The Party Party (radio series)

The Party Party was a British radio series broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987. The six-part series was political comedy set in 1993 written by Moray Hunter and was performed by Robert Glenister, Rory Bremner, Clive Mantle, Hugh Laurie, Morwenna Banks and Robin Driscoll. It was meta, satirical and a bit surreal, in many cases referring to techniques used on the radio (fading footsteps, fading your voice for scene changes), and the longevity of their character ("Are we on the next page yet?", "Do I get extra parts?"). Set in a town called "Microcosm", characters included "P", "Three", "Lord Knight", and Penny, Dan, and Norman who were being taught radio techniques by "Mr. Mann". They had the "Minister of Honesty", the "Minister of Flannel" and the "Department of Secrets". Bits have strong echoes of the self-referential news sketches of Monty Python.


  • "BBC Programme Catalogue". Retrieved 1 September 2007.