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Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series Performance

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a big name cast including, Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Richard Johnson,Tom Allen and James Bachman.

Bleak Expectations is the remarkable adventures of young Philip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the plotting of his guardian, the scheming, evil and badly-named Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher brothers.

A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

If you liked Blackadder than this historial romp is very much up your street.

©2008 Mark Evans; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 06-27-10
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 06-27-10 Member Since 2015

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Brilliant Parody"

    I had heard this BBC production on the ABC in Australia and I was really pleased to find it available on Audible.Dickens in context is of course brilliant but so is Bleak Expectations using parody nd irony it is hilarious. So good to hear humour that requires thought and is so politically incorrect, great choice audible!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Kenmore, Australia 02-08-11
    Jennifer Kenmore, Australia 02-08-11
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    "As a Dickens fan this cracked me up."

    The tone is just spot on and in parts the absurdist humour reminded me of The Goon Show. It's wonderfully acted as well. Well worth a listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Albert L. Riess III Aldan, PA USA 03-21-15
    Albert L. Riess III Aldan, PA USA 03-21-15 Member Since 2016

    The Dude Abides

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    "Outstanding"

    I picked this up on a whim and was amazed at how funny it was. I devoured it in 2 days. Great program.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09
    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Wow...just WOW!"

    I bought this audio drama on a whim. One of the best things I've gotten here on audible. Great humor. Reminds me of the wonderful British comedies of past and present. If you liked Blackadder, Python, IT Crowd, and Hogan's Heroes(I know, not British, but still great!), you will love this!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DJDecca 06-19-16
    DJDecca 06-19-16
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    "Dickens Meets Monty Python"
    Would you listen to Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series again? Why?

    I've already listened to it twice. Once on my own, and again when I told my husband "you have to listen to this!" An unnecessary road trip ensued so we could drive around and laugh ourselves silly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many wonderful characters in this. Old Pip and young Pip. Mr. Gently Benevolent. But I have to go with the delightfully dim Harry Biscuit.


    Have you listened to any of uncredited’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The ensemble cast is absolutely brilliant and they seem to be enjoying it almost as much as the audience. A few cast members are old favorites for anyone who is a fan of BBC mysteries plus some new performers I hadn't heard of but will most assuredly search out now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. And as soon I was finished, I purchased Series Two.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly haven't laughed this hard in ages. This is clever, witty, goofy, absurd, and just plain fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. L. Fassett 06-12-16

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    "Fun Send-up of Dickens"

    Very funny & well performed by some famous British actors Fun for those of us who enjoy Dickens but don't mind a laugh about his work.

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    Peter Banyule, Australia 01-29-16
    Peter Banyule, Australia 01-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, bizarre, offbeat and entertaining"

    A wonderful farce. Enjoyed every moment with the exception of the excessive canned laughter.

    So many wonderful and bizarre characters. Weird plot that provides plenty of good laughs.

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    @olsonActor Washington, DC, United States 01-15-16
    @olsonActor Washington, DC, United States 01-15-16 Member Since 2011

    Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; working actor/director. Biography & History focus.

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    "Ugh"

    I invariably love the BBC comedies, but this one is eminently flat, forced and forgettable.

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  • Blue Jay
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    5/16/08
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    "Dicken's with tonque firmly in cheek"

    I've been eagerly waiting for the BBC to release this ever since it was first broadcast. I'm not a Radio 4 drama person at all but I came across this by accident and it made me howl with laughter. The comparison with Blackadder is very much deserved. This is a great yarn with a fabulous cast (Anthony Head is a true gem), and perfect for anyone who is fan of Dickens and Victorian sensational and sentimental novels.

    Great gags, love, loss, friendship, mystery and of course, the obligatory 'evil genius', what more could anyone want? Brilliant.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    1/16/11
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    "Genius, at last"

    For anyone who can no longer laugh at the spiteful PC 'observation' ramblings of most current comedy. Here it is! The solution, something to make you remember how much you enjoyed clever humour. If you love early Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield, Alan Partridge or I'm sorry I haven't a clue. Then buy these and savour them one at a time...
    If you are a comedy writer, listen, learn, think positive and create something new..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • PP Merge
    4/29/08
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    "Oliver with a Twist or a Tall Tale of no cities"

    With a new series looming on Radio 4 someone recommended this comedy title on Audible. I had missed it when broadcast and as the source of the comedy is Dickens I wasn't sure it was for me. How wrong I was. If you are a fan of 'Old Harry's Game' and 'Revolting People' then get this.

    The humour is at times surreal with many running gags but always sharp and perfectly acted by an excellent ensemble cast including the superb Anthony Head.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Carl
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    "Hilarious to me but not for everyone."

    I adore this series but it really is only for people who appreciate humour in the same vein as Monty Python, Q9, The Goons etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T. Norman
    Dorchester, U.K.
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    "BBC radio comedy at its finest"

    A star studded cast bring this hilarious parody of Dickensian literature to vivid life. Pip Bin, Harry Biscuit and co must defeat Gently Benevolent, Pip's EVIL guardian, despite set a is such as being sent to the workhouse, press ganged into a ships crew and being accused of plagiarism. How will they get past these Bleak Expectations?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    4/14/10
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    ":-)"

    A great series that kept me giggling through my commutes for two days. Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead are particularly fabulous and the script is clever, surreal and sometimes very corny!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    1/31/10
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    "Brilliantly funny & a little surreal!"

    Hi All.
    When I first heard this on Radio 4 , I was driving and nearly drove off the road laughing.
    I have series 1 & 2 and am eagerly waiting for series 3 to be released.
    Its now on my iPod and it makes me cry laughing - it is so funny & witty- get it & enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Siorac en PerigordFrance
    11/10/08
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    "British humour at its best"

    The comparisons with Blackadder, Old Harry's Game and Revolting people are completely justified. Well done the BBC. If you have a sense of the ridiculous and do not mind a little lampooning of one of Britain's greatest writers and chroniclers of our sometimes less than attractive Victorian history, then this is for you. A fantastic cast does a great job and PLEASE, Audible, let's have the second series soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    4/3/16
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    "Awsome"

    Dripping with satire and obserdist laughs. Well worth a listern and will definitely be getting the next series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr R J Morrison
    11/23/15
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    "Highly recommended!"

    Brilliant, loved it, very funny and cleverly written. After listening to 'The Castle' I was looking for something of equal calibre, this fit the bill and I'm very glad I chose to listen. Very funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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