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The Buick Stops Here

Ian Hopkins and John Duignan

In the sequel to Skelp The Aged, Mungo and Ethel Laird return from the Algarve for medical reasons. Mungo is suffering from chronic insouciance but has been assured it is nothing to worry about; Ethel has a mysterious liver condition.


Instructed by Ethel to ‘find a project' while she is in hospital, Mungo finds himself the owner of the only loss-making bookmaker in the world. When a punter has an improbable winning bet and a nephew with a sledgehammer, and Mungo cannot pay, he turns to loan sharks - the alternative was RBS.


With men and women of violence circling, Mungo discovers that his houseboy has rented their villa on the Algarve to Russian gangsters diplomats. Escaping with only a flesh wound he is reunited with his beloved master to add another thing for Mungo to worry about.


Now where did Ethel put that shotgun?

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John Duignan and Ian Hopkins first joined forces thirty-six years ago and started their comedy writing career with ‘Not the Nine o'clock News'. Ian went on to write for Spitting Image and Naked Video.
Between them they have had three stage plays produced (Ian 3, John 1) and one novel published (John 1, Ian 0).
They also wrote jointly for two comedy radio shows.
This is their first collaboration to write a seriously comic novel where they have used their wealth of satirical comedy writing experience.
Currently they are writing (1) a sequel to SKELP (2) a comic novel that predicted twenty years ago the outcome of the Scottish referendum and the 2015 election result (though they cannot find the bookie's slip that would be their salvation...) plus (3) a seriously political screenplay.


John Duignan and Ian Hopkins on Skelp the Aged


Why is there no real political satire on TV?