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The Party Line

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 18 episodes (3 series), 2005 - 2008. Stars James Fleet, Simon Greenall, Rachel Atkins, Geoffrey McGivern, Geraldine McNulty, Beth Chalmers, Manjeet Mann and others.

The Party Line

Satirical radio sitcom about backbench MP Duncan Stonebridge (played by James Fleet), written and recorded the day before transmission

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2005 - 2008
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
18   (3 series)
Starring
James Fleet, Simon Greenall, Rachel Atkins, Geoffrey McGivern, Geraldine McNulty, Beth Chalmers, Manjeet Mann and Dan Mersh
Writers
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis
Producers
Adam Bromley and Dawn Ellis

Duncan Stonebridge MP (James Fleet) is a Labour Party backbencher, looking after the interests of the fictional constituency of Rothershurst. Following his party's poor performance in the 2005 General Election, Stonebridge's majority is now just 27.

Trying to maintain control of a constituency that could easily vote him out, Duncan is always living in the shadow of the last MP, the late Conservative Sir Digby, who spirit lives on in the form of his widow Lady Harriet.

Each episode, written and broadcast the day before it goes out, looks at how Duncan manages to cope with what looks like disaster at every corner.

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