In The Balance

Satirical political comedy series.

England is hosting the Football World Cup at the Wembley Stadium, a major summit of EU leaders and a general election is imminent.

When a body is found in a ball bag it is the chance for disgraced old hack, George Cragge, to get back into the BBC newsroom.

Episodes

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Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really going on in this changing global economy.

Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

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Lesley Curwen and Justin Rowlatt get behind the headlines to find out what's really goi.

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A comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson find themselves on the trail of a bizarre series of murders. with Jim Carter. Jeremy Clyde. Robert Bathhurst. Susie Brann , Christian Rodska. Geoffrey Whitehead. Kim Wall. Tracy Ann Oberman. Alison Pettit. loan Meredith and Chris Pavlo. Written by Mark Tavener. Music Paul Mottram. Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Unknown: Michael Williams

Unknown: George Cragge

Unknown: Barry Foster

Unknown: Jim Carter.

Unknown: Jeremy Clyde.

Unknown: Robert Bathhurst.

Unknown: Susie Brann

Unknown: Christian Rodska.

Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead.

Unknown: Kim Wall.

Unknown: Tracy Ann OBErman.

Unknown: Alison Pettit.

Unknown: Chris Pavlo.

Written By: Mark Tavener.

Music: Paul Mottram.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970213]

Mark Tavener 's comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 2: The World Cup killer has struck again - this time the victim is a strongly pro-Europe Conservative MP. Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson. with loan Meredith. Chris Pavlo. Kim Wall , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Joanna Monro Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970213]

Unknown: Mark Tavener

Unknown: Michael Williams

Unknown: George Cragge

Unknown: Barry Foster

Unknown: Chris Pavlo.

Unknown: Kim Wall

Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman

Unknown: Joanna Monro

Music: Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

George Cragge: Michael Williams

DCI Frank Jefferson: Barry Foster

John Matthews: Jim Carter

Max: Peter Woodthorpe

Prime Minister: Jeremy Clyde

Crispin Trent: Robert Bathhurst

Caroline: Susie Brann

Harry Davis: Christian Rodska

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970220]

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 3: If George Cragge can keep close on the trail of the World Cup murderer then his BBC job looks secure - for the time being at least. with Geoffrey Whitehead. loan Meredith. Chris Pavlo. Tracy-Ann Oberman. Shirley Dixon and Keith Wickham. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970220]

Unknown: Mark Tavener

Unknown: George Cragge

Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead.

Unknown: Loan Meredith

Unknown: Chris Pavlo.

Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman.

Unknown: Shirley Dixon

Unknown: Keith Wickham.

Music: Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

George Cragge: Michael Williams

DCI Frank Jefferson: Barry Foster

John Matthews: Jim Carter

Max: Peter Woodthorpe

Prime Minister: Jeremy Clyde

Crispin Trent: Robert Bathurst

Caroline: Susie Brann

Harry Davis: Christian Rodska

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970227]

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 4: Star England striker Danny Mole is the latest victim of the World Cup murderer. with Joanna Monro. Tracy-Ann Oberman , loan Meredith. Giancarlo Ciccone. Stephen Thome and Peter Donaldson. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970227]

Unknown: Mark Tavener

Unknown: Danny Mole

Unknown: Joanna Monro.

Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman

Unknown: Giancarlo Ciccone.

Unknown: Stephen Thome

Unknown: Peter Donaldson.

Music: Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

George Cragge: Michael Williams

DCI Frank Jefferson: Barry Foster

John Matthews: Jim Carter

Max: Peter Woodthorpe

Prime Minister: Jeremy Clyde

Crispin Trent: Robert Bathhurst

Caroline: Susie Brann

Harry Davis: Christian Rodska

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970306]

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world offootball, the BBC and party politics.

5: BBC crime correspondent George Cragge has been murdered - or has he? with Joanna Monro. Tracy-Ann Oberman , Alex Lowe , Christopher Scott. Dave Lamb. loan Meredith and Alice Arnold Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970306]

Unknown: Mark Tavener

Unknown: George Cragge

Unknown: Joanna Monro.

Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman

Unknown: Alex Lowe

Unknown: Christopher Scott.

Unknown: Dave Lamb.

Unknown: Alice Arnold

Music: Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

George Cragge: Michael Williams

DCI Frank Jefferson: Barry Foster

John Matthews: Jim Carter

Max: Peter Wood Thorpe

Prime Minister: Jeremy Clyde

Crispin Trent: Robert Bathurst

Caroline: Susie Brann

Harry Davis: Christian Rodska

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970313]

The final part of Mark Tavener 's comedy-thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. Against the backdrop of an England-Germany World Cup final, the prime minister struggles to survive and lead his party into the imminent general election. with Joanna Monro , Ioan Meredith , Dave Lamb. Chris Pavlo , Stephen Thorne. Sean Baker and Charlotte Green. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970313]

Unknown: Mark Tavener

Unknown: Joanna Monro

Unknown: Ioan Meredith

Unknown: Dave Lamb.

Unknown: Chris Pavlo

Unknown: Stephen Thorne.

Unknown: Sean Baker

Unknown: Charlotte Green

Music: Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

George Cragge: Michael Williams

DCI Frank Jefferson: Barry Foster

John Matthews: Jim Carter

Max: Peter Woodthorpe

Prime Minister: Jeremy Clyde

Crispin Trent: Robert Bathurst

Caroline: Susie Brann

Harry Davis: Christian Rodska

Press Barons: End Of An Era?2012050520120506

Are press barons facing extinction? Justin Rowlatt and guests discuss the future of papers

The capo di tutti capi of the world's media moguls, Rupert Murdoch, has been the subject of much press coverage this week with a claim that he's not a fit person to run an international corporation but that isn't the biggest threat his newspaper business faces. Justin Rowlatt and his guests, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK, Kalpana Sharma, a former editor of the Mumbai edition of the Hindu, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Centre in the USA discuss whether press barons like Mr Murdoch are an endangered species. Should we care if they face extinction? Plus why free online news isn't really free at all.

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Satirical political comedy series.

England is hosting the Football World Cup at the Wembley Stadium, a major summit of EU leaders and a general election is imminent.

When a body is found in a ball bag it is the chance for disgraced old hack, George Cragge, to get back into the BBC newsroom.Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium. Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From February 1997.

Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium.

Sacked old hack George Cragge discovers a trail of murder starting at the towers of the old Wembley stadium.

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Satirical political comedy series.

England is hosting the Football World Cup at the Wembley Stadium, a major summit of EU leaders and a general election is imminent.

When a body is found in a ball bag it is the chance for disgraced old hack, George Cragge, to get back into the BBC newsroom.Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium. From February 1997.

The BBC's maverick hack, George Cragge kicks off a murder trail at Wembley Stadium.

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

With Europe becoming a hot potato, can the Prime Minister hold on to his job? To make matters worse, England are hosting the World Cup and a killer is on the loose.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge, Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson and Jeremy Clyde as the PM.

With Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann and Christian Rodska.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.

Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium. From February 1997.

Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium. Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From February 1997.

Maverick hack George Cragge hits a murder trail at Wembley Stadium.

Sacked old hack George Cragge discovers a trail of murder starting at the towers of the old Wembley stadium.

A comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson find themselves on the trail of a bizarre series of murders. with Jim Carter. Jeremy Clyde. Robert Bathhurst. Susie Brann , Christian Rodska. Geoffrey Whitehead. Kim Wall. Tracy Ann Oberman. Alison Pettit. loan Meredith and Chris Pavlo. Written by Mark Tavener. Music Paul Mottram. Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Will maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer - or last orders? Comedy thriller with Michael Williams.

Will maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer, or last orders? With Michael Williams

Which will George Cragge catch up with first? The murderer or the pub?

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Will maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer - or last orders?

Will the BBC's maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer - or last orders?

