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0101Vongole2003050520200204 (BBC7)
20200205 (BBC7)

Professor Swann's favourite pastime is seducing female students over a languorous meal of Spaghetti Vongole.

But what is he really looking for? And can he improve before he is landed in deeper water than the ornate Italian clam he so relishes?

Hopes and Desires is a series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

Bill Nighy stars in Michael Butt's comedy drama

Tristram.... Bill Nighy
Minnie.... Emma Callander
Helen.... Miranda Colchester
Freddie.... Stephen Critchlow
Mamma.... Carolyn Jones

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.

Professor Swann seduces his students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

0102The Non-entity2003051220200211 (BBC7)
20200212 (BBC7)

Moscow. Dmitri once made a good living writing dull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling Communist Party. Now times have changed and his work is ignored. So why has a young woman publisher flown all the way from London to meet him?

Hopes and Desires is a series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

CAST:

Dmitri …. Kenneth Cranham
Annoushka …. Eleanor Bron
Claire …. Sylvestra Le Touzel
Robert …. Stephen Critchlow

Written by Marcy Kahan.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

Dmitri is bemused when a British publisher hails him as an undiscovered literary talent.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

0103Toad Squad2003051920200219 (BBC7)
20200218 (BBC7)

Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate.

Now Reg has a mission. In future none of the toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves...

Hopes and Desires is a series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

Philip Jackson stars in Nick Warburton's comedy drama.

Reg ,,,,,, Philip Jackson
Bel ,,,,,, Amanda Root
Mr Topping ,,,,,, Jonathan Coy

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.

Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg goes on a mission.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate.

Now Reg has a mission. In future none of the toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves...

Hopes and Desires is a series of comedies about unconscious yearnings.

Philip Jackson stars in Nick Warburton's comedy drama.

Reg ,,,,,, Philip Jackson
Bel ,,,,,, Amanda Root
Mr Topping ,,,,,, Jonathan Coy

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.

Bitter at being retired prematurely, Reg goes on a mission.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

0104The Anniversary Waltz2003052620200226 (BBC7)
20200225 (BBC7)

Max and Shirley bicker all day long in their north London deli. Max believes the customers love their bantering but Shirley's had enough.

There must be more to life than this?

CAST:

Shirley …. Prunella Scales
Max …. Roger Allam
Roszinka …. Rebecca Front
Girl …. Rosie Fellner
Marcy …. Liza Sadovy
Toastmaster/Old Man …. Bruce Purchase

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

Bickering deli owners Shirley and Max have a simultaneous life-changing moment.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love

Max and Shirley bicker all day long in their north London deli. Max believes the customers love their bantering but Shirley's had enough.

There must be more to life than this?

CAST:

Shirley …. Prunella Scales
Max …. Roger Allam
Roszinka …. Rebecca Front
Girl …. Rosie Fellner
Marcy …. Liza Sadovy
Toastmaster/Old Man …. Bruce Purchase

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

Bickering deli owners Shirley and Max have a simultaneous life-changing moment.

Series of romantic comedies centred around people with unconscious yearnings for love