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


BBC Radio 4 sitcom / comedy drama about a crook. 16 episodes (3 series), 2007 - 2010. Stars Jamie Foreman, Paul Bazely, Tracy Wiles, John Dougall and others.


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

Sitcom, Comedy Drama
2007 - 2010
BBC Radio 4
16   (3 series)
Jamie Foreman, Paul Bazely, Tracy Wiles, John Dougall, Neil Stuke and Claire Harry
Caroline Stafford and David Stafford
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.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 24th October 2007 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 8th December 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra