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Revolting People: The Complete Series 1-4

By: Andy Hamilton,Jay Tarses
Narrated by: Andy Hamilton,Full Cast,James Fleet,Jay Tarses
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Publisher's Summary

All four series of the hilarious historical sitcom set just before and during the American Revolution. 

Baltimore, 1770, and shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant has much to worry about. Storm clouds are gathering, business is bad and to make matters worse, he’s been forced to play host to two British soldiers. Hapless officer Captain Brimshaw is decent enough, but his fellow redcoat - the one-eyed, one-eared, one-armed and one-legged Sergeant McGurk - is a shameless rascal obsessed with money and sex.

Adding to Samuel’s troubles are his family - his wife, Elizabeth, has become a lesbian, his son, Joshua, is a dimwitted giant, his eldest daughter, Cora, is in love with the pro-British Ezekiel Spriggs and her sister, Mary, is an ardent revolutionary.... 

In these four series, Mary tries to starts a mutiny at her sister’s wedding; Cora falls pregnant - but the marriage isn’t consummated; McGurk turns spy; and Ezekiel discovers the truth about his ginger baby (and sets out to find the ginger father). With war fast approaching, Samuel turns his shop into a bar called Sam’s Place and helps an old flame called Ingrid, Cora discovers a gift for penning pornography and Mary discovers there’s no place like home. And as the revolution hits Baltimore, Ezekiel is kidnapped by rebel militia, Captain Brimshaw attempts to broker peace with George Washington and Samuel and company flee to London. Can they persuade King George III to end the war? 

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses, who also star as Sergeant McGurk and Samuel Oliphant, this riotously funny comedy boasts a stellar cast including Sophie Thompson, Jan Ravens, Felicity Montagu, James Fleet, Hugh Dennis and Rebecca Front. 

Written by and starring Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Produced and directed by Paul Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 18 January-22 February 2000, (Series 1), 24 April-29 May 2001 (Series 2), 27 May-1 July 2004 (Series 3), 2 May-6 June 2006 (Series 4).

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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One of the BBC’s weaker offerings

I’m a big fan of BBC audio programming, but I was unfamiliar with this show. I read the reviews and thought I’d give it a shot. It’s just okay, not really very funny. I’m not really sure why other people like it so much. It’s pretty corny.

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  • Chris
  • 05-23-21

Never gets old

Amazing and funny. Listened to it many times and will always look forward to hearing it all again. Andy Hamilton is also brilliant in this and very funny.

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  • Jolyon
  • 11-24-20

classic radio comedy

Andy Hamilton provides another hit supported by Jay Tarses. well written and worth a listen if you like your comedy a little silly

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  • Des Hughes
  • 11-28-21

Brilliant

Easy listening, cleverly written and delivered 👌 I enjoy listening to full cast audio books and wasn't disappointed

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  • john
  • 11-01-21

can't go wrong with Andy Hamilton

if you have listened to Old Harry's Game and liked it then download this .

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  • J. Williams
  • 10-28-21

Entertaining, if a little bland

A strong first series gives a great outline of the story threads and the comedy itself is charming, but the later series' seem to wave around, seemingly uncertain of what direction to go in (Series 2 was dull, series 3 tried more surrealist comedy and series 4 seemed desperate to finish).

Jay Tarsis as the lead Samuel was good but not great, Andy Hamilton was typically the funnier one, and some standout moments with Hugh Dennis gave the show some needed variety.

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  • byzant
  • 10-27-21

Hilarious

andy Hamilton at his best. the history is well researched and the jokes are fab; clever and interesting

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  • Antony J Steele
  • 09-03-21

very enjoyable comedy 👌

I loved listening yo it on iplayer and now having the full set allows for a quick dive into an enjoyable world.

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  • l.howson
  • 06-13-21

Laughed out loud

Wonderful, enjoyed more than anything in long time. Totally my humour. Fabulous and addictive listening

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 11-18-20

Not as good as Old Harry

I’m a big fan of Old Harry’s Game so was looking for more work by Andy Hamilton. Sadly this is no where near as good. The story is rather ropey and it reminds me that there was a time when British actors really couldn’t do American accents

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  • B.W.
  • 08-28-20

First two series are the best

After that it trather loses the plot and gets a bit derivative and less original but it's still very enjoyable.