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Have Your Cake

Written by: Nicola Baldwin,Amanda Whittington
Narrated by: Lesley Sharp,Neil Dudgeon,Sheila Hancock,Louise Brealey,Tamsin Greig,Nisha Nayar,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

A delicious culinary drama about a cake-making club and their very special creations.

Every year, Tess and Maggie meet up to try a different activity, something they've never done together before. This year, it's baking, and for a few hours each Friday afternoon, they put the rest of their lives on hold to make cakes. And not just ordinary cakes, but spectacular, unique and glorious gateaux, to celebrate special occasions and commemorate landmark events.

When they help a neighbour in distress, they create their first showstopper - a dark, sultry bitter chocolate cake. Soon, the Cake Club is cooking up a host of teatime treats, from sticky gingery parkin, to feather-light fairy cakes, to the challenging Scripture Cake, with a recipe that consists entirely of Bible verses.

As they measure out sugar, butter, eggs and flour, they share their secrets, problems and personal dilemmas - and forge friendships that will last long after the final cake crumbs have been consumed....

Written by award-winning dramatists Nicola Baldwin and Amanda Whittington, this gentle, heartwarming series features an outstanding cast including Lesley Sharp, Tamsin Greig, Nisha Nayar, Neil Dudgeon, Louise Brealey and Sheila Hancock.

Production credits:

Written by Nicola Baldwin and Amanda Whittington

Produced by Steven Canny, Abigail le Fleming, Gemma Jenkins and Luke Fresle


Maggie - Lesley Sharp

Tess - Tamsin Greig

Ray - Neil Dudgeon

Sabina - Nisha Nayar

Neil - Stephen Hogan

Leanne - Louise Brealey

Nicky - Matthew Dunster

Momo - Leena Dhingra

Chrissie - Stephanie Leonidas

Janice - Sheila Hancock

Matty - Joe Prospero

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 25th January-29th February 2008

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • M Gilbert
  • 23-04-23

Wonderful and messy just like life

This is a complicated and realistic depiction of life and relationships. A wonderful listen, and kudos for adding the wonderful Neil Dugeon for the male character.