The Casebook Of Max And Ivan

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider.

Episodes

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Case #124 - Against The Grain2016102720161103 (BBC7)
20161104 (BBC7)
20161031 (R4)

Acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan return as incompetent private detectives for hire in a Halloween Special of their gag-packed crime caper sitcom.

Thrown out of their office by unhinged landlord Malcolm McMichaelmas, a holiday with Ivan's anthropologist uncle on the remote Isle of Sudley seems to be the perfect solution. However, things quickly go awry as the boys get mixed up in a sinister underworld of murder, human sacrifice and sand.

Written by and starring Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez

A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

Acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan return as incompetent private detectives for hire.

Thrown out of their office by unhinged landlord Malcolm McMichaelmas, a holiday with Ivan's anthropologist Uncle Cornelius (Mark Heap) on the remote Isle of Sudley seems to be the perfect solution. However, things quickly go awry as the boys get mixed up in a sinister underworld of murder, human sacrifice and sand.

Cast:

Max....Max Olesker

Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez

Dr Cornelius Cornelius....Mark Heap

Narrator /

Malcolm McMichaelmas....Lewis MacLeod

Griselda /

Sharon the Tourism Lady /

Creepy Twin....Jessica Ransom

Keane / Scared Man /

Coffin Maker / Susan /

Other Creepy Twin....David Reed

Written by and Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez

Developed by John Stanley Productions

Produced by Ben Walker

Mark Heap joins Max and Ivan as their holiday gets too 'human sacrifice-y' for comfort.

0101Perfect 102015040720170519
20150414 (BBC7)

June Whitfield joins Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez to solve a crime at a beauty pageant.

British Comedy legend June Whitfield makes a guest appearance as a beauty pageant judge in this new sitcom.

In this case, they investigate why 10-year-old Ophelia Hamilton always comes last in the beauty pageants her mother enters her for.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit.

Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

They are joined across the series by four star guests from the world of comedy - June Whitfield, Reece Shearsmith, Jessica Hynes, and Matt Lucas.

Cast:

Max....Max Olesker

Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez

Dame Celia....June Whitfield

Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod

Crosby....David Reed

Sandra....Jessica Ransom

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

British Comedy legend June Whitfield makes a guest appearance as a beauty pageant judge.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small.
Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, they investigate why 10-year-old Ophelia Hamilton always comes last in the beauty pageants her mother enters her for.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit.
Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

They are joined across the series by four star guests from the world of comedy - June Whitfield, Reece Shearsmith, Jessica Hynes, and Matt Lucas.

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Dame Celia....June Whitfield
Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod
Crosby....David Reed
Sandra....Jessica Ransom

Producer: Victoria Lloyd
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

In this case, they investigate why 10-year-old Ophelia Hamilton always comes last in the beauty pageants her mother enters her for.

0102Screen Test2015041420170526
20150421 (BBC7)

Matt Lucas joins Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez as they investigate a showbiz mystery.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Matt Lucas joins them to solve a showbiz mystery.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, the mysterious disappearance of film impresario Bernie Goldfinkelrubenstein's leading man.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit.

Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Bernie....Matt Lucas
Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod
Norman....David Reed
Lizzie....Jenny Bede

Produced by Victoria Lloyd
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Matt Lucas joins them to solve a showbiz mystery.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, the mysterious disappearance of film impresario Bernie Goldfinkelrubenstein's leading man.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit.

Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:

Max....Max Olesker

Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez

Bernie....Matt Lucas

Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod

Norman....David Reed

Lizzie....Jenny Bede

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

0103Different Class2015042120170602
20150428 (BBC7)
20150429 (BBC7)

Jessica Hynes joins Max and Ivan as they investigate a spate of sporting injuries.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Jessica Hynes joins them as they investigate a spate of sporting injuries at a sink school.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, they investigate a suspicious pattern of injuries affecting a school sports team, days before they are due to meet their bitterest rivals in sporting competition.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit. Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Mrs Sampson....Jessica Hynes
Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod
Joculo....David Reed
Receptionist....Jessica Ransom

Produced by Victoria Lloyd
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Jessica Hynes joins them as they investigate a spate of sporting injuries at a sink school.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, they investigate a suspicious pattern of injuries affecting a school sports team, days before they are due to meet their bitterest rivals in sporting competition.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit. Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:

Max....Max Olesker

Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez

Mrs Sampson....Jessica Hynes

Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod

Joculo....David Reed

Receptionist....Jessica Ransom

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

0104 LASTHaunted Bookshop2015042820170609
20150505 (BBC7)
20150506 (BBC7)

Reece Shearsmith joins Max and Ivan as they investigate ghoulish goings on in a bookshop.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Reece Shearsmith joins them as they investigate ghoulish goings on in a condemned bookshop.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, they investigate a ghostly apparition that might save a condemned bookshop.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit. Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Elliott....Reece Shearsmith
Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod
Pat Cooper....David Reed
Luna....Jessica Ransom

Produced by Victoria Lloyd
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

Max and Ivan are private detectives for whom no case is too small....Sorry, for whom no fee is too small. Reece Shearsmith joins them as they investigate ghoulish goings on in a condemned bookshop.

