Arch-Brutalist Sir Lucien founded his architectural practice on a commitment to brutalist concrete in all its forms. But fashion has been a cruel mistress and four decades later things are not going well for Sir Lucien and his loyal(ish) employees. With no money and no commissions, times are tough â but itâs onwards and upwards (and upwards again) for the staff, as they go all out to win new contracts, deal with nightmare clients and fight to get their ambitious projects past the planners. In the pilot episode, architects Sarah (Laura Solon) and Dan (Ben Willbond) contemplate escape from a malfunctioning multi-storey car park in Esher and the pure aesthetic of the open sandwich. Series 1 finds Sir Lucien (Geoffrey Whitehead) trying to overcome his creative block by visiting a spa in Baden Baden â accompanied by reluctant colleague Tim (Alex Carter). Back at the practice, the other partners are juggling ambition, principles and scary Americans â and dreaming of taking minimalism to the max. In Series 2, Sir Lucien and Partners chase a lucrative airport contract, head to Watford to restyle a Premier League footballerâs mansion, design a building with a great big turret (possibly) and decide to go into house building â negotiating marshland, unexploded bombs and homicidal relatives en route.... Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths, this caustic, satirical comedy also stars Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Crilly and Aisling Bea. Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths. Directed by Toby Swift. Pilot: Sarah â Laura Solon Dan â Ben Willbond Sir Lucien â Geoffrey Whitehead Rasmus â Ewan Bailey Tim â Tim Downie Mayoress â Joanna Brookes Car Park Attendant â Ben Crowe Series 1 and 2: Matt â Dominic Coleman Sarah â Ingrid Oliver/Anna Crilly Sir Lucien â Geoffrey Whitehead Tim â Alex Carter Hayley â Aisling Bea Gregory Nettles/Mr Douglas â Sean Murray Mr Russell/Gentle Energy MD â Steve Toussaint Nurse/Amanda/Helene/Planning Officer â Carolyn Pickles Lotte â Georgie Fuller Snadaker/Dave â Stephen Critchlow Mr McCoy â Harry Myers Justin â Ben Crowe Dawn â Susie Riddell Murray â Peter Forbes Noel â David Hounslow Ella â Rhiannon Neads Danny â Richie Campbell Sean â Jude Akuwudike John/Darvo/Council Receptionist â Ian Conningham Computer Caddie/Tony â Sam Dale Jemima â Hannah Genesius Bob â David Acton Jane/Lucy â Jane Slavin First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 27 March 2013, (Pilot), 14 March-4 April 2014 (Series 1), 2-23 February 2015 (Series 2).
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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, theyâre taking on Donald Trumpâ¦ 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
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