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The BBC radio sitcom about a metropolitan GP who quits the city for a life in Paradise

When Marcia Hulme inherits her uncle's medical practice, she decamps from London to a remote island off the coast of Northumbria. There's not a lot to do in Paradise, other than fish or drink, and Marcia's soon missing her favourite restaurants, cinemas and theatres - and her boyfriend, Clem. But as she plans her escape back to the Big Smoke, she gets drawn into island life and discovers that swapping West End wine bars for the Wind O'Change pub is really not so bad....

In these six episodes, Marcia becomes involved in the Great Pig Race; joins the lifeboat crew on the Bobby Vee; and tries to start an arthouse film club. Meanwhile, the islanders are facing their own challenges, with offshore submarine manoeuvres; a man from the Ministry snooping about; and a mysterious illness that threatens the festivities at the St Marcus' Day parade. And as religious fever grips Paradise, Marcia finds herself praying for a miracle when Clem pays a visit....

Full of warmth, wit and wonderful characters, Peter Kerry's gentle, whimsical comedy stars Rebecca Front as Marcia, with Joan Sims as Auntie Annie.

Production credits

Written by Peter Kerry

Produced by Kathy Smith


Doctor Marcia Hulme - Rebecca Front

Auntie Annie - Joan Sims

Hjorst/Translator - Niall Ashdown

Joseph Gates - James Garbutt

Mrs Peevis - Jean Southern

William - Sammy Johnson

Ralph Gates - Stephen Thirkeld

Other parts played by Peter Kerry

First broadcast BBC Radio 4,18th June-23rd July 1997

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 08-27-21

Finally, I can own this after listening on radio 4 for years.

I love this series. It has a real sense of story in an isolated part of the world. Makes me feel all warm and snuggly as I listen whilst falling asleep.