Golden Age, The [Arthur Mathews]

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

In this opening episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC....what could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from ""up north"".

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews.

In this episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC. What could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb
Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith
Peter Egan....Inspector Cawls
Malcolm Tierney....Captain Mallard Tofts
Kevin Bishop....Chip Gibney
Ewan Bailey....Ronaldo / Dickie Squires

Sitcom by Arthur Mathews, set in the BBC during the 1930s.


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Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House in London during the 1930s, this series follows head of programmes, John Tharb and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars.

These include the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith.

Robert Bathurst stars in the first radio sitcom to be written by Channel 4's Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews.

In this episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC.

What could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

John Tharb.... Robert Bathurst
Mabel Hopcraft.... Vicky McClure
Lord Reith.... Ford Kiernan
Inspector Cawls.... Peter Egan
Captain Mallard Tofts.... Malcolm Tierney
Chip Gibney.... Kevin Bishop
Ronaldo / Dickie Squires.... Ewan Bailey

Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2012.

What is causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? The police come to the BBC.

Sitcom by Arthur Mathews, set in the BBC during the 1930s

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

In this opening episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC....what could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft

Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith

Peter Egan....Inspector Cawls

Malcolm Tierney....Captain Mallard Tofts

Kevin Bishop....Chip Gibney

Ewan Bailey....Ronaldo / Dickie Squires

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

In this opening episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC....what could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from ""up north"".

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews.

In this episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC. What could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb
Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith
Peter Egan....Inspector Cawls
Malcolm Tierney....Captain Mallard Tofts
Kevin Bishop....Chip Gibney
Ewan Bailey....Ronaldo / Dickie Squires

Sitcom by Arthur Mathews, set in the BBC during the 1930s.

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The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

In this second episode, Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment, with the dubious aid of tempestuous children's presenter, Lancelot Wyndham. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to revamp the BBC's flagship sports show, "Saturday Sports Parade".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb
Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith
Peter Egan....Lancelot Wyndham
Pippa Evans....The Queen Consort
Kevin Bishop....The King / Edward Fellowes
Ewan Bailey....Gerald Merry

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment.

Sitcom by Arthur Mathews, set in the BBC during the 1930s

In this second episode, Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment, with the dubious aid of tempestuous children's presenter, Lancelot Wyndham. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to revamp the BBC's flagship sports show, "Saturday Sports Parade".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft

Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith

Peter Egan....Lancelot Wyndham

Pippa Evans....The Queen Consort

Kevin Bishop....The King / Edward Fellowes

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Pippa Evans....The Queen Consort

Kevin Bishop....The King / Edward Fellowes

Ewan Bailey....Gerald Merry

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

In this second episode, Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment, with the dubious aid of tempestuous children's presenter, Lancelot Wyndham. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to revamp the BBC's flagship sports show, ""Saturday Sports Parade"".

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This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for "minorities"; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft

Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith

Peter Egan....Doctor Ganley

Malcolm Tierney....Sergeant Major

Kevin Bishop....Ordinary Cockney Father / Perfumed Pete

Pippa Evans....Ordinary Cockney Mother

Ewan Bailey....Roger Eves / Fancy Dan

Moisty....Arthur Mathews

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

Last in the current series of Arthur Mathews' sitcom set in the rarefied atmosphere of 1930s BBC Broadcasting House. This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for "minorities"; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Malcolm Tierney....Sergeant Major

Kevin Bishop....Ordinary Cockney Father / Perfumed Pete

Pippa Evans....Ordinary Cockney Mother

Ewan Bailey....Roger Eves / Fancy Dan

Moisty....Arthur Mathews

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for ""minorities""; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Last in the current series of Arthur Mathews' sitcom set in the rarefied atmosphere of 1930s BBC Broadcasting House. This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for ""minorities""; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Mabel suggests making some programmes for 'minorities', which takes Lord Reith by surprise

Last in the current series of Arthur Mathews' sitcom set in the rarefied atmosphere of 1930s BBC Broadcasting House. This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for "minorities"; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb
Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith
Peter Egan....Doctor Ganley
Malcolm Tierney....Sergeant Major
Kevin Bishop....Ordinary Cockney Father / Perfumed Pete
Pippa Evans....Ordinary Cockney Mother
Ewan Bailey....Roger Eves / Fancy Dan
Moisty....Arthur Mathews

Sitcom by Arthur Mathews, set in the BBC during the 1930s