This has to be without a doubt the best and funniest radio comedy in existence. Andy Hamilton has woven together something here that is not only unapologetically funny, but insightful, witty and even at times, touching.
The plot centres around professor Richard Wittingham dying and going to hell. While there, he strikes up a psuedo-friendship with Satan and many moral arguments and bets ensue. For example, The Prof makes a bet with satan that if he can make a vile human being called Thomas into a caring individual, his wife gets to stay with him in hell (if) she ends up in hell. Satan constantly tries to convince the Professor that mankind has no moral worth and is base. The Prof thinks otherwise, and outlines mankinds great achievments. Other characters adding to the mix are Satan's minions Gary (season 1) and Scumspawn (all other seasons) and Thomas, a human so vile that he even shocks Satan.
The humour is excellent, and works brilliantly for its medium (radio). Perhaps this is the only way this comedy could ever be made anyway, given that in today's overly PC society, people could find the idea of a comedy set in hell offensive.
All of the characters are entertaining and bounce off one another giving this show an energy missing from many other audio recordings released by the BBC. Satan and the Prof's arguments are quite enjoyable, especially because underneath it all, one can't help but feel the Devil is simply envious of being human.
There are a few episodes missing in this collection from seasons one and two, but not so you'll lose the plot.