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

Ed Reardon's Week

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2005 - 2023
  • 94 episodes (15 series)

Radio sitcom following curmudgeonly 50-something writer Ed Reardon, and his flawed attempts to escape poverty via literary success. Stars Christopher Douglas, Philip Jackson, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Stephanie Cole, Geoffrey Whitehead and more.

  • Due to return for Series 16

Episode menu

Series 7, Episode 1 - In The Current Climate

Austerity has hit hard, but Ed's prospects are looking good as he's working on a book with the brief to make penury both cool and hot simultaneously.

Further details

BBC Radio 4's most curmudgeonly author is back for a new series, complete with his trusty companion Elgar, his pipe and his never-ending capacity for scrimping and scraping at whatever scraps his agent, Ping, can offer him to keep body, mind and cat together.

Inevitably Ed finds himself once more 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, thank you very much; and having regular run-ins with the rather successful Jaz Milvane, director of Ed's only ever book-to-screen adaptation.

Austerity has hit Ed hard and he is picking blackberries from the canal towpath for his breakfast. However, things may be looking up as the first episode sees Ed working with the most disturbingly fresh and mesmerisingly compelling voice of his generation, Ben Herbert. Ben has a three-book deal and no time to write them all, so Ed has been drafted in to help him write one of the books, How To Survive With Like No Cash.

Broadcast details

Monday 10th January 2011
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 29th June 2011 6:30pm Radio 4
Wednesday 6th July 2011 12:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 6th July 2011 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 26th October 2014 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 26th October 2014 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Monday 27th October 2014 3:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 30th March 2022 7:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 30th March 2022 5:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 31st March 2022 5:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Christopher Douglas Ed Reardon
Philip Jackson Jaz Milvane
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Ping
Stephanie Cole Olive
Geoffrey Whitehead Stan
Rita May Pearl
John Fortune Felix
Geoffrey McGivern Ensemble Actor
Simon Greenall Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Henry Devas Functionary
Tom Price Ben Herbert
Writing team
Christopher Douglas Writer
Andrew Nickolds Writer

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