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.

Episode menu

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.

Further details

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 14th January 2018 7:15pm Radio 4
Friday 19th January 2018 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 19th January 2018 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 19th January 2018 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 20th January 2018 5:30am Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 15th October 2019 4:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 16th October 2019 4:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 7th May 2021 7:00am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 7th May 2021 4:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 8th May 2021 5:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

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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