Ed Reardon's Week

Comedy series about Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Does it seem to you that the media is run by idiots, lying charlatans and moronic 12-year-olds who should've been drowned at birth in a bucket of raw sewage? Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon.

He may have only one pair of trousers and a seven-figure Amazon sales ranking, but no writer knows more about stealing his agent's stationary...

and as a freeloader, Ed is the acknowledged leader of his profession.

Episodes

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Ed Reardon At Christmas2012122520171222 (BBC7)It Started in August

Celebrate Christmas with Radio 4's favourite curmudgeonly author, Ed Reardon, and his faithful companion Elgar.

It's Christmas Day and where is Ed Reardon spending it? The scepticism of his writing class back in August about where Ed would be hanging his stocking, wasn't entirely misplaced, and receiving a Christmas card from one's girlfriend signed without a kiss and her surname added in brackets probably doesn't bode well. However, all is not lost as Ed's jocular round robin email to his family inviting himself to join their Christmas celebrations wasn't all in vain - there was at least one member of the family who didn't bounce it back. So, following assurances that his requirements would be minimal, his levels of merriment would be Dionysian and a small caveat about what he regards as permissible Christmas viewing Ed is encouraged to think that he won't be spending Christmas alone. Or he could be looking at a day with only Elgar, an Oxo cube and a cinnamon stick.

Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

It's Christmas day, but will Ed be spending it in the bosom of his family?

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The Berkhamsted author's 'sideways look at celebrity pets' is soaring up the ratings.

2/6. Pulp Non-Fiction: Ed Reardon may have only one pair of trousers and a seven-figure Amazon sales ranking, but no writer knows more about stealing his agent's stationary.

The Berkhamsted author's 'sideways look at celebrity pets' is soaring up the ratings. Stars Christopher Douglas. From Jan 2005.

No writer knows more about free loading than the master of the abusive email.

Ed Reardon may have only one pair of trousers and a seven-figure Amazon sales ranking, but no writer knows more about stealing his agent's stationary... and as a freeloader, Ed is the acknowledged leader of his profession.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Jasmine Davies....Sally Grace

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Datemaster....Mel Hudson

Prison Warder....Martin Hyder

Magistrate....Emma Kennedy

Speed Dater....Alice Low

Pearl....Rita May

Don Wade/Tramp/Prison Warder....Geoffrey McGivern

Speed Dater....Vicki Pepperdine

Librarian....Dan Tetsell

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Produced by Simon Nicholls.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed is an author, pipe-smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, and no writer knows more about freeloading. Episode 2 of 6.

Ed is an author, pipe-smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, and no writer knows more about freeloading than him. Episode 2 of 6.

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The author needs a new roof, so his agent sorts him a pitch to write for TV. From 2005.

3/6. Holby City: Ed is in desperate need of a new roof so his agent, Ping, gets him an interview to write Holby City.

The author needs a new roof, so his agent sorts him a pitch to write for TV. Stars Christopher Douglas. From January 2005.

Ed is in desperate need of a new roof, so his agent gets him an interview to write for Holby City.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Ping....Sally Hawkins

The Bailiff....Martin Hyder

Pearl....Rita May

Dave Wang....Geoffrey McGivern

Maddy....Vicky Pepperdine

Horatio....Dan Tetsell

The Young Doctor....Adam Shipway

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

Produced by Simon Nicholls

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed is in desperate need of a new roof so his agent, Ping, gets him an interview to write Holby City.Chris Douglas stars. Episode 3 of 6.

The author needs a new roof, so his agent gets him an interview to write for a TV hospital drama. Starring Christopher Douglas. Episode 3 of 6.

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Writer Ed's week is marred by a death, deceptive junk mail and some huge egos.

Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

He may have only one pair of trousers and a seven-figure Amazon sales ranking, but no writer knows more about freeloading than Ed Reardon.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Philip Jackson

Alice Lowe

Geoffrey Whitehead

Emma Kennedy

Geoffrey McGivern

Stephanie Cole

Ronnie Golden

John Fortune

Dan Tetsell

Rita May

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005

The writer's week is marred by a death, deceptive junk mail and huge egos.

The writer's week is marred by a death, deceptive junk mail and huge egos. From 2005.

The Old Lock Keeper: Has Ed's big break finally come when he takes over The Old Lock Keeper column?

The writer's week is marred by a death, deceptive junk mail and huge egos. Stars Christopher Douglas. From January 2005.

Has Ed's big break finally come when he takes over The Old Lock-Keeper column?

The writer's week is marred by the death of an old pal, deceptive junk mail and huge egos.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Cliff....Ronnie Golden

Sally....Sally Grace

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Jacqui....Emma Kennedy

Pearl....Rita May

Frank....Geoffrey McGivern

Emily....Alice Lowe

The Vicar....Dan Tetsell

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Ed's week is marred this time by the death of an old pal, deceptive junk mail and huge egos.

The writer's week is marred by the death of an old pal, deceptive junk mail and huge egos. Starring Chris Douglas.

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The writer falls in love, but his cat proves an obstacle to happy-ever-after. From 2005.

The writer falls in love, but his cat proves an obstacle to happy-ever-after. Stars Christopher Douglas. From February 2005.

Ed has fallen in love, but his cat proves to be an obstacle to his living happy-ever-after

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

5/6

The Winona Defence.

Ed has fallen in love, but his cat proves to be an insurmountable obstacle to happy ever after.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Cliff....Ronnie Golden

Sally Hawkins....Ping

Jaz....Philip Jackson

The Policeman....Martin Hyder

Pearl....Rita May

Frank....Geoffrey McGivern

The Girl....Alice Lowe

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Then News.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed has fallen in love, but his cat proves to be an insurmountable obstacle to happy-ever-after. Starring Christopher Douglas.

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A faculty fracas with an old rival helps re-ignite the author's career. From 2005.

The author's career unexpectedly re-ignites from the bottom up, after a faculty fracas with an old rival. Stars Chris Douglas.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

6/6. The Operations

With Chris Douglas, Stephanie Cole, George Dalton, John Fortune.

6/6. King of the Road: Ed's past is catching up with him, but it turns out to be an unexpected blessing.

Ed finds his career unexpectedly re-igniting from the bottom up after a faculty fracas with an old rival at a university.

A faculty fracas with an old rival helps re-ignite the author's career. Stars Christopher Douglas. From February 2005.

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After his cash windfall, ever curmudgeonly Ed is writing about royalty in a remote cottage.

Welcome back to the comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Stephanie Cole

John Fortune

Matthew Holness

Martin Hyder

Philip Jackson

Rita May

Geoffrey McGivern

Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Sally Grace

Geoffrey Whitehead

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2005.

After his windfall, the curmudgeon writes about royalty. Starring Christopher Douglas.

Is the media run by dishonest charlatans and morons?

After his windfall, the writer is writing about royalty in a remote cottage. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2005.

After a windfall, the writer writes about royalty in a remote cottage. From December 2005.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, consummate fare dodger and master of the abusive email.

1/6. Rogue Mail

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Lee....Matt Holness

Steve....Martin Hyder

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Frank/the Postman....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Is the media run by dishonest charlatans and morons? Chris Douglas stars as the non-existent author and abusive email writer.

1/6. Rogue Mail: Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

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The curmudgeon is speech ghost-writing. Starring Christopher Douglas.

The curmudgeon is speech ghost-writing and trying to fund his daughter's wedding. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2005.

Ed attempts to finance his daughter's wedding and write a speech for a corrupt jockey.

What could possibly go wrong?

The curmudgeonly writer tries to ghost-write a speech and attempts to fund his daughter's wedding.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, consummate fare dodger and master of the abusive email.

2/6. The Speech

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Bill....Tom Colebrook

Felix....John Fortune

The Constable....Martin Hyder

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Eli....Alice Lowe

Pearl....Rita May

Seamus McGee....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

With Chris Douglas, Stephanie Cole, John Fortune, Martin Hyder.

Ed attempts to finance his daughter's wedding and write a speech for a corrupt jockey. What could possibly go wrong?

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Embittered writer Ed takes action when he sees his bank statement.

Welcome to the comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Stephanie Cole

John Fortune

Martin Hyder

Rita May

Geoffrey McGivern

Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Sally Grace

Geoffrey Whitehead

Tom Colebrook

Dan Tetsell

Matthew Holness

Andy Hamilton

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2006.

The embittered writer takes action when he sees his bank statement. Stars Chris Douglas.

The embittered writer takes action when he sees his bank statement. Stars Chris Douglas and Stephanie Cole. From April 2007.

The embittered writer takes action when he sees his bank statement. From April 2007.

