Christopher Douglas

Mastering the Universe
  • Mastering the Universe

    • Christopher Douglas and Nick Newman

    • Dawn French (Read by)

    • Katy Brand (Read by)

    • Joanna Scanlan (Read by)

    • Christopher Douglas (Read by)

    • Lucy Montgomery (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    The complete Series 1 and 2 of the BBC Radio comedy starring Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp

    Spoiling someone else's fun can be the most satisfying of all the controlling arts, and Professor Joy Klamp - the queen of migraines - has got passive aggression down to a fine art. And now, she's decided to share her knowledge with the world in this revelatory 10-part course in nonjoyment techniques. So join Joy and her Sourpussy Posse and get in touch with your inner spoilsport; experience the fulfilling empowerment of sulkiness; and learn how you, too, can master the universe!

    In Series 1, we take a tour through the miserable worlds of the workplace, relationships, parties, holidays, food and drink: and Christmas. And in Series 2, we investigate the fun that can be had - at other people's expense - with DIY, travel, children and ruining other people's weekends...

    Written by Christopher Douglas (Ed Reardon's Week) and Nick Newman, this clever comedy stars Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp, with a familiar cast including Sally Grace, Lucy Montgomery, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe, Joanna Scanlan, Geoffrey McGivern and Katy Brand.

    Production credits
    Written by Christopher Douglas and Nick Newman
    Produced by Simon Nicholls

    Starring Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp
    With Christopher Douglas, Sally Grace, Lucy Montgomery, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe, Joanna Scanlan, Brian Perkins, Nicola Sanderson, Adam Shipway, Ewan Bailey, Geoffrey McGivern, Geoffrey Whitehead and Katy Brand

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 November-7 December 2005 (Series 1), 24 February-17 March 2009 (Series 2)

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

RELEASED 26/05/2022

Christopher Douglas is the author of Jardine, the biography of England test cricketer Andrew Jardine. With Andrew Nickolds, he is the co-creator of Ed Reardon, and stars in Ed Reardon’s Week. He also teamed up with Nigel Planer to create the character of ‘Nicholas Craig’, a classical actor who starred in the BBC Four series How to be Old with Nicholas Craig and whose autobiography I, An Actor, was published by Methuen in 2001. Andrew Nickolds’ radio credits include Loose Ends, Dave Podmore’s Cricket Night and (with Christopher Douglas) ten series of Ed Reardon’s Week. He is the author of numerous books, including Arthur Daley's Back to Basics, The Word of Pod and Cabinet Pudding. He writes a column as Ed Reardon for The Oldie, and one as Dave Podmore for the website Cricinfo.

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