- Acropolis Now (radio)
"Acropolis Now" is a
BBC Radio sitcomset in Ancient Greece, written by the author of " Eats, Shoots & Leaves", Lynne Truss. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4in two series in 2000 and 2002, with subsequent reruns on BBC 7in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Acropolis Now follows the fictional adventures of historial Greek characters in
Athens, Heraclitus, Aristophanes, Socrates, Xanthippe, the Oracle, and is loosely narrated by a chorus, in the convention of Greek dramas.
Aristophanes and his brother, Heraclitus, run a fish restaurant. Oracle, their mother, is a former keeper of the Oracle at Delphi. She constantly "sees signs", most of which turn out to be commonplace 20th century
traffic signs and posters.
Xanthippe is a pervert, that is a heterosexual, in a society where homosexuality is normal. She has a crush on Socrates' friend Plato, who cannot handle her advances.
The nature of the chorus varies from episode to episode. It may be the fish deliverymen on their daily round, a gang of former Olympians looking for a free meal, or the "unbelievably affable ones" (cheerful versions of the
Furies) come to collect Socrates and take him to Hades. Several male voices speak in unison, with a lead voice underlining the occasional detail.
* Stephen Moore as
Heraclitus, Aristophanes' brother and tormentor.
Alan Cox (actor)as Aristophanes, playwright, poet, orator, and restaurateur.
Robert Hardyas Socrates
* Tom George as Plato, Socrates' pupil, who will never amount to much
Rosemary Leachas Oracle, mother of Heraclitus and Aristophanes.
Rachel Atkinsas Xanthippe, wife of Socrates, and deviant heterosexual ( Imelda Stauntonin Series 2)
* Gavin Muir as Chorus
* [http://epguides.com/AcropolisNow/ Acropolis Now episode guide]
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