Driven by their love of truth, justice (and the need to pay off their terrifying landlord, Malcolm McMichaelmas), they take on crimes that no-one else would consider. In this case, they investigate a ghostly apparition that might save a condemned bookshop.

Max and Ivan - comedians and actors Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez - are a critically acclaimed, award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the circuit. Over the course of the series they are dropped into new worlds, and have to use their skills to penetrate deep into each community. If that means Ivan dressing up as a 14 year old German girl, so be it!

Cast:

Max....Max Olesker

Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez

Elliott....Reece Shearsmith

Malcolm....Lewis MacLeod

Pat Cooper....David Reed

Luna....Jessica Ransom

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.

0201Case #96 - Community Disservice20171006 (BBC7)

Joanna Lumley guest stars in an investigation into multiple thefts at a community centre.

A second series featuring acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan as incompetent private detectives for hire. Joanna Lumley guest stars.

The detectives investigate a series of mysterious thefts which threaten the very future of Nunhead Community Centre. Assisted by the permanently tired caretaker Gerry, they track the chief suspect, washed-up former B-Movie actress Lavinia Moncrief and eventually have to go undercover to infiltrate her bizarre acting classes. Also featuring bell ringers, hypnotism and a mutant komodo dragon.

Written by and Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez
Developed by John Stanley Productions
Produced by Ben Walker
A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

0202Case #47 - Crime Writing Doesn't Pay20171013 (BBC7)

Jason Watkins stars as an erotic crime author in an investigation into copycat crimes.

Incompetent private detectives Max and Ivan are contacted by the very dull white goods instruction manual writer Robert R. Roberts (guest star Jason Watkins), who wants them to investigate a series of copycat crimes based on the erotic crime fiction novels he writes under the pseudonym Scarlett Melange.

Their investigation takes them to the Peckam Flower and Vegetable show, where they fear the life of head judge Joaquin Zamorano is in considerable danger. Along the way, they meet the one person on earth who might be more boring than Robert R. Roberts - his wife Roberta.

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Robert R. Roberts
aka Scarlett Melange....Jason Watkins
Roberta Roberts/
Voice of the Audiobook....Lolly Adefope
Narrator /
Malcolm McMichaelmas....Lewis MacLeod
Joaquin Zamarano /
Impish Nutter....David Reed

Written by and Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez
Developed by John Stanley Productions
Produced by Ben Walker
A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

0203Case #73 - Cirque Du Solihull20171020 (BBC7)

Bridget Christie joins Max and Ivan as they investigate strange goings-on at the circus.

Ineffective detectives Max and Ivan are called to help the penniless ringmaster of the crumbling Cirque Du Solihull (guest star Bridget Christie). After a series of mysterious accidents the circus faces closure after the human cannonball cannon is stolen.

Meanwhile, in an effort to fend off increasingly erratic landlord Malcolm, Max has come up with an ingenious way to delay paying him their rent.

Cast:
Max....Max Olesker
Ivan....Ivan Gonzalez
Brenda Zamponi....Bridget Christie
Narrator /
Malcolm McMichaelmas....Lewis MacLeod
Belle (& others)....Lolly Adefope
Joe (& others)....David Reed

Written by Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez
Developed by John Stanley Productions
Produced by Ben Walker
A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

0204Case #139 - Help! The Aged!2017102220171027
20171027 (BBC7)

Richard Wilson stars as the private eyes investigate a sinister-looking retirement home.

Cack-handed private eyes Max and Ivan are in a state of penury, with mad landlord Malcolm going to extreme lengths to get his hands on their rent. Nonetheless, Max seems ready to jack in the business when he discovers that his Great Uncle Bernard (guest star Richard Wilson) might be in trouble.

But when he and Ivan investigate Bernard's retirement home and meet the terrifying Sister Geraldine, all might not be as it seems.

Written by Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez
Developed by John Stanley Productions
Produced by Ben Walker
A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

Sitcom by Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez about private detectives for hire.