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Katherine Jakeways
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Katherine Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. She has been involved with television, radio and theatre productions.

She is one of the regular cast in the radio series Deep Trouble and Look Away Now and played Mrs Pepys in Radio 4's long running Woman's Hour Drama "The Diary of Samuel Pepys".

Her radio series include North by Northamptonshire, All Those Women, Guilt Trip, The Debrief, and (with Lee Ridley, the Lost Voice Man) Ability.

Katherine has also written a five-part occasional series "Where This Service...." about a couple who met on a train. The original play, Where This Service Will Terminate, was broadcast in 2016; there were four follow-up plays which were equally attractive.



NOTES ON SOME OF THE BROADCASTS


20 Jul 20: The Debrief
Episode 1 of 5; by Katherine Jakeways. On their journey home, Hannah and Mark dissect the events at a family meal, where a potentially life-changing announcement was made. The debrief is a common phenomenon – that moment when you leave a social event, climb into the car, or the taxi, or onto the bus and start to gossip with your partner about the evening's events. Hannah and Mark love a debrief, and in each episode we find them in the aftermath of an event with lots to talk about. Hannah ….. Rebecca Humphries, Mark ….. Tom Basden, Finn ….. Milo Robinson, Poppy …. Juno Robinson. Directed by James Robinson. BBC Wales.

    From camdennewjournal.com:
    .............Hannah runs a successful business while Mark sells kitchen units for a living. In the first episode Mark has just inherited £20,000 from the sale of his dead mother’s house. On the drive home, after seeing his dad, Graham, the couple discuss how to spend the unexpected windfall. In the back seat, their two young children, Finn (Milo Robinson) and Poppy (Juno Robinson), stars in their own right, wheedle for biscuits, demand their favourite tune, and are either dying for a pee or throwing up. (....17 July, 2020 — by Lucy Popescu)


28 Feb 20: Where This Service Will Depart (5)
By Katherine Jakeways. As David embarks on a new life in Chicago, Suzie plans to surprise him at the airport. The final instalment of the romantic comedy about a couple who met on a train. Suzie has planned a surprise romantic reunion at Heathrow airport with David, as he leaves the country to start a new life in the USA. But in reality, is there any future for them? Suzie .…. Rosie Cavaliero, David .…. Justin Edwards, Julia .…. Pippa Haywood, Check-in Person/Security Officer/Passenger .…. Sargon Yelda, Ticket Person/Make-up Woman/Air Steward .…. Katherine Jakeways. Directed by James Robinson. BBC Wales.


15 May 19: Where This Service Will Separate (4)
The occasional romantic comedy about a couple who met a while back on a train and who, after that, encountered each other on two other occasions. This time they're at a funeral. Suzie's husband, from whom she was separated, has just died, and her erstwhile partner, David, has arrived to give her some support. Unfortunately he's not known to any of her family. Suzie: Rosie Cavaliero, David: Justin Edwards, Josh: Luke Nunn, Gareth: Michael Bertenshaw, Pam: Katherine Jakeways. Producer: James Robinson.


2 Aug 18: Where this service will connect(3)
By Katherine Jakeways. Episode 3 of her romantic comedy. Suzie arrives at the office to see David; she is the worse for wear after a party the night before. It's months since they sat next to each other on a train journey; now she needs his help. Suzie: Rosie Cavaliero, David: Justin Edwards, Joe: Richard Nicholls, Receptionist: Katherine Jakeways. Producer: James Robinson. For other episodes - see 27-28 Apr 2017.

    WHERE THIS SERVICE WILL CONNECT by Katherine Jakeways (R4,1415, 2 Aug 18) was the sequel to her two other episodes of her romantic comedy; beautifully written and acted; it reminded me of Marcy Kahan's delightful comedy series 'Lunch'. Suzie arrives at the office to see David; she is the worse for wear after a party the night before. It's months since they sat next to each other on a train journey; now she needs his help. Suzie and David were played again by Rosie Cavaliero and Justin Edwards. The producer was James Robinson. For those who wish to investigate further, the previous episodes were broadcast on 27-28 Apr 2017. (....ND, Diversity Website Review, Sep 2018.)


Ability....2018
By Katherine Jakeways and Lee Ridley. A semi-autobiographical Radio 4 sitcom from Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy.

The comedy follows 25-year-old Matt, who, like Ridley, has cerebral palsy and can only speak using an app on his tablet. The first series, broadcast on Radio 4 in May, saw Matt moving into a flat-share with best mate Jess and meeting carer/weed dealer/knock-off TV salesman Bob. (Summary of write-up by Thomas Ling, RT, 6 Jun 18.( ....There has since been a a second series - Ed)


21 Feb 18: Unfit
By Katherine Jakeways. 'Riot Girls' season. Gemma confides in her new friend Kirsty. Gemma chose to leave her children. Gemma: Rebecca Humphries, Kirsty: Emerald O'Hanrahan, Matt: Rylan Early, Joe: Joe Sims, Emily: Karen Bryson, Gabs: Florence Duncalf, Charlie: Billy Duncalf, Mother: Amber Aga, teacher: Georgie Glenn, Pete: Clive Hayward, Chloe: Lauren Cornelius, Barbara: Belinda Lang. Producer: Emma Harding.


