The Break. Image shows from L to R: Andy (Tom Palmer), Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson).

The Break

BBC Radio 4 sitcom a man and his uncle. 18 episodes (3 series), 2016 - 2020. Stars Philip Jackson, Tom Palmer, James Northcote, Alison Steadman and others.

Returns Wednesday at 11:30am. Episode Guide

The Break. Image shows from L to R: Andy (Tom Palmer), Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson).

The Break

Radio 4 sitcom about a man who heads to the seaside for a break and stays with his uncle

2016 - 2020
BBC Radio 4
18   (3 series)
Philip Jackson, Tom Palmer, James Northcote, Alison Steadman, Mark Benton, Shobna Gulati and Rasmus Hardiker
Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Gordon Kennedy
Gordon Kennedy

The Break is set in the fictional Yorkshire coastal town of Flamford - the seaside town sanity forgot - and features retired resident, Jeff Whittaker and his estranged London-bred financial whizz-kid nephew, Andy Chambers, who has arrived unannounced and stressed-out in desperate need of peace and quiet.

Andy gets neither of these as Jeff takes it upon himself to cure all of Andy's ills in a series of comic and poignant adventures around the town. Each week they meet Jeff's regular friends, Fish Shop Frank, Pest Control Supervisor, Corinne who has an 'arrangement' with Jeff every second Thursday, and Joyce Rickles from The Copper Kettle Café, who is constantly startled by everything, most of all her flamethrower toaster.

Over the first series, Jeff and Andy form an unlikely double act and whether it's trying to claim a free dinner at the local posh hotel or attempting to recycle a fridge, there are a host of Flamford residents getting in the way, from pompous self-interested Derek Horrox The Mayor, and punctilious and pedantic PC Clarke to extremely-pleased-with-herself local minister, The Reverend Beverley.

When Series 2 begins, Andy has been living with Jeff for a few months now, and their relationship has developed into one of edgy tolerance. Andy is now more likely to push back against Jeff's wiles and schemes, and Jeff is less wary of pushing Andy too far.

Many of the characters we met in Series 1 will return. Corinne, Jeff's on-off lover (mostly 'on') has yet to find her sense of humour. Fish Shop Frank is still frying with a smile, dishonest pensioner Mr Truepenny still has his eye out for a dodgy deal, and vicar-with-a-past, The Reverend Beverley is still hoping for a regular slot on Thought For The Day. Other returning characters will include Derek Horrox The Mayor, his close friend, Peter Humfriss, the Town Crier, and Andy's long term ex, Liz - the niece of Fish Shop Frank's sworn rival... Frank.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 30th May 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Monday 18th June 2018 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 3rd April 2020 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra