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Ed Reardon deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest pieces of comedy radio.
It's clever, funny, acerbic and heart-crunchingly tragic while the vast array of regular characters remain punchy, distinct and fully formed.
This is series eleven and if you’re new to Ed then DO NOT START HERE! Go back to the beginning and enjoy Ed’s development as he battles his agent, best friend, kids and life itself. Thank heavens for Elgar.
I’ve had to listen to this series a few times for it to soak into me. Without giving away the reason, we’re seeing Ed in a different environment and naturally the stories are not quite what I’ve come to expect. Naturally they stand up to re-listening and by the third circuit I’d managed to grab hold of the tale and pull more enjoyment out of it. The is not a case of poor writing, production or performance – it’s down to me – I’d love to know if other Ed afficianardos feel the same way.
The usual star-studded cast are fantastic though I must say we could have done with more Geoff McGivern - my ‘Spot Ford Prefect’ score for this series barely reaches double figures – maybe Geoff is better at hiding these days.
Thank you and I hope series twelve is coming…
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What made the experience of listening to Ed Reardon's Week: Series 11 the most enjoyable?
Once again Reardon manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A superior performance, strong characters and compelling story line, prove that Reardon is still the scrounging king of comedy.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Make it a lot longer, expedite the next series,
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The cut and thrust of the Reardon versus Milvane theme, that runs throughout, is one of my particularly favourites. Somehow Ed' manages to avoid brutally murdering Milvane. Some would say that Ed' would be justified in dispatching Milvane with some considerable degree of brutality, if only to prevent Milvane from making any more execrable "straight to the bargain bin" films. The truth is however, that underneath the sniping there is a strong bond between the two characters. One would argue that perhaps they are different facets of the same coin.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I don't think Reardon would tolerate a tag line.
Any additional comments?
This is the sort of thing that the BBC does so very well, thank you Audible.
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