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Fags, Mags & Bags - Series 2 (2008)
About the Series:
Join Ramesh, Dave, Alok and Sanjay for the 2nd series of ‘Fags, Mags & Bags’ on BBC Radio 4. This series you can marvel at the sheer hideousness of Ramesh’s extended family, guffaw loudly at Alok’s celebrity branded merchandise, and openly laugh and point at Sanjay’s attempts at facial hair.
So once again hear the staff of Fags, Mags and Bags in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Enter this heady world of behind the counter philosophy, courtesy of the Mahju family, the head of which is Ramesh.
Ramesh has built the shop up over the course of 30 years, and is a firmly entrenched feature of the local area. Ramesh is ably assisted by his shop sidekick Dave, a forty-something underachiever who shares Ramesh’s love of the art of shopkeeping, even if he is treated like a slave.
Then of course there are Ramesh’s sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business. Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them whether they like it or not. Ramesh has branched out into home movies - watch Shopumentary and Wall of Crisps.
Cast and Characters
Ramesh: Sanjeev Kohli
Dave: Donald McLeary
Sanjay: Omar Raza
Alok: Susheel Kumar
Father Henderson: Gerard Kelly
Producer: Gus Beattie
Director: Iain Davidson
Script Editor: Niall Clark
Ramesh: The owner, or vanguard if you will (actually no – just ‘owner’) of Fags, Mags and Bags. Lenzie’s premier vendor of newspapers, confectionary, and last minute green toilet roll which is invariably accessed by that big long stick with a hook on it from a high shelf. Ramesh loves being a shopkeeper and loves all the aspects of the art of shop (and, yes, he genuinely considers it to be an art). He applies the ‘low return’ rules of shop to all other aspects of his life, and therefore comes across as a bit tight with money. This is unfair though, Ramesh is merely cognisant of the fact that each chocolate tool sold returns 0.35 pence into the coffers and yet the said coffers have provided Ramesh with a tan Mercedes and a pair of tassled mushroom loafers.
Sanjay: Sanjay is seventeen and consequently both angry and confused. One thing is quite clear to him though – he doesn’t want to work in a shop. In terms of attitude, he combines the indifference of a flock of Goths perched outside a major railway station, with the sarcasm of a flock of Goths perched outside a major railway station. Forced to do shifts in the shop for pocket money, and to maintain the Roof Over His Head TMhe blasts out drum and bass with his beanie hat pulled over his eyes in a feeble act of rebellion against women buying Chomps and Grazia.
Alok: Alok would like to think of himself as the Asian Richard Branson, to the extent that he would happily launch a new online bread roll delivery service dressed in a bridal gown before throwing Kate Thornton into a nearby swimming pool for the assembled press. Unfortunately his only outlet for his cutting-edge business ideas is his dad’s shop, where the press are rarely assembled, and dad isn’t interested. In fact, dad’s response to his many schemes (internet pillar, hover shoes, self building Lego) is remarkably like an open mouthed guffaw.
Dave: Ramesh’s sidekick, best friend and to the causal observer, hetero life partner. Dave is unencumbered by ambition, angst, and adenoids (after a childhood incident involving a snowball with a stone in it). Dave is one of life’s learners – he has a hunger for knowledge which is satisfied by the burgeoning spectrum of part work publications which rain like intellectual gold dust onto the shop counter (free binder with part one) You may get the impression that Dave would work at the shop even if he wasn’t paid. And you would be right. To have that impression. Because he would. Work at the shop. Even if he wasn’t being paid. So well done you.
The first series was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award in 2008.
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1/6. Ramesh and Dave come to the rescue after a number of local cats go missing.
21 Nov 2008
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2/6. Ramesh's life is turned upside down when an elderly and despised aunt turns up uninvited.
28 Nov 2008
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3/6. Trouble looms for Ramesh as his nemesis Tom Skilliter reappears after 20 years.
5 Dec 2008
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4/6. Lenzie turns feral after Ramesh sells cards with abusive messages to the locals.
12 Dec 2008
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5/6. Ramesh's nephew arrives from India, complete with impressive shopkeeping skills.
19 Dec 2008
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6/6. Tensions run high as Ramesh gears up for the Shopkeeper of the Year award.
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