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Tales from the Backbench is a radio comedy series by Peter Tinniswood. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio in 2001, and featured the return of the character Sir Plympton Makepeace, first encountered in the Tinniswood play On the Whole It's Been Jolly Good[1].

PlotEdit

A former MP recalls his career.

CastEdit

Directed by Enyd Williams

EpisodesEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode Number Title Broadcast Date Summary
01 "The General Thingermejig" 21 February 2001 A useless and forgetful MP recalls how he was seduced back into politics after three years in the wilderness, and tells of his happy association with Major Atlee, co-founder of the House of Commons Train Spotters' Club.
02 "Naming Names" 28 February 2001 A useless and forgetful MP recalls a particularly juicy scandal involving an eminent politician and the Third Lady.
03 "The 1929 Committee" 07 March 2001 An ineffectual and forgetful MP recalls his loathing of most politicians and their social proclivities, with the exception of one series of events.
04 "The Great Snitcher" 14 March 2001 An ineffectual and forgetful MP recalls his one great hero and his own dalliance with a Russian spy whose antecedents were definitely not Soviet.

Series TwoEdit

Episode Number Title Broadcast Date Summary
01 "The Campaign" 31 October 2001 A useless MP recalls how he and his fellow candidates resolved to keep the general election to themselves.
02 "How Long, How Long?" 07 November 2001 The useless and forgetful MP wonders why he allowed himself to be persuaded back into politics.
03 "Dalliances" 14 November 2001 The useless and forgetful MP warms to the memory of his many happy carnal and amorous associations in Westminster.
04 "Time to Confess" 21 November 2001 The useless and forgetful MP admits to having created his persona on untruths and fantasy.

Critical ReceptionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Radiolistings

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