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Hut 33: Series 2 (BBC Radio 4: Comedy) Radio/TV Program

Hut 33: Series 2 (BBC Radio 4: Comedy)

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Publisher's Summary

BBC Radio 4 Sitcom by James Cary, set in Bletchley Park in 1941. Originally broadcast May - June 2009.Three code-breakers are forced to share a draughty wooden hut as they try to break German ciphers. Unfortunately, they hate each other.

Includes the following episodes:

  • 'Royal Visit' - A royal visitor is coming to inspect Bletchley Park, but the top brass are worried that this particular royal is a Nazi sympathiser. Hut 33 has to delay him and make sure he doesn't see any of the code-breaking machines.
  • 'Pigs 'n' Spivs' - Supplies are running short. The office has run out of paper and pencils and the canteen is only serving boiled cauliflower. Archie refuses to resort to the services of a spiv, but Charles has no such scruples.
  • 'Yellow' - The staff have to get their yellow fever vaccinations. The only problem is Charles is too much of a snob to be injected by an Australian doctor, Archie is scared of needles and Gordon still needs a note from his mum.
  • 'Where Boffins Dare' - Having made a total hash of a message, Hut 33 are threatened with being posted to Burma. When a message indicates that a German spy is going to be parachuted nearby, they see a chance to redeem themselves. But the spy turns out to be an old friend of Charles.
  • 'Getting Heavy' - Hut 33's record is the worst in the complex. Charles is mortified with shame, Archie is desperate to prove himself and Gordon wants to impress a girl he has just met. They break into Hut 7b to get extra information on a message they are decoding, which turns out not to be a good idea.
  • 'Yankee Diddle' - An American visitor is joining Hut 33. He seems to be very wealthy and very gullible, which presents Charles with an irresistible chance to fleece him. Not only does he have more money than sense, but he also happens to be Roosevelt's nephew.
    • ©2009 James Cary (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

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    M. Dicker Wiltshire, UK. 26/03/2013
    M. Dicker Wiltshire, UK. 26/03/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "An excellent character lead sit-com"

    For me this (and Cabin Pressure) are the best R4 sitcoms of recent years. It bears repeated listening to catch all the things you missed first time. For me it's an equal of the Dad's Army radio episodes: characterisation, plot and acting are all top notch. I'm just hoping the other series get added soon.

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    Satinalibrary 09/04/2013
    Satinalibrary 09/04/2013
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    "If only they still made these"

    I've listened to other series on the radio, and they are all funny, easy listening. The characters are stereotypes, but that's kind of the point. Brilliantly written, fantastically performed and a good recording.

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    Constable Elbow Europe 13/01/2013
    Constable Elbow Europe 13/01/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't mention the war..."

    Oh dear, this probably falls into the category of 'you'll either love it or hate it' - it's so silly, positively farcical at moments, deals in all the stereotypes and cliches of Britain in the second war but it's absolutely hilarious and never fails to cheer me up. The characters have become like old friends,especially Archie the Geordie (and Marxist). Probably best to avoid though if you share living space with sensitive Polish ladies or Germans who think we go on about the war too much...

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    B.A.HUTCHINSON United Kingdom 05/11/2016
    B.A.HUTCHINSON United Kingdom 05/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "great fun,"

    thoroughly enjoyed the programme s. wish there were more. make some more,,, twenty words are tpp many,,,

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    Mary Carnegie UK 04/09/2016
    Mary Carnegie UK 04/09/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Class, brains, war and code-breaking"

    Bletchley Park in a funnier universe. I have heard more of these programmes on R4extra, but sadly they're not available as downloads, since they had me laughing out loud, even on repeats.

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    anne Bedford, United Kingdom 31/01/2015
    anne Bedford, United Kingdom 31/01/2015 Member Since 2014

    As a recently retired "young" pensioner! I now have more time to read and listen to Audio Books as I renovate my house in Spain.

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    "Oral slapstick!"

    Wow! My introduction to Hut 33! I laughed till I cried then laughed till I couldn't breath . It was ridiculously funny. Full of adorable stereotyped characters set in WWII. The Dads Army of radio. Although it won't be to everyone's taste, it was to mine, so I'm waiting for the rest of the series now.

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    Patricia Manchester, United Kingdom 08/12/2013
    Patricia Manchester, United Kingdom 08/12/2013

    T HAVE LOVED ALL KINDS OF HISTORY BOOKS, FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AN AVID READER, I'M SO GLAD TO HAVE AUDIO BOOKS.

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    "EXTREMELY GOOD!!"
    What did you like most about Hut 33: Series 2 (BBC Radio 4: Comedy)?

    I LIKED ALL OF THE CHARACTERS, HAVING SAID THAT IT HAS TO BE MINKA. THE PSYCHOTIC WOMAN FRON POLAND. SHE DID THE MOST CRAZY THINGS LIKE TRYING TO SHOOT PLANES DOWN WITH HER RIFLE. HER CHARACTER MADE THIS FOR MYSELF, AND MY SON.


    What did you like best about this story?

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT ON RADIO 4. I WAS PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO GET THIS BOOK, AND LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF THEM. WHICH I HOPE THERE WILL BE.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    TOO HARD TO CHOOSE AS IT WAS ALL SO GOOD.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES AND I HAVE LISTENED TO IT SEVERAL TIMES NOW, IT GETS BETTER EACH TIME. I PICK BITS I HAVE MISSED BEFORE, A REALLY GREAT COMEDY BOTH ON THE RADIO, AND BOOK FORMAT.


    Any additional comments?

    LITEN TO THIS ITS SO VERY WELL WRITTEN ITS ONE I FEEL MANY PEOPLE WILL LIKE.
    PLEASE MAY WE HAVE MORE OF THIS SERIES?????

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    Olivier thouare sur loire, France 29/08/2012
    Olivier thouare sur loire, France 29/08/2012 Member Since 2013
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    "An Excellent Surprise"

    I downloaded this, not sure what to expect, and I really liked it.

    An interesting setting (code-breakers' camp during WW2), a reduced cast with each charcater clearly identified, and good dialogs. Not as clever as Cabin Pressure, but almost in the same league.

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    "I laughed the whole way through"
    What made the experience of listening to Hut 33: Series 2 (BBC Radio 4: Comedy) the most enjoyable?

    I'd heard that Hut 33 was funny, but I didn't think I'd find it as hilarious as I did. The characters are as unique and distinctive as the ridiculous circumstances they find themselves in. While I don't know everything about England during World War II, this American girl still found it very relatable and good for a lot of laughs. I only wish Audible would provide Series 1 because I would love to hear these characters when they first met and got involved in the war effort.


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