Joyce Bryant

Higher: The Complete Series 1-4

Higher: The Complete Series 1-4

A BBC Radio 4 comedy


A BBC comedy drama set in the world of a "pile 'em high university". Karen Poynter is the new head of the Geography Department - renamed Geographical Tourism - at Hayborough University, which is definitely not part of the elite Russell Group of top universities. Ranked 132nd in the UK academic league table; if you have a pulse, you can have a degree.

This is the high energy farce of the breeze block and grotty cafeteria, with all the endless meetings, the backstabbings and the sheer panic of a university setting. In an era of increasing fees and cutbacks, this satire has become all the more acute.

Starring Sophie Thomson (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1, Coronation Street) as Karen, with Jonathan Keeble (War and Peace) as the venal Dean.

Episode list:
Pilot show
The Price of Partnership
Rebrand, Relaunch
Privatisation, the Final Battle
Year of the Rat
Creative Solutions