It's not easy being Satan - thrown out of heaven by a vengeful, white-haired God merely for daring to voice the concerns of middle management and condemned for all eternity to listen to Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley.
Still, there are new arrivals to welcome - the Professor, an atheist whose unerring optimism is a nasty blow, and Thomas, chairman of a privatised water company (so vile that Judas Iscariot starts calling him the Guv'nor).
Satan has to deal with a rebellion of his own from head demon Gary: he wants staff feedback sessions, more flexible rostering, and wider access to nuns and virgins.
And with human depravity on the increase hell's getting ever more crowded: time for a new assistant. Will Scumspawn get the job?
A fiery furnace of brilliant one-liners and biting satire, Old Harry's Game is the insider's guide to Hell. (Bet you didn't know God's real name was Nigel.)
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Painter, musician, bibliophile...
I got the whole season. In a state of overwork and fraught nerves, I wanted nothing more than to escape into some light hilarity. This series, for the most part, provided that admirably, although it gets a bit stale as it moves toward Season 7.
The British take the mickey out of the usual suspects. Satan says, "Screaming always sounds better in German, don't you think?" (Something to do with waiting for the verb). The French, oh, the French! And of course, the Americans don't escape unscathed. Then it's time to turn on one's own with lots of topical UK snark on pop culture, politics, and sport.
You'll meet the all-too-good professor. And Thomas, the most evil thing ever to emerge from Godalming. (Well, as yet). But the devil is the star-turn, of course, and he is quite a bit more lovable that you might have imagined.
I feel better now. Maybe you will too after you spend a season in hell with the deranged Andy Hamilton and his impish minions.
Andy Hamilton is God, No, correct that, he's Satan.
Americans will miss the topical references to British pop culture, but no one will miss the digs at evangelists, CEOs, scientists and humanity in general. Andy Hamilton has created a hell where Jane Austen heckles the Prince of the Underworld, where Elvis vies with Edith Piaf for annoying soundtracks and where Shakespeare reveals that the real writer of all "his" plays is a candy vendor named Trevor. One advisory: listen to two or three at a time otherwise you risk a muscle tear from laughing too hard.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
There were some British references I didn't "get" in this radio comedy - and I think I laughed out loud only twice for the whole listen.
There was a lot of clever over-the-top humor written throughout. I suppose that was a laugh track being used, because I rarely agreed with the laughter supplied.
Still, I admire well-delivered clever and witty remarks, and there were some - but not enough to buy the next download.
"I Gem I Missed First Time Around"
I heard parts of this when it was first broadcast and downloaded it because I thought I might enjoy it. I listen to it in the car and nearly had a road accident I was laughing so much. The sheer genious of Andy Hamilton and the cast just keep on delivering through the series.
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