In the words of narrator Lee Simpson, the Masterson Inheritance is "an improvised historical saga of a family at war with itself. No script, no rehearsals, just an audience and a couple of microphones". The show
originally ran on Radio Four in Britain for 3 series plus two Christmas
Specials, and is currently being repeated on BBC7. Each half hour show is
improvised, with only the imagination of the performers and some sound effects to tell the story of the Masterson family. They have told the stories of Mastersons from Ancient Rome, the Wild West, Victorian London and the Crimean War, to name but a few.