Episode 1 of 3
The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).
In this opening episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC....what could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".
Robert Bathurst.....John Tharb
Vicky McClure.....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan.....Lord Reith
Peter Egan.....Inspector Cawls
Malcolm Tierney.....Captain Mallard Tofts
Kevin Bishop.....Chip Gibney
Ewan Bailey.....Ronaldo / Dickie Squires
Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.
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