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 - 2012 (BBC Radio 4)
- 50 (8 series)
- Christopher Douglas, Philip Jackson, John Fortune, Sally Hawkins, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Stephanie Cole, Rita May, Geoffrey Whitehead, Simon Greenall, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe
- 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 still finds himself battling through the week encountering the numerous '12-year-olds' who run the media; 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.
Our Review: This show is one of our favourite radio sitcoms. Perfectly written, and perfectly performed, it is intelligent and grumpy Radio 4 comedy at its very best.