|Running time||15 min|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Starring|| Julian Dutton |
|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.
BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.
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Starring Julian Dutton, Liz Fraser, David Battley, Toby Longworth and Simon Godley, Truly, Madly, Bletchley follows a group of Councillors who decide to start their own public access cable radio show.
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The show attracted praise from reviewers: "The most confident radio sitcom since The Navy Lark," - Independent on Sunday.
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