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It’s Not Us, It’s Them: Series 1-3

A BBC Radio 4 Comedy Drama
Written by: Jack Docherty
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins

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Publisher's Summary

All three series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy about love, marriage and despair, initially broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Start/Stop

Barney and Cathy. Evan and Fiona. David and Alice. Three couples who have beaten the odds and stayed married - but is that simply because they haven’t got around to divorcing yet? They’ve certainly got enough problems to deal with - Barney and his other half have been together for ages (and it shows), Evan finds that sparks are constantly flying with Fiona (and not always in a good way), and David is afraid his sexy, much younger wife will leave him for someone (anyone) else.

In these three series, we follow this group of friends throughout weekends away and tricky date nights, weddings and funerals, Christmas celebrations and counselling sessions - all of which give them plenty of opportunity for flirting, fighting, competitiveness and reprehensible behaviour. We listen in to their innermost thoughts, feelings and motivations as they break the fourth wall: stopping the action, explaining themselves to the audience, then starting it all up again.

Written by award-winning comedian, actor and writer Jack Docherty, who plays Barney, this warm, smart and funny sitcom was a radio hit and was adapted for TV as part of BBC One’s Comedy Playhouse strand. It stars Charlie Higson as David, Jon Thomson as Evan, Kerry Godliman as Cathy, Fiona Allen as Fiona, and Katherine Parkinson, Sally Bretton and Laura Aikman as Alice. Guest stars include Jon Briggs, Sanjeev Bhaskar and John Sparkes.

Cast
Barney……………………Jack Docherty
Cathy……………………Kerry Godliman
Fiona……………………Fiona Allen
David……………………Charlie Higson
Evan……………………Jon Thomson
Alice……………………Katherine Parkinson/Sally Bretton/Laura Aikman
Voice of Barney’s smartphone……………………Jon Briggs
Therapist……………………Sanjeev Bhaskar
Cathy’s Dad……………………John Sparkes

Written by Jack Docherty
Produced by Steven Canny (series 1) and Claire Jones (series 2 and 3)
First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 6 September-11 October 2013 (series 1), 10 November-29 December 2014 (series 2), 29 July-2 September 2016 (series 3)
This programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Start/Stop

©2019 Jack Docherty (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Midnightshopper
  • 16-03-20

It’s us and them!

They are flawed individuals but who amongst us can judge? It is very entertaining though. I’ve listened to it countless times.

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  • Miss Rebecca Silliker
  • 31-10-19

Funny and real. Very entertaining.

Anyone who's been in a relationship will relate to it. Very easy to listen to.

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  • Claire B.
  • 22-04-20

So Funny - But Almost Missed Due to Title Change

I loved this when it was on Radio 4 and have searched for it on Audible in the past but missed it due to its title change from Start/Stop to It's Not Us, It's Them.
Well worth a listen and laugh out loud funny.
Delighted to have it in my library.

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  • Molly
  • 14-03-20

Absolutely brilliant!

Very funny and cleverly written and the comic timing is fantastic. I laughed out loud. Is there more?!

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  • James D
  • 12-03-20

Best radio comedy

Great story and lovable characters. Shame that there are only 3 series.
This would be great on TV.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-19

Disappointing End

A very funny and interesting program. Didn't enjoy the lack of continuity in the series tho, it made the story seem fractured. The ending was just such a disappointing lazy writing. I still enjoyed the show so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.

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  • Ivan cadman
  • 25-11-19

very funny

loved this its very funny...i wish there was more to the series but to be fair the relationship have run thier course....very good characters

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  • Janbo127
  • 18-11-19

It’s me not themselves

I enjoyed every aspect of this series, well written, well acted. I would recommend this to my friends and family as a very good listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-19

Loved this every second

Well it was as if I was listening to my married life.
I loved it from start to finish the characters are fantastic.
I laughed for 3 nights in a row listening to this.
I hope more will be made.

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  • C. Knight
  • 13-11-19

It’s Them...

The first series is very funny and Katherine Parkinson is brilliant in it but the second two are the same joke stretched to far. It really does die off after the first series ends and there’s a change in the cast, I was really disappointed.