Guy Jenkin

Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful: The Complete Series 1-3
  • Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful: The Complete Series 1-3

    • Guy Jenkin

    • Martin Jarvis (Read by)

    • Miriam Margolyes (Read by)

    • Imelda Staunton (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Joss Ackland (Read by)

    • Lesley Manville (Read by)

    Martin Jarvis stars in this BBC radio satire set in the competitive world of advertising

    Happiness... is a career in advertising. Or is it? Activist turned ad writer Ken Handley isn't so sure. Back in the day, he used to hitch-hike and attend peace protests. Now, he finds himself writing copy for the Conservative Party and extolling the virtues of products he hates - while also coping with a drunken boss, strait-laced colleagues and an overactive mind.

    Over three series, we follow his exploits and moral dilemmas as he grapples with the challenges of winning accounts, presenting to clients and dealing with the women in his life. A pitch for a motorway services chain drives him round the bend, a seven-foot squirrel nearly sends him nuts, and he faces his own emergency when he's coerced into a Samaritans campaign. On the domestic front, Ken's got a divorce and a new home to contend with - but things start looking up when leggy model April comes on the scene...

    Written by Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Jon Canter (Posh Nosh), this sardonic advertising sitcom stars Martin Jarvis as Ken, with a cast including Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Joss Ackland and Miriam Margolyes.


    Production credits
    Script and commercial concepts by Guy Jenkin
    Commercials by Jon Canter
    Produced by Geoffrey Perkins (Series 1) and Pete Atkin (Series 2 & 3)

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 January-22 February 1982 (Series 1), 7 February-13 March 1984 (Series 2), 7 October-11 November 1986 (Series 3)

    Cast
    Ken Handley - Martin Jarvis
    Sarah - Sheila Steafel
    Sandy - Christopher Godwin
    Freddie - Lockwood West
    Hitchhiker - Vincent Brimble
    Portley - Richard Bebb
    Runcie - Simon Jones
    June - Wendy Richard
    Johnnie - Patrick Barr
    Murray - Gary Cady
    The General - Bill Fraser
    Mr Sandell - John Blythe
    Barman - Geoffrey McGivern
    Virgil - Marc Smith
    Mr Sandell:- John Blythe
    Cindy- Heather Bell
    Katie- Miranda Forbes
    Director- David Gooderson
    Ravi - Ahmed Khalil
    Deborah - Rosalind Ayres
    Ambrose - Paul Jesson
    Janet/Receptionist/Researcher - Stacey Tendeter
    Mr Cheater/Mr McCafferty - James Griffiths
    Angus - Michael Jenner
    Derek - David Peart
    Stella - Imelda Staunton
    Stella's Heavy - Jim Carter
    Subjects - David Peart & Michael Jenner
    Leo Gale - Glyn Owen
    Christina - Jo Manning Wilson
    Receptionist - Maggie McCarthy
    George - Peter Tuddenham
    Corners - Don Henderson
    Benny - Karl Howman
    Lesley - Pauline Siddle
    Andy - Chris Emmett
    Film director - Scott Cherry
    Tone - Jeremy Clyde
    Doregan - Lesley Manville
    Elvira - Moir Leslie
    Kip - Joseph Marcell
    April - Shelley Thompson
    Hedley - Robert Longden
    Artiste - David Learner
    Larry Childs - William Hootkins
    Loretta-Jane Duff - Toni Coyne
    Dawn/Masseuse - Sally Watts
    Sally/Choirboy - Jane Leonard
    Len - Roger Sloman
    Val/Veronica - Liz Crowther
    Alf - Roger Hammond
    Till lady - Avril Clark
    Doorman - Richard Durden
    Barman - James MacPherson
    Policeman - Graham Blockey
    With the voices of Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, James Griffiths, John Shrapnel, David Tate, James Griffiths, Sally Grace, Enn Reitel and Anton Rodgers

From Andy Hamilton: People often ask me (well, journalists sometimes ask me) where I got the idea of writing a comedy set in Hell, and I usually tell them that I found it in Woolworths. I give them this flip, smartarse answer because the truth is I can't actually remember. No doubt, in part, I was attracted by the notion of consigning the likes of Robert Maxwell to the torment of the eternal fires. Who wouldn't find that funny? And playing Satan, of course, was always going to allow me to generally show off in a shameless way, and pretend I had the nether regions of a goat. So that was another attraction. But the actual specific trigger that caused me to sit down and write Old Harry's Game is a mystery to me now. Another question that is frequently slurred at me by swaying journalists is 'Which one of the characters do I think is most like me?' Now, this is a tricky one. The Professor, certainly, is the person I wish I was. He's kind, balanced, enquiring and optimistic. The part I actually play, though, is the jaundiced, cynical Satan, and the ease with which I slip into the hooves of this sadistic schemer is, frankly, a little worrying. There are times, too, when the disgusting, depraved Thomas starts to look disturbingly familiar. But, of all the characters, the one I suspect I resemble most is the disaster-prone, eager-to-please Scumspawn (who made his first appearance in the second series as Satan's bungling assistant). From time to time, I get quizzed about the prospects of Old Harry's Game transferring to television. Well, it wouldn't be an easy transition because the show is so quintesentially radio. After all, on radio we can transform a character into a 40-foot aubergine, and no one writes in to quibble about how convincing it is. Every listener visualises their own impossibly gigantic eggplant. If we attempted the same effect on BBC 1 then we would be inundated with pedantic letters from greengrocers. Finally, there is one question that journalists are always asking me, namely 'Is there any truth in the rumours about me and Catherine Zeta-Jones?' Well I'm sorry, but I feel it would be wrong for me to comment, especially when the poor girl is trying so hard to get over me. End of story. Andy Hamilton. Richard Curtis is a British screenwriter, actor, film director and music producer. Among his screenwriting credits are Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, whilst for television he created and wrote Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He created the first Black Adder series with Rowan Atkinson, before going on to write subsequent series with Ben Elton. Ben Elton is a British comedian, author, playwright and director. His early career was in stand-up comedy, as well as writing for TV series including The Young Ones. He met Richard Curtis, and together they co-wrote the second and subsequent series of Blackadder. Ben Elton went on to success as a novelist and stage writer.

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