High Table, Lower Orders

A new six part comedy-thriller-drama from the writer of Absolute Power, set in a small Cambridge college that is riven by argument between the traditionalists and the modernisers.

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Why does a Cambridge master need a plodding Health and Safety executive? Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Why does a Cambridge master need a plodding Health and Safety executive?

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Why does a Cambridge master need a plodding Health and Safety executive?

Since graduation, Simon has hardly blazed a trail as a plodding Health and Safety executive, so why does his old Cambridge master Gilbert need him?

Mark Tavener's comedy thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer as Gilbert, Samuel West as Simon and Rebecca Front as Patricia.

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.

Why does a Cambridge master need a plodding Health and Safety executive? Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

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Why does a Cambridge master need a plodding Health and Safety executive? Mark Tavener's comic thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer.

Since graduation, Simon has hardly blazed a trail.

So why does an old Cambridge master need him?

College has been drawn together by the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - as everyone gathers to attend the funeral Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, begins to wonder that Devantis death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

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Another mysterious death causes Health and Safety executive Simon to consider cruets.

Another mysterious death makes Health and Safety executive Simon consider the relevance of cruets. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer.

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Another mysterious death causes Health and Safety executive Simon to consider cruets. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer.

Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer.

As another mysterious death occurs, Simon is made to consider the apparent relevance of cruets.

Following another unexpected death the college dons find themselves facing an internal election, whilst at the same a financial crisis looms large.

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As dead don Peter's sordid side is made public, Simon struggles with his day job.

As dead don Peter's sordid side is made public, Simon struggles with his day job. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

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As dead don Peter's sordid side is made public, Simon struggles with his day job. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer.

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Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer.

Peter's sordid side is made public, and Simon struggles with his day job.

As the strain of Simon's day job increases, Peter is the subject of shocking revelations.

The race for master is in full swing, and skullduggery is high on the dons' agendas.

Meanwhile Simon's investigation is hampered by the fact that he's sent to Brussels to attend a health and safety conference, where all does not go well.

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Simon keeps his Health and Safety job. But is Zoe the next target?

Simon keeps his Health and Safety job. But is Zoe the next target? Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Rebecca Front.

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Simon keeps his Health and Safety job.

But is Zoe the next target?

But is Zoe the next target? Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Rebecca Front.

But is Zoe the next target? With Geoffrey Palmer.

Simon achieves the impossible feat of hanging onto his job.

As the fellows adjust to Gilbert becoming the new master, Simon finds himself in the awkward position of having to inspect the college Chapel for the Health and Safety office, whilst at the same time pursuing the identity of Peter Devantis murderer.

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Losing the struggle to keep his job, Simon receives an intriguing offer.

Losing the struggle to keep his job, Simon receives an intriguing offer. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer, Samuel West and Rebecca Front.

Losing the struggle to keep his job, Simon receives an intriguing offer. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

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Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon loses his job, but receives an offer.

With Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Mark Tavener's comic thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer, Rebecca Front and Samuel West.

Simon loses the struggle to hang onto his job.

Another, more intriguing, offer is forthcoming.

Following the attempted poisoning of Zoe, Simon steps up his search for the killer.

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Simon delves into his HSE background for one final ruse. Mark Tavener's comic thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon delves into his HSE background for one final ruse. Starring Geoffrey Palmer.

Simon delves into his HSE background for one final ruse. Comic thriller starring Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon delves into his HSE background for one final ruse.

Starring Geoffrey Palmer.

Comic thriller starring Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon delves into his HSE background for one final ruse, in Mark Tavener's comic thriller.

Mark Tavener's comic thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

With Geoffrey Palmer.

Exams loom large, but it's not only the students who are under pressure as it becomes increasingly clear that each of the fellows had a very good reason to kill celebrity historian, Devanti.

But can Simon unveil the real killer.

Events prove inevitable, but Simon is able to call on his HSE background for one final ruse.

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Budget cuts spark conflict at the Cambridge college, and Gilbert is plotting.

Budget cuts spark conflict at the Cambridge college, and Gilbert is plotting. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Budget cuts spark conflict at the Cambridge college and Gilbert's plotting. Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Budget cuts spark conflict at the Cambridge college and Gilbert's plotting.

Comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Budget cuts cause conflict in Mark Tavener's comedy drama set in a Cambridge college.

Starring Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

The college is battling against ever present finance savings, and Simon finds himself bereft of a job.

Could this be the perfect opportunity for Gilbert to furnish the college with a somewhat more popular course, and satisfyingly upset the Dean in the process?

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The Master and the Dean's feud intensifies as a student is found cheating.

The Master and the Dean's feud intensifies as a student is found cheating. Stars Geoffrey Palmer and Michael Maloney.

Stars Geoffrey Palmer and Michael Maloney.

Mark Tavener's comedy-drama stars Geoffrey Palmer.

Whilst Simon is struggling in his new status as don, the Dean finds his popularity with the students on the increase.

Meanwhile Gilbert faces the rather grave task of dealing with a student found cheating.

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A Cambridge college student is found hanged, but was it suicide or murder? Mark Tavener's comic thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

A Cambridge college student is found hanged, but was it suicide or murder?

A Cambridge college student is found hanged, but was it suicide - or murder? Stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

A student is found hanged, but was it suicide - or murder? Mark Tavener's comedy thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer.

A student is found hanged, but was it suicide - or murder? Stars Geoffrey Palmer.

One of the students has been found hanged, in what appears to be a suicide.

But Simon is not convinced, and feels that the college may once more have a murder on its hands.

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Simon is not convinced of a student's murder confession, but he soon gets sidetracked.

Simon is not convinced of a student's murder confession, but he soon gets sidetracked. Mark Tavener's comedy thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

A student confesses to murder, but Simon's not convinced he's guilty.

Simon is not convinced over a student's murder confession, but he's soon sidetracked. Stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon is not convinced over a student's murder confession, but he's soon sidetracked.

Stars Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Mark Tavener's comedy thriller stars Geoffrey Palmer.

One of the students has confessed to murder, but Simon is not convinced of his guilt.

However, his investigation is put on hold when he finds himself debating against a government minister about modernisation.

With Geoffrey Palmer

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Simon continues his murder investigation, while the Dean sets his sights on promotion.

Simon continues his murder investigation, while the Dean sets his sights on promotion. Mark Tavener's comic thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Simon continues his murder investigation, while the Dean sets his sights on promotion. Stars Samuel West and Geoffrey Palmer.

The Dean sets his sights on promotion. Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller set in a college.

The Dean sets his sights on promotion.

Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller set in a college.

Stars Samuel West and Geoffrey Palmer.

Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller set in a Cambridge college.

Stars Samuel West.

Whilst Simon is distracted with his murder investigation, the fellows find themselves undergoing individual performance assessments.

The Master finds the whole idea appalling, but the Dean seems to be relishing every moment.

The Dean sets his sights on promotion in Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller.

Samuel West stars

The Dean sets his sights on promotion in Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller set in a Cambridge college.

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Can Simon gather the evidence to prove who the killer is and stop more murders?

Can Simon gather the evidence to prove who the killer is and stop more murders? Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

Can Simon prove who the killer is and stop more murders? With Geoffrey Palmer.

Can Simon prove who the killer is and stop more murders? Mark Tavener's comedy-thriller with Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West.

The fellows are busy with entrance exams and Roisin is struggling with the marking system - what exactly is a Catherine Beta minus Zeta Jones? Meanwhile Simon is convinced he knows who the killer is, but can he find the evidence to prove it, and prevent another murder?