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 - 2022
  • 24 episodes (4 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 3, Episode 1 - Never the Twin

Jeff enjoys a thoroughly Flamford Christmas - in September. Later, Jeff and his nephew Andy find themselves pitted against the enigmatic Applegarth twins.

Further details

It's September in Flamford, which can only mean one thing: the Flamford Christmas Market is in full flow. Jeff persuades his recalcitrant London nephew Andy to join him in a gift-shopping expedition. Along the way they encounter Pam, pokerwork sign-maker and fire hazard; loud, lovelorn and now jobless Town Crier, Peter Humfriss and The Ghost of Christmas-Who-Gives-A-Stuff - chiselling pensioner Mr Truepenn. Christmas, even though it's September, is also a time for mysteries, one of which sees Jeff and Andy pitted against the enigmatic Applegarth twins.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 10th June 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 30th September 2021 6:30pm Radio 4
Thursday 7th October 2021 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 7th October 2021 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 7th October 2021 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 8th October 2021 5:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
James Northcote Andy
Guest cast
Mark Benton Peter Humfriss
Rasmus Hardiker Mr Truepenny
Shobna Gulati Pam
Alison Steadman The Applegrath Twins
Writing team
Ian Brown Writer
James Hendrie Writer
Production team
Gordon Kennedy Director
Gordon Kennedy Producer
Leon Chambers Editor
Sarah Tombling Production Manager

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