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John Finnemore's Double Acts
John Finnemore's anthology series of unconnected two-hander comedy dramas

John Finnemore's Double Acts is a series of radio comedy programmes, written by John Finnemore. It is an anthology series of largely unconnected two-handers.

Each episode features only two main speaking parts, apart from Finnemore himself who acts as announcer. Additional, uncredited voices are sometimes heard briefly. Each episode is a self-contained play, though four in the first series are loosely connected by incidental details, mainly revolving around references to a fictional bath supplier called Willard & Son: "A Flock of Tigers", which is set in the 1930s, features the character Edmund Willard - the titular "son" - while "Wysinnwyg", "Hot Desk" and "Red-Handed" all involve characters who work for the company in the present day. Both "Red Handed" (which takes place over half an hour in real time) and "Hot Desk" (which takes place over a few weeks) are implied to take place within the time frame of "Wysinnwyg" (which covers several months), and contain callbacks to each other in the form of references to characters appearing in the others.

The episode "A Flock of Tigers" was shortlisted for Best Scripted Comedy Drama in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016. The episode "English for Pony Lovers" won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Comedy in January 2017.

  1. A Flock of Tigers (25.7Mb)
  2. Wysinnwyg (25.8Mb)
  3. Red-Handed (25.2Mb)
  4. The Goliath Window (24.9Mb)
  5. English for Pony-Lovers (25.8Mb)
  6. Hot Desk (25.8Mb)
  7. The Queen's Speech (25.7Mb)
  8. Mercy Dash (25.7Mb)
  9. Penguin Diplomacy (25.7Mb)
  10. The Rebel Alliance (25.7Mb)
  11. Here's What We Do (25.7Mb)
  12. The Wroxton Box (25.7Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.