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The Lambshank Redemption

Ian Hopkins and John Duignan

Following The Buick Stops Here, Mungo Laird is released from the slammer with every intention of rebuilding his business empire alongside his new friend - he of the dubious financial and pharmaceutical dealings - Dave Ashley-Cole-Cole.

His first problem is to wrestle the bookies business away from his son, Cosmo, and his son's rather dishy intelligent girlfriend, Raylene. His second is to find out what the devilled eggs his double-crossing partner Luigi has been up to in the Hippie Chippy. His third is to find a financial backer to purchase Salon Dixie Chic next door for that force of nature which is Ethel (wife to him).

Ethel and Mungo are enjoying increased levels of amorousness, spurred on by their shared love of cocktails of Buckfast, Benylin with just a snifter of Salbutamol. But this doesn't stop Mungo from whirling Dixie (of Salon Dixie Chic fame) round the dancefloor in a rhumba to die for; nor taking time off masquerading as a client at a comfortable and soothing care home.

Can Mungo, with his chronic insouciance, get a grip on his unravelling business ventures or will the good life, lousy golf, and a second extra-large helping of a Buckie cocktail get in the way? Rhetorical, by the way.

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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?