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Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Provost deliver first-class performances in this comedy drama series, which charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his troublemaking colleague.

Lazy HR officer Sam (Nicholas le Provost) and his equally useless workmate Peter (Jonathan Pryce) realise they are in trouble: Peter for lateness and abusive phone calls to clients, and Sam for his over-relaxed attitude to errant staff members like Peter. Soon their worst fears are realised when they learn that one of the abusive phone calls made by Peter has been intercepted. 

Series 1 sees the duo inflict disastrous injuries on their boss on an away day, profoundly insult his successor on a train and rehearse for humiliating interviews for their own jobs. From Series 2 onwards, Peter, on a tiny pension, has moved into Sam’s suburban home, where the odd couple continues to play out the curious behaviours developed over a lifetime in work. Together they must face money worries (from pensions under threat to the perils of being rich) and navigate their increasingly complicated love lives.

Written by Nigel Williams
Produced by Peter Kavanagh

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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HR FULL (the entire set).

Nicholas le Provost, Jonathan Pryce et al are superb in this very original BBC production, written by Nigel Williams. Well worth a listen. I was very pleased to find the programs in their entirety here on audible at a very reasonable cost. I think my favourite episode is 'An Away Day'...having worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry with it's preponsity for 'team-building', it just resonates with me. Highly recomended writing with flawless delivery from an accomplished cast.

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Much overlooked classic BBC comedy

This amazing series took until series 2 to get going and ran or of steam by the last series but provides one of the most outrageous comedies in the last few years with plenty of moments that really made me laugh.

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Nostalgic

This was a lovely dip into the old days when a business would have an HR dept. The comedy was delightful, taking me back to those halcyon days of Dad's Army and Summer Wine. A marvellous production that has barely aged since it's inception some forty years ago.

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5 star comedy

Always enjoyed the original episodes when i managed to catch them on radio 4, and was delighted when they became available on audible. Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas Le Prevost are fantastic with non stop laughs and crazy humour. 5 star comedy

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HR series 1to 5

Basically the two leads are a revelation - quirky and teetering on the verge of weird, I very rarely laugh out load, but I do at this.

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Not very funny

This is probably the worst audio book I've bought in the last 6 years , If only I could figure out how to return this rubbish I would , don't bother wasting your credits on this , its awful

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  • 07-05-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

From beginning to end I thoroughly enjoyed HR. The only down side is that it is over.