Ed Reardon's Week

  • by Christopher Douglas
  • Narrated by Andrew Nickolds
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy starring Christopher Douglas, John Fortune, Stephanie Cole and Sally Hawkins. Ed Reardon (played by Christopher Douglas) is a failed writer, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email. Living with his cat in a one-bedroom flat, this bearded divorcee grumbles at a modern world seemingly run by 12-year-olds, while churning out books such as Jane Seymour's Household Hints and Pet Peeves (to pay the bills) and trying to live off the royalties of his 1982 episode of Tenko (£17 per annum). We track Ed's attempts to gain the literary success he feels is due in this painfully funny and extraordinarily clever sitcom. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, Ed Reardon's Week includes marvelous supporting roles from Stephanie Cole, John Fortune and Sally Hawkins. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.

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Simply brilliant...

Ed Reardon's Week is sublime.

Ed is a recently divorced writer in his 50s, living the life of a hack-writer and scraping for cash and food as he goes.

The writing is scrumptious and the performances are very, very good and as it's a BBC production, the technical production and quality are superb.

Each episode can be seen as a standalone but there are running themes and arcs to link it all very nicely together.

The cast, lead by Christopher Douglas as Ed, are without doubt one of the best I've heard since the Hitchhikers Guide - speaking of which, listen out for Geoffrey McGivern in various roles - it's like a little game of 'Where's Ford Prefect?'.

More importantly it does have massive re-read (or re-listen!) appeal. The stories really do lend themselves to repeat visits.

Looking forward to series 2....
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- Lee Grant

Painfully funny poke at publishing and the media

If you've ever entertained the idea of writing for a living, or set foot inside a publishing/media house, this should strike a chord. The grumpy old writer, fallen on hard times, drinking his Cotes de Rhone and happiest when puffing a stinking pipe, is a hoary old cliche, but plenty of these guys DO still exist, as Ed does for our entertainment. Ed's air of self-importance reminds me of Frasier Crane in Paramount TV's Frasier, though the characters are worlds apart. I laughed heartily at the character of Ping, his pretty, vacuous agent, and the 'bent jockey' James Derby Magee. for whom Ed has to write an after-dinner speech. If modern life ever strikes you as absurd, listen on... you won't be disappointed.
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- Helena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited