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Bill Nighy as Charles Paris.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-20

A superbly piece of audio drama. The BBC at its best! Keep up the excellent work thus is needed more than ever!

Noel Coward Play Collection

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-19

An excellent compilation of the plays produced by the BBC over the years. From the sublime performances of Paul Schofield & Patricia Routledge in "Present Laughter" to the more recent rendition of "Private Lives" with Helen Bonham-Carter & Bill Nighy. Each production is a technical masterpiece of superb sound quality, giving the audience an insight into recordings made for both radios 3 and 4 over the years. Furthermore, the listener is also presented with fantastic bonus material from Coward's own diaries which represent nuggets of the social and political history of his time.

Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-19

An excellent read by the comedy genius that is Saunders. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the rants about BBC and one in which I hope the BBC executives will take note and change. This is especially the rant about the use of licence fee for ridiculously expensive and not very productive lunches at the Ivy. A fantastic audiobook in which 8 hours just flew by in a flash!

Wonderful programme! Sandy Toskvig presented it so well for almost a decade.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-19

A fantastic satire needed more than ever! Sandy Toksvig presented it with wit & rare political insight. She raised its profile with the podcast & News Quiz Extra. Wonderful!

A disappointing adaptation.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This excellent play by Patrick Hamilton suffers in this woefully inadequate rendition which is a shame because the cast does include the talented Emilia Fox. This poorly directed audio piece will not withstand the test of time.

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Cabin pressure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Cabin pressure is an excellent comedy which uses the erudition & self deprecating wit of yes minister & satirical edge of absolute power. The BBC audioscape at its best!

Another excellent adaptation!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

A superb adaptation from the production team led by Jeremy Front. Nighy & Burden create a wonderful atmosphere of marital tensions as the backdrop against another thespian themed murder mystery.

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Satire with a twist!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Michael Williams is excellent in his role as the modern crusading journalist in the shallow worlds of politics, high finance and media. Much of what is being satirised is relevant today as it was when this series was first broadcasted. The plots and characterisations are strong, helped by an extraordinary supporting cast which not only reads as a Who's Who of British satire of the past 50 years with the likes of John Bird, Rebecca Front, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry but also stellar actors such as Barry Foster, Tracey-Ann Oberman, Peter Woodthorpe, Jim Carter, Suzie Brand, Stephen Thorne, Benjamin Whitrow and Jeremy Clyde. The series is excellent due to the superb efforts of production teams which include the likes of Scott Cherry and Paul Schlesinger. This is BBC radio at its best, long may it continue!

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Cabin pressure meets Agatha Christie!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-18

A modern classic from the BBC!
Keep taking the risks it is worth it in the end!

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A superb rendition!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-17

A superb BBC adaptation with a fantastic cast! Keep them coming they are really enjoyable!

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