Flywheel, Shyster And Flywheel. Groucho Marx as Waldorf T Flywheel (Michael Roberts). Copyright: BBC.

Flywheel, Shyster And Flywheel

BBC Radio 4 sitcom recreating lost Marx Brothers scripts. 18 episodes (3 series), 1990 - 1992. Stars Michael Roberts, Frank Lazarus, Lorelei King, Graham Hoadly and Vincent Marzello.

Flywheel, Shyster And Flywheel

Recreated episodes of a celebrated Marx Brothers sitcom from 1930s US radio

1990 - 1992
BBC Radio 4
18   (3 series)
Michael Roberts, Frank Lazarus, Lorelei King, Graham Hoadly and Vincent Marzello
Nat Perrin, Arthur Sheekman and Mark Brisenden
Dirk Maggs

First broadcast on America's NBC network in 1932 and 1933, Flywheel, Shyster And Flywheel charted the exploits of shady lawyer Waldorf T Flywheel (originally played by Groucho Marx) and his dopey assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli (played by Chico Marx).

The original recordings were lost, but the scripts were rediscovered in 1988, and adapted and re-recorded by BBC Radio 4 across three series - 1990 to 1992 - in front of a live studio audience.

This recreation stars Michael Roberts as Flywheel and Frank Lazarus as Ravelli.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (Other official name)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 2nd June 1990 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30am
Last new broadcast
Saturday 15th August 1992 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 8th May 2020 at 8:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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