Hr

Comedy drama series that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

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0101An Appraisal2009021320110926 (BBC7)
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Caught verbally abusing a client, an angry senior manager faces his HR officer.

Caught verbally abusing a client, an angry senior manager faces his HR officer.

Caught verbally abusing a client, an angry senior manager faces his HR officer. Stars Jonathan Pryce. From February 2009.

Angry senior manager Peter has been caught abusing a client and HR officer Sam must take him to task.

But can he?

Angry senior manager Peter has been caught abusing a client.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

0102An Away-day2009022020111003 (BBC7)
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Is team bonding best practised while senior manager Peter and HR's Sam are inebriated?

Is team bonding best practised while senior manager Peter and HR's Sam are inebriated? Stars Jonathan Pryce. From February 2009.

Peter and Sam both hate team away-days, but equally fear performing badly and putting their jobs at risk.

But is it a good idea to try out bonding skills while inebriated?

Peter and Sam hate awaydays, but is it a good idea to try out bonding skills while drunk?

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Is team bonding best practiced while senior manager Peter and HR's Sam are inebriated?

Is team bonding best practiced while senior manager Peter and HR's Sam are inebriated? Stars Jonathan Pryce. From February 2009.

0103A Commute2009022720111010 (BBC7)
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Manager Peter and HR's Sam are late, but is their new boss also on the train?

Manager Peter and HR's Sam are late, but is their new boss also on the train? Stars Nicholas Le Prevost. From February 2009.

Both late for work, Peter and Sam meet on the train, fearful of a call from their new boss.

But is that him in the next carriage?

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Nigel - Paul Rider

Guard - Stephen Critchlow

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

0104A Role Play2009030620111017 (BBC7)
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Sam tries to help a disgruntled Peter when he discovers he has to apply for his own job.

Sam tries to help a disgruntled Peter when he discovers he has to apply for his own job. Stars Jonathan Pryce. From March 2009.

Peter learns that he has to apply for his own job - but he is not the only one.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

0105A Leaving Party2009031320111024 (BBC7)
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Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter and Sam meet on their way to a leaving party - but whose leaving party?

Peter....Jonathan Pryce

Sam....Nicholas le Prevost

Elevator voice....Sam Dale

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Peter meets Sam on his way to a leaving party, but they get stuck in a lift.

0106 LASTA Bus Pass2009032020111031 (BBC7)
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The work machine has finally excreted Peter and Sam.

Now the two friends meet, of all places, in the queue for their senior bus passes.

Peter and Sam meet, of all places, in the queue for their senior bus passes.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Man with no teeth - Malcolm Tierney

Mechanical voice - Stephen Critchlow

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

The work machine has finally excreted Peter and Sam. Now the two friends meet, of all places, in the queue for their senior bus passes.

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Sam is manning the helplines when Peter calls, in distress about their faulty boiler.

Sam is battling retirement blues with a part-time job working for the Saviours, manning telephone lines to help those in distress. And today's first client is of course Peter, in distress about their faulty boiler.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

George - Sam Dale

Voice - Alison Pettitt

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

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Sam battles retirement blues with a part-time job manning phone lines for the Saviours.

Episode 6 of 06

EPISODE 1 - GASSING

Sam is battling retirement blues with a part-time job working for the Saviours, manning telephone lines to help those in distress.

And today's first client is of course Peter, in distress about their faulty boiler.

Nigel Williams has been commissioned to write a second series about his two odd-couple colleagues and friends Sam and Peter (Nicholas Le Prevost and Jonathan Pryce).

In the first series we saw how the friendship was affected by their work role play: Sobersides Sam was HR (Human Resources) manager to the unruly Peter.

Peter was forever in trouble, due to his irascible manner with colleagues and clients.

The two are now retired.

Peter, on a tiny pension, has moved into Sam's suburban home.

As can be seen from the outset, they continue to play out the curious behaviours developed over a lifetime in work.

HR is a comic, affectionate look at the way institutions colour human behaviour - and at how, in spite of everything, our inner human resources somehow manage to fight back.

SAM and PETER are universal characters, grappling with the Kafka-esque absurdity that will be familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office, and / or retired from it.

Nigel Williams is no stranger to corporate life.

He worked in the B.B.C.

for thirty years.

The response to the first series was immense.

It hit a nerve, particularly among audiences in their fifties, and generated calls, ongoing fan-email and BBC Noticeboard postings.

0202Dogging2010083020120524 (BBC7)
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Sam hopes a rescue dog can soothe grumpy Peter's retirement.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam, determined to help depressed Peter find a sense of purpose in his retirement, gets him a dog. But will the scruffy mongrel help Peter? Or will it add to his aggression and sense of injustice?

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Nasty Man - Tony Bell

Woman - Christine Kavanagh

Man - Sam Dale

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

Sam, determined to help depressed Peter find a sense of purpose, gets him a dog.

