The Golden Age

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

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01Interesting Talks2012111120121111 (BBC7)
20121116 (BBC7)
20121117 (BBC7)

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

What is causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? The police come to the BBC.

In this opening episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC....what could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

02Saturday Sports Parade2012111820121118 (BBC7)
20121123 (BBC7)
20121124 (BBC7)

In this second episode, Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment, with the dubious aid of tempestuous children's presenter, Lancelot Wyndham. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to revamp the BBC's flagship sports show, "Saturday Sports Parade".

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft

Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith

Peter Egan....Lancelot Wyndham

Pippa Evans....The Queen Consort

Kevin Bishop....The King / Edward Fellowes

Ewan Bailey....Gerald Merry

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

03 LASTMinority Appeal2012112520121125 (BBC7)
20121130 (BBC7)
20121201 (BBC7)
20121202 (BBC7)

This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for "minorities"; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.

Robert Bathurst....John Tharb

Vicky McClure....Mabel Hopcraft

Ford Kiernan....Lord Reith

Peter Egan....Doctor Ganley

Malcolm Tierney....Sergeant Major

Kevin Bishop....Ordinary Cockney Father / Perfumed Pete

Pippa Evans....Ordinary Cockney Mother

Ewan Bailey....Roger Eves / Fancy Dan

Moisty....Arthur Mathews

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

This week, Mabel suggests making some programmes for "minorities"; a suggestion which takes Lord Reith by surprise. Meanwhile, Tharb does his best to cheer up BBC Radio's most depressed newsreader, Roger Eves.