At Home With The Snails, 2001
A somewhat surreal comedy from BBC Radio. Certainly not suitable for all, the humour can only be described as politely and subliminally obscene, with the characters openly described as mentally deranged.
The story lines explored themes of family, sexual preference and aging in a humorous yet thought-provoking style.
Featuring an all star cast At Home With The Snails ran for eight episodes over two series.
The story revolves around the dysfunctional Fisher family and features son Alex’s obsession with snails: killing them, collecting them, even having sexual desires for them.
By season two, Alex even attempts to turn into one. Whilst his Mother and Father (George and Beverly) decide to fake their own deaths and spy on their son in order to write a book about his descent into madness.
Geoffrey Palmer – George Fisher
Angela Thorne – Beverly Fisher
Gerard Foster – Alex Fisher
Miranda Hart – Rose
Debra Stephenson – Hosanna
Channel: BBC Radio 4
Written By: Gerard Foster
Produced By: Jane Berthoud
Original Transmission Dates: 26th June 2001 – 8th August 2002