Andrew Dipper

R4 orders a second series of Kate Fox’s The Price Of Happiness

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Radio 4 have commissioned a second two-part series of comedy series, The Price of Happiness, from stand up and poet Kate Fox.

In the first series of two half-hour shows, she looked at things she didn’t want to have, including children and a big white wedding.

In the highly interactive show her audiences voted on whether they too wanted to pay out the £133 000 cost of having a child or the £18 500 cost of a big white wedding.

The shows were recorded at the Live Theatre in Newcastle and broadcast in June 2015. They were produced by Mark Watson and Lianne Coop’s production company Impatient Productions which has also produced shows by Mark Watson, Angela Barnes and Ria Lina.

Kate Fox was familiar to Radio 4 listeners as a regular Poet in Residence on “Saturday Live” from 2007-2014, writing topical poems about everything from politicians to pop stars. The Price of Happiness shows are mainly stand up and storytelling but feature one poem at the end which ties the shows together.

Forty year old Fox who lives in North Yorkshire and is currently doing a PhD in Northern stand up performance at Leeds University said:

“I’m really chuffed to be making more of these shows. I’ve been able to think of lots more things I’m supposed to want but don’t, since making the first two.

“I look forward to going on about not wanting to be middle class, have sensible hair, toned abs, a nine to five job and a conservatory, among many other things. (Though if someone’s offering a conservatory, I might not say no).”