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Jack Docherty, David Haig and Gordon Kennedy in The Very Old Pretenders

The Very Old Pretenders

...Out Of Their Time and Out Of Their Minds

David Haig, Rebecca Front, Gordon Kennedy and Jack Docherty star in this exciting and inventive new four part comedy series coming to BBC Radio 4 this Autumn. 

The series premieres 11pm on Thursday September 15th on BBC Radio 4.

Written by multi award-winning writer Carl Gorham, creator of cult TV animation show “Stressed Eric”, the series explores what happens when two Jacobite soldiers from 1745 are found alive and well in a cave in Perthshire and have to be integrated into modern Scottish society by English academic Andrew Merron.

Produced by the team behind four hugely successful series of the critically acclaimed Radio 4 comedy drama ‘Baggage’ and recent hit “Gobetweenies”, “The Very Old Pretenders” is a fresh and funny look at the way we live today.

The Sunday Times - "delightfully childish and very funny"

The Sunday Telegraph - "A witty script ...meets a marvellous cast.... Very funny"

The Daily Express - "This brand new comedy series is cracking bedtime listening"

The Daily Mail - "...this sparkily entertaining series"

The Daily Telegraph - "This is very funny ...A marvellous cast too"

Radio Times: Pick of the Day

...and radio choice in The Independent and The Times


More information...

The Two Jacobite Soldiers

The Anthropologist and The Anthropologist’s Wife

Carl Gorham - Creator, Writer and Director of “The Very Old Pretenders”

The Series

Key Cast and Crew

Download the press pack

BBC Comedy Blog


Contact Information

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Victoria Wawman:
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