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 3, Episode 3 - The Haunting Of Jeffrey Whittaker

Will the Flamford False Phantom Fakers fall victim to the most inexorable power of all - social media?

Further details

Jeff is having one of his occasional dark afternoons of the soul.

Andy decides he needs a project. As luck would have it, the local pub landlord Phil Loynes needs a gimmick to boost his flagging sales. Jeff wonders if a ghost would help: "Every pub needs a ghost" and he tells the story of the mysterious Grey Lady of Sharpwater Green. Even though the story is completely invented by Jeff, he and Andy go out of their way to make it real, with the help of veteran ghost-faker Fish Shop Frank Bridgwater.

While our heroes are grappling with forces they do not comprehend, their friend Joyce is struggling with a creature she cannot control - a large dog called Goliath.

Will the Flamford False Phantom Fakers fall victim to the most inexorable power of all - social media?

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Time
11:30am
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 21st October 2021 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 21st October 2021 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 21st October 2021 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 22nd October 2021 5:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Cast
Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
James Northcote Andy
Mark Benton Fish Shop Frank
Shobna Gulati Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Alison Steadman Joyce
Rasmus Hardiker Phil Loynes
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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