Child­hood mem­o­ries in­spire new BBC se­ries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A FOND take on life grow­ing up near Peter­bor­ough is the fo­cus of a new ra­dio se­ries which airs on BBC Ra­dio 4 to­day.

Com­edy writer Kather­ine Jake­ways has cre­ated a four­part pro­gramme called North by Northamp­ton­shire, based on her life grow­ing up in Oun­dle.

The se­ries is set in the fic­tional town of Waden­brook, a mix of Waden­hoe and Pole­brook, but Kather­ine said res­i­dents of Oun­dle would be able to recog­nise their town in the com­edy.

Char­ac­ters are fic­tional, but build­ings like the Co-op and Vic­to­ria Hall are in­cluded in the se­ries.

Kather­ine, a mother-of-one now liv­ing in London, has se­cured a stel­lar cast for North by Northamp­ton­shire, in­clud­ing Sheila Han­cock and Macken­zie Crook (best known as Gareth in The Of­fice.)

It’s de­scribed by the BBC as “a clever, funny and touch­ing se­ries about a small town in the mid­dle of Northamp­ton­shire as it pre­pares for a tal­ent night.”

In this week’s episode Mary (Pene­lope Wilton) starts re­hearsals for the town tal­ent night and is shocked by 12-yearold Gre­gory’s ( Sam Cot­ton) slide show of Vic­to­rian ladies. Kather­ine has been per­form­ing stand-up for sev­eral years, as well as act­ing and writ­ing, and is a reg­u­lar per­former in the Arm­strong and Miller Show, and also ap­peared in Ricky Ger­vais’ Ex­tras.

She is also no­table as one of the reg­u­lar cast in the ra­dio se­ries Deep Trou­ble and Look Away Now.

The first episoide of North by Northamp­ton­shire is on BBC Ra­dio 4 at 11.30am to­day. It will then be avail­able to lis­ten on BBC iPlayer.

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