Higher

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Higher: Year of the Rat by Steve May

Return of the comedy series about the UK's worst university. Jim is sent to China to recruit new students. But the new interim Vice Chancellor seems to be setting him up to fail.

Director/Producer Gary Brown.

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Higher: Creative Solutions by Steve May

Comedy series about Hayborough University, ranked 132nd in the UK. Jim has returned from China in triumph and is rewarded by being promoted to Makeshift Vice Chancellor. But a rather shady educational company is working with the board of governors and wants to do a deal with the university.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

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Joyce Bryant's satire on tertiary education.

Karen is the new head of the Geography Department - renamed Geographical Tourism - at Hayborough University, which is definitely not part of the elite Russell Group of top universities.

It is open day for the department and Karen is keen that she attracts the right students.

Karen....Sophie Thompson

David....Mark Heap

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

Barbara....Sue Ryding

Maura....Maggie Fox

Angela....Sue Kelly

Harry....Ben Hood

Directed by Gary Brown.

Karen is the new head of the Geography Department - renamed Geographical Tourism - at Hayborough University, which isn't quite part of the elite Russell Group of top universities.

In fact it ranks 132nd.

Joyce Bryant's satire on tertiary education, set in a far from elite university.

Karen is the new head of the Geography Department - renamed Geographical Tourism - at Hayborough University, which isn't quite part of the elite Russell Group of top universities. In fact it ranks 132nd. It is open day for the department and Karen is keen that she attracts the right students.

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The first of two plays chronicling the comic chaos of the Geography department at Hayborough University - ranked 132nd in the academic league table.

When neurotic and emotionally stunted lecturer David Poll is delegated the task of finding partners in industry he blunders into a scheme which doesn't quite benefit the department.

By Joyce Bryant

Karen....Sophie Thompson

David....Robert Daws

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

Alannah....Kathryn Hunt

Fiona....Lisa Allen

Joselyn....Natasha Byrne

Producer Gary Brown.

Lecturer David Poll is tasked with finding industry partners to work with the department.

Satire on tertiary education by Joyce Bryant, chronicling the chaos of the Geography department at the fictional Hayborough University, ranked 132nd in the academic league table.

The buzzword is 'partners' - get out into the real world and work with industry.

This will develop money spinning initiatives and share costs.

That's the theory, at least.

So when neurotic and emotionally-stunted lecturer David Poll is delegated the task of finding partners, he blunders into a scheme which doesn't quite benefit the department.

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The second comedy about the Geography department at Hayborough University.

Where if you have a pulse you can have a degree.

In these straightened times there have to be cuts.

So it does seem a bit of a coincidence that when David Poll is earmarked for disciplinary measures leading to possible dismissal the Quality Assurance Inspectorate turns up.

Karen....Sophie Thompson

David....Robert Daws

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

Maura....Maggie Fox

Sadie....Fiona Clarke

Dick....Malcolm Raeburn

Produced by Gary Brown.

David Poll is earmarked for disciplinary measures leading to possible dismissal.

Satire on tertiary education by Joyce Bryant, chronicling the chaos of the Geography department at the fictional Hayborough University, ranked 132nd in the academic league table.

So it does seem a bit of a coincidence that when David Poll is earmarked for disciplinary measures leading to possible dismissal, the Quality Assurance Inspectorate should turn up.

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by Joyce Bryant

Teaching has become a dirty word at Hayborough University and when a new Dean of Research Development comes on board she urges partnerships abroad.

So an international research centre for Pier and Wharf ethics is mooted.

The only problem is the person sent to set it up - academic snob and sociopath, Professor David Poll.

Karen....Sophie Thompson

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

David....Jeremy Swift

Cherry....Caroline Burns Cooke

President....Cyril Nri

Abdi....Marlon G.

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Produced by Gary Brown

More barbed satire from the higher education establishment ranked 132nd in the University league tables.

The Department of Geography at the new University of Hayborough is under pressure to find new sources of funding and to broaden its horizons.

So when a new Dean of Research Development, Cherry Swat comes on board she urges partnerships abroad.

An international research centre for Pier and Wharf ethics is mooted in the African Republic of Epithea.

