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0101The Key2016053020180107
20180107 (BBC7)

City boy Andy has come to his uncle's seaside home in search of a stress-free life.

Welcome to Flamford, the setting for a new comedy series starring Philip Jackson, Tom Palmer and Alison Steadman.

In this first episode, Andy Chambers (Tom Palmer) - edgy, sharp-tongued City burn-out - has fled London for his Uncle Jeff's (Philip Jackson) seaside home. When we meet him, all Andy wants to do is sleep, but Jeff is having none of it.

Jeff gets Andy out of bed and gives him breakfast with the promise of an interesting surprise which is safely stowed in the shed. He suddenly realises his keys are missing - his friend Fat Sid borrowed the keys three years ago and hasn't given them back. Jeff leads Andy on a quest around Flamford for Fat Sid and the missing keys.

On their Odyssey they encounter Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton) and his outré selection of fish, Pest Control Officer Corinne (Alison Steadman) with whom Jeff has an "understanding", and finally Fat Sid himself in an unexpected new role.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Welcome to Flamford, the setting for a new comedy series starring Philip Jackson, Tom Palmer and Alison Steadman.

In this first episode, Andy Chambers (Tom Palmer) - edgy, sharp-tongued City burn-out - has fled London for his Uncle Jeff's (Philip Jackson) seaside home. When we meet him, all Andy wants to do is sleep, but Jeff is having none of it.

Jeff gets Andy out of bed and gives him breakfast with the promise of an interesting surprise which is safely stowed in the shed. He suddenly realises his keys are missing - his friend Fat Sid borrowed the keys three years ago and hasn't given them back. Jeff leads Andy on a quest around Flamford for Fat Sid and the missing keys.

On their Odyssey they encounter Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton) and his outré selection of fish, Pest Control Officer Corinne (Alison Steadman) with whom Jeff has an "understanding", and finally Fat Sid himself in an unexpected new role.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0102Cold Mountain2016060620180114
20180114 (BBC7)

Andy and Jeff find an abandoned fridge and think their luck has changed.

Andy (Tom Palmer) is beginning to settle in to the unusual seaside town of Flamford. When he and his Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) find an abandoned fridge in the street, Jeff seizes the opportunity to teach his nephew the value of entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately, his plans are complicated by a particularly diligent and zealous Police Officer (Mark Benton), a hard-nosed private landlord (Rasmus Hardiker) and Fish Shop Frank's refusal to see a business opportunity when it's sat on the pavement outside his chip shop.

Along the way, they meet a pair of half-hearted pirates, an eccentric plutocrat, Jeff's on-off paramour, Corinne (Alison Steadman) and the youngest-sounding pub landlord in Britain.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Andy (Tom Palmer) is beginning to settle in to the unusual seaside town of Flamford. When he and his Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) find an abandoned fridge in the street, Jeff seizes the opportunity to teach his nephew the value of entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately, his plans are complicated by a particularly diligent and zealous Police Officer (Mark Benton), a hard-nosed private landlord (Rasmus Hardiker) and Fish Shop Frank's refusal to see a business opportunity when it's sat on the pavement outside his chip shop.

Along the way, they meet a pair of half-hearted pirates, an eccentric plutocrat, Jeff's on-off paramour, Corinne (Alison Steadman) and the youngest-sounding pub landlord in Britain.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0103Dead Man's Dinner2016061320180128
20180128 (BBC7)

Jeff and Andy win a meal at Flamford's poshest hotel, opening a Pandora's Box of envy.

Jeff (Philip Jackson) and his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) are contacted by the Editor of The Flamford Bugle (Rasmus Hardiker). They have won a slap-up dinner for two at Flamford's poshest eaterie, The Royal Albion Hotel.

Eagerly anticipating the night out of a lifetime, Andy and Jeff's dreams of gourmet heaven quickly deteriorate into the nightmare of a lifetime. The prize had been promised to local citizen Wally Metcalfe, but he died just after the draw. Now his widow (Alison Steadman) is on the warpath with her two burly sons.

Social media doesn't help either, and in no time there is a mob baying for Jeff and Andy's blood.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Jeff (Philip Jackson) and his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) are contacted by the Editor of The Flamford Bugle (Rasmus Hardiker). They have won a slap-up dinner for two at Flamford's poshest eaterie, The Royal Albion Hotel.

Eagerly anticipating the night out of a lifetime, Andy and Jeff's dreams of gourmet heaven quickly deteriorate into the nightmare of a lifetime. The prize had been promised to local citizen Wally Metcalfe, but he died just after the draw. Now his widow (Alison Steadman) is on the warpath with her two burly sons.

Social media doesn't help either, and in no time there is a mob baying for Jeff and Andy's blood.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0104Sunday, Flipping Sunday2016062020180204
20180204 (BBC7)

Jeff and Andy are on a quest - Jeff for spiritual solace, Andy for a proper roast dinner.

Dawn breaks on a beautiful Sunday morning in Flamford. Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) is on a quest for spiritual comfort and persuades his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) to join him by bribing him with the promise of a proper roast dinner.

They find that the local church has installed a new vicar, the Reverend Beverley (Shobna Gulati), who invites Jeff to her bible class that evening. The words "bring a bible" strike a chill to Jeff's heart. He has never owned a bible, and neither has Andy.

They spend the rest of the day trying to find a bible on a Sunday, with Andy's stomach rumbling as he pictures his dinner slipping further away. On their quest they encounter Derek Horrox The Mayor (Rasmus Hardiker), Peter Humfriss, The Town Crier (Mark Benton), and a slightly unnerving bookseller.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Dawn breaks on a beautiful Sunday morning in Flamford. Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) is on a quest for spiritual comfort and persuades his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) to join him by bribing him with the promise of a proper roast dinner.

