Little Lifetimes By Jenny Eclair

Episodes

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0101Fifteen Minutes To Landing2014073020170614
20180601 (BBC7)
20170614 (R4)
A woman married to a philandering husband finds solace during a turbulent air flight.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Éclair

The first of a series of stories set in real time as six very different women share their secrets.

A couple experience severe turblulence on a flight but it turns out to be not nearly as bumpy as their marriage.

Produced by Sally Avens.

0102Carol Goes Swimming2014080620170628
20180608 (BBC7)
20170628 (R4)
Lorraine Ashbourne is Carol, in Jenny Eclair's story about a lifesaving friendship.

By Jenny Éclair

Carol's life's not really been the same since her best friend Sandra died but a trip to the swimming bath brings back memories of their time together with surprising results.

Produced by Sally Avens.

Lorraine Ashbourne is Carol, in Jenny Eclair's story about a lifesaving friendship.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Produced by Sally Avens.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0103A Trolley For A Change2014081320170705
20180615 (BBC7)
20170705 (R4)
A grandmother visits a supermarket to buy her grandchildren a meal they won't forget.

by Jenny Éclair

A grandmother visits an upmarket supermarket to buy her grandchildren a meal they won't forget, but the trip proves memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Produced by Sally Avens.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0104George's Cake2014082020180622 (BBC7)
20170712 (R4)
For her husband's 60th birthday, top cook Bea bakes him a cake with a special message.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0104 LASTGeorge's Cake2014082020170712
20180622 (BBC7)
Susie Blake stars as a woman making a special cake for her husband's 60th birthday.

by Jenny Eclair.

Bea can tell you how to peel an onion without crying or how to make the perfect pavlova. In her Shaker style kitchen she prepares a very special Birthday cake for her husband and reflects on a lifetime of culinary success and marital woe.

Produced by Sally Avens.

For her husband's 60th birthday, top cook Bea bakes him a cake with a special message.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0105The Viewing2014082720170719
20180629 (BBC7)
20170719 (R4)
Story about a woman who compulsively views houses. Read by Annette Badlan.

by Jenny Éclair

A lonely woman takes a peek into other people's properties and lives when their houses are put up for sale.

Producer - Sally Avens.

A lonely woman peeks into other people's houses - but is she too quick to judge?

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0106Doing The Best For Daniel2014090320180630 (BBC7)
20170726 (R4)
Jenny Eclair reads her own story of a single mother's attempts to give her son the world.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0106 LASTDoing The Best For Daniel2014090320170726
20180630 (BBC7)
Jenny Eclair reads her own story of a single mother's attempts to give her son the world.

by Jenny Éclair

Jenny Éclair plays a single mother who will stop at nothing to give her son the best education and future. But might she have gone too far?

Producer - Sally Avens.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0201Lorna's Holiday2015111820190128 (R4)By Jenny Eclair. Lorna may be on holiday but why won't she speak? Read by Lesley Sharp.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Lorna - Lesley Sharp

Producer - Sally Avens

As Lorna recuperates in a five star hotel in Dubrovnik she acidly observes the two families staying in the villa next door, but what she sees threatens her own future as well as theirs.

0202Christine Paints2015112520190129 (R4)Jenny Eclair's stories of the secrets of six women read by leading actresses.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Producer - Sally Avens

When Christine and Tony move to the country so Tony can write. Christine takes up watercolours and soon finds inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places and with surprising consequences.

0203Beverley In Shoes2015120220190130 (R4)Jenny Eclair's stories of the secrets of six women read by six leading actresses.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Beverley - Samantha Spiro

Produced by Sally Avens

Beverley might have once travelled the world but now she prefers watching programmes about baking. Beverley wants security and safety, but why?

0204Points2015120920190131 (R4)Jenny Eclair's stories of six women all with a secret.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0204 LASTPoints2015120920190131 (R4)by Jenny Eclair

Gail - Sarah Hadland

Produced by Sally Avens

When Gail takes her husband's car she embarks upon a journey that has a very surprising destination.

