Chambers is a comedy series set in perhaps the country's least spectacular law chambers. Starting on Radio 4, it moved on to BBC television a year later using many of the same scripts although not in the same order as the radio series (to make up the series of 6 that TV generally requires). Starring John Bird as John Fuller-Carp, James Fleet as Hilary Tripping, Sarah Lancashire as Ruth Quirke, and Jonathan Kydd as Vince Griffiths, the series was written by Clive Coleman , and broadcast in the morning comedy slot (11.30am) on Radio 4, with a repeat in the early evening comedy slot (6.30pm) a few months later. Others appearing in the series on radio were Rebecca Front, Ben Crowe, Joanna Monro, Geoffrey Whitehead, Peter Gunn, Tilly Gaunt, Natalie Walter, Simon Greenall, Jeremy Clyde, John Rowe and Emma Clarke. The series was produced by Paul Schlesinger.

SERIES Radio:1 | Radio:2 | Radio:3 | Television:1 | Television:2


Series One.

April/May 1996. No further details yet.

Series Two.

TitleTX DateRpt DateSynopsisNotes
Only the Lonely.11.5.9813.8.98 John Fuller-Carp finds himself in competition with rival Vernon Ames. Ruth decides to adopt a baby.Side 1
The Masons.18.5.9820.8.98 John Fuller-Carp decides that becoming a Mason will improve his chances of winning cases. Meanwhile, Hilary has a narrow escape with a judge when Ruth asks him to go to a gay bar. Side 2
The Phantom Barrister.25.5.9827.8.98Desperate to make Forecourt Buildings more successful, Fuller-Carp sets about recruiting new blood. Meanwhile, Ruth's mother pays her an unwelcome visit.
A Case with a View.1.6.983.9.98John Fuller-Carp's ambitions to become a QC take another downward turn when his nephew is charged with domestic burglary.
Conditional Fees.8.6.9810.9.98John Fuller Carp is desperate to win a big case, but how much money can he earn from an industrial accident involving a can of figs?

Series Three.

TitleTX DateRpt DateSynopsisNotes
Rent Arrears.9.3.9916.6.99John Fuller-Carp, head of chambers, enjoys conning students, Ruth tries to avoid the question, and Vince acts Jewish.Side 3
A Pain in the Back.16.3.9923.6.99John Fuller-Carp becomes distracted by the allure of one of his clients and Ruth is asked to babysit for a friend's electronic pet.
Outward Bound.23.3.9930.6.99John Fuller-Carp, Ruth and Hilary are asked to take part in an outward bound weekend by an influential firm of solicitors. However, the exercise turns into a nightmare.
It's Only Words.30.3.997.7.99 John Fuller-Carp gets embroiled in a very costly bet with rival barrister Vernon Ames, and Ruth joins a dating agency.Side 4


Series One.

TitleTX DateNotes
It's Only Words.15.6.00
Trial By Television.22.6.00
Rent Arrears.29.6.00
Phantom Barrister.6.7.00
The Masons.13.7.00
Only The Lonely.20.7.00

Series Two.

In this series Nina Wadia as Alex Khan replaced Sarah Lancashire. As I missed the broadcasts of this series and the Radio Times information appears to repeat itself, I have no further confirmed details other than the dates as yet.
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