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

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Series 9, Episode 1 - The Personal Statement

Ed starts applying for real jobs to try to get back into ex-girlfriend Fiona's good books.

Further details

He's back. Despite many thwarted attempts at literary success and a lifetime of scrimping and scraping to keep mind, soul and cat together, the curmudgeon's curmudgeon can never be kept down for long.

Ed Reardon once more finds himself grabbing at whatever scraps his agent, Ping, throws his way, with his only source of regular income coming from teaching the increasingly savvy and adventurous pensioners their module in short story writing. Jaz Milvane continues to be his nemesis, somehow making money out of mad schemes whilst Ed makes nothing and his love life remains, like his payment of utility bills, erratic to say the least.

As we renew our acquaintance with Ed we find him grovelling to his former girlfriend Fiona, claiming to be a 'changed man'. But as she quite rightly points out, he's still wearing the same socks and sandals. As Ed tries to get back into her good books, he finds himself retiring from the writing trade and applying for real jobs. So it is, he writes a personal statement and attends his first interview for a salaried position since, well, ever...

Broadcast details

Monday 11th November 2013
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 26th March 2015 6:30pm Radio 4
Thursday 2nd April 2015 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 2nd April 2015 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 29th January 2017 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 29th January 2017 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 29th January 2017 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Monday 30th January 2017 5:30am Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 30th October 2018 11:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 14th February 2023 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 14th February 2023 12:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 14th February 2023 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 15th February 2023 2:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Christopher Douglas Ed Reardon
Philip Jackson Jaz Milvane
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Ping
Stephanie Cole Olive
Geoffrey Whitehead Stan
Alison Steadman Pearl
Jenny Agutter Fiona
Guest cast
Melanie Hudson Interviewer
Nicola Sanderson Waitress
Writing team
Christopher Douglas Writer
Andrew Nickolds Writer
Production team
Dawn Ellis Producer

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