Sam, determined to help depressed Peter find a sense of purpose in his retirement, gets him a dog.

But will the scruffy mongrel help Peter? Or will it add to his aggression and sense of injustice?

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The odd couple holiday in Spain. Has Sam found love at last?

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam and Peter wile away retirement blues with a holiday in Spain. Suddenly Sam, a lifelong virgin, seems to be presented with a life-changing opportunity.

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Miguel - Sam Dale

Gwenda - Christine Kavanagh

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

The odd couple holiday in Spain. Has lifelong virgin Sam found love at last?

Sam and Peter wile away their retirement blues with a holiday in Spain.

Sam - Nicholas L

Sam and Peter wile away retirement blues with a holiday in Spain.

Suddenly Sam, a lifelong virgin, seems to be presented with a life-changing opportunity.

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The odd duo try some deeply inaccurate online dating. Is it Peter's turn for love?

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam and Peter occupy their retirement time surfing the net. Peter has created a flattering but deeply inaccurate online profile for himself and now has a date. Sam is determined to go along.

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Janice - Christine Kavanagh

Drab Woman - Sally Orrock

Madwoman - Helen Belbin

Man - Tony Bell

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

Peter has created a flattering but deeply inaccurate online dating profile for himself.

Sam and Peter occupy their retirement time surfing the net.

Peter has created a flattering but deeply inaccurate online profile for himself and now has a date.

Sam is determined to go along.

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Fearing the purposelessness that often hits retirees, Sam decides to redecorate his house.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam, fearing the sense of purposelessness that often hits retirees, decides to redecorate his house. But, his housemate Peter worries, has he some darker purpose in mind?

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Nigel - Tony Bell

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

Sam, fearing a sense of purposelessness, decides to redecorate his house.

Sam, fearing the sense of purposelessness that often hits retirees, decides to redecorate his house.

But, his housemate Peter worries, has he some darker purpose in mind?

0206Consulting2010092720150915 (BBC7)
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Having nursed Peter through retirement blues, Sam is wary at the chance of a new job.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Having nursed Peter through retirement blues, Sam himself succumbs to the dreaded sense of purposelessness. Then Peter gets an ad looking for experienced consultants. They're made!

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Waiter - Sam Dale

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

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Having nursed Peter through retirement blues, Sam is wary at the chance of a new job.

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Having nursed Peter through retirement blues, Sam himself succumbs to the dreaded sense of purposelessness. Then Peter gets an ad looking for experienced consultants. They're made!

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

Waiter - Sam Dale

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

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Peter and Sam receive a chilly warning about an imminent danger to their pensions.

Nigel Williams' comedy series returns for a third run of six new hilarious episodes. Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost star as two 60-something chums enjoying a comfortable retirement. Until, that is, in the first episode they get a chilly warning about an imminent danger to their pensions. Will they soon be joining the army of dispossessed older folk?

Peter - Jonathan Pryce

Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

Man - James Lailey

Director....Peter Kavanagh.

Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost star as two 60-something chums enjoying a comfortable retirement. Until, that is, in the first episode they get a chilly warning about an imminent danger to their pensions. Will they soon be joining the army of dispossessed older folk

  • man - James Lailey

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    With the two chums having lost their pensions, Sam balks at Peter's survival measures.

    In the return of Nigel Williams' much-praised comedy series the two 60-something chums have just lost their pensions. Sam (Nicholas le Prevost) balks at Peter's (Jonathan Pryce) outrageous survival measures. But will he become embroiled?

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

    Doctor - Paul Moriarty

    Director...Peter Kavanagh.

    The two 60-something chums have just lost their pensions. Sam balks at Peter's outrageous survival measures. But will he become embroiled?

  • doctor - Paul Moriarty

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    With worthless pensions, will a lodger help out Sam and Peter?

    Nigel William's comedy series returns with Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas Le Prevost. Discovering that their pensions are worthless, the chums contemplate the unthinkable: welcoming a female lodger into their home.

    Sam.... Nicholas Le Prevost

    Peter.... Jonathan Pryce

    Lupin - Sara Crowe.

    Discovering that their pensions are worthless, the chums contemplate the unthinkable: welcoming a female lodger into their home.

  • lupin - Sara Crowe

  • 0304Disinherited2012022220151215 (BBC7)
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    Sam and Peter visit Sam's wealthy aunt, who just happens to be writing her will.

    In Nigel Williams' comedy series the two 60-something chums have just lost their pensions. Sam (Nicholas lePrevost) and Peter (Jonathan Pryce) resort to desperate measures. Which now include visiting an aged - very wealthy - aunt.

    Sam....Nicholas le Prevost

    Peter...Jonathan Pryce

    Aunt Norah... Dillie Keane

    Maud...Kate Layden

    Directed by...Peter Kavanagh.

    The two 60-something chums have just lost their pensions. Sam and Peter resort to desperate measures. Which now include visiting an aged - very wealthy - aunt.

