Rudy's Rare Records
Radio sitcom starring Lenny Henry and Larrington Walker. Three generations of music-loving men collide in a Birmingham record shop
- 2008 - 2012
- BBC Radio 4
- 20 (4 series)
- Lenny Henry
- Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker, Joe Jacobs, Natasha Godfrey, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Jeffery Kissoon, Claire Benedict, Andrew Brooke and others
- Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell
- Lucy Armitage and Katie Tyrrell
Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny, down-at-heel reggae and ska record shop in Birmingham. It is one of a dying breed, a place with real soul and stacked with piles of vinyl where the slogan is "If we don't have it - them don't mek it."
Adam has moved home to help look after Rudy and run the shop following a heart attack scare. Having left behind his life in London, he finds himself trapped in the confines of his father's dusty old record shop, sharing the miniscule flat upstairs with his dad and his 17-year-old son Richie, who is a constant source of worry for Adam.
While Rudy and Richie get on well, bonding over a shared love of music and ladies, Adam is the odd one out - a classical music fan trapped in a world of funk, reggae and soul. With Rudy's approach to filing - "If it ain't on the shelf, it's on the floor" - clashing with Adam's post-breakdown need for calm and order, the shop is a constant battleground as both men want to run things the way they think it should be done, leaving Richie and work-shy shop assistant Tasha to keep the peace.
A tale of three people forced into finding a way to survive each other's company on a day-to-day basis, Rudy's Rare Records celebrates an old man, one in the midst of a mid-life crisis and a young man, bickering, snickering, breaking up and making up - all day, every day.
In Series 3, with Rudy's chaotic approach clashing with Adam's post-breakdown need for calm and order, the shop becomes a battleground with both men wanting to run things their way. Adam's found himself a supportive ally in the form of Rudy's calm and canny, sixty-something girlfriend, Doreen.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Tuesday 26th February 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Last new broadcast
- Tuesday 13th November 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Length of episodes
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Tuesday 25th February 2020 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra