• Up the Garden Path: The Complete Series 1-3

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: Sue Limb
  • Narrated by: full cast, Imelda Staunton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It’s the beginning of a new school term, and Izzy is dreading it....

Tumbling from one love entanglement to another, 30-something teacher Izzy Comyn has a predilection for inappropriate men. Over the three hilarious series of Up the Garden Path, Izzy, played by Imelda Staunton, deals with the complicated ups and downs of her attempts to find true love. 

Along with Imelda Stanton as Izzy, Marty Cruickshank plays Maria, Nicholas Le Prevost is Michael and Mike Grady is Dick.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore.

Adapted by Sue Limb from her 1984 novel.

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

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Annoyingly good.

Izzy is one of the most annoyingly unlikable characters I have ever met but her portrayal by Imelda Staunton was so good I could not stop listening.
Supporting cast was great too and the story, although somewhat predictable, still made it a worthwhile read.

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  • S. Ackland
  • 06-27-20

I hated Izzy from the start!

I loved this story so much, I couldn't stand Izzy the main lady, from the start she in my opinion (I'm sure others viewed her differently) was ditsy well past the point of annoying, very naive, selfish and managed to get her self caught in unbelievable situations all due to her being unbelievably wrapped up in her self. all this actually made me love the story ,I felt sorry for everyone who had to put up with her lol.

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  • J. Simnett
  • 05-02-20

a very pleasant story and engaging characters

I enjoyed this series and happily listened to the whole thing. a very pleasant storyline

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  • andrea ainley
  • 01-10-22

Classic comedy

Very funny - pre cursor to Bridget Jones diary but for an older woman. Her sexual antics and the scrapes she gets into. Whilst holding down a job as a teacher and helping her friends navigates their relationships.

Imelda Staunton at her best - worth buying and will listen again.