Truly, Madly, Bletchley

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Truly, Madly, Bletchley
Genre Comedy
Running time 15 min
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Julian Dutton
Liz Fraser,
David Battley,
Toby Longworth,
Simon Godley
Written by Julian Dutton
Produced by Dirk Maggs
Original release 1997 – 1999
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12

Truly, Madly, Bletchley was a BBC Radio 4 comedy series from 1997 written by and starring comedian and impressionist Julian Dutton and produced by Dirk Maggs. Series 2 was produced by Andy Aliffe.

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A surreal take on small-town life, the series mixed stream-of-consciousness sketches with a nod to the vivacious world of 1950's variety, including a musical interlude from spoof tea-dance band, Enrico Valdez and his Orchestra, with accordionist Micky Binelli and singer Cleo Rocos, of Kenny Everett Show fame. In series two the cast included Stephen Critchlow, Matthew Bell and Peter Hugo-Daly.

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