Clayton Grange

Anthony Head leads a team of brilliantly stupid scientists. This is Clayton Grange, top secret Scientific Institute with a government brief to solve the global fuel crisis, cheer people up and make war just a bit more gentle. Meet the scientists who are a bit rubbish at life. And not much better at science.

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01012012092520160117 (BBC7)

by Neil Warhurst with additional material by Paul Barnhill

Episode 1

Anthony Head leads a team of brilliantly stupid scientists. This is Clayton Grange, top secret Scientific Institute with a government brief to solve the global fuel crisis, cheer people up and make war just a bit more gentle. Meet the scientists who are a bit rubbish at life. And not much better at science.

Saunders - Anthony Head

Geoff - Neil Warhurst

Roger - Paul Barnhill

Jameson - Stephanie Racine

Helen/Bunty - Don Gilet

Alan Dobson - Paul Stonehouse

Producer/Director - Marion Nancarrow

Actor and musician Anthony Head, probably best known for his roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and as the Prime Minister in "Little Britain", plays Professor Linden Saunders, the keen but hopeless Director of Scientific Institute, Clayton Grange.

Writer/performers Neil Warhurst and Paul Barnhill first appeared on BBC radio in "Beyond the Pole", a comedy about two incompetent explorers, who returned in "Beyond the Back of Beyond", to trek to the Amazon. Neil turned the first series into the film, "Beyond the Pole", released in 2010, starring Stephen Mangan, Rhys Thomas and Alexander Skarsgard, which won Best Comedy at the International Film Festival. Together, Neil and Paul also wrote and performed in two series of "The Spaceship" (BBC7), starring James Fleet and two series of "Edge Falls" (Radio 4) starring Mark Benton and Sarah Lancashire ("If you boiled down modern Britain, the sticky, foul-smelling residue would be a lot like the Edge Falls" The Guardian). Neil (the only member of his immediate family who isn't a scientist) has also written two afternoon plays for Radio 4. Paul and Neil have recently set up Goofus, a company currently working on plays for theatre, one of which is an adaptation of Neil's radio play "Taking Charlie" and is under commission from Soho Theatre.

Neil and Paul play the parts of Geoff and Roger in Clayton Grange.

01022012100220160124 (BBC7)

by Neil Warhurst with additional material by Paul Barnhill

Episode 2

In Clayton Grange, Anthony Head leads a team of brilliantly stupid scientists who have a mission to think the unthinkable. But can't. This week, they attempt to solve the global fuel crisis. With a hamster.

Saunders - Anthony Head

Geoff - Neil Warhurst

Roger - Paul Barnhill

Jameson - Stephanie Racine

Helen/Lionel - Don Gilet

Alan Dobson - Paul Stonehouse

Director - Sally Avens.

This week, they attempt to solve the global fuel crisis. With a hamster.

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This week, the team attempt to make war just a bit more gentle. Meet the scientists who are a bit rubbish at life. And not much better at science.

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020120140610

This week the team launch their revolutionary spray-on clothes, a local MP comes to visit to boost his election campaign and an embarrassing virus escapes from genetics and threatens the very nature of democracy.

020220140617

This week Professor Saunders hopes to persuade his elderly aunt to leave her fortune to science. Meanwhile, his team develop a gun powered simply by thought, but no one succeeds in thinking very well.

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Geoff can't resist using a "bring your child to work day" to do some controversial genetic manipulation, whilst Saunders trials a bionic suit that recycles your own urine. Will this be his first success?

0204 LAST20140701

Spurred on by Saunders, our weary scientific team tries to impress a visiting Nobel Prize judge with their self-replicating killer robo-ants. But this is Clayton Grange. When do things ever go right?