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Ed Reardon's Week: Series 12

Christopher Douglas (and others)

The complete Series 12 of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy, starring Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon

'The funniest sitcom ever to grace Radio 4’ Radio Times

Curmudgeonly author Ed Reardon is back – sent down from University and temporarily living in a hotel, where he’s trying to write a novel. With Ping away ‘oop North’, Ed has a new agent, Maggie, a jam-making, sock-knitting ‘older lady’. Can she help him to turn his fortunes around?

In these six episodes, Ed gets a writing gig on ‘Your Motorhome Magazine’ – and moves into exciting new accomodation; attends his annual health check, where he gets inspiration for his new column and tries to prove his identity to claim an inheritance. Plus, he is persuaded to enter the world of local politics; discovers a whole new world of self-satisfaction surveys and decides to put his relationship with Maggie on a more permanent footing by introducing her to his children.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this sublimely funny sitcom stars Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon, with Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Philip Jackson, Monica Dolan, Geoffrey Whitehead, Brigit Forsyth and Stephanie Cole.

Episode guide

The Writer in the Van 24 October 2017
Diabetes Day 31 October 2017
The Legacy 7 November 2017
An Enemy of the People 14 November 2017
How Did I Do? 21 November 2017
A Different Direction 28 November 2017

Cast

Ed Reardon……………………………Christopher Douglas
Receptionist……………………………Nicola Sanderson
Ping……………………………Barunka O’Shaughnessy
Jaz Milvain……………………………Philip Jackson
Maggie……………………………Monica Dolan
Stan/Cliff……………………………Geoffrey Whitehead
Pearl……………………………Brigit Forsyth
Olive……………………………Stephanie Cole
Policeman……………………………Dan Tetsell
Nurse……………………………Ruth Madeley
Nikki……………………………Vicki Pepperdine
Eli……………………………Lisa Coleman
Jake……………………………Sam Pamphilon
Dozzer……………………………Don Gilet
Jack……………………………Karl Theobald
Dominic……………………………Tyger Drew-Honey
Frank/Man……………………………Simon Greenall
Himself……………………………Petroc Trelawney

Credits

Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas
Produced by Dawn Ellis

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 October-28 November 2017

Ed Reardon's Week: Series 10

Christopher Douglas (and others)

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon in the complete Series 10 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series

‘The funniest sitcom ever to grace Radio 4’ Radio Times

Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Starring Christopher Douglas as Ed with a supporting cast including Stephanie Cole, Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Barunka O’Shaughnessy. Duration: 3 hours approx.

Ed Reardon's Week: Series 9

Christopher Douglas (and others)

The complete Series 9 of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy, starring Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon

‘This is not just funny, it’s comic genius’ Radio Times

Ed Reardon, ‘the curmudgeon’s curmudgeon’, leads us through the ups and downs of his week in this ninth series of the award-winning radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

In these six episodes, Ed writes a personal statement and applies for a proper job; finds himself becoming the oldest intern in town (and sharing an office with Ping) and pens a script for Jaz Milvain's latest movie. In addition, he enrols in a clinical trial; takes up a professorship at a prestigious writing retreat and shows off his general knowledge in a radio quiz.

As he continues his quest for literary success, Ed must draw on all his talents as a freelancer and freeloader to keep body and soul together (and trusty companion Elgar in 'Value' catfood). But is his luck changing at last?

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed, with Jenny Agutter, Stephanie Cole, Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman, Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Geoffrey Whitehead.

Ed Reardon's Week: Series 8

Christopher Douglas (and others)

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon in the complete Series 8 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series

‘The funniest sitcom ever to grace Radio 4’ Radio Times

Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

In these six episodes, Ed finds himself enjoying ‘weekend-ish things’; working with his son Jake on a piece of ‘genuine’ factutainment; writing a tribute for Jaz Milvane’s 60th birthday celebrations; starring on local radio; lending some authentic ‘oldspeak’ to the modern gaming fraternity; and searching for a new home when his landlord Stan decides to cash in on the 2012 Olympics…

Starring Christopher Douglas as Ed with a supporting cast including Jenny Agutter, Stephanie Cole, Philip Jackson, Rita May, Geoffrey Whitehead and Barunka O’Shaughnessy.

Ed Reardon's Week: The Complete Fifth Series

Andrew Nickolds (and others)

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans. In these six episodes, Ed and Mary Potter are in a record breaking second month of partnership 'bliss'. But work isn’t going so well: it's time for Ed to drag out the old jeans, buy a mobile phone and cut ten years off the CV as the new Head of New Media Development is a genuine 12-year-old. And after a run-in with the Head of Stakeholder Communications Engagement at a local council meeting, Ed finds himself in anger management classes. Plus, Jaz suggests that Ed revive one of his old stage shows, Educating Peter; Ed finds himself writing for a local lifestyle magazine when everyone at the agency goes on holiday; and a vistit from his new grandson Smile inspires him to write a children's book. However, his daughter is not at all impressed with his flat. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, Ed Reardon’s Week includes supporting roles from Stephanie Cole as Olive, John Fortune as Felix and Barunka O’Shaughnessy as Ping. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.

3 CDs. 2 hrs 48 mins.

Ed Reardon's Week: Series 7 (Episodes 1-4)

Andrew Nickolds (and others)

Radio 4’s most curmudgeonly author is back for a new series, complete with his trusty companion Elgar, his pipe and his never ending capacity for scrimping and scraping at whatever scraps his agent, Ping, can offer him to keep body, mind and cat together. In these four episodes, austerity has hit Ed hard. But things may be looking up as he starts working with the most disturbingly fresh and mesmerizingly compelling voice of his generation, Ben Herbert, and finds himself employed on a corporate video along with director and old sparring partner Jaz Milvane. He also enrols on a writing course and learns a thing or two about setting up his very own ‘Script Doctor’ service. Plus, Ed finds himself in the middle of some sibling rivalry when Ping’s sister, Py, undertakes some work experience at the agency. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, and guest starring Stephanie Cole as Olive, John Fortune as Felix and Barunka O’Shaughnessy as Ping.

Ed Reardon's Week: The Complete First Series

Andrew Nickolds (and others)

Ed Reardon (played by Christopher Douglas) is a failed writer, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email. Living with his cat in a one-bedroom flat, this bearded divorcee grumbles at a modern world seemingly run by 12-year-olds, while churning out books such as Jane Seymour’s Household Hints and Pet Peeves (to pay the bills) and trying to live off the royalties of his 1982 episode of Tenko (£17 per annum). We track Ed’s attempts to gain the literary success he feels is due in this painfully funny and extraordinarily clever sitcom. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, Ed Reardon’s Week includes marvellous supporting roles from Stephanie Cole, John Fortune and Sally Hawkins. Ed Reardon’s Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.

3 CDs. 3 hrs.

Biography

Andrew Nickolds