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Charlie Higson - Author

About the Author

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, including the phenomenally successful Young Bond series. He is also a performer and co-creator of 'The Fast Show' and Radio Four's award-winning 'Down the Line' series - recently made into a popular BBC2 sketch show, 'Bellamy's People'.

 

Charlie is a big fan of horror films and is now hoping to give a great many children sleepless nights with his The Enemy series. The Young Bond books have, to date, sold over three-quarters of a million copies in the UK and been translated into 24 different languages. The Young Bond titles are included in a recent list of books complied by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the School Libraries Association to encourage school boys to read (www.boysintobooks.co.uk).

 

After studying at the University of East Anglia, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership with his friend Paul Whitehouse. Their successes included 'Saturday Live', the 'Harry Enfield Television Programme', 'The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer', 'Shooting Stars', 'Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased', the film 'Suite 16', 'Swiss Toni' and 'The Fast Show'. Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993), Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen(1996).

 

Charlie lives in London with his wife and three sons.

Featured books by Charlie Higson

Other books by Charlie Higson

Hard Man To Kill

Hard Man To Kill

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2018

A luxurious cruiseA deadly prisonerA desperate schemeCan James Bond overcome the chaos before it's too late?

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

PART STORY, PART GAME - PURE ADVENTURE! Bestselling author, and long-time fan of Fighting Fantasy, Charlie Higson brings his own brand of heart-stopping action, terrifying monsters and page-turning plotting to Allansia... expect the unexpected! In this brand new addition to the multi-million-copy-selling Fighting Fantasy series, you - the hero - must respond to a call for help from the people of Allansia. Your quest to the Temple of Miracles in the Invisible City will be challenging and dangerous, and your simple mission will soon take a darker turn as you face the legendary Gates Of Death. On the other side waits the Queen Of Darkness, Ulrakhaar. To stop her, and save Titan from destruction, you will have to venture further than ever before... to the Kingdom Of The Dead.

The End (The Enemy Book 7)

The End (The Enemy Book 7)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2015

It all comes to an end in the final book in The Enemy series The sickness struck everyone over fourteen. First it twisted their minds. Next it ravaged their bodies. Now they roam the streets - Crazed and hungry. Sickos swarm the streets of London. Gathered in the centre of the city, they lie in wait. The survivors have one final epic battle to overcome. Together they must work out a plan of attack and end the grown-ups reign of terror before it's too late. The end is coming.

Enemy Series, Books 1-3

Enemy Series, Books 1-3

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2015

They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you . . .The Enemy (Book 1)When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive.A gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. The Dead (Book 2)Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. As a fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won't all survive...The Fear (Book 3)DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

Enemy Series, Books 4-6

Enemy Series, Books 4-6

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2015

They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you . . .The Sacrifice (Book 4)Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They're safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister. Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they've suffered so far . . . The Fallen (Book 5)The Holloway crew are survivors. They've fought their way across London and made it to the Natural History Museum alive - just. But the fight will never end while the Enemy lives . . . The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies. To get them means a journey down unknown roads. Suddenly it's not so clear who - or what - they're fighting. The Hunted (Book 6)The others had promised that the countryside would be safer than the city. They were wrong. Now Ella's all-alone except for her silent rescuer, Scarface - and she's not even sure if he's a kid or a grown-up.Back in London, Ed's determined to find her. But getting out of town's never been more dangerous- because coming in the other direction is every SICKO in the country.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it's her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it's too late! Author Charlie Higson puts his own unique spin on the Doctor's amazing adventures through time and space.

Doctor Who: The Beast of Babylon

Doctor Who: The Beast of Babylon

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it's her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it's too late! Author Charlie Higson puts his own unique spin on the Doctor's amazing adventures through time and space.

Freddy and the Pig

Freddy and the Pig

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A laugh-out-loud look at little boys and their charming habits. Freddy thinks he's hit on a great plan when he sends a pig to school in his place. But after some initial teething troubles, the pig quickly settles in and Freddy soon finds himself out in the cold! Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

Enemy: Geeks vs Zombies

Enemy: Geeks vs Zombies

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/04/2013

Can't get enough of Charlie Higson's gruesome Enemy series? This exclusive short story will satisfy that thirst for more blood and gore!In a changed world where adults have become sickos ravaged by disease, everyone under the age of fourteen is fighting to survive. Chris and his friends are determined to mark World Book Day, but when a fellow survivor turns against them they're left defenceless. Can they stop a gruesome attack from their violent enemy in a deadly battle of geeks vs zombies?

The Sacrifice (The Enemy Book 4)

The Sacrifice (The Enemy Book 4)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

The Sacrifice is the fourth gruesome and horrifying book in Charlie Higson's brilliant zombie series. The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds. Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They're safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister. Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they've suffered so far . . . ** 'Lord of the Flies with zombies' - Rick Riordan, creator of the Percy Jackson series. ** Charlie Higson is the bestselling author of Young Bond, and creator of The Fast Show. ** Perfect for bloodthirsty fans of Darren Shan and 28 Days Later.

Young Bond: SilverFin

Young Bond: SilverFin

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

The first explosive book in Charlie Higson's bestselling Young Bond series. Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became a man. Meet Bond. James Bond. There's something in the water at Loch Silverfin. Something deadly. Something that must be kept secret... It's James Bond's first day at Eton, and he's already met his first enemy. This is the start of an adventure that will take him from the school playing fields to the remote shores of Loch Silverfin and a terrifying discovery that threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.

Young Bond: By Royal Command

Young Bond: By Royal Command

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school - and his country. Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

HE DOESN'T KNOW IT BUT DOGNUT IS ABOUT TO SET OFF A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY KID IN THE CITY. The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . . they're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up. DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

Young Bond: Double or Die

Young Bond: Double or Die

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Kidnap. Violence. Explosions. Murder. No ordinary weekend. But then, James Bond is no ordinary boy . . . In a North London cemetery a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. A suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked, he has just forty-eight hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both. And, if the professor can't escape, it's not only his future under threat. It's the rest of the world's . . .

Young Bond: Hurricane Gold

Young Bond: Hurricane Gold

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex-flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But a gang of thieves lies in ambush - they want Stone's precious safe, and will kill for its contents. James embarks on a deadly chase through the Mexican jungle. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed . . . Survival is not.

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

James Bond has discovered danger. Now it's come looking for him. An Eton boy's family disappears at sea. James uncovers a shadowy society operating in a hidden corner of the school. And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, a sinister Italian count has built himself a mountain fortress. Is there a connection? Young Bond is about to find out - and face a lethal group of villains beneath the burning Mediterranean sun.

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

The Dead is the second book in Charlie Higson's jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids - nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult, Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won't all survive... 'Lord of the Flies with zombies...tons of nail-biting action' Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson 'Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right' Daily Mirror Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the thrilling third book in the series The Fear. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

The Enemy

The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Charlie Higson's The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive? 'Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right' Daily Mirror 'Clever...fast-paced...inventive' Guardian Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine-tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the mind-blowing first chapter of the second book The Dead. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

By Royal Command

By Royal Command

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2010

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school-and his country. Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows, with only a beautiful-and dangerous-girl by his side. Soon he is trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy plunges him once more into the face of death. With nowhere to run and no one to trust, James will have to uncover the truth behind an evil plot before all is lost. Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

Monstroso (Pocket Money Puffin)

Monstroso (Pocket Money Puffin)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2010

Oscar is not looking forward to Grandad coming to look after him at the weekend - it means he'll have to play endless rounds of chess or Monopoly, instead of war games on his computer. But when he finds Dad's ancient laptop in the study, he can't resist logging on to something called Project X - and all too soon Oscar creates a real live warrior, who is programmed to obey his every command. However Monstroso's wires are more than a little crossed, and Oscar finds himself in all sorts of trouble... Crazy fighting and monsters abound in Charlie's Higson's highly entertaining story for younger readers.

