Life In London

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

From his residence on the Strand, Pierce leads us through London at the hands of Tom and Bob.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect of Life In London.

From the white-gloved clubs up West, to the gin-filled flop houses down East; from Covent Garden, to the Condemned Yard at Newgate; from brawling with a nightwatchman, to visiting the Fleet debtors' prison; from Tom romancing his beloved Kate, to Jerry's ill-advised dalliance with the rapacious Lady Wanton.

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20060501

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

1/6. In Training for a Swell

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

From his residence on the Strand, Pierce leads us through London at the hands of Tom and Bob. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of Life In London. From the white-gloved clubs up West, to the gin-filled flop houses down East; from Covent Garden, to the Condemned Yard at Newgate; from brawling with a nightwatchman, to visiting the Fleet debtors' prison; from Tom romancing his beloved Kate, to Jerry's ill-advised dalliance with the rapacious Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Corinthian Kate ...... Amanda Abbington

Old Hawthorn ...... Christopher Douglas

Mrs Belcher ...... Laura Shavin

Mr Primefit ...... Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell.

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Morning

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20060508

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

2/6. The Fancy

Tom and Jerry visit a cockfight, try to buy a horse, meet a sporting legend and lay a wager on which is better - London or the West Country. Meanwhile, garrulous narrator Pierce Egan takes William Hazlitt to his first boxing match.

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Plausible Jack ...... Ben Graves

William Hazlitt/Tom Cribb ...... Alex Macqueen

Mrs Egan ...... Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20060515

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

3/6. Mr Lushington

Our narrator Pierce Egan can't finish this instalment, having lost his notebook after a drunken spree with Bob Logic. Tom and Jerry rally round because if Pierce can't meet his deadline, how will the audience hear about a visit to the slums, George IV's interior decorating and a dog fighting a monkey?

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Mrs Egan ...... Alys Torrence

Corinthian Kate ...... Amanda Abbington

Hustle ...... Alex Macqueen

Pickpocket ...... Neil Edmond

Jarvey ...... Ben Graves

Fishwife ...... Laura Shavin

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell.

20060522

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

4/6. High and Low Life

Having nothing left to pawn, our loquacious narrator Pierce Egan is reduced to pawning himself. He talks his way out of this bind by relating the adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry as they drink with the lower orders in the East End, dance with high society in the West End and attend a masquerade, where Jerry is smitten by the serial seductress Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Mr Jonah ...... Neil Edmond

Lady Wanton ...... Morwenna Banks

Dick Trifle ...... Giles Taylor

Miss Satire ...... Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20060529

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

5/6. The Show Folks

Regretting that he sees not a penny of the numerous Life in London souvenirs that have sprung onto the market, author Pierce Egan decides to turn Life in London into a grand theatre production. Our heroes visit the theatre but spend most of their time in the saloon. Jerry rescues a damsel at Bartholomew Fair, who leads him once more to the rapacious Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Mr Harris ...... Chris Douglas

Lady Wanton ...... Morwenna Banks

Jane Merrythought ...... Margaret Cabourn Smith

Sir Richard/actor ...... Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20060605

Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London.

6/6. An End to Life in London

With Bob on the fleet for debts, Tom betrayed by Kate and Jerry so fatigued that rustication is recommended, is this an end to our trio's adventures? Some years on, an older, more reflective Egan ruminates on the heyday of Life in London.

Pierce Egan ...... Geoffrey McGivern

Corinthian Tom ...... Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn ...... Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic ...... James Bachman

Corinthian Kate ...... Amanda Abbington

Theodore Holt ...... Giles Taylor

George Sala ...... Ben Graves

Fanny ...... Margaret Cabourn Smith

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

01In Training For A Swell2006050120110518 (BBC7)
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Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

From his residence on the Strand, Pierce leads us through London at the hands of Tom and Bob.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect of Life In London.

From the white-gloved clubs up West, to the gin-filled flop houses down East; from Covent Garden, to the Condemned Yard at Newgate; from brawling with a nightwatchman, to visiting the Fleet debtors' prison; from Tom romancing his beloved Kate, to Jerry's ill-advised dalliance with the rapacious Lady Wanton.Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Old Hawthorn....Christopher Douglas

Mrs Belcher....Laura Shavin

Mr Primefit....Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis.

Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss.

From May 2006.

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin Jerry tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis.

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin Jerry tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis. Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss. From May 2006.

