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Publisher's Summary

All three series of the BBC radio bittersweet comedy narrated by Sheila Hancock following the adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire - plus special episode 'Full Stop'. 

Relationships have come and gone but life continues in Wadenbrook, where Sheila Hancock takes us behind closed doors to reveal the inhabitants' heartbreak and happiness. 

We meet Rod the local supermarket manager (Mackenzie Crook), who shares rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system, and recently divorced Jan (Felicity Montagu) who's been trying unsuccessfully to 'find herself'. Forthright self-defence teacher Esther (Katherine Jakeways, also the writer of this series) and her gentle and put-upon husband, Jonathan (Kevin Eldon), are trying to start a family, and Ken and Keith, possibly the happiest couple in town, are determined to teach their pet whippets to dance for the town talent night. 

Throughout this funny and touching comedy show, love blossoms in the most unexpected places, birthdays are celebrated and visitors are both expected and unexpected. In the final ever episode, 'Full Stop', the residents of Wadenbrook travel to see a starry production at the Birmingham Hippodrome, but heavy snow threatens to thwart everyone's plans.... 

Narrated by Sheila Hancock, North by Northamptonshire also stars Kevin Eldon, Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook and Felicity Montagu and was written by Katherine Jakeways.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Missing episode

As of writing this review Series 2 episode 4 is missing and in its place was a duplicate of Series 3 Episode 4.

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The characters in this series you’ll connect with!!

You can’t go wrong by getting this series. This show is awesome!!! I listened to many times and I love it. Katherine Jakeways is so gifted. She gets characters down where your saying hey my Dads just like that. I have yet to have not truly enjoyed her other works as well.

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great, heart-warming fun

many giggles during this superbly narrated and expertly written listen. It's one that I will return to when I need a lovely distraction

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  • Dino of the Day
  • 10-14-21

missing episode?

So 2x episode 4 from series 2. That episode was repeated in series 3 on this download

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  • M Ryan
  • 08-05-22

Loved it but...

Loved this but sadly as other reviewers have said one episode is repeated and one is missing! Sort it out Audible

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-22

Shame that one episode is repeated

Shame that an episode is repeated. However, as far as I can tell, none are missing.

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  • 08-01-21

Wonderful, funny, moving.

The performances were perfect. The writing is witty, wise, clever, profound, and extremely uplifting. And so funny.

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  • 04-04-21

Entertaining

Amusing & entertaining. Unusual narration which is really well done & adds to the telling of the story. Highly recommended