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.


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0101Favours1987042020060719 (BBC7)
20060720 (BBC7)
20080225 (BBC7)
20080226 (BBC7)
20090614 (R7)
20100422 (R7)
20100423 (R7)
20111213 (R4+)
20111214 (R4+)
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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.
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.
0102Weather Problems1987042720060726 (BBC7)
20060727 (BBC7)
20080303 (BBC7)
20080304 (BBC7)
20090621 (R7)
20100429 (R7)
20100430 (R7)
20111220 (R4+)
20111221 (R4+)
20130422 (R4+)
20130423 (R4+)
Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking refuge descend on the British Embassy. From April 1987.
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.
Stars Dinsdale Landen as the Ambassador.
Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking 'lunacy' descend on the British Embassy.
0103Notes From The Underground1987050420060802 (BBC7)
20060803 (BBC7)
20080310 (BBC7)
20080311 (BBC7)
20090628 (R7)
20100506 (R7)
20100507 (R7)
20111227 (R4+)
20111228 (R4+)
20130429 (R4+)
20130430 (R4+)
Confusion reigns as the British Embassy prepares a report on the local political outlook.
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.
0104Compromising Positions1987051120060809 (BBC7)
20060810 (BBC7)
20080317 (BBC7)
20080318 (BBC7)
20090705 (R7)
20100513 (R7)
20100514 (R7)
20120103 (R4+)
20120104 (R4+)
20130506 (R4+)
20130507 (R4+)
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?
0105Here In The Western World1987051820060816 (BBC7)
20060817 (BBC7)
20080324 (BBC7)
20080325 (BBC7)
20090719 (R7)
20100520 (R7)
20100521 (R7)
20120110 (R4+)
20120111 (R4+)
20130513 (R4+)
20130514 (R4+)
The British ambassador tackles arms limitation negotiations with some verbal gymnastics.
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?
0106 LASTSpy Story1987052520060823 (BBC7)
20060824 (BBC7)
20080331 (BBC7)
20080401 (BBC7)
20090726 (R7)
20100527 (R7)
20100528 (R7)
20120117 (R4+)
20120118 (R4+)
20130520 (R4+)
20130521 (R4+)
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.
Why does the bear suck his paw in winter? And what does the answer have to do with the First Secretary's dinner suit?
0201The Bread And Butter1988031020060830 (BBC7)
20060831 (BBC7)
20080407 (BBC7)
20080408 (BBC7)
20100603 (R7)
20100604 (R7)
20120221 (R4+)
20120222 (R4+)
20130624 (R4+)
20130625 (R4+)
A mystery body strains the Republic's spirit of glasnost at the British Embassy.
A mystery body strains the Republic's spirit of glasnost at the British Embassy. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.
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)
20060907 (BBC7)
20080414 (BBC7)
20080415 (BBC7)
20100610 (R7)
20100611 (R7)
20100613 (R7)
20100614 (R7)
20120228 (R4+)
20120229 (R4+)
20130701 (R4+)
20130702 (R4+)
What goes up in the glasnost era must come down, but where is subject to negotiation.
What goes up in the glasnost era must come down, but where is subject to negotiation. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.
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.
0203A Tooth For A Tooth1988032420060913 (BBC7)
20060914 (BBC7)
20080421 (BBC7)
20080422 (BBC7)
20100617 (R7)
20100618 (R7)
20120306 (R4+)
20120307 (R4+)
20130708 (R4+)
20130709 (R4+)
Extradition agreements are on the agenda, and some accusations can't be brushed aside. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From March 1988.
Extradition agreements are on the agenda, and some accusations can't be brushed aside.
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)
20060921 (BBC7)
20080428 (BBC7)
20080429 (BBC7)
20100624 (R7)
20100625 (R7)
20120313 (R4+)
20120314 (R4+)
20130715 (R4+)
20130716 (R4+)
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.
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.
0205No Sudden Moves1988040720100701 (R7)
20100702 (R7)
20120320 (R4+)
20120321 (R4+)
20130722 (R4+)
20130723 (R4+)
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 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.
0206Political Flu1988041420060927 (BBC7)
20060928 (BBC7)
20080505 (BBC7)
20080506 (BBC7)
20100708 (R7)
20100709 (R7)
20120327 (R4+)
20120328 (R4+)
20130729 (R4+)
20130730 (R4+)
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)
20061005 (BBC7)
20080512 (BBC7)
20080513 (BBC7)
20100715 (R7)
20100716 (R7)
20120403 (R4+)
20120404 (R4+)
20130805 (R4+)
20130806 (R4+)
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.
0208 LASTSubmarine Diplomacy1988042820061011 (BBC7)
20061012 (BBC7)
20080519 (BBC7)
20080520 (BBC7)
20100722 (R7)
20100723 (R7)
20120410 (R4+)
20120411 (R4+)
20130812 (R4+)
20130813 (R4+)
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.
0301Whose Rubbish Is It Anyway1990112219910415
20061018 (BBC7)
20061019 (BBC7)
20080526 (BBC7)
20080527 (BBC7)
20101130 (R7)
20101201 (R7)
20120529 (R4+)
20120530 (R4+)
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.
0301Whose Rubbish Is It Anyway? 20080526 (BBC7)
20130924 (R4+)
20130925 (R4+)
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.
0302Our Own Correspondent1990112919910422
20061025 (BBC7)
20061026 (BBC7)
20080602 (BBC7)
20080603 (BBC7)
20101207 (R7)
20101208 (R7)
20120605 (R4+)
20120606 (R4+)
20131001 (R4+)
20131002 (R4+)
With the press on the prowl, Ambassador Mackenzie's memoirs spark Embassy havoc.
With the press on the prowl, Ambassador Mackenzie's memoirs spark Embassy havoc. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From November 1990.
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.
0303A Loss Of Marbles1990120419901206
20061101 (BBC7)
20061102 (BBC7)
20061108 (BBC7)
20061109 (BBC7)
20080609 (BBC7)
20080610 (BBC7)
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20080617 (BBC7)
20101214 (R7)
20101215 (R7)
20120612 (R4+)
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20131008 (R4+)
20131009 (R4+)
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?1990121120080616 (BBC7)
20120619 (R4+)
20120620 (R4+)
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20131016 (R4+)
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.
0304The Comrade Connection1990121119901213
20101221 (R7)
20101222 (R7)
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).
0305Cool Heads1990121819901220
19910513 (R4)
20061115 (BBC7)
20061116 (BBC7)
20080623 (BBC7)
20080624 (BBC7)
20101228 (R7)
20101229 (R7)
20120626 (R4+)
20120627 (R4+)
20131022 (R4+)
20131023 (R4+)
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.
0306 LASTCultural Exchange1990122519901227
19910520 (R4)
20061122 (BBC7)
20061123 (BBC7)
20080630 (BBC7)
20080701 (BBC7)
20110104 (R7)
20110105 (R7)
20120703 (R4+)
20120704 (R4+)
20131029 (R4+)
20131030 (R4+)
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.
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.
0401Spiritual Values1992061620110208 (R7)
20110209 (R7)
20120904 (R4+)
20120905 (R4+)
20131217 (R4+)
20131218 (R4+)
Cash is scarce, as the ambassador hopes capitalism and democracy will conquer communism.
Cash is scarce, as the ambassador hopes capitalism and democracy will conquer communism. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From June 1992.
Stars Dinsdale Landen.
From June 1992.
0402In Custody1992062320080915 (BBC7)
20080916 (BBC7)
20110215 (R7)
20110216 (R7)
20120911 (R4+)
20120912 (R4+)
20131224 (R4+)
20131225 (R4+)
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.
0403As Unequal As Others1992063020080922 (BBC7)
20080923 (BBC7)
20110222 (R7)
20110223 (R7)
20120918 (R4+)
20120919 (R4+)
20131231 (R4+)
20140101 (R4+)
The ambassador faces a revolt by men over rights for women in the Eastern Bloc republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From June 1992.
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.
0404Little Extras1992070720080929 (BBC7)
20080930 (BBC7)
20110301 (R7)
20110302 (R7)
20120925 (R4+)
20120926 (R4+)
20140107 (R4+)
20140108 (R4+)
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.
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.
0405Endangered Species1992071420081006 (R7)
20081007 (R7)
20110308 (R7)
20110309 (R7)
20121002 (R4+)
20121003 (R4+)
20140114 (R4+)
20140115 (R4+)
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.
0406No Special Treatment1992072120081013 (R7)
20081014 (R7)
20110315 (R7)
20110316 (R7)
20121009 (R4+)
20121010 (R4+)
20140121 (R4+)
20140122 (R4+)
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.
0407The Pretenders1992072820081020 (R7)
20081021 (R7)
20110322 (R7)
20110323 (R7)
20121016 (R4+)
20121017 (R4+)
20140128 (R4+)
20140129 (R4+)
Ambassador Mackenzie faces an aristocratic revival in the Federated People's Republic.
Ambassador Mackenzie faces an aristocratic revival in the Federated People's Republic. Stars Dinsdale Landen. From July 1992.
Ambassador Mackenzie witnesses the return of the aristocracy in The Federated People's Republic.
Stars Dinsdale Landen.
0408 LASTEnd Of Term1992080420081027 (R7)
20081028 (R7)
20110329 (R7)
20110330 (R7)
20121023 (R4+)
20121024 (R4+)
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20140205 (R4+)
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.
    20110313 (R7)Ambassador Mackenzie turns his attention to the ecology of The People's Republic's.
Stars Dinsdale Landen.
  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]  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
  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]  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
  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

