North by Northamptonshire

North by Northamptonshire is a BBC Radio 4 comedy, written by Katherine Jakeways, that takes place in Northamptonshire. The first series was transmitted in the summer of 2010, and the second series in December 2011 and January 2012. Series 1 was produced by Claire Jones, series 2 by Victoria Lloyd and Series 3 by Steven Canny.[1]

North by Northamptonshire
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
StarringGeoffrey Palmer
Mackenzie Crook
Sheila Hancock
Penelope Wilton
Jessica Henwick
Written byKatherine Jakeways
Produced bySeries 1-Claire Jones
Series 2-Victoria Lloyd
Series 3-Steven Canny
Executive producer(s)Steven Canny
Narrated bySheila Hancock
Original release16 June 2010 – present
No. of series3
No. of episodes16
Audio formatStereophonic sound

Cast list

Episode list

SeriesEpisodeFirst broadcast
1116 June 2010
223 June 2010
330 June 2010
47 July 2010
212 December 2011
29 December 2011
316 December 2011
423 December 2011
530 December 2011
66 January 2012
3123 December 2013
230 December 2013
36 January 2014
413 January 2014
520 January 2014
627 January 2014


The response to the series has been very good, and the show received lots of attention for the work of the writer and narrator. The show was nominated for a Sony Radio Award in 2012.[2]

  • 'Sheila Hancock narrates this story of life in a small Northamptonshire town that's home to the funniest of locals. Miss this at your peril' Radio Times 8/6/10
  • 'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out 10/6/10
  • 'Clearly a major comedy writing talent, Jakeways is as adept at coming up with stinging one-liners as she is able to create a choice gallery of English eccentrics.' The Stage 5/7/10
  • 'Funny and touching series about a small town preparing for a talent night.' Radio Choice, The Independent 16/6/10
  • 'Sheila Hancock is the deadpan narrator for the opening episode of this spiffing new comedy series,' Daily Mail 7/7/10 [3]


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