The Sound Of Trumpets

John Mortimer's novel is set in Blair's Britain, with Terry Flitton standing as New Labour's candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Hartscombe and Worsfield South.

The by-election has been caused by the mysterious death of the sitting MP (wearing a leopard skin bikini, his hands manacled behind his back and a ping-pong ball in his mouth).

Read by Rik Mayall, and abridged by Neville Teller

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011999012520040517 (BBC7)
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20070507 (BBC7)

John Mortimer's novel is set in Blair's Britain, with Terry Flitton standing as New Labour's candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Hartscombe and Worsfield South.

The by-election has been caused by the mysterious death of the sitting MP (wearing a leopard skin bikini, his hands manacled behind his back and a ping-pong ball in his mouth).

Read by Rik Mayall, and abridged by Neville TellerAn MP is found dead.

A by-election is called.

And Lord Titmuss gets involved.

021999012620040518 (BBC7)
20040519 (BBC7)
20050906 (BBC7)
20050907 (BBC7)
20070508 (BBC7)

Terry Flitton meets Agnes Simcox, owner of `The Dust Jacket', Hartscombe's local independent bookshop.

And what is the mystery surrounding Slippy Johnson, current at the Skurfield Young Offender's Institute?

031999012720040519 (BBC7)
20040520 (BBC7)
20050907 (BBC7)
20050908 (BBC7)
20070509 (BBC7)

In a surprise development, a Tory runs the Labour campaign in a forthcoming by-election.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Just what is the link between the dead MP and the prison? `Politics is simply about winning,' said Thatcherite Lord Titmuss, formerly the local MP.

`My politics is about beliefs,' replies Terry Flitton of New Labour as the by-election campaign hots up.

Terry develops feelings for Agnes and just what is the link between the dead MP and the prison?

041999012820040520 (BBC7)
20040521 (BBC7)
20050908 (BBC7)
20050909 (BBC7)
20070510 (BBC7)

Labour candidate Terry Flitton is on the defensive during a radio interview.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Terry finds himself on an unforgiving local radio station.

Terry Flitton goes horse-riding with Agnes Simcox and canvassing with his beautiful wife Kate, as his appearance on a local radio chat show has not been favourably received.

051999012920040521 (BBC7)
20040522 (BBC7)
20050909 (BBC7)
20050910 (BBC7)
20070511 (BBC7)

Labour candidate Terry hits the headlines but for all the wrong reasons.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Terry appears to be hitting the headlines and for all the wrong reasons.

Terry Flitton is unintentionally caught up in the Hartscombe Hunt and is embarrassed to find his photograph on the front page of `The Sentinel'.

061999020120040524 (BBC7)
20040525 (BBC7)
20050912 (BBC7)
20050913 (BBC7)
20070514 (BBC7)

In the run-up to the by-election, Labour candidate Terry Flitton is accused of lying.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Johnson tells Lord Titmuss all he wants to know.

Lord Titmuss is up to his usual skullduggery as he discovers the New Labour candidate in an embrace with Agnes Simcox and the truth surrounding the mysterious death of the former MP for Hartscombe and Worsfield South.

071999020220040525 (BBC7)
20040526 (BBC7)
20050913 (BBC7)
20050914 (BBC7)
20070515 (BBC7)

Labour candidate Terry feels he's on the brink of by-election victory.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Lord Titmuss has brought Terry to the brink of victory but now he could bring him disaster.

Blackmail and political manoeuvring abound as polling day looms.

081999020320040526 (BBC7)
20040527 (BBC7)
20050914 (BBC7)
20050915 (BBC7)
20070516 (BBC7)

Labour candidate Terry Flitton takes his seat and meets his old flame.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Terry takes his seat and comes across Agnes again.

By John Mortimer and read by Rik Mayall.

091999020420040527 (BBC7)
20040528 (BBC7)
20050915 (BBC7)
20050916 (BBC7)
20070517 (BBC7)

Labour MP Terry Flitton is keen to resume an affair.

Rik Mayall reads John Mortimer's novel.

Terry has taken up with Agnes again but he's being followed.

By John Mortimer.

Will Terry Flitton become Labour MP for Hartscombe and Worsfield South? Will his affair with Agnes Simcox be exposed? All this and much more is revealed in this penultimate episode.

10 LAST1999020520040528 (BBC7)
20040529 (BBC7)
20050916 (BBC7)
20050917 (BBC7)
20070518 (BBC7)

Terry Flitton's world as a newly elected Labour MP is falling apart.

Rik Mayall concludes his reading of John Mortimer's novel.

Terry's world appears to be falling apart.

By John Mortimer.

The political shenanigans in the constituency of Hartscombe and Worsfield South come to a climax in this final episode from John Mortimer's novel.

Will Lord Titmuss still be king of his local area, or has his crown been usurped?