The embittered writer contacts the bank when his finances tip into the abyss.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, consummate fare dodger and master of the abusive email.

3/6. The Last Laugh

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Savage....Andy Hamilton

The Constable....Martin Hyder

Lee/Postman....Matthew Holmes

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

The bus driver....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Andy Pond....Dan Tetsall

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email. By Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

52-year-old, divorced, embittered writer Ed Reardon relays his week. Ed contacts the bank when his finances tip into the abyss.

The embittered writer contacts the bank when his finances tip into the abyss. Starring Chris Douglas and Stephanie Cole.

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Embittered writer Ed's got a dental dilemma and is ranting over a literary festival.

Welcome to the comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Stephanie Cole

Philip Jackson

John Fortune

Rita May

Geoffrey McGivern

Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Sally Grace

Geoffrey Whitehead

Dan Tetsell

Alice Lowe

Simon Greenall

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2006.

The embittered writer's got a dental dilemma and rants over a literary festival.

The embittered writer rants about a literary festival and he's got a dental dilemma. Stars Chris Douglas. From January 2006.

The embittered writer rants about a literary festival and he's got a dental dilemma. Starring Chris Douglas and Stephanie Cole. Episode 4 of 6.

This week Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, has dental trouble. Episode 4 of 6.

This week Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail, has dental trouble.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, consummate fare dodger and master of the abusive email.

4/6. Our Man from Berkhamsted

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Elaine....Sally Grace

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Receptionist....Alice Lowe

Pearl....Rita May

Australian dentist....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Ticket collector....Dan Tetsall

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

With Chris Douglas, Stephanie Cole, Sally Grace and Philip Jackson.

Ed Reardon - author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - has dental trouble.

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After moaning to the Corporation, embittered writer Ed gets a job offer from the BBC.

Welcome to the comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Stephanie Cole

Philip Jackson

John Fortune

Rita May

Geoffrey McGivern

Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Geoffrey Whitehead

Dan Tetsell

Matthew Holness

Martin Hyder

Chris Addison

Joanna Scanlan

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2006.

After moaning to the Corporation, the embittered writer gets a BBC job offer.

Having moaned to the BBC about falling standards, the embittered writer is offered a job by the Corporation.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Paul....Chris Addison

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Matt 2....Matthew Holness

Commissionaire/Swimming Pool Attendant....Martin Hyder

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Dave Wing....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Trudy....Joanna Scanlan

Matt 1....Dan Tetsall

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

Having moaned to the BBC about falling standards, the embittered writer is offered a job by the Corporation. Stars Chris Douglas.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

With Chris Douglas, Stephanie Cole, John Fortune, Matthew Holness.

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Will Ed find inspiration in his suffering, like Orwell and Burgess, or will he just complain from his hospital bed?

Felix....John Fortune

Jake....George Dalton

Cliff....Martin Hyder

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Frank/George....Geoffrey McGivern

Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

Dr Shah....Nina Wadia

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

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With a new commission, the writer's literary juices are flowing - unlike his finances.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Harvey....Sean Lock

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Frank....David Cann

Steward....Paul Richard Biggin

Cliff....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Lucy....Laura Solon

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Ed tries to go commercial with Hemel Sound.

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A visit from his father sparks ideas of inheritance in misanthropic Ed's mind.

The comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Stephanie Cole

Geoffrey Whitehead

Rita May

Simon Greenall

Sally Hawkins

Eve Dallas

James Rawlings

David Cann

David Warner

Alice Lowe

Philip Jackson

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.

A visit from his father sparks ideas of inheritance in misanthropic writer Ed's mind.

His father's visit sparks ideas of inheritance in the misanthropic writer's mind.

Stars Christopher Douglas.

From December 2006.

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail is back trying to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Sidney....David Warner

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Frank....David Cann

Cliff....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

His father's visit sparks ideas of inheritance in the misanthropic writer's mind. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2006.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail tries to survive in a world where the media seem to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

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Ed shaves his beard in order to work unrecognised as a mystery shopper.

The comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

John Fortune

Stephanie Cole

Geoffrey Whitehead

Rita May

Sally Grace

Simon Greenall

Geoffrey McGivern

Matthew Holness

Paul Biggin

Sally Hawkins

Eve Dallas

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.

Grumpy writer Ed shaves his beard to work as a mystery shopper.

The grumpy writer shaves his beard to work unrecognised as a mystery shopper.

The writer shaves his beard off so he can work unrecognised as a mystery shopper.

The grumpy writer shaves off his beard to work unrecognised as a mystery shopper.

Stars Christopher Douglas.

From December 2006.

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail is back trying to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

3/6. Undercover

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Urbane shop assistant....Paul Richard Biggin

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Carol....Eve Dallas

Felix....John Fortune

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

The grumpy writer shaves off his beard to work unrecognised as a mystery shopper. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2006.

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Curmudgeonly hack Ed finds rich pickings - and a hint of romance - in the world of archaeology.

The comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

John Fortune

Stephanie Cole

Geoffrey Whitehead

Rita May

Simon Greenall

Sally Hawkins

Eve Dallas

Laura Solon

Mark Watson

Philip Jackson

David Cann

Miranda Keeling

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.

The hack tries to save money by going on an archaeological dig. From 2007.

Ed discovers rich pickings and possible romance in the world of archaeology.

The hack finds rich pickings and a hint of romance in the world of archaeology.

Stars Christopher Douglas.

From January 2007.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon is an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

4/6. The Dig

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Frank....David Cann

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Cliff....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

The hack finds rich pickings and a hint of romance in the world of archaeology. Stars Christopher Douglas. From January 2007.

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After sending abusive emails, the hack vents his spleen corporate script writing.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Melanie....Morwenna Banks

Frank....David Cann

Olive/Fifi....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Cliff....Simon Greenall

Marion....Sally Grace

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Colin....Matthew Holness

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Inspector Oxford....Adam Shipway

Atalanta....Laura Solon

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

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Ed uses his skills to update obituaries and produce a savage profile of an old friend.

As the writer updates obituaries, he produces a savage profile of an old friend.

Stars Christopher Douglas.

From January 2007.

As the writer updates obituaries, he produces a savage profile of an old friend. Stars Christopher Douglas. From January 2007.

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail is back trying to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

6/6. The Libel Action

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Frank....David Cann

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Cliff/PC Hyder....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Jaz....Philip Jackson

Emily....Alice Lowe

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, tries to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

As grumpy writer Ed updates obituaries, he produces a savage profile of an old friend.

The comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Morwenna Banks

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.

0401January 312007111620080325
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With reports of his death greatly exaggerated, Ed struggles with the dreaded tax return and surprises the literary world by being alive.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

1st asst....Rachel Atkins

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Newsagent....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Postman....Martin Hyder

Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Glazier/Policeman....Geoffrey McGivern

Elvis....Tom Price

Tracey....Nicola Sanderson

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

With his tax return looming, the curmudgeonly author surprises his agent.

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When Ed upsets a Holocaust survivor, who would have thought it might lead to love?

When Ed upsets a Holocaust survivor, who would have thought it might lead to love? With Morwenna Banks. From November 2007.

Romance may be in the air for Ed when he offends the daughter of a fellow writer, but will it survive his taking part in a Creative Partnership at the school where she teaches?

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

2/6. Ruth and Reconciliation

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Ruth....Morwenna Banks

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Copper....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Head teacher....Matt Green

Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Bookseller....Phil Nice

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

0403The Wrong Fleece2007113020080408
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The grumpy writer has a surefire idea for high profit, but it's gone astray.

Ed has had the kind of idea a writer gets perhaps once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, he can't remember where he put it. Stars Christopher Douglas. From November 2007.

Ed has come up with the kind of idea a writer has perhaps once in a lifetime.

Unfortunately, he can't remember where he has put it.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

3/6. The Wrong Fleece

Ed has come up with the kind of idea a writer has perhaps once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, he can't remember where he has put it.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Ray....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Postman....Martin Hyder

Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

Frank....Geoffrey McGivern

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The curmudgeonly writer unearths wartime intrigue in an idyllic French location.

Ed's fortunes take an upward turn as he is commissioned to write a book about the history of an old and very wealthy schoolfriend's house in France.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

4/6. The Old Boys Network

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive/Chantelle....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Old Salopian....Simon Greenall

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Hilary....Rachel Atkins

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

0405Role Reversal2007121420080422
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When Ed ends up interviewing his cardiac consultant, he takes it very much to heart.

When Ed ends up interviewing his cardiac consultant, he takes it very much to heart. With Sally Hawkins, Stephanie Cole.

From December 2007.

