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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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  • Blue Jay
  • 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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • PP Merge
  • 29-04-2008

Oliver with a Twist or a Tall Tale of no cities

With a new series looming on Radio 4 someone recommended this comedy title on Audible. I had missed it when broadcast and as the source of the comedy is Dickens I wasn't sure it was for me. How wrong I was. If you are a fan of 'Old Harry's Game' and 'Revolting People' then get this.

The humour is at times surreal with many running gags but always sharp and perfectly acted by an excellent ensemble cast including the superb Anthony Head.

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  • Carl
  • 12-01-2015

Hilarious to me but not for everyone.

I adore this series but it really is only for people who appreciate humour in the same vein as Monty Python, Q9, The Goons etc.

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  • T. Norman
  • 05-07-2013

BBC radio comedy at its finest

A star studded cast bring this hilarious parody of Dickensian literature to vivid life. Pip Bin, Harry Biscuit and co must defeat Gently Benevolent, Pip's EVIL guardian, despite set a is such as being sent to the workhouse, press ganged into a ships crew and being accused of plagiarism. How will they get past these Bleak Expectations?

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  • Stephanie Jane
  • 14-04-2010

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A great series that kept me giggling through my commutes for two days. Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead are particularly fabulous and the script is clever, surreal and sometimes very corny!

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  • Colin
  • 31-01-2010

Brilliantly funny & a little surreal!

Hi All.
When I first heard this on Radio 4 , I was driving and nearly drove off the road laughing.
I have series 1 & 2 and am eagerly waiting for series 3 to be released.
Its now on my iPod and it makes me cry laughing - it is so funny & witty- get it & enjoy!

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  • BJShalts
  • 26-02-2017

Groan-worthy but good

What did you like most about Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series?

First a bit of technical info: On an iPhone, for this particular audiobook you need Download Quality "High" (you'll find that in Settings) It won't work in 'Standard' which means it does take up a bit more storage space.

I enjoyed some parts of this comedy. The rather histrionic style does take a bit of getting used to, but the performances were excellent. There are some subtle jokes about Dickens, and lots of not so subtle jokes about corporal punishment -the public school of Saint Bastards and the Nunnery of Saint Bitches and their extreme punishments form a large part of the middle section. Sometimes the jokes were a bit lame, but it was saved by a marvellously absurd and fast moving plot. So all in all I found it a mixed bag- slightly wearing in some parts, unexpectedly funny in others. Listen to a sample before buying, and see how you feel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2017

a great comedy from the "mitchell and webb" group

I first heard this in 2012 on 4 extra and was happily surprised to find it here

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2016

Awsome

Dripping with satire and obserdist laughs. Well worth a listern and will definitely be getting the next series.

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