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Mordrin McDonald: 21st-Century Wizard

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 14 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2012. Stars David Kay, Jack Docherty, Gordon Kennedy, Cora Bisset, Callum Cuthbertson, Eleanor Thom, Grant O'Rourke and others.

Mordrin McDonald: 21st-Century Wizard

Radio sitcom about the magically mundane world of a powerful sorcerer who is finding modern life a bit rubbish

2010 - 2012
BBC Radio 4
14   (3 series)
David Kay, Jack Docherty, Gordon Kennedy, Cora Bisset, Callum Cuthbertson, Eleanor Thom, Grant O'Rourke, Sally Reid and others
David Kay and Gavin Smith
Gus Beattie

Step into the magically mundane world that is the life of 21st-century wizard Mordrin McDonald - an isolated sorcerer with enough power to destroy a town in his small finger, yet not enough clout to get his bins emptied on time by the local council. Even for such a skilful sorcerer, modern life is rubbish.

Listeners follow the life and times of 2,000-year-old Mordrin, who has been a practising wizard for many centuries. Despite wielding incredible mystical powers, Mordrin's humdrum existence, based in the small Scottish village of Blairochil, is a far cry from the mystical excitement portrayed by the likes of Merlin and Harry Potter.

Mordrin is deadpan, dry and makes delicious jams. He initially set up as a public limited company for income tax relief, but has found it a useful vehicle to help him bolster his wizard skillset and his range of services. He has been running Fruity Potions from his cave for the past few years, in between completing the odd quest as instructed by the Wizard Council. In the past his services were on hand to help kings in battles of good and evil, or as he prefers to put it, "assisting with neighbour disputes".

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 27th January 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 4th July 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:15pm
Length of episodes
15 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 7th May 2016 at 10:45pm on Radio 4 Extra

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