Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.
A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy, and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.
The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener, and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquility of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'.
Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.
As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot, and Sigmund Void.
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"Very far from Gloomy."
This series, originally written for radio, I believe, is an utter delight. This is a really clever and very amusing rather than biting satire on the egocentric, self-indulgent and entitled Bloomsbury group. The central figure is Vera Sackcloth-Vest the thoroughly before-her-time trans author-come-garden designer-come-tyrant and her bipolar, reluctant lesbian friend Ginny Fox. Yes, this is about as subtle as a hedge-trimmer but therein lies the humour - the characters are exposed as hypocrites and sycophants with no malice whatsoever and instead through puns, double-entendres and the author's deft control, the 'literary geniuses' are presented as caricatures of the originals.
It's very merry, enduces very many chuckles and the historical aspects of the period are presented with a light touch and are rather enlightening. It'll certainly give you a very different perspective on the famous figures brought to life here.
There is a also a full and stellar cast; no weak spots AT ALL in the performances - simply genius casting. I've listened to this series again and again, can't wait for the next instalment and I simply cannot praise this highly enough.
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