ElvenQuest. Image shows from L to R: Penthiselea (Ingrid Oliver), Sam (Stephen Mangan), Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan). Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 sitcom set in a fantasy world. 24 episodes (4 series), 2009 - 2013. Stars Stephen Mangan, Dave Lamb, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon and others.

ElvenQuest. Image shows from L to R: Vidar (Darren Boyd), Penthiselea (Ingrid Oliver), Sam (Stephen Mangan), Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan), Dean (Kevin Eldon). Copyright: BBC.


Radio sitcom about a fantasy novelist who is whisked away to a parallel universe

2009 - 2013
BBC Radio 4
24   (4 series)
Stephen Mangan, Dave Lamb, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Ingrid Oliver, Alistair McGowan and Chris Pavlo
James Cary, Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto
Anil Gupta, Paul Schlesinger and Sam Michell

Sam Porter is a misanthropic fantasy novelist whose best friend is his pet dog Amis. While at a book signing in Totnes High Street, three people, whom Sam presumes are hard-core fantasy fans dressed in full costume, kidnap Amis. Sam fights them and during the fight, both Sam and Amis end up in an actual fantasy world - Lower Earth.

Sam learns that the three kidnappers, Vidar the Elf Lord, Penthiselea the Warrior Princess and Dean the Dwarf kidnapped Amis for he is "The Chosen One" who will find The Sword of Asnagar, a mythical weapon of great power, "for whosoever wields the sword shall rule all of Lower Earth".

Thus the band of warriors take Amis, now transformed into a human form but with the same mannerisms, to find the sword, but the condition that Sam comes with them. As they travel however, the forces of evil are constantly watching them, led by the sinister, cunning and laid back Lord Darkness with help from his more violent assistant Kreech.

In Series 4, as they continue their search for the Sword of Asnagar, the Questers find themselves travelling through more dangerous kingdoms.

Production Details

An epic story of adventure, kinship, romance - and dog biscuits
Production company
Also known as
  • Elven's Quest (Working title)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 29th April 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 19th March 2013 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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