If You're So Clever, Why Aren't You Rich?

Three promising graduates are still underachieving in their 30s.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19950110]

Richard E Grant , Amanda Root and Peter Capaldi star as Giles, Judith and David in a new comedy drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner.

They seemed to have it all - ambition, optimism and degrees from one of the country's top universities. The three friends were once "full of potential". Now well into their 30s, they are simply "might have beens". Self-employed and trapped in a Streatham flat, they live off the crumbs offered them by richer friends.

1: Death of Hope. A hideous antique statue and an Emma Thompson -obsessed theatre director combine to make the trio's lives a little more difficult.

Music by Richard Attree

Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950124]

A six-part comedy by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Richard E Grant as Giles, Amanda Root as Judith and Peter Capaldi as David.

3: Nothing but the Truth. A week's jury service promises to open up a world of social opportunities for David - not least the chance to meet a potential girlfriend who is not a member of his cycling touring group.

Music Peter Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950131]

A six-part comedy by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Richard E Grant as Giles, Amanda Root as Judith and Peter Capaldi as David.

4: Dog Eat Dog. When Giles gets a job writing some rousing speeches for a DIY sales conference he hits on the inspired idea of getting other people to do the work for him while he pockets the dosh. Meanwhile Judith appears to stop at nothing to keep on the right side of the DSS.

Music composed by Peter Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950207]

A six-part comedy by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Richard E Grant as Giles, Amanda Root as Judith and Peter Capaldi as David.

5: But Is Art? A chance meeting with modern artist Helen Frinkworth and an arty party promise to open up a kaleidoscopic world of social and professional opportunities for Judith. In response, Giles engineers the "Casanova with Kickers" incident.

Music composed by Peter Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950214]

Last in the comedy series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner.

Et in Arcadia Ego. Giles and David decide that the solution to Judith's mysterious malaise is a trip to the wilds of Cornwall. They leave the confines of the flat for a week of fresh air, Volvos and green wellies.

Music composed by Peter Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951018]

A six-part comedy by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Richard E Grant as Giles, Amanda Root as Judith and Peter Capaldi as David. 4: Dog Eat Dog with Paul Shearer , Alex Lowe. Phil Nice. Strict Jenkins and Richard Turner. Music by Peter Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger Rpt

11.30

Today in Parliament

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951025]

A six-part comedy series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner.

5: But Is It Art? with Alexander Armstrong , Jane Slavin , Alice Arnold , Paui Shearer and Richard Turner. Music by Peter Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951101]

Last episode of the comedy series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner.

Et in Arcadia Ego with Christian Rodska and Dominic Letts. Music by Peter Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960606]

Return of the comedy series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring

Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David.

1: Coochie Coochie. The graduates continue to live off the crumbs of richer, more successful acquaintances. With Felicity Montagu , Gavin Muir ,

Colleen Prendergast , Stephen Critchlow. Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960613]

The comedy drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as the not-so-young hopefuls Giles, Judith and David.

2: Market Forces. With Simon Greenall ,

Abigail McKern , Nick Holder , Colleen Prendergast and Colin McFarlane.

Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960620]

The comedy drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as the not-so-young hopefuls Giles, Judith and David. 3: Les Connections Dangereuses

Money worries take a temporary back seat when fresh romantic liaisons become a distinct possibility. With

Hugh Bonneville, Colleen Prendergast and Margaret Robertson.

Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960627]

A six-part comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge ,

Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David.

4: Games People Play. Giles enters the treacherous waters of property development. With Philip Glenister , Paul Shearer and Jonathan Kydd.

Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960704]

The comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David. 5: Giles Finds His Station. With Jane Whittenshaw, Sam Dastor , Peter Wingfield , Caroline Strong , Richard Turner and Geoffrey Whitehead. Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960711]

Final part of Paul Shearer and Richard Turner 's comedy drama series, starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David. Christmas in Hell. With Caroline

Langrishe, Jacqueline Beatty , Pip Torrens , Patience Tomlinson and David Timpson.

