Clive Coleman

Chambers: The Complete Series 1-3
  • Chambers: The Complete Series 1-3

    • Clive Coleman

    • Alex Lowe (Read by)

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    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • James Fleet (Read by)

    • John Bird (Read by)

    • Lesley Sharp (Read by)

    • Rebecca Front (Read by)

    • Sanjeev Bhaskar (Read by)

    • Sarah Lancashire (Read by)

    • Sue Johnston (Read by)

    All fourteen episodes of the legal sitcom about a group of barristers who never let justice get in the way of making money

    John Fuller-Carp, the Machiavellian head of chambers at Forecourt Buildings, is determined to become a QC and will perform almost any moral contortion to achieve his goal.

    When left-wing Ruth Quirke, rumoured to be a High Court judge's daughter, applies to join his chambers, Fuller-Carp's imagination goes into overdrive and promotion seems inevitable. However, his attempts to project a 'New Labour' image cut no ice with Ruth, and the two are soon at each other's throats. Fortunately, his partner Hilary Tripping is much easier to manage (if somewhat ineffectual) and his clerk Vince, though deeply dodgy, is happy to put his criminal contacts and underworld cunning at Fuller-Carp's disposal.

    In these three series, he ends up on the wrong side of the law, is embarrassed over animal rights, tries to join the Masons and gets embroiled in a bet with a rival barrister. Meanwhile, Ruth gets a job as a 'Legal Eagle' on breakfast telly, decides to adopt a baby and fakes a family for a client while Fuller-Carp fiddles the books. And when a legal firm invites John, Ruth and Hilary on a team-building outward-bound weekend, disaster ensues...

    Clive Coleman's sitcom set in perhaps the country's least spectacular law chambers stars John Bird as John Fuller-Carp, with James Fleet as Hilary Tripping and Lesley Sharp and Sarah Lancashire as Ruth Quirke. Among the guest stars are Peter Serafinowcz, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Rebecca Front.

    Production credits
    Written by Clive Coleman
    Produced by Paul Schlesinger

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17 April -15 May1996 (Series 1), 11 May-8 June 1998 (Series 2), 9-30 March 1999 (Series 3)

    Starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire

Clive Coleman is a former barrister and the BBC's legal correspondent. He also writes comedy and sitcoms, including legal comedy Chambers, which ran for three series on BBC Radio 4 before transferring to BBC2 for two successful series.

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