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 5 - Strangers And A Drain

Jeff ill-advisedly offers to clean the chaotic drains of his girlfriend Corinne while she's away at a pest control conference, while Andy trains to be a bingo-caller.

Further details

Jeff ill-advisedly offers to clean the chaotic drains of his girlfriend Corinne while she's away at a pest control conference.

Seeking to free himself from this unsavoury task, Jeff strikes a murky deal with Fish Shop Frank to swap DIY tasks: Frank will clear Corinne's drains and Jeff will fix Frank's shelves. However, things don't go according to plan. The hapless pair are sucked into a swirling vortex leading to a seething netherworld of crime and Mariachi. Along the way they once again meet punctilious and pedantic policeman, P.C. Clarke ("That's Clarke with an 'e'"); and also unorthodox and erratic limo driver, Psycho Pete. In the meantime, Andy is training to be a bingo-caller: Unlucky for some - 13.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 8th July 2020
Time
11:30am
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

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

Cast & crew

Cast
Philip Jackson Uncle Jeff
James Northcote Andy
Alison Steadman Corinne
Mark Benton Fish Shop Frank
Shobna Gulati Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Rasmus Hardiker Psycho Pete
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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