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Publisher's Summary

All 10 episodes of the BBC radio comedy about three women who embrace the world of salsa while adjusting to life after cancer.

After their treatment for ovarian and breast cancer, Chippy is mad, Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know! Seeking to regain their zest for life and love, they throw themselves into dance classes at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis. 

As they try to deal with the many obstacles on the road back to normality - or at least, a 'new normal' - the three friends must get to grips with their own particular aftershocks and face their own fears. Their brush with mortality has given them all a fresh perspective and changed their outlook, desires and expectations. So when it comes to the challenges of everyday life - boring marriages, troublesome children, difficult workmates and infuriating parents - will they try and preserve the pre-cancer status quo, or, in Terri's words, say 'sod it all' and 'go for it'?

Created by comedy writer/performer Kay Stonham, this groundbreaking comedy about salsa, survival and staying strong stars Natasha Little as Jill, Camille Coduri as Terri and Sharon Rooney and Jessie Cave as Chippy. 

Production credits

Written by Kay Stonham

Produced by Alison Vernon-Smith (Series 1 and 2) and Katie Tyrell (Series 3)

A BBC Studios production

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7-28 July 2014 (Series 1), 13 January-3 February 2016 (Series 2), 23-30 August 2017 (Series 3)


Terri - Camille Coduri

Chippy - Sharon Rooney/Jessie Cave

Jill - Natasha Little

Marco - Doc Brown/Derek Elroy

Gordon - Andrew Obeney

Colin - David Cann/Chris Pavlo/Martin Trenaman

Georgie - Emily Chase

Tim - Matt Houlihan

Sara - Antonia Reid

Chippy's Mum/Corinne - Kay Stonham

Elaine/Consultant 2 - Ayesha Antoine

Georgie - Emily Chase

Joel - Joe Johnsey

Marnie/Dancer - Jessica Turner

Consultant 1 - Chris Pavlo

Barman - Leo Wan

Ann - Kerry Gooderson

Assistant - Philip Fox

Shop assistant/Celebrant - Kerry Gooderson

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 13-01-2021

More of this please!

It’s been a pleasure to listen to such clever and witty entertainment. I loved the depth of characters and the sheer number of laughs. It novel to have a cancer story that’s about living not dying! More please

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