A sitcom about a rather topsy turvy household.

Stella is a middle aged woman having a crisis - her grown up children refuse to leave home.

And worse, her husband doesn't mind! Duncan Preston and Penny Downie lead an all star cast in the fastest and funniest (sic) new sitcom on Radio 4.

Claudie Blakely, Bruce Mackinnon, Daniela Denby-ashe and Catherine Shepherd play their delightful, if rather unwelcome, children.

Written by Lucy Clare & Ian Davidson Produced By Elizabeth Freestone.


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0101If They Won't Go, I Will!2003080820040225
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Stella's hopes are raised as Rick and girlfriend Xanthe decide to move out - but with lots of jobs to be done in the garden, are there some benefits to having lots of people at home after all? Stars Duncan Preston, Penny Downie, Claudie Blakely, Bruce Mackinnon, Daniela Denby-ashe and Catherine Shepherd
Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home.
From August 2003.
Stars Duncan Preston and Penny Downie.
0101Return Of The Kidi 20091103 (R7)
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20121031 (R4+)
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Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home.
Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home. Stars Duncan Preston and Penny Downie. From August 2003.
Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home. From August 2003.
Stars Duncan Preston and Penny Downie.
From August 2003.
0102Rick's Quarrel2003081520040303
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A domestic dispute boosts Stella's battle to get her grown-up children to leave home.
A domestic dispute boosts Stella's battle to get her grown-up children to leave home. Stars Duncan Preston. From August 2003.
Stars Duncan Preston.
From August 2003.

A domestic dispute leads to the possibility of not one, but two spare beds in the house.
Could it be Stella's lucky day?
0103Pregnancy2003082220040310
20091117 (R7)
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A pregnancy scare sparks Bartholomew family chaos. Who is expecting?
A pregnancy scare sparks Bartholomew family chaos. Who is expecting and where will the baby sleep? Stars Duncan Preston. From August 2003.
A pregnancy scare sparks Bartholomew family chaos. Whose is expecting?
A pregnancy scare sparks Bartholomew family chaos. Whose is expecting? And where will the baby sleep? Stars Duncan Preston. From August 2003.
A pregnancy scare sparks Bartholomew family chaos.
Whose is it? And where will it sleep?
0104Car Boot2003082920091124 (R7)
20140718 (R4+)
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Stella tries to dejunk the house.
Stella tries to dejunk the house. Everything useless must go, including her grown-up kids. Stars Penny Downie. From August 2003.
0104Car Boot - Everything Useless Must Go2003082920040317
20091124 (R7)
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Stella decides to dejunk the house, clear out the cellar, sort out the loft.
Everything useless must go - and that includes the kids.
Stella tries to dejunk the house.
Everything useless must go, including her grown-up kids.
Stars Penny Downie.
From August 2003.
Stella tries to dejunk the house. Everything useless must go, including her grown-up kids.
Stella tries to dejunk the house. Everything useless must go, including her grown-up kids. Stars Penny Downie. From August 2003.
0105The Older Man2003090520040324
20091201 (R7)
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20111104 (R4+)
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Patrick is delighted with Alison's new boyfriend, but what about the rest of the family?
Patrick is delighted with Alison's new boyfriend, but what about the rest of the family? Stars Duncan Preston. From September 2003.
Patrick is delighted with Alison's new boyfriend, what about the rest of the family? Stars Duncan Preston.
From September 2003.
Patrick is delighted with Alison's new boyfriend, what about the rest of the family?
Alison has a new boyfriend.
Patrick is delighted but will the others take to her new man as well? Duncan Preston [Dinner Ladies, Acorn Antiques] and Penny Downie [currently in Henry V at the National] lead an all star cast in the fastest and funniest new sitcom on Radio 4.
Claudie Blakely [Gosford Park, Ed Stone is Dead], Bruce Mackinnon [The Office, Smack The Pony], Daniela Denby-ashe [My Family, Absolutely Fabulous] and Catherine Shepherd [Think The Unthinkable] play their delightful, if rather unwelcome, children.
0106 LASTNew House2003091220040331
20091208 (R7)
20091213 (R7)
20091214 (R7)
20100831 (R7)
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20121205 (R4+)
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Patrick and Stella find their dream house, but will the children scupper their move? Stars Duncan Preston.
From September 2003.
Patrick and Stella find their dream house, but will the children scupper their move?
Patrick and Stella find their dream house, but will the children scupper their move? Stars Duncan Preston. From September 2003.
Patrick and Stella finally find the house of their dreams, a perfect cottage with a garden in the country.
However, the children aren't budging.
Will their plans be scuppered at the 11th hour? Duncan Preston [Dinner Ladies, Acorn Antiques] and Penny Downie [currently in Henry V at the National] lead an all star cast in the fastest and funniest new sitcom on Radio 4.
Claudie Blakely [Gosford Park, Ed Stone is Dead], Bruce Mackinnon [The Office, Smack The Pony], Daniela Denby-ashe [My Family, Absolutely Fabulous] and Catherine Shepherd [Think The Unthinkable] play their delightful, if rather unwelcome, children.
Afternoon Morning
Evening / "Ring Around The Bath is a sitcom about a rather topsy turvy household.
Stella is a middle aged woman having a crisis - her grown up children refuse to leave home.
And worse, her husband doesn't mind! In Episode 6, Patrick and Stella finally find the house of their dreams, a perfect cottage with a garden in the country.
0201New Ways To Comb Old Gravel2004110120100907 (R7)
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Stella continues to dream of a life in the country, without her grown-up children. Stars Duncan Preston. From November 2004.
Stella continues to dream of a life in the country, without her grown-up children.
Stars Duncan Preston.
From November 2004.
Alison returns from teaching English in Spain, demanding the family keep Spanish hours.
But she finds Egg's taken her room and Xanthe's shrunk her favourite jeans in the wash.
Rick, seeing some potential here, tries to persuade her to set up a Spanish wine importing company.
Patrick disappears off to work leaving Stella to sort out the ensuing chaos.
0202Go With The Flow2004110820100914 (R7)
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Stella keeps tabs on her work-shy kids, thanks to Patrick's chart. Stars Penny Downie and Duncan Preston. From November 2004.
Stella keeps tabs on her work-shy kids, thanks to Patrick's chart. Stars Duncan Preston.
Stella keeps tabs on her work-shy kids, thanks to Patrick's chart.
Stars Duncan Preston.
Stars Penny Downie and Duncan Preston.
From November 2004.
Egg triumphs in the school production of Guys and Dolls.
As the last-night parties roll on for weeks, and Rick's job means he's up early, and Xanthe's out working and Alison's always coming and going, Patrick makes a flow-chart to show where all the children are at any one time.
Slowly it begins to dawn on Stella and the family that Egg isn't always where her little arrow says she is.
0203Brideshead Unvisited2004111520100921 (R7)
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Patrick makes the family attend a wedding, but will Stella's doubts prove justified?
Patrick makes the family attend a wedding, but will Stella's doubts prove justified? Stars Duncan Preston. From November 2004.
Patrick makes the family attend a wedding, but will Stella's doubts prove justified? Stars Duncan Preston.
From November 2004.

Rick's ex-girlfriend is getting married and the whole family are invited to the wedding.
Stella is desperate not to go, but Patrick is delighted the whole family will get to spend some "quality time" together.
Too much time, and not enough quality, does not a happy Bartholomew family make.
0204Space Perception2004112220100928 (R7)
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20111209 (R4+)
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Desperate to move house, Stella tries burying the hatchet with the neighbours.
Desperate to move house, Stella tries burying the hatchet with the neighbours. Stars Penny Downie. From November 2004.
Patrick, fed up with there never being any hot water in the house, makes a shower rota.
The children, fed up with having to squabble over who watches what when on the telly, make one room into two.
Stella, fed up with the lot of them, sends off for details of houses in the country.
But before she can put the family home on the market she must make friends with the neighbours - not so easy when years of animosity and solicitor's letters linger in the background.
0205The Birds And The Bees2004112920101005 (R7)
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20111216 (R4+)
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If Stella can't move to the country, then the country must move to Stella. Stars Duncan Preston. From November 2004.
If Stella can't move to the country, then the country must move to Stella.
Stars Duncan Preston.
From November 2004.
Stella decides that if she can't move to the country, the country must come to her.
But are the family really suited to country living?
0206 LASTAll Over Bar The Wrapping Paper2004120620101012 (R7)
20111223 (R4+)
20111224 (R4+)
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Stella is determined to get away, but a moveable feast is on the family Christmas menu.
Stella is determined to get away, but a moveable feast is on the family Christmas menu. Stars Penny Downie. From December 2004.
Stella's determined to get away, but a moveable feast is on the family Christmas menu.
Stars Penny Downie.
From December 2004.
Stella's plans for her and Patrick to spend Christmas alone don't go as well as she'd hoped.
0301Love In A Cottage2006010220120413 (R4+)
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20131003 (R4+)
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Stella is planning her retirement, but will her grown-up children survive without her?
Stella is planning her retirement to the country, but will her grown-up children survive without her? Stars Pippa Haywood. From January 2006.
Stella's wants to retire to the country, but will her grown children survive without her?
Stella's planning to retire to the country, but will her grown up children survive without her? Stars Pippa Haywood. From 2006.
Alison has moved in with her boyfriend making it one down, three to go for Stella.
She and Patrick begin to think seriously about retiring and give weekending in the country a go.
But what's going on back home while they are away?
  • alison....Claudie Blakley
  • director Elizabeth Freestone
  • egg....Daniela Denby-ashe
  • mother....rita davies
  • patrick....Duncan Preston
  • rick....bruce mackinnon
  • stella....Pippa Haywood
  • xanthe....Catherine Shepherd 
  • 0302Willing It Away2006010920120420 (R4+)
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    Stella's luck goes from bad to worse, as daughter Alison and granny want to move in.
    Stella's luck goes from bad to worse, as daughter Alison and granny want to move in. Stars Pippa Haywood. From January 2006.
    Stella's luck goes from bad to worse, as daughter Alison and granny want to move in. Stars Pippa Haywood.
    Stella's luck goes from bad to worse.
    Not only has Alison moved back in, but granny has come to stay, too - indefinitely.
    Where will everyone sleep?
    0303Loophole2006011620120427 (R4+)
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    Patrick gets a TV presenting job, but filming at home puts Stella's garden at risk.
    Patrick gets a TV presenting job, but filming at home puts Stella's garden at risk. Stars Pippa Haywood. From January 2006.
    Patrick gets a job presenting on the Barbeque channel and filming takes place on location at the Bartholomew family home.
    As the flames get higher, Stella's precious garden is under threat.
    0304Keeping Mum2006012320120504 (R4+)
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    20131024 (R4+)
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    Can Patrick and the rest of the family keep Stella's surprise party a secret?
    Can Patrick and the rest of the family keep Stella's surprise party a secret? Stars Duncan Preston. From January 2006.
    Stars Duncan Preston.
    From January 2006.
    It's Stella's birthday.
    And it's a big one with a nought on the end.
    Surely the perfect time for a big family get together?
    (04/06]
    0305Pressure Times Volume Is A Constant2006013020120511 (R4+)
    20120512 (R4+)
    20131031 (R4+)
    20131101 (R4+)
    With grown up children moving in and out, can Stella keep track of her wayward family?
    With grown up children moving in and out, can Stella keep track of her wayward family? Stars Pippa Haywood. From January 2006.
    Egg's boyfriend moves in.
    Rick moves out - and comes back.
    And the arrival of Alison's baby is only a couple of months away.
    Can Stella keep track of her wayward family?
    Stars Pippa Haywood.
    From January 2006.
    (05/06]
    0306 LASTSeeking Lost Gardens2006020620120518 (R4+)
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    Stella's plans for an open garden charity day are interrupted by an unexpected delivery.
    Stella's plans for an open garden charity day are interrupted by an unexpected delivery. Stars Pippa Haywood. From February 2006.
    It's Open Garden day at the Bartholomew family home, and Alison might give birth any minute.
    Who will arrive first - the garden visitors, or the latest addition to the Bartholomew family?
        20100801 (R7)Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home.
    Stars Duncan Preston and Penny Downie.
    From August 2003.
        20100802 (R7)Middle-aged Stella battles to get her grown-up children to leave home.
    From August 2003.

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    • 30 Minutes

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    • Sitcoms
    • Comedy

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