Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series: The Award-Winning BBC Radio Comedy Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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If you would like to sample an episode; go to 'YouTube' and Index 'Andy Hamilton'. You won't be disappointed.
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.
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.