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20191019 (BBC7)
What could divide two close friends, the aristocratic Foxwell Cravate and American tycoon Max Pomeroy so far apart that their rivalry has come to threaten the human race?

There's only one way to find out - with flashbacks.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals whose destinies are tragically intertwined. Set in Durban at the Transworld Oil Conference - aping the style of the best TV mini-series of the 90s.

Foxwell Cravate.... Martin Jarvis
Max Pomeroy.... Mac McDonald
Arabella Derbyshire.... Felicity Montagu
Iolanthe Diamond.... Caroline Quentin
Charles Ambrose Fortescue de Vere.... Jonathan Coy
Prince Saudi.... Julian Dutton

With Toby Longworth and Mandy Knight

Producer: Colin Swash

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals whose destinies are tragically intertwined.

Written by master storyteller "Archie Jeffries", this six-part series is set in Durban at the Transworld Oil Conference - with the world on the brink of war.

What could divide two close friends, the aristocratic Foxwell Cravate (Martin Jarvis) and American tycoon Max Pomeroy (Mac Macdonald), so far apart that their rivalry has come to threaten the human race? There's only one way to find out - with flashbacks - as we discover how their rivalry began at Cambridge.

The two women in the rivals' lives are Lolanthe Diamond (Caroline Quentin) and Arabella Derbyshire (Felicity Montagu). Also featuring Mandy Knight, Julian Dutton and Jonathan Coy.

Spoofing the novels of Jeffrey Archer, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop originally joked that the series was adapted from the blockbuster novel of the same name - aping the style of the best TV mini-series of the 90s.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals whose destinies are tragically intertwined.

Written by master storyteller "Archie Jeffries", this six-part series is set in Durban at the Transworld Oil Conference - with the world on the brink of war.

What could divide two close friends, the aristocratic Foxwell Cravate (Martin Jarvis) and American tycoon Max Pomeroy (Mac Macdonald), so far apart that their rivalry has come to threaten the human race? There's only one way to find out - with flashbacks - as we discover how their rivalry began at Cambridge.

The two women in the rivals' lives are Lolanthe Diamond (Caroline Quentin) and Arabella Derbyshire (Felicity Montagu). Also featuring Mandy Knight, Julian Dutton and Jonathan Coy.

Spoofing the novels of Jeffrey Archer, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop originally joked that the series was adapted from the blockbuster novel of the same name - aping the style of the best TV mini-series of the 90s.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals whose destinies are tragically intertwined.

Written by master storyteller "Archie Jeffries", this six-part series is set in Durban at the Transworld Oil Conference - with the world on the brink of war.

What could divide two close friends, the aristocratic Foxwell Cravate (Martin Jarvis) and American tycoon Max Pomeroy (Mac Macdonald), so far apart that their rivalry has come to threaten the human race? There's only one way to find out - with flashbacks - as we discover how their rivalry began at Cambridge.

The two women in the rivals' lives are Lolanthe Diamond (Caroline Quentin) and Arabella Derbyshire (Felicity Montagu). Also featuring Mandy Knight, Julian Dutton and Jonathan Coy.

Spoofing the novels of Jeffrey Archer, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop originally joked that the series was adapted from the blockbuster novel of the same name - aping the style of the best TV mini-series of the 90s.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

021994112920191025 (BBC7)
20191026 (BBC7)
Prince Saudi's oil deal will bring peace to the civilised world. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, Cravate and Pomeroy's bitter rivalry could mess things up for a start.

Meanwhile, in a 1960s flashback, Cravate's wedding to Lady Arabella ends in a vow to end all vows.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of power, love, passion and oil.

Foxwell Cravate.... Martin Jarvis
Max Pomeroy.... Mac McDonald
Arabella Derbyshire.... Felicity Montagu
Iolanthe Diamond.... Caroline Quentin
Charles Ambrose Fortescue de Vere.... Jonathan Coy
Prince Saudi.... Julian Dutton

With Toby Longworth and Steve Steen.

Church organist: John Whitehall

Producer: Colin Swash

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.

Could Cravate and Pomeroy's bitter rivalry ruin Prince Saudi's oil deal for world peace?

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

031994120620191101 (BBC7)
20191102 (BBC7)
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic six-part mini-series.

Episode 3: Cravate and Pomeroyface execution by ritual disembowelment. Will Lady Arabella's wiles coax Prince Saudi into making a last-minute reprieve? Or will lolanthe Diamond start reminiscing about her 1973 Oscar-winning performance in Tinseltown?

With Martin Jarvis, Toby Longworth, Steve Steen and Caroline Quentin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.

Cravate and Pomeroy face execution. Can Lady Arabella win them a last-minute reprieve?

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

041994121320191108 (BBC7)
20191109 (BBC7)
Cravate and Pomeroy are joined by another prisoner and they plan their escape.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

051994122020191116 (BBC7)
20191115 (BBC7)
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman 's epic mini-saga.

A compromising photo of Prince Saudi and Lady Arabella could save the world from war. Unfortunately, it's in the hands of Charles de Vere of the Foreign Office.

With Toby Longworth, Steve Steen and Caroline Quentin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.

Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy come to an arrangement about the incriminating photograph.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.

061994122720191123 (BBC7)
20191122 (BBC7)
Cravate and Pomeroy achieve freedom, but soon find themselves on a collision course.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's epic tale of bitter rivals Foxwell Cravate and Max Pomeroy.