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Publisher's Summary

The complete fifth series of Sue Limb’s satirical send-up of the Bloomsbury Group.

In this fifth series, our arty, adulterous Bohemians are creating havoc at home and abroad. Henry is hoping to ignore his fiftieth birthday – but Vera has organised a surprise party. When Venus sneaks in uninvited and makes a nuisance of herself in the bushes, Henry wants to head for the hills. Fortunately, a lecture tour of America beckons.

In the USA, Vera meets Dorothy Barker at the Algonquin, while Henry rubs shoulders with Al Padrone en route to Chicago. Meanwhile, a cottage on the Sizzlinghurst estate has become vacant, and everybody wants it.

Returning from the States, Henry seeks election as a Labour Party candidate, while Ginny talks socialism with George Gurnard Shaw. Vera decides she wants another child, but Henry whisks her off to Paris for a fling before the war starts. Accompanied by Ginny and Lionel, they are enjoying a last-minute whirlwind of pleasure in the City of Love when Venus arrives with some dreadful news....

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom star in these six episodes of the superbly funny literary sitcom.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

"...one of the funniest, slyest, most naughtily inventive and brilliantly performed shows on the air." (Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph

"A gloriously silly show." (The Lady

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  • 03-31-19

A delight to revisit Gloomsbury having listened to the radio shows.

These are much better than than the wordsmiths of Gorsemere But there is so much more to write about without
The need to resort to singing sheep to fill in the gaps sans jokes.
The characters are well written and brilliantly brought to life - Alison Steadman is excellent as the strange menopausal housekeeper Mrs Gosling, she also plays the rather aloof Ginny Fox to perfection.
A delight from start to finish.

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  • 03-10-19

Loved It

Fantastic performances by everyone. Really funny and entertaining. One of the best Radio 4 productions.