Revolting People. Image shows from L to R: Sergeant McGurk (Andy Hamilton), Samuel Oliphant (Jay Tarses), Captain Brimshaw (James Fleet). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Revolting People

An Anglo-American radio sitcom set in Colonial America. Written and starring Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2000 - 2006  (BBC Radio 4)
Episodes:
24 (4 series)
Starring:
Jay Tarses, Andy Hamilton, James Fleet, Felicity Montagu, Penelope Nice, Sophie Thompson, Jan Ravens, Julia Hills, Tony Maudsley, Hugh Dennis, Susie Blake
Writers:
Jay Tarses, Andy Hamilton
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Baltimore, the 1770s - Shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant has a lot on his plate. His country is fighting for its freedom against the British, leaving him with less customers ("dead people tend to shop less"), and he has two redcoats living in his house: One-eyed, one-armed, one-legged, one nostrilled conman Sergeant McGurk, and his ineffectual officer Captain Brimshaw.

Samuel's family is no better. His wife became a lesbian, his eldest daughter Cora is a strict Christian who is married the pompous pro-British official Ezekiel Spriggs, his youngest daughter Mary is an anti-British pamphleteer who has a crush on Brimshaw, and his only son Joshua is both incredibly strong and incredibly stupid.

Our Review: Revolting People is one of the very few sitcoms successfully created by both a British writer and an American writer working together. The series has been highly successful on BBC Radio 4, lasting four series.