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

With Europe becoming a hot potato can the Prime Minister hold on to his job? To make matters worse England are hosting the World Cup and a killer is on the loose.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge, Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson and Jeremy Clyde as the PM.

With Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann and Christian Rodska.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.

Will maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer - or last orders? Comedy thriller with Michael Williams.

Will maverick hack George Cragge catch the murderer, or last orders? With Michael Williams

Which will George Cragge catch up with first? The murderer or the pub?

Mark Tavener 's comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 2: The World Cup killer has struck again - this time the victim is a strongly pro-Europe Conservative MP. Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson. with loan Meredith. Chris Pavlo. Kim Wall , Tracy-ann Oberman and Joanna Monro Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Maverick George's BBC job depends on trailing the World Cup murderer. From February 1997.

If George Cragge can keep close on the trail of the World Cup murderer then his BBC job looks secure - for the time being at least...

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge, Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson and Jeremy Clyde as the PM.

With Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann, Christian Rodska, Keith Wickham, Ioan Meredith, Chris Pavlo and Shirley Dixon.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.

Maverick George's BBC job depends on trailing the World Cup murderer. Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From February 1997.

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 3: If George Cragge can keep close on the trail of the World Cup murderer then his BBC job looks secure - for the time being at least. with Geoffrey Whitehead. loan Meredith. Chris Pavlo. Tracy-ann Oberman. Shirley Dixon and Keith Wickham. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Maverick George probes a poisoning and more events in Downing Street. From February 1997.

Maverick BBC reporter George Cragge probes a deliberate poisoning...

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge, Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson and Jeremy Clyde as the PM.

With Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann, Christian Rodska, Keith Wickham, Ioan Meredith, Chris Pavlo and Shirley Dixon.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.

Maverick George probes a poisoning and more events in Downing Street. Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From February 1997.

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. 4: Star England striker Danny Mole is the latest victim of the World Cup murderer. with Joanna Monro. Tracy-Ann Oberman , loan Meredith. Giancarlo Ciccone. Stephen Thome and Peter Donaldson. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Maverick BBC reporter George Cragge has been murdered - or has he?

Maverick BBC crime correspondent George Cragge has been murdered - or has he?

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson.

With Jeremy Clyde, Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann, Christian Rodska, Ioan Meredith, Shirley Dixon, Dave Lamb, Joanna Monro, Alex Lowe, Christopher Scott and Alice Arnold.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1997.

Maverick BBC reporter George Cragge has been murdered - or has he? Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From March 1997.

Mark Tavener 's six-part comedy thriller set in the world offootball, the BBC and party politics.

5: BBC crime correspondent George Cragge has been murdered - or has he? with Joanna Monro. Tracy-ann Oberman , Alex Lowe , Christopher Scott. Dave Lamb. loan Meredith and Alice Arnold Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

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Will maverick BBC reporter George Cragge unmask the serial killer? From March 1997.

Will maverick BBC reporter George Cragge unmask the serial killer? Comedy thriller with Michael Williams.

The final part of Mark Tavener 's comedy-thriller set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics. Against the backdrop of an England-Germany World Cup final, the prime minister struggles to survive and lead his party into the imminent general election. with Joanna Monro , Ioan Meredith , Dave Lamb. Chris Pavlo , Stephen Thorne. Sean Baker and Charlotte Green. Music Paul Mottram Producer Paul Schlesinger

Against the backdrop of an England-Germany World Cup final, the prime minister struggles to survive and lead his party into the imminent general election.

Can maverick BBC reporter George Cragge unmask the serial killer?

Mark Tavener's six-part sequel to his comedy thriller 'In the Red' set in the world of football, the BBC and party politics.

Starring Michael Williams as George Cragge and Barry Foster as Superintendent Jefferson.

With Jeremy Clyde, Robert Bathurst, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jim Carter, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann, Christian Rodska, Ioan Meredith, Shirley Dixon, Dave Lamb, Joanna Monro, Alex Lowe, Christopher Scott and Alice Arnold.

Music by Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1997.