Watching this I think it must have heavily influenced (and was certainly influenced by) other political comedy greats. I first encountered this as the radio series and fully expected the TV version to be a substandard copy since the writing for the former would need to be so much tighter. Further, since the contemporaneous nature of the material ages rapidly it becomes less accessible and I would fight to understand it. I was wrong on both counts. Even more acerbic, even more pretentious and even more ludicrous and all whilst being thoroughly enjoyable the skills of Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are still much in evidence. The TV version offers a much more convoluted plot which entertains and satisfies, once it can be synchronised but plenty of familiar faces and as the series progresses, the shape of the plots becomes more sharply defined in their execution. Never knowingly out-wheezed. Indeed Charles. Indeed.