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

Unite

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2020 - 2021
  • 5 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom about class, compromise and step-sibling rivalry. Stars Mark Steel, Claire Skinner, Elliot Steel, Ivo Graham, Ayesha Antoine and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2020 - 2021
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
5 (1 pilot + 1 series)
Stars
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, Barry Castagnola, Claire Skinner, Ayesha Antoine and Ruth Bratt
Director
Barry Castagnola
Producers
Barry Castagnola and Mario Stylianides
Companies

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.

Additional details

Part of

Radio 4 Comedy Playhouse

Also known as
  • Comedy Playhouse: Unite
Production
Studio
Soundtrack
End theme is London Calling by The Clash.

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 17th January 2020 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 4
  • Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 4
  • Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra - Episode 4

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