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Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series: The Award-Winning BBC Radio Comedy Audio CD – Audiobook, CD


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"Who Knew Hell Was Such a Funny Place" Jan. 24 2011
By A. R. Monahan - Published on Amazon.com
As my wife and step-daughter are Ex-Brits and I'm an unabashed Anglophile; I fell hopelessly enchanted with British Radio. Since I retired, I haunt the Old-Time-Radio web-sites for Brit Comedy programs. I purchased this series, piecemeal, before this box set was even available. If you enjoy listening to witty, satirical, literate comedy -- this is for you! We have listened to these programs so much -- we can tell you the next line in the script.

If you would like to sample an episode; go to 'YouTube' and Index 'Andy Hamilton'. You won't be disappointed.
Brilliant comedy Aug. 11 2015
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a huge fan of Old Harry's Game since it began over fifteen years ago. It is written by and stars Andy Hamilton, whose work includes Drop The Dead Donkey and Outnumbered. Old Harry's Game is just as good as those wonderful, award-winning TV series. The dialogue is brilliant and somehow believable even though it takes place in such a bizarre setting, and the characters are great creations and very well performed: cynical, world-weary Satan, fawning Scumspawn and the vile Thomas, with the Professor and later Edith providing the moral grit in the Satanic oyster. They work very well together, and Hamilton also enjoys himself subverting our image of historical characters - the thuggish, vicious, foul-mouthed Jane Austen being one of my favourites. Plus, of course, a sprinkling of topical satire - like Satan explaining to a group of new arrivals in 2009 that they are in Hell because if they have done something dreadful and wrong then they must pay for it, and one responding, "Ah - well, no. You see, we're bankers."

Every programme contains real belly-laughs, but there is also a real intellectual and philosophical framework which makes this far more than just a good but forgettable comedy. After half an hour of laughing out loud I always realise that there has been some very thoughtful stuff in there which means that these programmes repay repeated listening, and there are also a few genuinely touching moments among the comedy.

I think that Old Harry's Game is among Andy Hamilton's very best work, which is really saying something. It has given me immense pleasure for a long time and continues to do so, and this box of all seven series so far is an absolute gem.
Wickedly brilliant, totally irreverent, brilliant characters and great satire. Andy Hamilton is a comedic genius. Dec 3 2013
By J. Scarff - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend from England taped some of these episodes and sent them to me years ago, and I nearly died laughing. I was thrilled when the BBC finally made them available for purchase in the U.S. I immediately bought a copy for myself and two more for friends.

Andy Hamilton, who wrote and stars in all these episodes as Satan, is PERFECT for the role. His voice, accent, attitude and delivery are unique and side-splittingly funny. (You can sample clips on YouTube.) I and my best friend have listened to this entire set several times, and frequently have to pause the CD because we are laughing too hard or just want to hear that bit over again.

The characters make frequent references (nearly always very cutting) to various political and pop figures in the U.K. You do not need to know who the person referred to is (you often will) to appreciate the joke. If you do recognize the person, it is just that much funnier.

Series 1 and 2 are slightly less funny as the characters are working themselves into the roles. Then when they hit their stride, and Scumspawn becomes Satan's chief assistant, and later the scolding historian Edith enters Hell, they are off and running and hold on to your sides to prevent them from splitting.

My only complaint is that there are not more of these episodes.
Andy Hamilton's take on Satan and the underworld is brilliant!!! Aug. 30 2011
By Mrs. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
I've been listening to this series on BBC Radio 4 since the beginning. I love their approach to Satan, and daily life in hell. It is a riot! We've recorded the series and play it on road trips.


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