Teenage Kicks

BBC Radio 2 sitcom from Adrian Edmondson. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2007. Stars Adrian Edmondson, Ben Elton, Spencer Brown, Kelly Adams and Jonathan Chan-Pensley.

Teenage Kicks

Sitcom starring Adrian Edmondson as an ageing punk rocker, now divorced and living with his adult children, and his best friend

BBC Radio 2
6   (1 series)
Adrian Edmondson, Ben Elton, Spencer Brown, Kelly Adams and Jonathan Chan-Pensley
Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Smith
Gareth Edwards

As UK punk turns 30, Adrian Edmondson stars as an ageing punk rocker and divorcee who moves in with his kids, much to their annoyance. The sitcom co-stars Ben Elton as the best mate who has opted for suburban comforts, and features a soundtrack of punk-era oldies. It's written by Edmondson and Nigel Smith (the writer behind Radio 4's hit series Vent).

Teenage Kicks tells the story of Vernon (Adrian Edmondson), an ageing punk rocker who moves into his teenage kids' student flat after a spectacularly nasty divorce. He is genuinely excited about having the chance to be young again but his kids, Max and Milly, and their flatmate David, are mortified.

Ben Elton plays the part of Bryan, Vernon's best mate and a former member of his punk band, The Plague. These days, Bryan is the deputy head of a smart primary school and has a nice house, a nice car, a nice life and a good marriage - all of which, in Vernon's eyes, makes him a sad loser. Deep down, part of Bryan agrees.

On the 30th anniversary of punk, Teenage Kicks features some great music from the late 70s - music by which Vernon still tries to live his life. Scenes are linked by songs by bands such as The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Sex Pistols, which tie in with the theme of the episode - or, more likely, are completely at odds with it.

Production Details

The theme is Teenage Kicks by The Undertones.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 6th January 2007 on BBC Radio 2 at 1pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 10th February 2007 on BBC Radio 2 at 1pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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