Ambassadors

Series 1 - 1. The Rabbit Never Escapes

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s good to see David Mitchell and Robert Webb back together on television, though Ambassadors is more Graham Greene than it is Peep Show. There are some funny bits, but it’s a drama with a light touch, rather than an out-and-out comedy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as this is an engaging, even winning, hour. Mitchell is Keith Davis, Britain’s new ambassador to Tazbekistan, a (fictional) central Asian country with a terrible human rights record. His highly capable deputy is Neil Tilly (Webb), a man with a private life that could turn out to be his downfall.

The well-meaning Davis has to secure a huge Tazbekistan order for British helicopters and hopes that a limp Best of Britain-themed party, including a one-man version of Frankenstein performed by a preposterously pretentious actor, might do the trick.

About this programme

1/3. Comedy following the exploits of Keith Davies and Neil Tilly, two British diplomats stationed in the fictional Central Asian country of Tazbekistan. The pair are tasked with securing a lucrative helicopter contract, but things do not get off to a good start when the country's president witnesses Keith accidentally shoot an ibex, Tazbekistan's national animal, and the embassy's Best of British festival fails to win over the natives. Starring Robert Webb and David Mitchell.

Cast and crew

Cast

Keith Davis
David Mitchell
Neil Tilly
Robert Webb
Jennifer
Keeley Hawes
The Prez
Igal Naor
Caitlin
Susan Lynch
Isabel
Amara Karan
Tanya
Natalia Tena
Natalia
Shivani Ghai
POD
Matthew Macfadyen
French Ambassador
Oliver Dimsdale
Jamatt
Richard Katz
Stephen Pembridge
Elliot Cowan
Simon Broughton
Henry Lloyd-Jones
Sergei
Andy Lucas
Ludmilla
Debbie Chazen
Svecko
Velibor Topic
US Ambassador
Lachele Carl
Tall surveillance man
George Lasha
Short surveillance man
Sevan Stephan
Kevin
James Doherty
Daisy
Helen Daniels
Mrs Petrova
Jenny Galloway
Guide
Danny Scheinmann

Crew

Director
Jeremy Webb
Producer
Chris Carey
Writer
Rupert Walters
Writer
James Wood
Categories
Comedy