Ed Reardon's Week

Radio sitcom following curmudgeonly 50-something writer Ed Reardon, and his flawed attempts to escape poverty via literary success

An Audience With Ed Reardon
2005 - 2015  (BBC Radio 4)
63 (10 series)
Christopher Douglas, Geoffrey McGivern, Philip Jackson, Simon Greenall, Sally Hawkins, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe, Sally Grace, Martin Hyder, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Stephanie Cole & more
Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds
British Broadcasting Corporation

This sitcom follows the life of Ed Reardon, a curmudgeonly writer who has only managed to have one novel published since the 60s.

Despite his distinct lack of success, Ed remains bullishly optimistic about his future. Yes, he may only have a single pair of trousers and have one of the lowest sales ranks on Amazon, but no writer knows more about stealing stationery from their agent... as a freeloader Ed Reardon is the acknowledged king of his profession!

Regular characters joining Ed include Felix, the boss of Ed's publishers, Ping his '12 year-old' agent, the lively pensioners he teaches a screenwriting class to, and his old friend the irritatingly rich and successful movie director Jaz Milvane.

In recent series, Ed found himself still battling through the week encountering the numerous '12-year-olds' who run the media (the young Alex heading up the publishing company); teaching the lively bunch of pensioners who can show him a thing or two about moneymaking schemes, frugal living and having a good time; and having regular run-ins with the rather successful Jaz, director of his only ever book-to-screen adaptation.

In the new Series 10 Ed is still happily involved with BBC radio producer Laura and her BBC expenses. The pair now 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...

Over the series, he takes 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 called 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.