intimate secrets about their private lives. They are both trapped in their own lives, but find freedom and solace in each other. Do such different people have enough in common to make a relationship like this work, and will a death in the family change everything..?

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Rosco Mcclelland

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.

03Sparring Partners20170120

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's really warmed to Jenny and says that her letters are the best thing that has happened to him inside, even better than his TV soaps.

But after the disastrous phone call, is it all over before it has really started? Their letters continue, and the couple (a couple? Too soon?) find out more about each other as they share the intimate secrets about their private lives. They are both trapped in their own lives, but find freedom and solace in each other. Do such different people have enough in common to make a relationship like this work, and will a death in the family change everything..?

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Rosco Mcclelland

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.

04The Visit20170127

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's really warmed to Jenny and says that her letters are the best thing that has happened to him inside, even better than his TV soaps.

The couple (yes, couple!) were supposed to meet at a Liddel family funeral, but after a breakdown they missed each other by minutes. Doubt has set in, and with only letters to reach each other, it's a tough time for the unlikely pair. Both are battling with depression, and have very different ways of coping with it. The solution to their problems may just come from Gerry's cellmate Clarkie's "adventurous" correspondence of his own. It's make or break for Jenny and Gerry, and both need to gain their freedom from their surroundings.

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Rosco Mcclelland, Victoria Lumsden, Ashley Storrie, Sean Kerwin

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.

04The Visit20170127

Jenny is a 40 something adventure-seeking mum, forced to move back in with her parents in a posh suburb of Glasgow, after her marriage broke down (in no small part due to her lust for life...and the gardener!).

Gerry is a 40 something self-proclaimed scholar, and inmate of a prison on the other side of town. He's really warmed to Jenny and says that her letters are the best thing that has happened to him inside, even better than his TV soaps.

The couple (yes, couple!) were supposed to meet at a Liddel family funeral, but after a breakdown they missed each other by minutes. Doubt has set in, and with only letters to reach each other, it's a tough time for the unlikely pair. Both are battling with depression, and have very different ways of coping with it. The solution to their problems may just come from Gerry's cellmate Clarkie's "adventurous" correspondence of his own. It's make or break for Jenny and Gerry, and both need to gain their freedom from their surroundings.

Written and performed by Gary Little and Julia Sutherland

Additional voices from Rosco Mcclelland, Victoria Lumsden, Ashley Storrie, Sean Kerwin

Produced and directed by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions.