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The Break. Image shows from L to R: Andy (James Northcote), Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson). Copyright: ABsoLuTeLy Productions.

The Break

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

The Break. Image shows from L to R: The Reverend Beverley (Shobna Gulati), Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton), Andy (James Northcote), Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson), Max (Rasmus Hardiker), Corinne (Alison Steadman). Copyright: ABsoLuTeLy Productions.

The Break

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2016 - 2020
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
18   (3 series)
Starring
Philip Jackson, James Northcote, Tom Palmer, Alison Steadman, Mark Benton, Shobna Gulati and Rasmus Hardiker
Writers
Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Director
Gordon Kennedy
Producer
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.

Series 3 - which sees James Northcote take over from Tom Palmer as Andy - continues the adventures in Flamford.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Shortscreen: The Break
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 30th May 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 15th July 2020 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