  • aunt norah - Dillie Keane
  • maud - Kate Layden

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    Sam's latest desperate measure is to try to remortgage their home.

    Nigel William's retirement comedy series, starring Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost. The two friends, having discovered that their pensions are worthless, take every measure thinkable to survive. This week, Sam tries to remortgage their home.

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Mr Loomis - Philip Jackson.

    The two friends, having discovered that their pensions are worthless, take every measure thinkable to survive. This week, Sam tries to remortgage their home.

    0306 LASTGambled20120307

    The two friends, having discovered that their pensions are worthless, take every measure thinkable to survive. This week, they hope for a lottery win.

  • dustman....gerard mcdermott

  • 0401Money20130222

    The return of Nigel Williams' hit comedy about an odd-couple of silver surfers. Starring Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost. Sam has won the lottery after all. Will their lives change? A visit from the Lottery Man may provide some answers...

    Sam - Nicholas le Prevost

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Lottery Man - Tim McInnerny

    Director: Peter Kavanagh

    0402After Gherkin20130301

    In the second of the new series of HR by Nigel Willliams, Sam and Peter's dog Gherkin becomes unwell. They decide to spend some of their lottery win on animal welfare. But could their noble ideals backfire?

    Peter....Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Francis - Dermot Crowley

    Man / Vet - Rick Warden

    Receptionist / Hungarian Peasant - Lizzy Watts

    Director: Peter Kavanagh

    0403Goodbye Uncle Norman20130308

    In this new series of HR by Nigel Williams, Sam has won the lottery. He has to write a speech for a recently deceased - but long-forgotten - uncle. And at the crematorium all is not what it seems.

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Boffo - Pip Torrens

    Gordon - Ben Crowe

    Vicar - Robert Blythe

    Woman - Christine Absalom

    Director: Peter Kavanagh

    0404Musical20130315

    by Nigel Williams. Sam has won the lottery and is infatuated with his personal banker who suggests he invest some of his lottery win in a musical. Sam is keen. But Peter refuses to sing from the same sheet.

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Michael - Rick Warden

    Telephone banker - Ben Crowe

    Telephone voice.... Lizzy Watts

    Director: Peter Kavanagh

    0405Lamb Of My Father20130322

    by Nigel Williams. Sam, having won the lottery, casts around for another project to invest his and Peter's energies and cash in. This time they hit on haute cuisine, Welsh style.

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Peter... Jonathan Pryce

    Myfanwy - Lizzy Watts

    Welshman - Steffan Rhodri.

    0406 LASTThe Return Of Martina Guerre20130329

    by Nigel Williams. Sam and Peter agree they need variation in their lifestyle and domestic routine. But will a ring on the doorbell herald major change?

    Peter - Jonathan Pryce

    Sam - Nicholas Le Prevost

    Kate - Kate Fahy.

    0501Love Precisely20140219

    Domestic life is complicated as Sam, who thought he was gay, wakes one morning to realise that he has fallen in love with Kate, former partner of Peter, who is Sam's best friend and his infuriatingly abrasive, rascally, trouble-making lodger. Who can guess how it will all turn out, particularly when Peter then insists on giving Sam lessons in courtship: 'Women doubt themselves' Peter asserts vigorously, 'they all lack confidence. As men, it is our duty to take advantage of that... thereby to maximise their dependence on us'.

    Will Sam follow unreconstructed Peter's advice?

    Listen out to this new run of topping comedy dramas.

    0502Wild About Gorillas20140226

    Peter's ex-wife Kate who has moved in, proposes a trip to the zoo. Not even Peter can turn a picnic outing into a hair-raising ordeal. Or can he?

    Unsurprisingly however, a little female sanity fails to halt Peter's madcap antics, or Sam's reverting to his role as HR manager to restore order. This trip to the zoo proves no exception as Peter decides to walk on the wild side. And we are reminded of Kate's hidden feelings of love for her nightmare ex-partner Peter.

    0503Jesus O'rahilly20140305

    New dimensions to our characters are explored - sometimes outrageously - in Nigel Williams comedy series. Today's setting: Salsa Lessons for the Over 60's. It's hot-hot-hot! and not for the faint-hearted!

    0504Everybody's Doing It20140312

    Sam, addled by Kate and Peter's audible intimacy, finally decides on internet dating. Then a knock on the front door changes everything.

    0505Peter And Sam And Ed And Kate20140319

    Nigel Williams' comedy. Peter is jealous of Sam's new partner Ed. He hatches an elaborate plan to make them break up. But will he succeed?

    Directed by Peter Kavanagh

    0506 LASTTil Death Do Us Part20140326

    Nigel Williams' comedy. Kate now questions her love for Peter. But she's not the only commitment-phobe. Can a visit to a shrink sort out relationship woes?

    Directed by Peter Kavanagh