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Little Blighty On The Down

Radio 4
Series One 1988
Series Two 1989
Series Three 1990
Series Four 1991
Series Five 1992
Plus Christmas specials in 1991 and 92 (and possibly earlier years?)

A clever and fondly-remembered satirical series, transmitted during Week Endingís periodic breaks, this "everyday story of a country folk" related events in the small village of Little Blighty -- events which somehow always bore close relation to whatever was going on in the outside world.  Iím Sorry Iíll Read That Again veteran Jo Kendall starred as Mrs Roberts, domineering leader of the Parish Council, who engaged in rather one-sided battles with her tongue-tied rival, Working Menís Club president Mr Blandish.  The series, scripted by Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Mike Coleman, charted the political landscape in miniature for five years: momentous upheavals saw the council gain a new leader, in the shape of ex-circus employee John Barnum, while the deposed Mrs Roberts was reduced to the level of a meths-drinking crone in a bath-chair, indignantly shouting ďI used to be the leader of the Parish Council!Ē at anyone who would listen.

© JB Sumner 1998, 1999.  Additional info supplied by John O'Farrell.  Last modified 27/6/99