Hurricane Gold

Hurricane Gold

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2010

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex-flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But when a hurricane hits, and the storm rages on, a gang of thieves lies in ambush. They want Stone's precious safe and will kill for its contents. When Stone's children are kidnapped, James embarks on a deadly chase through the Mexican jungle. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed-survival is not.

Full Whack

Full Whack

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Dennis 'The Menace' Pike, former wild man of Tottenham, is going grey and going straight. Anyway, it was hard work being a yob- the birds, the brawls, the endless beers- and he hasn't really got the energy any more for life on the edge. Then two old faces turn up from the past- the Bishop brothers, Chas and Noel. Famously inept, they were bad news then, and they haven't aged well. What's worse, they need Pike's expertise on a scheme wealth distribution really- offloading one of the old gang's ill-gotten millions. Robbing the robbers- now what's criminal about that?Pike, still haunted by what happened one wreckless night all those years ago, refuses to get involved. But old habits die hard, and when he suddenly finds his bank account tampered with, Pike is drawn back into a world he spent ten years escaping. Thug or mug, he is nevertheless forced to confront a man so psychotically unhinged that his own youth seems like mere kids' stuff...A slick, razor-sharp novel, FULL WHACK is packed full of searing wit, scurrilous characters and nefarious knock-about.

King Of The Ants

King Of The Ants

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

It seemed straightforward enough. Sean had now consumed so much alcohol that everything seemed perfectly reasonable. He'd started planning the job already. The first problem was how to do it. Thirteen thousand pounds in an envelope seems a fair price for a man's life. Particularly if you don't know the man, he seems a nonentity, and you quite fancy his wife. And there's no chance of being caught. Sean is a drifter, working as a building labourer and waiting for something to happen. When Sean is offered easy money to tail someone and even more easy money to dispose of him, it's all more tempting than you might think. Except when you realize that you've been led up the garden path the whole way... KING OF THE ANTS is dark, disturbing and violently comic. In the tradition of both Joe Orton and Iain Banks, Charlie Higson pinpoints the casual vagaries of evil and its attendant powers. Unnerving, horribly accurate and wickedly enjoyable, it remains Higson's finest book.

Getting Rid Of Mister Kitchen

Getting Rid Of Mister Kitchen

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

A man kills a prospective buyer for his car. On the verge of becoming a name in the interior design world, he can't afford a scandal and must discreetly dispose of the body-- not an easy job when the whole of London seems to be conspiring against him.

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

It's James Bond's first day at Eton, and already he's met his first enemy. This is the start of an adventure that will take him from the school playing fields to the remote shores of Loch Silverfin and a terrifying discovery that threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.

Double or Die: Young Bond Book #3

Double or Die: Young Bond Book #3

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/05/2008

Kidnapping. Explosions. Murder. This is no ordinary weekend. But then, James Bond is no ordinary boy. . . .In a north London cemetery, a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. Then, a suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked, he has just forty-eight hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both. And if they cant escape, its not only their future under threat: its the rest of the worlds.

SilverFin: Young Bond Book #1

SilverFin: Young Bond Book #1

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2007

What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, readers meet a young boy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will someday take him across the globe, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals of all time. When we first meet young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boy's cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfie's disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power. Acclaimed British author Charlie Higson has written a brilliantly crafted tale that reveals the unknown story of a boy who grew up to become one of the most iconic figures of our time. SilverFin is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will mesmerize readers of all ages.From the Compact Disc edition.