After a visit to the doctor Ed is feeling battered by criticism and low in spirits.

However, a chance to reverse his fortunes manifests itself in the form of Dave Wang.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

After a visit to the doctor Ed is feeling battered by criticism and low in spirits. However, a chance to reverse his fortunes manifests itself in the form of Dave Wang.

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Dave Wang....Geoffrey McGivern

Matt....John-luke Roberts

Mr Travers....Kim Wall

Pepsi....Katie Wix

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

After a visit to the doctori Ed is feeling battered by criticism and low in spirits. However, a chance to reverse his fortunes manifests itself in the form of Dave Wang.

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The curmudgeonly writer finds himself embroiled in a public love intrigue.

The curmudgeonly writer finds himself embroiled in a public love intrigue. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2007.

Love is in the air for Ed, but it's far from plain sailing.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

6/6. Trimarans That Pass in the Night

Ed Reardon....Chris Douglas

Olive....Stephanie Cole

Felix....John Fortune

Ping....Sally Hawkins

Frank....Geoffrey McGivern

Mary....Sally Grace

Ray....Simon Greenall

Kate....Melanie Hudson as Kate

Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

Pearl....Rita May

Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

0501The Last Miaow2008100620090108
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Ed has rekindled his relationship with fellow author Mary Potter.

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Ed has rekindled his relationship with fellow author Mary Potter and they are in a record breaking second month of partnership 'bliss'. Elgar, however, is none too pleased

Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

felix....john fortune

  • frank....geoffrey mcgivern

  • jaz....philip jackson

  • mary potter....sally grace

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • ray....simon greenall

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead

    with lewis macleod and nicola sanderson

    the surly writer's best pal vanishes just as mary makes plans. with Christopher Douglas.

    olive....Stephanie Cole

    felix....John Fortune

    mary potter....Sally Grace

    ray....Simon Greenall

    jaz....Philip Jackson

    elgar, however, is none too pleased.

    1/6. the last miaow

  • 0502The Cv Of Dorian Gray2008101320090115
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    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.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    copper....martin hyder

  • felix....john fortune

  • george....simon greenall

  • jaz....philip jackson

  • marcus....richard smith

  • market researcher....nicola sanderson

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead.

    it's time for ed to drag out the old jeans, buy a mobile phone and cut 10 years off the cv

    try as the curmudgeon might to be hip, he is more a hip-replacement kind of guy.

    olive....Stephanie Cole

    felix....John Fortune

    george....Simon Greenall

    copper....Martin Hyder

    jaz....Philip Jackson

    market researcher....Nicola Sanderson

    try as the curmudgeon might to be hip, he's more of hip-replacement kind of guy.

    2/6. the cv of dorian gray

  • 0503Anger Management2008102020090122
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    After a run-in with the Head of Stakeholder Communications Engagement at a local council meeting, Ed finds himself in anger management classes. Could he turn over a new leaf and become a gentler person?

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    felix....john fortune

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead.

    ed attends anger management classes. could he turn over a new leaf?

  • steve williams....tom price

  • sue fishpool....rachel atkins

    can our grumpy hero convince the local council that his temper is under control?

    3/6. anger management

  • 0504Educating Peter2008102720090129
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Jaz yearns to return to the thrilling intimacy of small space work so suggests that Ed revive one of his old stage shows. So Educating Peter finds itself on stage and Ed finds he has a success on his hands.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    actress....rachel atkins

  • felix....john fortune

  • frank....geoffrey mcgivern

  • jaz....philip jackson

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • ray....simon greenall

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead.

    ed revives one of his old stage shows and finds he has a success on his hands

  • young actor....>

    ed reardon

  • young actor....tom price

    the loveable curmudgeon's early play is revived. is the big time calling him at last?

  • 0505The Great Escape2008110320090205
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed finds himself in gainful employment writing for a local lifestyle magazine when everyone at the agency goes on holiday. There may even be a romantic holiday on the horizon for him.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    aussie....lewis macleod

  • carol....rebecca front

  • check-in woman....nicola sanderson

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead.

    the attractive new editor of a local magazine stirs the curmudgeon's loins.

    5/6. the great escape

  • 0506 LASTGranddad2008111020090212
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed is visited by his new grandson, Smile, and is inspired to write a children's book. However, his daughter is not at all impressed with his flat.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    a mishap when babysitting his grandson causes concern with the grump's family.

    house husband....Nicholas Boulton

    olive....Stephanie Cole

    eli....Lisa Coleman

    felix....John Fortune

    jaz....Philip Jackson

    pearl....rita may

    ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

    tim....Kim Wall

    5/6. granddad

    dan tetsell....tv man

    kim wall....tim

    eli....lisa coleman

  • felix....john fortune

  • house husband....nicholas boulton

  • jaz....philip jackson

  • olive....stephanie cole

  • pearl....rita may

  • ping....barunka o'shaughnessy

  • stan....geoffrey whitehead.

    ed is visited by his new grandson, smile, and is inspired to write a children's book

  • tim....kim wall

  • tv man....dan tetsell

  • 0601The Charterhouse Redemption2010011120100728
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed is now a happily-retired author. Not only that but he's well fed, warm and happily ensconced in Berkhampstead's premier accommodation of choice for the financially distressed.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Felix....John Fortune

    Ray....Simon Greenall

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    With Manjeet Mann and Tom Price.

    Ed is ensconced in Berkhampstead's premier accommodation for the financially distressed.

    Ed is now a happily-retired author. Not only that but he's well fed, warm and happily ensconced in Berkhamsted's premier accommodation of choice for the financially distressed.

    Ed is ensconced in Berkhamsted's premier accommodation for the financially distressed.

    Ed is happily ensconced in Berkhamsted's premier accommodation for the financially distressed. With Christopher Douglas, Stephanie Cole. From January 2010.

    0602Charity Begins Next Door2010011820100804
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed has a new member in his writing class, and unlike Stan, Olive and Pearl, Clive is actually impressed by Ed's writing portfolio. Thus it is that Ed finds he has a prot退g退 who not only wants to emulate his life, but more fortuitously will help him to write a rather dull speech on water shortages in Africa for the agency's charity auction.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Felix....John Fortune

    Clive....Tony Gardner

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead.

    A new member of the writing class is, unlike the others, impressed by Ed's writing.

    Ed applies for help from a hardship fund, and acquires an enthusiastic new student. With Philip Jackson. From January 2010.

    0603The Cruise2010012520100811
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed, surprisingly, has had a brilliant idea for a book and, even more surprisingly, Ping agrees. So when an opportunity arises to go on a cruise with Jaz and the band, Ed takes up the offer in order to find creative reinvigoration at sea.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Ray....Simon Greenall

    Geoff McGivern....Cliff

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    With Kim Wall and Lewis McCleod.

    Ed has had a brilliant idea for a book and, surprisingly, Ping agrees.

    Ed has had a brilliant idea for a book, so when an opportunity arises to go on a cruise with Jaz and the band, Ed takes up the offer in order to find creative reinvigoration at sea.

    Surprisingly, Ed has had a brilliant idea for a book and, more surprisingly, Ping agrees.

    ED REARDON'S WEEK

    Episode 3: The Cruise

    Ed, surprisingly, has had a brilliant idea for a book and, even more surprisingly, Ping agrees. So it is that when an opportunity arises to go on a cruise with Jaz and the band, Ed takes up the offer in order to find creative reinvigoration at sea.

    With Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon

    and Stephanie Cole as Olive

    Simon Greenall as Ray

    Geoff McGivern as Cliff

    Philip Jackson as Jaz

    Rita May as Pearl

    Barunka O'Shaughnessey as Ping

    And Geoffrey Whitehead as Stan

    Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    With Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon and

    0604Cheese Cricket2010020120100818
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Despite his assumption that somewhere in the vaults of the National Health Service can be found statistics for injuries sustained in the kitchen as a result of the dash to turn the wireless off at 6.30, Ed finds himself a surprise hit when he takes part in a new Radio 4 'topical quiz with a tasty twist'.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Felix....John Fortune

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    With Dan Tetsell, Katy Wix, Tom Price and Rhys Rusbatch.

    Ed finds himself a surprise hit when he takes part in a new Radio 4 quiz.

    Comedy by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Despite his scepticism, Ed finds himself a surprise hit when he takes part in a new Radio 4 'topical quiz with a tasty twist'.

    Ed finds himself a surprise hit on a brand new Radio 4 'topical quiz with a tasty twist'.

    Ed finds himself a surprise hit when he takes part in a new Radio 4 'topical quiz with a tasty twist'. With Christopher Douglas and Stephanie Cole. From February 2010.

