The Pickerskill Reports. Image shows from L to R: Harry Hindle-Rand (Thomas Sangster), Dr Henry Pickerskill (Ian McDiarmid). Copyright: Curtains For Radio.

The Pickerskill Reports

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 9 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2013. Stars Ian McDiarmid, Richard Johnson, Philip Madoc and Michael Sarne.

The Pickerskill Reports

Black comedy series starring Ian McDiarmid as Dr Pickerskill, a retired English master looking back at the lives of his most entertaining pupils

Comedy Drama
2009 - 2013
BBC Radio 4
9   (2 series)
Ian McDiarmid, Richard Johnson, Philip Madoc and Michael Sarne
Andrew McGibbon
Andrew McGibbon
Nick Romero and Andrew McGibbon

Ian McDiarmid is Dr Henry Pickerskill, the retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys. Richard Johnson (Bleak Expectations) and Philip Madoc (Dad's Army) also have regular parts in the show.

Told in the form of flashbacks and letters from the ex-pupils to Pickerskill, each episode tells the darkly comic account of the life of one of the pupils. Shaped by Haunchurst School, these boys' flaws and gifts are analysed by Pickerskill and we find out what became of them in adulthood.

In the first episode, a wicked pupil encourages a school teacher's alcoholism with altar wine, exposing the teacher to bribes for answers to end of term exams. Pickerskill believes the boy to be a ruthless sociopath and predicts he will go on to do very well indeed.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 28th August 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Monday 27th May 2013 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 20th March 2015 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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