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Fags, Mags, and Bags: Series 1-4

The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Summary

First broadcast in 2007, Fags, Mags and Bags delivers shop-based shenanigans and over-the-counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick, Dave.

Ramesh has built his shop up over the course of 30 years, and it is a firmly entrenched feature of the local area. He is ably assisted by Dave, a 40-something underachiever who shares Ramesh's love of the art of shopkeeping, even if he is treated like a slave. Then, of course, there are Ramesh's sons, Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old-school approach to shopkeeping. However, they are the natural successors to the business, and Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom on to them - whether they like it or not....

Series 1: Raising Keenan, The De-Magowaning of Ramesh, Wall of Crisps, Build the Titanic, The Festival of Maltodextrin, January February.

Series 2: Beansy, Beansy, Beasny, Beansy, Beansy, Skeletor Attack, Rameshtonite, All the Best, Cousin Wacko, Confectionary McEnroe.

Series 3: Jack Black's Black Jacks, Mr Majhu Goes to Lenzie, The Wrath of Khan, The Lenzie Splicer, Bacon Punctuation, The Fall of Phallon and the Rise of Bugatox.

Series 4: Foam Wizards, Magical Mister Murgatroyd, The Bewerdine Spectrum, Evil Nabarra, Ayabassa Alan, John Craven's Fjallraven.

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fantastic, funny and warm.

A brilliantly written comedy about a newsagent/minimarket's staff and customers. Having the writers perform the main characters really helps them come to life and add some great references to sweets and 'Moving Alan' . I listened to the all four series in a day.

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A lovely sanctuary with a wall of crisps

Really funny but also heart warming, genuine, good natured and down to earth, when the world seems a bit much this is one of my favourite haunts and makes me feel everything is going to be okay :)

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Really funny

Really funny and used nightly to get off to sleep🍀
It’s a super stress buster👍☘️

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Five Alive!!!! Both Amazing and Great!

Undoubtedly one of the funniest and most heartwarming comedy series ever!
Laugh out loud throughout and I cannot wait for the remaining series to be available on Audible!
Utter Brilliance!

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want more

really liked this. real feel good stuff. wish that there were more episodes or even more similar titles

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bloody funny

very clever writing, delivered in an amusing way. I enjoyed every moment.
the only annoying but it's the into and outro Every episode.

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Great series

Loved this series from day one, on the radio.

It’s filled with great characters, and enjoyable storylines.

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  • Stan
  • Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • 18-11-18

Very funny

It's rare to find radio comedy that makes you laugh out loud with such frequency. Good writing is obviously a key factor but, just as important, are great performances and super characterisations. This series has the lot. Definitely one to listen to more than once. If someone had told me, before listening to this, that I'd be laughing at 'made up crisp names', I'd have scoffed at them. Such witty banter :-)

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love this seties

lived it....had not heard the older episodes as came to this late....si been bingeing 😊

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Brilliant shop based comedy

The characters are all brilliantly played each with their own peculiarities. The main characters develop through the episodes and have little oddities which emerge. The writing is great and the word play, uses of catchprashes and cliches keeps the flow racing along. A must for any lover of clever and funny radio comedy.

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  • Jeff Cotrou
  • 06-07-17

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fags, Mags, and Bags: Series 1-4?
An ongoing dialogue and series of events regarding an inflammatory poster in the shop window was not only incredibly funny but also poignant. I think I would enjoy anything produced by these actors.

Any additional comments?
Listening to this evokes the sense of "being there", for lack of a better phrase. The banter is lively and incredibly funny, whether the topic is serious or ludicrous. It really offers such a uniquely entertaining experience that I've quickly become addicted to it and will doubtless listen to it all again. It is both amazing and great.

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