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Higher. Copyright: BBC


  • Radio comedy drama
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2008 - 2015
  • 10 episodes (4 series)

Radio satire on education. The episodes are based around Hayborough University - ranked 132nd in the UK.


Press clippings

Return of Joyce Bryant's brilliantly observed and all-too-true comedy about a new university struggling in the opposing tides of modern educational orthodoxy and market forces. At Hayborough University, like everywhere else in higher education, the deterringly high fees have kicked in as has a 20 per cent funding cut. So, as exam results arrive and potential students check their actual marks against the predictions, there's much juggling to do with who will go where. But at Hayborough these are desperate times. They must keep up their intake. So, how?

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 30th July 2012

Afternoon play: Higher

I've wanted to do a series about Higher Education for some time. I taught part time at a university for ten years and always thought it was an area ripe for satire. The expansion of tertiary education in the Blair years meant our newer universities were unprepared for the overload of bureaucracy, ideology and sheer student numbers.

Gary Brown, BBC Blogs, 16th August 2011

If your household is anxiously awaiting A-level results, hoping for the best, dreading the possibility of not getting into a top university, this nimble and astute satire by Joyce Bryant could make your hair stand on end or bring on gales of laughter (or possibly both). It's set at Hayborough University, 132 in the national rankings, so desperate for funding they've brought in a scary new Dean of Research Development. The schemes she comes up with are not far removed from academic reality, either. Sophie Thomson and Jonathan Keeble star.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 8th August 2011

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