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"A work of genius." ( Radio Times)

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Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell in four fantastic episodes of Jon Canter's BBC Radio 4 comedy. 

James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, turns time traveller to pursue other legends to immortalise in this award-winning comedy series. Hampered by his own pomposity and self-importance, he finds that his subjects get the better of him - with hilarious consequences. 

Interviewing Sigmund Freud, Boswell is wrong-footed when Freud asks all the questions and on meeting Maria Callas (and her poodle) he becomes caught up in an opera of his own making. While talking to Harold Pinter he finds himself the victim of a betrayal and Boris Johnson proves to be a formidable opponent - especially on the whiff-whaff table. 

Written by acclaimed comedy author Jon Canter, this hugely entertaining series won the Prix Europa for Best European Radio Series of the Year. It stars Miles Jupp as Boswell, with Henry Goodman as Freud, Arabella Weir as Callas, Harry Enfield as Pinter and Alistair McGowan as Boris Johnson.

©2016 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2016 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 21-03-2018

Brilliant, had me in stitches

I love Miles Jupp in anything and this doesn't disappoint. Each story is great and the cast make it enjoyable. I laughed so much on my commute, I was getting worried glances. Finished it in one sitting.

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  • 03-10-2018

Boswell violated

Not sure why Amazon/Audible thinks that every download can be rated on "story" and wont let you move on until you do. There is no "story", that's not what it is. Just as Apple thinks people only download "songs" i suppose.

But this is very poor. For sure, Boswell's spirit and methods are nowhere. That is just a shallow device to write journalist style conversations with famous dead people. But conversations where the humour is leaden - embarrassing even. You may disagree but please sample it first to find out

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