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Clockwise from top left: Duncan, Simon, Phoebe, Jared and Mel.

Duncan: You can just do that, then? You can just... form a party?
Jared: Yeah.
Duncan: Right. And you don't need any... adults around?
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Party is a BBC Radio 4 sitcom about five naive students trying to set up a new political party. It was adapted by Tom Basden (of Cowards) from his play of the same name, which premièred at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Basden also co-stars as Simon. Party currently consists of three series containing four episodes each, broadcast in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Party contains examples of:

  • Anti-Climactic Parent: Mister Simon in Prison Ain't All That Bad.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Combined with Badass Baritone by Conroy in Prison Ain't All That Bad.
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  • Big Eater: Duncan
  • British Unis: The main cast are all undergrad students of various subjects throughout series one and two. They apparently live in Hertfordshire, and could all plausibly be attending the University of Hertfordshire.
  • Crack Defeat: The results of the leadership election in Episode 1.
  • Crazy Homeless People: At the end of Jared's parents' garden in Is The Party Over?
  • Delicious Distraction: Duncan frequently derails meetings by fretting out loud about, for example, biscuits.
  • Dumb Muscle: Duncan during series three.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Phoebe to Duncan, ever since he came back stacked at the start of series three.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Gladius (pronounced Gladiaaarse)
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Mel came out in All Publicity Is Good Publicity, but nobody ever mentioned it again, and we've never seen anything to back it up.
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  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: The main reason Duncan joined the party in the first place.


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