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Nerdy Nick's life takes an abrupt turn into surreal chaos when he returns to England to find the mysterious Ronnie Hazelbeach living in his late father's house. Ronnie has certainly lived an interesting life. He's been a wrestler, a sailor, a thief and a jailbird, a gambler, a husband, a conman, a salesman, a getaway driver, a cook, a priest and much more. James can learn a lot about life from him. Ronnie hatches a plan to help Nick get his ex-girlfriend back, while selling heart monitors to Monty Python fans and purchasing an extraordinary amount of sinks in a bid to shore up their finances. But just as the unlikely pair find domestic harmony, they are visited by an unwanted guest... The complete series 1-3 stars Jamie Foreman as Ronnie, Paul Bazely as Nick, Tracy Wiles/Claire Harry as Chloe and John Dougall/Neil Stuke as James. Written by Caroline and David Stafford Produced by Marc BeebyShow more
A deliciously black satirical comedy about the dinner party from hell. The fastidious host, Paige, decides to throw a dinner party in honour of her husband Lars, who is celebrating the success of his pop psychology book, Beyond Belief. She carefully plans a surprise menu that will mark the occasion, and anxiously checks with the waiter she has employed to make sure that everything is perfectly prepared. Her lucky guests include a post-feminist vegetarian artist, a distinguished microbiologist, a TV journalist and an uninvited guest who ends up staying for dinner. But it soon becomes apparent that the meal may contain some rather nasty surprises... Moira Buffini's outrageous comedy Dinner started life in the National Theatre's Loft in 2002, and became her first West End smash. In this production, adapted by the writer for BBC Drama on 3, Harriet Walter returns to the role she created: Paige, the hostess and architect of an evening which her guests will never forget. Two other original leads, Nicholas Farrell and Penny Downie, and four new cast members join her in this viciously black chamber piece about appetite, which will make you think twice about ever accepting another invitation to dinner.Moira Buffini was nominated for an Olivier Award for Dinner in 2003, and won the Olivier in 2014 for her play Handbagged.CastPaige........................Harriet WalterLars........................Nicholas FarrellWynne........................Penny DownieHal........................Paul BazelySian........................Pippa Bennett-WarnerMike........................Peter McDonaldWaiter........................David HounslowProduced and directed by Jonquil PantingShow more
A BBC Radio 4 Sitcom based around the mysterious but loveable crook character of Ronnie Hazelbeach. Starring Jamie Foreman, Paul Bazely, Tracy Wiles, John Dougall and Neil Stuke. In this 2nd series, Nick is still sharing his late father’s flat with Ronnie and being a reluctant partner in crime. He is still in love with his ex-girlfriend Chloe, who is still unhappily married to the generally unpleasant James. But things are about to change... Features the following episodes: ‘Chess’ (13/07/2009) - Ronnie and Nick's domestic harmony is disrupted by a very unwelcome guest. ‘Film’ (20/07/2009) - An unsuitable film is made and Nick has a whirlwind romance. ‘Meat’ (27/07/2009) - Ronnie organises a raffle and James has a bad hair day. ‘Tour Guide’ (03/08/2009) - Ronnie loses a prized possession and Nick learns what it means to be the Daddy. ‘Cleaner’ (10/08/2009) - Ronnie has a close encounter in Hull and Nick invents a new sport. ‘Weed’ (17/08/2009) - Nick and Ronnie discover that there is a fate worse than James.Show more