Series 11, Episode 1 - The Reboot
Ed Reardon is back, and this time in slightly unfamiliar territory as he has entered the groves of academe and returned to full-time education at "Uni".
He's doing a three-year course in, well he's not entirely sure, but at the end he'll get a BA with the chance of a two-year MA add-on. The fact that he'll have warm, comfortable accommodation for the foreseeable future, a student loan to pay the rent, and that he'll reach 65 by the time he's finished the course and therefore passed the age of paying back the fees, has nothing to do with his decision to study. No, this is all to do with making up for lost time when his studies were cut short in his youth following expulsion from school.
Of course, as with all students nowadays, Ed will need to boost his loan by earning extra cash so he'll still be pestering his agent, Ping, for writing opportunities and so it is as we renew our acquaintance with Ed, and trusty companion Elgar, that we find him reimagining a series of children's books and giving them a savvy post-modern twist for a "cool hundred each" whilst trying to keep up with the other students and their love of coffee shop loyalty cards, seminar satisfaction surveys and certain daytime TV programmes.
- Tuesday 4th October 2016
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes