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A heart-warming comedy drama with a stellar cast who come together, one last time, to bring the much-loved and critically acclaimed series to a close.

It's New Year's Eve and the inhabitants of Wadenbrook, having recently performed their own amateur production of My Fair Lady are excited to be off to see a professional and starry production at Birmingham's Hippodrome. Former school teacher Mary has, of course, organised the trip, with a rather uncharacteristic ulterior motive at the end of it. The indefatigable Norman will come along too, spurred on at the thought of seeing Strictly dancer Favia Cacace in the flesh. Long suffering Jan's excited about the qualities Lionel Blair will bring to the role of Higgins, and gentle Jonathan follows wherever Jan goes. (As long as his ex-wife Esther and the cuckoo Orson don't object). At least they will have Ken and Keith there - Wadenbrook's most enduring couple and the cement that binds them all together and a badly kept secret that everyone's bursting to tell.

Written by Katherine Jakeways.

Script Editor...Richard Turner

Producer...Julia Mckenzie

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

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As a town prepares for its talent night, Mary gets a shock and Jonathan gets side-tracked.

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Each week we catch up with Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook) who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system.

We get to know recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself' with a trip abroad to an elephant sanctuary. But it is at home in Wadenbrook that she starts to feel happier with herself as her friendship blossoms with ex-teacher Mary (Penelope Wilton). And, joy of joys, could it be that Jan is going to experience a touch of romance at last?

We are introduced to driving instructor and forthright self-defence teacher Esther (Katherine Jakeways) and her gentle and put-upon Jonathan (Kevin Eldon) as they struggle to start a family and we meet possibly the only happy couple in town, Ken and Keith, as they attempt to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night.

Written by Katherine Jakeways
Produced by Claire Jones

In this week's episode Mary starts rehearsals for the town talent night and is shocked by 12 year old Gregory's slide show of Victorian ladies. Meanwhile Esther sends her husband Jonathan out to collect money for the Leicestershire Infertile Males Project but he ends up at The Bricklayer's Arms looking at pictures of elephants with Jan.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Each week we catch up with Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook) who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system.

We get to know recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself' with a trip abroad to an elephant sanctuary. But it is at home in Wadenbrook that she starts to feel happier with herself as her friendship blossoms with ex-teacher Mary (Penelope Wilton). And, joy of joys, could it be that Jan is going to experience a touch of romance at last?

We are introduced to driving instructor and forthright self-defence teacher Esther (Katherine Jakeways) and her gentle and put-upon Jonathan (Kevin Eldon) as they struggle to start a family and we meet possibly the only happy couple in town, Ken and Keith, as they attempt to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night.

Written by Katherine Jakeways

Produced by Claire Jones

In this week's episode Mary starts rehearsals for the town talent night and is shocked by 12 year old Gregory's slide show of Victorian ladies. Meanwhile Esther sends her husband Jonathan out to collect money for the Leicestershire Infertile Males Project but he ends up at The Bricklayer's Arms looking at pictures of elephants with Jan.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon.

This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night.

It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

We get to know recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself' with a trip abroad to an elephant sanctuary.

But it is at home in Wadenbrook that she starts to feel happier with herself as her friendship blossoms with ex-teacher Mary (Penelope Wilton).

And, joy of joys, could it be that Jan is going to experience a touch of romance at last?

Narrator....Sheila Hancock

Rod....Mackenzie Crook

Mary....Penelope Wilton

Jan....Felicity Montagu

Jonathan....Kevin Eldon

Esther....Katherine Jakeways

Keith....John Biggins

Landlord....Rufus Wright

Gregory....Sam Cotton

In this week's episode Mary starts rehearsals for the town talent night and is shocked by 12 year old Gregory's slide show of Victorian ladies.

Meanwhile Esther sends her husband Jonathan out to collect money for the Leicestershire Infertile Males Project but he ends up at The Bricklayer's Arms looking at pictures of elephants with Jan.

Mary starts rehearsals for the town talent night.

As a town prepares for its talent night, Mary gets a shock and Jonathan is side-tracked.

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As talent night rehearsals grind on, peanuts and a trolley challenge some town residents.

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Rehearsals for the town talent night are well underway, with some of the worst acts ever seen on stage.

Recently divorced Jan has a surprise visit from neighbour and ex-teacher Mary and finds they have more than an untidy hedge in common.

Jan's ex, Frank, thinks his new love Angela may be eating too many peanuts.

Esther knocks Jan to the floor in her self-defence class but wait - could this be Jonathan coming to Jan's rescue?

And meanwhile supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets trapped in an upturned shopping trolley.

Written by Katherine Jakeways.
Produced by Claire Jones.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Rehearsals for the town talent night are well underway, with some of the worst acts ever seen on stage.

