Flying The Flag

Alex Shearer's traditional character sitcom, chronicling the ups and downs (mostly downs) of diplomatic life in a fictitious eastern-bloc country.

Dinsdale Landen starred as British ambassador MacKenzie, contending with bribery and beetroot-flavoured biscuits on a daily basis; Peter Acre and Moir Leslie were his co-stars.

When the series began the Cold War was still in full flow; later series reflected contemporary developments, as the People's Republic became the People's Democracy, and its populace was exposed to the winds of no change whatsoever.

Episodes

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20061018 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 1 of 6.

20061019 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 1 of 6.

20080526 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 1 of 6.

20080527 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 1 of 6.

20061025 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British foreign policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 2 of 6.

20061026 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British foreign policy in his Eastern Bloc posting. Episode 2 of 6.

20080929 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie experiences The People's Republic's movie-making prowess. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 4 of 8.

20080930 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie experiences The People's Republic's movie-making prowess. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 4 of 8.

20081006 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 5 of 8.

20081007 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 5 of 8.

20110313 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic's.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

20080922 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the birth of feminism in The Federated People's Democratic Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 3 of 8.

20080923 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the birth of feminism in The Federated People's Democratic Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 3 of 8.

20081020 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 7 of 8.

20081021 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 7 of 8.

20060727 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking 'lunacy' descend on the British Embassy. Comedy starring Dinsdale Landen. Episode 2 of 6.

20060726 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Episode 2 of 6. Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking 'lunacy' descend on the British Embassy. Comedy starring Dinsdale Landen.

20060803 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Episode 3 of 6. In which mushrooms are picked, the right questions are not asked, and a sign of civilisation is revealed.

20061108 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Episode 4 of 6.

20061109 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Episode 4 of 6.

20080616 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Starring Dinsdale Landen. Episode 4 of 6.

20080617 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Starring Dinsdale Landen. Episode 4 of 6.

20080609 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage - and now it wants them back. Episode 3 of 6.

20080610 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage - and now it wants them back. Episode 3 of 6.

20061101 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage, and now it wants them back. Episode 3 of 6.

20061102 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage, and now it wants them back. Episode 3 of 6.

20060802 BT=1400 (BBC7)

In which mushrooms are picked, the right questions are not asked, and a sign of civilisation is revealed. Episode 3 of 6.

20061004 BT=1400 (BBC7)

It is British week in the People's Republic and the best of British will be on display, including a double-decker bus. Episode 7 of 8.

20061005 BT=0600 (BBC7)

It is British week in the People's Republic and the best of British will be on display, including a double-decker bus. Episode 7 of 8.

20060920 BT=1400 (BBC7)

It is Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic. Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and tolerance don't. Episode 4 of 8.

20060921 BT=0600 (BBC7)

It is Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic. Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and tolerance don't. Episode 4 of 8.

20080428 BT=1700 (BBC7)

It is Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic. Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and tolerance don't. Episode 4 of 8.

20080429 BT=0630 (BBC7)

It is Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic. Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and tolerance don't. Episode 4 of 8.

20080602 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Mackenzie causes havoc when he embarks on his memoirs. From 1990 and starring Dinsdale Landen. Episode 2 of 6.

20080603 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Mackenzie causes havoc when he embarks on his memoirs. From 1990 and starring Dinsdale Landen. Episode 2 of 6.

20061011 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Telexes from London, awkward questions and the spirit of the Armada reasserting itself; just another day for the Embassy. Episode 8 of 8.

20061012 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Telexes from London, awkward questions and the spirit of the Armada reasserting itself; just another day for the Embassy. Episode 8 of 8.

20080519 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Telexes from London, awkward questions and the spirit of the Armada reasserting itself; just another day for the Embassy. Episode 8 of 8.

20080520 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Telexes from London, awkward questions and the spirit of the Armada reasserting itself; just another day for the Embassy. Episode 8 of 8.

20081013 BT=1700 (BBC7)

The ambassadors take advantage of cheap surgery after the privatisation of the Health Care service. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 6 of 8.

20081014 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The ambassadors take advantage of cheap surgery after the privatisation of the Health Care service. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 6 of 8.

