Living With Mother

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0101Spilt Milk2011040620111025
20150921 (BBC7)
20150922 (BBC7)

Michael is 41 with no girlfriend, but desperate mum Susan has a plan.

Michael has never had a girlfriend and his mum Susan decides it's time for him to buck his ideas up and get a woman. She wants him out of the house for both their sakes, he's 41 after all!

But Michael is a lazy dreamer. No woman in her right mind would want him. Still, Susan has a plan. Her friend's got a single niece and if needs be, Susan will drag Michael over there. Perhaps the niece will take pity on him. But maybe Michael has plans of his own...

Cast:

Susan: Alison Steadman

Michael: Alexander Kirk

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael has never had a girlfriend and his mum Susan decides it's time for him to buck his ideas up and get a woman.

She wants him out of the house for both their sakes, he's 41 after all!

But Michael is a lazy dreamer.

No woman in her right mind would want him.

Still, Susan has a plan.

Her friend's got a single niece and if needs be, Susan will drag Michael over there.

Perhaps the niece will take pity on him.

But maybe Michael has plans of his own...

Michael has never had a girlfriend and his mum Susan decides it's time for this to change.

0102Home Time2011041320111101
20150928 (BBC7)
20150929 (BBC7)

Phillip is about to take early retirement and has plans with his golf friend Arnold to tour some of the best courses in the country. Maybe it's time for mother to go into a home, after all, she is losing her marbles and that wheelchair is a burden.

Poor June wants to stay in her own home but feels guilty about her son having to care for her. Will Phillip feel guilty? Will he end up missing watching his favourite programmes with mother? Or will June make some new friends and actually love her freedom and day trips?

Cast:

June: Anne Reid

Phillip: Timothy Spall

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4.

Phillip is about to take early retirement and has plans with his golf friend Arnold to tour some of the best courses in the country.

Maybe it's time for mother to go into a home, after all, she is losing her marbles and that wheelchair is a burden.

Poor June wants to stay in her own home but feels guilty about her son having to care for her.

Will Phillip feel guilty? Will he end up missing watching his favourite programmes with mother? Or will June make some new friends and actually love her freedom and day trips?

A bittersweet story of a keen golfer who decides it's time his mother went into a home.

0103Wild Card2011042020111108
20151005 (BBC7)
20151006 (BBC7)

A poker-loving aristocrat loses the family jewels. Starring Penelope Keith and Kevin Eldon

This mother and son are as posh as posh can be. An old established family and proud of it. Unfortunately Xander is a drunken idiot who is always getting into all sorts of scrapes.

His mother has run the family home with a rod of iron ever since her husband was imprisoned for dodgy dealings. Has her foolish son inherited his father's genes? When he loses the family jewels, will she be able to bail him out?

Cast:

Mother: Penelope Keith

Xander: Kevin Eldon

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4.

This mother and son are as posh as posh can be.

An old established family and proud of it.

Unfortunately Xander is a drunken idiot who is always getting into all sorts of scrapes.

His mother has run the family home with a rod of iron ever since her husband was imprisoned for dodgy dealings.

Has her foolish son inherited his father's genes? When he loses the family jewels, will she be able to bail him out?

A poker-loving aristocrat loses the family jewels.

Starring Penelope Keith and Kevin Eldon

0104 LASTCurtains At The Window2011042720111115
20151012 (BBC7)

We're in the rural part of deep Devon on a remote cattle farm.

79 yr old Patrick has always lived with his 103 year old mother Maisy in their humble farm house.

Patrick, however, is as tight as they come and won't hear of spending money on anything but the essentials.

All's going well until his Maisy's old school friend Susan returns home from London to retire and fills Maisy's head with all sorts of modern ideas.

Will life be the same again or will Patrick still not allow curtains at the window?

Cast:

Maisy: Stephanie Cole

Patrick: David Ryall

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4.

A tight-fisted farmer's thrifty ways are questioned when his mother's friend returns home.

