Series of plays by Jonathan Myerson depicting life inside Downing Street.


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0101Good News Day20070907As the Prime Minister prepares to announce an amnesty for all immigrants working illegally in the UK, a serious tube crash threatens to jeopardise his plans.
Prime Minister....Antony Sher
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Polly Cairns....Haydn Gwynne
Colin Brenner....Colin Mcfarlane
Steve McKay....Stephen Mangan
Frank....Anthony O'Donnell
Lord Cairns....James Laurenson
Nigel Ogden....Christopher Ettridge
Rebecca....Flora Montgomery
Conrad....Nick Rowe
Mrs Austen....Claire Perkins
Journalist and News reader....Alice Arnold
Directed by Clive Brill 
0102And Raise Them To Eternal Life20070914The party promised to eliminate Britain's carbon footprint, but poll ratings are plummeting and the unions are cutting up rough.
Even the PM's stepson is protesting.
Adam Armstrong....Anthony Sher
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Polly Cairns....Haydn Gwynne
Colin Brenner....Colin Mcfarlane
Steve McKie....Stephen Mangan 
0103Who Won The Election?20070921By Nicholas Mcinerny.
As the government prepares for a major cancer screening initiative with a private American company, a leaked letter between the Prince and the Prime Minister appears to advocate legalising cannabis.
Prime Minister....Antony Sher
Polly Cairns....Haydn Gwynne
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Steve McKie....Stephen Mangan
Colin Brenner....Colin Mcfarlane
Lord Cairns....James Laurenson
Jasmine....Elizabeth Mcgovern
Hannah....Kelly Hunter
Norman Johnson....Shaun Prendergast
George....Nicholas Grace
Giles....Nicholas Woodeson
Anita....Carol McReady
Chrissie....Marcella Riordan.
0104Rule Of Law20070928The PM is launching a new organisation intended to integrate Muslims into British society and prevent radicalisation.
But first he has to decide whether to back Turkey's application for EU membership.
Prime Minister....Antony Sher
Polly Cairns....Haydn Gwynne
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Steve McKie....Stephen Mangan 
0105 LASTHome And Away20071005Crises loom on two fronts as the Prime Minister faces a backbench rebellion while British troops are being held hostage overseas.
Prime Minister....Antony Sher
Polly Cairns....Haydn Gwynne
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Steve McKie....Stephen Mangan 
0201 200809301/5.
After a man dies from a virus picked up abroad, newspapers run a panic campaign that questions the government's security measures.
Adam....Antony Sher
Steve....Julian Rhind Tutt
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Deborah Findlay
Colin....Colin Mcfarlane
Josephson....Philip Jackson
Elliot....Christopher Ettridge
Dimitri....Chris Pavlo
Lord Rudolph....Paul Jesson
Directed by Clive Brill 
0202 200810072/5.
The Prime Minister falls out with the Chancellor when he discovers that she has dropped some key tax reforms.
It seems he may have no choice but to sack her, two days before she is due to deliver the Budget.
Adam....Antony Sher
Steve....Julian Rhind Tutt
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Deborah Findlay
Colin....Colin Mcfarlane
Brampton of SIS....Simon Chandler
Doyle, minister....Michael Eaves
Peter Chadwick....Clive Russell
Helen, Chancellor....Lucy Robinson
Miss Twining....Charlotte West Oram
Directed by Clive Brill 
0203 20081014The Prime Minister finds himself embroiled in unexpected complications on a trip to Gibraltar, and his wife draws media attention by meeting a former party worker who has just been released from prison.
Adam....Antony Sher
Steve....Julian Rhind-Tutt
Monica....Sasha Behar
Colin....Colin Mcfarlane
Hannah....Kelly Hunter
Admiral....Sean Baker
George....Nicholas Murchie
Ernest....Nigel Cooke
Jackie....Ellie Haddington
Esme....Charlotte Lucas
Barbara....Nicholas Murchie
Directed by Clive Brill 
0204 20081021The prime minister's chief of staff has been attacked and seriously injured during a routine walkabout.
When it emerges that the attacker was recently released early from jail under a government initiative, the prime minister is forced to consider whether he should resign.
Adam....Antony Sher
Polly....Deborah Findlay
Steve....Julian Rhind-Tutt
Hannah....Kelly Hunter
Monica....Sasha Behar
Directed by Clive Brill 
0205 LAST 20081028Following the tragic death of his Personal Private Secretary, the Prime Minister has called an election.
With four weeks until the country votes, the polls do not look promising.
