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

Ed Reardon's Week

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a poor writer. 82 episodes (13 series), 2005 - 2020. Stars Christopher Douglas, Philip Jackson, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Stephanie Cole and others.

Returns Tuesday 22nd December at 6:30pm. Episode Guide
Series 2, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Thursday at 9:30am.

Press Clippings

French & Saunders to star in Radio 4 comedy

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will star in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen?, a one-off festive Radio 4 comedy about two sisters. Radio 4's other festive highlights include new episodes of Ed Reardon's Week and Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!.

British Comedy Guide, 30th November 2020

Radio Times poll of best radio comedies

Radio 4 panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue has come top of a Radio Times list of the greatest radio comedy shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th November 2020

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019 shortlist

60 TV and radio programmes have been shortlisted across 10 categories for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 13th January 2020

The 20 funniest radio comedies of all time

Before Radio 1's first run of new shows kicks off next month, here we count down the 20 greatest scripted radio comedies ever to hit the airwaves

Ben Lawrence, Tristram Fane Saunders & Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, 25th January 2018

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016 have been revealed. 60 shows are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title. Voting is now open.

British Comedy Guide, 16th January 2017

Radio Times review

Life is going comparatively well for that literary curmudgeon, Ed Reardon. Elgar, his cat, is not dead. Laura, his alcoholically-enhanced latest lady friend, has not dumped him. And his new publisher Suzan (pronounced Suzanne) appears to be genuinely impressed by both his personality and his talents.

He's even earning some money for his writing, albeit from an estate agent's publication. Fear not though, Reardon fans. It doesn't last long. Ed's happiness turns out to be typically transitory and he ends this episode facing homelessness (again). His dejection is, as ever, our delight.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 13th May 2015

Ed Reardon's Wheels

Christopher Douglas, star and co-creator of Radio 4's Ed Reardon's Week, on thirsty Bentleys, the Red Baron and why he doesn't like any car made after 1970.

Grumpy Old Drivers, 9th November 2014

Christopher Douglas interview

does that mean we're unlikely to see Reardon make the leap to television? His creator is dubious. "Ed is a bit of an attack on corporate activity and TV at the moment feels very corporate so I wonder if they'd feel a little bit 'got at'."

Stephen Griffin, Camden Review, 2nd October 2014

Just seeing the title will be enough for true fans of Ed Reardon. They need not read on. Their favourite show has returned. But for those who've never encountered the cynicism, dry asides and borderline-psychotic vitriol of Mr Reardon, now is the time to get acquainted.

Reardon is the comic creation of Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas (who plays him) and as the ninth series opens our hero is down on his luck - again. The gas and electricity have been switched off, he doesn't have a penny to his name and his fingers are too big to type on the minuscule keypad of his phone - "Sunday" comes out as "dimfat", a result that will resonate with many adult readers.

And so he turns to his now ex-girlfriend Fiona (played by Jenny Agutter), arriving at her house in a state of total self-abasement, which lasts as long as it takes for her to offer him some lunch. She agrees to consider taking him back if he gets a proper job and this is where his old rival Jaz Milvane (Philip Jackson) comes to the rescue.

There's money to be made from Harry Potter and though Ed declares he'd rather hang himself with a Hogwarts' scarf than contribute any more money to JK Rowling, he's soon dressing up as a porter at King's Cross station. Next he's persuading Japanese students to stuff £20 notes into his satchel before they "board" the Hogwarts Express.

This is not just funny, it's comic genius.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 11th November 2013