• Absolute Power

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Radio Comedy Series
  • By: Mark Tavener
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, John Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 02-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (456 ratings)

Summary

Stephen Fry and John Bird star in all four series of the BBC Radio 4 satirical comedy, plus the 2006 special episode.
Set in the Machiavellian world of modern PR, Absolute Power introduces us to London-based 'government-media relations consultancy' Prentiss McCabe, whose partners Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are frequently embroiled in the machinations of the British political system. Prentiss is ruthless, unscrupulous, and will go to almost any lengths to pull off a big commission, while McCabe does have a moral compass, but is too laid-back and fond of claret to use it very often.
In episodes that could have been written yesterday, the duo's targets for makeover include the Conservative Party; The Sun; the Mayor of London; the Church of England; Radio 3; English sporting success; the elderly; prisons; the Prime Minister; the Health Service; a Big Brother star; a tennis pro; men; the BBC; 'the notion of Nation'; healthy eating and the US Presidential Campaign.
This complete collection includes all 21 episodes of the four series, first broadcast between 2000 and 2004, plus the special 2006 episode. Stephen Fry and John Bird star as Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe, with Tamsin Greig as rival spin doctor Gayle Shand.
©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Justine McGrady on 17-06-16

Very entertaining!

Witty, bite -sized comedy wondrfully performed. Characters slightly dated now but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all. Recommended!

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Hamish Drummond on 10-09-16

Corny fun

I'd missed this on the radio, and it was an impulse purchase that I quite enjoyed, but I think it has dated a bit and with less stellar a cast it might not have kept me listening right through. Great fun in parts, and great performances.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Danzer on 05-10-16

unsparing!

funny! I was surprised how very pointed the satire was against the government and celebrities.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By rspragg on 06-06-16

Evil Genius

Some people are meant for greatness. Others are meant to listen to audiobooks. Go and buy the audiobook Morris.

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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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