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Sitcom by Laurence Howarth about a man who has reluctantly drifted into the arms dealing trade.

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

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0101Show Me You Care2007092620080708
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Sitcom by Laurence Howarth about a man who has reluctantly drifted into the arms dealing trade.

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Guilt-ridden arms dealer Simon McGrath cares about the world and his needy girlfriend. Stars Darren Boyd. From September 2007.

Guilt-ridden arms dealer Simon McGrath cares about the world and his needy girlfriend.

Simon McGrath likes to think of himself as a good citizen.

He donates blood, recycles his newspapers and has adopted two tigers.

He just also happens to be an arms dealer.

Simon McGrath is an arms dealer.

Can he assuage his guilt and make his girlfriend happy at the same time?

Simon McGrath is a guilt-ridden, caring arms dealer - with a needy girlfriend.

Guilt-ridden arms dealer Simon McGrath cares about the world and a needy girlfriend.

0102A Wanting Man2007100320141119 (BBC7)

Arms dealer Simon struggles to understand why other people hold his job against him. Stars Darren Boyd. From October 2007.

0103Loose Lips Sink Ships2007101020080722
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Will Simon blow the whistle on his murky world of international arms dealing? Stars Darren Boyd. From October 2007.

Will Simon blow the whistle on his murky world of international arms dealing?

Will Simon blow the whistle on his murky world of international arms dealing? Stars Darren Boyd.

From October 2007.

Judith's new boyfriend Ol turns out not to be the man everyone thought he was.

Simon discovers that he has been taped giving out highly secret and sensitive information.

Will Simon blow the whistle on the murky world of international arms dealing?

0104 LASTWhatever Happened To The Unlikely Lad?2007101720080729
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Arms dealer Simon dreads his school reunion, but could he be the coolest kid in class? Stars Darren Boyd. From October 2007.

Arms dealer Simon dreads his school reunion, but could he end up the coolest kid in class?

Arms dealer Simon dreads his school reunion, but could he end up the coolest kid in class? Stars Darren Boyd

Persuaded by his girlfriend and family, Simon attends his school reunion, determined that no one should find out what he does for a living.

Simon is reluctant to attend his school reunion but ends up being the coolest kid in school.

0201Brothers In Arms2009040120100812
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Simon uses his 'flair for ideas' to prove how bad he feels about being an arms dealer.

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Darren Boyd stars as reluctant arms dealer Simon McGrath who is generally a nice chap - he just happens to work as an arms dealer, or 'Defence and security equipment system solutions broker' as he prefers to call it. Whilst battling with his conscience he justifies to himself why five years on he's still in a job he just fell into - after all, what he really wants is to pursue is his career in electronic music. But until that takes off he'll stay where he is, and as his mother so eloquently puts it, "any job where you get your own desk and a hot dinner can't be all bad". And so as we renew our acquaintance with Simon we find him, using his 'flair for original ideas' to go to extreme lengths to prove to everyone just how badly he feels about doing the job he does.

Cast:

Simon Mcgrath....Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg....Joanna Page

Boris Kemal....Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath....Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath....Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull....Rachel Atkins

Peter....Gus Brown

Paramedic....Philip Fox

Written by Laurence Howarth

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

Darren Boyd stars as reluctant arms dealer Simon McGrath who is generally a nice chap - he just happens to work as an arms dealer, or 'Defence and security equipment system solutions broker' as he prefers to call it.

Whilst battling with his conscience he justifies to himself why five years on he's still in a job he just fell into - after all, what he really wants is to pursue is his career in electronic music.

But until that takes off he'll stay where he is, and as his mother so eloquently puts it, "any job where you get your own desk and a hot dinner can't be all bad".

And so as we renew our acquaintance with Simon we find him, using his 'flair for original ideas' to go to extreme lengths to prove to everyone just how badly he feels about doing the job he does.

0202I Draw The Line2009040820100819
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Reluctant arms dealer Simon decides to quit when he has to sell uniforms to child soldiers

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

This week Simon is faced with even more of a moral dilemma than he's grown sadly accustomed to in his line of work and so finds himself finally drawing the line and resigning. When faced with a particularly tricky moral issue at work Simon finally decides enough is enough and quits his job. It's not great timing though as he and Anna find themselves contemplating having a baby.

