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Old Harry's Game, Vol. 2: Starring Robert Duncan Vol 2 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Andy Hamilton , James Grout , Jimmy Mulville , Robert Duncan
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7 July 2003
This audiobook contains six episodes from the BBC Radio 4 series. A fiery furnace of brilliant one-liners and biting satire, 'Old Harry's Game' is the insider's guide to Hell.

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563494441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563494447
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The premise that each individual is tormented in Satan's realm in a manner appropriate to their worldly sins may not be entirely new but Andy Hamilton's view of this had me laughing out loud from the start. The monstrous images created, from Enoch Powell being forced to sing in a reggae band, to Mozart being forced to listen to the whole of "Cosi Fan Tutte" being played on a Hammond Organ by a giant suppurating (and entirely tone-deaf) tapeworm adds to the sense of vicarious pleasure we all derive from seeing someone else get their comeuppance.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the comedy is best savoured without pictures, as it was orignally broadcast on radio. We can therefore all have our own image of what Scumspawn really looks like in his guise as "something that looks as if it has been washed up on the beach at Sellafield".
Brighten up your journey home in the car. By the time you've got home, nothing that happened during the day can possible seem quite as absurd as what you have listened to on the way home - Satan keeping the last six centuries' Popes permanently pregnant is one abiding thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Hell of a funny series 30 Jan 2009
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an all round excellent radio show from the pen of Andy Hamilton. Starring Hamilton as Satan, with Jimmy Mulville as the most damned of damned souls Thomas, and the wonderful James Grout as the professor, who should really be in heaven but is damned for his lack of belief in God.

This volume collects 3 episodes from series on and 3 from series 2. For some reason known only to the Beeb. For not much more than the price of this set you can now buy the complete series one and two box set, I would really recommend this, as after listening to the 6 episodes here you will want to hear the rest.

So maximum stars awarded for the content, but a few docked for the BBC's strange approach to releasing this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Very Very funny. 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This is original and very funny. I would recommend it to anyone wondering what to do in the car on the drive home from work. This one (like the rest of the wonderful BBC comedy titles) is pure joy. The setting is hell. The devil is bored, and has a professor who refuses to beleive in him, and a marketing manager who is even less principled than the devil himself to deal with...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishy Good 15 Nov 2005
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
Supreme comedy writing from Andy Hamilton.
Original, witty and very entertaining, Hamilton's comedy set in Hell pushes all the right laughter buttons in an intelligent, satirical and possibly contemporary account of just how it might all be going on down there!
Wonderful stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly superb... but too short 16 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Marvellous humour from Andy Hamilton, originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The characters are magnificent, particularly Thomas (a man so devious that Judas Iscariot calls him "The Guv'nor").
Humour that would not translate to TV works perfectly here (such as Thomas being turned into a hog's scrotum) and your imagination is free to laugh along with the script.
The only disappointment is that just half of the episodes of the original first two series have made it onto the cassettes. I just hope that the success of the show on the radio and on these cassettes will persuade BBC execs to issue the complete series!
In conclusion - very well worth buying.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Elise
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the funniest radio shows to have ever hit the airwaves. Andy Hamilton, the writer, who also plays Satan, has created a take on Hell that is hilariously funny and extremely witty.

These are 6 episodes from the first two series. Thomas and the Professor have both died in the same car crash. Thomas for being the director of a privatised water company and the Prof. for being an atheist. Hell is currently in a bit of turmoil as Satan's deputy demon, Gary, wants to try the sort of rebellion (or "representation by middle management") against Satan that landed Satan and all his minions down there in the first place due to the doubts that Satan is having because of the "arty-farty notions" that the eternally optimistic professor continues to spout no matter what diabolical torture he is exposed to.

Although it is a repeating theme, the idea of the most obvious and appropriate torture for all of the inmates is hilariously funny. For instance every Pope is held at an eternal eight months pregnant, and Enoch Powell is playing eternally in a reggae band. Satan will go through a search for the meaning of happiness (not because he is ever likely to attain it, just because he is curious) and calls on Buddha (also down there for atheism) and several other philosophers (including Machiavelli whose definition is "poisoning people without getting caught"). Gary is brought to trial after having led an unsuccessful rebellion to form "New Hell" for which he is tried by Satan and this leads to the revelation that God's first name is Nigel and He created humans for a bet, and He then freezes hell over.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sympathy for the devil... 22 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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