Safety Catch. Simon McGrath (Darren Boyd). Copyright: BBC.

Safety Catch

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about an arms dealer. 12 episodes (3 series), 2007 - 2010. Stars Darren Boyd, Joanna Page, Lewis Macleod, Sarah Smart and others.

Safety Catch. Simon McGrath (Darren Boyd). Copyright: BBC.

Safety Catch

Radio sitcom starring Darren Boyd as Simon McGrath, a weapons dealer who never intended to go into the arms trade

2007 - 2010
BBC Radio 4
12   (3 series)
Laurence Howarth
Darren Boyd, Joanna Page, Lewis Macleod, Sarah Smart, Brigit Forsyth and Rachel Atkins
Laurence Howarth
Dawn Ellis

Sitcom by Laurence Howarth about a man who has reluctantly drifted into the arms dealing trade.

Simon McGrath likes to think of himself as a good person. He donates blood, he recycles his newspapers, bottles and some of his cans, and he's adopted two tigers. But, just like everyone else, he has to pay his mortgage... and that's why he currently works as an arms dealer.

Simon fell into the arms trade but says he's definitely going to leave soon. If he wasn't doing his job, someone else would - that's how he is justifying it at the moment. And it's people who fire bullets, not his guns, right? At least he doesn't work for McDonald's!

Safety Catch is a contemporary sitcom that mocks black-and-white notions of morality. It exposes the ugly trade-offs and necessary fictions in working lives and relationships through the example of Simon McGrath and the lies he has to tell himself just to get up in the morning.

Production Details

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Also known as
  • Killing It
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 26th September 2007 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Friday 26th November 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 3rd June 2021 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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