Reluctant Persuaders

Nigel Havers' radio sitcom set in an advertising agency
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For three decades, Rupert Hardacre was one of the big beasts of advertising, the self-proclaimed "British David Ogilvy". He worked hard, played hard, and lived hard. But he fell harder...

Driven out of every reputable agency in town for drinking all their whiskey and sleeping with all their wives, he used the remains of his fortune to found Hardacre's, the best (and only) advertising agency on the M25. Now he's so confident that his name alone will take him back to the top, he's happy to leave all the actual work to the creative department.

Joseph Starling and Teddy Beech - the entire creative department - have never been at the top of anything. Arts graduates in a tough economy, they took the first jobs they could find, and know precisely nothing about advertising. However, armed with a BA in English and a Gentleman's Third in Graphic Design, they're ready to take on the world. If only someone would tell them what it is they're supposed to be doing...

Amanda Barnes is the agency's new arrival, one of Campaign Magazine's 50 Account Managers To Watch... in 2006. Unfortunately, after several years out of the industry, Amanda is discovering it isn't that easy to get back on at the same level you got off at. Nevertheless, she is determined to work her way back to the top, even if she has to drag Hardacre's behind her single-handed.

Together with their permanently disinterested receptionist Laura; Hardacre, Joe, Teddy, and Amanda must work together to cater to the smallest, strangest, and most sinister clients in town, and prove they've got what it takes to get ahead in advertising.

  1. Lemon (25.6Mb)
  2. We Try Harder (25.6Mb)
  3. The Best A Man Can Get (25.4Mb)
  4. Vorsprung durch Technik (25.6Mb)
  5. Live Young (25.4Mb)
  6. Just Do It (25.5Mb)
  7. Give a Man a Fish (25.3Mb)
  8. Think Different (25.2Mb)
  9. Ideas for Life (25.3Mb)
  10. Happiest Place on Earth (25.6Mb)
  11. Connecting People (25.5Mb)
  12. Because She's Worth It (12.8Mb)
  13. The Appliance of Science (25.5Mb)
  14. Holidays Are Coming (25.6Mb)

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