    0605A Bottle Of Ulterio Motivo2010020820100825
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    Ed is in the money when he sells some of his old stuff to Violet Carson's new wine bar.

    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed finds himself in the money when he sells most of his possessions to a themed wine bar owned by the lovely Violet Carson.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Ray....Simon Greenall

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    With Dan Tetsell and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed finds himself in the money when he sells most of his possessions to a themed wine bar.

    ED REARDON'S WEEK

    Episode 5 : A Bottle of Ulterio Motivo

    With Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon and

    Stephanie Cole as Olive

    Simon Greenall as Ray

    Geoff McGivern as Cliff

    Philip Jackson as Jaz

    Rita May as Pearl

    Barunka O'Shaughnessey as Ping

    And Geoffrey Whitehead as Stan

    With Dan Tetsell and Emma Fryer.

    Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    0606 LASTElgar Writes2010021520100901
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    Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

    While Ed is busily teaching grammar to some clumsy, apostrophe-ridden phishers, Elgar finds fame when he becomes an internet hit with his blog. Could Elgar be a more successful writer than Ed? Quite probably.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Ray....Simon Greenall

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    With Dan Tetsell and Andrew Nickolds.

    Ed's cat Elgar finds fame when his blog becomes an internet hit.

    Episode 6 : Elgar Writes

    Whilst Ed is busily teaching grammar to some clumsy, apostrophe-ridden phishers. Elgar finds fame when he

    Ping - Barunka O'Shaughnessey

    Paul Sharma - Nicola Sanderson

    Writers - Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

    Producer - Dawn Ellis.

    Whilst Ed is busily teaching grammar to some clumsy, apostrophe-ridden phishers. Elgar finds fame when he becomes an internet hit with his blog. Could Elgar be a more successful writer than Ed? Quite probably.

    0701In The Current Climate2011011020110629
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    Episode 1:

    "In The Current Climate"

    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.

    Inevitably he finds himself once more battling through the week encountering the numerous 12-year olds who run the media; teaching the lively bunch of pensioners who can teach him a thing or two about money making schemes, frugal living and having a good time thank you very much, and regular run-ins with the rather successful Jaz Milvane, director of Ed's only ever book-to-screen adaptation.

    As we renew our acquaintance with Ed austerity has hit hard. Jaz is eating at austerity themed restaurants, Ping is drawing in socking seams with magic marker and Ed is picking blackberries from the canal towpath for his breakfast. However, things may be looking up as episode 1 sees Ed working with the most disturbingly fresh and mesmerizingly compelling voice of his generation, Ben Herbert. Ben has a three book deal and no time to write them all, so Ed has been drafted in to help him write one of the books - 'How to Survive With Like No Cash'. Surely a match made in heaven.

    Cast list ep 1

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Jaz Milvain....Philip Jackson

    Cliff...Geoff McGivern

    Ray...Simon Greenall

    Ping...Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Felix....John Fortune

    Ben Herbert....Tom Price

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Functionary..Henry Devas

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Radio 4's favourite curmudgeonly author leads us through the ups and downs of his week.

    Inevitably Ed finds himself once more battling through the week encountering the numerous 12-year olds who run the media; teaching the lively bunch of pensioners who can teach him a thing or two about money making schemes, frugal living and having a good time thank you very much, and regular run-ins with the rather successful Jaz Milvane, director of Ed's only ever book-to-screen adaptation.

    As we renew our acquaintance with Ed austerity has hit hard. Jaz is eating at austerity themed restaurants, Ping is drawing in stocking seams with magic marker and Ed is picking blackberries from the canal towpath for his breakfast. However, things may be looking up as episode 1 sees Ed working with the most disturbingly fresh and mesmerizingly compelling voice of his generation, Ben Herbert. Ben has a three book deal and no time to write them all, so Ed has been drafted in to help him write one of the books - 'How to Survive With Like No Cash'. Surely a match made in heaven.

    Ed works with the disturbingly compelling writer Ben Herbert for a book on austerity.

    0702From Bean To Cup2011011720110706
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    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.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Felix....John Fortune

    Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Heidi....Matilda Ziegler

    Window Cleaner....Dan Tetsell

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Houseowner....Paul Merton

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Ed finds himself working on a corporate video with the high powered team of director and old sparring partner Jaz Milvane, and Oscar-winning producer Heidi Fisher. He's also house-sitting for a well-heeled neighbour and enjoying all the benefits this civic duty brings, such as the use of comfortable furniture in agreeable surroundings, electrical appliances that work, and access to decent stationary and a well-stocked fridge. Perhaps Ed is about to enjoy his week and be well paid for a change.

    Radio 4's favourite curmudgeonly author leads us through the ups and downs of his week.

    Ed has landed on his feet with a decent pad, a coffee maker and gainful employment.

    0703Become A Successful Writer2011012420110713
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    Episode 3

    "Become a Successful Writer"

    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.

    This week sees Ed enrolled on a writing course which endeavours to teach him how to 'write successfully'. He naturally feels he's already mastered this art, as testified to in the 1976 issue of Films and Filming, and the fact that he teaches his own course at the local leisure centre. However, much persuasion by Ping and the mention of free food and drink for three days finally sways Ed into attendance. In the event, Ed does learn a thing or two about setting up his very own 'Script Doctor' service at £25 a consultation.

    Cast list ep 2

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Mort Rich....Henry Goodman

    Dave Wang....Geoff McGivern

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Municipal woman....Nicola Sanderson

    Sorting Officer....Martin Hyder

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Radio 4's favourite curmudgeonly author leads us through the ups and downs of his week.

    The script doctor will see you now. After a writer's course, Ed turns expert.

    This week sees Ed enrolled on a writing course which endeavours to teach him how to 'write successfully'. He naturally feels he's already mastered this art, as testified to in the 1976 issue of Films and Filming, and the fact that he teaches his own course at the local leisure centre. However, much persuasion by Ping and the mention of free food and drink for three days finally sways Ed into attendance. In the event, Ed does learn a thing or two about setting up his very own 'Script Doctor' service at £25 a consultation.

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    "Parsnip Junction"

    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.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Py....Katy Wix

    Charles....Geoffrey Palmer

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Ed finds himself in the middle of some sibling rivalry when Ping's sister, Py, undertakes some work experience at the agency. Ed finds the 'can-do' attitude of Py rather refreshing after Ping's normal 'might be a problem' response, particularly when she finds him some paid work with one Charles Cobbold, reinventing the much loved children's classic 'Parsnip Junction'. If Ed can withstand Charles' Communist tendencies and his penchant for porn he may be on to a winner.

    Ed finds himself reinventing the much-loved children's classic Parsnip Junction.

    Ed gets caught up in sibling rivalry when Ping's sister Py undertakes some work experience

    0705Writer In Residence2011020720110727
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    Episode 5:

    "Writer In Residence"

    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.

    Fed up with everything on the radio originating from Cambridge, Ed decides to immerse himself in popular culture and retunes away from Radio Four. The new outlook on the world that Radios 1, 2 and 5 bring to Ed proves fortuitous when his daughter, Eli, manages to secure him an interview at her husband's university. So it is that Ed finds himself 'Writer in residence' with all the benefits that this affords, including discussing the merits of the worst Lady Gaga wardrobe malfunction of the year.

    Cast list:

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Professor Judith....Rachel Atkins

    Announcer....Lewis Macleod

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Felix....John Fortune

    Eli....Lisa Coleman

    Bill....Darren Boyd

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Radio 4's favourite curmudgeonly author leads us through the ups and downs of his week.

    Fed up with everything on the radio originating from Cambridge, Ed decides to immerse himself in popular culture and retunes away from Radio Four.

    After immersing himself in popular culture, Ed gets a new job at a 'uni-collegy' thing.

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    Episode 6:

    "Summer of '76"

    Radio 4's most curmudgeonly author is back, 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.

    Ed has embraced the online age and subscribed to Facebook but finds he has opened up a Pandora's box of so-called friends that he's never actually met. That is until one Fiona Templeton pops up and he's reminded of the events of 1976 when he was a hot new writer and she a hot young model. Should an old acquaintance be renewed or should Ed leave well enough alone?

    Cast list:

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Recycling Man....Paul Sharma

    Pearl....Rita May

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Fiona....Jenny Agutter

    Jaz Milvane....Philip Jackson

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Ray....Simon Greenall

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed finds himself befriended online by an old flame.

    Ed has embraced the online age and subscribed to Facebook but finds he has opened up a Pandora's box of so-called friends that he's never actually met.

    Ed is befriended online by old flame Fiona, but should they get reacquainted?

