Man of Soup Series 2

BBC Radio 4 1st Broadcast 01.06.2000-04.07.2000

BBC Radio 4 Repeated 19.09.2000-24.10.2000



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

The deeply strange occupants of Lottie's cafe-bar in the former Soviet state of Slomzovakia return for an incendiary episode.

Episode 2

It is presidential election time, and Klepke stands against Boris the Warlord.

Episode 3

New revelations about Klepke, Lottie, Lovac, Ignatz and Salome threaten the fragile, alcohol-fuelled equilibrium.

Episode 4

It all starts with Lovac's impression of Yasser Arafat and the computer Salome has borrowed.

Episode 5

Is it loxo fever or normal life in Slomzovakia?

Episode 6

Satan - or is it Bill Oddie? - walks the earth and drops in to Lottie's bar. The world holds its breath.


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.


What Others have said

"... fast becoming a worthy successor to Round The Horne, The Goon Show and Monty Pythons Flying Circus"

FEEDBACK BBC Radio 4, 3/11/2000

" .... thank God I caught the repeat ... the funniest thing I've heard on the radio in years"

BARRY CRYER October 2000


Other Links

Man of Soup Series 1

Man of Soup Series 2


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