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Old Harry's Game: The Christmas Specials 2010 (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408469057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408469057
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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Two fantastic festive episodes of Andy Hamilton’s fiendishly funny Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2011
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If you're reading this you probably don't need any introduction to Old Harry's Game. You know all about Andy Hamilton's excellent portrayal of the Devil, cynical and twisted with a voice like Anthony Newly. You know about Scumspawn, his most revolting and fawning demon, played by Robert Duncan. By now you probably know about Edith, the dead historian Satan has hired to write his biography. You know this is a wickedly funny comedy.

These two episodes are the 2010 Christmas specials, broadcast to coincide with Christmas and New Year. In the first episode Satan gets tired of dealing with the seasonal intake of drunks and idiots, and sets about abolishing Christmas. In the second episode he decides to get away from it all with a short holiday in the Lake District, leaving Scumspawn to run Hell with predictable results.

The tone is cynical and sarcastic, with an undercurrent of silliness, and is a perfect comedy blend. Those familiar with the show will recognise some recurring themes and retrodden paths, but it is delivered so expertly that we just don't care, it's still hilariously funny. Satan and his merry gang of fiends are one of the funniest things around at the moment, and I defy anyone with a sense of humour not to laugh at this!

Two half hour episodes are contained on one disc. There are some brief liner notes, including a new introduction from Any Hamilton, a welcome change to the same note included over and over again on the previous 8 releases.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the lambanana TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2011
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PLOT
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The series is mainly set in Hell and has the occasional appearance by God(first name Nigel.

The premise is the ongoing relationships with Satan and his underlings and often has historical characters (A sweary Jane Austen, A predatory Florence Nightingale etc.)

THE CD
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This is a two part Christmas special from Christmas 2010. There is also a Christmas special from 2002 Old Harry's Game Christmas Special (Radio Collection) and a bumper box set Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series 1-7 Box-set (BBC Audio) which has the Christmas 2002 set included. So this is an excellent taster.

In CD one entitled Christmas Spirit Satan decides to ban Christmas. Satan disguises himself as various religious figures, including the Pope, in denouncing Christmas;
In Cd two entitled Ring in the New Satan decides takes a holiday in the Lake District leaving Scumspawn in charge of Hell. Takes a management seminar with Genghis Khan, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth I and Brian Clough.

FUNNY
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It's superbly written and often captures current events (banking crisis) and takes digs at Historical figures. It's classic Radio Four and is wholeheartedly recommended. I like this type of comedy as it is intelligent, funny exceptionally well written and works because it is on radio. I don't think it would on TV.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2011
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Satan is hard at work during the busiest time of the year in Hell. First of all, he tries to ban Christmas (whilst, in the meantime, his cohorts are 'making merry'), then he decides that he needs to take a holiday ... in the Lake District!

It's amusing; the jokes are relatively up to date (including mention of Kindles!); it's certainly irreverent in many places - and yet it's reminiscent of the Screwtape Leters by CS Lewis. There is a great cast, which includes
Jimmy Mulville playing the mendaciously evil Thomas and the incomparable Annette Crosbie as his wearily resigned mother-in-law, the retired Historian, Edith.

Enjoyable entertainment with laugh out loud moments; although some of the jokes are rather predictable in places.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2011
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Andy Hamilton's radio shows are absolutely hilarious, alongside Old Harry's Game, Revolting People: Series 1 (BBC Audio) stands on a par (easily) with other brilliant comic productions such as Bleak Expectations: Complete Series One (BBC Audio) or Hordes of the Things (BBC Audio).

The entire series of Old Harry's Game, which features the trials and tribulations of Devil as he manages Hell and sallys out into the world of men, surrounded by and complaining eternally about being surrounded by incompetents.

This production features the seasonal specials, Christmas and The New Year.

In one The Devil, incised by talk of Christmas Spirit, quests into the world of men to create doubt about the existence of Jesus with a talkshow appearence and seeking to despoil all things festive with newspaper scare stories.

While in the other The Devil has an onset of despondency, what is a new year in eternity and it makes him question the purpose of it all, which he rediscovers to complete comic effect during a mini-break holiday.

As with the entire series the plot writing is excellent, with belly laughs aplenty, and a perfect pace, all too soon the story is finished. Although, it is not simply the overall plot that makes for such enjoyment but the scattered hilarious observations and quips throughout, such as the Devil's view that men as "monkey's with agendas" or relaxing by a fire with some Jeffery Archer thrillers "to keep it going".
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