The complete sixth series of the fiendishly funny award-winning
comedy starring Andy Hamilton and Annette Crosbie...
Harry's Game: Radio Series 6 contains
all six episodes from the sixth series of BBC Radio 4's Sony
Award-winning comedy set in Hell.
not easy being Satan. There are the long hours (that stretch
into eternity), and Hell seems to have more admissions than
it can cope with. One of the new arrivals is Edith (played
by One Foot in the Grave's Annette Crosbie), an historian,
athlete and humanitarian. And she's trouble: she refuses to
believe she's dead, she knows Thomas and she's not afraid
when Satan shows her some of Hell's sights, like the torment
on hand for all the Hell's famous big drinkers (Mahatma Gandhi,
Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway and Oliver Reed) who are all
trapped in a pub where they can never quite catch the bartender's
eye, she still won't believe she's dead. And when the pit
of extremely pregnant popes and the pit of spit-roasted celebrity
chefs doesn't do the trick Satan shows lets her visit her
own autopsy where she learns that she committed suicide.
to believe this apparent fact, Edith enters into a deal with
the Devil. He will go out into the world to find out the truth
about her death and in return Edith must write Satan's biography.
Over the course of the six episodes, Satan visits Earth to
find out how Edith died and is surprised at the truth. He
tells Edith, who refuses to believe what Satan has unearthed,
who sends him off to prove his theory conclusively. Meanwhile
Satan's biography is turning into a bit of a work of fiction.
If you believe Satan's side of things he wasn't such a bad
bloke, just misunderstood. Apparently God has a misplaced
temper and Satan and Jesus just didn't get along.
series is still hitting the mark - which is impressive after
six years of basically the same gag. How on Earth Hamilton
manages to get away with it is anyone's guess - but thank
goodness he does. And the fact that all the gags are held
together by the thinnest of plot devices - basically Satan
becoming a bit of a detective, is almost criminally shallow
- but it works so well that you don't even notice the paper
Crosbie plays the role of Edith totally straight, which helps
to make her character all the more believable and funny. Hamilton
also flies close to the wind with his gags about suicide bombers
being in for a bit of a shock when they reach "paradise",
and there are plenty of topical jokes aimed at authority figures