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All Mouth and Trousers - BBC Radio 4

Zeb chatted to Pauline Devaney in a break during recording about the struggle she faced as the first woman to write a TV sitcom.

Husband and wife writing team Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps recall their struggle to create the hugely successful TV sit-com All Gas and Gaiters which was regularly enjoyed by over 10 million viewers.

The series starred veteran farce actor Robertson Hare as the sherry-tippling Archdeacon, William Mervyn as the bombastic Bishop wedded to his comforts, Derek Nimmo in the role that made him a star as the Bishop’s twittish Chaplain Noote, and John Barron as the stern, rule-bound Dean.

Mark Burgess’s comedy features Pauline Devaney (78) and Edwin Apps (84) playing themselves.

Cast:
Young Pauline...........Lily-Fleur Bradbury
Young Edwin.............James Joyce
Frank Muir................John Sessions
Stuart Allen...............Nicholas Boulton
William Mervyn..........Gareth Williams
Robertson Hare.........Trevor Littledale
Derek Nimmo............Zeb Soanes
John Barron..............David Collings

Written by Mark Burgess
Director: David Blount

Listen on BBC Radio 4 - Tuesday 31st January, 2.15pm and then available for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer

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