A Certain Age

Monologues by Lynne Truss, given by (series 1) "women" (series 2) "men" (repeats) "people" in their forties.

Episodes

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0101The Mother2002012520171012 (BBC7)

Performed by Siobhan Redmond

A vain woman shares her disapproval of her daughter Sasha and her boyfriend.

Mrs Phipps is a vain woman sharing disapproval of her daughter Sasha and her new boyfriend.

Read by Siobhan Redmond.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

0102The Wife2002020120070226
20171019 (BBC7)

Series of six monologues by Lynne Truss, given by women in their forties.

4/4. The Wife

Starring Janine Duvitski. Henny worries all the time about what her husband thinks. So when her husband unexpectedly disappears, she finds herself very much cheered up.

Starring Janine Duvitski.

Henny worries all the time about what her husband thinks.

So when her husband unexpectedly disappears, she finds herself very much cheered up.

Henny worries all the time. So when her husband fails to come home, why is she so cheery?

Henny is a worrier. Will her husband like the new biscuit tin? Did she switch everything off in the kitchen?

So one day when her husband unexpectedly disappears, she wonders why she's very much cheered up?

Read by Janine Duvitski.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

0103The Daughter2002020820171026 (BBC7)

Judy finds herself re-examining her life and relationship with her father.

Happy with her life, Judy stays at home to look after her octogenarian father and watching Watercolour Challenge in the afternoons. But when an old school friend looks her up after 20 years, Judy finds herself re-examining her life and relationship with her father.

Read by Rebecca Front.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Performed by Rebecca Front.

Judy is quite happy with her life, staying at home to care for her octogenarian father.

0104The Other Woman2002021520171102 (BBC7)

Sue is a tough woman, editor of a football magazine, whose lover is a married man.

Sue, the tough editor of a football magazine, is aghast when her affair goes awry.

Tough and ballsy Sue works in a man's world, editing a football magazine. She's also the dreaded "other woman", snatching alternate Saturdays with her lover.

Then one Saturday he turns up with a suitcase - and instead of the afternoon of passion she was expecting - she has a married man weeping all over her candlewick.

Read by Lesley Manville.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

0105The Sister2002022220070212
20171109 (BBC7)

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, given by people in their forties.

2/4. The Sister

Sisters Tina and Pat always take adventurous holidays together and are sailing the Nile in a felucca. But all is not as it seems and this proves to be their last trip.

With Lindsey Coulson.

Tina and Pat always take holidays together. But this time it proves to be their last trip.

Twin sisters Tina and Pat always take adventurous holidays together, and are sailing on the Nile in a felucca. Tina's practised wrapping herself in Andrex like a mummy for the traditional Nile Cruise party games and revels in the beautiful sights of Egypt. But all is not as it seems and this proves to be their last trip...

Read by Lindsey Coulson.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Sisters Tina and Pat always take adventurous holidays together and are sailing the Nile in a felucca.

But all is not as it seems and this proves to be their last trip.

0106 LASTThe Cat Lover2002030120171116 (BBC7)

Jo is supposed to be on holiday in France so why is she in bed listening to Woman's Hour?

Jo is supposed to be on holiday in the south of France, so why is she luxuriating in bed listening to Woman's Hour, eating toast and cuddling Buster the cat?

Read by Dawn French.

A series of six monologues written by Lynne Truss. Six women have reached their 40-something years, and each has a very different, and sometimes surprising, story to tell.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Jo is supposed to be on holiday in FRANCE - so why is she in bed cuddling Buster the cat? With Dawn French.

0201The Father2005051320070205

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, given by men in their forties.

1/4. The Father

John is the proud father of his cello-playing son and spends hours marvelling at his child's dedication to his instrument. But is the cello hiding a deeper meaning for both father and son?

Performed by Douglas Hodge.

John is the proud father of his cello-playing son and spends hours marvelling at his child's dedication to his instrument.

But is the cello hiding a deeper meaning for both father and son?

Read by Douglas Hodge

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, about men who have reached a certain age.

1/6. The Father

John is the proud father of his cello-playing son and spends hours marvelling at his child's dedication to his instrument. But is the cello hiding a deeper meaning for both father and son?

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0202The Son20050520

Mark is a news photographer who usually shoots people through the windows of a Black Mariah, but when he's sent on a project to photograph psychics, a new side of him is revealed.

Read by Robert Glenister

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, about men who have reached a certain age.

2/6. The Son

Mark is a news photographer who usually shoots people through the windows of a Black Mariah, but when he's sent on a project to photograph psychics, a new side of him is revealed.

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0203The Husband20050527

Andy is in hospital recovering from a nasty condition and is looking forward to returning to his nice modern home, nice clever wife and nice successful business.

After all, he is his wife's rock, and she'd be lost without his constant support.

Performed by Peter Capaldi.

Music composed by Rex Brough.

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, about men who have reached a certain age.

3/6. The Husband

Andy is in hospital recovering from a nasty condition and is looking forward to returning to his nice modern home, nice clever wife and nice successful business. After all, he is his wife's rock, and she'd be lost without his constant support.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

0204The Pedant20050603

Alistair is happy with his life, working in a bookshop and spending his free time as a member of a highly successful quiz team.

But is this all about to change when he's confronted by Life Groomers?

Performed by Stephen Tompkinson.

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, about men who have reached a certain age.

4/6. The Pedant

Alistair is happy with his life, working in a bookshop and spending his free time as a member of a highly successful quiz team. But is this all about to change when he's confronted by Life Groomers?

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

0205The Brother2005061020070219

Series of six monologues by Lynne Truss, given by men in their forties.

3/4. The Brother

Tim is happily running the family art business, enjoying regular buying trips to New York and quiet moments in his beloved gallery when an unexpected letter arrives from his older brother in Australia.

Performed by Simon Russell Beale.

Tim is happily running the family art business, enjoying regular buying trips to NEW YORK and quiet moments in his beloved gallery when an unexpected letter arrives from his older brother in Australia.

0206 LASTThe Married Man20050617

Jim is a successful mystery writer and compulsive philanderer who follows the mantra of his fictional detective ""first you look at what's there, then you look at what isn't there"".

It's an infallible technique.

Series of monologues by Lynne Truss, about men who have reached a certain age.

6/6. The Married Man

Jim is a successful mystery writer and compulsive philanderer who follows the mantra of his fictional detective "first you look at what's there, then you look at what isn't there". It's an infallible technique.

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