20061115 BT=1400 (BBC7)

The diplomats' wives' fact finding shopping trip is grounded by hijackers. Meanwhile, the men decide on a rescue plan. Episode 5 of 6.

20061116 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The diplomats' wives' fact finding shopping trip is grounded by hijackers. Meanwhile, the men decide on a rescue plan. Episode 5 of 6.

20060927 BT=1400 (BBC7)

The political climate in the People's Republic is milder than it used to be, but political sickness can still strike. Episode 6 of 8.

20060928 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The political climate in the People's Republic is milder than it used to be, but political sickness can still strike. Episode 6 of 8.

20080505 BT=1700 (BBC7)

The political climate in the People's Republic is milder than it used to be, but political sickness can still strike. Episode 6 of 8.

20080506 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The political climate in the People's Republic is milder than it used to be, but political sickness can still strike. Episode 6 of 8.

20060830 BT=1400 (BBC7)

The spirit of glasnost is stretched to the limit when an unidentified body turns up in the People's Republic. Episode 1 of 8.

20060831 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The spirit of glasnost is stretched to the limit when an unidentified body turns up in the People's Republic. Episode 1 of 8.

20080407 BT=1700 (BBC7)

The spirit of glasnost is stretched to the limit when an unidentified body turns up in the People's Republic. Episode 1 of 8.

20080408 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The spirit of glasnost is stretched to the limit when an unidentified body turns up in the People's Republic. Episode 1 of 8.

20060913 BT=1400 (BBC7)

There's no extradition agreement between the UK and the People's Republic of Wherever It Is. But accusation is a serious matter. Episode 3 of 8.

20060914 BT=0600 (BBC7)

There's no extradition agreement between the UK and the People's Republic of Wherever It Is. But accusation is a serious matter. Episode 3 of 8.

20080421 BT=1700 (BBC7)

There's no extradition agreement between the UK and the People's Republic of Wherever It Is. But accusation is a serious matter. Episode 3 of 8.

20080422 BT=0630 (BBC7)

There's no extradition agreement between the UK and the People's Republic of Wherever It Is. But accusation is a serious matter. Episode 3 of 8.

20060906 BT=1400 (BBC7)

What goes up must, in this era of glasnost, come down, but exactly where it comes down is still a matter for negotiation. Episode 2 of 8.

20060907 BT=0600 (BBC7)

What goes up must, in this era of glasnost, come down, but exactly where it comes down is still a matter for negotiation. Episode 2 of 8.

20081027 BT=1700 (BBC7)

What will Mackenzie do now that the Embassy is set to close down? Last episode of the diplomatic comedy. Dinsdale Landen stars. Episode 8 of 8.

20081028 BT=0630 (BBC7)

What will Mackenzie do now that the Embassy is set to close down? Last episode of the diplomatic comedy. Dinsdale Landen stars. Episode 8 of 8.

20080623 BT=1700 (BBC7)

When the diplomats' wives' fact-finding shopping trip is hit by a hijack, the men hatch a rescue plan. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 5 of 6.

20080624 BT=0630 (BBC7)

When the diplomats' wives' fact-finding shopping trip is hit by a hijack, the men hatch a rescue plan. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 5 of 6.

20060823 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Why does the bear suck his paw in winter? And what does the answer have to do with the First Secretary's dinner suit? Episode 6 of 6.

20060824 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Why does the bear suck his paw in winter? And what does the answer have to do with the First Secretary's dinner suit? Episode 6 of 6.

20060809 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer? Episode 4 of 6.

20060810 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer? Episode 4 of 6.

20060816 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Why is the Ambassador's whiskey like an American submarine? And is the noble art of moaning really under threat? Episode 5 of 6.

20060817 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Why is the Ambassador's whiskey like an American submarine? And is the noble art of moaning really under threat? Episode 5 of 6.

20080630 BT=1700 (BBC7)

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic dente. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 6 of 6.

20080701 BT=0630 (BBC7)

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic dente. Stars Dinsdale Landen. Episode 6 of 6.

20061122 BT=1400 (BBC7)

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic detente. Episode 6 of 6.

