The Wordsmiths At Gorsemere

An Everyday Story Of Towering Genius

Spoof drama about the Romantic poets, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the eighteenth century.

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An Everyday Story Of Towering Genius

Spoof drama about the Romantic poets, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the eighteenth century.

An everyday story of towering genius by Sue Limb. The Wordsmiths settle at Gorsemere.

An everyday story of towering genius by Sue Limb. The Wordsmiths settle at Gorsemere.

The Wordsmiths settle at Gorsemere.

William and Dorothy settle in their sublime cottage.

Sue Limb's Lakeland poets parody.

Sue Limb's Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey.

From February 1985.

William and Dorothy settle in their sublime cottage. Sue Limb's Lakeland poets parody.

William and Dorothy settle in their sublime cottage. Sue Limb's Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey. From February 1985.

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Lord Byro - cad, revolutionary and womaniser - arrives to demonstrate his rakish skill and renaissance charm.

William pledges to protect his sister from the philandering Lord Byro.

Lakeland poets parody with Tim Curry.

From March 1985.

William pledges to protect his sister from the philandering Lord Byro. Lakeland poets parody with Tim Curry. From March 1985.

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An albatross pursues Cholericke's sandwich, arousing his lust, but could this be the inspiration for the Ancient Mariner?

A hungry albatross inspires Samuel Tailor Cholericke's poetic musings.

Lakeland poets parody with Simon Callow.

Dorothy is perturbed about William's impending wedding

An albatross pursues Cholericke's sandwich, arousing his lust...

but could this be the inspiration for the Ancient Mariner?

A hungry albatross inspires Samuel Tailor Cholericke's poetic musings. From March 1985.

A hungry albatross inspires Samuel Tailor Cholericke's poetic musings. Lakeland poets parody with Simon Callow. From March 1985.

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Cholericke is feverish and the arrival of Mary Lump causes concern.

From March 1985.

Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey.

Cholericke is indisposed

Dorothy prepares tea and Mary Lump goes mad.

Cholericke is feverish and the arrival of Mary Lump causes concern. Lakeland poets parody.

Cholericke is feverish and the arrival of Mary Lump causes concern. Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey. From March 1985.

Simon Callow stars as an especially smelly Cholericke in this poetic parody. Dorothy prepares tea and Mary Lump goes mad.

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Dorothy worries over William's wedding and Thomas de Quinine arrives. From May 1987.

Dorothy worries over William's wedding and Thomas de Quinine arrives. Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey. From May 1987.

Spoof drama about the Romantic poets.

Spoof drama about the Romantic poets, starring Geoffrey Whitehead as William and Denise Coffey as Dorothy.

Dorothy worries over William's wedding and Thomas de Quinine arrives.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Dorothy is worried about William's impending marriage. Iris bangs bolsters. Samuel Tailor Cholericke falls from grace. And Thomas de Quinine arrives....

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six-part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1985.

Dorothy is worried about William's impending marriage. Iris bangs bolsters. Samuel Tailor Cholericke falls from grace. And Thomas de Quinine arrives....

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six-part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

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William and Mary's wedding bells ring, but there is an unexpected guest.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Stinking Iris brews Laburnum Tea. Cholericke returns secretly. Dorothy's arrangement for the wedding feast are disturbed. And a honeymoon is embarked upon...
An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.
Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar.
Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

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William and Mary's wedding bells ring, but there's an unexpected guest. From May 1987.

William and Mary's wedding bells ring, but there's an unexpected guest. Lakeland poets parody with Simon Callow. From May 1987.

William and Mary's wedding bells ring, but there is an unexpected guest. Lakeland poets parody with Simon Callow. From May 1987.

Wedding bells ring for William and Mary, but an unexpected guest is at the nuptials. With Simon Callow and Denise Coffey.

William and Mary's wedding bells ring, but there is an unexpected guest.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Stinking Iris brews Laburnum Tea. Cholericke returns secretly. Dorothy's arrangement for the wedding feast are disturbed. And a honeymoon is embarked upon...
An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.
Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar.
Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

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Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine and Sir Walter Spott arrives. From May 1987.

Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine and Sir Walter Spott arrives. Lakeland poets parody with Miriam Margolyes. From May 1987.

Simon Callow and Miriam Margolyes cope with an overindulgent guest in Sue Limb's comedy drama set in the Romantic era.

Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine and Sir Walter Spott arrives.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine's enthusiasm. Stinking Iris is in an interesting condition. There is a reconciliation. And Sir Walter Spott is expected...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Chris Emmett as the Leechpedla and Bill Paterson as Sir Walter Spott.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine and Sir Walter Spott arrives.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Dorothy is perturbed by de Quinine's enthusiasm. Stinking Iris is in an interesting condition. There is a reconciliation. And Sir Walter Spott is expected...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Chris Emmett as the Leechpedla and Bill Paterson as Sir Walter Spott.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

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John Sheets makes a welcome arrival and a game of cricket is proposed.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Domestic bliss is enhanced by the arrival of John Sheets. Views are exchanged on the desirability of the married state. And a game of cricket is proposed...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six-part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar and Nicky Henson as John Sheets.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1987.

18th century domestic bliss is enhanced by the Lake District arrival of John Sheets, and a game of cricket is proposed.

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With the babies set to arrive, a visitor surprises Cholericke.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

Cholericke gets a surprise visitor while Dorothy tries to manage as the household descends into chaos...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Angela Pleasence as Sara Cholricke and Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1987.

With the babies set to arrive, a visitor surprises Cholericke. From June 1987.

With the babies set to arrive, a visitor surprises Cholericke. Lakeland poets parody with Geoffrey Whitehead. From June 1987.

The arrival of the babies is imminent, but an unexpected visitor shatters Cholericke's reverie. Meanwhile, Dorothy can't cope.

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William's peace is shattered by the arrival of spooky William Bloke. From June 1987.

William's peace is shattered by the arrival of spooky William Bloke. Lakeland poets parody with Simon Callow. From June 1987.

The spoof romantic poets receive a visit from illustrator and visionary William Bloke. Starring Simon Callow and Denise Coffey.

William's peace is shattered by the arrival of spooky William Bloke.

Sue Limb's parody of the lives of the Romantic poets

William Wordsworth meditates upon his Miltonic sonnet. William Bloke arrives with a warning. De Quinine returns in disarray. There is a visitation and all is at peace.

Conclusion of the everyday story of towering genius. Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine, John Shrapnel as William Bloke and Chris Emmett as the Leechpedlar
Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1987.