The Leopard in Autumn: A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2022
5 hours 36 minutes
Comedy about the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state

In Monte Guano, a ridiculously small and penniless principality in Renaissance Italy, Prince Ludovico II finds his rule constantly undermined by those around him: his shrewd wife, his official mistress, and his three disappointing - if not outright humiliating - sons.

As well as having to manage the ever-increasing tributes demanded by the Pope, Prince Ludovico must also contend with feeble conscripts in search of war booty, getting on the pilgrim map, fake currency, religious battles, and worst of all, English tourists. Can they keep their family together despite the chaos of their lives?

Perfect for fans of Blackadder and The Castle, the brilliant comedy cast includes David Swift as Ludovico, Sian Phillips as Plethora, Graham Crowden as Francesco and Paul Bigley as Alessandro, as well as Saskia Wickham, Nick Romero, Christopher Kelham and Kim Wall.

Production credits
Devised by Neal Anthony
Written by Neal Anthony, Roger Danes and Sue Limb
Produced by Helen Williams and Dawn Ellis


Ludovico - David Swift
Plethora - Sian Phillips
Francesco - Graham Crowden
Alessandro - Paul Bigley
Rosalie - Saskia Wickham
Salvatore - Nick Romero
Guido - Christopher Kelham
Brother Michael/Father Ignazio - Kim Wall
Lord Luton - Nicholas Grace

Series 1 First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001
Series 2 First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002

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