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    Ed is enjoying weekend-ish things, like having a bath, and whistling.

    Radio 4's most curmudgeonly author is back for a new series, complete with his trusty companion Elgar 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.

    Inevitably he finds himself once more battling through the week encountering the numerous 12-year olds who run the media, teaching the lively bunch of pensioners who can "teach him a thing or two about money making schemes, frugal living and having a good time thank you very much", and regular run-ins with the rather successful Jaz Milvane, director of Ed's only ever book-to-screen adaptation.

    As we renew our acquaintance with Ed we find him in a somewhat lighter mood, enjoying normal weekend-ish type things, like having a bath, and whistling. He's also visiting the DIY store - because he can. His renewed acquaintance with 1960's hot young model, Fiona Templeton, could have much to do with this new outlook, particularly as they have a shared love of the free sachets to be found in the Sunday newspapers. As long as they don't mix up the shampoo sachet with the brown sauce sachet they should be fine.

    Cast list Ep.1

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Fiona....Jenny Agutter

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Jaz Milvain....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Post Office Clerk....Nicola Sanderson

    Kourier (stet)....Dan Tetsell

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    This week, following one of his numerous, pithy, letters of complaint to the BBC, Ed finds himself doing some research for his son, Jake, the only family member left representing the name of Reardon working in the media. The unexpected consequence of this is that Ed finds himself working in harmony with the 12 year- olds both on screen and in the coffee stations and tea points of power, to produce a piece of genuinely water-cooler factutainment.

    Cast list Ep. 2

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Radio DJ....Simon Greenall

    Policeman....Martin Hyder

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jake....Sam Pamphillon

    Pool Manager....Nicola Sanderson

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed finds himself working with his son, Jake, on a piece of 'genuine' factutainment.

    0802Original British Drama2016041720160418Ed finds himself working with his son, Jake, on a piece of 'genuine' factutainment.
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    Jaz Milvain asks Ed to curate a moving tribute for his 'surprise' 60th birthday bash.

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    Jaz Milvain asks Ed to curate a moving tribute to him and his work in film for the 'surprise' party that he's organising for his 60th birthday. Whilst Ed relishes the idea of a comedy 'roast' Jaz is looking for something more akin to a light saut退.

    So it is that Ed tracks down Jaz's first masterwork, 'It's a Nude Nude Nude Nude World' to form the cornerstone of the tribute, not knowing that Fiona did a few day's work on it.

    Cast list for episode 3:

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Fiona....Jenny Agutter

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Posh Woman....Sally Grace

    Frank....Simon Greenall

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Waiter....Martin Hyder

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed is commissioned to write a tribute for Jaz's 60th birthday celebrations.

    Jaz Milvain asks Ed to curate a moving tribute to him and his work in film for the 'surprise' party that he's organising for his 60th birthday. Whilst Ed relishes the idea of a comedy 'roast' Jaz is looking for something more akin to a light sauté.

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    Ed finds himself an unlikely star of local radio.

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    Ed decides to 'Make a Difference' to impress Fiona and as a consequence finds himself becoming 'a voice for the people' when he joins a group trying to change the railways. As a consequence he finds himself on local radio representing the group and 'channelling grumpy', and astonishingly finds that people agree with his views and find his conversation 'totes legde'. Thus it is that 'Captain Grumblebum' is created.

    Cast list episode 4:

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Fiona....Jenny Agutter

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Frank....Simon Greenall

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Cliff/Jonathan....Geoff McGivern

    Ping/Lisa....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    12 year old official....Sam Pamphilon

    Mandy Kramer....Nicola Sanderson

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed lends some authentic 'oldenspeak' to the modern gaming fraternity.

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    Ed joins the modern gaming fraternity when he meets Graham Pearson - the man who gave the world 'Rosicrucian Armageddon' - and is hired to add some authentic 'oldenspeak' to its sequel - 'Rosicrucian Armageddon 2'. Whilst he tries to get to grips with NPC's, orbs and the Quest for the Grail his daughter unexpectedly arrives complete with son, Smile, Japanese tea infuser, dream catcher and native American chants to purge Ed's flat.

    Cast list episode 5

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Eli....Lisa Coleman

    Newsreader....Corrie Corfield

    Graham....Tom Goodman Hill

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping/Lisa....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Delivery man/waiter....Dan Tetsell

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    (05/06)

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    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    With the Olympics looming Stan spies a golden opportunity - renting out Ed's flat for the duration of the games at the princely sum of £3,000 a week. So Ed has to pack up his newspaper collection, sift through his takeaway trays and leave the place he's called home for the last years. But where will he go?

    Cast list episode 6

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Fiona....Jenny Agutter

    Janie....Rachel Atkins

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Cliff....Geoff McGivern

    Frank....Simon Greenall

    Jaz....Philip Jackson

    Pearl....Rita May

    Ping/Lisa....Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Stan decides to cash in on the Olympics, leaving Ed to look for a new home.

    With the Olympics looming Stan spies a golden opportunity - renting out Ed's flat for the duration of the games at the princely sum of £3,000 a week. So Ed has to pack up his newspaper collection, sift through his takeaway trays and leave the place he's called home for the last years. But where will he go?

    Episode 06 of 06

    (06/06)

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    Episode 1: "The Personal Statement"

    He's back. Despite many thwarted attempts at literary success and a lifetime of scrimping and scraping to keep mind, soul and cat together, the curmudgeon's curmudgeon can never be kept down for long and returns to Radio 4 for a new series.

    Ed Reardon once more finds himself grabbing at whatever scraps his agent, Ping, throws his way, with his only source of regular income coming from teaching the increasingly savvy and adventurous pensioners their module in short story writing. Jaz Milvane continues to be his nemesis, somehow making money out of mad schemes whilst Ed makes nothing and his love life remains, like his payment of utility bills, erratic to say the least.

    As we renew our acquaintance with Ed we find him grovelling to his former girlfriend Fiona, claiming to be a 'changed man'. But as she quite rightly points out, he's still wearing the same socks and sandals. As Ed tries to get back into her good books, he finds himself retiring from the writing trade and applying for real jobs. So it is, he writes a personal statement and attends his first interview for a salaried position since, well, ever....

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed starts applying for real jobs to try to get back into ex-girlfriend Fiona's good books.

    As we renew our acquaintance with Ed we find him grovelling to his former girlfriend Fiona, claiming to be a 'changed man'. But as she quite rightly points out, he's still wearing the same socks and sandals. As Ed tries to get back into her good books, he finds himself retiring from the writing trade and applying for real jobs. So it is, he writes a personal statement and attends his first interview for a salaried position since, well, ever.... - Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, and the curmudgeonly attitude to life that he's mastered over years of failure.

    This week, the council is taking a holistic approach to cost-cutting and decides that Ed's writing class needs to get paid for some of their work. When it transpires that the class feels that they are wasting their time and thinking of joining the 'Bonkers About Baking' class Ed decides to set them the task of writing 'Hedgerow Jottings' and 'Tales from the Towpath' in an attempt to earn money and become real writers. Meanwhile, when the new intern at the agency turns out to be more than he seems, Ed finds himself maintaining his non-tax paying status by becoming the oldest intern in town and sharing an office with Ping.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed finds himself the oldest intern in town and sharing an office with Ping.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    When Ed's flat burns down his old nemesis, Jaz Milvain, rides to the rescue. As a "National Treasure" lots of people want to work with Jaz (or so he says) and he's got some serious investors who want him to make a movie - an action-adventure with a quirky sci-fi twist. Ed is not keen until Alex offers him a rather nice hotel to work from. So it is that Ed starts writing 'Doctor Bond', or is it 'Harry Hobbit'....

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed finds himself writing a film script, an action adventure with a quirky sci-fi twist.

    When Ed's flat burns down his old nemesis, Jaz Milvain, rides to the rescue. As a "National Treasure" lots of people want to work with Jaz (or so he says) and he's got some serious investors who want him to make a movie - an action-adventure with a quirky sci-fi twist. Ed is not keen until Alex offers him a rather nice hotel to work from. So it is that Ed starts writing 'Doctor Bond', or is it 'Harry Hobbit'. - Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed finds himself writing a script for Jaz Milvain's latest film.

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    Ed discovers that he has diabetes and his daughter, Eli, turns up to be his calorie counter- in-chief. To escape Eli's gluten free falafel salad, Ed enrols on a clinical trial, and that's when his son, Jake turns up in the hope of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, although as Ping Points out, it will only be marketable if Ed dies!

