High Table, Lower Orders. Image shows from L to R: Dean (Michael Maloney), Patricia (Rebecca Front), Simon Harrison (Samuel West), Zoe Templeton (Sharon Small), Gilbert (Geoffrey Palmer), Bernard (Jonathan Coy). Copyright: BBC.

High Table, Lower Orders

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 12 episodes (2 series), 2005 - 2006. Stars Samuel West, Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Sharon Small, Rebecca Front, Tracy Wiles and others.

High Table, Lower Orders - The Complete Series 1 And 2

High Table, Lower Orders - The Complete Series 1 And 2

The complete first and second series of Mark Tavener's BBC Radio 4 comedy thriller set in a crisis-ridden Cambridge college.

When prominent don and celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti dies after dining at High Table, his colleague Gilbert suspects foul play and invites his former student Simon Harrison, a disillusioned health and safety officer, to investigate. Meanwhile, Simon's former girlfriend Zoe, a freelance journalist, arrives to write an article about Devanti's death, reopening old wounds for Simon. After another college member dies, more skullduggery is uncovered, and Simon must find out which of the many suspects is a murderer - while also trying to get back with Zoe and keep his day job....

A year later, the college is recovering from the Devanti affair, but struggling for cash and riven by arguments between traditionalists and modernisers. Simon, now bereft of a job, jumps at the chance to become a don - but soon finds himself embarking on another murder investigation after a student is caught cheating and his accuser is found hanged. Can Simon unmask the killer before they strike again?

First published: Thursday 21st February 2019

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