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Greenborne is a British radio soap opera set in Greenborne, a fictional rural village. Created by Colin Brake and Andrew Mark Sewell and produced by B7 Media, the first episode of Greenborne was broadcast on South Devon Radio on 27th June 2021. The series is set in the near future, the summer of 2021, as the residents of the fictional village of Greenborne emerge from the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Greenborne was devised by Colin Brake and Andrew Mark Sewell and written by Colin Brake, Bev Doyle and Angela Churm. It features an ensemble cast headed by John Altman and Louise Jameson, known from EastEnders and Corrinne Wicks from Doctors and Emmerdale. Altman has described it as "a raunchier version of The Archers". The making of the programme received funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Government's Audio Content Fund. Series One, comprising twelve episodes, each of which has a running time of 15 minutes, was recorded in January and February 2021 with the first episode being broadcast on 27 June 2021 and from then on a weekly basis until 12 September 2021.

Cast and characters

  • John Altman as Alan Godwin, a retired Metropolitan policeman, he is the landlord of the village pub, The Fox and Dragon.

  • Corrinne Wicks as Beverley Godwin, Alan Godwin's younger second wife is the landlady of The Fox and Dragon and was wild in her younger days.

  • Finley Pile as Lewis Godwin, Alan's son from his first marriage, he is a party animal with a bad reputation and did poorly at school.

  • Luci Fish as Daisy Godwin, Alan's daughter from his first marriage, she is the opposite of her brother and is studious and intelligent.

  • Louise Jameson as Evelyn Lejeune, a pillar in the Greenborne community, she is a domineering mother and headteacher of the village school.

  • Ally Murphy as Elise Lejeune, Evelyn's daughter, she is the chef at The Fox and Dragon and is dominated by her mother.

  • Pal Aron as Samesh Sharma, an ex-colleague and friend of Alan's from working in the police.

  • Raj Ghatak as Arjun Sharma, the son of Samesh, he owns the local garage and lost his nurse wife to coronavirus; he has started dating Elise.

  • Shash Hira as Jeet Sharma, the son of Arjun, he works at the garage and is an aspiring DJ; he occasionally covers at the local radio station.

  • Bhavnisha Parmar as Piya Chandola, the sister of Arjun's late wife she is a trouble causer particularly to Arjun with whom she was going to have an arranged marriage.

  • Ali Zayn as Matthew Jefferson, affected by his father's departure, Matthew is a hypochondriac and gets wild ideas.

  • Amy Rockson as Tanny Jefferson, the wife of Matthew, she runs the local village shop and post office.

  • Niamh McGrady as Sandra Davis, the owner of the local hairdressers-cum-coffee shop. She is Beverley's best friend and recently came out as a lesbian.

  • Rebecca Yeo as Chloe Chan, he mysterious baker who seems to upset everyone.

  • Raad Rawi as Farhad Madani, the sixty-something good-looking Iranian oil painter who lives in the converted old school house but hides a dark side.

  • Joshua Manning as Logan Cockburn, the manager of the local radio station, Greenborne FM, he is well-known in the village yet no one knows of his past.

  • Laura Shavin as Rev. Maggie Roberts, the friendly vicar of the local church, who is offended if anyone mentions The Vicar of Dibley.

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Credits:

Writers: Colin Brake, Angela Churm and Bev Doyle.

Director: Andrew Mark Sewell.

Produced by Helen Quigley

Executive Producer: Andrew Mark Sewell

Sound Design and Post Production: Kirsty Gillmore.

Sound Engineers: Wilfredo Acosta

Original Music: Tim Arnold