The Masterson Inheritance. Image shows from L to R: Phelim McDermott, Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney, Caroline Quentin, Lee Simpson, Paul Merton. Copyright: BBC.

The Masterson Inheritance

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about a misfortunate family. 18 episodes (3 series), 1993 - 1995. Stars Josie Lawrence, Phelim McDermott, Paul Merton, Caroline Quentin and others.

1995 Christmas Special, Christmas Special is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Wednesday 18th December at 11:30am.

The Masterson Inheritance. Image shows from L to R: Phelim McDermott, Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney, Caroline Quentin, Lee Simpson, Paul Merton. Copyright: BBC.

The Masterson Inheritance

Improvised comedy following the misfortunates of a dynasty

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1993 - 1995
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
18   (3 series), plus 2 other episodes
Starring
Josie Lawrence, Phelim McDermott, Paul Merton, Caroline Quentin, Jim Sweeney and Lee Simpson
Producer
Phil Clarke

The Masterson Inheritance is described as "an improvised historical saga of a family at war with itself. No script, no rehearsals, just an audience and a couple of microphones."

Narrated by Lee Simpson, each episode is set in a different period of history, with a cast including Josie Lawrence, Phelim McDermott, Paul Merton, Caroline Quentin and Jim Sweeney, creating a completely improvised story based on audience suggestions.

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
All music and sound effects were improvised live.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 22nd April 1993 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 25th December 1995 on BBC Radio 4 at 12:25pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. 1995 Christmas Special Episode 1: Wednesday 18th December at 11:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. 1995 Christmas Special Episode 1: Wednesday 18th December at 9:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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