Lenin Of The Rovers - Radio Comedy - BBC7
8 x 30 minute episodes - Series 01 & 02 - 128Kbps - Mp3 - Slimoo
Lenin of the Rovers was a BBC Radio 4 comedy series from 1988 starring Alexei Sayle as Ricky Lenin, a player for Felchester Rovers - Britain's only communist football team.
Other players in the team included Stevie Stalin and Terry Trotsky.
The team was managed by Des Frankly and Colonel Brace-Cartwright who were frequently interviewed by Frank Lee Brian (real-life football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme).
Actors John Sessions and Jim Broadbent made character appearances in Series 2. The title is a parody of the long-running football-themed comic strip, Roy of the Rovers.
The show loosely parodied the increasing commercialisation of British football and the then-notorious violent loyalty of the fans.
The script also made frequent use of Ricky Lenin's attempts to fit in with what he saw as a 'western' lifestyle, in a similar way to some of Sayle's appearances as the Balowski Family in The Young Ones.
Alexei Sayle as Ricky Lenin
Kenneth Wolstenholme as Frank Lee Brian
Andrew McClean as Stevie Stalin
Jerold Wells as Brian Frankly
Maurice Colbourne as Ray of the Rovers
Ballard Berkeley as the colonel [ Series 1 ]
Donald Hewlett as the colonel [ Series 2 ]
Keith Allen as Terry Trotsky [ Series 1 ]
Phil Cornwell as Terry Trotsky [ Series 2 ]
John Witty as Announcer [ Series 2 ]
Written by Marcus Berkmann
Produced by Harry Thompson
Lenin Of The Rovers - S01 - E01 - Up For The Coup
Lenin Of The Rovers - S01 - E02 - Felcherama
Lenin Of The Rovers - S01 - E03 - The Fifth Man
Lenin Of The Rovers - S01 - E04 - Max Gut
Lenin Of The Rovers - S02 - E01 - Ghosts And Ghoolies
Lenin Of The Rovers - S02 - E02 - The Felchester Firm
Lenin Of The Rovers - S02 - E03 - Apocalypse Des
Lenin Of The Rovers - S02 - E04 - The Final Solution