A Whole New Ball Game

Episodes

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0101Goodbye Gregory1992042720181106 (BBC7)
20181107 (BBC7)
20181110 (BBC7)
The late Gregory Patterson was a stalwart of the Roman Catholic Parishioners. But how will Mrs Patterson cope now with her headstrong daughter, Barbara? How will young Robert face up to his new responsibilities?

Surely football-crazy priest Father Benedict can help?

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Gordon Reid as Mr Plant, Mark Straker as Andy and Claire Skinner as Janet.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1992.

A football-crazy priest comforts the bereaved family of a stalwart parishioner.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0102The Mould In The Gold1993021020181113 (BBC7)
20181114 (BBC7)
Father Benedict is holding a Golden Oldie night in honour of the late Gregory Patterson. But is it the right occasion for a eulogy from his only son, Robert?

Not when Barbara Patterson is determined to ruin the evening.

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Jill Meers as the Manageress.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1993.

Robert aims to give a eulogy for his dad at Father Benedict's Golden Oldies Night.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0103Hungry1993021720181120 (BBC7)
20181121 (BBC7)
Robert's mum is doing so much work for the church he can't get enough to eat. And it seems his friends and family can’t seem to get enough of something else.

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Jill Meers as Lady At Counter and Gordon Reid as Father Hugh

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1993.

With his mum very busy at the church, hungry Robert takes action.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0104Tactics1993022420181127 (BBC7)
20181128 (BBC7)
It's the semi-final of the Frewitt Cup, but Father Benedict's tactics manual falls into enemy hands.

Robert Patterson knows that victory will come only with the help of the Angel of the Lord.

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Gordon Reid as Mr Plant,

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1993.

Can divine intervention help when the opponents grab Father Benedict's match tactics?

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

Robert Patterson knows that victory will come only with the help of the Angel of the Lord.

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Gordon Reid as Mr Plant,

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1993.

0105Found Wanting1993030320181204 (BBC7)
20181205 (BBC7)
To Robert's dismay, his sister, Barbara, is about to succumb to temptation in the shape of biker Andy Hunt.

His mother can't help to save her, so he enlists the help of Father Benedict as an avenger...

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy and Claire Skinner as Janet.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1993.

Robert decides to save Barbara from biker Andy by enlisting Father Benedict as an avenger.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1993.

0106 LASTThe Final Supper1993031020181211 (BBC7)
20181212 (BBC7)
It's Frewitt Cup Final day. A day of destiny for the Patterson family and Father Benedict.

Will there be tears of joy at the end of it? Or a weeping and a gnashing of teeth?

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Gordon Reid as Mr Plant.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1993.

Destiny calls the Pattersons and Father Benedict's team, but the post-match menu awaits.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

Will there be tears of joy at the end of it? Or a weeping and a gnashing of teeth?

A six-part black comedy by Martin Davies

Stars Desmond Barrit as Father Benedict, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Patterson, Paul Parris as Robert Patterson, Charlotte Coleman as Barbara Patterson, Martino Lazzeri as Guy Entwhistle, Mark Straker as Andy, Claire Skinner as Janet and Gordon Reid as Mr Plant.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1993.

0201And Pigs Can Fry1994102420160801 (BBC7)
20160802 (BBC7)
20160806 (BBC7)
The footie team's new strip causes controversy. Will they be ready for the new season?

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0202Scouting For Boys1994103120160808 (BBC7)
20160809 (BBC7)
West Bromwich offer Robert a trial, but Father Benedict doesn't want to lose him.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0203Brief Encounter1994110720160815 (BBC7)
20160816 (BBC7)
A tale of jealousy, deceit and football unfolds when Robert attends a rival school.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0204How Was It For You?1994111420160822 (BBC7)
20160823 (BBC7)
Will Guy and Robert make it back into Father Benedict's team?

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0205Retreat1994112120160829 (BBC7)
20160830 (BBC7)
When the Pattersons get a dog, Father Benedict is not impressed.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest

0206 LASTThe Friendly1994112820160905 (BBC7)
20160906 (BBC7)
Fists fly when Andy and Robert's football teams meet, but not among the players.

Comedy by Martin Davies about a football-crazy priest