Stephen Fry and John Bird star as masters of spin Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe in all 22 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.
Prentiss McCabe is a London-based 'government-media relations consultancy', and in each episode Charles and Martin are embroiled in the machinations of the British political system. This complete collection includes all 21 episodes of the four series broadcast between 2000 and 2004, plus the special 2006 episode.
Duration: 11 hours approx.
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Witty, bite -sized comedy wondrfully performed. Characters slightly dated now but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all. Recommended!
I only heard a few of these short, highly entertaining comedy slots when they were first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and so was pleased to get this compilation of 22 episodes from the early 2000s. It’s a fast-paced comedy based on the exploits of two unprincipled but bungling media consultants played by Stephen Fry & Join Bird. Much of the satire is at the expense of Tony Blair’s administration, in power at the time these programmes were broadcast. Interspersed among the political jibes are numerous funny scenarios as the hapless pair try to promote or bury stories about various organisations or people.
The recordings are full of witty dialogue and some hilarious double-entendres performed with great zest and obviously relish by a talented cast. It certainly cheered up some gloomy midwinter days when cooped up by bad weather. Though the humour pokes fun at a by-gone time, the satirical force largely survives, as most listeners will remember the people and events, some of which still influence politics and life today.
I'd missed this on the radio, and it was an impulse purchase that I quite enjoyed, but I think it has dated a bit and with less stellar a cast it might not have kept me listening right through. Great fun in parts, and great performances.
..in fact I do listen to it over and over again. I still find it very funny.
funny! I was surprised how very pointed the satire was against the government and celebrities.
Some people are meant for greatness. Others are meant to listen to audiobooks. Go and buy the audiobook Morris.
"So weak. Fry's worst work"
Fry is ok but the other guy is terrible and it's all so overacted. Very disappointing and predictable
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