Everything seems to be going smoothly for the university until they realise the student they have recently expelled just happens to be the President of Epithea's son.

Starring Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Swift and Jonathan Keeble.

More comic adventures from Hayborough University, by Joyce Bryant.

Higher: Ep 1 The Price of Partnership by Joyce Bryant

Teaching has become a dirty word at Hayborough University and when a new Dean of Research Development comes on board she urges partnerships abroad. So an international research centre for Pier and Wharf ethics is mooted. The only problem is the person sent to set it up - academic snob and sociopath, Professor David Poll.

More barbed satire from the higher education establishment ranked 132nd in the University league tables. The Department of Geography at the new University of Hayborough is under pressure to find new sources of funding and to broaden its horizons. So when a new Dean of Research Development, Cherry Swat comes on board she urges partnerships abroad. An international research centre for Pier and Wharf ethics is mooted in the African Republic of Epithea. Everything seems to be going smoothly for the university until they realise the student they have recently expelled just happens to be the President of Epithea's son.

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by Joyce Bryant

The Vice Chancellor wants to restructure three departments into two, so one of the Deans is for the chop.

Jim Blunt is determined it is not going to be him.

But he hasn't reckoned on the Dean of Arts, baby faced killer Roland Keith Chubb.

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

Karen....Sophie Thompson

David....Jeremy Swift

President....Cyril Nri

VC....Russell Dixon

Roland....Lloyd Peters

Lara....Melissa Jane Sinden

Torturer....Hamilton Berstock

Producer Gary Brown

The Vice Chancellor has to restructure the faculties of Arts, Humanities and Performing Arts into two faculties.

This means "Scoping synergies using robust but flexible procedures so that they can maintain a missionary posture".

In other words - someone's for the chop.

Meanwhile in Epithea David is preparing to launch his Centre for Pier and Wharf ethics.

But the President keeps on mentioning 'Baksheesh'.

Starring Sophie Thompson, Jonathan Keeble and Jeremy Swift.

Joyce Bryant's satire of university life.

One of the Deans is for the chop.

Higher: Episode 2 Restructure by Joyce Bryant

The Vice Chancellor wants to restructure three departments into two, so one of the Deans is for the chop. Jim Blunt is determined it is not going to be him. But he hasn't reckoned on the Dean of Arts, baby faced killer Roland Keith Chubb.

The Vice Chancellor has to restructure the faculties of Arts, Humanities and Performing Arts into two faculties. This means "Scoping synergies using robust but flexible procedures so that they can maintain a missionary posture". In other words - someone's for the chop.

Meanwhile in Epithea David is preparing to launch his Centre for Pier and Wharf ethics. But the President keeps on mentioning 'Baksheesh'.

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Higher: Ep 3 Rebrand, Relaunch by Joyce Bryant

To Jim's dismay Roland becomes Vice Chancellor and image consultants 'Harsover Tutt' are brought in to rebrand the university.

Jim feels he's being forced out.

Will he find an ally in Karen?

Karen....Sophie Thompson

Jim....Jonathan Keeble

Roland....Lloyd Peters

Dame Sheila....Brigit Forsyth

Clive....Malcolm Reaburn

Radio Announcer....Luke Jerdy

Producer Gary Brown

In the subsequent fall out from the University's dealings with a discredited African Dictator, it is decided to rebrand and relaunch the University.

The first thing to do is sack the Vice Chancellor and ease Roland Chubb in.

This makes Jim's position very tenuous, but Roland determines to get him out.

He sneakily offers Karen the Deanship - is this the end of Jim Blunt?

Starring Sophie Thompson and Jonathan Keeble.

Joyce Bryant's satire of university life.

Will Vice Chancellor Roland force Jim out?

To Jim's dismay Roland becomes Vice Chancellor and image consultants 'Harsover Tutt' are brought in to rebrand the university. Jim feels he's being forced out. Will he find an ally in Karen?

In the subsequent fall out from the University's dealings with a discredited African Dictator, it is decided to rebrand and relaunch the University. The first thing to do is sack the Vice Chancellor and ease Roland Chubb in. This makes Jim's position very tenuous, but Roland determines to get him out. He sneakily offers Karen the Deanship - is this the end of Jim Blunt?