Tony Bagley

Rubbish: The Complete Series 1 and 2

Rubbish: The Complete Series 1 and 2

A Full-Cast BBC Radio Comedy


Quirky comedy from the writer of Married, following the highs and lows of a local government officer

Martin Christmas is a local government worker in the Sanitation department, whose days are shaped by endless recycling initiatives and green league tables, and whose nights are shadowed by his failed relationships and curmudgeonly interior monologues.

While Martin is trying to cultivate his inner peace, but things keep getting in his way: having to come up with slogans for the side of the 'Rubbish Bus', the irritating Pagans in the Youth and Leisure department, and the annual diversity workshop where he meets fellow local government worker Sarah. Whether he's trying to track down a suspicious rival whistleblower within the council, scaling the firefighter's climbing tower (naked), or joining an ex-girlfriend for a sponsored walk that may incur the wrath of some fearsome Brontë fans, Martin's life never seems to get better than... rubbish.

Starring Reece Dinsdale (Coronation Street, Emmerdale Farm), with a cast including Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax), Oriane Messina (Green Wing), Paul Copley (Downton Abbey, Hornblower), James Lance (Teachers, Ted Lasso), Kevin Eldon (Kevin Eldon Will See You Now, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle) and Katherine Jakeways (Miranda), this witty look at the upside of mid-life misery is perfect for listeners of Ed Reardon's Week, Little Blighty on the Down, and Married.

Cast and credits

Martin - Reece Dinsdale
Karen - Oriane Messina
Roger - Paul Copley
Don / Tim / Darren / Speaker 1 - Mark Maier
Sarah / Tristana - Nicola Walker (Series 1)
Sarah - Pippa Haywood (Series 2)
Tristana - Katy Brand (Series 2)
Bryan - Neil Edmond
Barney / Barry - James Lance (Series 1)
Barney - Matthew Cottle (Series 2)
Chris / Peter - Jim North
Adam - Paul Reynolds
Scott - Kevin Eldon
Alan / Magistrate - Mike Walling
Wadey - Steven Kynman
Naomi - Katherine Jakeways
David / Tannoy - Martin Trenaman
Matt - Robert Wilfort
Andrea / Woman - Susie Donkin
John - Neil Dudgeon
Dawn - Emma Kennedy
Little Girl - Nicole Shortland
Marie - Claire Bartlett
Loud American / Banks / the Compere - Ewan Bailey
Saffron - Nadia Kamil
Dan - Russell Tovey

Written by Tony Bagley
Produced by Claire Bartlett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 5 October - 9 November 2006 (Series 1), 31 October - 5 December 2007 (Series 2)

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