The Wilsons Save The World

Michael and Maxine Wilson and their teenage daughters, Lola and Cat (plus their bearded dragon Chomsky, and about 150,000 bees) have resolved to live a cleaner, greener, serener life. This is a show about living ethically... whatever that means. Millions of people try every day to make 'good' choices and do the 'right thing', be ethical, charitable and community minded. It's hard. Most of us live with hypocrisy and failure all the time but keep on trying. The Wilsons, good folk that they are, are trying about 20% harder and learning to live with about 19% more failure. They are not giving up.

Episodes

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0101Holiday2017111720200408 (BBC7)
20200409 (BBC7)
20200401 (R4)
Sitcom starring Marcus Brigstocke and Kerry Godliman about trying to live ethically.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

A brand new sitcom for BBC Radio 4 written by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan and starring Marcus Brigstocke as Mike and Kerry Godliman as his wife Max.

In this episode Max needs a holiday and so does Mike but what's the right choice ethically? As they balance the appeal of hot sun versus a carbon-neutral campsite Cat has her own agenda and Lola wrestles with the rights and wrongs of charity.

Producer...Julia McKenzie
Production Coordinator...Tamara Shilham
A BBC Studios Production.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0102Approval2017112420200415 (BBC7)
20200416 (BBC7)
20200408 (R4)
The family wrestle with various needs for approval as Mike's parents come to stay.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

A brand new sitcom for BBC Radio 4 written by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan and starring Marcus Brigstocke as Mike and Kerry Godliman as his wife Max.

In this episode the family wrestle with their various need for approval from others as Mike's parents Phillip and Jennifer come to stay.

Producer...Julia McKenzie
Production Coordinator...Tamara Shilham
A BBC Studios Production.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0103Food2017120120200422 (BBC7)
20200423 (BBC7)
20200415 (R4)
Sitcom starring Marcus Brigstocke and Kerry Godliman about trying to live ethically.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

A brand new sitcom for BBC Radio 4 written by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan and starring Marcus Brigstocke as Mike and Kerry Godliman as his wife Max.

In this episode a mealtime fraught with anxiety and multiple dietary preferences shows that maybe they all worry a little bit TOO much about food, and have forgotten how to enjoy it. Max and Mike decide to use their time away in Cornwall to leave Jennifer and Phillip in charge of mealtimes and see if the common-sense approach pays off.

Producer...Julia McKenzie
Production Coordinator...Tamara Shilham
A BBC Studios Production.

0104 LASTThe Block2017120820200429 (BBC7)
20200430 (BBC7)
20200422 (R4)
Max and Mike attempt to broach the sensitive subject of S.E.X. with their daughters.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Michael and Maxine Wilson and their daughters, Lola and Cat have resolved to live a more ethical life. Millions of people try every day to make 'good' choices and do the 'right thing'. It's hard. Most of us live with hypocrisy and failure all the time but keep on trying. The Wilsons are trying about 20% harder and learning to live with about 19% more failure.

In the last episode in the series Max and Mike attempt to get their heads around the sensitive subject of S.E.X. and technology. Their teenage daughter Cat's latest relationship seems to be mainly conducted through the phone and they fear she doesn't have a clue on the risks attached in sharing intimate images. However, a full and frank adult conversation seems to be beyond Mike who has hang-ups of his own and Max and Mike's attempt to educate the children on the dangers of pornography on the web via a complex metaphor of Brexit and a possible desensitisation to 'David Davis' leaves Lola simply well-versed in European politics and Cat angry. Meanwhile, Max, in attempt to addressing society's obsession with technology, makes a clanging faux pas via her local library web seminars. As the usual family harmony disintegrates it looks like their annual visit to the 'Words and Curds' festival in Wales is set it be a real downer until they bump into Caitlin Moran on her way to a book signing. Is it possible that this celebrated feminist author of a number of books including 'How to be a Woman' will have the answers they crave?

Producer...Julia McKenzie
Production Coordinator...Tamara Shilham
A BBC Studios Production.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0201Library2019022820190307 (BBC7)
20190308 (BBC7)
20201007 (R4)
Maxine Wilson is continues to occupy the local library despite the council closing it and things take a turn for the worse when it looks like eviction is on the cards. Daughter Cat can’t really see the point of libraries anyway, with the internet, and it becomes clear that Mike doesn’t fully grasp what they really mean either. As things take a turn towards the more confrontational Mike recruits a veteran activist, much to Max’s horror.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Pauline...Liza Tarbuck
Various roles...Kiell Smith-Bynoe
Writers…Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production.

The Wilsons family resume their efforts to live their best ethical life.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Maxine Wilson is continues to occupy the local library despite the council closing it and things take a turn for the worse when it looks like eviction is on the cards. Daughter Cat can’t really see the point of libraries anyway, with the internet, and it becomes clear that Mike doesn’t fully grasp what they really mean either. As things take a turn towards the more confrontational Mike recruits a veteran activist, much to Max’s horror.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Pauline...Liza Tarbuck
Various roles...Kiell Smith-Bynoe
Writers…Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0202You Can't Do That Anymore2019030720190314 (BBC7)
20190315 (BBC7)
20201014 (R4)
Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths. Jangly and heartfelt it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life. Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore? A rummage through his parent’s attic suggests LOTS, it turns out. Mike’s dilemma contorts him with anxiety as the family pick their way through this new minefield. Can we ‘offset’ liking problematic things?