20061123 BT=0600 (BBC7)

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic detente. Episode 6 of 6.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910422]

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

2: Our Own Correspondent Press freedom reaches the People's Republic, closely followed by investigative reporter Henry Treebling.

Producer Nell Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Reporter: Henry Treebling.

Producer: Nell Cargill

Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: Moir Leslie

Col Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Henry Treebling: John Grieve

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910429]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910506]

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

4: The Comrade Connection

The diplomats tackle the drug barons.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Producer: Neil Cargill.

MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: Moir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910513]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910520]

The last in a six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

Cultural Exchange

With heavy metal and dancing defectors,

MacKenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic detente.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Producer: Neil Cargill.

MacKemie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: M0ir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920616]

The return of the comedy drama by Alex Shearer.

1: As Unequal as Others Her Majesty's

Ambassador Mackenzie and his staff battle on bravely, coming to terms with the changing order in Colonel Surikov's fledgling Eastern-bloc democracy.

The new order brings new problems, not least keeping the diplomatic upper hand in a country discovering the ills of the West. So when equal rights for women appears on the agenda, closely followed by the emergence of militant feminists, the embassies echo to the sound of men closing ranks.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920630]

An eight-part comedy drama by Alex Shearer. 3: As Unequal As Others Her Majesty's

Ambassador MacKenzie and his staff battle on bravely, coming to terms with the changing order in Colonel Surikov's fledgling Eastern Bloc democracy. But when equal rights for women appears on the agenda, closely followed by the emergence of militant feminists, the embassies echo to the sound of men closing ranks.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920714]

An eight-part comedy drama by Alex Shearer. 5: Endangered Species

Desperate to be seen to be green, the Ambassadors from both East and West try to reconcile materialism with ecological common sense. Agreement on policies proves impossible and time is running out - diplomacy may soon be extinct.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920728]

An eight-part comedy drama by Alex Shearer. 7: The Pretenders

Revolution in the People's Democratic Republic is in the air when a claimant to the newly restored throne arrives from Britain. Enter political stage right

Princess Sharon Eckersley. Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920804]

The final episode of the comedy drama by Alex Shearer.

End of Term

Ambassador MacKenzie packs his diplomatic bags and faces a bleak future back in Britain with no servants - and no knighthood. Before he heads for the Cotswolds there is one final crisis in the People's Democracy.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921118]

by Alex Shearer. 2: In Custody

"We are representatives of Democracy in this benighted place, William. We enshrine the values of liberty, tolerance and free speech. By the way, why is that woman chained to the embassy railings?"

"She's protesting, sir.

About her brother who's being held hostage by the terrorists."

"I see. Well go out there and tell her to clear off."

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921202]

A comedy in eight parts by Alex Shearer. 4: Little Extras

The novelty of artistic freedom in the People's Democracy attracts a swarm of film location managers, hungry for new backdrops, authentic faces - and cheap labour. But the movie moguls hadn't bargained for one thing - a little diplomatic scene-stealing.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921216]

by Alex Shearer.

6: No Special Treatment Official condemnation of the privatisation of the People's Health Service is tempered slightly when the diplomats study the proposals more closely. Cheap facelifts and hair transplants for embassy staff... isn't there something to be said for the concept after all?

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921223]

The seventh ofeight episodes.

The Pretenders by Alex Shearer.

Revolution in the People's Democratic Republic is in the air when a claimant to the newly restored throne arrives from Britain. Enter political stage right

Princess Sharon Eckersley.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921230]

The last of eight episodes. End of Term by Alex Shearer.

Ambassador MacKenzie faces a bleak future.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

It's British Week In The People's Republic With Blighty's Best On Display20080512 BT=1700 (BBC7)
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a double-decker bus and some clog dancing. Episode 7 of 8.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 December 199019901211

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 18 December 1990

Previous in series: 29 November 1990

Description

Episode Four: The Comrade Connection. "Drugs, Mr Ambassador?" "We didn't need

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

11 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

13 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

06 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-25

BBC Programme Number: 89LD3999

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 December 199019901213

First broadcast on 1990-12-11

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 18 December 1990

Previous in series: 29 November 1990

Description

Episode Four: The Comrade Connection. "Drugs, Mr Ambassador?" "We didn't need

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

11 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

13 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

06 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-25

BBC Programme Number: 89LD3999

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 December 199019901218

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 25 December 1990

Previous in series: 11 December 1990

Description

Episode Five: Cool Heads.

