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 4 - The Agreement

Andy and Jeff find they have a big problem to solve - each other. Fish Shop Frank suggests Couples Therapy.

Further details

Andy and Jeff find they have a big problem to solve - each other. Fish Shop Frank suggests Couples Therapy as it worked so well for his ex-wife (and for him too, if he'd turned up).

After a session with unorthodox therapist, Dr Coulson, the treatment is such a success that Andy decides to move out. Jeff, though wounded, puts a brave face on it and gets on with his life as best he can; meanwhile, Andy, by contrast, is living the high life. He's run into an old friend from London, Sean, and they're visiting nightclubs and restaurants and comedy gigs together.

Will Andy learn to appreciate true friendship? Will Jeff stop complaining about Andy cluttering up the hall with his shoes? When will Andy start to miss the plain but honest things that Jeff has to offer - like a really fierce and satisfying game of Scrabble?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 1st July 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 21st October 2021 6:30pm Radio 4
Thursday 28th October 2021 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 28th October 2021 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 28th October 2021 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 29th October 2021 5:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
James Northcote Andy
Mark Benton Fish Shop Frank
Shobna Gulati Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Alison Steadman Dr. Coulson
Rasmus Hardiker Frank
James Northcote Ensemble Actor
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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