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Revolting People: The Complete Series 1-4

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Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

All four series of the hilarious historical sitcom set just before and during the American Revolution. 

Baltimore, 1770, and shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant has much to worry about. Storm clouds are gathering, business is bad and to make matters worse, he’s been forced to play host to two British soldiers. Hapless officer Captain Brimshaw is decent enough, but his fellow redcoat - the one-eyed, one-eared, one-armed and one-legged Sergeant McGurk - is a shameless rascal obsessed with money and sex.

Adding to Samuel’s troubles are his family - his wife, Elizabeth, has become a lesbian, his son, Joshua, is a dimwitted giant, his eldest daughter, Cora, is in love with the pro-British Ezekiel Spriggs and her sister, Mary, is an ardent revolutionary.... 

In these four series, Mary tries to starts a mutiny at her sister’s wedding; Cora falls pregnant - but the marriage isn’t consummated; McGurk turns spy; and Ezekiel discovers the truth about his ginger baby (and sets out to find the ginger father). With war fast approaching, Samuel turns his shop into a bar called Sam’s Place and helps an old flame called Ingrid, Cora discovers a gift for penning pornography and Mary discovers there’s no place like home. And as the revolution hits Baltimore, Ezekiel is kidnapped by rebel militia, Captain Brimshaw attempts to broker peace with George Washington and Samuel and company flee to London. Can they persuade King George III to end the war? 

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses, who also star as Sergeant McGurk and Samuel Oliphant, this riotously funny comedy boasts a stellar cast including Sophie Thompson, Jan Ravens, Felicity Montagu, James Fleet, Hugh Dennis and Rebecca Front. 

Written by and starring Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Produced and directed by Paul Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 18 January-22 February 2000, (Series 1), 24 April-29 May 2001 (Series 2), 27 May-1 July 2004 (Series 3), 2 May-6 June 2006 (Series 4).

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First two series are the best

After that it trather loses the plot and gets a bit derivative and less original but it's still very enjoyable.

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So funny and such strong good characters

This is such a good listen I have enjoyed this so much.
The characters all unique with brilliant stories and listening to there lives unfold hilarious.