The King's Men. Image shows from L to R: Smyth (Robert Webb), Ridley (Terry Mynott). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The King's Men

BBC Radio 2 sitcom. 1 pilot in 2015. Stars Robert Webb, Terry Mynott, Alex Macqueen, Nick Mohammed, Ellie White, Katy Wix and Ophelia Lovibond.

The King's Men

Radio 2 sitcom pilot written by Arthur Mathews and Terry Mynott about two policemen who join the secret service

BBC Radio 2
1 Pilot
Robert Webb, Terry Mynott, Alex Macqueen, Nick Mohammed, Ellie White, Katy Wix and Ophelia Lovibond
Terry Mynott and Arthur Mathews
Tom Jordan and Paul Schlesinger

After discovering what they believed to be a German plot to invade The Isle of Sheppey (their main piece of evidence ultimately turned out to be a child's treasure map), policemen Ernest Ridley and Arthur Smyth are asked to join the new Secret Service in London: an organisation dedicated to uncovering foreign spies and plots in the uncertain and paranoid years before the Great War.

Set in 1909, the two men have been friends since childhood and served together in the British Army in India. Although they bicker a lot of the time like an old married couple, they are inseparable they live together in the same boarding house, and share the same love of King and Country. If only they were a little better at their jobs...

This comedy was due to be broadcast on Radio 4 on the 17th November 2015, but the broadcast was pulled at the last minute due to the Paris terror attacks. It was eventually broadcast in February 2016.

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Radio 2's Comedy Showcase

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm
Episode length
30 minutes