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Love in Recovery: Series 3

The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Drama
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Entertainment
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Third series of the critically acclaimed comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous, containing exclusive, unbroadcast material. Written by Pete Jackson and inspired by his own road to recovery, Love in Recovery stars Rebecca Front, John Hannah, Sue Johnston, Paul Kaye and Johnny Vegas.  

Love in Recovery follows the lives of five very different recovering alcoholics. Johnny Vegas is Andy, the sweet but simple self-appointed group leader. Sue Johnston plays straight-talking Julie, who's been known to have the odd relapse here and there - and everywhere. Rebecca Front is the snobby and spikey Fiona, an ex-banker who had it all and then lost the lot. John Hannah is Simon, a snide journalist who’s not an alcoholic; he got caught drink driving, his boss made him attend the meeting, but he fell in love with Fiona and stayed - and despite her best efforts, she fell in love with him, too. Paul Kaye is Danno, a down and out two-bit chancer with a shady past but a lot of heart, who’s desperate to turn his life around. 

As we follow their weekly meetings, we hear them moan, argue, laugh, fall apart, fall in love and, most importantly, tell their stories. And in series three, the group faces bigger highs and lows than ever before.

Writer Pete Jackson is a recovering alcoholic and has spent time in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was there he found, as most people do, support from the unlikeliest group of disparate souls, all banded together due to one common bond. As well as offering the support he needed throughout a difficult time, AA also offered a weekly, sometimes daily dose of hilarity, upset, heartbreak and friendship.

Love in Recovery doesn’t seek to represent an AA meeting exactly as it might happen in real life but to capture the funny stories, the sad stories, the stories of small victories and of huge milestones, stories of loss, stories of hope and, most importantly, the many, many highs and lows in the journey of recovery. 

Cast

Fiona….. Rebecca Front
Simon….. John Hannah
Julie….. Sue Johnston
Danno….. Paul Kaye
Andy..... Johnny Vegas

Written and created by Pete Jackson
Producer/director: Ben Worsfield
A King Bert production for BBC Radio 4

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

Praise for Series 1 and 2: "Bright, bold, original comedy by Pete Jackson with a sparkling cast." (The Telegraph)

"One of the finest casts on radio for years...the series is set to become a classic." (Radio Times

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Couldn't understand half of it...

The performances are wonderful. But the heavy Cockney accent used by the male performers ruined a lot of it for me, being American. I could understand both the women and Simon but only half of what the others were talking about. Too bad because the acting is so good. The story lacked clarity because of the dialect.

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  • david
  • 04-04-19

simply the best

simply the best thing I've listened to for a long time. everyone needs to listen

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  • Mazza
  • 03-27-19

Excellent writing and performances

Sharp writing but I do miss the original Andy and Marion.
Hope there are many more series

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  • flux
  • 04-29-19

Bit of a letdown after Series 1 & 2

Perhaps the characters had begun to grate on me a bit. But I felt the storyline was much weaker than the first two series. Just felt quite clichéd.

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