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All 26 episodes of the much-loved 1960s sitcom, as heard on BBC radio.

Kate and George Starling are just beginning their lives as young newlyweds and are already experiencing the frustrations, as well as the joys, of marriage. But although they have their ups and downs, their mutual love and mistrust gets them through.

In these two series, they experience the downsides and delights of domesticity: from getting locked out of their new flat, sparring over nights out and coping with the next-door neighbours, to planning a holiday together and looking forward to a new arrival. Parenthood brings further challenges - including organising baby Helen’s christening and finding a family home - but a job abroad could offer new opportunities for the Starlings....

Originally broadcast on BBC TV between 1963 and 1966, this absorbing comedy by Richard Waring was so popular that it was adapted on radio for the BBC Light Programme. It stars Richard Briers as George and Prunella Scales as Kate, with guest stars including Heather Chasen, Derek Waring, Joan Sanderson, Wallas Eaton and Derek Fowlds.

Written by Richard Waring.

Produced by Charles Maxwell.

Recorded at the BBC Paris Studio in London.

First broadcast BBC Light Programme: 21 May-13 August 1965 (Series 1), 19 March-11 June 1967 (Series 2).


George - Richard Briers

Kate - Prunella Scales

Norah - Heather Chasen

Peter - Geoffrey Matthews

John - David Morton

Miles - Rodney Diak/Derek Waring

Ossie - David Graham

Mr Reynolds - Leon Thau

Ronald – Terence Alexander

George’s father - Geoffrey Sumner

Kate’s mother - Joan Sanderson

Mr Cartwright - Wallas Eaton

Mr Renfrew Smith - Felix Felton

Arthur - Frederick Treves

Denis - Peter Hawkins

Jeanie - Audrey Nicholson

Murray - Penny Morrell

Mother - Diana King

Pauline - Rosalind Knight

Ronald - William Fox

With John Baddeley, Norma Ronald, Philip Guard, Isabel Rennie, Elizabeth Morgan, Jo Kendall, Nigel Graham, John Graham, Charlotte Mitchell, Rosemary Miller, Peter Gilmore, James Taylor, Clive Morton, Noel Hood, Edward de Souza, Beth Boyd, Carol Marsh, Wilfred Babbage, Pearl Hackney, Ronald Hines, Fraser Kerr, Carole Boyd, Robert McBain, Lockwood West, Tim Barrett, Doris Rogers, Anna Gilchrist, Derek Fowlds, Gretchen Franklin, Alec Bregonzi.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 06-25-20

Marriage lines .. divorced

I found this listen to be tedious and monotonous. Yes dear, no dear. I admire the main players as thespians, this in my mind falls hopelessly short of their talents

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  • 08-14-20


I loved the old fashioned feel..
expected it to be funnier... didn't quite reach my expectations

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  • 09-03-20

Loved it

Absolutely loved it really funny, easy listening. Such a shame that there were only 2 series made.