The Headset Set: The Complete Series 1 and 2: A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2022
5 hours 33 minutes
The BBC Radio sketch show set in a vast call centre

Smile5 is the mail-order catalogue company that sells anything and everything, from foot spas to fishing insurance, Rolex watches to lawnmowers. And way out of town, miles from anywhere, is its immense call centre, populated by the Headset Set: team leader Sailesh, recently transferred from Bangalore and hiding a dark secret; long-term employee (and determined technophobe) Bernie; self-loathing, streetwise cynic Aleesha; and Big Tony, who treats the job as a sideline to his own, somewhat shadier enterprises. Along with Ralph, the unsympathetic head of training; childlike Bradley, who's too nervous to make calls; and the recalcitrant HR department, they spend their days dealing with strange requests and even stranger people.

In these twelve hilarious episodes, we eavesdrop on both sides of their bizarre, horrific and ludicrous phone calls, as well as following the ups and downs of call centre life. Series 1 sees the hapless operators thrown into chaos by a new phone system; falling ill en masse; coping with appraisal day and reacting to the news that their colleague Dan has died. And in Series 2, the team welcome new colleague Scott, deal with missing lunches and a massive hole in the middle of the office; bring their dogs to work and prepare to suffer the Curse of the Thermostat...

This sparkling sketch show was created by Stephen Carlin and James Kettle, penned by a team of comedy writers - including established names such as Madeleine Brettingham and Jon Hunter as well as new, emerging talent - and script edited by Dan Tetsell and James Kettle. It stars Chizzy Akudolu, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Colin Hoult, Phaldut Sharma, Philip Fox and Lucy Montgomery.

Created by Stephen Carlin and James Kettle
Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Stephen Carlin, Kevin Core, Rob Gilroy, Rebecca Hobbs, Colin Hoult, Jon Hunter, James Kettle, Tom Neenan, Celia Pacquola, Ben Partridge, Dale Shaw, Dan Tetsell and Andy Wolton
Script editors: Dan Tetsell and James Kettle
Produced by Tilusha Ghelani

Aleesha - Chizzy Akudolu
Bernie - Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Big Tony/Ralph - Colin Hoult
Sailesh/Bradley - Phaldut Sharma
Various - Philip Fox and Lucy Montgomery
Other characters played by the cast

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23 June-28 July 2011 (Series 1), 1 November-6 December 2012

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