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Hazelbeach. Ronnie Hazelbeach (Jamie Foreman). Copyright: BBC.

Hazelbeach

BBC Radio 4 sitcom / comedy drama. 16 episodes (3 series), 2007 - 2010. Stars Jamie Foreman, Paul Bazely, Tracy Wiles, John Dougall, Neil Stuke and Claire Harry.

Hazelbeach

Sitcom by Caroline and David Stafford based around the character of Ronnie Hazelbeach, a mysterious but loveable crook

Genres
Sitcom, Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2007 - 2010
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
16   (3 series)
Starring
Jamie Foreman, Paul Bazely, Tracy Wiles, John Dougall, Neil Stuke and Claire Harry
Writers
Caroline Stafford and David Stafford
Director
Marc Beeby

Nerdy Nick's life takes an abrupt turn into surreal chaos when he returns to England to find the mysterious Ronnie Hazelbeach living in his late father's house.

Ronnie has certainly lived an interesting life. He's been a wrestler, a sailor, a thief and a jailbird, a gambler, a husband, a conman, a salesman, a getaway driver, a cook, a priest and much more. James can learn a lot about life from him.

In the later series, Nick is still sharing his flat with Ronnie, and being his reluctant partner in crime. He is still in love with his ex-girlfriend Chloe, who is still unhappily married to the parsimonious and generally unpleasant James. But things are about to change...

Just as Nick and Ronnie have settled into a new regime, James turns up on the doorstep. Chloe has dumped him and kicked him out.

James reasons that since Nick is partly to blame for this alienation of her affection, the least Nick can do is take him in. Browbeaten by the logic, Nick agrees. This cleverly prevents Nick from pursuing any romantic designs he may have had on Chloe - at least on his home turf. It also destroys any domestic contentment.

This leads to Ronnie and Nick trying to get rid of James, but James' utter self-centredness means it is a harder task than it might initially appear.

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