Alexei Sayle's The Absence Of Normal

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0101The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of20190225Episode 1: The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of

Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of finds one of the world’s most murderous dictators in desperate need of help from an old friend.

Starring Peter Capaldi, Freya Parker and Peter Serafinowicz
Written and adapted for radio by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production

A series of dark comic plays adapted from Alexei Sayle's short stories

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of finds one of the world’s most murderous dictators in desperate need of help from an old friend.

0102Banner Bright20190304Episode 2: Banner Bright

Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

Banner Bright is the story of a group of left wing radicals who meet during the occupation of a Lancashire university in 1968 and come to believe they can change the world with an inspirational protest banner.

Starring Ben Crompton, George Fouracres, Kath Hughes, Tim Key and Nimisha Odedra
Written and adapted for radio by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production

Dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

0103The Minister For Death2019031120190318 (R4)Episode 3: The Minister for Death

Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

The Minister for Death is the story of a Liverpudlian pensioner who turns the tables on a would be mugger and in the process rediscovers an unhealthy lust for murder.

Starring Paul Barber, Lewis MacLeod, Shaun Mason, Freya Parker and Frances Tomelty.

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

Dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

0104 LASTThe Last Woman Killed In The War2019031820190325 (R4)Episode 4: The Last Woman Killed in the War

Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

In 1960s Liverpool, Mary's parents whisk her away from their working class community to hide her illegitimate pregnancy. Returning 40 years later to confront them, she discovers that attitudes have shifted somewhat.

Starring:

Adi Alfa
Katy Carmichael
Shaun Mason
Jan Ravens
Paislie Reid

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

Dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

0201Clive Hole20210310Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal, is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

Clive Hole has a top job in TV commissioning, a chauffeur and a secretary. There’s only one problem. He is completely incapable of making a decision on what to commission and what to turn down. The pressure begins to mount on Clive when two dogged producers, Cherry and Tatum, make it their number one priority to get a decision on their screenplay, Bold as Bacon.

Starring Katheryn Drysdale, Graham Duff, George Fouracres, Georgie Glenn, Tim McInnerny, Alice McMillan, Duncan Wisbey.

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

A series of dark comic plays from Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

Dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle, adapted from his original short stories.

0202Barcelona Chairs20210317Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal, is a series of dark, comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

Architect ‘rupert’ (yes, spelt and pronounced with a lower case ‘r’) is frustrated by his lack of “player architect” status and his clients’ derivative design briefs. He sets about embedding himself in Tony Blair’s Labour government while designing a minimal and perfectly uncomplicated home for himself and his family.

Starring Ambika Mod, Hugh Quarshie, Siobhan Redmond.

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

A series of dark comic plays from Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

Dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle, adapted from his original short stories.

0203The Nameless Park20210324Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal, is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

In Liverpool there's a nameless park near St Michael's Hamlet. It's a beautiful if jagged place, filled with strangely exotic plants. Jason's sister has a strong affinity with the park and takes her wheelchair user brother for regular trips around its paths. But when Jason falls critically ill, the true nature of their parents emerges.

Starring Louis Emerick, George Fouracres, Shaun Mason, Alice McMillan, Claire Sweeney.

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

A series of dark comic plays from Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.

0204Locked Out20210331Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal, is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted for radio from his original short stories.

Katherine has locked herself out of her house on a seemingly quiet and peaceful street in Central London. As she waits for her partner to return with the keys, she begins to realise that she knows nothing of the lives of her neighbours – the people who come and go, who do strange and apparently quite sinister things, and who sleep only a few inches away from her.

Starring Maxine Peake

Written and narrated by Alexei Sayle. Adapted for Radio by Graham Duff.

Produced by Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios Production

A series of dark comic plays from Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle's highly acclaimed hilarious short stories dramatised for the radio.