Jenny Eclair's stories of six women all with a secret.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0205A Slight Alteration2015121620190201 (R4)Tessa Peake-Jones plays a dressmaker whose latest commission comes at a cost.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Read by Tessa Peake-Jones

Produced by Sally Avens

A dressmaker finds herself doing a dress alteration for a young woman who is on the verge of getting married. But the dress is fated never to be worn.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0206Waiting For Billy2015122320190204 (R4)Jenny Eclair's stories of six women with secrets: Anita Dobson plays a rock star's wife.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0206 LASTWaiting For Billy2015122320190204 (R4)by Jenny Eclair

Patsy - Anita Dobson

Produced by Sally Avens

Patsy and Billy are a rock and roll Darby and Joan. She's been with him through the good times and now the bad. With the money gone and the band members dying off can Patsy's secret stay hidden for good.

Jenny Eclair's stories of six women with secrets: Anita Dobson plays a rock star's wife.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

03Anthea's Round Robin2016102620190208 (R4)by Jenny Eclair. Samantha Bond stars as Anthea whose Christmas news is rather surprising.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

03Hannah's Gone2016101220190206 (R4)By Jenny Eclair. Josie Lawrence stars as a mother with a bad case of empty nest syndrome.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Hannah's Mum.... Josie Lawrence

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.
When Hannah leaves home her mother is heartbroken, but a visit to her daughter's room sheds some revealing light on Hannah's personality.

03Leo's Passport2016100520190205 (R4)by Jenny Eclair. Imelda Staunton stars as Penny who takes looking after her boss too far.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Penny.... Imelda Staunton
Caroline.... Karen Bartke

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.
Penny loves working as Howard's secretary, she's very protective of him, which is why when Jodie begins work at the office Penny decides that action must be taken.

03Mothers And Daughters20161019By Jenny Eclair. Frances Barber stars as an ageing actress behaving badly at an audition.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0301Leo's Passport2016100520190205 (R4)

by Jenny Eclair

Penny - Imelda Staunton

Caroline - Karen Bartke

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the countries leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.

Penny loves working as Howard's secretary, she's very protective of him, which is why when Jodie begins work at the office Penny decides that action must be taken.

by Jenny Eclair

Penny....Imelda Staunton
Caroline....Karen Bartke

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.
Penny loves working as Howard's secretary, she's very protective of him, which is why when Jodie begins work at the office Penny decides that action must be taken.

by Jenny Eclair. Imelda Staunton stars as Penny who takes looking after her boss too far.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0302Hannah's Gone2016101220190206 (R4)

by Jenny Eclair

Hannah's Mum - Josie Lawrence

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.

When Hannah leaves home her mother is heartbroken, but a visit to her daughter's room sheds some revealing light on Hannah's personality.

Hannah's Mum....Josie Lawrence

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.
When Hannah leaves home her mother is heartbroken, but a visit to her daughter's room sheds some revealing light on Hannah's personality.

By Jenny Eclair. Josie Lawrence stars as a mother with a bad case of empty nest syndrome.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Hannah's Mum....Josie Lawrence

0303Mothers And Daughters2016101920190207 (R4)by Jenny Eclair

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.

Coral is an ageing actress auditioning for a play about a mother and daughter; but her relationship with her own mother doesn't bear the scrutiny it's about to get.

By Jenny Eclair. Frances Barber stars as an ageing actress behaving badly at an audition.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

By Jenny Eclair. Frances Barber stars as an ageing actress behaving badly at an audition.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0304 LASTAnthea's Round Robin2016102620190208 (R4)

By Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.

Anthea always sends a round robin at Christmas time, only this year her news comes as a surprise even to herself.

by Jenny Eclair. Samantha Bond stars as Anthea whose Christmas news is rather surprising.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0401The Last Day2017101820190926 (BBC7)Vicki Pepperdine stars in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a teacher's last day.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair.

Produced by Sally Avens

The first in a series of comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.
It's Miss Cavendish's last day at school and retirement looms but surely it can't go completely unmarked, that's enough to send even the most sensible woman over the edge.