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

18 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

20 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

13 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Norman Bird (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-12-02

BBC Programme Number: 89LD4000

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 December 199019901220

First broadcast on 1990-12-18

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 25 December 1990

Previous in series: 11 December 1990

Description

Episode Five: Cool Heads.

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

18 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

20 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

13 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Norman Bird (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-12-02

BBC Programme Number: 89LD4000

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 November 199019901204

First broadcast on 1990-11-18

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 22 November 1990

Previous in series: 28 April 1988

Description

Copyright and performance fee Another episode of the comedy set in the British Embassy of the People's Republic."A Loss of Marbles"- The staff of the embassy are involved in a dispute over items of heritage residing in the British Museum. >Entry produced from PasB

Subject Categories

satire (comedy programmes) (genre)

Broadcast history

04 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

29 Apr 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Christopher Benjamin

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

BBC Programme Number: 89LD3998

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 November 199019901206
Programme Catalogue - Details: 22 November 199019901122

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 29 November 1990

Previous in series: 18 November 1990

Description

Episode One: Whose Rubbish Is It Anyway. Her Majesty's Ambassador Mackenzie

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

22 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

15 Apr 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

John Whitehall (mus)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-11

BBC Programme Number: 89LD3996

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 25 December 199019901225

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 16 June 1992

Previous in series: 18 December 1990

Description

Episode Six: Cultural Exchange. "Someone else's culture is like someone else's toothbrush, William. You wouldn't want to use it yourself, but you're

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

25 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

27 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

20 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Christopher Benjamin

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Julian Dutton (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-12-02

BBC Programme Number: 89LD4001

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 25 December 199019901227

First broadcast on 1990-12-25

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 16 June 1992

Previous in series: 18 December 1990

Description

Episode Six: Cultural Exchange. "Someone else's culture is like someone else's toothbrush, William. You wouldn't want to use it yourself, but you're

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

25 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

27 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

20 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Christopher Benjamin

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Julian Dutton (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-12-02

BBC Programme Number: 89LD4001

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 29 November 199019901129

Producer: N. CARGILL

Next in series: 11 December 1990

Previous in series: 22 November 1990

Description

Copyright and performance fee Second in the 'Flying the Flag' series, "Our Own Correspondent" by Alex Shearer. Press freedom reaches the People's Republic closely followed by investigative reporter Henry Treebling (John Grieve). Stars Dinsdale Landen.

Subject Categories

satire (comedy programmes) (genre)

Broadcast history

29 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

22 Apr 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

John Grieve (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-15

BBC Programme Number: 89LD3997

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A broken typewriter causes chaos. Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

In which the repair of the Embassy typewriter plays a part in the mating of seals, the extermination of bugs, and the silencing of little birds.

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mr Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Milton Johns as Brown, Stuart Organ as Bryant and Christopher Benjamin as the Colonel

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1987.

Alex Shearer's traditional character sitcom, chronicling the ups and downs (mostly downs) of diplomatic life in a fictitious eastern-bloc country.

Dinsdale Landen starred as British ambassador MacKenzie, contending with bribery and beetroot-flavoured biscuits on a daily basis; Peter Acre and Moir Leslie were his co-stars.

When the series began the Cold War was still in full flow; later series reflected contemporary developments, as the People's Republic became the People's Democracy, and its populace was exposed to the winds of no change whatsoever.A broken typewriter causes chaos.

Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen.

Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen as the ambassador.

From April 1987.

The repair of the Embassy typewriter plays a part in the mating of seals, the extermination of bugs, and the silencing of birds.

When the series began the Cold War was still in full flow; later series reflected contemporary developments, as the People's Republic became the People's Democracy, and its populace was exposed to the winds of no change whatsoever.A broken typewriter causes chaos. Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen.

A broken typewriter causes chaos. Eastern bloc embassy sitcom starring Dinsdale Landen as the ambassador. From April 1987.

