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Absolute Power Radio/TV Program

Absolute Power: The Complete BBC Radio 4 Radio Comedy Series

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Fry and John Bird star as masters of spin Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe in all 22 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.

Prentiss McCabe is a London-based 'government-media relations consultancy', and in each episode Charles and Martin are embroiled in the machinations of the British political system. This complete collection includes all 21 episodes of the four series broadcast between 2000 and 2004, plus the special 2006 episode.

Duration: 11 hours approx.

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    Danzer Indianapolis 10-05-16
    Danzer Indianapolis 10-05-16 Member Since 2001
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    "unsparing!"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rspragg 06-06-16
    rspragg 06-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Evil Genius"

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

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Blizzard 05-01-17
    Blizzard 05-01-17
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    "Good fun if a little dated"
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    If you like British Radio comedy, this is a good option. It pokes fun at all classes of British society.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Johannesburg, US, Canada 02-06-17
    Sean Johannesburg, US, Canada 02-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "So weak. Fry's worst work"

    Fry is ok but the other guy is terrible and it's all so overacted. Very disappointing and predictable

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Justine McGrady
    6/17/16
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    "Very entertaining!"

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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hamish Drummond
    9/10/16
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MigratingFishSwim
    8/12/17
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    "I re-listen over and over, so funny"

    Such clever writing and performing! Hilarious political and social satire. Listened to on Radio Four many times, watched on tv, and was thrilled to be able to download it here and listen all over again

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Else
    4/23/17
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    "Dry political comedy"

    A great political comedy, although the references are not current to today's political news they are relevant to the past, which if you have not been living under a rock you will know what they are referring too.
    The actors play the parts well and execute the rolls with the dry wit they require.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    12/15/16
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    "Classic Spin Doctor comedy"

    A comedy about New Labour spin doctors that in some ways is getting dated but in too many others is a relevant now as it was then.
    Either way it is laugh out loud funny. Another radio 4 comedy that is so much better than the TV adaptation that followed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    10/10/16
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    "great radio 4 comedy"

    if you like Stephen fry you'll love this. quick witted comedy at its best. good old radio 4

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • L. F. Baxter
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    9/4/16
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    "still relevant now"

    Very funny episodes that cover topics that are still applicable today -if you like the House of Cards you'll love this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan H
    1/22/17
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    "Fantastic Listen!"
    What did you like most about Absolute Power?

    The combination of Stephen Fry and John Bird as a double-act, along with the ludicrous situations they find themselves embroiled in is hilarious. Two episodes in, and I cannot wait to see what they get up to next!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    12/27/16
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    "Witty satire and generally great fun"

    I only heard a few of these short, highly entertaining comedy slots when they were first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and so was pleased to get this compilation of 22 episodes from the early 2000s. It’s a fast-paced comedy based on the exploits of two unprincipled but bungling media consultants played by Stephen Fry & Join Bird. Much of the satire is at the expense of Tony Blair’s administration, in power at the time these programmes were broadcast. Interspersed among the political jibes are numerous funny scenarios as the hapless pair try to promote or bury stories about various organisations or people.

    The recordings are full of witty dialogue and some hilarious double-entendres performed with great zest and obviously relish by a talented cast. It certainly cheered up some gloomy midwinter days when cooped up by bad weather. Though the humour pokes fun at a by-gone time, the satirical force largely survives, as most listeners will remember the people and events, some of which still influence politics and life today.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Wilks
    10/18/16
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    "brilliant"

    Loved every single moment.
    I so miss Stephen Fry now that he is not on television

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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