Clayton Grange. Image shows from L to R: Professor Saunders (Anthony Head), Alice Jameson (Stephanie Racine), Lionel (Don Gilet), Geoff Prowse (Neil Warhurst), Roger Bucks (Paul Barnhill). Copyright: BBC.

Clayton Grange

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 8 episodes (2 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Anthony Head, Neil Warhurst, Paul Barnhill, Stephanie Racine, Paul Stonehouse, Heather Craney and Don Gilet.

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Radio Times review

Having blundered their way through a first series, the madcap team of scientists at Clayton Grange are back to conduct even more disastrous experiments in this farcical comedy from Neil Warhurst and fellow writer and actor Paul Barnhill.

In this episode, the brainiacs endanger the very fabric of democracy (all in the name of science, of course) as they offer a local MP a tour of their not so secret laboratory, and Jameson decides whether to trade the rainy hills of Dorking for the sun-drenched coast of California, much to the dismay of chief bumbler and team leader Saunders.

In spite of its steely scientific sheen there is something strangely warming about this Surrey-set sitcom, and there's plenty of heart to keep us coming back for more.

Tom Goulding, Radio Times, 10th June 2014

At the top of a hill in a Surrey village, opposite Budgens and behind a security fence, lies a top-secret scientific base where a crack team of geniuses dare to think the unthinkable - so long as it is cheap to make. Written by actor Neil Warhurst, creator of the 2009 satire Beyond the Pole, this sharp new sitcom gets a late placing on the schedule because of content and language.

The team of eccentric scientists - all of them socially inept in one way or another - quickly establish themselves as identifiable characters, particularly Anthony Head as the professor in charge of the hapless unit. This is good, and definitely worth trying out.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 25th September 2012