The Change

Carol is looking forward to it being just the two of them again, while George thinks the time is right to be honest and introduce his wife to Georgina.

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20041110

The Change is a sitcom about a married couple with the worst kind of midlife crisis Carol is hormonal and George is a transvestite. The series follows them, their best friends and their children as they all try to play happy families.

2/6. Carol can't take it any more and literally gives her husband George away to her best friend Maureen. But does Maureen really want him?

Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol.

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

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20041117

The Change is a sitcom about a married couple with the worst kind of midlife crisis. Carol is hormonal and George is a transvestite. The series follows them, their best friends, and their children as they all try to play happy families.

3/6

With both George and Carol, and Ken and Maureen's relationships seemingly over, another bombshell hits. There's a baby on the way. How on earth will the news be received?

Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol.

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

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20041124

The Change is a sitcom about a married couple with the worst kind of midlife crisis. Carol is hormonal and George is a transvestite. The series follows them, their best friends, and their children, as they all try to play happy families.

4/6

George's surprising reaction to Carol's secret makes her think twice about their future together. Meanwhile, Violet's dedication to the conman Albert Colhoun takes a turn for the worse. What is she playing at?

Carol....Lynda Bellingham

George....Philip Jackson

Violet....Marcia Warren

Maureen....Maureen Beattie

Ken....James Vaughan

Sonia....Emma Kennedy

Dave....Mark Powley

Jerry....Barnaby Kay

Nurse....Rosie Armstrong

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

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20041201

The Change is a sitcom about a married couple with the worst kind of midlife crisis. Carol is hormonal and George is a transvestite. The series follows them, their best friends and their children as they all try to play happy families.

5/6

Carol finally tells everyone that she's pregnant, to mixed reactions all round. Her grown-up children are struggling with their own relationships. Jerry goes on a date with someone whose surprising reaction to meeting his dad makes him uncomfortable, and Sonia finally confronts Dave about his suspicious behaviour.

Carol....Lynda Bellingham

George....Philip Jackson

Violet....Marcia Warren

Maureen....Maureen Beattie

Ken....James Vaughan

Sonia....Emma Kennedy

Dave....Mark Powley

Jerry....Barnaby Kay

Donna....Rosie Armstrong

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

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Ken comforts Carol, who despairs over transvestite hubby George. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

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Carol is thwarted trying to keep George's transvestism a secret. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

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  • sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband

    sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband. stars lynda bellingham and chris ellison. from november 2001.

    sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband. from november 2001.

    stars lynda bellingham and chris ellison.

    from november 2001

    "life for george and carol was just fine and now that their daughter is married they'll have time for themselves again. carol's looking forward to it being just the two of them. george, however, thinks the time is right to finally be honest with his wife and introduce her to georgina."

    sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and her transvestite husband.

    stars Lynda Bellingham as carol, chris ellison as george and Sylvia Syms as violet.

    scripted by Gavin Petrie and Jan Etherington.

    producer: maria esposito

    first broadcast on bbc radio 4 in november 2001.

  • 0101George Comes Out2001111520091020 BT=2330 (BBC7)
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    This was first broadcast as a one-off 20001222, but I don't seem to have any other details about that.

  • sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband

    sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband. stars lynda bellingham and chris ellison. from november 2001.

    sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband. from november 2001.

    stars lynda bellingham and chris ellison.

    from november 2001

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    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol?

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From November 2001.

    Coming to terms with the fact that her husband is a transvestite is hard for Carol.

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison.

    From November 2001.

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? From November 2001.

    Sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband.

    0102Different For Girls2001112220091026 (BBC7)
    20091027 (BBC7)
    20100927 (BBC7)
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    Coming to terms with the fact that her husband is a transvestite is hard for Carol.

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison.

    From November 2001.

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? From November 2001.

    Sitcom about a troubled hormonal wife and a transvestite husband.

    Can transvestite George dump his entire wardrobe for wife Carol? Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From November 2001.

    0103Birth Of The Blues2001112920091103 BT=2330 (BBC7)
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    Sonia has her baby, but George discovers Dave has banned him from seeing the child.

    Transvestite George gets thrilling news - then a bombshell drops. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From November 2001.

    Transvestite George gets thrilling news - then a bombshell drops. From November 2001.

    0103Birth Of The Blues2001112920091103 BT=2330 (BBC7)
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    Transvestite George gets thrilling news, then a bombshell drops.

    Transvestite George gets thrilling news, then a bombshell drops. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From November 2001.

    Sonia has her baby, but George discovers Dave has banned him from seeing the child.

    Transvestite George gets thrilling news - then a bombshell drops. From November 2001.

