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London 1853: The orderly life of religious publishers, Spavin and Spavin, is set to transformed by an actress and her son.

Cordelia is setting her sights on one of the partners, while her son Primus fancies taking over the firm, starting with hopes of 'acquiring' Charlotte Bronte...

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy stars Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, David Horovitch as Gerald, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, Geoffrey Whitehead as Reverend Bronte, Sarah Jane Holm as Charlotte, Frances Jeater as Mrs Gaskell/Emily Bronte and David Antrobus as Equity.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1998.

London 1853, and a firm of religious publishers is transformed by an actress and her son.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

London 1853: The orderly life of religious publishers, Spavin and Spavin, is set to be transformed by an actress and her son.

Cordelia is setting her sights on one of the partners, while her son Primus fancies taking over the firm, starting with hopes of 'acquiring' Charlotte Bronte...

A four-part comedy written by Martyn Wade.

CAST:

Primus …. Michael Cochrane
Cordelia …. Maggie Steed
Gerald …. David Horovitch
Edith …. Elizabeth Spriggs
The Reverend Bronte …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Charlotte …. Sarah Jane Holm
Mrs Gaskell/Emily Bronte …. Frances Jeater
Equity …. David Antrobus

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1998.

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London 1855: Primus's latest publishing coup is the explorer Richard Burton, but drink and other substances seem to have destroyed Burton's sense of direction.

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy stars Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, David Horovitch as Gerald, Frances Jeater as Katie Joiner, Norman Rodway as Richard Burton and David Antrobus as the Waiter.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1998.

Primus's latest publishing coup is an explorer, but he seems to have lost his way.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Comedy by Martyn Wade set in a 19th-century publishing house. Starring Michael Cochrane.

London 1855: Primus's latest publishing coup is the explorer Richard Burton, but drink and other substances seem to have destroyed Burton's sense of direction.

A four-part comedy written by Martyn Wade.

Primus …. Michael Cochrane
Cordelia …. Maggie Steed
Edith …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Gerald …. David Horovitch
Katie Joiner …. Frances Jeater
Richard Burton …. Norman Rodway
Waiter …. David Antrobus

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1998.

1855 - Primus's latest publishing coup is an explorer, but he seems to have lost his way.

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London 1858: A little bored by Gerald, Cordelia is having fun with the novelist Wilkie Collins, who’s having a spell of writer's block with The Woman in White.

Primus has the answer...or does he?

A four-part comedy written by Martyn Wade.

Primus …. Michael Cochrane
Cordelia …. Maggie Steed
Edith …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Gerald …. David Horovitch
Wilkie Collins …. David Timson
Simeon …. Charles Simpson
George Eliot …. David Antrobus

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.

Bored by Gerald, Cordelia is having fun with struggling novelist Wilkie Collins.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy stars Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, David Horovitch as Gerald, David Timson as Wilkie Collins, Charles Simpson as Simeon and David Antrobus as George Eliot.

Comedy by Martyn Wade set in a 19th-century publishing house. Starring Michael Cochrane.

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London 1858: Primus is determined that Spavin and Spavin's entry should win this distinguished literary award, even if it means seducing the sponsors.

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy stars Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, David Horovitch as Gerald, Charles Simpson as Simeon, Francis Jeater as Mrs Prosser, Geoffrey Whitehead as Prosser and David Antrobus as Thackeray.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.

Primus does his utmost to ensure one of his books will win a literary award

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Comedy by Martyn Wade set in a 19th-century publishing house. Starring Michael Cochrane.

London 1858: Primus is determined that Spavin and Spavin's entry should win this distinguished literary award, even if it means seducing the sponsors.

A four-part comedy written by Martyn Wade.

Primus …. Michael Cochrane
Cordelia …. Maggie Steed
Edith …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Gerald …. David Horovitch
Simeon …. Charles Simpson
Mrs Prosser …. Frances Jeater
Prosser …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Thackeray …. David Antrobus

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.

Primus does his utmost to ensure one of his books will win a literary award.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

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There are some eccentric and desperate plans to save Spavin and Spavin from financial ruin involving Prince Albert and Samuel Smiles.

Second series of Martyn Wade’s comedy series set in a Victorian publishing house.

Starring Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, David Horovitch as Gerald, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, Joan Sims as Mrs Quirk, Charles Simpson as Simeon, Ioan Meredith as Prince Albert/Smiles, Stephen Critchlow as John, Rachel Atkins as Mrs Beeton and Becky Hindley as Lizzie Siddal.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.

1860 London. Publishing sitcom with Maggie Steed and Elizabeth Spriggs.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy series set in a Victorian publishing house.

1860 London. Publishing sitcom with Maggie Steed and Elizabeth Spriggs. From 2001.

Comedy by Martyn Wade set in a 19th-century publishing house. Starring Michael Cochrane.

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Primus plans to save Spavin and Spavin from bankruptcy by becoming Charles Dickens's new publisher. Cordelia has a surprise for Gerald.

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy series set in a Victorian publishing house.

Starring Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, David Horovitch as Gerald, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, Joan Sims as Mrs Quirk, Charles Simpson as Simeon, Ioan Meredith as Prince Albert/Smiles, Stephen Critchlow as John, Rachel Atkins as Mrs Beeton, Becky Hindley as Lizzie Siddal and Gerard McDermott as Forster.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.

Ailing Victorian publishers Spavin and Spavin hope Charles Dickens can save them.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

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Primus's latest plan to save the firm from ruin involves publishing deathbed memoirs of the famous.

A chance meeting with the poet Rossetti has him hoping for great things...

Martyn Wade’s four-part comedy series set in a Victorian publishing house.

Starring Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, David Horovitch as Gerald, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, Joan Sims as Mrs Quirk, Charles Simpson as Simeon, Ioan Meredith as Prince Albert/Smiles, Stephen Critchlow as John, Rachel Atkins as Mrs Beeton, Becky Hindley as Lizzie Siddal and Gerard McDermott as Forster.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.

Primus plots to save the firm by publishing deathbed memoirs of the famous.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

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As Spavin and Spavin's fortunes decline, Edith's success as a writer increases.

But her refusal to let the firm publish her books leads to desperate plans for a merger...

Martyn Wade’s comedy set in a Victorian publishing house.

Starring Michael Cochrane as Primus, Maggie Steed as Cordelia, David Horovitch as Gerald, Elizabeth Spriggs as Edith, Joan Sims as Mrs Quirk, Charles Simpson as Simeon, Ioan Meredith as Prince Albert/Smiles, Stephen Critchlow as John, Rachel Atkins as Mrs Beeton, Becky Hindley as Lizzie Siddal and Gerard McDermott as Forster.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.

Edith's refusal to let Primus publish her books sparks desperate merger talks.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.

Comic capers with the battles of a publishing house in the Victorian era.