01In Training For A Swell2006050120110518 (BBC7)
20110519 (BBC7)
20120315 (BBC7)
20120316 (BBC7)
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Comedy drama set in early 19th Century London, adapted from the novel by Pierce Egan.

A tour of the sprawling post-Regency metropolis, in the years before the Victorians turned up and made everything boring, in the company of garrulous narrator Pierce Egan, a journalist and boxing fanatic; cocksure urbanite Corinthian Tom; his naive Somerset cousin Jerry Hawthorn; and their drunken compatriot Bob Logic.

From his residence on the Strand, Pierce leads us through London at the hands of Tom and Bob.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect of Life In London.

From the white-gloved clubs up West, to the gin-filled flop houses down East; from Covent Garden, to the Condemned Yard at Newgate; from brawling with a nightwatchman, to visiting the Fleet debtors' prison; from Tom romancing his beloved Kate, to Jerry's ill-advised dalliance with the rapacious Lady Wanton.Cocksure Tom and his country cousin Jerry tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis.

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin Jerry tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis.

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin Jerry tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis. Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss. From May 2006.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Old Hawthorn....Christopher Douglas

Mrs Belcher....Laura Shavin

Mr Primefit....Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Cocksure Tom and his country cousin tour the sprawling post-Regency metropolis.

Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss.

From May 2006.

02The Fancy2006050820110525 (BBC7)
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Tom and Jerry visit a 19th-century cockfight and make a special wager.

Tom and Jerry visit a 19th-century cockfight and make a special wager. Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss. From May 2006.

Tom and Jerry visit a cockfight, try to buy a horse, meet a sporting legend and lay a wager on which is better - London or the West Country.

Meanwhile, garrulous narrator Pierce Egan takes William Hazlitt to his first boxing match.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Plausible Jack....Ben Graves

William Hazlitt/Tom Cribb....Alex Macqueen

Mrs Egan....Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss.

From May 2006.

02The Fancy2006050820110525 (BBC7)
20110526 (BBC7)
20120322 (BBC7)
20120323 (BBC7)

Tom and Jerry visit a cockfight, try to buy a horse, meet a sporting legend and lay a wager on which is better - London or the West Country.

Meanwhile, garrulous narrator Pierce Egan takes William Hazlitt to his first boxing match.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Plausible Jack....Ben Graves

William Hazlitt/Tom Cribb....Alex Macqueen

Mrs Egan....Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Tom and Jerry visit a 19th century cockfight and make a special wager.

Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss.

From May 2006.

Tom and Jerry visit a 19th century cockfight and make a special wager. Stars Greg Wise and Mark Gatiss. From May 2006.

03Mr Lushington2006051520110601 (BBC7)
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Our narrator Pierce Egan can't finish this instalment, having lost his notebook after a drunken spree with Bob Logic.

Tom and Jerry rally round because if Pierce can't meet his deadline, how will the audience hear about a visit to the slums, George IV's interior decorating and a dog fighting a monkey?

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mrs Egan....Alys Torrence

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Hustle....Alex Macqueen

Pickpocket....Neil Edmond

Jarvey....Ben Graves

Fishwife....Laura Shavin

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Pierce Egan's behind with news of slums, a king's interiors and a dog and monkey fight.

Stars Geoffrey McGivern.

From May 2006.

Pierce Egan's behind with news of slums, a king's interiors, and a dog-and-monkey fight. Stars Geoffrey McGivern. From May 2006.

03Mr Lushington2006051520110601 (BBC7)
20110602 (BBC7)
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20120330 (BBC7)
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Pierce Egan is behind with news of slums, a king's interiors and a dog-and-monkey fight.

Pierce Egan is behind with news of slums, a king's interiors and a dog-and-monkey fight. Stars Geoffrey McGivern. From May 2006.

Our narrator Pierce Egan can't finish this instalment, having lost his notebook after a drunken spree with Bob Logic.

Tom and Jerry rally round because if Pierce can't meet his deadline, how will the audience hear about a visit to the slums, George IV's interior decorating and a dog fighting a monkey?

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mrs Egan....Alys Torrence

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Hustle....Alex Macqueen

Pickpocket....Neil Edmond

Jarvey....Ben Graves

Fishwife....Laura Shavin

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Pierce Egan's behind with news of slums, a king's interiors and a dog and monkey fight.

Stars Geoffrey McGivern.

From May 2006.

Pierce Egan's behind with news of slums, a king's interiors, and a dog-and-monkey fight. Stars Geoffrey McGivern. From May 2006.

