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Summary

All three series of the critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a group of young idealists who set up a new political party - plus special Christmas episode

Disillusioned with the capitalist system, five ambitious students set out to make waves and change the face of democracy. Holding their meetings in a garden shed, budding politician Jared, ideas engine Simon, socialist firebrand Mel, image conscious materialist Phoebe and communications tsar Duncan wrangle with the modern political machine and attempt to lay the foundations of a new movement. Or they would, if only they had a pen.

From the perils of choosing a party name, leader and constitution to the finer points of foreign policy and climate change, the team contend with the highs and lows of political life while trying to keep their ideals intact. They soon find that changing the world is harder than they thought - especially when dealing with undercooked BBQ sausages, rained-out protest marches, the possible relocation of a key party member and a crucial radio interview.

Also included is a 2018 Christmas special where the wannabe political agitators reunite after a six-year break and once again apply their small minds to big problems. This time, they’re taking on Donald Trump…

Written by Tom Basden (who stars as Simon), Party is based on his 2009 play which won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Also starring are Anna Crilly as Mel, Tim Key as Duncan, Johnny Sweet as Jared and Katy Wix as Phoebe.

Produced by Julia McKenzie

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Great show - dodgy audiobook!

I really enjoyed this show on the radio but this audiobook does not include all of the episodes as claimed. It duplicates a couple of the episodes within the audiobook and these duplicates are provided instead of a couple of other episodes, so I felt a bit short-changed by my purchase.
Still - funny show from the bbc.

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WARNING THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE SERIES!!!!!!;

Although I loved this series on R4 I had to rate it as 1star to warn that this is not the complete series. A typical example is that Chapter 1(which sets the scene for the whole series) is actually Chaper 4 and Chapter 4 is Chapter 4. Other chapters are similarly duplicated and hence some missed out. Very very bad.

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Party: The Complete Series 1-3

I had been looking forward to this release, unfortunatly it did not live up to expectations.
Episode 4 is repeated in place of episode 1. Episode 7 is repeated as episode 5.

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Incorrect order

I like this show but the chapters are not in the order of the radio series. Chapter 1 is the episode where there is a protest outside council offices and not the episode where Duncan attends his first meeting.

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Brilliant show let down by sloppy editing

Why have Audible repeated episodes within this audiobook??? Happening far too often of late.

The show is spectacular, Audible needs to focus when organising it's audiobooks.

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Very very funny but...

Have had to dock one star because of the irritating canned laughter shoved into every crevice. Honestly it was funny all on its own and I’m pretty sure that grownups know when to laugh at a funny joke all by tjemelves. They can’t even edit the repeated block of laughter correctly so you get this burst of laughing that is suddenly cut off at the end every time. Once you’ve noticed it, it’s unfortunately pretty much all you hear...

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Great show

Consistently very funny, just a shame there are only two series. All five actors are excellent and there are some very quotable lines.

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Hilarious

So funny. Have listened to it 20 tines and gets funnier each time. Can’t recommend it enough. It’s brilliant. Well done Tom Basden.