The British Are Coming!
By Five East
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Events in a small Irish village after the arrival of English refugees, post-Brexit. A 12-part scripted comedy podcast. Starring Kelly Campbell, Jessica Carroll, Clint Dyer, David Ganly, Gary Lilburn, Deirdra Morris, Elizabeth Moynihan, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Saskia Reeves, Justin Salinger, Barry Ward, Jade Yourell. Written, directed and produced by Síofra Campbell. Recorded, mixed, designed by Dominic Rippel at Shelter Studio, London. www.thebritisharecoming.ie
||ExplicitEpisode 1 – Welcome to Ballygomore||There’s tension between Brendan and Dolores over the English refugees they are hosting, post-Brexit. The refugees themselves – Helen, Trevor and Ben – are not all that thrilled about how Ireland is turning out for them.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - Leitrim is Lovely All the Same||Dolores has too many sheep in her flock so she tries to persuade her daughter Mags to take the extras. Petey instructs Helen to take the family china out of storage ahead of cleaning the bathroom. Ben waits on a dark road to ambush Trevor but instead f.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 – It’s Rough Being The Outsider||Garda Nugent suspects that Aunty Catherine may be hiding something and finds a suspicious individual living in her pig shed. Trevor gets the wrong side of Barb when he objects to her price-gouging. Dolores is stymied in her sheep-shuffling efforts when.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 – Hieeee-Ya!||Ben and Dessie’s short-lived alliance is reviewed through the prism of metalwork and social media. Dolores and Mags wrestle metaphorically for control of Step the sheepdog while providing poor emotional support for each other.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 – Off On A Mission||Helen’s attempts at corralling both the cows and her family push her to breaking point. Following a new development and with some unsolicited help/interference from Barb and Petey, Garda Nugent expands the scope of her gate investigation.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 – A Helping Hand Or Some Other Kind||Ben looks for help from Mags; ends up with advice instead. Trevor gets a job! But Brendan’s attempts at negotiating him a better deal are quashed by Barb. Dolores experiments with a complicated (but theoretically possible) way to incorporate her s||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 – A Small Moment Of Enjoinment||Brendan and Petey debate the merits of invite lists and recent developments in the gate realm. Dessie decides to up his game to impress Mags, brushing aside Alistair’s attempt to enlist him to the Irexit cause. Helen investigates her family tree,||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 – Aspects of Resistance||Dolores takes radical steps to lose the extra sheep, only to be run a-cropper by Petey. Brendan instructs Trevor in The Ways of the Iron. Armed with a photofit of Alistair Domage, Garda Nugent attempts to elicit an ID from Aunty Catherine,||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – A Country Mile||Garda Nugent and Dolores meet out walking and a cautious approach to conversation leads both to wonder if the other is really only out for a walk. While carting out the empties, Barb catches Ben behind the bins stealing her wifi.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – Stake Out||Dolores is determined to find out what Helen knows about the sheep; instead she ends up wondering what Mags is at. Brendan is stopped by Garda Nugent who is pursuing a one-woman-containment-troop strategy to track down Alistair.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – Intervention Time!||Dessie’s attempt to get Alistair away from Ballygomore collides with Garda Nugent’s checkpoint. Helen confronts Petey about their family history and who, in fact, is the rightful heir to the 400-piece china set that was rescued from the Big House in||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 – A Hostage Situation in the Pig Shed||While hunting Alistair Domage on foot with Trevor and Ben, Brendan changes his mind and goes back for the car. Dessie is en route to saving the day when he encounters Mags leaning on a gate and confesses his involvement with things.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTeaser||June 23rd, 2016. British voters went to the ballot box to decide whether to Leave or Remain part of the European Union. June 24th, 2016. It’s debatable whether Leavers or Remainers were the more shocked by the result: Brexit. In the aftermath,||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
At it’s core, this is a warm hearted gentle satire about life in a small Irish village. Although Brexit, xenophobia, and lying politicians are on the mind and roundly mocked, the show is really about poking fun at the neuroses and antics of its lovable idiosyncratic characters. In particular I love Garda Nugent, whose dedication to solving petty crime is at Hot Fuzz levels, and Barb, whose American overconfidence and mercenary instincts are hilarious. I would happily spend more time with this cast of characters.
Right on Time
Perfect amount of levity and wit for these troubled times... bumpered by Brexit and Trump.