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One-off special from the comedy series with Stephen Fry and John Bird as the masters of spin.

Claret-swilling colleagues Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are out to trip one another up as much as they are their clients.

With Tony Blair leaving and new boy David Cameron on the block, Charles is as mischievous as ever and no doubt Martin will be 'brilliant, but fundamentally unsound', although he may be found in a rather unexpected location with limited visiting rights.

With Tony Gardner, Saskia Wickham, Joseph Kloska and Bethan Walker.

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Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe attempt to relaunch the Sun newspaper. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2000.

Relaunching The Sun

Charles and Martin are charged with bringing in more readers for The Sun newspaper.

Prentiss and McCabe attempt the relaunch of the Sun newspaper as the beacon of the pro-Euro movement while retaining the paper's traditionAl Readership.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe attempt to relaunch 'The Sun' newspaper.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From January 2000.

From 2000.

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Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe get involved in the race for London Mayor. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2000.

This week the specialists in government and media relations get involved in the race for LONDON mayor.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tony Gardner, Colin Mcfarlane and Hugh Parker.

The agency has an American client who wants Martin and Charles to ensure that a socialist mayor is elected in LONDON.

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Spinning for both the Church and the State proves profitable for Prentiss and McCabe. Stars Stephen Fry. From January 2000.

The Church Versus The State - and Prentiss McCabe emerge with a fee from both sides.

The PR agency with contacts at the highest level of government is asked to come up with a strategy to increase church congregations around the country.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tony Gardner, John Rowe and Alys Torrance.

Spinning for both the Church and the State proves profitable for Prentiss and McCabe.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From January 2000.

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Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe land at the BBC to tackle Radio 3. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2000.

This week, their challenge is to achieve a substantial increase in Radio 3's listening figures.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tony Gardner, Rebecca Front, Roger Sloman, Philip Fox, Simon Greenall, Mark Tonderai and Beth Chalmers.

Written by Mark Burton.

Charles and Martin catch up with a former BBC colleague and visit their old company.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe land at the BBC to tackle Radio 3.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2000.

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Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe tackle a sporting victory for England. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2000.

This week, they are charged with boosting national morale via an ENGLAND win in a major sporting trophy.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tony Gardner, Simon Greenall and Beth Chalmers

Charles and Martin are given the task of making the nation smile.

But how will they ever arrange an English sporting victory?

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe tackle a sporting victory for England.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2000.

From 2000.

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Prentiss McCabe try to save New Labour from total voter humiliation. Starring Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2001.

Prentiss McCabe try to save New Labour from total voter humiliation.

Charles takes a commission to revive interest in the Labour Party.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tony Gardner and Beth Chalmers

Prentiss McCabe try to save the Government from total voter humiliation.

Starring Stephen Fry and John Bird.

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An old flame pits spinmeisters Charles and Martin against one another. Stars Stephen Fry and Tamsin Greig. From February 2001.

The two 'spinmeisters' end up on opposite sides, while the alluring Gail pulls Charles' strings.

Tamsin Greig guest-stars.

They enlist Ken Livingston and Mel C in an attempt to sell the study of philosophy as sexy, happening and popular.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tamsin Greig and Tony Gardner

Have Charles and Martin met their match in a rival PR firm?

An old flame pits spinmeisters Charles and Martin against one another.

Stars Stephen Fry and Tamsin Greig.

From February 2001.

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Can spin kings Prentiss McCabe turn a failed novelist into a best seller? Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2001.

They are asked to put a failed novelist at the top of the bestsellers list.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tamsin Greig and Tony Gardner

Martin is taking a very un-entertaining client to lunch.

He turns out to be a former promising literary genius!.

Can spin kings Prentiss McCabe turn a failed novelist into a best seller? Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2001.

Can spin kings Prentiss McCabe turn a failed novelist into a best seller?

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The prime minister wants Charles and Martin to discredit the chancellor. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2001.

The Prime Minister wants Charles and Martin to discredit the Chancellor. Stars Stephen Fry

The battle between the PM and the Chancellor is about to involve Charles and Martin.

Starring Stephen Fry and John Bird.

Episode 4 of 6.

They take on a contract to discredit the Chancellor and make the PM look good.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tamsin Greig and Tony Gardner

The battle between the PM and the Chancellor is about to get some help from Charles and Martin.

The battle between the PM and the Chancellor is about to get help from Charles and Martin.

The Prime Minister wants Charles and Martin to discredit the Chancellor.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2001.

Stars Stephen Fry

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Charles tackles prison reform, as Martin helps Delia Smith with a new image. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2001.

Charles manages to get himself out of trouble at Prentiss-McCabe, or so he thinks.

Charles, against his better judgement, decides to help the case for prison reform, while Martin tries to help Delia Smith to change her image.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tamsin Greig and Tony Gardner

Charles tackles prison reform, as Martin helps Delia Smith with a new image.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2001.

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Charles Prentiss is challenged by a PR rival to wheeze the unwheezable. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From March 2001.

Charles is challenged to wheeze the unwheezable.

Starring Stephen Fry and John Bird.

Charles is temporarily out-wheezed by rival PR woman Gail Shand.

With Siobhan Hayes, Tamsin Greig and Tony Gardner

Charles Prentiss is challenged by a PR rival to wheeze the unwheezable.

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The government retainer is under threat when Prentiss McCabe faces a very tricky task. Stars Stephen Fry. From January 2002.

The government retainer is under threat when Prentiss McCabe is given a difficult task.

They are asked to knock the PM's reputation.

The government retainer comes under threat when Prentiss McCabe is presented with the difficult and complicated task.

The government retainer comes under threat when Prentiss McCabe is given a complicated task.

The government retainer comes under threat when Prentiss McCabe is presented with a difficult and complicated task.

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Roguish Martin enters the Lords, as Charles takes on a Big Brother 'star'. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2002.

Roguish Martin enters the Lords as Charles takes on a Big Brother 'star'.

The pair find themselves charged with the unenviable task of trying to help the government sort out the health service.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From January 2002.

With Stephen Fry

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Martin has a sporting challenge, but can Charles save a disgraced minister?

Martin has a sporting challenge, but can Charles save a disgraced minister? Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2002.

Charles decides that Martin needs a challenge and determines to find him the most demanding client the firm has ever taken on.

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Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe are challenged to boost public opinion about men.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe are challenged to boost public opinion about men. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From January 2002.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe face one of their biggest challenges to date - a commission to boost public opinion of men.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe face one of their biggest challenges to date - a comission to boost public opinion of men.

Spin doctors Prentiss and McCabe have a commission to boost public opinion of men.

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Fresh from BBC2, the hit satirical comedy returns to its radio roots with Stephen Fry and John Bird playing MachiavellIan Masters of spin, Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe.

As ever there are 'wheezes' a -plenty to be had, especially when our boys find themselves a lucrative contract representing BBC television.

The spin doctoring duo get a lucrative contract to work for the BBC.

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When Martin becomes a bestselling author with his scathing attack of Britain under New Labour, The Notion of Nation, Charles finds himself commissioned by the government to bring his friend down a peg or two - a commission he's keen to accept.

Spin doctor Martin's new bestseller drives a wedge between him and Charles.

Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird.

From February 2004.

Spin doctor Martin's bestseller drives a wedge between him and Charles.

Stars Stephen Fry.

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Revenge is a gourmet dish best served cold when Martin deceives Charles.

Revenge is a gourmet dish best served cold when Martin deceives Charles. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2004.

When Martin persuades Charles to accompany him to Devon, Clive is left in charge of the government's Healthy Eating campaign.

Will the company survive with Clive in charge, and more importantly, will Charles survive without the cut and thrust of London?

  • archie....Alex Lowe clive....Tom George lydia....Helen Atkinson Wood giles....Kim Wall presenter....Rachel Atkins claudia....jamie barbakoff music composed by Matthew Scott.

    produced by Dawn Ellis

  • archie....Alex Lowe
  • claudia....jamie barbakoff
  • clive....Tom George
  • debbie....jamie barbakoff
  • geraldine....Beth Chalmers
  • giles....Kim Wall
  • headmaster....Kim Wall
  • lydia....Helen Atkinson Wood
  • martin mccabe....John Bird
  • morganna....Rachel Atkins
  • music composed by Matthew Scott
  • presenter....Rachel Atkins
  • producer Dawn Ellis
  • roger....Ewan Bailey

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    Spin doctor Charles heads across the pond, leaving Martin to fend alone.

    Spin doctor Charles heads across the pond, leaving Martin to fend alone. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2004.

    The firm is offered the chance to cross the pond and help with the presidential campaign, and whilst Charles can't resist the challenge of spinning in the land of the dirty trick, Martin decides to stay at home.

    Could this be the end of a beautiful friendship?