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The complete series 1-3 of the BBC Radio 4 narrative comedy featuring Beauty Oolonga's adventures as a care worker, starring Jocelyn Jee Esien.

Beauty of Britain breaks the embarrassed silence about what happens to us when we get old and start to lose our faculties. It shows the process in all its chaotic tragi-comedy, but it does so from the point of view of a migrant worker, Beauty, whose Zimbabwean Shona background has taught her to respect age. Beauty sees Britain at its best and its worst and also sometimes without its clothes on running the wrong way down the M6 with a toy dog shouting, 'Come on!'

In the first series Beauty discovers the glories of Weston-super-Mare's charity shops, has a disastrous crush on worship leader Wayne and looks after the elderly Mr Easterby, who has a new girlfriend and is behaving like a lovestruck teenager. 

In the second series, Beauty’s employer, the Featherdown Agency, sends her to provide care for those who need it - and some who don't, but all of whom have relatives with guilty consciences.

In the third and final series Beauty's mother pays her a visit, finds herself on the receiving end of a surprising proposal and wonders is Stephen, a charming English gent, is just like Hugh Grant in those movies.

Jocelyn Jee Esien heads up a starry cast that includes Jenny Agutter, Felix Dexter, Pippa Haywood, Paterson Joseph, Julia Mackenzie, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Clive Swift. 

Written by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Perfect African immigrant comedy

Anil and Beauty should've been end game was the only issue I had. other than that the show was perfect.

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  • 04-17-22

Excellent!

Really enjoyed this and would definitely recommend. I particularly loved Beauty - such a great character!

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  • Lauri Sim
  • 04-25-21

Comedy with a Big Heart

Beauty is here to care. And she’s got a lot of care to give. We can all learn a lot from Beauty from her designer bargains to her tenacity and total empathy and professionalism. This is a gorgeous audiobook and a must listen to restore your faith in humanity.

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  • M Ryan
  • 07-28-20

Really good but left on a hanger

I love Joclyn Esien and the story, the only let down is there is no series 4 and is left on a bit of a cliff hanger on series 3 (does she ended up running the business? Do they get married? Does she leave the agency?) all of this could of been answered in just one more episode