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01Losing The Plot2011030920180306 (BBC7)
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In Nick Warburton's delicious comedy, James Fleet plays Edward, a bashful man who, passing a local allotment, speaks to an attractive female allottee. He decides there and then that he must apply for a plot. But doing so involves an interview with ferocious site-manager Bernie who runs the allotments with military rigour. It's all looking unlikely until Edward reveals that his father was a local landscape horticulturalist, one Bernie has admired all his life. Edward joins the site. And it is only then that he springs a surprise on Bernie. One that leads to explosive confrontation. Which of them will lose the plot?

Edward.... James Fleet
Amanda.... Joanna Monro
Bernie.... Jonathan Coy

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

A timid man faces mindless bureaucracy when he applies for an allotment plot.

Comedy by Nick Warburton about a timid man facing red tape applying for an allotment plot.

Comedy drama

02An Incident At The Border2011031620180313 (BBC7)
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Nigel Planer stars as a border-guard in Kieran Lynn's comedy about boundaries that are both territorial and personal.

Arthur and Olivia take the sun in their local park on a beautiful summer's day. Olivia is reading a newspaper article on their country's new-found independence. It seems that no-one knows quite what the terms are for the secession. Arthur couldn't care less. He's apolitical and just enjoying watching the ducks.

Suddenly a soldier arrives, dragging a tape across the ground, marking out the new border. He barges between the two young lovers. Now one is on one side of the new border, and one on the other!

Arthur's attempt to cross is met with a stun-gun jolt from the guard, who has as little understanding of the new rules as the couple. He just knows he has been trained to be suspicious of everyone who isn't from 'this country' which now includes Arthur!

How can our lovers be reunited?

Reiver.... Nigel Planer
Olivia.... Leah Brotherhead
Arthur.... Joseph Kloska

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

A border guard's tape line divides two young lovers in a park.

Comedy by Nick Warburton about a timid man facing red tape applying for an allotment plot.

Comedy drama

03How's Your Mother?2011032320180320 (BBC7)
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Michael Maloney stars in Simon Brett's short play for this comedy drama series: 'Turf Wars'.

Epidsode 4: How's Your Mother

In a gossipy village Humphrey Partridge is reckoned to be anti-social, indeed stand-offish. But he always has an excuse - namely that he has to look after his ailing elderly mother. It raises eyebrows at work. For example when Humphrey's boss needs him to stand in for a colleague at a conference abroad, Humphrey point blank refuses to go. The boss ends up going himself. No-one has ever met the legendary matriarch. Not even nosy Raj the local postman. But then one morning when Humphrey is at work, Raj notices a fire in Humphrey's house, breaks in to put it out and makes an extraordinary discovery. Soon police are digging in Humphrey's garden. But just what is Humphrey's dark secret?

Written by Simon Brett

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Will Humphrey Partridge continue to look after his mother?

Comedy by Nick Warburton about a timid man facing red tape applying for an allotment plot.

Michael Maloney stars in Simon Brett's short play for this comedy drama series: 'TURF WARS'.

HOW'S YOUR MOTHER by Simon Brett

Comedy drama

04The Accidental Head2011033020180327 (BBC7)
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The Accidental Head by Jeremy Front

Beth just wants what's best for her 11 year old son; a solid secondary education at the kind of school that recognises his genius, as well as his aptitude for baroque music. A school like Folgate. But when the family is edged out of Folgate's catchment area, a battle begins.

Beth takes on the might of the council with a mixture of community action, ancient by-laws and sheep.

Directed by James Robinson.

Beth plans to fight tooth and nail for her son's school place.

Comedy drama

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Comedy by Nick Warburton about a timid man facing red tape applying for an allotment plot.