A broken typewriter causes chaos.

The repair of the Embassy typewriter plays a part in the mating of seals, the extermination of bugs, and the silencing of birds. Episode 1 of 6.

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Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking refuge descend on the British Embassy.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

In which a promising retirement is threatened by a freak hailstorm - and Ambassador Mackenzie discovers something worse than a frank exchange of views in an atmosphere of cordiality.

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Michael Bilton as Yakov Korovin, Jonathan Kidd as Mikael Korovin and Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1987.

From April 1987.

Stars Dinsdale Landen as the Ambassador.

Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking 'lunacy' descend on the British Embassy.

Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking refuge descend on the British Embassy. Stars Dinsdale Landen as the Ambassador. From April 1987.

Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking refuge descend on the British Embassy. From April 1987.

Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking 'lunacy' descend on the British Embassy. Comedy starring Dinsdale Landen.

0103Notes From The Underground1987050420180918 (BBC7)
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Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

In which mushrooms are picked, the right questions are not asked, and a sign of civilisation is revealed.

Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Stephen Greif as Spiro, Michael Bilton as Yakov and Sue Broomfield as Eugenia.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

In which mushrooms are picked, the right questions are not asked, and a sign of civilisation is revealed.

Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Stephen Greif as Spiro, Michael Bilton as Yakov and Sue Broomfield as Eugenia.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From May 1987.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From May 1987.

In which mushrooms are picked, the right questions are not asked, and a sign of civilisation is revealed.

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The British ambassador is suspicious over an embarrassing photo of William. From May 1987.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer?

The British Ambassador gets suspicious...

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson,Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov, Milton Johns as Brown and Margaret Ward as Mrs Poonskey.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

The British ambassador is suspicious over an embarrassing photo of William. From May 1987.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer?

The British Ambassador gets suspicious...

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson,Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov, Milton Johns as Brown and Margaret Ward as Mrs Poonskey.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.

The British Ambassador is suspicious over an embarrassing photo of William. From May 1987.

The British Ambassador is suspicious over an embarrassing photo of William. Stars Dinsdale Landen and Peter Acre. From May 1987.

The British Ambassador is suspicious over an embarrassing photo of William.

From May 1987.

Stars Dinsdale Landen and Peter Acre.

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer?

Why does William sleep with his windscreen wipers? And will the tabloid press settle for a diplomatic answer? Episode 4 of 6.

0105Here In The Western World1987051820060816 (BBC7)
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The British Ambassador tackles arms limitation negotiations with some verbal gymnastics.

Why is the ambassador's whiskey like an American submarine? And is the noble art of moaning really under threat?

The British ambassador tackles arms limitation negotiations with some verbal gymnastics. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From May 1987.

Why is the ambassador's whiskey like an American submarine? And is the noble art of moaning really under threat? Episode 5 of 6.

0105Here In The Western World1987051920181001 (BBC7)
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The British ambassador tackles arms limitation negotiations with some verbal gymnastics.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

0106Spy Story1987052520181008 (BBC7)
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The British ambassador and his team plan their campaign for a diplomatic dinner.

Cold War-era sitcom set in a British embassy

0106 LASTSpy Story1987052520060823 (BBC7)
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The British Ambassador and his team plan their campaign for a diplomatic dinner.

Why does the bear suck his paw in winter? And what does the answer have to do with the First Secretary's dinner suit?

The British ambassador and his team plan their campaign for a diplomatic dinner. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From May 1987.

The British Ambassador and his team plan their campaign for a diplomatic dinner. From 1987

Why does the bear suck his paw in winter? And what does the answer have to do with the First Secretary's dinner suit? Episode 6 of 6.

0201The Bread And Butter1988031020060830 (BBC7)
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A mystery body strains the Republic's spirit of glasnost at the British Embassy. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.

A mystery body strains the Republic's spirit of glasnost at the British Embassy.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From March 1988.

The spirit of glasnost is stretched to the limit when an unidentified body turns up in the People's Republic.

0202The Space Race1988031720060906 (BBC7)
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What goes up in the glasnost era, must come down - but where is subject to negotiation. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.

What goes up in the glasnost era, must come down - but where is subject to negotiation.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From March 1988.

