Gloomsbury: Series 1

  • by Sue Limb
  • Narrated by full cast, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman
  • 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.
A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th century.
The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is "something in the Foreign Office".
Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.
As the scene shifts from Kent to London and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

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Good performances of a lackluster script

Believing this to be a witty satire and impressed with the cast, I was surprised to find this a silly program. It might have been a farce except for its not possessing even the rudiments of a plot. Instead, it is a rambling show about nothing which depends heavily upon double entendres and innuendo. The only upside was the jolly trad jazz of the Temperance Seven that enlivened the dullness. It might improve as the series advances, but I can't keep on listening to this nonsense to find out if it does.
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- Die Falknerin

Excellent performance, but not my cup of tea

The performance was fabulous and the character interaction was funny and engaging. The story line was very modern though it's set in the early 20th century. I would have liked more substance and less moaning about the lover that isn't present. Good British humor and quick short stories that easy to get through 25 minutes at a time.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd