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Hie ye to The Castle, a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley, Midsomer Murders), Martha Howe-Douglas (Horrible Histories) and Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who).

Thrill! - as brave knight Sir William De Warenne’s dungeon renovation falls foul of the Health & Safety inspectors.

Swoon! - as young Lady Anne tries to lose her cut-glass accent in an attempt to get on 'The Only Way Is Wessex'.

Sympathize! - as Lord of the castle Sir John hires the latest top-of-the-range horse, but can’t work out what to do with the built-in “ashtrays”.

...and Get Out Your Laughing-Spats! as Bates the new valet arrives hotfoot from Downton Abbey....

This is medieval England seen from a 21st-century comedy perspective complete with the now-legendary lute jingles. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the medieval versions of 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Mama Mia', 'I Shot the Sheriff' or even 'Agadoo', this is the series to buy!

Sir John Woodstock (James Fleet) is the Lord of the Castle and basically in charge of keeping order in the ramshackle medieval village. Although he hates all that torturing and usually lets the peasants off with a bit of community service. He lives in his huge but slightly falling down castle (but then it was built by the French, so what can one expect) with his daughter Anne (Martha Howe-Douglas) and very teenage son Henry (Steven Kynman). Anne’s best friend Charlotte (Ingrid Oliver) nearly always joins Anne on her constant quest to find fit men in the village. And Anne certainly isn’t interested in Sir William De Warenne ('Knight errant, scourge of the Levant') (Neil Dudgeon) who lives across the way. Unfortunately he can’t take a hint and is besotted with Lady Anne, and Sir John thinks it a good match. Ah! what is a Lady to do! Cardinal Duncan (Jonathan Kydd) (a man of the cloth - in particular crushed silk, which he loves), has to endure De Warenne’s incessant plans to woo Lady Anne and has little time to peruse sweethearts of his own. Which, oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to mind.... 

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Nick Doody and Matt Kirshen. Music by Guy Jackson. Produced and directed by David Tyler.

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Absolutely Brilliant

Extremely funny, well written, well cast. I've listened to the whole thing through several times now. Will make you laugh out loud. I wholeheartedly recommend this. Neil Dudgeon, James Fleet are excellent.

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loved it!

Good easy listen and laugh, love the BBC stories! would recommend. Another good one is elvenquest

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excellent cast, outdated humour

cw transphobia, homophobia hur hur hur, gay = funny and current pop culture references R the height of comedy lol *rolls eyes* such a shame because the cast really is excellent and the shenanigans would have been fine if not for the nasty queerphobic BS!

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Love it.

I took a punt on this one, wthout knowing much about it. Turns out that I stumbled on a real gem. It's funny, well produced and the cast are excellent. The characters are just great: an ahead of his time inventer,a wizard, a witch, a noble lady helplessly in love with a peasant and much more. This is one you can listen to again and again.

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very funny stuff

brilliant stuff, found it on fadio four extra and so glad to find it here.

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The castle

Absolutely brilliant So funny Laugh out loud and very cleverly written 10/10 and def 5*****

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Hilarious

So very funny. Clever comedy, well acted, and full of the most hilarious double entendres. I loved every episode.

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Funny but drags on too long

I enjoyed this radio series. It's funny and very well performed indeed. I just felt it weakened and lost itself towards the end. Still recommend it though, because it's witty and slapstick and all in all, a good laugh.

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Terrible. life's too short. Don't bother.

This is the worst radio comedy I've ever listened to (and I have listened to Andy Hamilton's Revolting People). Every episode is built around the repetitive and tiresome 'comedic' trope of mentioning a celebrity but putting 'De' in between their first and last name (Russell De Brand). The poor cast do what they can but the scripts and storylines are horrendous. How this didn't get cancelled after a pilot episode, I'll never know.

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Vaguely Entertaining But Not That Funny

The Castle is relatively entertaining for the most part but 80% of the jokes are just references to modern day pop culture. The other 20% are either based on the fact that the cardinal character is a closeted homosexual or the fact that the castle's servant names things wrong.

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  • 03-01-20

one of the best for BBC

well-produced humor containing tongue in cheek medieval hijinx. the reputation of the Crusades will never be the same. if only the BBC was still capable of producing this level of entertainment.

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  • David Shaw
  • 19-12-20

No. Just, no.

Just terrible. Awful jokes about the modern day writen and performed badly. I hated it.