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    Ed appears to have stepped on the gravy train at last as he takes up a professorship at Much Wenlock Court - a prestigious writing retreat. He hopes this will lead him to, at the very least, a contentious Saturday Essay on the Today Programme. However, this retreat has been set up by one Jaz Milvain so could Ed's change in fortune be too good to be true?

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed takes up a professorship at a prestigious writing retreat.

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    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, 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.

    Ed discovers that he can put his extensive general knowledge to good use when he finally finds his niche and becomes a contestant on the Radio 4 seminal quiz 'What Do You Know'. Not only is his general knowledge excellent, but he's also being paid a fee to the grand sum of £43. Is his luck turning at last?

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Ed finally becomes a contestant on the Radio 4 seminal quiz What Do You Know?

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

    Ed Reardon returns to Radio 4 in a new series and whatever happens you can guarantee he'll be scrimping, scraping and ranting in order to keep mind, soul and cat together.

    When we last met Ed he was happily involved with BBC Radio producer Laura and her BBC expenses. As we meet again, the pair seem to be enjoying a state of not uncomfortable, slightly drunken, bliss and the relationship has enabled Ed to reconnect with life in London whilst keeping a toehold, and a cat, in Berkhamsted. But good things never last for Ed and the course of the series sees him and Elgar having to take advantage of the numerous empty premises in need of temporary caretakers and live-in guardians, or guardian angels as Ed likes to think of them as Stan throws him out on the street.

    Things have also changed for Ping who is suffering the biggest disaster to hit the office since they stopped making pens shaped like bananas - she has a new boss in the form of Suzan -pronounced 'Suzanne'. Ed, of course, wastes no time trying to get on the right side of Suzan in the hope of some work whilst Jaz Milvane continues to be his nemesis, plaguing his every move.

    The regular cast are joined this series by guests including Raquel Cassidy, Pam Ferris, Celia Imrie and Jeremy Paxman

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

    When we last met Ed he was happily involved with BBC Radio producer Laura and her BBC expenses. As we meet again, the pair seem to be enjoying a state of not uncomfortable, slightly drunken, bliss and the relationship has enabled Ed to reconnect with life in London whilst keeping a toehold, and a cat, in Berkhamstead. But good things never last for Ed and the course of the series sees him and Elgar having to take advantage of the numerous empty premises in need of temporary caretakers and live-in guardians, or guardian angels as Ed likes to think of them as Stan throws him out on the street.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Ed finally finds himself homeless, but with a two-book deal!

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and down of his week, complete with his trusty companion, Elgar, and the curmudgeonly attitude to life that he's mastered over years of failure.

    Ed finally finds himself homeless. However, all is not lost as an unexpected bonus of the recent financial apocalypse is that there are many premises in need of temporary caretakers. So it is that Ed finds himself residing in a furniture warehouse in Berkhamsted, complete with 'dream kitchen' fake fruit and a massage chair. He also somehow finds himself an author with a two book cookbook deal and a three figure advance.

    With Stephanie Cole and Celia Imrie.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Ed plans to attend a funeral with his ex-wife, making his children and cat very unhappy.

    In his continuing quest for somewhere to live, Ed finds himself living in an empty phoneshop, the occupation of which the council hopes will encourage the stakeholders to engage with their creativity. Far from enticing people in to attend 'slam poetry events' Ed has other things on his mind when he and his ex-wife Janet decide to attend the funeral of an old friend - together. Their children are not happy at this prospect, and neither is Elgar when he's left at a cattery called 'Southpaws'.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

    First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2015.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Looking for somewhere to live, Ed finds the inspiration for a perfect Sunday TV drama.

    Week four of Ed Reardon's 'No Fixed Abode' status finds him tramping along the canal trying to find someone to take him, and Elgar, in. When he fortunes upon the somewhat colourful Joan he hits the jackpot in more ways than one as not only does he gain a rather comfortable cabin bed, but as the pair chat about Joan's rather picaresque life over a can of cider, Ed discovers she has lived her life in the manner for a perfect Sunday night TV drama. Cue a call to his agent, Ping.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

    While wandering along the canal, Ed finds the inspiration for a perfect Sunday TV drama.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Finally all is going well for Ed, who has comfortable lodgings and money in his pocket.

    Ed's fortunes have taken a turn for the better as he's been given an advance to write a projected television series perfect for Sunday night viewing. He has comfortable lodgings, money in his pocket and a warm glow, in fact all is going very well indeed until Suzan decides that her new assistant, Jonathan, should help Ed with 'the scripty stuff'. At which suggestion someone loses their temper, and for once it isn't Ed.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    A BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Ed is facing a milestone in his life as he's about to turn 60. As he reflects on his life he decides that things aren't half bad. He finally has a bed to lay his head on, his cat is in rude health and he is leading a busy and fulfilling literary life. However, as with all things Ed, this state of equanimity can't last and after a curious encounter with Jeremy Paxman Ed decides to make some changes.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

    All is going well as Ed faces a birthday milestone, until he encounters Jeremy Paxman.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Ed Reardon's Week is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

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    Ed Reardon is back, this time in unfamiliar territory as he's become a student at 'Uni'.

    Ed Reardon is back, and this time in slightly unfamiliar territory as he has entered the groves of academe and returned to full-time education at 'Uni'. He's doing a three-year course in, well he's not entirely sure, but at the end he'll get a BA with the chance of a two-year MA add-on.

    The fact that he'll have warm, comfortable accommodation for the foreseeable future, a student loan to pay the rent and that he'll reach 65 by the time he's finished the course and therefore passed the age of paying back the fees has nothing to do with his decision to study. No, this is all to do with making up for lost time when his studies were cut short in his youth following expulsion from school.

    Of course, as with all students nowadays Ed will need to boost his loan by earning extra cash so he'll still be pestering his agent, Ping for writing opportunities and so it is as we renew our acquaintance with Ed, and trusty companion Elgar, that we find him reimagining a series of children's books and giving them a savvy post-modern twist for a "cool hundred each" whilst trying to keep up with the other students and their love of coffee shop loyalty cards, seminar satisfaction surveys and certain daytime TV programmes.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Max.... Divian Ladwa

    Antonia.... Sylvestra Le Touzel

    Jaz Milvain.... Philip Jackson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.

    Episode 1: 'The Reboot'

    Ed Reardon is back, and this time in slightly unfamiliar territory as he has entered the groves of academe and returned to full-time education at 'Uni'. He's doing a three-year course in, well he's not entirely sure, but at the end he'll get a BA with the chance of a two-year MA add-on. The fact that he'll have warm, comfortable accommodation for the foreseeable future, a student loan to pay the rent and that he'll reach 65 by the time he's finished the course and therefore passed the age of paying back the fees has nothing to do with his decision to study. No, this is all to do with making up for lost time when his studies were cut short in his youth following expulsion from school.

    The regular cast are joined this series by guests including Sylvestra Le Touzel, Nicholas Farrell and Maya Sondhi.

    Cast list ep 1

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed tries to stir up some dissent when he becomes editor of the student magazine.

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and downs of his University Week.

    Ed decides that the modern student seems to have a complete absence of healthy anti-authoritarian rage and determines to put this state of affairs right by contacting the student magazine. Current editor, Eve, is surprisingly pleased to see a fellow student, especially one offering to contribute, so hires Ed, who jumps at the £15 expenses per issue. So it is that Ed sets out to give Eve a taste of the hard boiled professional Fleet Street Life whilst stirring up the students.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Jaz Milvain.... Philip Jackson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Frank.... Martin Hyder

    Cliff.... Geoff McGivern

    Eve.... Maya Sondhi

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.

    Episode 2: 'All About Eve'

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Comedy. The curmudgeonly author takes listeners through his week.

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    A chance meeting leads Ed to believe he may be owed a small fortune by the HMRC.

    Ed Reardon leads us through the ups and downs of his University Week.

    Escaping a 'Wealth Protection Day' being held at the university Ed, armed with a carrier bag, cushion and sleep mask, heads up to the Oval for a relaxing day at the cricket where he meets a surprisingly interesting accountant who informs him he may be owed money by the HMRC. His agent, Ping, has no intention of helping him pursue this though as she's far too busy flirting with the chap with a 'man-bun' in the office across the road.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Antonia.... Sylvestra Le Touzel

    Graeme.... Dan Mersh

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Inspector.... Dan Tetsell

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.

    Episode 3: 'Generation Why Bother'

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed embarks upon writing a social history and family memoir.

    Ed realises that one of the pleasures of being at university is that he can use his time to write about whatever takes his fancy. So it is that he embarks upon a definitive piece of social history about the workhouse, inspired by his own great-grandfather who, as an inmate, suffered at the hand of the terrifying Beadle.