Cast:

Simon McGrath....Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg....Joanna Page

Boris Kemal....Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath....Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath....Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull....Rachel Atkins

Marcus....Dan Mersh

Produced by Dawn Ellis

Written by Laurence Howarth.

This week Simon is faced with even more of a moral dilemma than he's grown sadly accustomed to in his line of work and so finds himself finally drawing the line and resigning.

When faced with a particularly tricky moral issue at work Simon finally decides enough is enough and quits his job.

It's not great timing though as he and Anna find themselves contemplating having a baby.

0203If A Job's Not Worth Doing2009041520100826
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Can apathy salve Simon's conscience, or must he simply accept that he loves selling arms?

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Simon is totally convinced this week that he is in the right job and has a duty not only to stay there, but to do his job sloppily. His reasoning for this is that if he wasn't there doing the job badly then someone else would be doing it well and that would be a much worse scenario. Then he has the awful, soul shattering realisation, and one which is something every person in Britain would be ashamed to admit, that he actually loves his job. Boris of course is in heaven at the thought of a soul-mate at work, but Simon decides the only way he can go on is to learn to hate again.

Cast:

Simon McGrath....Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg....Joanna Page

Boris Kemal....Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath....Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath....Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull....Rachel Atkins

Richard....Dan Mersh

Julius....Nyahsa Hatendi

Written by Laurence Howarth

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

Simon is totally convinced this week that he is in the right job and has a duty not only to stay there, but to do his job sloppily.

His reasoning for this is that if he wasn't there doing the job badly then someone else would be doing it well and that would be a much worse scenario.

Then he has the awful, soul shattering realisation, and one which is something every person in Britain would be ashamed to admit, that he actually loves his job.

Boris of course is in heaven at the thought of a soul-mate at work, but Simon decides the only way he can go on is to learn to hate again.

0204 LASTThere Will Be Paint2009042220100902
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Simon and his arms-selling colleagues go paintballing to better understand the art of war.

Simon and his arms-selling colleagues go paintballing to better understand the art of war. Stars Darren Boyd. From April 2009.

Stars Darren Boyd.

From April 2009.

Simon decides it's about time he and his colleagues prove they understand the true horrors of war by getting out there and actually fighting.

So it is that team Heathcote Sanders go paintballing.

Okay, so it's not quite the same as fighting in an actual war, but you can't expect Simon to take part in one of those - I mean, people actually die in those things.

So join Simon for one last time as he searches for the hero inside himself.

0301Better The Devil You Know2010110520140722 (BBC7)
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Reluctant arms dealer Simon has a chance to leave during an American takeover bid.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer. It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else. Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point. Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other. So that's alright then.

This series sees Simon going to some bizarre lengths to excuse his profession: his attempt at gaining redundancy when an American firm puts in a takeover bid somehow winds up with his promotion; he desperately attempts to give himself compassion fatigue so he won't have to feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world; he unsuccessfully tries to seek forgiveness and he finally tries to self-motivate himself to sit down in front of a keyboard to compose his electronic masterpiece. His personal life is as unsatisfactory as his work life and not only do he and Anna have to try and find reasons why they love each other but they have to survive a visit from her parents and his mum's new job at Heathcote Sanders and, as Judith eloquently puts it, to have one member of the family working in the arms trade may be regarded as misfortune, to have two looks like genetic wickedness.

Simon McGrath....Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg....Joanna Page

Boris Kemal....Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath....Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath....Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull....Rachel Atkins

Charles....John Schwab

Written by Laurence Howarth

Produced By Dawn Ellis.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer.

It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else.

Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point.

Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other.

So that's alright then.

This series sees Simon going to some bizarre lengths to excuse his profession: his attempt at gaining redundancy when an American firm puts in a takeover bid somehow winds up with his promotion; he desperately attempts to give himself compassion fatigue so he won't have to feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world; he unsuccessfully tries to seek forgiveness and he finally tries to self-motivate himself to sit down in front of a keyboard to compose his electronic masterpiece.

His personal life is as unsatisfactory as his work life and not only do he and Anna have to try and find reasons why they love each other but they have to survive a visit from her parents and his mum's new job at Heathcote Sanders and, as Judith eloquently puts it, to have one member of the family working in the arms trade may be regarded as misfortune, to have two looks like genetic wickedness.

Arms dealer Simon McGrath finally has the chance to leave his dubious line of employment.