Recently divorced Jan has a surprise visit from neighbour and ex-teacher Mary and finds they have more than an untidy hedge in common.

Jan's ex, Frank, thinks his new love Angela may be eating too many peanuts.

Esther knocks Jan to the floor in her self-defence class but wait - could this be Jonathan coming to Jan's rescue?

And meanwhile supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets trapped in an upturned shopping trolley.

Written by Katherine Jakeways

Produced by Claire Jones.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon.

This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night.

It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Recently divorced Jan has a surprise visit from neighbour and ex-teacher Mary and finds they have more than an untidy hedge in commmon.

Narrator - Sheila Hancock

Rod - Mackenzie Crook

Mary - Penelope Wilton

Jan - Felicity Montagu

Jonathan - Kevin Eldon

Esther....Katherine Jakeways

Keith - John Biggins

Frank - Rufus Wright

Angela...

Lizzie Roper

Rehearsals for the talent night are well underway, with some of the worst acts ever seen.

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Jan gets complimented, as her ex-husband Frank sings a song, and supermarket revelations.

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Recently divorced Jan gets two compliments in one day. Meanwhile her ex husband Frank performs the most embarrassing version of Je T'Aime ever heard, with his new love, Angela.

Across town Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook) is still sharing rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system. Could he be getting closer to Tanya on till 4?

Written by Katherine Jakeways
Produced by Claire Jones.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Recently divorced Jan gets two compliments in one day. Meanwhile her ex husband Frank performs the most embarrassing version of Je T'Aime ever heard, with his new love, Angela.

Across town Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook) is still sharing rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system. Could he be getting closer to Tanya on till 4?

Written by Katherine Jakeways

Produced by Claire Jones.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon.

This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night.

It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Recently divorced Jan gets two compliments in one day.

Meanwhile her ex husband Frank performs the most embarrassing version of Je T'Aime ever heard, with his new love, Angela.

Across town Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook) is still sharing rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system.

Could he be getting closer to Tanya on till 4?

Narrator - Sheila Hancock

Rod - Mackenzie Crook

Mary - Penelope Wilton

Jan - Felicity Montagu

Jonathan - Kevin Eldon

Esther....Katherine Jakeways

Keith - John Biggins

Frank - Rufus Wright

Angela - Lizzie Roper

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Can Ken and Keith's whippets win talent night?

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

It's Town Talent Night at last and Ken and Keith are busy fine-tuning their pet whippets' dance routine.

Everyone nervously awaits the arrival of the celebrity judge Lady Ballantyne who is unfortunately in the spotlight for being the most recent Royal racist.

Jan does her last minute preparations for her trip to Australia. Will she be going alone or could she possibly dare to dream that Jonathan might join her at the last minute?

And finally supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets to take Tanya from till 4 on a date. The true measure of success will be how many packets of scampi fries they consume. Will it be just the one? Or perhaps too many to count?

Written by Katherine Jakeways.
Produced by Claire Jones.

Can Ken and Keith's whippets win talent night?

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

It's Town Talent Night at last and Ken and Keith are busy fine-tuning their pet whippets' dance routine.

Everyone nervously awaits the arrival of the celebrity judge Lady Ballantyne who is unfortunately in the spotlight for being the most recent Royal racist.

Jan does her last minute preparations for her trip to Australia. Will she be going alone or could she possibly dare to dream that Jonathan might join her at the last minute?

And finally supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets to take Tanya from till 4 on a date. The true measure of success will be how many packets of scampi fries they consume. Will it be just the one? Or perhaps too many to count?

Written by Katherine Jakeways.
Produced by Claire Jones.

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Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night. It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

It's Town Talent Night at last and Ken and Keith are busy fine-tuning their pet whippets' dance routine.

Everyone nervously awaits the arrival of the celebrity judge Lady Ballantyne who is unfortunately in the spotlight for being the most recent Royal racist.

Jan does her last minute preparations for her trip to Australia. Will she be going alone or could she possibly dare to dream that Jonathan might join her at the last minute?

And finally supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets to take Tanya from till 4 on a date. The true measure of success will be how many packets of scampi fries they consume. Will it be just the one? Or perhaps too many to count?

Written by Katherine Jakeways

Produced by Claire Jones.

Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon.

This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night.

It is written by and also stars Katherine Jakeways.

Jan does her last minute preparations for her trip to Australia.

Will she be going alone or could she possibly dare to dream that Jonathan might join her at the last minute?

And finally supermarket manager Rod (Mackenzie Crook) gets to take Tanya from till 4 on a date.

The true measure of success will be how many packets of scampi fries they consume.

