Old Harry's Game: The Christmas Specials
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but Satan isn't in a very Christmassy mood in these two seasonal specials. In Christmas Spirit, he is busy dealing with the seasonal rush. Tired of Hell being inundated with drunken morons who died doing something completely stupid at the office party, he decides to do something radical: abolish Christmas! Ring in the New sees Satan feeling fed up with the relentless chaos and grimness of Hell. So when Edith suggests a relaxing minibreak, he heads off to the Lake District - leaving Scumspawn in charge...Written by and starring Andy Hamilton (as Satan), this bestselling series co-stars Jimmy Mulville as Thomas, Robert Duncan as Scumspawn and Annette Crosbie as Edith. 'One of the great comic creations of recent years' - Sunday Telegraph. 1 CD. 56 mins.
- CD-Audio | 1 pages
- 124 x 142 x 10mm | 99.79g
- 06 Oct 2011
- BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- BBC Physical Audio
- London, United Kingdom
"Bah, humbug, Mr Beelzebub... Boundaries of taste will be pushed to the limits, as always, by Andy Hamilton and co, but it's the funniest thing on air this fortnight." -- Jane Anderson Radio Times
About Andy Hamilton
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.
"Bah, humbug, Mr Beelzebub... Boundaries of taste will be pushed to the limits, as always, by Andy Hamilton and co, but it's the funniest thing on air this fortnight."