    It seems too that history might be repeating itself when Ed discovers that his grandson, Smile, is suffering certain terrors of his own as he may be being bullied at nursery.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Ed Reardon....Christopher Douglas

    Olive....Stephanie Cole

    Pearl....Brigit Forsyth

    Jaz Milvain....Phillip Jackson

    Bow-Tie Man....Geoff McGivern

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Inspector....Dan Tetsell

    Stan....Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.

    Episode 4: 'The Rectifier'

    Ed realises that one of the pleasures of being at university is that he can use his time to write about whatever takes his fancy. So it is that he embarks upon a definitive piece of social history about the workhouse, inspired by his own great-grandfather who, as an inmate, suffered at the hand of the terrifying Beadle. It seems too that history might be repeating itself when Ed discovers that his grandson, Smile, is suffering certain terrors of his own as he may be being bullied at nursery.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Comedy. The curmudgeonly author takes listeners through his week.

    Cast list ep 4

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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    Ed becomes involved in honouring plucky wartime songbird 'Beryl Bassett'.

    Ed becomes involved in the work of a committee when he agrees to get involved in the erection of a statue on university grounds to honour the plucky wartime songbird 'Beryl Bassett'.

    This means not only ploughing through hundreds of entries for a poetry competition to find a suitable ode to be read at the unveiling, but liaising with Beryl's son who has his eye on Antonia, a small gauge railway and a dubious family past.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Bobby.... Nicholas Farrell

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Max.... Divian Ladwa

    Antonia.... Sylvestra Le Touzel

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.

    Episode 5: 'Poetry No Thanks'

    Ed becomes involved in the work of a committee when he agrees to get involved in the erection of a statue on University Grounds to honour the plucky wartime songbird 'Beryl Bassett'. This means not only ploughing through hundreds of entries for a poetry competition to find a suitable ode to be read at the unveiling, but liaising with Beryl's son who has his eye on Antonia, a small gauge railway and a dubious family past.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Comedy. The curmudgeonly author takes listeners through his week.

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    Could one of Ed's rediscovered films change his life?

    All is well in Ed's World. He has drafted his son, Jake, to do some cold calling to raise funds for the university coffers whilst he visits his agent to clear out some old boxes from her office. What he wasn't expecting this week is that one of his old projects 'Sir Jasper's Breakfast' could earn him a small fortune due to its popularity at Hen and Stag 'do's' or that Jake's success at fundraising, and subsequent 10% cut of those funds, would leave his university career in jeopardy.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Comedy. The curmudgeonly author takes listeners through his week.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Antonia.... Sylvestra Le Touzel

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jake.... Sam Pamphillon

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.

    1201The Writer In The Van2017102420171031 (BBC7)
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    Episode 1 : The Writer In The Van

    Ed Reardon is back, and after being sent down from University for misappropriation of funds he finds himself temporarily living in a hotel trying to write the first in a new series of novels about his eponymous hero, Inspector Masterson, for which he has high hopes. These are soon dashed by Ed's agent, Ping, who informs him he must write 'grip-lit' with a girl in the title who gets drunk, goes to bed with everyone and then gets chopped up.

    Ping also palms Ed and Jaz Milvain off with her new assistant, Maggie, a jam-making, sock knitting 'older' lady (who also designs draft excluders) whilst she goes "oop North" to trawl the universities for the next generation of stand-ups. Whilst Jaz is furious with being "tossed on the scrapheap" Ed decides to give Maggie a chance and is soon rewarded when she gets him a writing gig on "Your Motorhome Magazine". This turn of events not only furnishes him with a small but steady income, but also a new home with floral upholstery, carpet on the ceiling and the advantage of letting him and his companion , Elgar, celebrate the freedom of the open road

    The regular cast this series are joined by guests Monica Dolan, Vicki Pepperdine, Don Gilet, Karl Theobald and Tyger Drew-Honey.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    BBC Studios Production.

    Ed Reardon returns with a new idea for a novel and an exciting new home.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    BBC Studios Production.

    This turn of events not only furnishes him with a small but steady income, but also a new home with floral upholstery, carpet on the ceiling and the advantage of letting him and his companion , Elgar, celebrate the freedom of the open road.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Receptionist.... Nicola Sanderson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jaz Milvain.... Philip Jackson

    Maggie.... Monica Dolan

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Policeman.... Dan Tetsell

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in Octoberl 2017.

    1202Diabetes Day2017103120171107 (BBC7)
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    It's time for Ed's annual health check.

    Episode 2: Diabetes Day

    As the new columnist for 'Your Motorhome' magazine, Ed is enjoying a comfortable life on the open road searching out top tips for mobile homeowners. He's finding inspiration at every turn and, in particular, at car parks - namely the hospital car park where he has to attend his diabetes clinic, and subsequently the swimming pool car park to resume a swim regime when challenged about his health by the hospital. Will his tip of letting down one's tyres to get under car park height barriers prove a hit with the readers?

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    BBC Studios Production.

    It is time for Ed's annual health check.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    BBC Studios Production.

    As the new columnist for 'Your Motorhome' magazine, Ed is enjoying a comfortable life on the open road searching out top tips for mobile homeowners. He's finding inspiration at every turn and, in particular, at car parks - namely the hospital car park where he has to attend his diabetes clinic, and subsequently the swimming pool car park to resume a swim regime when challenged about his health by the hospital. Will his tip of letting down one's tyres to get under car park height barriers prove a hit with the readers?

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Receptionist.... Nicola Sanderson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jaz Milvain.... Philip Jackson

    Maggie.... Monica Dolan

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Policeman.... Dan Tetsell

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in October 2017.

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    Ed may be in line for an inheritance, as long as he can prove who he is.

    Episode 3: The Legacy

    It came as no great surprise to Ed that when his father, Sidney, died he made sure that no one got a mention in his will by not leaving one. Ed's son Jake, never one to miss an opportunity to make some money, introduces Ed to his old school friend Dozzer who it transpires is a qualified heir hunter who has discovered that the late Sidney Reardon had a property which Ed could inherit. All he needs to do is proves his identity and keep his children away from it.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    It came as no great surprise to Ed that when his father, Sidney, died he made sure that no one got a mention in his will by not leaving one. Ed's son Jake, never one to miss an opportunity to make some money, introduces Ed to his old school friend Dozzer who it transpires is a qualified heir hunter who has discovered that the late Sidney Reardon had a property which Ed could inherit. All he needs to do is proves his identity and keep his children away from it.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Eli.... Lisa Coleman

    Jake.... Sam Pamphillon

    Dozzer.... Don Gilet

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jaz Milvain.... Philip Jackson

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.

    1204An Enemy Of The People2017111420171121 (BBC7)
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    Ed makes a foray into local politics.

    Episode 4: An Enemy of the People

    Following an encounter with Jack, the refuse collector at the recycling centre, Ed is persuaded to enter the world of local politics. Jack holds Ed as a bit of a hero after reading his comments on various ballot papers when assisting with the local count at several elections and decides that Ed would make the perfect local councillor. Ed takes very little persuading when he discovers the emoluments he can expect and begins his campaign with the help of his new agent, Maggie.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Maggie.... Monica Dolan

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Nikki.... Vicki Pepperdine

    Jack.... Karl Theobald

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.

    1205How Did I Do?2017112120171128 (BBC7)
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    Ed discovers a whole new world of self-satisfaction surveys.

    Episode 5: How Did I Do?

    Whilst trying to track down his delivery of cat food Ed discovers a whole new world of employment opportunities when he meets Dominic, a 'PTP', or 'Paid to Populate' who is working on a development site. They quickly join forces to start a new delivery company and Ed is introduced to a new climate where freebies are distributed in lieu of salaries and continuing employment lies in the fate of the Customer Satisfaction survey.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    Whilst trying to track down his delivery of cat food Ed discovers a whole new world of employment opportunities when he meets Dominic, a 'PTP', or 'Paid to Populate', who is working on a development site.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Maggie.... Monica Dolan

    Dominic.... Tyger Drew-Honey

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Frank.... Simon Greenall

    Man.... Simon Greenall

    Jaz.... Philip Jackson

    Cliff.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Himself.... Petroc Trelawny

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.

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    Ed resolves to take the step of introducing Maggie to his children.

    Episode 6: A Different Direction

    All is going well for Ed. He has a regular income from his column in 'Your Motorhome' magazine which has the added bonus of also providing him with comfortable accommodation, and he is more than happy with his new agent, Maggie. Determined to make the best of this seismic shift in his circumstances Ed resolves to put his relationship with Maggie her on a more permanent footing by introducing her to his children.

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    It was a BBC Studios Production.

