Romantic Friction

Lovelorn romance writer Anna is up against a deadline for her latest potboiler - a tale of love, suffering and jealousy. But her creative juices just do not seem to be flowing since she met a real live man after years of only having a fictional love life. She is constantly thwarted by her characters, who keep leaping off the page to challenge her about their plotlines.

Episodes

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20031125 (R4)

Deadline looming, lovelorn romance writer Anna has met a real-live man.

Lovelorn romance writer Anna is up against a deadline for her latest potboiler, a tale of love, suffering and jealousy. But her creative juices don't seem to be flowing as, after years of having a purely fictional love-life, she's met a real-live man.

She's also constantly thwarted by her characters, who keep leaping off the page into her living room to challenge her about their plotlines.

Michelle Read's 4-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond as Anna, Hugh Bonneville as Brian, Beth Chambers as Deirdre, Adjoa Andoh as the Fertility Doll and Michael Fenton Stevens as The Book.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.

Deadline looming, lovelorn romance writer Anna has met a real-live man. Stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville. From June 2000.

Romance writer Anna is up against a deadline for her latest potboiler, but is finding it heavy going.

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20031125 (R4)

Romance writer Anna is up against a deadline for her latest potboiler, but is finding it heavy going.

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20031202 (R4)

As love blossoms for romance writer Anna, Anna's characters become increasingly annoyed by the lack of authorial presence in their plot lines.

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20170318 (BBC7)
20031202 (R4)

Romance writer Anna's love life is causing problems on the page.

As love blossoms for romance writer Anna, her characters become increasingly annoyed by the lack of authorial presence in their plot lines.

Not only does Anna keep having Lady Chatterley fantasies, but she's worried Brian only wants her as a friend...

Michelle Read's four-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville.

With Beth Chambers, Michelle Read, Kammy Darweish, Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Wincott, Sue Elliott-Nicholls and Michael Fenton Stevens.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.

Romance writer Anna's love life is causing problems on the page. Stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville. From October 2001.

As love blossoms for romance writer Anna, Anna's characters become increasingly annoyed by the lack of authorial presence in their plot lines.

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20150721 (BBC7)
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20170325 (BBC7)
20031209 (R4)

Love is all around - Anna is blissfully happy, Brian is finding that grading sandpaper is fun when he's thinking about Anna, and even faithful cockney muse Minnie is happy as it looks as if Anna's new found romance is spilling over into her prose.

But could there be a cloud on the horizon when Brian's old friend Dougie unexpectedly turns up with the tempting offer of building fibre glass ducks in the Shetland Islands.

It looks as if Anna's blissful happiness is spilling over into her prose.

Romance writer Anna is blissfully happy, and it looks as if her romance is spilling over into her prose. Stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville. From October 2001.

Romance writer, Anna is blissfully happy, Brian is finding that grading sand paper is fun when he's thinking about Anna, and even faithful cockney muse Minnie is happy because it looks as if Anna's new-found romance is spilling over into her prose.

Michelle Read's four-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville.

With Beth Chambers, Michelle Read, Kammy Darweish, Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Wincott, Sue Elliott-Nicholls, Michael Fenton Stevens and Ewan Bailey.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.

03Oh Dear2000071020011017
20031209 (R4)

Love is all around - Anna is blissfully happy, Brian is finding that grading sandpaper is fun when he's thinking about Anna, and even faithful cockney muse Minnie is happy as it looks as if Anna's new found romance is spilling over into her prose.

But could there be a cloud on the horizon when Brian's old friend Dougie unexpectedly turns up with the tempting offer of building fibre glass ducks in the Shetland Islands.

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20150728 (BBC7)
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20170331 (BBC7)
20170401 (BBC7)
20031216 (R4)

Brian has gone to the Shetland Isles to make giant fibre glass ducks and Anna's head is throbbing like a big throbbing thing due to the fact that she's turned to the cooking sherry.

Her book is on hold, her characters are unhappy and her publisher is nagging her for a finished copy.

Well, the rules of Romantic Fiction do say that the course of true love never runs smooth, but just how bumpy can things get, and is there any chance of a happy ending?

In Brian's absence, romance writer Anna is hounded by her characters.

In Brian's absence, romance writer Anna is hounded by her characters. With Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville. From October 2001.

Brian has gone to the Shetland Isles to make giant fibreglass ducks and romance writer, Anna's head is throbbing because she's been hitting the cooking sherry.

Her book is on hold, her characters are unhappy and her publisher is nagging her for a finished copy. Is there any chance of a happy ending?

Michelle Read's four-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville.

With Beth Chambers, Michelle Read, Kammy Darweish, Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Wincott, Sue Elliott-Nicholls, Michael Fenton Stevens and Ewan Bailey.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.

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20031216 (R4)

Brian has gone to the Shetland Isles to make giant fibre glass ducks and Anna's head is throbbing like a big throbbing thing due to the fact that she's turned to the cooking sherry.

Her book is on hold, her characters are unhappy and her publisher is nagging her for a finished copy.

Well, the rules of Romantic Fiction do say that the course of true love never runs smooth, but just how bumpy can things get, and is there any chance of a happy ending?