I have to say that I was very impressed with this series- hot off the press (so to speak) in 2009. In these sad times, a bit of contemporary sniping at bankers who don't think they will suffer eternal retribution (well they get away with everything else) and the Home Office losing a hard drive with confidential information..is handled with sharpened wit. It'll be something to look back on with affection, when everyone starts behaving sensibly!
Something is going horribly wrong in hell- heaven has installed new software and a baby and a dog unexpectedly turn up for eternal damnation. God's off on a sabbatical and has delegated power to some angels who refuse to take any decisions. The usual gang of Edith the Historian, Scumspawn the devil and Thomas the repulsive, nag Satan that he ought to make sure that two innocents get restored to life, even if the dog keeps thinking the Lord of Hell is a tree. Plagued by Joan of Arc's rebellion and a confident Russian businessman, who tries to bribe Satan, it doesn't look as though Satan is ever going to get a glowing biography written for him, even if he is becoming a dab hand at creating compromising pictures in Photoshop (I thought all the problems I had with CS3 under Vista must have diabolical origins). How will he persuade the Almighty to rectify things, without getting damned again?
This was utterly delicious- can we have the full versions of series 3 and 4, please?!
Andy Hamilton inverts our usual view of the world and presents the situation of a much-maligned Satan, struggling to properly administer hell in a universe where God seems to have has lost interest in his creation and the wheels are regularly falling off the cart of cosmic-order.
Assisted in him in this task are Scumspawn, a soft-hearted and headed demon, Thomas an extremely venal damned soul, Edith the sharp-tongued historian and a cast of bit parts ranging from the Archangel Gabriel, Baby Patrick to the Almighty himself.
He manages to be both amusing and pertinent, challenging religeous mores and concepts without being offensive. All this done in an extremely droll and dry fashion.
Simply the most consistently funny series on UK radio.
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.
In series 7 Andy Hamilton once again uses the plot of Satan trying to get some new arrivals in Hell who have been incorrectly delivered into a more suitable afterlife. This time he has a puppy and a baby to worry about, and wants to get rid of them before they annoy the hell out of him.
There is much to enjoy in this series. Hamilton still manages to get in large swipes at the banality of the modern world, with some excellent topical satire. But there is a lot of decent character driven comedy as well, as we see Thomas, Edith and Scumpspawn's reactions to the new arrivals. And as for the portrayal of God from Timothy West, it is just divine...
Series 7 is six half hour episodes. Spread across 3 CDs, collected into a double size jewel case. There are limited liner notes.
Another excellent series from Hamilton and his gang, I do hope there is more to come.
I think this is one of the funniest series on Radio, but others have already said that. I would just like to point out the dangers of buying from Audible.co.uk via the download link further up the page, as I have foolishly done.
If you buy the CD from Amazon, you have complete control over when an where you can listen to your purchase and you can easily put it on whatever device you want to use to listen to it.
If however, you buy it from Audible.co.uk via the download link, they completely control both the access to what you have just paid for and they also censor any reviews you leave on Audible.co.uk. You can only put it on an iPod, or one of a tiny handful of mobile devices. You can burn a CD, but you actually have to burn the physical disk, and then you don't get tracks that correspond to the content. You can't burn an MP3 disk so that it will all fit on one disk, but you end up with 3 CD format disks that bear no relation to the episodes.
I have had this for some time - iI've purchased the whole series now and just wish there were more. You could call it black humour and its certainly irreligious but I still laugh at it even though I almost know the dialogue. I don't think I'll ever grow tired of it.
wish there would be a full series 8, not just the Olympic specials which are deemed to be series 8. a fantastic show that has me in stitches. prefer the original god although timothy west is an excellent replacement he doesn't have the loud brash anger.
A fine comedy series that addresses and comments on religious issues with a comedy bent. Andy Hamilton is one of the best contemporary comedy writers and performers. Suitable for anyone that wants a good laugh.