Unite. Image shows from L to R: Imogen (Claire Skinner), Gideon (Ivo Graham), Tony (Mark Steel), Ashley (Elliot Steel).

Unite

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a class divide romance. 5 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2020 - 2021. Stars Mark Steel, Claire Skinner, Elliot Steel, Ivo Graham and others.

Unite. Image shows from L to R: Gideon (Ivo Graham), Tony (Mark Steel), Imogen (Claire Skinner), Ashley (Elliot Steel).

Unite

Sitcom about class, compromise and step-sibling rivalry

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2020 - 2021
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
5   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Starring
Mark Steel, Claire Skinner, Elliot Steel, Ivo Graham, Ayesha Antoine, Susannah Fielding, Annette Badland, Simon Greenall and Naz Osmanoglu
Writers
Mark Steel, Elliot Steel, Ivo Graham and Barry Castagnola
Director
Barry Castagnola
Producer
Barry Castagnola

When Tony (Mark Steel) a working-class, left wing South Londoner, falls in love and moves in with Imogen (Claire Skinner), an upper middle-class property developer, their respective millennial sons Ashley (Elliot Steel), a disenfranchised Croydon 'rude boy', and Gideon (Ivo Graham), Eton and Oxbridge-educated and crypto-currency literate, are forced to live under the same roof and behave like the brothers neither of them ever wanted.

Class, compromise, hope, desolation, love, identity, step-sibling rivalry and Crystal Palace FC are all explored in this fresh comedy.

The characters get to experience how the other half live. Tony resents his newfound enjoyment of the finer things in life, while Imogen finds Tony's stories of being a working-class hero intriguing and endearing. Ashley's brash attitude belies both insecurity and envy of Gideon who, in turn, is secretly impressed by what he believes to be Ashley's streetwise knowledge of urban culture.

Production Details

Part of

Radio 4 Comedy Playhouse

Production companies
Also known as
  • Comedy Playhouse: Unite (Other official name)
Soundtrack
End theme is London Calling by The Clash.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 17th January 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 14th July 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra