A perennially shy man sets himself a challenge.

He will switch off his mobile phone, disregard his email, put aside his iPod and talk to strangers.

First
Broadcast
RepeatedDescription
2006120820070714 (WS)
20070715 (WS)
20080411
20160204Comic monologues in which a range of characters find themselves engaging in that most un-British of activities: talking to a stranger.
Each piece is a character study: funny, frank, absurd, moving... Characters include a sex councillor who loves to draw, a spy who loves to share, a woman who likes to help too much ('I'm a serial helpist...'), a frustrated falconer, and a cheater who has to call her cheatee the morning after. And in this show, the listener themselves 'plays' the silent stranger in the piece...
Written and performed by Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan, with guest stars including Emma Thompson, Olivia Coleman, Jessica Hynes, Steve Evets, Sinead Matthews and Joel Fry.
Produced by Sam Bryant. A BBC Comedy Production.
20160211Comic monologues in which a range of characters find themselves engaging in that most un-British of activities: talking to a stranger.
Each piece is a character study: funny, frank, absurd, moving... Characters include a sex councillor who loves to draw, a spy who loves to share, a woman who likes to help too much ('I'm a serial helpist...'), a frustrated falconer, and a cheater who has to call her cheatee the morning after. And in this show, the listener themselves 'plays' the silent stranger in the piece...
Written and performed by Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan, with guest stars including Emma Thompson, Olivia Coleman, Jessica Hynes, Steve Evets, Sinead Matthews and Joel Fry.
Produced by Sam Bryant. A BBC Comedy Production.
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Cast

Duration

  • 30 Minutes

Genre

  • Genre: Comedy, Character, Comedy

Trivia

  • The Word Service broadcasts were in the BBC World Drama slot.