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The complete Series 1-5 of the BBC Radio 4 comedy about parenting in modern times

Tom and Rosie are solo parents living 250 miles apart. Both recently divorced, bruised and lonely, they’re looking for a cyber pal who understands what they’re going through. So when they log on to a parenting advice website, they make an instant, sparky connection. Gradually, their online friendship becomes something more, and a ‘will they/won’t they’ relationship develops via emails, text, phone calls and the SPP forum.

Following a succession of twists and turns, mistiming’s and misunderstandings, they finally meet – only for things get even more complicated. But fortunately, new chatroom buddies and confidants Baz, Tash, Gilly, Scott and Barb are there to provide advice and a shoulder to cry on – as well as chipping in with the latest news on their own tangled love lives…

Written by Sue Teddern, whose credits include Birds of a Feather and My Family, this hit sitcom first aired in the Woman’s Hour drama slot under the title Singleparentpals.com, and went on to run for five successful series between 2009 and 2014. Funny, moving and involving, it will strike a chord with single parents everywhere. Maxine Peake and Liz White star as Rosie, with Kris Marshall and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Tom.

Production credits
Written by Sue Teddern
Produced and directed by David Hunter

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2-6 November 2009 (Series 1), 23-27 August 2010 (Series 2), 24-28 October 2011 (Series 3), 18 March 2013 (Series 4), 31 March-4 April 2014 (Series 5)

Cast
Rosie – Maxine Peake/Liz White
Tom – Kris Marshall/Julian Rhind-Tutt
Tash/SPP chat room voice – Laura Molyneux/Karina Jones
Gill – Janice Acquah/Christine Kavanagh/Jane Whittenshaw/Joanna Brooks
Scott – Matt Addis/David Seddon
Mark – Matt Addis
Robin – Malcolm Tierney
Bazz – Jonathan Tafler/Sam Dale
Jo-C – Annabelle Dowler
Lily – Isadora Dooley Hunter
Calum – Thomas Rolinson/Keaton Lansley/Arthur Hughes
Barb – Alison Pettitt/Adjoa Andoh
Waiter/Tony – James Lailey
Debbie/Lindsey – Philippa Stanton
Rugby Ryan – David Seddon
Ginny – Philippa Stanton/Priyanga Burford
Pat – Carolyn Pickles

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