Ed Reardon's Week. Ed Reardon (Christopher Douglas). Copyright: BBC.

Ed Reardon's Week

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a poor writer. 81 episodes (13 series), 2005 - 2019. Stars Christopher Douglas, Philip Jackson, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Stephanie Cole and others.

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Series 12, Episode 1 - The Writer In The Van

Maggie gets Ed a writing gig on Your Motorhome Magazine. This turn of events not only furnishes him with a small but steady income, but also a new home with floral upholstery, carpet on the ceiling and the advantage of letting him and his companion Elgar celebrate the freedom of the open road.

Further details

Ed Reardon is back, and after being sent down from University for misappropriation of funds he finds himself temporarily living in a hotel trying to write the first in a new series of novels about his eponymous hero, Inspector Masterson, for which he has high hopes. These are soon dashed by Ed's agent, Ping, who informs him he must write 'grip-lit' with a girl in the title who gets drunk, goes to bed with everyone and then gets chopped up.

Ping also palms Ed and Jaz Milvain off with her new assistant, Maggie, a jam-making, sock knitting 'older' lady (who also designs draft excluders) whilst she goes "oop North" to trawl the universities for the next generation of stand-ups. Whilst Jaz is furious with being "tossed on the scrapheap" Ed decides to give Maggie a chance and is soon rewarded when she gets him a writing gig on "Your Motorhome Magazine". This turn of events not only furnishes him with a small but steady income, but also a new home with floral upholstery, carpet on the ceiling and the advantage of letting him and his companion , Elgar, celebrate the freedom of the open road.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Time
6:30pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Christopher Douglas Ed Reardon
    Philip Jackson Jaz Milvane
    Barunka O'Shaughnessy Ping
    Stephanie Cole Olive
    Geoffrey Whitehead Stan
    Brigit Forsyth Pearl
    Monica Dolan Maggie
    Guest cast
    Nicola Sanderson Receptionist
    Dan Tetsell Policeman
    Writing team
    Christopher Douglas Writer
    Andrew Nickolds Writer
    Production team
    Dawn Ellis Producer
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