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Reluctant Persuaders

Series 1

We Try Harder

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

Hardacres, London's worst advertising agency, sets out to win back a whisky account it once had. Stars Nigel Havers. From 2015. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 1

Vorsprung Durch Technik

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

A big day for the ad team featuring in the industry magazine. Alas, they’re trapped in a lift! Stars Nigel Havers. From 2015. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 1

Episode 1: Lemon

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

London’s worst advertising agency plans to re-launch with a guerrilla marketing campaign. Stars Nigel Havers. From 2015. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 1

The Best A Man Can Get

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

Hardacres, London's worst ad agency grapples with the lowest form of advertising of all: radio. Stars Nigel Havers. From 2015. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 2

Think Different

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

In a battle for survival, can London's worst advertising agency win their biggest contract? Stars Nigel Havers. From April 2017. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 2

Live Young

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

London's worst advertising agency, Hardacre's, tries to put the excitement back into water. Stars Nigel Havers. From 2017. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 2

Just Do It

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

London's worst advertising agency discovers a campaign’s gone viral – and not in a good way. Stars Nigel Havers. From 2017. Show more

Reluctant Persuaders

Series 2

Give a Man a Fish

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

Can London's worst advertising agency soothe their souls with some charitable work? Stars Nigel Haves. From April 2017. Show more

Ghosts

Series 2

Bump in the Night

Duration: 27 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

It’s a nervous Mike’s first night alone in the house, when some uninvited guests set the ghosts on a mission to defend their treasured home. Show more

Contributors

Robin/Humphrey's Head:
Laurence Rickard
Captain:
Ben Willbond
Mini Cab Controller:
Mario Demetriou
Director:
Tom Kingsley
Producer:
Matthew Mulot
Executive Producer:
Alison Carpenter
Executive Producer:
Imogen Cooper
Executive Producer:
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer:
Alison Owen
Executive Producer:
Mathew Baynton
Executive Producer:
Simon Farnaby
Executive Producer:
Martha Howe-Douglas
Executive Producer:
Jim Howick
Executive Producer:
Laurence Rickard
Executive Producer:
Ben Willbond

Ghosts

Series 2

Perfect Day

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Available for years

The big day at Button House has arrived, but some freak weather disrupts everyone’s plans. Show more

Contributors

Captain:
Ben Willbond
Martin:
Raj Ghatak
Keith Darren Dean:
Simon Kane
Writer:
Jim Howick
Director:
Tom Kingsley
Producer:
Matthew Mulot
Executive Producer:
Alison Carpenter
Executive Producer:
Imogen Cooper
Executive Producer:
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer:
Alison Owen
Executive Producer:
Mathew Baynton
Executive Producer:
Simon Farnaby
Executive Producer:
Martha Howe-Douglas
Executive Producer:
Jim Howick
Executive Producer:
Laurence Rickard
Executive Producer:
Ben Willbond

Ghosts

Series 3

The Woodworm Men

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Channel IslandsLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Available for years

While Button House is being fumigated for woodworm, Alison and Mike decide to save some money and camp in the grounds, sending the ghosts’ routines off kilter.

Ghosts

Series 3

Part of the Family

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

While Alison and Mike gear up to make a big investment, the Captain and Kitty work together with the other ghosts to solve an unfolding mystery before it’s too late. Show more

Ghosts

Series 3

Something to Share?

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Available for years

When the ghosts try to sabotage Alison’s makeshift therapy session for Kitty, they unwittingly face their own demons. Mike’s desire to see the ghosts yields surprising results.

Ghosts

Series 2

The Grey Lady

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

The fragile harmony at Button House is broken when a ghostly photograph goes viral, forcing Mike and Alison to try a new way of making money. Show more

Contributors

Captain:
Ben Willbond
Director:
Tom Kingsley
Producer:
Matthew Mulot
Executive Producer:
Alison Carpenter
Executive Producer:
Imogen Cooper
Executive Producer:
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer:
Alison Owen
Executive Producer:
Mathew Baynton
Executive Producer:
Simon Farnaby
Executive Producer:
Martha Howe-Douglas
Executive Producer:
Jim Howick
Executive Producer:
Laurence Rickard
Executive Producer:
Ben Willbond

Ghosts

Series 2

The Thomas Thorne Affair

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Thomas goes down memory lane with Alison, but the truth is muddied when the other ghosts tell their version of events. Mike struggles with his own memories of Alison’s past. Show more

Contributors

Robin/Humphrey's Head:
Laurence Rickard
Captain:
Ben Willbond
Isabelle:
Holli Dempsey
Officer's Friend:
Liran Nathan
Francis:
Al Roberts
Director:
Tom Kingsley
Producer:
Matthew Mulot
Writer:
Jim Howick
Executive Producer:
Alison Carpenter
Executive Producer:
Imogen Cooper
Executive Producer:
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer:
Alison Owen
Executive Producer:
Mathew Baynton
Executive Producer:
Simon Farnaby
Executive Producer:
Martha Howe-Douglas
Executive Producer:
Jim Howick
Executive Producer:
Laurence Rickard
Executive Producer:
Ben Willbond

15 Minute Drama

Forty Weeks

Episode 1: Lentil

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

By Katherine Jakeways. Romantic comedy. Sam loves Rose, and Rose loves Sam. But when his dad dies, Sam gets drunk and accidentally sleeps with Bayley. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Forty Weeks

Episode 2: Lime

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

By Katherine Jakeways. Sam loves Rose. And Rose loves Sam. But in 40 weeks' time, a girl called Bayley is having Sam's baby. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Forty Weeks

Episode 3: Melon

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Romantic comedy by Katherine Jakeways. With 20 weeks until the baby is due, Sam has moved in with Bayley. But he cannot stop thinking about Rose. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Forty Weeks

Episode 4: Cabbage

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

By Katherine Jakeways. Romantic comedy. When Bayley has a fall, Rose rushes her to the hospital and is forced to reveal her true identity. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Forty Weeks

Episode 5: Baby

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

By Katherine Jakeways. Romantic comedy. With the baby's arrival fast approaching, Sam has something to confess to Bayley. Show more