What goes up must, in the glasnost era, come down, but exactly 'where' it comes down is still a matter for negotiation.

What goes up must, in this era of glasnost, come down, but exactly where it comes down is still a matter for negotiation.

What goes up must, in the glasnost era, come down, but exactly 'where' it comes down is still a matter for negotiation. Episode 2 of 8.

0203A Tooth For A Tooth1988032420060913 (BBC7)
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Extradition agreements are on the agenda, and some accusations can't be brushed aside.

Extradition agreements are on the agenda, and some accusations can't be brushed aside. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From March 1988.

There's no extradition agreement between the UK and the People's Republic of Wherever It Is.

But accusation is a serious matter.

0204The Opium Of The People1988033120060920 (BBC7)
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It may be Glorious Reindeer Day, but light bulbs and tolerance are in short supply.

It may be Glorious Reindeer Day, but light bulbs and tolerance are in short supply. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From March 1988.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

It is Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic.

Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and tolerance don't.

It may be Glorious Reindeer Day, but light bulbs and tolerance are in short supply. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.

0205No Sudden Moves1988040720100701 (BBC7)
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East meets West in an epic chess game as politics, pride and chicken nuggets are at stake.

East meets West in an epic chess game where politics, pride and chicken nuggets are at stake. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From April 1988.

East meets West in an epic chess game - politics, pride and chicken nuggets are at stake.

East meets West in an epic chess game where politics, pride and chicken nuggets are at stake. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From April 1988.

0206Political Flu1988041420060927 (BBC7)
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The embassy chief must cope when political sickness strikes in the People's Republic.

The embassy chief must cope when political sickness strikes in the People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From April 1988.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From April 1988.

The political climate in the People's Republic is milder than it used to be, but political sickness can still strike.

0207A Taste Of Democracy1988042120061004 (BBC7)
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British week in the People's Republic showcases a double-decker bus - and clog dancing.

British week in the People's Republic showcases a double-decker bus - and clog dancing. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From April 1988.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From April 1988.

It is British week in the People's Republic and the best of British will be on display, including a double-decker bus.

a double-decker bus and some clog dancing.

0208Submarine Diplomacy1988042820080519 (BBC7)
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The Embassy faces tough questions back home, with the spirit of the Armada bubbling up.

The Embassy faces tough questions back home, with the spirit of the Armada bubbling up. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From April 1988.

0208 LASTSubmarine Diplomacy1988042820061011 (BBC7)
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The Embassy faces tough questions back home, with the spirit of the Armada bubbling up.

The Embassy faces tough questions back home, with the spirit of the Armada bubbling up. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From April 1988.

Telexes from London, awkward questions and the spirit of the Armada reasserting itself; just another day for the Embassy.

03Cultural Exchange1990122519910520
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A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic detente.

A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic detente. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

The last in a six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

Cultural Exchange

With heavy metal and dancing defectors,

MacKenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic detente.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Producer: Neil Cargill.

MacKemie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: M0ir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

0301Whose Rubbish Is It Anyway?1990112219910415
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Toxic waste is a challenge for Ambassador Mackenzie on his Eastern Bloc posting.

Toxic waste is a challenge for Ambassador Mackenzie on his Eastern Bloc posting. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From November 1990.

Her Majesty's Ambassador Mackenzie

)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

John Whitehall (mus)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-11.

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy in his Eastern Bloc posting.

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British Foreign Policy.

0302Our Own Correspondent1990112919910422
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With the press on the prowl, Ambassador Mackenzie's memoirs spark Embassy havoc. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From November 1990.

With the press on the prowl, Ambassador Mackenzie's memoirs spark Embassy havoc.

by Alex Shearer.

Press freedom reaches the People's Republic closely followed by investigative reporter Henry Treebling (John Grieve).

Stars Dinsdale Landen

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

John Grieve (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-15.

Ambassador Mackenzie continues to dispense his own blend of British foreign policy in his Eastern Bloc posting.

Mackenzie causes havoc when he embarks on his memoirs.

Mackenzie causes havoc when he embarks of his memoirs.

From 1990 and starring Dinsdale Landen.