0302What's My Motivation2010111220140729 (BBC7)
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Simon decides it is time to get self-motivated and starts composing his electronic music.

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing. Simon decides it's time to get self-motivated and finally begins composing his electronic music. Meanwhile his mum joins the arms trade and gets a job at HS.

Simon McGrath - Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg - Joanna Page

Boris Kemal - Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath - Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath - Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull - Rachel Atkins

Writer - Laurence Howarth

Producer - Dawn Ellis

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer. It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else. Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point. Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other. So that's alright then..

This week Simon finally decides that enough is enough. His stop gap at Heathcote Sanders has turned into a 5 year stop gulf and he needs to get motivated and leave so he sits down at his electronic keyboard for the start of a new era. The trouble is that Simon realises that self-motivation isn't as easy as he'd though and to make life even more difficult his mother decides to get a job at Heathcote Sanders. As Judith eloquently puts it, to have one member of the family working in the arms trade may be regarded as misfortune, to have two looks like genetic wickedness.

Simon decides it's time to get self-motivated and finally begins composing his electronic music.

Meanwhile his mum joins the arms trade and gets a job at HS.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer.

It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else.

Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point.

Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other.

So that's alright then..

This week Simon finally decides that enough is enough.

His stop gap at Heathcote Sanders has turned into a 5 year stop gulf and he needs to get motivated and leave so he sits down at his electronic keyboard for the start of a new era.

The trouble is that Simon realises that self-motivation isn't as easy as he'd though and to make life even more difficult his mother decides to get a job at Heathcote Sanders.

As Judith eloquently puts it, to have one member of the family working in the arms trade may be regarded as misfortune, to have two looks like genetic wickedness.

Arms dealer Simon McGrath finally has the chance to leave his dubious line of employment.

0303Uncomfortably Numb2010111920140805 (BBC7)
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When told by his boss to stop empathising, Simon tries to give himself compassion fatigue.

A new series of Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer. It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else. Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point. Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other. So that's alright then.. -

This week Simon is appalled that his boss thinks it's inappropriate for him to empathise with the world's persecuted and oppressed and stop worrying, but when his family generally agree that worrying gets you nowhere he sets out to give himself compassion fatigue so that he can he can stop worrying and not feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world. Unfortunately his new outlook doesn't seem to change Anna's parents view of him when they come to visit.

Cast:

Simon McGrath - Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg - Joanna Page

Boris Kemal - Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath - Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath - Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull - Rachel Atkins

Glenys - Di Botcher

Hugh - Mike Hayward

Written by Laurence Howarth

Produced By Dawn Ellis.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer.

It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else.

Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point.

Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other.

So that's alright then - This week Simon is appalled that his boss thinks it's inappropriate for him to empathise with the world's persecuted and oppressed and stop worrying, but when his family generally agree that worrying gets you nowhere he sets out to give himself compassion fatigue so that he can he can stop worrying and not feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world.

Unfortunately his new outlook doesn't seem to change Anna's parents view of him when they come to visit.

0304 LASTUnforgiveable, That's What You Are2010112620140812 (BBC7)
20140813 (BBC7)

When the company's dealings become front page news, Simon wonders if he should be forgiven

A new series of Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer. It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else. Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point. Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other. So that's alright then...

This week Heathcote Sanders are under the microscope when some of the weapons they sold to a hostile government are turned against the British. This prompts Simon to wonder if he should be seeking some kind of forgiveness, although of course, he has absolutely nothing to seek forgiveness for...does he? Meanwhile his personal life is going fantastically well, until he and Anna realise that they don't know why they love each other.

Cast List:

Simon McGrath....Darren Boyd

Anna Grieg....Joanna Page

Boris Kemal....Lewis Macleod

Judith McGrath....Sarah Smart

Angela McGrath....Brigit Forsyth

Madeleine Turnbull....Rachel Atkins

Sarah....Di Botcher

Vicar....Mike Hayward

Written by Laurence Howarth

Produced By Dawn Ellis.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer.

It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else.

Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point.

Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each.

So that's alright then...

This week Heathcote Sanders are under the microscope when some of the weapons they sold to a hostile government are turned against the British.

This prompts Simon to wonder if he should be seeking some kind of forgiveness, although of course, he has absolutely nothing to seek forgiveness for...does he? Meanwhile his personal life is going fantastically well, until he and Anna realise that they don't know why they love each other.