Party Animals: Series 1

  |  Buy to Own: 15/10/2007
Rated TBC by the BBFC


All eight episodes from Series 1 of the BBC drama following the young researchers and advisors who shoulder huge responsibility in the frantic, high-stakes world of Westminster. No wonder their personal lives are so messy. Sons of an ex-Labour MP, Scott and Danny Foster (Andrew Buchan and Matt Smith) have politics in their blood. Danny is the devoted researcher of Home Office Junior Minister, Jo Porter (Raquel Cassidy). But times are tough. The government is in crisis, Jo's struggling with a difficult home life and Danny is caught in the crossfire. Add to this the distracting presence of scheming intern Kirsty MacKenzie, (Andrea Riseborough) and Danny is about to make an almighty blunder. Scott fled Labour HQ with a bulging contacts book for a lucrative career in lobbying. But with New Labour in decline, Scott's schmoozing methods and contacts are looking a little dated. A chance lunch with Ashika Chandrimani (Shelley Conn), chief advisor to Shadow Minister James Northcote (Patrick Baladi), presents an opportunity that Scott is eager to pursue. Meanwhile, Ashika herself is at a crossroads. Her boss may be tipped as future Tory cabinet material, but she's tired of living in his shadow and the rumours surrounding their relationship. So when she is approached to fight a critical by-election, Ashika has to choose between future power with James and the chance to strike out on her own. Danny's mistake and a scurrilous rumour set in motion a chain of events that bind all four characters together - and change their lives forever.