04High And Low Life2006052220110608 (BBC7)
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Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town.

Rather than pawn himself, Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town. Stars Greg Wise. From May 2006.

Having nothing left to pawn, our loquacious narrator Pierce Egan is reduced to pawning himself.

He talks his way out of this bind by relating the adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry as they drink with the lower orders in the East End, dance with high society in the West End and attend a masquerade, where Jerry is smitten by the serial seductress Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mr Jonah....Neil Edmond

Lady Wanton....Morwenna Banks

Dick Trifle....Giles Taylor

Miss Satire....Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Rather than pawn himself, Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town.

Stars Greg Wise.

From May 2006.

04High And Low Life2006052220110608 (BBC7)
20110609 (BBC7)
20120405 (BBC7)
20120406 (BBC7)

Having nothing left to pawn, our loquacious narrator Pierce Egan is reduced to pawning himself.

He talks his way out of this bind by relating the adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry as they drink with the lower orders in the East End, dance with high society in the West End and attend a masquerade, where Jerry is smitten by the serial seductress Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mr Jonah....Neil Edmond

Lady Wanton....Morwenna Banks

Dick Trifle....Giles Taylor

Miss Satire....Alys Torrence

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town.

Rather than pawn himself, Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town.

Stars Greg Wise.

From May 2006.

Rather than pawn himself, Pierce Egan tries sharing Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures around town. Stars Greg Wise. From May 2006.

05The Show Folks2006052920110615 (BBC7)
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Desperate for money, Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage. Stars Greg Wise. From May 2006.

Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage.

Regretting that he sees not a penny of the numerous Life in London souvenirs that have sprung onto the market, author Pierce Egan decides to turn Life in London into a grand theatre production.

Our heroes visit the theatre but spend most of their time in the saloon.

Jerry rescues a damsel at Bartholomew Fair, who leads him once more to the rapacious Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mr Harris....Chris Douglas

Lady Wanton....Morwenna Banks

Jane Merrythought....Margaret Cabourn Smith

Sir Richard/actor....Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Desperate for money, Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage.

Stars Greg Wise.

From May 2006.

05The Show Folks2006052920110615 (BBC7)
20110616 (BBC7)
20120412 (BBC7)
20120413 (BBC7)

Regretting that he sees not a penny of the numerous Life in London souvenirs that have sprung onto the market, author Pierce Egan decides to turn Life in London into a grand theatre production.

Our heroes visit the theatre but spend most of their time in the saloon.

Jerry rescues a damsel at Bartholomew Fair, who leads him once more to the rapacious Lady Wanton.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Mr Harris....Chris Douglas

Lady Wanton....Morwenna Banks

Jane Merrythought....Margaret Cabourn Smith

Sir Richard/actor....Dave Lamb

Adapted for radio by Dan Tetsell

Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage.

Desperate for money, Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage.

Stars Greg Wise.

From May 2006.

Desperate for money, Pierce Egan tries to get Tom, Bob and Jerry's adventures onto the stage. Stars Greg Wise. From May 2006.

06 LASTAn End To Life In London2006060520110622 (BBC7)
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With Bob on the fleet for debts, Tom betrayed by Kate and Jerry so fatigued that rustication is recommended, is this an end to our trio's adventures? Some years on, an older, more reflective Egan ruminates on the heyday of Life in London.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Theodore Holt....Giles Taylor

George Sala....Ben Graves

Fanny....Margaret Cabourn Smith.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the city adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules.

Stars Greg Wise.

From June 2006.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the city adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules. Stars Greg Wise. From June 2006.

06 LASTAn End To Life In London2006060520110622 (BBC7)
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With Bob on the fleet for debts, Tom betrayed by Kate and Jerry so fatigued that rustication is recommended, is this an end to our trio's adventures? Some years on, an older, more reflective Egan ruminates on the heyday of Life in London.

Pierce Egan....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Corinthian Tom....Greg Wise

Jerry Hawthorn....Mark Gatiss

Bob Logic....James Bachman

Corinthian Kate....Amanda Abbington

Theodore Holt....Giles Taylor

George Sala....Ben Graves

Fanny....Margaret Cabourn Smith.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the city adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules.

Stars Greg Wise.

From June 2006.

Some years on, Pierce Egan must adapt the city adventures of Tom, Bob and Jerry to new rules. Stars Greg Wise. From June 2006.