Man of Soup Series 1

BBC Radio 4 1st Broadcast 1999 03.08.1998-07.09.1998 BBC Radio 4



Dirk Maggs


Written By

David Stafford

Caroline Stafford


Produced for

Celador BBC Radio 4



A sitcom set in a clapped-out former Soviet republic of Slomzovakia, where a selection of oddball characters were observed wandering

down a variety of extremely well-trodden fleecing-the-tourists and misunderstanding-elements-of-Western-culture comedy paths.


Episode 1

Welcome to Slomzovakia

Where Loxo is cheap and the Post-It note a decadent luxury.

Episode 2

Welcome to Slomzovakia

Where real men yo-yo.

Episode 3

Welcome to Slomzovakia

Where flip-flops are hard currency.

Episode 4

Welcome to Slomzovakia

Home of the aubergine.

Episode 5


Grips Slomvakia.

Episode 6

Farewell Slomvakia

Toxic waste capital of Europe.


Josie Lawrence
Andrew Sachs
Morwenna Banks
Michael Roberts


Production Crew

None at this time


Recorded at

None at this time


Music composed & Arranged

None at this time


Comment by Dirk Maggs

Lots of people didn't get the joke! But this was one of my personal favourites among shows I have directed and produced, a comedy by the wonderful David and Caroline Stafford

set in a tiny Eastern European state just coming to terms with the collapse of communism. It started surreal and got progressively wackier.


We performed in front of an audience and built a set which represented the bar which all the characters frequented each week. I loved it because it had warmth amidst its weirdness and some

of the funniest set pieces I have ever heard. I was very upset when a third series was not commissioned.


Running Time

6 Number 30 minute episodes


Other Links

Man of Soup Series 1

Man of Soup Series 2


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