Music by Pete Baikie. Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961014]

The return of the comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as the not-so-young hopefuls Giles, Judith and David. 1: Coochie Coochie. Judith announces her desire to have a baby. With Felicity Montagu , Gavin Muir , Colleen Prendergast and Stephen Critchlow. Music by Pete Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961021]

The comedy drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as the not-so-young hopefuls Giles, Judith and David.

2: Market Forces. With Simon Greenall ,

Abigail McKern , Nick Holder , Colleen Prendergast and Colin McFarlane. Music by Pete Baikie

Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961028]

The comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley. 3: Les Connections DangereusesWith Hugh Bonnevill , Colleen Prendergast and Margaret Robertson. Music by Pete Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961104]

The comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David. 4: Games People Play. With Philip Glenister , Paul Shearer and Jonathan Kydd. Music by Pete Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961111]

The comedy-drama series by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner , starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David. 5: Giles Rnds His Station. With Jane Whittenshaw, Sam Dastor , Peter Wingfield , Caroline Strong , Richard Turner and Geoffrey Whitehead. Music by Pete Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961118]

Final part of Paul Shearer and Richard Turner 's comedy drama series, starring Douglas Hodge , Amanda Root and Paul Bigley as Giles, Judith and David. Christmas in Hell Music by Pete Baikie Producer Paul Schlesinger Repeat

Programme Catalogue - Details: Death Of Hope (part 1)19950927

First broadcast on 1995-01-10

Producer: P. SCHLESINGER

Next in series: 07 February 1995

Broadcast history

10 Jan 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

27 Sep 1995 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1994-11-24

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 4

0101Death Of Hope1995011020100325 (BBC7)
20110221 (BBC7)
20120411 (BBC7)

Stars Richard E Grant and Amanda Root. From January 1995.

From January 1995.

Stars Richard E Grant and Amanda Root. From January 1995.

From January 1995.

Stars Richard E Grant and Amanda Root. From January 1995.

From January 1995.

0102The Price Of Success1995011720100401 (BBC7)
20110228 (BBC7)
20120418 (BBC7)

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge.

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge.

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles woos ex-girlfriend Julia when he flat-sits in Knightsbridge.

0103Nothing But The Truth1995012420110307 (BBC7)
20120425 (BBC7)
20100408 (BBC7)

Underachiever David makes the most of jury service, while Giles is fighting the law. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever David makes the most of jury service, while Giles is fighting the law.

Underachiever David makes the most of jury service, while Giles is fighting the law. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever David makes the most of jury service, while Giles is fighting the law.

0104Dog Eat Dog1995013120100415 (BBC7)
20110314 (BBC7)
20120502 (BBC7)

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. From 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. From 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. Stars Richard E Grant. From January 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith. From 1995.

Underachiever Giles hits on a money-making scam, while the DSS worries Judith.

0105But Is It Art?1995020720100422 (BBC7)
20110321 (BBC7)
20120509 (BBC7)
20100422 BT=2330 (BBC7)

(05/06)

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit.

Stars Richard E Grant.

From February 1995.

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit.

Stars Richard E Grant.

From February 1995.

(05/06)

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit.

Stars Richard E Grant.

From February 1995.

0105But Is It Art?2010042220120509

(05/06)

Just as the arty world opens to Judith, Giles plunges her into a media sleaze pit. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

0106 LASTEt In Arcadia Ego1995021420100429
20110328 (BBC7)
20100429 (BBC7)
20120516 (BBC7)

Giles and David take Judith to savour rural Cornwall, but trouble soon takes root. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

Giles and David take Judith to savour rural Cornwall, but trouble soon takes root.

Episode 06 of 06

Giles and David take Judith to savour rural Cornwall, but trouble soon takes root. Stars Richard E Grant. From February 1995.

Giles and David take Judith to savour rural Cornwall, but trouble soon takes root.

Stars Richard E Grant.

From February 1995.