Vicki Pepperdine is one of the country's leading comic actors. She co-wrote and starred in the sit-com 'Getting On' and can currently be seen in The Windsors.
Jenny Eclair is a comedian, novelist and actress. She blazed a trail for female comedians and is now a stalwart of the comedy circuit. She co-writes the stage show of 'Grumpy Old Women' and her book of Short stories 'Listening In' based on Little Lifetimes was published earlier this year.

The first in a series of by Jenny Eclair's comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2017,

0402The Visit2017102520171229
20191003 (BBC7)
20171229 (R4)
Doon Mackichan stars as a dead woman intent on revenge in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue.

by Jenny Eclair
Performed by Doon Mackichan
Produced by Sally Avens

The second in a series of comic monologues where four women share a secret.
A dead woman returns to her old home to see the changes made by her husband and his new wife and when she doesn't like what she sees she decides to take revenge.

Doon Mackichan is one of our leading comic actors. She wrote and starred in Smack The Pony and Doon Our Way and has recently been seen in Plebs and Two Doors Down.

Doon Mackichan stars as a woman intent on revenge in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue.

The second in a series of comic monologues where four women share a secret.
A woman returns to her old home to see the changes made by her husband and his new wife and when she doesn't like what she sees she decides to take revenge.

A woman returns to her old home to see the changes made by her husband and his new wife. She can't believe what she finds, but she has a unique way of dealing with her disappointment.

Another in the series of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Doon Mackichan is one of our leading comic actors. She wrote and starred in Smack The Pony and Doon Our Way and has recently been seen in Plebs and Two Doors Down.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2017,

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0403The Nannas2017110120191010 (BBC7)Tilly Vosburgh stars in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a cleaner uncovering a secret

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

by Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

The third in a series of comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Dawn spends her life cleaning for the middle classes and fancies she could uncover a few secrets behind the Farrow and Ball doors, but when she does it comes at a cost she couldn't imagine.

Tilly Vosburgh has appeared in numerous television series including EastEnders, Tipping The Velvet, and The Smoking Room and films such as Atonement, Vera Drake and Boy A.

Dawn spends her life cleaning for the middle classes and fancies she could uncover a few secrets behind the Farrow and Ball doors.

But when she does, it comes at a cost she couldn't imagine...

Another in the series of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Tilly Vosburgh has appeared in numerous TV series including EastEnders, Tipping The Velvet, and The Smoking Room and films such as Atonement, Vera Drake and Boy A.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.

Tilly Vosburgh has appeared in numerous television series including EastEnders, Tipping The Velvet, and The Smoking Room and films such as Atonement, Vera Drake and Boy A.

0404A Nice Time With All The Family2017110820191017 (BBC7)Julie's always hated her birthday parties so she's determined her 60th will be different but her family don't seem to have heard.

The last in a series of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Beverley Callard is best known for playing Liz McDonald in ITV's Coronation Street but has also found time to appear in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice', Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps and 'Mile High' amongst other TV appearances.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.

Beverley Callard stars in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a 60th birthday party.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

The last in a series of comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives. Julie's always hated her birthday parties so she's determined her 60th will be different but her family don't seem to have heard.

Beverley Callard is best known for playing Liz McDonald in Coronation Street but has also found time to appear in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice', Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps and 'Mile High' amongst other television appearances.

by Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.

0404 LASTA Nice Time With All The Family2017110820191017 (BBC7)Beverley Callard stars in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a 60th birthday party.

by Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

The last in a series of comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives. Julie's always hated her birthday parties so she's determined her 60th will be different but her family don't seem to have heard.

Beverley Callard is best known for playing Liz McDonald in Coronation Street but has also found time to appear in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice', Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps and 'Mile High' amongst other television appearances.

