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The Party Line

The Party Line

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2005 - 2008
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Satirical radio sitcom about backbench MP Duncan Stonebridge (played by James Fleet), written and recorded the day before transmission. Stars James Fleet, Rachel Atkins, Geoffrey McGivern, Geraldine McNulty, Simon Greenall and more.

Key details

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

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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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 26th May 2005 at 6:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

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