Genome: [r4 bd=19901120] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Unknown: Henry Treebling
  • Unknown: Mr MacKenzie
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Henry Treebling: John Grieve

Genome: [r4 bd=19901127] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • Mc Kenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • i Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19901204] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Unknown: Mr Ambassador
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19901211] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Genome: [r4 bd=19901218] contributors

  • Unknown: 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=19901225] contributors

  • Written By : Alex Shearer
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Genome: [r4 bd=19910422] 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] contributors

  • Written By: Alex Shearer.
  • MacKemie: Dinsdale Landen
  • William Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helell: Moir Leslie
  • Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin

Genome: [r4 bd=19910506] 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] 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

Genome: [r4 bd=19910520] 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] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill
  • Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19920630] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19920714] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spin: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19920728] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Unknown: Princess Sharon Eckersley.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Sharon: Elaine Lordan
  • Dave: Simon Schatzberger

Genome: [r4 bd=19920804] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19921118] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • Mackenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19921202] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spin: Stephen Greif
  • Duncan Bridges: Peter Whitman

Genome: [r4 bd=19921216] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Genome: [r4 bd=19921223] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Unknown: Princess Sharon Eckersley.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Sharon: Elaine Lordan
  • Date: Simon Schatzberger

Genome: [r4 bd=19921230] contributors

  • Unknown: Alex Shearer.
  • Producer: Neil Cargill.
  • MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
  • Frost: Peter Acre
  • Helen: Moir Leslie
  • Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
  • Spiro: Stephen Greif

Duration

  • 30 Minutes

Extra 03 00

Genre

  • Sitcoms
  • Comedy

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Programme Details

  • Genre:
  • Sitcoms
  • Programme ID: b00bfkg9

Programme Id

  • Programme ID: b00bfkg9

Recording Dates

  • s3e5 - Recorded on 19901202

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