A Series Of Psychotic Episodes. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

A Series Of Psychotic Episodes

Surreal Radio 7 (and now Radio 4) Sony-nominated sketch comedy show from new comic talent Miriam Elia

Strand:
Radio 7's Witty And Twisted
AKA:
Series of Psychotic Episodes
Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2007 - 2010  (BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 7)
Episodes:
9 (pilot + 2 series)
Starring:
Miriam Elia, Ruth Donegan, Alyssa Kyria, James Kenward, Dan Tetsell, Joanna Neary, Rachel Atkins, Pippa Evans, Geoffrey McGivern, David Reed
Writers:
Miriam Elia, James Kenward, Ezra Elia
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Dark and daft, A Series of Psychotic Episodes meanders through events (real and fictional) in Miriam Elia's life and features such surreal things as a talking wall, the ironic stripper fairy, a mosquito who has seen too many Hitchcock films and Hansel & Gretel visiting an all night garage.

There are also a selection of recurring sketches in show. In the first series these included the annoying New Age Mother; historical radio series Revising History; and MC Veryfasttalk, a rap DJ who moves to the countryside for work.

Recurring sketches in the second series include the paranoid diary of Edward the Hamster (1990-1990) and Postmodern Pat, in which the children's TV character realises everything is fiction.

Our Review: This show has already received a fair amount of critical acclaim. A Series of Psychotic Episodes won the Witty and Twisted competition in which a series of ten pilots on BBC Radio 7 fought it out for a full series commission. Not only that, but the show was also nominated for a Sony Award for Best Comedy - a big achievement for what was just a pilot at the time.

Listening to the full series you can see why the pilot picked up such praise - each fifteen minutes absolutely fizzed with originality, unique humour and great sketch ideas (e.g. Hansel and Gretel visiting a modern shop).

The BBC have shown confidence in the show by moving the second series to BBC Radio 4, making this only the second BBC Radio 7 show to transfer to Radio 4 with a brand new series (the first being The Corrsepondent).

Elia is planning to write a longer series this year, but nothing has yet been confirmed.