0201Coochie Coochie1996060620100506 (BBC7)
20120704 (BBC7)

Judith wants a baby and searches for a perfect male, so David and Giles head to the gym. Stars Amanda Root. From June 1996.

Judith wants a baby and searches for a perfect male, so David and Giles head to the gym. Stars Amanda Root. From June 1996.

Judith wants a baby and searches for a perfect male, so David and Giles head to the gym.

0202Market Forces1996061320100513 (BBC7)
20120711 (BBC7)

Surprised Giles advertises a pie, while Judith and David get unexpected opportunities. Stars Douglas Hodge. From June 1996.

Surprised Giles advertises a pie, while Judith and David get unexpected opportunities. Stars Douglas Hodge. From June 1996.

Surprised Giles advertises a pie, while Judith and David get unexpected opportunities.

0203Les Connections Dangereuses1996062020100520 (BBC7)
20120718 (BBC7)

The graduate trio's money worries take a back seat when they set up a romantic dinner. Stars Douglas Hodge. From June 1996.

The graduate trio's money worries take a back seat when they set up a romantic dinner. Stars Douglas Hodge. From June 1996.

The graduate trio's money worries take a back seat, when they set up a romantic dinner.

0204Games People Play1996062720100527 (BBC7)
20120725 (BBC7)

Giles can't get a mortgage, David is computer-obsessed and Judith is a corporate Boadicea. Stars Douglas Hodge. From June 1996.

Giles can't get a mortgage, David is computer-obsessed and Judith is a corporate Boadicea.

0205Giles Finds His Station1996070420100603 (BBC7)
20120801 (BBC7)

Compromises needed to pay the phone bill see Judith selling more than kitchen units. From July 1996.

Compromises needed to pay the phone bill see Judith selling more than kitchen units.

0206 LASTChristmas In Hell1996071120100610 (BBC7)
20120808 (BBC7)

Giles is planning to propose to Judith, but then neurotic alcoholic Felicity turns up. Stars Douglas Hodge. From July 1996.

Giles is planning to propose to Judith, but then neurotic alcoholic Felicity turns up.

0301Happy New Year1998052820100617 (BBC7)
20121219 (BBC7)

The London flatmates throw a party, with dates to impress - and a sandwich-maker to mend. Stars Tony Slattery. From May 1998.

The London flatmates throw a party, with dates to impress - and a sandwich-maker to mend. Stars Tony Slattery. From May 1998.

The London flatmates throw a party, with dates to impress - and a sandwich-maker to mend.

0302Riot Grrrl!1998060420100624 (BBC7)
20121226 (BBC7)

The three London flatmates Judith, David and Giles enter a writing competition. Stars Tony Slattery. From June 1998.

The three Streatham flatmates each enter a writing competition.

0303Rain1998061120100701 (BBC7)
20130102 (BBC7)

David is terrified that the landlord will find out he doesn't live in the flat alone. Stars Tony Slattery. From June 1998.

When rain pours in through the ceiling of their rented flat in Streatham, David is terrified that the landlord will discover that he does not live alone.

David is terrified that the landlord will find out he doesn't live in the flat alone. Stars Tony Slattery. From June 1998.

David is terrified that the landlord will find out he doesn't live in the flat alone. Stars Tony Slattery. From June 1998.

When rain pours in through the ceiling of their rented flat in Streatham, David is terrified that the landlord will discover that he does not live alone.

0304 LASTDeath1998061820100708 (BBC7)
20130109 (BBC7)

Giles is filled with joy - Great Uncle Jeremy has died and there is a chance he might inherit.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs some transport to get there.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs some transport to get there. With Tony Slattery from June 1998.

Giles is filled with joy - Great Uncle Jeremy has died and there is a chance he might inherit.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs some transport to get there.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs some transport to get there. With Tony Slattery from June 1998.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs some transport to get there. With Tony Slattery from June 1998.

Giles needs Judith to play his wife at a funeral - he also needs transport to get there.