• Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

  • The Complete First Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Performance
  • Release date: 25-03-2008
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (5 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a big name cast including, Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Richard Johnson,Tom Allen and James Bachman. Bleak Expectations is the remarkable adventures of young Philip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the plotting of his guardian, the scheming, evil and badly-named Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher brothers.
A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.
If you liked Blackadder than this historial romp is very much up your street.
©2008 Mark Evans (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By lynn on 27-06-2010

Brilliant Parody

I had heard this BBC production on the ABC in Australia and I was really pleased to find it available on Audible.Dickens in context is of course brilliant but so is Bleak Expectations using parody nd irony it is hilarious. So good to hear humour that requires thought and is so politically incorrect, great choice audible!!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 08-02-2011

As a Dickens fan this cracked me up.

The tone is just spot on and in parts the absurdist humour reminded me of The Goon Show. It's wonderfully acted as well. Well worth a listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Blue Jay on 16-05-2008

Dicken's with tonque firmly in cheek

I've been eagerly waiting for the BBC to release this ever since it was first broadcast. I'm not a Radio 4 drama person at all but I came across this by accident and it made me howl with laughter. The comparison with Blackadder is very much deserved. This is a great yarn with a fabulous cast (Anthony Head is a true gem), and perfect for anyone who is fan of Dickens and Victorian sensational and sentimental novels.

Great gags, love, loss, friendship, mystery and of course, the obligatory 'evil genius', what more could anyone want? Brilliant.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 16-01-2011

Genius, at last

For anyone who can no longer laugh at the spiteful PC 'observation' ramblings of most current comedy. Here it is! The solution, something to make you remember how much you enjoyed clever humour. If you love early Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield, Alan Partridge or I'm sorry I haven't a clue. Then buy these and savour them one at a time...
If you are a comedy writer, listen, learn, think positive and create something new..

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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