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The Hamster

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 01 December 2011

Written by Anders Lustgarten.

Things are going to get out of hand for David and Nicola soon after they realise their hamster's unique capacity for growth. It's getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Life has been tough but soon it's improving dramatically. Money is rolling in as people queue up to view the rapacious rodent. But how long can it last? Where will it end?

It must be like the economists say - growth is guaranteed to get us out of the grim situation that we find ourselves in. Or will it?

The Hamster is a dark comedy inspired by an observation made by the New Economics Foundation; a Hamster doubles in weight every week until maturity, after which its growth slows down. If it were to continue growing at that rate it would reach nine billion tonnes by its first birthday. This is why growth, in nature, is limited - and yet we are told that economic growth should continue for ever and ever.

Nicola ...... Louise Ford
David ..... Nick Chambers
Mr Marshall ...... Patrick Driver
Mrs Bannister ..... Illona Linthwaite
Reg Taylor ...... John Yapp
Robert Benson ..... Dominic Hawksley

Other parts played by Bill Nash, Ania Tomaszewska-Nelson, Avita Jay, Oliver Lavery and Anders Lustgarten.

Sound and Music: Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques

Thanks to Nishil Solanki, Andrew Sims and Viki Johnson

Producer/Director: Boz Temple-Morris
A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4.



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