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Eli.... Lisa Coleman

    Maggie.... Monica Dolan

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Jaz.... Philip Jackson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Jake.... Sam Pamphillon

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Producer: Dawn Ellis

    A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.

    1301The Wooden Spoon2019043020190507 (BBC7)
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    In the first episode of this new series, Ed and Elgar return to London (from their failed jaunt living in a shepherd's hut in the country) destitute and on the lookout for a new roof over their respective heads. Could a carrier bag filled with wooden spoons be the answer to their problems?

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Maggie.... Pippa Haywood

    Jaz.... Philip Jackson

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Elgar.... Colin the cat

    With Sarah Ovens, Dan Tetsell and Ellen Thomas

    Producer Simon Nicholls

    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

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    In episode two, Ed bumps into Geoff Daytona - a rich successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker Ed was at school with. Geoff commissions Ed with writing his self-help book – The Geoff Daytona Method. Surely this latest enterprise will pay the big bucks - keeping Ed in Cab Sav and Elgar in pilchards?

    Ed Reardon.... Christopher Douglas

    Olive.... Stephanie Cole

    Pearl.... Brigit Forsyth

    Geoff Daytona.... Colin McFarlane

    Ping.... Barunka O'Shaughnessy

    Stan.... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Elgar.... Colin the cat

    With Sarah Ovens.

    Producer Simon Nicholls

    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

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    In episode three, Ed collides with the world of reality television. Could Ed's expert carpentry skills lead to him being the next reality star?

    Starring: Christopher Douglas

    with: Stephanie Cole, Lisa Coleman, Brigit Forsyth, Meera Syal, Colin Nicholls, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Sarah Ovens and Geoffrey Whitehead.

    Producer Simon Nicholls

    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

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    In episode four, Ed gets a surprising offer of work in ‘New-Mum lit' - writing a series of modern parenting baby books.

    Starring: Christopher Douglas

    with: Stephanie Cole, Brigit Forsyth, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Pippa Haywood, Sam Pamphilon,, Colin Nicholls and Geoffrey Whitehead.

    Producer Simon Nicholls

    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

    1305Punk Rock Vampires2019052820190604 (BBC7)
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    In episode five, a British horror film that Ed wrote in the 1970s - called 'Punk Rock Vampires' - comes back to haunt Ed, presenting the opportunity to make a few quid.

    Starring: Christopher Douglas

    with: Stephanie Cole, Brigit Forsyth, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Dan Tetsell, Colin Nicholls and Geoffrey Whitehead.

    Producer Simon Nicholls

    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.

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    Ed Reardon returns to lead us through his week, as he keeps mind, soul and cat together.
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    Author of several plays, television dramas, works of non-fiction, letters to the BBC about the pitiful decline in standards of literature and grammar, and master of the abusive email – Ed Reardon is back.

    In these globally ‘unprecedented times’ Ed is enjoying unprecedented times himself as he has become financially independent and is living in a superb, stylish capsule urban living unit. This new lifestyle comes curtesy of the conversion of no longer required office space to flats made affordable by the timely arrival of his state pension.

    For the first time in twenty years, he can afford to eat three meals a day and has the luxury of not having to do anything he doesn’t want to, so can settle down to a long-cherished project – his memoirs. That is if Jenna, the previous occupant of the urban unit when it was office space, would stop visiting his fire escape because she misses the gossip and bantz she no longer gets when working from home.

    But old habits die hard for Ed and he is soon distracted not only by the joys of Prosecco o’clock , but also the temptation of the flip-flops lying tantalisingly outside the discount shop in town.

    The regular cast this series are joined by guests Maggie Steed, Kathryn Drysdale, Mina Anwar and Phaldut Sharma.

    Cast list ep 1:

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Jaz Milvain…….……Philip Jackson

    Stan……………………Geoffrey Whitehead

    Pearl…………………..Brigit Forsyth

    Olive…………………..Stephanie Cole

    Jenna…………………Mina Anwar

    Instructor…………..Nicola Sanderson

    Assistant……………Tom Price

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Ed Reardon, master of the abusive email, returns with a new income and a new home.

    1402You're Cancelled2021061520210622 (BBC7)
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    When he is cancelled by his podcast platforms. Ed’s son Jake tries to enlist his fathers’ help, egged on by Ed’s writing class who insist he and Jake could be like ‘those two Whitehall fellas’. Ed however is distracted when an unexpected meeting leads to the renewal of his acquaintance with his ex-partner, Maggie, who is now on probation for yarn bombing the Town Hall on election night.

    Cast list ep 2

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Jake……………………Sam Pamphillon

    Maggie……………….Pippa Haywood

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Stan……………………Geoffrey Whitehead

    Pearl…………………..Brigit Forsyth

    Olive…………………..Stephanie Cole

    Bus Driver………….Simon Greenall

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Ed unexpectedly renews his acquaintance with his ex-partner, Maggie.

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    Episode 3: The Jethro Tree

    Ed revisits an old haunt when his daughter, Eli, asks him to join her and her fellow protestors at The Blackstone Oak, an ancient tree threatened by the HS2 network. Things take a complicated twist when Jaz turns up to shoot a promotional film for the development, Ed is approached to be the face of the film, and the lead protestor turns out not to be who she says she is.

    Cast list ep 3

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Eli………………………Lisa Coleman

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Spike………………….Kathryn Drysdale

    Jaz Milvain…….……Philip Jackson

    Frank…………………Simon Greenall

    Geoff/Cliff ………….Dan Tetsell

    Bernice………………..Nicola Sanderson

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Sound Recordist and Editor: David Thomas

    A BBC Studios Production

    Ed joins his daughter, Eli, to save a famous Oak tree.

    Meet Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

    Production Co-ordinator Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

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    Ed is introduced to Ping’s granny, Lady Ruddington, who has recently made her maiden speech in the House of Lords highlighting the plight of the mole. Ping is convinced that her granny has great British Battleaxe potential so enlists Ed’s skills to produce Lady R’s memoirs. Thus, Ed is handed a plastic carrier bag containing granny’s thoughts and observations, and all he needs to do is “pull it all together”.

    Cast list ep 4

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Maggie……………….Pippa Haywood

    Granny……………….Maggie Steed

    Olive…………………..Stephanie Cole

    Pearl…………………..Brigit Forsyth

    Stan……………………Geoffrey Whitehead

    Newsreader/TV host….Nicola Sanderson

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Sound Recordist and Editor: David Thomas

    Ed is enlisted to write the memoirs of Ping\u2019s granny

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    Episode 5: Elgar’s Nose

    Thanks to his weekly pension, Ed is enjoying all manor of new things like organic food box deliveries, the pleasure of ticking yes to the question ‘Do you Have a TV licence?’ with a clear conscience and a brand-new car. Elgar, Ed’s trusty feline companion, is also enjoying this new lifestyle, apart from a sneeze that he just cannot shake. A trip to the Vet is in order.

    Cast list ep 5

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Maggie……………….Pippa Haywood

    Salesman…………….Phaldut Sharma

    Olive…………………..Stephanie Cole

    Pearl…………………..Brigit Forsyth

    Stan……………………Geoffrey Whitehead

    Vet………………….….Nicola Sanderson

    Piers……………………Simon Greenall

    Petroc Trelawny…….Himself

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Sound Recordist and Editor: David Thomas

    A BBC Studios Production

    Elgar, Ed\u2019s trusty feline companion, develops a nasty sneeze.

    Meet Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.

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    Ed is once more in financial crisis following Elgar’s huge vets bill. Gone is the fancy new car, the trips out, and the fodder box. Staying home isn’t so much a rule now as a necessity driven by lack of funds, and live streaming is the new Theatre. But there is light on the horizon when Ed is offered the chance to write the script for a new movie by Jaz Milvain. Maggie has also secured Ed a job writing biographies for ‘ordinary people’ which pays well, includes a free car and earns Ed the plaudit of ‘Platinum Writer’. The problem is, Ed can only choose one job – which is it to be?

    Cast list ep 6

    Ed Reardon………..Christopher Douglas

    Ping…………….……..Barunka O’Shaughnessy

    Jaz……………………..Philp Jackson

    Maggie……………….Pippa Haywood

    Eli………………………..Lisa Coleman

    Jake…………………….Sam Pamphillon

    Olive…………………..Stephanie Cole

    Pearl…………………..Brigit Forsyth

    Stan……………………Geoffrey Whitehead

    Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

    Produced by Dawn Ellis

    Production Co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred

    Sound Recordist and Editor: David Thomas

    A BBC Studios Production

    Ed has to choose between a project with Jaz Milvain or Maggie.

    Meet Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email.