28 Apr 17: Where this service will continue(2)
By Katherine Jakeways. A year after they met on a train, David tries to find Suzie. Sequel to yesterday's play. Suzie: Rosie Cavaliero, David: Justin Edwards, Lucy: Ashna Rabheru, Cashier: Sarah Ridgeway. Producer: as for play 1 (James Robinson), BBC Wales. Rpt. 24 Apr 19.


19 Dec 16: Fairytale of New Malden
By Katherine Jakeways. Comedy drama. Cathy's estranged dad George reluctantly agrees to dress up as Santa for a Christmas Fair. George: Geoffrey Palmer, Cathy: Rosie Cavaliero, Liz Tucker: Katherine Jakeways. Producer: James Robinson; BBC Wales. Rpt. 19 Dec 18.


3 Sep 16: Saturday Play: Fire of London
By Pepys.Dramatization by Hattie Naylor of the relevant parts of Pepys' diary, rpt, to mark the 350th anniversary. Early on 2 Sep 1666, Samuel Pepys and his wife were awoken by the news that there was a serious fire near London Bridge. He soon realised that the city might be destroyed. A great city was rapidly turned into a chaotic inferno. (summarised from Jane Anderson's RT review) 60m. Pepys: Kris Marshall, Elizabeth Pepys: Katherine Jakeways, Will: John Biddle, Charles II: Ewan Bailey, Jane: Rebecca Newman, Mayor Bludworth: Matthew Gravelle, Mr. Howells: Dick Bradnum, Mr. Houblon: Richard Nichols, Mrs. Wood: Siriol Jenkins, Mrs. Batelier: Eiry Thomas. Producer: Kate McAll.


22 Feb: Susan
By Lucy Catherine, in the 'Riot Girls' season. 1/3. It is 1975 and Susan makes the decision to leave her husband and take her two children to join a commune. This is one of three new plays charting UK feminism 1975-2016 through three generations of women. Susan: Sarah Thorn, Derek: Gerard McDermott, Emma: Hermione Lloyd, Tim: Joshua Vaughan, Anne: Susam Jameson, Maggie: Katherine Jakeways, Dave: Ewan Bailey, Charlie: George Watkins, Gina: Kati Redford. Produced by Abigail le Fleming; directed by Emma Harding.


4 Jan 16: Where this service will terminate(1)
By Katherine Jakeways. A relationship develops between two strangers on a train. Suzie: Rosie Cavaliero, David: Justin Edwards, Guard: James MacCallum, angry woman: Katherine Jakeways. Produced by James Robinson (BBC Wales). Rpt. 27 Apr 17.


31 Dec 15: North by Northamptonshire: Full Stop
By Katherine Jakeways: comedy drama. A New Year's Eve which the friends will not forget. It is New Year's Eve and the inhabitants of Wadenbrook, after having performed 'My Fair Lady' want to see how the professionals do it. Mary, an ex-school teacher has organized the trip. Narrator: Sheila Hancock, Esther/DJ: Katherine Jakeways, Jan: Felicity Montague, Keith: John Biggins, Ken/Jonathan: Kevin Eldon, Mary: Penelope Wilton, Norman: Geoffrey Palmer, Orson: Simon Kane. Produced by Julia McKenzie. Rpt. 31 Dec 19.


25 June 14: Hatch, Match & Dispatch
By Gary Brown. 1/6: Uncle Harry. A series of six comic tales which start in a registry office and end with a birth, marriage or death. In this tale, Mark has a well-ordered life in spite of his dysfunctional family, frightening boss and the fact that he suffers occasional blackouts. This play is continued next Wednesday. Dylan Edwards as Mark, Ewan Bailey as Uncle Harry, with Denise Black, Katherine Jakeways, Christian Patterson, Rachel Redford and David Cann. Producer - Helen Perry.


5 Jan 14: Classic Serial: The World According to Garp
By John Irving, dram. Linda Marshall Griffiths. 1/3 New England, 1942. Garp is born to nurse Jenny Fields, who raises him alone. As Garp becomes a young man he falls in love with wrestling and the wrestling coach's daughter Helen. Helen will only marry a writer - and so begins Garp's journey into becoming a novelist. Narrator Sheila Hancock, with Tim Key, Rufus Wright, Penelope Wilton, Kevin Eldon, Katherine Jakeways, John Biggins, Geoffrey Palmer, Nathaniel Parker, Felicity Montague. Producer Nadia Molinari.

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