5 series each of 6 x 30 minute episodes
MPEG-1 Layer 3
Series 1 introduces Sam, a lazy HR officer, and Peter his equally indolent subject. The duo soon realise the skids are under them: Peter for lateness and abusive phone calls to clients and Sam for his over-relaxed attitude to errant staff members like Peter.
From Series 2 onwards, the duo are now retired. Peter, on a tiny pension, has moved into Sam's suburban home where the two continue to play out the curious behaviours developed over a lifetime in work.
Sam wins the lottery at one point, and later falls in love with a man called Ed.
Series 1 2009
1. An Appraisal
First broadcast: Friday 13th February 2009
Angry senior manager Peter has been caught abusing a client and HR officer Sam must take him to task. But can he?
2. An Away-Day
First broadcast: Friday 20th February 2009
Peter and Sam both hate team away-days, but equally fear performing badly and putting their jobs at risk. But is it a good idea to practice bonding skills while inebriated?
3. A Commute
First broadcast: Friday 27th February 2009
Both late for work, Peter and Sam meet on the train, fearful of a call from their new boss. But is that him in the next carriage?
4. A Role Play
First broadcast: Friday 6th March 2009
Peter learns that he has to apply for his own job - but he is not the only one.
5. A Leaving Party
First broadcast: Friday 13th March 2009
Peter and Sam meet on their way to a leaving party.
6. A Bus Pass
First broadcast: Friday 20th March 2009
The work machine has finally excreted Peter and Sam. Now the two friends meet, of all places, in the queue for their senior bus passes.
Series 2 2010
First broadcast: Monday 23rd August 2010
Sam is battling retirement blues with a part-time job working for the Saviours, manning telephone lines to help those in distress. His first client of the day is of course Peter, in distress about their faulty boiler.
First broadcast: Monday 30th August 2010
Sam, determined to help depressed Peter find a sense of purpose in his retirement, gets him a dog. But will the scruffy mongrel help Peter, or will it add to his aggression and sense of injustice?
First broadcast: Monday 6th September 2010
Sam and Peter wile away their retirement blues with a holiday in Spain. Suddenly Sam, a lifelong virgin, seems to be presented with a life-changing opportunity.
First broadcast: Monday 13th September 2010
Peter has created a flattering but deeply inaccurate online profile for himself and now has a date. Sam is determined to go along.
First broadcast: Monday 20th September 2010
Sam, fearing the sense of purposelessness that often hits retirees, decides to redecorate his house. But his housemate Peter is worried that he has some darker purpose in mind.
First broadcast: Monday 27th September 2010
Having nursed Peter through retirement blues, Sam himself succumbs to the dreaded sense of purposelessness. Then Peter gets an ad looking for experienced consultants.
Series 3 2012
First broadcast: Wednesday 1st February 2012
Peter and Sam receive a chilly warning about an imminent danger to their pensions. Will they soon be joining the army of dispossessed older folk?
First broadcast: Wednesday 8th February 2012
With the two chums having lost their pensions, Peter stoops to ever more scabrous depths to claim benefit.
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th February 2012
The retired chums face ruin as their pensions prove worthless. Will a lodger help matters?
First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
Sam and Peter resort to desperate measures, which now include visiting an aged aunt, who just happens to be writing her will.
First broadcast: Wednesday 29th February 2012
Sam's latest plan is to try to remortgage their home.
First broadcast: Wednesday 7th March 2012
The two penniless friends bank on a huge lottery win.
Series 4 2013
First broadcast: Friday 22nd February 2013
Sam has won the lottery and Peter is desperate to discover how much he's won. Guest-starring Tim McInnerny as the Man from the Lottery who has an agenda of his own.
2. After Gherkin
First broadcast: Friday 1st March 2013
With the demise of their dog, the pensioner chums spend their winnings on animal welfare.
3. Goodbye Uncle Norman
First broadcast: Friday 8th March 2013
First broadcast: Friday 15th March 2013
Musicals can fly. Or crawl. Should Sam invest his lottery win in one?
5. Lamb of My Father
First broadcast: Friday 22nd March 2013
Sam and Peter invest more of their lottery cash, in haute cuisine.
6. The Return of Martina Guerre
First broadcast: Friday 29th March 2013
Sam and Peter agree they need variation. But will a doorbell ring herald major change?
Sam attends a long-forgotten uncle's funeral. Peter smells a rat.
Series 5 2014
1. Love Precisely
First broadcast: Wednesday 19th February 2014
Sam's household grows, as Kate moves in with him and her ex-husband Peter. Sam, who thought he was gay, finds himself deeply attracted to her. Might it literally become a menage a trois?
2. Wild About Gorillas
First broadcast: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Kate, the new resident at Sam's house, suggests a trip to the zoo. It is an outing that poses an unexpected challenge to Peter's courage.
3. Jesus O'Rahilly
First broadcast: Wednesday 5th March 2014
Sam, Peter and Kate go to an over-60s salsa class. It's hot-hot-hot! and not for the faint-hearted!
4. Everybody's Doing It
First broadcast: Wednesday 12th March 2014
Sam, addled by Kate and Peter's audible intimacy, finally decides on internet dating. Then a knock on the front door changes everything.
5. Peter and Sam and Ed and Kate
First broadcast: Wednesday 19th March 2014
Peter is jealous of Sam's new partner Ed. He hatches an elaborate plan to make them break up. But will he succeed?
6. Til Death Do Us Part
First broadcast: Wednesday 26th March 2014
Kate now questions her love for Peter. But she is not the only commitment-phobe. Can a visit to a psychiatrist sort out relationship woes?
Sitcom, Comedy Drama
2009 - 2014
BBC Radio 4
30 (5 series)
Nicholas Le Prevost, Jonathan Pryce, Kate Fahy and David Haig