The Brothers: The Complete Series 1-3

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What to expect

All 16 episodes of the BBC radio comedy about the dysfunctional Burbage siblings

Brothers Nigel and Michael share everything – home, work and acute neuroses. Several years ago, they gave up respectable careers to set up a website design company in Nigel’s living room. That was their first mistake…

They rapidly discover that no-one can disturb, pester and annoy like a sibling can – except, perhaps, for their eccentric friends Zorro and Oonagh, whose constant interruptions and distractions lead them into some increasingly odd situations. Liquidised orchids, tropical fish, John Travolta’s cufflinks and revolving bow ties are soon part of their daily routine as, beset by professional problems and private consternation, the beleagured brothers find their lives becoming increasingly surreal.

The arrival of their feckless father, Peter, sparks further havoc for the duo, and worries about absent wives and all-too-present fiancées only add to the pressure. Can the brothers fix their strained filial relationship, or will they only find happiness by going their separate ways?

Written by Caroline and David Stafford, whose credits include Hazelbeach and the ‘Birkett’ legal dramas, this engaging comedy drama stars Adam Godley (The Umbrella Academy) as Nigel, Raymond Coulthard (Hotel Babylon) as Michael, Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) as Oonagh and Pearce Quigley and Alex Lowe as Zorro.

Written by Caroline and David Stafford
Produced and directed by Marc Beeby

Cast
Nigel – Adam Godley
Michael – Raymond Coulthard
Oonagh – Pauline McLynn
Zorro – Pearce Quigley/Alex Lowe
Sally/Korean daughter – Alice Hart
Korean dad – Jon Glover
Unsuitable man – Harry Myers
Peter – James Fleet
Helen – Sophie Roberts
Trapper – Sam Dale
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 May-9 June 2004 (Series 1), 28 September-2 November 2005 (Series 2), 19 February-26 March 2007 (Series 3)

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