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The Leopard in Autumn

Written by: Neal Anthony,Roger Danes,Sue Limb
Narrated by: David Swift,Sian Phillips,Graham Crowden,Paul Bigley,Saskia Wickham,Nick Romero,Christopher Kelham,Kim Wall,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

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

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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