They find that the local church has installed a new vicar, the Reverend Beverley (Shobna Gulati), who invites Jeff to her bible class that evening. The words "bring a bible" strike a chill to Jeff's heart. He has never owned a bible, and neither has Andy.

They spend the rest of the day trying to find a bible on a Sunday, with Andy's stomach rumbling as he pictures his dinner slipping further away. On their quest they encounter Derek Horrox The Mayor (Rasmus Hardiker), Peter Humfriss, The Town Crier (Mark Benton), and a slightly unnerving bookseller.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0105Occupied2016062720180211
20180211 (BBC7)

Uncle Jeff decides Andy needs a job to occupy his mind.

Andy (Tom Palmer) has found a level of contentment with the world - reading books, watching films, and generally repairing his wounded psyche. Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) is having none of this and reveals a hitherto unknown secret to Andy, that the dusty shop downstairs from his seaside flat belongs to Jeff. When necessary, it seems, he offers the community of Flamford a valuable service as an electrical repair person.

Jeff lures Andy into the shop and shows him how to use the till. Andy realises it's another of his uncle's ploys, and refuses this oblique yet unsubtle job offer. But Jeff, never the one to say "die", takes his nephew on a job search in which Andy is an unwilling participant.

Visits follow to Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton), the Tourist Information Office run by the uniformed and uninformed Steph and Pippa (Alison Steadman and Shobna Gulati), and Flamford's as-yet-unlicensed zoo.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Andy (Tom Palmer) has found a level of contentment with the world - reading books, watching films, and generally repairing his wounded psyche. Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) is having none of this and reveals a hitherto unknown secret to Andy, that the dusty shop downstairs from his seaside flat belongs to Jeff. When necessary, it seems, he offers the community of Flamford a valuable service as an electrical repair person.

Jeff lures Andy into the shop and shows him how to use the till. Andy realises it's another of his uncle's ploys, and refuses this oblique yet unsubtle job offer. But Jeff, never the one to say "die", takes his nephew on a job search in which Andy is an unwilling participant.

Visits follow to Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton), the Tourist Information Office run by the uniformed and uninformed Steph and Pippa (Alison Steadman and Shobna Gulati), and Flamford's as-yet-unlicensed zoo.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0106 LASTThe Girl From The South2016070420180218

Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson), out of the blue, decides that his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) needs a girlfriend. Andy decides that he does not. Jeff persists - Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton) has his niece visiting from down south, and she is, by all accounts, "a lovely girl".

While waiting for Andy to agree, Jeff takes him to the local hypermarket ostensibly for supplies, but in fact because Jeff has read in a magazine that supermarkets are the ideal place for young singles to meet.

While Jeff is wrongly detained for shoplifting, Andy runs into an old flame from London, Liz (Shobna Gulati). She's staying with her Uncle Frank - so this is the "lovely girl" Jeff's been banging on about! How can Andy rekindle the relationship with his old flame without - annoyingly - oving Jeff right?

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Jeff (Philip Jackson) tries matchmaking and finds he's playing with fire. With Tom Palmer.

Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson), out of the blue, decides that his nephew Andy (Tom Palmer) needs a girlfriend. Andy decides that he does not. Jeff persists - Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton) has his niece visiting from down south, and she is, by all accounts, "a lovely girl".

While waiting for Andy to agree, Jeff takes him to the local hypermarket ostensibly for supplies, but in fact because Jeff has read in a magazine that supermarkets are the ideal place for young singles to meet.

While Jeff is wrongly detained for shoplifting, Andy runs into an old flame from London, Liz (Shobna Gulati). She's staying with her Uncle Frank - so this is the "lovely girl" Jeff's been banging on about! How can Andy rekindle the relationship with his old flame without - annoyingly - oving Jeff right?

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0201The Longest Day20180514

Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman and Mark Benton star as the eccentric folk of Flamford.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers

Welcome back to Flamford. In episode one of the new series, Andy Chambers (Tom Palmer), edgy City burn-out, returns to the refuge of his Uncle Jeff's (Philip Jackson) seaside home after a short break.

Andy is met at the station by Jeff, who reveals that they can't go back to his flat because it's being used by a film crew making a World War Two thriller, The Hunt For Hess 3D. In fact, to Andy's irritation, the whole town has been taken over by Hollywood Nazis.

To keep Andy occupied until they can go home, Jeff takes him on a special tour of the town. This includes lunch at Frank's Fish and Chips, where Frank (Mark Benton) reveals an immoderate obsession with the star of the film, Brad Pitt. They also pay a visit to Joyce (Alison Steadman) at the Copper Kettle, who destroys Andy's luggage for security reasons. And, at the Flamford Museum of Modern Art, there's a crisis of the soul in a garden shed worth £500,000.

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0202Van Crazy20180521

Jeff (Philip Jackson) borrows a van from Frank (Mark Benton) and ends up going too far.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers

0203The Mystery Of Room 6620180528

Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman and Mark Benton visit a misleadingly-named Escape Room.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers

0204Monday On The Beach With George20180604

Andy helps Jeff track down a vital document.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers

0205The Clench20180611

Jeff (Philip Jackson) and Andy (Tom Palmer) go on a quixotic hunt for a lost sweet shop.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers

0206 LASTThe Last Farewell20180618

Andy and Jeff face affairs of the heart and cardiac arrest.

Sitcom set in the eccentric seaside town of Flamford following City burn-out Andy Chambers