Childhood memories inspire new BBC series
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.