All seven series of Andy Hamilton's fiendishly funny award-winning comedy set in Hell 'Satirical, philosophical - and devilishly funny' Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph Welcome to Hell - where Oliver Reed can never quite catch the barman's eye. In this 21 CD box set, which contains all seven series, get ready for some wicked one-liners and scorching satire. Satan is fed up after a millennia in charge of Hell, and the prospect of an eternity still running the damned place. Although he does enjoy playing pranks on the world of the living, and devising wry torments for the souls in his keeping, he often wistfully recalls his past as an archangel. Over the course of the series we meet various famous figures now languishing in Hell, including a foul-mouthed Jane Austen, a sexually predatory Florence Nightingale and a less-than-heroic Samson. Satan takes Thomas on a tour of his life, Scumspawn has trouble with a pushy computer, and love drives the Professor to extreme action. Satan and the Professor find a huge, empty space in Hell - when they enter Scumspawn's brain - a Health and Safety officer notes that the lighting is inadequate, and Satan punishes a feng shui expert. And then Edith arrives... Seven series of the Sony Award-winning comedy (plus the two-part 2002 Christmas Special) starring Andy Hamilton as Satan and a regular cast of acclaimed actors including Annette Crosbie as Edith, Timothy West as God, James Grout as The Professor, Jimmy Mulville as Thomas and Robert Duncan as Scumspawn. Duration: 21 hours approx.
AUTHOR: From Andy Hamilton: People often ask me (well, journalists sometimes ask me) where I got the idea of writing a comedy set in Hell, and I usually tell them that I found it in Woolworths. I give them this flip, smartarse answer because the truth is I can't actually remember. No doubt, in part, I was attracted by the notion of consigning the likes of Robert Maxwell to the torment of the eternal fires. Who wouldn't find that funny? And playing Satan, of course, was always going to allow me to generally show off in a shameless way, and pretend I had the nether regions of a goat. So that was another attraction. But the actual specific trigger that caused me to sit down and write Old Harry's Game is a mystery to me now. Another question that is frequently slurred at me by swaying journalists is 'Which one of the characters do I think is most like me?' Now, this is a tricky one. The Professor, certainly, is the person I wish I was. He's kind, balanced, enquiring and optimistic. The part I actually play, though, is the jaundiced, cynical Satan, and the ease with which I slip into the hooves of this sadistic schemer is, frankly, a little worrying. There are times, too, when the disgusting, depraved Thomas starts to look disturbingly familiar. But, of all the characters, the one I suspect I resemble most is the disaster-prone, eager-to-please Scumspawn (who made his first appearance in the second series as Satan's bungling assistant). From time to time, I get quizzed about the prospects of Old Harry's Game transferring to television. Well, it wouldn't be an easy transition because the show is so quintesentially radio. After all, on radio we can transform a character into a 40-foot aubergine, and no one writes in to quibble about how convincing it is. Every listener visualises their own impossibly gigantic eggplant. If we attempted the same effect on BBC 1 then we would be inundated with pedantic letters from greengrocers. Finally, there is one question that journalists are always asking me, namely 'Is there any truth in the rumours about me and Catherine Zeta-Jones?' Well I'm sorry, but I feel it would be wrong for me to comment, especially when the poor girl is trying so hard to get over me. End of story. Andy Hamilton.