The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble. Copyright: BBC.

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2009. Stars Hugh Quarshie, Sam O'Mahony, Damian Lynch, Darren Hart and Stephanie Flanders.

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

A comic story of modern economics explained through the prism of a Goat Exchange. Based on Julian Gough's short story, previously published in the FT

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Hugh Quarshie, Sam O'Mahony, Damian Lynch, Darren Hart and Stephanie Flanders
Julian Gough
Di Speirs

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble, by Julian Gough, unravels the fundamentals of market economics and financial bubbles in the unlikely context of a Somaliland goat market.

It is the story of an encounter, one snowy night on a railway platform somewhere in Southern England, between a young Irish orphan, Jude, and Dr Ibrahim Bihi, a Somali with a degree in economics who has made and lost a fortune in the virtual goat market.

As Dr Bihi relates the story of his rise and fall, he takes the opportunity to educate young Jude in the pitfalls and the glories of market forces. From the first daring step to double his fortune, to the rise of the virtual goat and the tragic bursting of the bubble, this adaptation of Gough's comic, but acute, story hopes to illuminate something of the financial world we all inhabit - be it in the eastern reaches of Africa or the City today.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 15th May 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 7th January 2011 at 2:15pm

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