Beverley Callard is best known for playing Liz McDonald in Coronation Street but has also found time to appear in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice', Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps and 'Mile High' amongst other television appearances.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Beverley Callard stars in Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a 60th birthday party.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

05A Long Weekend20190109By Jenny Eclair

Cathy.... Anne Reid

Produced by Sally Avens

A return of Jenny Eclair's series of comic monologues.
Cathy and Allan leave Yorkshire to pay a visit to their son and his wife in London, but nothing is as Cathy would like. And she can't visit her other son as he lives in Hong Kong and she can only fly short haul - 'I can't go over the equator, well you've got to draw a line and to be honest Hackney is more than far enough'

Anne Reid reads Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a difficult family visit.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

05Greta Doesn't Want To Wait For Godot20190130Jenny Eclair's comic monologues. Read by Amelia Bullmore

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

05The Book Club20190123Comic monologues by Jenny Eclair where women reach a breaking point in their lives.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

05The Kitchen Table20190116by Jenny Eclair
Read by Monica Dolan
Produced by Sally Avens

Following her mother's death 'massive stroke halfway through Pointless'
a woman reminisces about her family as she waits for her mother's house to be cleared.
She and her sister may not always have got on but she's the only one she can share these memories with.

Jenny Eclair's comic monologue read by Monica Dolan

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0501A Long Weekend20190109By Jenny Eclair

Cathy....Anne Reid

Produced by Sally Avens

A return of Jenny Eclair's series of comic monologues.
Cathy and Allan leave Yorkshire to pay a visit to their son and his wife in London, but nothing is as Cathy would like. And she can't visit her other son as he lives in Hong Kong and she can only fly short haul - 'I can't go over the equator, well you've got to draw a line and to be honest Hackney is more than far enough'

Anne Reid reads Jenny Eclair's comic monologue about a difficult family visit.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Jenny Eclair's set of comic monologues reveal the secrets of six women at breaking point.

0502The Kitchen Table20190116by Jenny Eclair
Read by Monica Dolan
Produced by Sally Avens

Following her mother's death 'massive stroke halfway through Pointless'
a woman reminisces about her family as she waits for her mother's house to be cleared.
She and her sister may not always have got on but she's the only one she can share these memories with.

Jenny Eclair's comic monologue read by Monica Dolan

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Jenny Eclair's set of comic monologues reveal the secrets of six women at breaking point.

0503The Book Club20190123
0504 LASTGreta Doesn't Want To Wait For Godot20190130
0601Getting Together20200610Late-night comedy on BBC Radio 4: Pauline McLynn performs a comic monologue Jenny Eclair.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

A return of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues performed by leading actresses.
A divorcee feels liberated after years of marriage, but a family dinner to celebrate her son's engagement and a meeting with her ex-husband's new girlfriend causes her to take a step she never imagined.

Written by Jenny Eclair
Read by Pauline McLynn

Producer, Sally Avens

0602One Day My Prince Will Come20200617Katherine Jakeways performs one of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0603Me And Tina Were Up West When We Bumped Into Avril20200624When Dee runs into Avril it's clear she's not done badly for herself. With Linda Robson.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

A chance encounter with an old friend leaves Dee and best friend Tina invited to a posh party, but among the guests Dee spots a face she'd rather forget.

Linda Robson is best known for her role in 'Birds of A Feather' but she has also appeared in Loose Women and with Jenny Eclair in 'Grumpy Old Women'.

Written by Jenny Eclair
Read by Linda Robson

Producer, Sally Avens

0604The Girls20200701Sarah Parish plays the neighbour from hell in this comic monologue by Jenny Eclair.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

Sarah Parish plays the neighbour from hell. When two girls move into the upstairs flat, she soon knows everything about them and their sex lives. And then, one weekend, she decides things have gone too far.

Sarah Parish is best known for her work in W1A, Trollied, Mistresses and Cutting It.

Written by Jenny Eclair
Read by Sarah Parish

Producer, Sally Avens

0605Dreambreaker20200708Late-night comedy on Radio 4: Christine Kavanagh performs Jenny Eclair's comic monologue.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

0606Nanna No No20200715Haydn Gwynne reads the last in the series of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues.

Short stories by Jenny Eclair in which different women share their secrets.

A highly successful retired lawyer believes she will be the perfect grandmother, so why is she hiding behind the sofa when her grandchildren appear?

Haydn Gwynne is best known for her work on Drop The Dead Donkey, The Windsors and Billy Elliot on Broadway for which she won a Drama Desk Award.

Written by Jenny Eclair
Read by Haydn Gwynne

Producer, Sally Avens