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Lies, Damn Lies and Conversational Implicature.

Joe and Hermione see the wife of Joe’s friend with another man. What should he do? Tell his friend or keep quiet? Starring Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay.

Joe and Hermione see the wife of Joe’s friend with another man. What should Joe do? Tell his friend or keep quiet? Should we always tell the truth, especially when it almost certainly will have bad consequences? A moral dilemma in which Hermione’s philosophical expertise is pitted against Joe’s kindly humanity and knowledge of life. And when the dilemma’s resolved, their friendship is strengthened too.

The Ferryhill Philosophers is about how we live our lives. A rather unlikely duo, Joe Snowball and the Hon. Hermione Pink inhabit two very different worlds, albeit only seven miles apart. He's an unemployed ex-miner living in Ferryhill, a small town forgotten by the world, and she's a slightly disenchanted philosophy lecturer at Durham University. Between them they wrestle with the collision between moral philosophy and the vexing dilemmas encountered by the not-always-good people of Ferryhill, deprived of jobs, opportunities and the kind of ethical guidance once offered by the Church and the Miners Unions.

The series stars Alun Armstrong (of TV's popular series New Tricks) and Deborah Findlay, currently starring in Caryl Churchill's new play at The Royal Court. Award winning writer Michael Chaplin works in consultation with philosopher and presenter of R4's The Philosopher's Arms, David Edmonds.

Cast:
Joe Snowball..................Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink................Deborah Findlay
Polly..............................Gina McKee
Andy ............................Christopher Connel
Sadie............................Jackie Lye

Written by Michael Chaplin
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

44 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Joe Snowball Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink Deborah Findlay
Polly Gina McKee
Andy Christopher Connel
Sadie Jackie Lye
Writer Michael Chaplin
Director Marilyn Imrie

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