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Radio 4's ''Hut 33'', written by James Cary and produced by Adam Bromley.
Bletchley Park, 1941. As WWII rolls on, the men and women at Bletchley work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine.
When they aren't too busy bickering with one another, and otherwise having the most ridiculous war imaginable.
Archie (Tom Goodman-Hill) is a working-class Geordie who was rejected from Oxford by a pompous don for not knowing how to use a fish fork properly. Years later, this don re-enters his life when Charles (Robert Bathurst) is assigned to act as their hut's resident linguistics expert. Mutual hate ensues between the working-class, socialist Archie, and arrogant, old-monied, conservative Charles.
Also stationed in Hut 33 are young prodigy Gordon (Fergus Craig), IQ 196, whose mother won't let him wear proper trousers until he turns 18, and the ever-silent Winstanley. They are overseen by Third Lieutenant Joshua Featherstonehaugh-Marshall ([[Series/TheThickOfIt Alex MacQueen]]), kicked upstairs for driving an entire tank regiment into the sea ("The colours on the map were very misleading. I honestly thought that blue meant 'sky'."). Polish resistance fighter Minka (Creator/OliviaColman) often drops in -- with varying degrees of literalness -- and rounding out the cast is cheerful, lascivious Mrs. Best (Lill Roughley), proprietor of the local pub.
!!Tropes that appear in this work include:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Mrs. B to Charles.
* ActionGirl: Minka.
* AnythingThatMoves: Mrs. Best.
* AxCrazy: Minka, who carries a Bren gun everywhere and is delighted to be presented with rusty barbed wire as a Christmas present.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Charles and Minka's opinion of the French. Minka's opinion of the [[LaResistance French Resistance]] is equally unflattering.
-->'''Minka:''' Ooh, I am French Resistance! I work in cafe in Paris, and sometimes I serve Nazi officers croissant that is not quite fresh!
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Winstanley is not mentioned after the fourth episode.
* CloudCuckooLander: 3rd Lieutenant Josh Featherstonehaugh-Marshall, who was equally sad to find out that Santa and Winston Churchill don't exist, and reports that the Germans are fielding [[Film/TheWizardOfOz armies of flying monkeys]] after seeing a "newsreel" in London. His advice during a bombing raid is to "stand very still. They'll go away!"
** Josh's father, General "Crusher" Featherstonehaugh-Marshall, combines this with AxCrazy. Has mistakenly invaded Denmark, Switzerland and Chad.
--> '''Josh:''' He says, "When you attack the enemy, scream and shout as you do so."
--> '''Archie:''' That reminds me. How did his raid on Dieppe go?
--> '''Josh:''' Very badly. It was almost as if the Germans knew we were coming.
* DeadpanSnarker: Archie
* DoubleAgent: In one episode, [[spoiler: Mrs. Best]].
* ExtendedDisarming: Applies to Minka on several occasions.
* GentlemanSnarker: Charles
* ICallHerVera: Minka has names for several of her weapons, including "Mr. Choppy-Chop" the knife.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The "I-tube", an inter-hut communications system. Gordon envisions it one day spanning the globe in a massive interconnected network, and it will be called ... "[[LastSecondWordSwap The World Wide Spider!]]"
** Charles' higher cause: "Of course I don't want Germany to win. Imagine what Europe would be like if everything got standardized, measured and regulated! I'm fighting this war to make sure that never happens."
* KickedUpstairs: Josh, after losing an entire tank battalion by driving it into the English Channel. He is also demoted to Third Lieutenant.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: (Polish version.) As a contrast to the British men, who range from polite to effete, Minka is the sort of woman who can probably strangle a cow and believes that the way to a man's heart is through using a bayonet.
* NinjaMaid: Minka is, ostensibly, the Hut 33's secretary. She rarely seems to be doing any secretarial duties, however, and is more often found keeping guard or performing interrogations.
* OopNorth: Archie. Charles has strong prejudices against anywhere north of, roughly, London.
* ReallyGetsAround: Mrs. Best. Name any prominent figure of the period and she will announce, "I've had 'im."
* RunningGag: Several.
** Minka [[DropInCharacter appears out of nowhere]], and everyone screams in fright.
** Another Minka: "When Nazis invade your country you learn to move silently, like...", then adding something such as "...cat. With Bren gun."
** Mrs. Best turns out to have had sex with someone famous.
** Charles turns out to have known a famous Nazi.
* StealthHiBye: Minka's preferred method of dropping in. It tends to terrify everyone else in the room.
* StiffUpperLip: Charles, as a consummate gentleman, likes to believe he has this.
* TakeThat: Numerous.
** From the time the team was nearly sent to Iraq: "Even the Nazis wouldn't be so barbaric as to bomb an ancient city like Baghdad!"
** Minka: "Cardiff make me homesick. It look just like Warsaw, after Nazi destroy it."
* TokenEvilTeammate: Sorta. Certainly this is Archie's view of Charles. While Charles has spoken in favor of some of Hitler's practices (and ability to organize), he dreads Germany homogenizing Europe according to their standards of cuisine. Archie thinks he's a fascist, but he's mostly just arrogant and exceedingly privileged, rather than a full-on Nazi sympathizer. Charles is also quick to point out that he didn't edit Mein Kampf, but just was in Wittenburg when a proof copy happened to turn up on his desk.
** Charles knew several Nazis socially before the war, and Archie insinuates others. In one episode it is revealed that he taught one at Oxford, accepting him over Archie because "he was bright, well-read and not from Newcastle."
* TooDumbToLive: Characters often wonder just how Josh is still alive.
* UnusualEuphemism: Mrs. Best's descriptions of famous people she's had sex with
** Admiral Doenitz: "I'm not playing Up Periscope again."
** Albert Einstein: "I'd patent some of the things he could do with a slide rule."
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Minka often produces a knife when there is no readily obvious place it could have been hidden. When asked where she was keeping it, she replies simply "Secret place".
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: The setting is Bletchley Park at the height of the war.