    0104Over The Rainbow2001120620091110 (BBC7)
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    Transvestite George confuses Ken when he sees him in a dress.

    Transvestite George confuses Ken when he sees him in a dress. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

    When Ken sees George in a dress, he assumes George is going to the same fancy-dress party that he is.

    Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison.

    From December 2001.

    0104Over The Rainbow2001120620091110 (BBC7)
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    20120429 (BBC7)

    When Ken sees George in a dress, he assumes George is going to the same fancy-dress party that he is.

    Transvestite George confuses Ken when he sees him in a dress.

    Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison.

    From December 2001.

    0105Lipstick On Your Collar2001121320091117 (BBC7)
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    Carol tries to pass off George as his own sister when they bump into Maureen in what they thought was a safe pub.

    Carol is thwarted trying to keep George's transvestism a secret.

    0105Lipstick On Your Collar2001121320091117 (BBC7)
    20101018 (BBC7)
    20120506 (BBC7)
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    Carol tries to pass off George as his own sister when they bump into Maureen in what they thought was a safe pub.

    Carol is thwarted trying to keep George's transvestism a secret.

    Carol is thwarted trying to keep George's transvestism a secret. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

    0106 LAST2001122020091124 (BBC7)
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    Ken comforts Carol, who despairs over transvestite hubby George. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

    Ken comforts Carol, who despairs over transvestite hubby George.

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    Ken comforts Carol, who despairs over transvestite hubby George.

    Ken comforts Carol, who despairs over transvestite hubby George. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.

    (06/06)

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  • carol....Lynda Bellingham
  • dave....mark powley
  • george....chris ellison
  • jeremy....barnaby kay
  • ken....james vaughan
  • maureen....maureen beattie
  • produced by - Elizabeth Freestone
  • sonia....Emma Kennedy
  • violet....Sylvia Syms

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    Kicking out transvestite husband George, Carol wants a new life.

    Kicking out transvestite husband George, Carol wants a new life. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From February 2003.

    Kicking out transvestite husband George, Carol wants a new life. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From February 2003.

  • carol....Lynda Bellingham
  • dave....mark powley
  • george....chris ellison
  • jeremy....barnaby kay
  • ken....james vaughan
  • maureen....maureen beattie
  • produced by - Elizabeth Freestone
  • sonia....Emma Kennedy
  • violet....Sylvia Syms

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    Away from transvestite George, Carol is spending time on her own and enjoying it.

    Away from transvestite George, Carol is spending time on her own and enjoying it. But her family seem to need her more than ever. With Chris Ellison. From February 2003.

    Carol is spending time on her own and enjoying it.

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    Carol is spending time on her own and enjoying it.

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    Carol and George are back together, but George has another secret.

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    George's desire to move back in with Carol is not reciprocated.

    George's desire to move back in with Carol is not reciprocated. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From February 2003.

    Carol and George are back together, but George has another secret.

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    Carol and George are trying to find a way to make their marriage work.

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    Maureen becomes embroiled in George's secretive lifestyle.

    Maureen becomes embroiled in George's secretive lifestyle. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From February 2003.

    Carol and George are trying to find a way to make their marriage work.

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    Carol and George are going out together.

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    George and Carol return from a weekend away to find a nasty surprise.

    George and Carol return from a weekend away to find a nasty surprise. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From March 2003.

    Carol and George are going out together.

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    Life looks brighter for Carol and George, but what about her meddling mother-in-law? Stars Lynda Bellingham, Christopher Ellison. From March 2003.

    Life looks brighter for Carol and George, but what about her meddling mother-in-law?

    It seems like all of Carol's problems are solved - her husband's back, her children are getting on and best of all her interfering mother in law is getting married.

    But will the bride make it to the church on time?

    Life looks brighter for Carol and George, but what about her meddling mother-in-law? Stars Lynda Bellingham and Christopher Ellison. From March 2003.

    0206 LAST20030314

    It seems like all of Carol's problems are solved - her husband's back, her children are getting on and best of all her interfering mother in law is getting married.

    But will the bride make it to the church on time?

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    Convinced his wife is having an affair with transvestite George, Ken targets Carol.

    Convinced that his wife's having an affair with transvestite George, Ken targets Carol.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    Convinced that his wife's having an affair with transvestite George, Ken targets Carol.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    Everyone must cope with the fall-out from George's alleged affair with Maureen - but what really happened? Not surprisingly, no-one can seem to agree.

  • carol....Lynda Bellingham
  • dave....mark powley
  • di....diana aitchison
  • directed by - Elizabeth Freestone
  • donna....rosie armstrong
  • george....Philip Jackson
  • jenni murray....herself
  • jerry....barnaby kay
  • ken....james vaughan
  • maureen....maureen beattie
  • nurse....rosie armstrong
  • sonia....Emma Kennedy
  • violet....marcia warren
  • written by.... - - - jan etherington and gavin petrie

  • 030120041103

    Everyone must cope with the fall-out from George's alleged affair with Maureen - but what really happened? Not surprisingly, no-one can seem to agree.

  • carol....Lynda Bellingham
  • dave....mark powley
  • di....diana aitchison
  • directed by - Elizabeth Freestone
  • donna....rosie armstrong
  • george....Philip Jackson
  • jenni murray....herself
  • jerry....barnaby kay
  • ken....james vaughan
  • maureen....maureen beattie
  • nurse....rosie armstrong
  • sonia....Emma Kennedy
  • violet....marcia warren
  • written by.... - - - jan etherington and gavin petrie

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    Carol can't take it any more and literally gives her husband George away to her best friend Maureen.

    But does Maureen really want him?

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    Ken is surprised to discover his new bedmate, but sadly it's not the one he hoped for.

    Ken is surprised to find that he has a new bedmate - but not the one he'd hoped for.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    Ken is surprised to find that he has a new bedmate - but not the one he'd hoped for.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    Carol can't take it any more and literally gives her husband George away to her best friend Maureen.

    But does Maureen really want him?

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    A visit to the doctor sparks a bombshell for the not-so-happy mother-to-be.

    A visit to the doctor sparks a bombshell for the not-so-happy mother-to-be.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    With both George and Carol, and Ken and Maureen's relationships seemingly over, another bombshell hits.

    There's a baby on the way.

    How on earth will the news be received?

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    With both George and Carol, and Ken and Maureen's relationships seemingly over, another bombshell hits.

    There's a baby on the way.

    How on earth will the news be received?

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    George's surprising reaction to Carol's secret makes her think twice about their future together.

    Meanwhile, Violet's dedication to the conman Albert Colhoun takes a turn for the worse.

    What is she playing at?

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    With George's birthday looming, he gets two surprises, from his wife and mother.

    With George's big birthday looming, he gets two surprises - one from his wife and the other from his mother.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen, Marcia Warren as Violet, Emma Kennedy as Sonia and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    With George's big birthday looming, he gets two surprises - one from his wife and the other from his mother.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen, Marcia Warren as Violet, Emma Kennedy as Sonia and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.

    George's surprising reaction to Carol's secret makes her think twice about their future together.

    Meanwhile, Violet's dedication to the conman Albert Colhoun takes a turn for the worse.

    What is she playing at?

    030520041201

    Carol finally tells everyone that she's pregnant, to mixed reactions all round.

    Her grown-up children are struggling with their own relationships.

    Jerry goes on a date with someone whose surprising reaction to meeting his dad makes him uncomfortable, and Sonia finally confronts Dave about his suspicious behaviour.

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    The family learn about Carol's condition and Dave's secret is out.

    The family learn about Carol's condition - and Sonia finally confronts Dave about his suspicious behaviour.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen, Marcia Warren as Violet, Emma Kennedy as Sonia and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2004.

    The family learn about Carol's condition - and Sonia finally confronts Dave about his suspicious behaviour.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen, Marcia Warren as Violet, Emma Kennedy as Sonia and James Vaughan as Ken.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2004.

    Carol finally tells everyone that she's pregnant, to mixed reactions all round.

    Her grown-up children are struggling with their own relationships.

    Jerry goes on a date with someone whose surprising reaction to meeting his dad makes him uncomfortable, and Sonia finally confronts Dave about his suspicious behaviour.

    0306 LAST20041208

    Carol and George present a united front for their appearance on Woman's Hour.

    Friends tune in to listen, but nothing can have prepared them for what they are about to hear.

    It's a case of Jenni Murray to the rescue in this final episode.

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    Carol and George present a united front for their appearance on Woman's Hour.

    Friends tune in to listen, but nothing can have prepared them for what they are about to hear.

    It's a case of Jenni Murray to the rescue in this final episode.

    Tension mounts as Carol approaches full term and Violet marries.

    Tensions mount as Carol approaches full term and she and George appear on Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

    Starring Lynda Bellingham as Carol, Philip Jackson as George, Maureen Beattie as Maureen, Marcia Warren as Violet, Emma Kennedy as Sonia and Jenni Murray as herself.

    Series 3 of the sitcom about a married couple's attempts to smooth over their singularly troubled midlife funk - Carol is hormonal and 15-stone George is a transvestite. Onlookers can't quite agree on the nature of their dynamic.

    Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

    Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2004.