Will it be just the one? Or perhaps too many to count?

Narrator - Sheila Hancock

Rod - Mackenzie Crook

Mary - Penelope Wilton

Jan - Felicity Montagu

Jonathan - Kevin Eldon

Esther....Katherine Jakeways

Keith - John Biggins

Frank/Taxi driver - Rufus Wright

Lady Ballantyne/Angela...

Lizzie Roper.

It's Town Talent Night at last.

Can Ken and Keith's whippets win talent night? Plus, it's scampi fries for Rod and Tanya.

Lady Ballantyne/Angela... Lizzie Roper.

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As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each with envious eyes. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, benevolently, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by the same incredible cast which graced Series One - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Geoffrey Palmer, North by Northamptonshire promises once again to delight audience and critics.

Wadenbrook is a small market town in a corner of Northamptonshire, and will be familiar to anyone who has ever lived anywhere. This year, its residents are building up to a Dickensian Festival weekend, so expect mob caps, cravats and shawls which are usually used as cat-blankets. Also expect a great many laughs, a certain amount of loneliness, and the same warmth and affection which underpinned the widely-praised first series.

Written by Katherine Jakeways

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways.... Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

Sheila Hancock narrates the first of a new series following the residents of Wadenbrook.

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys.

Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians.

Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands.

It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each with envious eyes.

Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity.

And she waits, benevolently, for her home-county to thank her.

And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Wadenbrook is a small market town in a corner of Northamptonshire, and will be familiar to anyone who has ever lived anywhere.

This year, its residents are building up to a Dickensian Festival weekend, so expect mob caps, cravats and shawls which are usually used as cat-blankets.

Also expect a great many laughs, a certain amount of loneliness, and the same warmth and affection which underpinned the widely-praised first series.

Residents of the market town of Wadenbrook are preparing for the Dickensian Festival.

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Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. Jan has Helen back at home, but is it what she really wants?

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways.... Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

Jan has Helen back at home, but is it what she really wants?

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire.

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Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. A visiting choir sets hearts aflutter amongst the ladies of Wadenbrook, while Mary's dad, Norman, has an adventure of his own.

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Felix Dexter....Arnold

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways....Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

A visiting choir sets hearts aflutter among the ladies of Wadenbrook.

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire.

A visiting choir sets hearts aflutter amongst the ladies of Wadenbrook, while Mary's dad, Norman, has an adventure of his own.

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Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. Esther has a big question to ask Ken and Keith, while on the horizon, storm clouds gather...

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways....Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

Esther has a big question to ask Ken and Keith, while on the horizon, storm clouds gather.

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire.

A storm is gathering in the town, and Esther has a big question for Ken and Keith.

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The Dickensian festival brings chaos to Wadenbrook, and Angela has something to tell Frank

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. The dawn of the Dickensian festival brings chaos to Wadenbrook, and Angela has something to tell Frank.

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways....Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

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Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. The dawn of the Dickensian festival brings chaos to Wadenbrook, and Angela has something to tell Frank.

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways....Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

The Dickensian Festival brings chaos to Wadenbrook and Angela has something to tell Frank.

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Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. Norman may have stopped the parade, but the festival must go on. Meanwhile Helen has news for Jan and Frank, and love blossoms for a most unlikely couple.

written by Katherine Jakeways

produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins....Keith

Mackenzie Crook....Rod

Kevin Eldon....Jonathan / Ken

Shelia Hancock....Narrator

Jessica Henwick....Helen

Katherine Jakeways....Esther / Jacqui

Felicity Montagu....Jan

Geoffrey Palmer....Norman

Lizzie Roper....Angela

Penelope Wilton....Mary

Rufus Wright....Frank.

Norman may have stopped the parade, but the festival must go on. Helen has news for Jan.

Norman may have stopped the parade, but the festival must go on.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. Relationships have come and gone but life continues in Wadenbrook and Ken and Keith have a birthday to celebrate.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

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Life continues in Wadenbrook, and Ken and Keith have a birthday to celebrate.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, against her better judgement, Jan has dinner with her ex-husband, and Mary and Jonathan have crossed wires.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight and entertain audiences and critics alike.

Against her better judgement, Jan has dinner with her ex-husband.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, visitors are expected in Wadenbrook, and a revelation is long overdue.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

Visitors are expected in Wadenbrook, and a revelation is long overdue.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, waiting in for a delivery tests the patience of even the most well meaning of daughters.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

Waiting in for a delivery tests the patience of even the most well meaning of daughters.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, it's Jan's birthday and she's determined to do something unexpected.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

It's Jan's birthday, and she is determined to do something unexpected.

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by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, a funeral focuses everyone's mind.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

A funeral focuses everyone's mind in Wadenbrook.