Charles Prentiss calls his young associates "Bright Young Things" and occasionally quotes Oscar Wilde.
As a young man, Charles committed cheque fraud, was caught when he tried to charge an expensive stay in a luxury hotel, and spent several months in prison. Stephen Fry certainly did nothing of the sort. It was a stolen credit card.
Actor-Shared Background: One episode of the radio series features a journalist blackmailing Charles about a check-forging incident in his past. Stephen Fry spent some time in prison for fraud when he was a very young man. (Martin doesn't mind at all - he thinks it's "quite stylish.")
The Other Darrin: In series 4, Archie goes through a voice change from Tony Gardner (Dan Miller in The Thick of It) to Alex Lowe, and then goes back to Gardner for the special.
The TV Series:
Too Soon: The TV episode in which a member of the Bin Laden family wants to buy British Airways was postponed due to the London bombings.