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Following the end of the popular and acclaimed Cabin Pressure, John Finnemore created this anthology series of two-handers.

Tropes heard here:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Throughout both "Wysinnwyg" and "Hot Desk".
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Kerry in "Wysinnwyg" quietly manouevres her way up through the company.
  • Blatant Lies:
  • British Stuffiness: Edward's drives the plot in "A Flock of Tigers".
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only does Joel get on the wrong side of a Magnificent Bastard burglar in "Red Handed", but he is by far the one who suffers the most from the events of "Wysinnwyg", an episode he's not even in.
  • Call-Back: At one point in "Hot Desk", the receptionist makes a phone call to a superior. We only hear the receptionist's side of the conversation, but the superior is strongly implied to be Adele from "Wysinnwyg".
  • Chekhov's Gag: Often.
    • In "Wysinnwyg", the fact that Kerry has read The Art of War.
    • In "English For Pony Lovers", Lorna attempting to get Elke to buy a meal has a significance that is revealed later on.
  • The Con: "Mercy Dash"
  • Continuity Nod: In "A Flock of Tigers", Edward reveals that he is a bathtub salesman trading under Willard & Son. In the present day, Willard & Son is the company which the characters in "Wysinnwyg" and "Hot Desk" work for.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The burglar in "Red Handed" is so much in control throughout the episode that it's easy to forget the robbery has gone wrong and what we're witnessing is his back-up plan. What a plan it is.
  • David vs. Goliath: Discussed in "The Goliath Window". Luke is inspired by the story, while Mark never quite grasps that David is the hero.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In "Hot Desk", the receptionist's first name is Griselda.
  • Gentleman Thief: The burglar in "Red Handed", who lampshades it as one of the reasons he's going to get away with it. (Not the only reason; he's also Crazy-Prepared.)
  • Graying Morality: "Wysinnwyg" pulls this off within the space of a single 28-minute radio play.
  • The Hermit: Søndergaard in "Penguin Diplomacy". He's friendly toward Bunning, but just as happy to be left alone to watch his penguins.
  • Hero of Another Story: The non-appearing character Joel in "Wysinnwyg" is literally the hero of another story, which we get to hear in "Red-Handed". Nothing in the latter requires the listener to have heard the former.
  • How We Got Here: "The Queen's Speech" starts with what is supposedly the only recording of Queen Victoria's voice, then gives us the story that leads up to it.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The burglar in "Red Handed".
    • Both Kerry and Adele in "Wysinnwyg".
  • Large Ham: Mark in "The Goliath Window", of the salty sea dog variety.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: In Universe. The Mainstream Obscurity of The Art of War is a plot point in "Wysinnwyg".
  • Minimalist Cast: Every episode is basically a two-hander. John Finnemore acts as announcer, setting the scene and throwing in the odd "Two days later" as required, but that still only brings the number of voices in an episode to three. (And "The Goliath Window" and "The Wroxton Box" really do feature only two voices since Finnemore plays one of the main parts as well.) In a few episodes, there are additional voices but they are uncredited.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "Wysinnwyg", Adele's obsession with the idea that Kerry is wearing a Hidden Wire eventually leads to Kerry covertly recording Adele's confession that she sold sensitive information to a rival firm.
  • Not So Different: The conclusion of "English For Pony Lovers" has Elke and Lorna realise that they are Not So Different.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Adele in "Wysinnwyg", so very much.
  • Real Time: "A Flock Of Tigers", "The Goliath Window", "Red Handed", "The Queen's Speech" and "The Rebel Alliance" all play out in real time. "English For Pony Lovers" is almost real time - the 28 minutes running time covers about 32 minutes in-story with a single time skip near the end.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Shrink: Dolorosa in "A Flock Of Tigers" is of the Awesome variety. She meets and successfully treats a stranger on a train without him asking or realising it.
  • Smug Snake: Adele in "Wysinnwyg".
  • Tomato Surprise: In "Goliath Window", the fact that Mark and Luke are brothers, and later in the episode, that they are identical twins.