Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack will be heard in a radio comedy series later this month.
Roger will star in the second series of Gloomsbury, a comedy about the Bloomsbury Group, and will also feature Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions.
Roger, who died in January, will be heard playing long-suffering husband Lionel Fox and amorous gardener Gosling. The first episode will be dedicated to his memory.
During the recording of Gloomsbury last summer he said: “My characters couldn’t be more different as I play Lionel – an anxious aristocrat – and Gosling – a bluff peasant of dubious sexuality.
“I’ve always been interested in the Bloomsbury set and I think it’s a rather brilliant idea to make fun of them as they lived in this extraordinary, slightly snobby bubble.”
The first series of Gloomsbury, which is written by Sue Limb, was transmitted last autumn to critical acclaim. It’s an affectionate send up of the infamous literary group whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century. This second series continues to follow the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest (Margolyes), writer, gardener and transvestite, and her amorous antics among her close-knit coterie of writers, poets and artists.
Vera shares a bijou castle in Kent with her devoted husband Henry, but longs for exotic adventures with nervy novelist Ginny Fox (Steadman) and wilful beauty Venus Traduces (Banks). It may be 1921 – the dawn of modern love, life and lingerie – but Vera still hasn’t learnt how to boil a kettle.
Says Miriam Margolyes: “The first series was met with hysteria and delight from everybody and I’m 100% thrilled to be back playing Vera amongst this extraordinary cast. Vera is great fun to play because she’s a fount of sexuality and desire and simply doesn’t care how much sex is involved!”
Alison Steadman adds: “Gloomsbury is one of the most enjoyably series I’ve recorded on radio. Sue Limb’s writing is brilliant with wonderful characters. Best fun I’ve had on radio in years!”
Affairs and attachments abound once more as we join the habitants and visitors at Sizzlinghurst Castle. In this series the aristocrats prepare for an uprising from the oppressed people of Staplehurst; argue over a shoot for Vanity Fair with acclaimed society snapper Manta Ray; seek advice from psychoanalyst Sigmund Void during a chance meeting on Hampstead Heath; and read poetry with the wonderfully modern scribes TS Jellitot and DH Lollipop.
Gloomsbury will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the week commencing March 29th.