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

The Break

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2016. Stars Philip Jackson, Tom Palmer, Alison Steadman, Mark Benton, Shobna Gulati and Rasmus Hardiker.

Episode 3 is repeated on Sunday at 7:15pm

Series 1, Episode 2 - Cold Mountain

Andy and Jeff find an abandoned fridge and think their luck has changed. Indeed, it has - for the worse.

Full synopsis

Andy is beginning to settle in to the unusual seaside town of Flamford. When he and his Uncle Jeff find an abandoned fridge in the street, Jeff seizes the opportunity to teach his nephew the value of entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, his plans are complicated by a particularly diligent and zealous Police Officer, a hard-nosed private landlord and Fish Shop Frank's refusal to see a business opportunity when it's sat on the pavement outside his chip shop.

Along the way, they meet a pair of half-hearted pirates, an eccentric plutocrat, Jeff's on-off paramour, Corinne, and the youngest-sounding pub landlord in Britain.

Broadcast details

Monday 6th June 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 7:15pm on Radio 4
  2. Friday 19th January 2018 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Friday 19th January 2018 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  5. Saturday 20th January 2018 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
Tom Palmer Andy
Alison Steadman Corinne
Mark Benton Fish Shop Frank
Guest cast
Alison Steadman Joyce
Mark Benton PC Clarke
Shobna Gulati Julie
Rasmus Hardiker Max
Rasmus Hardiker Leonard the Pirate
Writing team
Ian Brown Writer
James Hendrie Writer
Production team
Gordon Kennedy Director
Gordon Kennedy Producer

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