The Party Line
by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis
2005 to 2008
James Fleet stars in this political satire written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
Backbench MP Duncan Stonebridge has won his seat by the skin of his teeth, and his attractive female rival is still snapping at his heels.
James Fleet as Duncan Stonebrdige MP
Simon Greenall as Arthur
The Party Line is a British radio sitcom. It is co-written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis, produced by Adam Bromley.
The show stars James Fleet as Duncan Stonebridge, a Member of Parliament for the imaginary constituency of Rothershurst, which
appears to be in the north of England. The British parties are not often mentioned by name in the show, but it can be assumed
that Stonebridge is a Labour MP and that Rotherhurst is a marginal constituency, one which was traditionally Tory but turned
Labour under Tony Blair. In line with the national trend, the elections of 2005 saw Stonebridge's majority reduced to 25.
Stonebridge is a Londoner and, according to his constituency agent Roger (Geoffrey McGivern), was "parachuted in by RAF
The show follows the everyday life of the MP. Each episode begins and concludes with Stonebridge traveling on the train from
London, and a short, witty dialogue between Stonebridge and a railway attendant. Most episodes then revolve around
Stonebridge's attempt to gain publicity in his constituency, ultimately being thwarted by an unlikely twist of fate or bad
luck. Stonebridge finds it difficult to fill the shoes of his predecessor, Sir Digby, whose name still looms large in the
shape of his widow, Lady Harriet (Geraldine McNulty). In the third series, Harriet becomes Duncan's constituency secretary.
He also struggles to keep one step ahead of Angela, his image-conscious and media savvy Conservative rival. It is an ongoing
joke that he is secretly attracted to Angela.
The middle of each show features Stonebridge's constituency surgery, dealing with problems from consituents of variable
sanity, including Mrs Digweed, who insists the constituency needs a badger tunnel, and doesn't believe he's doing enough to
get this discussed in Parliament.
Other characters include Sue (Rachel Atkins), Duncan's long-suffering wife, and the other members of the constituency team,
the aggressive Ruth and the geeky Neil. Various characters are played by Simon Greenall, Beth Chalmers, Manjit Mann and Dan
It is notable that the show is written and produced only 24 hours before it is broadcast, so it may contain witty references
to the current political events of the day.
1st Series 2005
1. 1- 1 May 26 05
2. 1- 2 Jun 2 05
3. 1- 3 Jun 9 05
4. 1- 4 Jun 16 05
5. 1- 5 Jun 23 05
6. 1- 6 Jun 30 05
2nd Series 2006
7. 2- 1 Oct 3 06
8. 2- 2 Oct 10 06
9. 2- 3 Oct 17 06
10. 2- 4 Oct 24 06
11. 2- 5 Oct 31 06
12. 2- 6 Nov 7 06
3rd Series 2008
13. 3- 1 Oct 7 08
14. 3- 2 Oct 14 08
15. 3- 3 Oct 21 08
16. 3- 4 Oct 28 08
17. 3- 5 Nov 4 08
18. 3- 6 Nov 11 08
Produced by Adam Bromley
This is not my rip. Thanks to the original uploader.
Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 3
Mode : Joint stereo
Duration : 28mn 29s
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
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