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

2: Our Own Correspondent Press freedom reaches the People's Republic, closely followed by investigative reporter Henry Treebling.

Producer Nell Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Reporter: Henry Treebling.

Producer: Nell Cargill

Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: Moir Leslie

Col Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Henry Treebling: John Grieve

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Mackenzie causes havoc when he embarks of his memoirs. From 1990 and starring Dinsdale Landen.

03031990120619910429

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

3: A Loss of Marbles Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage - and now it wants them back.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

MacKemie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helell: Moir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

0303A Loss Of Marbles1990120419901206
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Britain's ambassador faces demands from the Republic for the return of its heritage.

Britain's ambassador faces demands from the Republic for the return of its heritage. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

The staff of the embassy are involved in a dispute over items of heritage residing in the British Museum.

Producer: N.

CARGILL

Next in series: 18 December 1990

Previous in series: 29 November 1990

Description

Episode Four: "Drugs, Mr Ambassador?" "We didn't need

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

11 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

13 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

06 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-11-25.

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons.

Episode 4 of 6.

Starring Dinsdale Landen.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From December 1990.

29 Apr 1991 (RADIO 4)

Christopher Benjamin

06 May 1991 (RADIO 4)

Gathering dust in the British Museum are great lumps of the Republic's heritage, and now it wants them back.

0304Drugs, Mr Ambassador?1990121119910506
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Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons.

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Starring Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

Fortified by caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the diplomats tackle the drug barons. Starring Dinsdale Landen.

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.

4: The Comrade Connection

The diplomats tackle the drug barons.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Producer: Neil Cargill.

MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: Moir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Spiro: Stephen Greif

0304The Comrade Connection1990121119901213
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The staff of the embassy are involved in a dispute over items of heritage residing in the British Museum.

29 Apr 1991 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Christopher Benjamin

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer).

Producer: N.

CARGILL

Next in series: 18 December 1990

Previous in series: 29 November 1990

Description

Episode Four: "Drugs, Mr Ambassador?" "We didn't need

Subject Categories

situation comedy programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

11 Dec 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

13 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

06 May 1991 (RADIO 4)

Christopher Benjamin (Actor)

Stephen Greif (Actor)

Recorded on 1990-11-25.

06 May 1991 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4).

03051990121819910513

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer. 5: Cool Heads

The diplomats' wives' factfinding shopping trip is grounded by hijackers. Meanwhile, the men decide on a rescue plan.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

Contributors

Written By: Alex Shearer.

Producer: Neil Cargill

MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen

William Frost: Peter Acre

Helen: Moir Leslie

Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Spin: Stephen Greif

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The diplomats take action as a hijack hits their wives' fact-finding shopping trip.

The diplomats take action as a hijack hits their wives' fact-finding shopping trip. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

When the diplomats' wives' fact-finding shopping trip is hit by a hijack, the men hatch a rescue plan.

When the diplomats' wives' shopping trip is hit by a hijack, the men hatch a rescue plan.

When the diplomats' wives' fact-finding shopping trip is hit by a hijack, the men hatch a rescue plan. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

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Contributors

Christopher Benjamin

Moir Leslie (Actor)

Julian Dutton (Actor)

Peter Acre (Actor)

Dinsdale Landen (Actor)

Alex Shearer (Author)

Neil Cargill (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-12-02.

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic detente.

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic dente.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

Episode 6 of 6.

Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic détente.

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic détente.

A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic détente.

A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic détente. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic detente.

A diplomatic visit sees the Ambassador mix the oil and water of artistic detente. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From December 1990.

With Heavy Metal and Dancing Detectors, Mackenzie and Surikov mix the oil and water of artistic détente. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

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Cash is scarce, as the Ambassador hopes capitalism and democracy will conquer communism.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From June 1992.

Cash is scarce, as the ambassador hopes capitalism and democracy will conquer communism. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From June 1992.

The return of the comedy drama by Alex Shearer.

1: As Unequal as Others Her Majesty's

Ambassador Mackenzie and his staff battle on bravely, coming to terms with the changing order in Colonel Surikov's fledgling Eastern-bloc democracy.

