Tom Basden

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

    • Tom Basden

    • Anna Crilly (Read by)

    • Johnny Sweet (Read by)

    • Katy Wix (Read by)

    • Tim Key (Read by)

    • Tom Basden (Read by)

    All three series of the critically-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a group of young idealists who set up a new political party – plus special Christmas episode

    Disillusioned with the capitalist system, five ambitious students set out to make waves and change the face of democracy. Holding their meetings in a garden shed, budding politician Jared, ideas engine Simon, socialist firebrand Mel, image conscious materialist Phoebe and Communications Tsar Duncan wrangle with the modern political machine and attempt to lay the foundations of a new movement. Or they would, if only they had a pen.

    From the perils of choosing a party name, leader and constitution to the finer points of foreign policy and climate change, the team contend with the highs and lows of political life while trying to keep their ideals intact. They soon find that changing the world is harder than they thought – especially when dealing with undercooked BBQ sausages, rained-out protest marches, the possible relocation of a key party member and a crucial radio interview.

    Also included is a 2018 Christmas special where the wannabe political agitators reunite after a six-year break and once again apply their small minds to big problems. This time, they’re taking on Donald Trump…

    Written by Tom Basden (who stars as Simon), Party is based on his 2009 play which won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Also starring are Anna Crilly as Mel, Tim Key as Duncan, Johnny Sweet as Jared and Katy Wix as Phoebe.

    Produced by Julia McKenzie

    Audio has been updated as of October 2019

Tim Key (Reader) Tim Key, Stefan Golaszewski, Tom Basden and Lloyd Woolf are the members of the comedy quartet Cowards. They began working as a four-man group in 2004, and had sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005 and 2006. Their first radio appearance was on the BBC Radio 1 show The Milk Monitors, and they were soon given their first radio series, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007. A second series was transmitted in 2008, and a three-part TV series followed on BBC Four in 2009. Nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Entertainment, it was popular with critics and audiences alike.

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