Party Animals (UK)

Wednesday 9:00 PM on BBC Two
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired 3/21/07

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 3/14/07

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 3/7/07

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Episode 5

    Aired 2/28/07

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Episode 4

    Aired 2/21/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Andrea Riseborough

    Kirsty MacKenzie

  • Shelley Conn

    Ashika Chandrimani

  • Patrick Baladi

    James Northcote

  • Raquel Cassidy

    Jo Porter

  • Matt Smith (VI)

    Danny Foster

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  • show Description
  • The title says it all: Party Animals. This program delves into the party politics, and the partying habits of several twenty-somethings within and around Westminster. Originally conceived as a comedy about New Labour's spin tactics, this show has been updated to comment on the culture of David Cameron's 'New Conservatives'. The drama gives viewers a glimpse into the world of Westminster and includes Labour and Conservative characters, as well as lobbyists and journalists. The two main characters are brothers Scott and Danny. Their father was a Labour MP and Danny has followed in his footsteps - he is now a political researcher for Jo Porter MP. Danny spends his days working hard and fawning over the office intern, Kirsty. However, his brother Scott, an increasingly dissatisfied lobbyist, spends his days partying just as hard as he works and can get any girl he wants. Which ultimately causes trouble when he finally falls for one girl, a Conservative up-and-coming, Ashika Chandrimani, though journalist Sophie still has her eye on him.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (65)

    • Scott: It could happen to any one of us at any time – your life reduced to a pile off boxes. I mean, that’s strange. Ashika: I don’t want to sound careless but a bottle of tequila and a gram of coke in the bloodstream do kind of lessen the mystery.

    • Scott: We were just having a drink. Danny: She’s a Tory. Scott: So? Danny: And what does that mean – ‘So’? Scott: It means I couldn’t give a shit Danny. Danny: You couldn’t give a shit. Scott: Seventy people died in Iraq today Danny. I think the line between good and bad has become a tiny bit blurred.

    • James: Our legislative agenda on biotechnology is pretty much a blank page. Scott: Oh well that is a shame, what with all your other policies being so well fleshed out. James: Well perhaps we should take a leaf out of the Government’s book and set-up a task force. Scott: Please, please, you’ve got me back to rights. No more task forces.

    • Danny: You see the news this morning? Kirsty: I never watch news in the morning. Danny: Why? Er, well it can be useful for getting, you know, a handle on the day’s political stories. Kirsty: Lots of people shouting and interrupting each other…I prefer music.

    • Danny: (Responding to Scott’s insomnia) I’ve got six documents on urban regeneration funds in European Social Policy if you want to read them. Scott: And why the fuck would I want to do that? Danny: Well even I’ve snoozed off under their influence.

    • James: The Party In Waiting usually have the most attractive staff.

    • Danny: The thing is, Kirsty, there are times when politics isn’t about fudging the issue. I mean sometimes it’s about doing the right thing. Kirsty: Christ you can be fucking patronising sometimes. Danny: Sorry? Kirsty: Patronising and stubborn. Danny: Yeah well at least I’m not shallow and immoral.

    • Ashika: You’re not coping too well, are you? Scott: I’ve got to clear his room out. My boss keeps phoning and every time I close my eyes I can see it. It’s got so terrifying I’m scared to go to bed.

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    Notes (3)

    • This is the first ever episode of Party Animals.

    • Although she did not appear in this episode, Clemency Burton-Hill was credited.

    • This is the final episode of the series.

    Allusions (5)

    • James: Our legislative agenda on biotechnology is pretty much a blank page. Scott: Oh well that is a shame, what with all your other policies being so well fleshed out. A reference to the wide-helf belief that Cameron's Conservatives have no actual policies; instead they concentrate more on image than politics.

    • Markus: Lighten up love, don’t get all Shami Chakrabarti on us. Shami Charkrabrti is the political left-wing head of a British pressure group, 'Liberty'. She is also an ethnic minority.

    • Jo: (to George) Oh, it’s you. Didn’t hear you coming in your converse. A reference to Conservative attempts to modernise the party - converse shoes are popular amid young people and Cameron is trying to win the vote of youth.

    • In this episode we discover that Jo's son is called 'Clem'. This is a shortened version of the name 'Clement' and so is probably an allusion to Clement Attlee, the British Labour Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951. The character Jo Porter most probably named her son after Clement Attlee, who was the longest serving leader of the Labour party in history, having led Labour for twenty years.

    • Jo: Ian’s been seeing somebody, wanna know who it is? Danny: I have a nasty feeling I can guess. Jo: The nanny. the one from Macedonia, or Moldova or whatever. So much for E.U. enlargement. Jo's comment about 'E.U. enlargement' is an allusion to the E.U. englargement that took place in 2004, when eight new countries joined the E.U. This meant that residents of the 'accession 8' were given the right to free travel in the E.U. and employment was made easier. No doubt Jo's nanny wouldn't be working in England, was her country not part of the E.U.

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