Fake history! | Penny Dreadfuls release their Radio 4 comic plays as downloads

Fake history!

Penny Dreadfuls release their Radio 4 comic plays as downloads

The Penny Dreadfuls are releasing two albums of their historical comedy plays. 

Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck have been producing the shows as one-offs for Radio 4 since 2008.

From tomorrow all six plays will be available as digital downloads over two volumes.

Released by Penguin Random House, the titles are:


Guy Fawkes: The story of how The Gunpowder Plot failed and who betrayed them. Starring Kevin Eldon as Guy and guest starring Miles Jupp and Andrew Pugsley 

Revolution: A princess and the leader of The French Revolution compete for whose version of events is real. Starring Richard E. Grant & Sally Hawkins.

Hereward The Wake: The tale of the English resistance fighter who stood up to William The Conqueror. Guest starring Justin Edwards and Marek Larwood


Macbeth Rebothered: A ‘more historically accurate version than that guff Shakespeare wrote’. Starring Greg McHugh as Macbeth and Susan Calman as The Narrator.

The Odyssey: Homer's epic in one hour. Starring Robert Webb as Odysseus and guest starring Lolly Adefope.

Curse of The Beagle: The story Charles Darwin left out of his book because it had a monster in it. 

Margaret Cabourn-Smith, described as an ‘honorary Dreadful’ is also a regular in the shows, which are produced by Julia McKenzie, the head of in-house production of BBC radio comedy.

Volume One will be available here, Volume Two here.

Published: 18 Jan 2017

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