Raft To Bondi

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2010. Stars Stephen Hoyle, Shannon Flynn, Mark Jordon and Naomi Radcliffe.

Raft To Bondi

A bitter-sweet comedy drama about loss. 15-year-old Jimmy doesn't like football, but his dad watches it

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Stephen Hoyle, Shannon Flynn, Mark Jordon and Naomi Radcliffe
Ian Kershaw
Gary Brown

It is July 1990 and everyone is Nessun dorma crazy because England are in the semi-final of the World Cup. Everyone that is, except 15-year-old Jimmy, who's never really liked football - he can't get worked up about men kicking a ball around. He's surprised his dad has taken an interest as he's never even been to a football match.

Jimmy is really sad - so is his dad - but they don't talk. Then Jimmy meets a young, loud lass called Carol, who is building a raft to take her along the Rochdale canal and then out to Australia to see her own dad. Jimmy thinks she's daft but she's great fun and he pretends to go along with it.

Meanwhile, when Jimmy's dad goes to the pub to watch the match, unbeknown to him, he meets Carol's "mam", Kath. She's inebriated and gets them thrown out so they watch the match at his house. But when Kath wants more than friendship he firmly resists. He can't - not yet.

On the canal things come to a head when the raft sinks and Jimmy loses the photo of his mother. He is distraught - the reason for his sadness is her recent death.

When Jimmy gets back home his dad is visibly moved by Gazza's tears on the football pitch. At last, he and Jimmy can express their emotions to each other and finally acknowledge their loss.

Production Details

Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 8th February 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes