The Fair Intellectual Club

Episodes

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01An Encounter With Mr Newton2016110320161110 (BBC7)
20161111 (BBC7)

Lucy Porter's sitcom set in pre-enlightenment Edinburgh. This week intellectual giant Isaac Newton (Gavin Mitchell) is in town and he's struggling with a new theory to explain why things keep falling on his head.

He encounters the members of the Fair Intellectual club - a secret society for the scholarly improvement of young ladies. With the help of carefree socialite Ishbel (Caroline Deyga), devout clergyman's daughter Marjory (Samara Maclaren) and maths boffin Alison (Jessica Hardwick), the penny finally drops.

Mr Newton also has to contend with Alison's idiot brother Robert (Simon Donaldson), Ishbel's ancient retainer Kennedy (Gordon Kennedy) and a rented pineapple.

Music by Aly Macrae

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

In pre-enlightenment Edinburgh, the Fair Intellectuals lead Newton to the laws of gravity.

02A Rendezvous With Mr Voltaire2016111020161117 (BBC7)
20161118 (BBC7)

Lucy Porter's sitcom takes us to Edinburgh in the early 18th Century. Monsieur Voltaire (Lewis Macleod) has been thrown out of France for immorality and has come to see his old friend Robert (Simon Donaldson). He trades philosophical maxims with Ishbel (Caroline Deyga) and the fellow members of her secret society - Alison (Jessica Hardwick) and Marjory (Samara Maclaren).

The scholarly young ladies teach him the value of free speech and a brand new use for a broom handle.

Music by Aly Macrae

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

The young ladies teach Voltaire the value of free speech and new uses for broom handles.

03An Encounter With Mr Handel2016111720161124 (BBC7)
20161125 (BBC7)

Friedrich Handel (Gus Brown) is down in the dumps because the King is growing tired of his music. He heads north to Edinburgh for inspiration and meets the ladies of The Fair Intellectual Club - a secret scholarly society for girls.

With the help of Marjory (Samara Maclaren), Handel finds a melancholy theme for a new work. Thanks to the efforts of girl-about-town Ishbel (Caroline Deyga) and maths genius Alison (Jessica Hardwick), he ends up with a much jauntier, raunchier tune.

Lucy Porter's sitcom is set in early 18th Century Scotland and also stars Gordon Kennedy and Simon Donaldson.

Music by Aly Macrae

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

The scholarly secret society inspires Mr Handel's latest hit on Edinburgh's Calton Hill.

04A Sojourn With Mr Swift2016112420161201 (BBC7)
20161202 (BBC7)

Lucy Porter's sitcom set in early 18th Century Scotland.

It's festival time in Edinburgh, but in the early 18th century it's not a place for comedians and actors, but priests and storytellers like Jonathan Swift. This young Irish clergyman wants help with his tales, and the members of the Fair Intellectual Club are keen to help him win the So You Think You're Holy competition.

Alison's idiot brother Robert needs assistance too - and an unfortunate mix-up leads to the creation of a literary masterpiece.

Music by Aly Macrae

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Jonathan Swift unwittingly creates his masterpiece with the aid of the secret society.

05An Engagement With Mr Hogarth2016120120161208 (BBC7)
20161209 (BBC7)

Public and private morality come under the spotlight in the latest episode of Lucy Porter's 18th Century sitcom. A young painter named William Hogarth (Gus Brown) has been employed to paint Edinburgh Society beauty Ishbel (Caroline Deyga). Science whizz Alison (Jess Hardwick) is making potions for her brother Robert (Simon Donaldson). Hogarth finds inspiration but Alison faces ruin unless Marjory (Samara Maclaren) and Kennedy (Gordon Kennedy) can save the day.

With music by Aly Macrae

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Portraits and Poteen delight the Fair Intellectuals when Mr Hogarth comes to Edinburgh.

06 LASTA Fling With Mr Franklin2016120820161215 (BBC7)
20161216 (BBC7)

A young American inventor named Ben Franklin ends up in Edinburgh. The young ladies of a secret scholarly society are seduced by his exciting talk of the New World and his intellectual prowess. An elopement is on the cards as Marjory is set to be torn from the wrinkly arms of her fiancé. Will the girls leave their beloved Scotland? Sparks fly and electricity abounds in the final episode of Lucy Porter's 18th Century Sitcom.

Ben Franklin arrives in a thunderstorm and wins the Fair Intellectuals' hearts and minds.