Rigor Mortis: The Complete Series 1-3: A BBC Radio 4 Black Comedy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2021
8 hours 24 minutes
'Wonderfully funny... the wit flashes as brightly as the scalpels' Sunday Times
'The sharpest, blackest and most original sitcom I've heard in years' Observer

All 18 episodes of the sitcom set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab

Meet Dr Anthony Webster and Dr Ruth Anderson, two pathologists attempting to live normal lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and seriously unpleasant smells. Anthony loves his chosen profession, finding every cadaver exciting and surprising: 'they're like Kinder eggs that have died'. Ruth, however, longs for a juicy murder mystery, instead of one routine autopsy after another.

Together, they perform post-mortems under the watchful eye of their enthusiastic head of department, Professor Donaldson, a man who's never short of a new initiative or NHS directive to implement. Also keeping the mortuary alive are hard-drinking lab assistant Gordon, no-nonsense secretary Chloe, and ineffectual police sergeant Simon, who unfortunately gets queasy around corpses.

Throughout these three series, the team tackle a 'live' radio autopsy, a dearth of dead bodies, and a health scare in the lab; find themselves forced to work on Christmas Day due to a department store drama, and witness a retirement, a leaving party, an overdue baby - and a death...

Scripted by Laurence Howarth, one of the lead writers on Dead Ringers and co-star of Radio 4's Laurence & Gus, this delightfully dark comedy is like Silent Witness, only slightly less ridiculous. It stars Peter Davison as Anthony, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Matilda Ziegler as Ruth and Geoffrey Whitehead as Professor Donaldson, with Tom Price as Gordon, Marianne Levy as Chloe and Gus Brown as Simon.

Dr Anthony Webster - Peter Davison
Dr Ruth Anderson - Tracy-Ann Oberman/Matilda Ziegler
Professor Donaldson - Geoffrey Whitehead
Gordon - Tom Price
Chloe - Marianne Levy
Simon - Gus Brown
David/Patient - Stephen Critchlow
Elaine/Mrs Fitzherbert/Alison/Mrs Wealands/Mrs Dance - Beth Chalmers
Mrs Renfield - Rachel Atkins
Daniel Kasper - Laurence Howarth
Margaret - Lauren Bird
Prof Van den Hoogenband - Chris Pavlo
Mr Reeve - Nicholas Boulton
Mrs Anderson - Paula Wilcox
Norman - Lewis Aaltonen
Dr Betzatzoglu - Alex Lowe
Matthew - Steven Kynman
Mrs Wantage - Felicity Montagu
Mr Wantage - Kim Wall
Dorothy - Joanna Brookes
Interviewer/Mr Dance - Gerard McDermott

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