We're in the rural part of deep Devon on a remote cattle farm. 79 yr old Patrick has always lived with his 103 year old mother Maisy in their humble farm house. Patrick, however, is as tight as they come and won't hear of spending money on anything but the essentials.

All's going well until his Maisy's old school friend Susan returns home from London to retire and fills Maisy's head with all sorts of modern ideas. Will life be the same again or will Patrick still not allow curtains at the window?

0201Star Turn2012103120130612

Living with Mother returns for a second series with further tales about sons who have never flown the nest.

Marlon is going to enter Britain's Got Talent, but his amateur Bontempist mother Helen is against it for good reason.

Marlon simply can't sing, but his dogged determination means he cannot back down and he convinces his mother to accompany him on the Bontempi. Poor Helen is in a quandary and feels she should tell her son that he can't sing but, true to form, he ignores any advice given.

Will Helen have the courage to put a stop to her son being humiliated or will she get a taste for fame herself?

Writing about the first series of Living with Mother, Radio Times described it as "Alexander Kirk's astutely-observed comedy series...underpinning each of these tales is a bittersweet poignancy, a moment when the easy laughs are replaced with a lip-trembling insight into the vulnerability, lack of self-confidence and interdependency".

Written by Alexander Kirk

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Marlon - Mark Gatiss

Helen - Susan Jameson

0202Told You I Was Ill2012110720130619

Lisa is a hypochondriac and worries about everything. She can't accept the fact that her son has grown up and isn't a baby anymore.

Luke wants to leave home and move in with his girlfriend but he dare not break the news to his Mum. He hasn't actually told her that he's been going out with someone for the past year. The girlfriend gives Luke an ultimatum and he eventually plucks up the courage to tell his mother about her and that she is coming over for tea. Lisa seems OK with it all - but we soon discover that she has a plan.

Writing about the first series of Living with Mother, Radio Times described it as "Alexander Kirk's astutely-observed comedy series...underpinning each of these tales is a bittersweet poignancy, a moment when the easy laughs are replaced with a lip-trembling insight into the vulnerability, lack of self-confidence and interdependency".

Cast:

Luke - Daniel Mays

Lisa - Linda Robson

Written by: Alexander Kirk

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.

0203Sandy Belle20121114

Apparently you're only allowed to live in your beach chalet for the summer months, but Pip and Tilly are broke and decide to stay in their chalet, Sandy Belle, over winter to save money on renting in town.

It's all Tilly's idea. Pip is beside himself with worry. Terrified the police will catch them, he's forced to hide old Pru - his beloved car - in the sand dunes. He's so miserable - hiding away as if they're criminals. However he soon discovers that all is not lost when he receives something unexpected in the post...

Writing about the first series of Living with Mother, Radio Times described it as "Alexander Kirk's astutely-observed comedy series...underpinning each of these tales is a bittersweet poignancy, a moment when the easy laughs are replaced with a lip-trembling insight into the vulnerability, lack of self-confidence and interdependency".

Cast:

Tilly - Alison Steadman

Pip - Tom Goodman-Hill

Written by Alexander Kirk

Producer: Anna Madley

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.

0204 LASTFour Little Words2012112120130626

Owen is a TV addict and overweight. Since he's reached the age of forty, Allison thinks it's about time he did something about it.

Drawing on her days as a fitness fanatic, Allison draws up a fitness regime and puts a reluctant Owen through his paces. Frustrated at his bone-idleness, she hatches a plan. But a greedy man is a cunning man, and it's not long until Owen devises a plan of his own - with a little help from his friend.

Writing about the first series of Living with Mother, Radio Times described it as "Alexander Kirk's astutely-observed comedy series...underpinning each of these tales is a bittersweet poignancy, a moment when the easy laughs are replaced with a lip-trembling insight into the vulnerability, lack of self-confidence and interdependency".

Written by Alexander Kirk

Produced by Anna Madley

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Allison - Brigit Forsyth

Owen - Greg Hemphill