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Jennifer...Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip…Rupert Vansittart
Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production

The Wilsons family resume their efforts to live their best ethical life.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths. Jangly and heartfelt it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life. Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore? A rummage through his parent’s attic suggests LOTS, it turns out. Mike’s dilemma contorts him with anxiety as the family pick their way through this new minefield. Can we ‘offset’ liking problematic things?

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Jennifer...Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip…Rupert Vansittart
Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production

0203Protest2019031420190321 (BBC7)
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20201021 (R4)
The Wilsons family enjoy nothing more than a good protest march, joining with other like minds and sticking it to ‘the man’. Today is one they are particularly looking forward to and each of them has a different agenda. Cat has a special provocative costume and issue to highlight; Lola has a complex banner but a simple hope that all voices will unify; Max wants the family to stick together and have a great day out and Mike, well he will persist wearing that excruciating jester hat with bells on. Some tensions seemingly dealt with they are then in the thick of a march in Central London and find unity more difficult than ever to achieve.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Jennifer...Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip…Rupert Vansittart
Various roles...Kiell Smith-Bynoe
Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production

The Wilsons family resume their efforts to live their best ethical life

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Jennifer...Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip…Rupert Vansittart
Various roles...Kiell Smith-Bynoe
Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios production

0204 LASTLive Forever2019032120190328 (BBC7)
20190329 (BBC7)
20201028 (R4)
Spurred on by the notoriously anti-environment neighbour ‘BMW Paul’ and his apparent saintly u-turn on plastics and waste, Mike lays down a no-plastic challenge to the family which is taken up with competitive relish. Meanwhile Max’s Mum Pauline pays another visit and dishes out a heap of straight-talking common sense in her own inimitable way. It turns out that the purpose of her visit is to drop another bombshell which sends Max reeling and forces her to confront a number of difficult issues head on.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Pauline...Liza Tarbuck
BMW Paul…Mike Wozniak
Writers…Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios Production

The Wilsons resume their efforts to live their best ethical life.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Spurred on by the notoriously anti-environment neighbour ‘BMW Paul’ and his apparent saintly u-turn on plastics and waste, Mike lays down a no-plastic challenge to the family which is taken up with competitive relish. Meanwhile Max’s Mum Pauline pays another visit and dishes out a heap of straight-talking common sense in her own inimitable way. It turns out that the purpose of her visit is to drop another bombshell which sends Max reeling and forces her to confront a number of difficult issues head on.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Pauline...Liza Tarbuck
BMW Paul…Mike Wozniak
Writers…Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer...Julia McKenzie
A BBC Studios Production

0301Wellness2020110420201111 (BBC7)
20201112 (BBC7)
After months of not seeing each other, the Wilsons are getting a socially distanced visit from Grandma and Pop-pops. Jennifer has spent lockdown learning about inner peace and the use of products from a company called Awww Well. Although Jennifer has never met her rep Amanda, she feels invigorated by the SPF1 suntan lotion, bath vinegar and the ‘healing’ whatsapp group. Mike is suspicious.

Grandma Pauline has been building her well being empire and is running the operation from department store Wi-Fi. What could go wrong?

Mike: Marcus Brigstocke
Max: Kerry Godliman
Cat: Aine McNamara
Lola: Jasmine Sakyiama
Jennifer: Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip: Rupert Vansittart
Pauline: Liza Tarbuck

Writers: Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan

Producer: Suzy Grant

A BBC Studios production

The Wilsons resume their efforts to live their best ethical life.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0302Friendly Milk2020111120201118 (BBC7)
20201119 (BBC7)
Another day, another pint of oat milk, or as Cat explains ‘milque’. Mike isn’t convinced by the over familiar packaging of Cat’s latest dairy alternative and decides to pay a visit to its head office in a nearby industrial park. Max is trying to avoid small talk in the local shop with varying success.

Mike: Marcus Brigstocke
Max: Kerry Godliman
Cat: Aine McNamara
Lola: Jasmine Sakyiama
Shopkeeper: George Fouracres
Mrs Denton & Cosmos: Nimisha Odedra

Writers: Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan

Producer: Suzy Grant
A BBC Studios production

The Wilsons resume their efforts to live their best ethical life.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0303Arrest2020111820201125 (BBC7)
20201126 (BBC7)
The Wilson household is shaken by two bits of news, Mike has cooked a 12 bean chilli and Cat has been arrested for taking part in a ‘climate emergency disruption’. Mike and Max head to the police station to bail her out and realise it’s not quite as straight forward as they first thought.

Mike: Marcus Brigstocke
Max: Kerry Godliman
Cat: Aine McNamara
Lola: Jasmine Sakyiama
DC Hunter: Nimisha Odedra

Writers: Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
Producer: Suzy Grant
A BBC Studios production

The Wilson household is shaken by two bits of news, a 12 bean chilli and an arrest.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

0304 LASTMarrow2020112520201202 (BBC7)
20201203 (BBC7)
Mike, high on a Good Life binge, is throwing himself properly into self-sufficiency. He’s turned the front garden into a veg patch and is enjoying feeling like a massive farmer. His joy is shattered when someone starts stealing his veg. Meanwhile Max has developed an unhealthy obsession with True Crime documentaries.

Some of Mike's courgettes have been stolen; Max's true crime obsession comes in handy.

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.