The new order brings new problems, not least keeping the diplomatic upper hand in a country discovering the ills of the West. So when equal rights for women appears on the agenda, closely followed by the emergence of militant feminists, the embassies echo to the sound of men closing ranks.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

0402In Custody1992062319921118
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Ambassador Mackenzie must tackle the delicate issue of a Briton being held hostage.

Ambassador Mackenzie must tackle the delicate issue of a Briton being held hostage. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From June 1992.

Ambassador Mackenzie has to tackle the delicate issue of a British hostage.

by Alex Shearer. 2: In Custody

"We are representatives of Democracy in this benighted place, William. We enshrine the values of liberty, tolerance and free speech. By the way, why is that woman chained to the embassy railings?"

"She's protesting, sir.

About her brother who's being held hostage by the terrorists."

"I see. Well go out there and tell her to clear off."

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

0403As Unequal As Others1992063020080922 (BBC7)
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The Ambassador faces a revolt by men over rights for women in the Eastern Bloc republic.

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the birth of feminism in The Federated People's Democratic Republic.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From June 1992.

The Ambassador faces a revolt by men over rights for women in the Eastern Bloc republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From June 1992.

Her Majesty's

Ambassador MacKenzie and his staff battle on bravely, coming to terms with the changing order in Colonel Surikov's fledgling Eastern Bloc democracy. But when equal rights for women appears on the agenda, closely followed by the emergence of militant feminists, the embassies echo to the sound of men closing ranks.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

0404Little Extras1992070719921202
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Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the People's Republic's movie-making prowess close-up. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the People's Republic's movie-making prowess close-up.

Ambassador Mackenzie experiences The People's Republic's movie-making prowess.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From July 1992.

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the movie-making prowess of the People's Republic up close.

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the movie-making prowess of the People's Republic up close. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.

A comedy in eight parts by Alex Shearer. 4: Little Extras

The novelty of artistic freedom in the People's Democracy attracts a swarm of film location managers, hungry for new backdrops, authentic faces - and cheap labour. But the movie moguls hadn't bargained for one thing - a little diplomatic scene-stealing.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

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Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic's.

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic's. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

An eight-part comedy drama by Alex Shearer. 5: Endangered Species

Desperate to be seen to be green, the Ambassadors from both East and West try to reconcile materialism with ecological common sense. Agreement on policies proves impossible and time is running out - diplomacy may soon be extinct.

Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

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After the Health Care service is privatised, the embassy staff spot some advantages.

After the Health Care service is privatised, the embassy staff spot some advantages. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.

The ambassadors take advantage of cheap surgery after the privatisation of the Health Care service.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From July 1992.

by Alex Shearer.

6: No Special Treatment Official condemnation of the privatisation of the People's Health Service is tempered slightly when the diplomats study the proposals more closely. Cheap facelifts and hair transplants for embassy staff... isn't there something to be said for the concept after all?

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

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Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic.

Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen.

Ambassador Mackenzie faces an aristocratic revival in the Federated People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.

Ambassador Mackenzie faces an aristocratic revival in the Federated People's Republic.

An eight-part comedy drama by Alex Shearer. 7: The Pretenders

Revolution in the People's Democratic Republic is in the air when a claimant to the newly restored throne arrives from Britain. Enter political stage right

Princess Sharon Eckersley. Producer Neil Cargill Stereo

The seventh ofeight episodes.

The Pretenders by Alex Shearer.

Princess Sharon Eckersley.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

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Ambassador Mackenzie packs his diplomatic bags for good, but faces one final crisis.

Ambassador Mackenzie packs his diplomatic bags for good, but faces one final crisis. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From August 1982.

Stars Dinsdale Landen.

From August 1982.

What will Mackenzie do now that the Embassy is set to close down? Last episode of the diplomatic comedy.

Dinsdale Landen stars.

The final episode of the comedy drama by Alex Shearer.

End of Term

Ambassador MacKenzie packs his diplomatic bags and faces a bleak future back in Britain with no servants - and no knighthood. Before he heads for the Cotswolds there is one final crisis in the People's Democracy.

Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo

The last of eight episodes. End of Term by Alex Shearer.

Ambassador MacKenzie faces a bleak future.