All The Young Dudes: A BBC Radio 4 comedy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2023
5 hours 29 minutes
A gentle comedy drama about the reunion of three old school friends

When unemployed teacher Patrick and his wife, high-flying professional Helen, move back to the town where Patrick grew up, they thought life would be simpler. But Patrick's hazy and fond memories of his schooldays are brought back into sharp relief once he's surrounded by the people and places he'd long stopped thinking about, and he realises things were not always as he'd seen them. As Patrick begins to rebuild bonds and make new discoveries with his old school friends, Helen is making friends of her own, and the couple and their neighbours begin to build the community both Patrick and Helen have been missing.

Based on Jim Sweeney's first play, Danny's Wake, which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and a Grand Media Comedy Award, All the Young Dudes is a charming nostalgic comedy about growing up and staying the same. Starring Jim Sweeney (Who's Line is it Anyway?, Just a Minute), Cathryn Harrison (Soldier Soldier, A Handful of Dust), Steve Steen (Spitting Image, Blackadder the Third), Sadie Shimmin (Wallander, Mr Selfridge), Stephen Frost (The Young Ones, Never Mind the Buzzcocks), and Flaminia Cinque (Waking the Dead, Any Human Heart), the gentle wit and musical flashbacks are perfect for fans of It's Not Us, It's Them, Up the Garden Path, and North by Northamptonshire.

Cast and credits

Patrick - Jim Sweeney
Helen - Cathryn Harrison
Billy - Steve Steen
Moira - Sadie Shimmin
Joe - Stephen Frost
Maria - Flaminia Cinque
Charlie - Izzy de Rosario
Siobhan - Josie Lawrence
Mr Martin - Geoffrey Whitehead
Valery - Yuri Klimov
Mrs Fleming - Jenny Lee
Mr Ward - Chris Emmett
Removal man/Schoolboy/Speaker - Alex Lowe
Young man/Dennis - Dave Lamb
Young woman/Amanda - Emma Kennedy

Written by Jim Sweeney
Produced by Steve Doherty

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4:
20 July - 24 August 2001 (Series 1)
20 September - 25 October 2002 (Series 2)

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