Blood Fever: A James Bond Adventure

Blood Fever: A James Bond Adventure

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2007

Following his adventures in the Scottish Highlands, James Bond is back at Eton, where he has joined the risk-taking Danger Society. Summer vacation is on the horizon and James is looking forward to the school trip to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia, and the opportunity to spend some time with his reclusive cousin Victor. But all is not as it appears. James soon discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors some strange secrets. Before long, Victor's house has been ransacked and important pieces of artwork have been stolen. He suspects the impetuous millionaire Count Ugo Carnifex may be behind it. But one of his teachers has been acting strangely as well...As a young girl's life hangs in the balance, it's up to James to uncover an intricate conspiracy that will take him head-to-head with enemies more ruthless than he could have ever imagined.From the Compact Disc edition.

Down the Line Series 3

Down the Line Series 3

Author: Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Presented by Gary Bellamy, from BBC TV's 'Bellamy's People'. This is the original phone-in Radio 4 show that first introduced the host of BBC2's 'Bellamy's People'. The third series of the controversial BBC Radio 4 phone-in show. When it was launched in the Spring of 2006, 'Down the Line' was such an accurate parody of an inane phone-in show that many Radio 4 listeners (and radio critics) thought it was the real thing and launched a storm of protest. What on earth was Radio 4 coming to? Seasoned comedy listeners, however, soon detected the presence of several well-known voices including members of 'The Fast Show' team, and realised that this was something new and exciting in Radio 4 comedy. Hosted by Rhys Thomas as the keen but none too bright Gary Bellamy, the show's line-up of experts, idiots, bigots, nutters and bores is a snapshot of 21st century Britain and its obsessions; from the environment and immigration to large scale natural disasters and cosmetic surgery. The show was largely improvised by the cast and sprinkled among the calls from the regulars (see front cover) are contributions from special guests including Omid Djalili and Lee Mack. As Gary himself said in the original press release: 'Down the Line is as thought-provoking, controversial, intelligent and well-informed as the average Radio 4 listener.'

Down the Line

Down the Line

Author: Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Presented by Gary Bellamy, from BBC TV's 'Bellamy's People'. This is the original phone-in Radio 4 show that first introduced the host of BBC2's 'Bellamy's People'. The complete first series of the controversial BBC Radio 4 phone-in show. When it was launched in the Spring of 2006, 'Down the Line' was such an accurate parody of an inane phone-in show that many Radio 4 listeners thought it was the real thing and launched a storm of protest. What on earth was Radio 4 coming to? Seasoned comedy listeners, however, soon detected the presence of several well-known voices including members of 'The Fast Show' team, and realised that this was something new and exciting in Radio 4 comedy. Hosted by Rhys Thomas as the keen but none too bright Gary Bellamy, the show's line-up of experts, idiots, bigots, nutters and bores is a snapshot of 21st century Britain and its obsessions; from freedom of speech to whether chocolate has become too serious. The show was largely improvised by the cast and sprinkled among the calls from the regulars are contributions from special guests including Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate and Arabella Weir.

Down the Line Series 2

Down the Line Series 2

Author: Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Presented by Gary Bellamy, from BBC TV's 'Bellamy's People'. This is the original phone-in Radio 4 show that first introduced the host of BBC2's 'Bellamy's People'. The complete second series of the controversial BBC Radio 4 phone-in show. When it was launched in the Spring of 2006, 'Down the Line' was such an accurate parody of an inane phone-in show that many Radio 4 listeners (and radio critics) thought it was the real thing and launched a storm of protest. What on earth was Radio 4 coming to? Seasoned comedy listeners, however, soon detected the presence of several well-known voices including members of 'The Fast Show' team, and realised that this was something new and exciting in Radio 4 comedy. Hosted by Rhys Thomas as the keen but none too bright Gary Bellamy, the show's line-up of experts, idiots, bigots, nutters and bores is a snapshot of 21st century Britain and its obsessions; from the environment and immigration to large scale natural disasters and cosmetic surgery. The show was largely improvised by the cast and sprinkled among the calls from the regulars (see front cover) are contributions from special guests including Mark Gatiss, Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate and Arabella Weir. As Gary himself said in the original press release: 'Down the Line is as thought-provoking, controversial, intelligent and well-informed as the average Radio 4 listener.'