Old Harry's Game: Series 5

Old Harry's Game: Series 5

  • CD-Audio
By (author) Andy Hamilton , Read by Andy Hamilton , Read by Full Cast , Read by Geoffrey Whitehead , Edited by Jimmy Mulville , Read by Robert Duncan

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Poor Satan has to undergo yet more trials and tribulations in this fifth series of the Sony Award-winning comedy. What with missing the Professor, a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and above all, the disastrous overcrowding in Hell, he hasn't felt this depressed since Bill Clinton survived his heart operation. Levels of human sin are at their highest ever, and people are dying at an unprecedented rate. The check-in demons are overwhelmed, and Satan has to find a solution. He decides to launch a Crusade of Moral Rearmament, and infiltrates the worlds of religion, sport, politics and the media in an attempt to persuade people to behave better. Meanwhile, a new arrival is fomenting rebellion, aiming to overthrow Satan and take control of Hell...Andy Hamilton stars as Satan with Robert Duncan as Scumspawn, Jimmy Mulville as Thomas and Geoffrey Whitehead as Roland Kingworthy. A fiery furnace of brilliant one-liners and biting satire, Old Harry's Game is the insider's guide to Hell. 'One of the great comic creations of recent years' - Sunday Telegraph. ' one of the best-written comedies around, sustained over its 12 years on the air by brilliant performances and production' - Daily Telegraph. 2 CDs. 1 hr 52 mins.

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  • CD-Audio | 2 pages
  • 125 x 142 x 11mm | 97g
  • 05 Mar 2007
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Bath
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1405676817
  • 9781405676816
  • 433,417

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From Andy Hamilton: People often ask me (well, journalists sometimes ask me) where I got the idea of writing a comedy set in Hell, and I usually tell them that I found it in Woolworths. I give them this flip, smartarse answer because the truth is I can't actually remember. No doubt, in part, I was attracted by the notion of consigning the likes of Robert Maxwell to the torment of the eternal fires. Who wouldn't find that funny? And playing Satan, of course, was always going to allow me to generally show off in a shameless way, and pretend I had the nether regions of a goat. So that was another attraction. But the actual specific trigger that caused me to sit down and write Old Harry's Game is a mystery to me now. Another question that is frequently slurred at me by swaying journalists is 'Which one of the characters do I think is most like me?' Now, this is a tricky one. The Professor, certainly, is the person I wish I was. He's kind, balanced, enquiring and optimistic. The part I actually play, though, is the jaundiced, cynical Satan, and the ease with which I slip into the hooves of this sadistic schemer is, frankly, a little worrying. There are times, too, when the disgusting, depraved Thomas starts to look disturbingly familiar. But, of all the characters, the one I suspect I resemble most is the disaster-prone, eager-to-please Scumspawn (who made his first appearance in the second series as Satan's bungling assistant). From time to time, I get quizzed about the prospects of Old Harry's Game transferring to television. Well, it wouldn't be an easy transition because the show is so quintesentially radio. After all, on radio we can transform a character into a 40-foot aubergine, and no one writes in to quibble about how convincing it is. Every listener visualises their own impossibly gigantic eggplant. If we attempted the same effect on BBC 1 then we would be inundated with pedantic letters from greengrocers. Finally, there is one question that journalists are always asking me, namely 'Is there any truth in the rumours about me and Catherine Zeta-Jones?' Well I'm sorry, but I feel it would be wrong for me to comment, especially when the poor girl is trying so hard to get over me. End of story. Andy Hamilton.

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"Great fun" -- Phil Daoust Guardian

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