Bleak Expectations

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Bleak Expectations is a Radio 4 comedy series that pastiches the works of Charles Dickens and other Victorian-era tropes, with added steampunk-esque retrospective inventions, surreal humour and wordplay. It was written by Mark Evans and ran for five series originally broadcast from 2007 to 2012.

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]

Episode 1: A Happy Life, Cruelly Re-Kippered[edit]

Sir Philip: My life has been an endless procession of trials, setbacks, and conveniently-spaced cliffhanger endings. Adventure has followed me like a dog follows a man with bacon trousers and lamb chop underpants.

Sourquill: It is a Carrier Cheetah. It has replaced the Carrier Pigeon. Well, it has eaten the Carrier Pigeon.

Lily: Come let us leave my father to contemplate his sad memories.
Sir Philip: Actually I shall get drunk and ignore them - it is the British way.

Episode 3: A Recovery All Made Miserable[edit]

Sir Philip: Clocks should be like women. They should stand in the corner quietly, and once a year receive a good servicing.

Sir Philip: Then, with relief, I saw we were falling into a mattress orchard. Their softness would break my fall. But alas, the mattresses were not yet ripe, and were consequently incredibly hard.

 women should be like pen ,silent and disposable .
Sir Philip: Harry and I eagerly caught up on our news of the past weeks...
Young Pip: I've mostly been asleep and close to death.
Harry Biscuit: Yes me too.
Sir Philip: ...which didn't take long.

Series 3[edit]

Series 4[edit]

Episode 1: A Tolerable Life De-Happified[edit]

Sir Philip: Alas our search, like a Scottish menu, bore no fruit.

Young Pip: Is that a cake shaped like a sofa?
Harry Biscuit: Comfort Eating.

Series 5[edit]

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