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

The Break

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2016 - 2020
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Radio 4 sitcom about a man who heads to the seaside for a break and stays with his uncle. Stars Philip Jackson, James Northcote, Tom Palmer, Alison Steadman, Mark Benton and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Key

Andy Chambers, edgy, sharp-tongued City burn-out, has fled London for his Uncle Jeff's seaside home. When we meet him, all Andy wants to do is sleep, but Jeff is having none of it.

Further details

In this first episode, Andy Chambers, edgy, sharp-tongued City burn-out, has fled London for his Uncle Jeff's seaside home. When we meet him, all Andy wants to do is sleep, but Jeff is having none of it.

Jeff gets Andy out of bed and gives him breakfast with the promise of an interesting surprise which is safely stowed in the shed. He suddenly realises his keys are missing: his friend Fat Sid borrowed the keys three years ago and hasn't given them back. Jeff leads Andy on a quest around Flamford for Fat Sid and the missing keys.

On their Odyssey they encounter Fish Shop Frank and his outré selection of fish, Pest Control Officer Corinne with whom Jeff has an "understanding", and finally, Fat Sid himself, in an unexpected new role.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 30th May 2016
Time
11:30am
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 7th January 2018 7:15pm Radio 4
Friday 12th January 2018 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 12th January 2018 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 12th January 2018 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 13th January 2018 5:30am Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 8th October 2019 4:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 9th October 2019 4:30am Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 12th October 2019 12:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 30th April 2021 7:00am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 30th April 2021 5:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 1st May 2021 5:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Cast
Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
Tom Palmer Andy
Alison Steadman Corinne
Mark Benton Fish Shop Frank
Guest cast
Mark Benton Sid
Writing team
Ian Brown Writer
James Hendrie Writer
Production team
Gordon Kennedy Director
Gordon Kennedy Producer

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