Adam....Antony Sher
Steve....Julian Rhind-Tutt
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Deborah Findlay
Lord Rudolph....Paul Jesson
Sheila Larwood....Clare Perkins
Robert Wintour....Nigel Lindsay
Greg Spender....John Warnaby
Barry Hornsea....Connor McIntyre
Reporter....Christopher Obi
0301Be A Good Chap20091113After a general election, the Tories have won more seats but Labour got the biggest vote.
Both need help from the Lib Dems, which will come at a cost.
So who will get to form the next government?
Adam....Antony Sher
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Penny Downie
Bill....Bill Paterson
Steve....Stephen Mangan
Sir Cosmo....Nicholas Woodeson
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Lewis Smiley MP....Nigel Lindsay
Peter Chadwick....Clive Russell
Palace equerry/TV producer....Joseph Kloska
Assorted reporters....Scott Cherry, Theo Fraser Steele
Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
0302And Drugs Won20091120In a pact with the Liberal Democrats, Labour have formed a government.
But the new Lib Dem home secretary seems determined to stray off message, and the legalisation of drugs is top of her agenda.
Adam....Antony Sher
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Penny Downie
Bill....Bill Paterson
Steve....Stephen Mangan
Gwen Donoghue....Denise Black
Helen Ridout....Lucy Robinson
Chair of Bolswell North CLP....Scott Cherry
Lucy, Channel 4 news reporter....Charlotte Lucas
Chief Superintendant....Paul Jesson
Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
The new home secretary in the Labour-Lib Dem government is determined to stray off message
0303The Visigoths Are Coming 20091127The Angolan Navy have occupied the British territory of St Helena.
After six days, the PM and the Angolan Ambassador are locked in talks to try to prevent a declaration of war.
But who has prompted this seemingly mad act of aggression?
Adam....Antony Sher
Steve....Stephen Mangan
Genoveva....Adjoa Andoh
Angolan Ambassador/Virgilio, Angolan Military Attache....Ray Fearon
Paul, US Deputy Secretary of State....Colin Stinton
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Merlin Helicopter Pilot....Theo Fraser
Command HQ....Scott Cherry
Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
The Angolan Navy occupy the British territory of St Helena.
0304A Failed State 20091204The coalition is unravelling and, as his team scramble for votes to keep the government in place, the PM goes to his constituency and becomes embroiled in a housing issue involving a Somalian single mother.
Is it deliberate politics or the last act of a collapsing prime minister?
Adam....Antony Sher
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Penny Downie
Bill....Bill Paterson
Steve....Stephen Mangan
Gwen Donoghue....Denise Black
Biyot Abdulle, constituent....Nicola Gardner
Hannah Armstrong....Kelly Hunter
Terry Gruber, union leader....Nicholas Murchie
Copple, housing manager....Michael Eaves
Trevithick....Karl Theobald
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
The PM becomes embroiled in a housing issue involving a Somalian single mother.
0305 LASTImmortality At Last 20091211The removal men are in - Adam Armstrong is finally standing down as PM and the new Conservative leader, Simon Laity, is moving in to Number 10.
It seems the whole team will be out of a job - but there is a surprising last-minute offer from an unexpected quarter.
Adam....Antony Sher
Monica....Sasha Behar
Polly....Penny Downie
Bill....Bill Paterson
Steve....Stephen Mangan
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Nathan Toltz....Mike Sengelow
Doctor Crawston....David Shaw Parker
Miss (Jaaey) Twining....Charlotte West Oram
Susan O'Reilly....Flora Montgomery
Toby in Number 10....Jo Kloska
Reporters....Scott Cherry, Theo Fraser
Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
Adam Armstrong is finally standing down and it seems the whole team will be out of a job.
0401 20101025Jonathan Myerson's political drama set at the heart of Downing Street.
Simon Laity- the new Tory PM - is trying to enforce across-the-board spending cuts but his ministers have all gone native.
Then it's leaked that he has commissioned a report which calculates the gain to be made by slashing the armed services budget in half.
The Chief of General Staff goes ape.
Meanwhile they are interviewing companies to run the Number 10 coffee bar, and Amjad from Crown Appointments wants Simon to choose a new bishop for Yeovil.
And then there's a British woman now married to a suspected senior Al-Qaeda terrorist who has just entered the country.
She turns out to be here for an NHS kidney transplant.
The hospital goes on strike.
Cast:
Simon Laity - Damian Lewis
Connie - Haydn Gwynne
Nathan - Mike Sengelow
Hugo - Julian Glover
Amjad - Arsher Ali
Lord Copple - Ruper Vansittart
Coffee Exec - Grant Gillespie
Staff Nurse Melford - Rebecca Saire
Zamyad - Ayman Hamdouchi
Producer/Director: Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.
Damian Lewis stars as a new Tory PM in a minority government.
0402 20101101Written by Jonathan Myerson.
A leaked consultation document has the PM suggesting the armed forces budget should be cut in half.
The Chief of General Staff declares war on the PM.
It's a minority Tory government and they need Lid Dem support to get their Health Bill through - Whitman (LD Whip) wants imposed industry regulation, whilst the Tories want it to be voluntary.
The good news is that they have just signed a huge armaments deal with Saudi Arabia- securing factories and jobs - which Hugo, the Deputy Prime Minister, did all the hard work on.
But suddenly a journalist says that Hugo took a bribe while there - in the form of a prostitute - But obscuring all this is the news that the new Sheriff of Essex - controlling police and prisons - is cutting costs by getting convicted criminals to stand outside the Lakeside Thurrock wearing placards proclaiming their crime such as 'Thief'".
She is determined to stick to it putting her in direct confrontation with the PM.
Cast:
PM (Simon Laity)....Damian Lewis
Nathan - Mike Sengelow
Hugo - Julian Glover
Georgie - Gina Mckee
Amjad - Arsher Ali
Whitman - Christian Rodska
Alan - John Hollingworth
Sally Tyler - Jane Slavin
Sheriff - Hannah Waddingham
Whitecross - Theo Fraser Steele
Thief - Harry Smith
Journalists - Theo Fraser Steele, Kate Gilbert, Kate Lamb
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.
The PM has to fight it out with the Sheriff of Essex.
0403 20101108Written by Jonathan Myerson.
The PM has recalled Hugo - his secret task is to open negotiations with the Lib Dems to form a permanent alliance.
Hugo isn't keen but - Meanwhile the Scottish Parliament is bringing in a ban on burqas and Number 10 wants the Prince of Wales to soften the blow by bringing Islam into his all-Faith Conference.
But a Muslim millionaire announces he will pay all anti-burqa fines..
And Nathan is proposing a universal DNA database..
But everything goes up into the air when Princess Eleanor, seventeenth in line to the throne, goes missing, maybe kidnapped - Is the Home Secretary to blame for cutting his bodyguarding bill? How furious is the Prince of Wales - just as they are asking him for a favour?
Cast:
PM (Simon Laity)....Damian Lewis
Nathan - Mike Sengelow
Connie - Haydn Gwynne
Hugo - Julian Glover
Georgie - Gina Mckee
Amjad - Arsher Ali
Sir Giles/Mahmoud - Nick Woodeson
Lord Marris - Nigel Cooke
Home Secretary - Mathew Marsh
Sally Tyler - Jane Slavin
Princess Eleanor - Beth Cooke
Student - Helena Rice
Journalists - Theo Fraser Steele, Kate Gilbert, Kate Lamb
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.
Whilst the Scottish Govt are planning to ban the burqa, Princess Eleanor goes missing.
0404 20101115Written by Jonathan Myerson.
Simon was due to meet the US National Security Advisor in a room at Heathrow as they both crossed planes.
Simon is on his way to a European budget crisis conference.
But now Simon has to travel out to the plane because Buckley, the NSA is jumpy because an arrest warrant has been issued against him - alleging war crimes.
Then suddenly a policeman - Inspector Lagan - manages to enter the cabin, accompanied by Monica, now a Labour MP and a US secret serviceman accidentally shoots him in the arm.
The plane is immediately sealed and Monica is appalled - this inspector needs an ambulance! Tempers flare, torture allegations are thrown and an international incident looms.
Meanwhile, the economy is crashing - Simon was on his way to negotiate with Germany for a bail out for Spain.
Simon needs to get there - fast.
Cast:
PM (Simon Laity) - Damian Lewis
Georgie - Gina Mckee
General Buckley - Kerry Shale
Monica - Sasha Behar
Fotini - Shelley Conn
Russo - Nigel Cooke
Inspector Lagan - Scott Cherry
US Secret Serviceman/
Paramedic - Nicholas Murchie
Paramedic 2 - Charlotte Lucas
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.
The US National Security Advisor lands at Heathrow.
But there's a warrant for his arrest.
0405 LAST 20101122Written by Jonathan Myerson.
On an estate walkabout, Amjad gets into an argument with a doorstep lender and punches him.
The papers have a field day.
But Amjad insists he was in the right.
Will he apologise?
Meanwhile the Lib Dem alliance partners want state funding for political parties but can't get Labour to agree.
And the Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems has made a speech in the House blaming Simon for the suicide of an asylum seeker - Meanwhile there is a local press flurry about cars driving past a woman knocked down in the road - one of the negligent drivers turns out to be Alan, the PMs partner.
This, in the week when Alan and Simon are putting the finishing touches to their civil partnership plans.
With the Alliance threatening to fall apart Nathan will stop at nothing to get Plaid Cymru and the Greens on their side.
PM - Simon Laity - Damian Lewis
Nathan - Mike Sengelow
Hugo - Julian Glover
Georgie - Gina Mckee
Amjad - Arsher Ali
Mike Glancey - Joseph Kloska
Louise Ryan - Niamh Cusack
Tim Keegan - Nicholas Rowe
Alan - John Hollingworth
Emyr Rhys/Lender - Steve Speirs
Jennifer Sands - Perdita Avery
Journalists - Theo Fraser Steele, Kate Gilbert, Kate Lamb
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.
On a walkabout of a Coventry estate, Amjad the PM's aide ends up punching a man.
0501See Glasgow And Die20120220Written by Jonathan Myerson.
Scotland has legalised assisted dying and have arrested a couple on their way to the new Dignitas clinic in Glasgow. But is this just a way of promoting Scottish independence and embarrassing the government? Meanwhile, Simon's partner Alan appears to have snubbed a visiting Crown Prince - and now a new Oil exploration contract is under threat.
Cast:
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Nathan Toltz....Mike Sengelow
Georgie....Gina Mckee
Sir Hugo....Julian Glover
Amjad Hemmati....Arsher Ali
Connie....Stella Gonet
Emyr Rhys....Steven Speirs
Natalie Warren....Jane Slavin
Alex/Andy Mcgrue....Jasper Britton
Milo Howman/Copper/
Tv Journo....Theo Fraser Steele
Crown Prince....Chinna Wodu
Chief Constable....Steven Speirs
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
Simon's partner Alan appears to have snubbed a visiting crown prince.
0502Democracy In Traction20120221Written by Anders Lustgarden.
A routine council eviction has blown up into a full scale riot and the police have been heavy-handed resulting in two hospitalised civilians. With a policeman also in hospital - the Met Commissioner is demanding increased police powers. Meanwhile - Nathan is expected to go on a foreign trip with the PM only to discover his visa seems to have expired.
Cast:
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Nathan Toltz....Mike Sengelow
Georgie....Gina Mckee
Sir Hugo....Julian Glover
Amjad Hemmati....Arsher Ali
Connie....Stella Gonet
Alan....John Hollingworth
Mike Holmes....Rob Hudson
Dave Pulis....Matthew Marsh
The Governer Of The Bank Of England....Nicholas Woodeson
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
A routine eviction blows up into a riot and two men get admitted to hospital.
0503The Emperor's New Speech20120222Written by Jonathan Myerson.
It's the Party Conference in Brighton...and it's 11 hours until the PM is due to deliver his speech with only one problem - it's not written yet. And just when they didn't need it, one of Lord Rudolph's newspapers splashes a Treasury leak, ruining the latest bond issue and jeopardising the UK's credit rating. But who leaked the information in the first place? Meanwhile - the major supermarkets are being leaned on to contribute to a fund to help small shop owners, but will they agree before the conference speech is delivered?
Cast:
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Nathan Toltzn....Mike Sengelow
Georgie....Gina Mckee
Sir Hugo....Julian Glover
Amjad Hemmati....Arsher Ali
Connie....Stella Gonet
Alan....John Hollingworth
Mike Plimpton....David Troughton
Rodney Birch....Matthew Marsh
Tejan Mahoi....Chinna Wodu
Lord Hendrik Rudolph....Paul Jesson
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
It's 11 hours until the PM has to give his party conference speech, but it isn't written.
0504 20120223Written by Jonathan Myerson.
Alan is now wheelchair bound and eating through a tube - yet Simon still cannot find the time he promised to spend with him.
Alan is talking about going across the border to the Dignitas Clinic in Glasgow. Meanwhile - Rudolph Media are now gunning for the government at every turn and will stop at nothing in their hunt for stories to embarrass the government. Especially when they uncover something about someone who works very close to the PM.
Cast:
Simon Laity....Damian Lewis
Nathan Toltz....Mike Sengelow
Georgie....Gina Mckee
Sir Hugo....Julian Glover
Amjad Hemmati....Arsher Ali
Connie....Stella Gonet
Alan....John Hollingworth
Mike Plimpton....David Troughton
Monica Smith....Sasha Behar
Adam Armstrong....Antony Sher
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
Alan's condition has declined yet Simon still cannot find time to spend with him.

Trivia

  • Sereis 1 was Friday Play, series 2, 3, 4 Afternoon Play, series 5 Afternoon Drama

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