Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who have been married for over 40 years. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music – and each other.
The show follows their conversations that take them from the local café, to their kitchen table, taking in her resentment of new glasses – a symbol of ageing – and fury at being lectured by the dental hygienist. He has a dodgy knee and is on statins, and when they discuss the marriage break-up of their closest friends, Sally and Peter, there’s jealousy and talk of affairs. She suggests there are advantages to single beds, separate holidays and wants to go clubbing in Ibiza for her imminent ‘big’ birthday.
Written by Jan Etherington and produced by Claire Jones.
Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam previously played an old married couple in Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre (2015). A one-off episode of Conversations From A Long Marriage starring the duo was broadcast on Radio 4 on New Year’s Day 2018, picking up positive press reviews and listener feedback. The network recorded another episode for Christmas 2018, with a four-part series to follow in 2019. A BBC sitcom pilot of Conversations From A Long Marriage is also in the planning stages.