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Summary

Wally K. Daly's 1980s comedy about a pair of new entrepreneurs who'll do anything...as long as it's legal.

Best friends George and Charles have been commuting to work together for 15 years. Then, one fateful day, they both find out that they're being laid off. For a while, they keep the news secret and carry on as normal, but eventually they have no choice but to admit the truth. It's time to take action and find alternative employment - but how?

When the Job Centre proves a dead end, they set up an agency offering their services. They'll do anything - as long as it's legal.... Their first ventures meet with mixed results: a commission to compose a poem gets them into hot water; a spoilt ambassador's son leads Charles a merry dance and George has a spot of bother tailing a bizarre giant. Worried that they're not getting enough clients, the duo take on a new secretary, go on a business course that sets tongues wagging, try to improve their DIY skills and branch out into hypnotherapy - but with their business struggling, they're forced to turn to Nanny....

Created by well-known radio and TV writer Wally K. Daly, this entertaining sitcom stars Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) as Charles and George, with a veteran cast including Norma Ronald (The Men from the Ministry) and Dilys Laye (Carry on Camping).

Please note: contains some dated language and attitudes.

Production credits:

Written by Wally K. Daly.

Produced by John Fawcett Wilson.

Theme music by Jim Parker.

Cast:

Charles - Donald Hewlett

George - Michael Knowles

Hilary - Norma Ronald

GJ - Tony Anholt

Futuristics Manager - David Ryall

Billy - Michael Bilton

Harry the Publican - Colin Starkey

Mr Rollings - Jon Glover

Ticket Collector - Renu Setna

Black Market Job Salesman - Ron Pember

Waitress - Sonia Fraser

Publican - Douglas Blackwell

Isabel - Madeline Smith

Little Willy - Stephen Greif

Simon - Elizabeth Proud

Miss Folliate - Frances Jeater

Belinda Bustrom - Sherrie Hewson

Job Applicant - Helena Breck

Fiona Fenning - Jennifer Croxton

Course Chairman/Ghost - Henry Stamper

Advertising Lecturer - John Kane

Finance Lecturer - Peter Cellier

Mr Hunter - Roland MacLeod

Marjorie - Dilys Laye

Nanny - Marjorie Withers

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 12th November 1984 - 7th January 1985.

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Brilliant

Excellent writing and brilliant acting by Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles. Look forward to the next season being available.