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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 historical romp is very much up your street. This is the latest comedy from Mark Evans (writer) and Gareth Edwards (producer) of Mitchell and Webb and features a big name cast including , Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen and James Bachman.

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  • S. Brearley
  • 03-16-10

Hilarious

This is wonderful - very funny and very cleverly done. I recommend all three series. Our whole family loves it; from the twelve-year-old up. Anthony Head will always be Mr Gently Benevolent to us all.

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  • Colin
  • 02-14-10

Brilliant Humour

What can I say- this is so funny!
I must warn you about playing this on the train- you will almost certainly burst out laughing!
Superb stuff- witty & just so funny!

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  • RH
  • 06-18-17

the story just gets better and better...

It is just a fantastic yarn, full of black humour and wit. excellent excellent excellent

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  • Tony
  • 09-05-16

Fab fun

Good fun to listen to. Well thought out comedy that I will definitely listen to again

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  • Mr. John Hughes
  • 08-25-16

adore this show,

love this show! gets madder and better each series! performances are brilliant as ever! definitely recommend!

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  • chris
  • 12-02-14

A Great Story completely spoiled

What disappointed you about Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series?

Brilliant series completely spoiled by a canned laughter tract which was so distracting that I could not enjoy it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series?

I'm sure Mr Gently Benevolent was behind the horrific canned laughter which ruined our enjoyment

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

everything

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series?

none

Any additional comments?

Why destroy a brilliant story with canned laughter?

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  • A. I. Hutchings
  • 04-12-13

Hilarious

It's victorian, it's surreal and it's hilarious. The performances from everyone are brilliant but James Bachman and Anthony Head deserve special mention. I defy you not to be laughing from this show long after you've finished listening to it.

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  • Suej
  • 01-17-13

Very very funny

Yes it is really very stupid in places, but it will have you snorting with laughter.

Anthony Head steals every scene with some delightful hamming, but you love him for it.

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  • 12-23-12

Bleak Expectations Series 2

This Radio program always lifts my spirits on a bad day. Sometimes it's infantile humour, other times pythonesque, but it's always entertaining. Having suffered through reading Dickens at school, this brilliant parody makes it seem worthwhile - although you don't have to have read Dickens to find this funny. Anyway I would thoroughly recommend this series to everyone.

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  • Eleanor
  • 07-10-11

Absolutly Brilliant!

I first listened to this on a bus journey in France, I was laughing for the entire journey earning me many strange looks but Bleak Expectations is so good that it is impossible to listen to it without laughing. The cast is superb, timing the jokes to perfection and making you believe the implausible and downright impossible. The jokes are brilliant and accessible by both young and old even though the links to Dickens require knowledge of his work to understand. Many thanks to my friend for introducing me to Bleak Expectations is truly amazing both clever and funny while making subtle comments on society. Now my friends and I can talk for hours, spouting apparent gibberish as we quote Bleak Expectations, laughing all the time, many thanks to my friend for introducing me to the program. Hurrumble for Bleak Expectations.

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