Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful: The Complete Series 1-3
Guy Jenkin & Jon Canter

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Narrated By: Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Imelda Staunton, Full Cast Full Cast, Joss Ackland, Lesley Manville

Duration: 8 hours and 8 minutes

What to expect

Martin Jarvis stars in this BBC radio satire set in the competitive world of advertising

Happiness... is a career in advertising. Or is it? Activist turned ad writer Ken Handley isn't so sure. Back in the day, he used to hitch-hike and attend peace protests. Now, he finds himself writing copy for the Conservative Party and extolling the virtues of products he hates - while also coping with a drunken boss, strait-laced colleagues and an overactive mind.

Over three series, we follow his exploits and moral dilemmas as he grapples with the challenges of winning accounts, presenting to clients and dealing with the women in his life. A pitch for a motorway services chain drives him round the bend, a seven-foot squirrel nearly sends him nuts, and he faces his own emergency when he's coerced into a Samaritans campaign. On the domestic front, Ken's got a divorce and a new home to contend with - but things start looking up when leggy model April comes on the scene...

Written by Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Jon Canter (Posh Nosh), this sardonic advertising sitcom stars Martin Jarvis as Ken, with a cast including Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Joss Ackland and Miriam Margolyes.


Production credits
Script and commercial concepts by Guy Jenkin
Commercials by Jon Canter
Produced by Geoffrey Perkins (Series 1) and Pete Atkin (Series 2 & 3)

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 January-22 February 1982 (Series 1), 7 February-13 March 1984 (Series 2), 7 October-11 November 1986 (Series 3)

Cast
Ken Handley - Martin Jarvis
Sarah - Sheila Steafel
Sandy - Christopher Godwin
Freddie - Lockwood West
Hitchhiker - Vincent Brimble
Portley - Richard Bebb
Runcie - Simon Jones
June - Wendy Richard
Johnnie - Patrick Barr
Murray - Gary Cady
The General - Bill Fraser
Mr Sandell - John Blythe
Barman - Geoffrey McGivern
Virgil - Marc Smith
Mr Sandell:- John Blythe
Cindy- Heather Bell
Katie- Miranda Forbes
Director- David Gooderson
Ravi - Ahmed Khalil
Deborah - Rosalind Ayres
Ambrose - Paul Jesson
Janet/Receptionist/Researcher - Stacey Tendeter
Mr Cheater/Mr McCafferty - James Griffiths
Angus - Michael Jenner
Derek - David Peart
Stella - Imelda Staunton
Stella's Heavy - Jim Carter
Subjects - David Peart & Michael Jenner
Leo Gale - Glyn Owen
Christina - Jo Manning Wilson
Receptionist - Maggie McCarthy
George - Peter Tuddenham
Corners - Don Henderson
Benny - Karl Howman
Lesley - Pauline Siddle
Andy - Chris Emmett
Film director - Scott Cherry
Tone - Jeremy Clyde
Doregan - Lesley Manville
Elvira - Moir Leslie
Kip - Joseph Marcell
April - Shelley Thompson
Hedley - Robert Longden
Artiste - David Learner
Larry Childs - William Hootkins
Loretta-Jane Duff - Toni Coyne
Dawn/Masseuse - Sally Watts
Sally/Choirboy - Jane Leonard
Len - Roger Sloman
Val/Veronica - Liz Crowther
Alf - Roger Hammond
Till lady - Avril Clark
Doorman - Richard Durden
Barman - James MacPherson
Policeman - Graham Blockey
With the voices of Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, James Griffiths, John Shrapnel, David Tate, James Griffiths, Sally Grace, Enn Reitel and Anton Rodgers

Genre

Humorous fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

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