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Ed Reardon's Week is a sitcom on BBC Radio 4 recorded semi-naturalistically in the style of a radio drama. It concerns the story of a curmudgeonly 50-something writer described in the show's publicity material as an "author, pipesmoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email". The names of two central characters, Ed Reardon (played by Christopher Douglas) and Jaz Milvane (played by Philip Jackson), are references to the characters Edwin Reardon and Jasper Milvain, who appear in George Gissing's 1891 novel New Grub Street,[1] which is set in the hack-literary London of the late 19th century, although Edward was revealed to be his given name in the second episode of the third series and Milvain is referred to as Jaz Milvane.

Ed lives in precarious circumstances with his cat, Elgar, scraping a living as a hack by working through commissions for coffee table books such as The Brands Hatch Story and Pet Peeves, a book of celebrity pet anecdotes. Much of this work comes through his agent Felix (John Fortune) whom Ed believes still owes him royalties, and Felix's assistant Ping (Sally Hawkins in series 1, 3, and 4, and Barunka O'Shaughnessy in the second and fifth series onwards,) – an archetypal Sloane Ranger who rejects the amorous advances he makes occasionally in early episodes. The character of Felix was written out in Series 7 as John Fortune died in 2013.

He makes a small income from running a creative writing course at the local night school, where his lessons frequently mention the single episode of Tenko that he wrote. Ed also earns an occasional £10 fee for taking part in identity parades at his local police station. He is an alumnus of Shrewsbury School. The programme contains many references to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, where Ed lives.

The theme music is a dixieland version of "Am I Blue?" It was recorded at the 606 Club in London, performed by session musicians present.[2]

The series is written by Chris Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, and produced by Simon Nicholls (first three series) and Dawn Ellis (fourth series onwards).

Origins of the character of Ed

Speaking on Pick of the Week [3] Christopher Douglas explained where Ed's character came from: "Simon Gray's published diaries were mainly about how badly treated he'd been by producers, actors, critics and electronic machinery. His impotent rage against his employers was one of the inspirations for Ed Reardon, the character I co-write, perform and in some ways resemble. Ed often rants from the point of view of appalled gentleman author, but he can also play the thwarted radical."

Ed's literary background

Ed considers himself a serious writer but the evidence is suspect. His one and only novel, Who Would Fardels Bear?, was published in the 1970s, and was adapted into a film (Sister Mom) by Ed's friend, Jaz Milvane (played by Philip Jackson). Because the setting was moved from Oldham to California and the lead role was taken by Sally Field, the film's faithfulness to the novel is in doubt. Milvane is a successful British Hollywood film director in the mould of Tony Scott or Adrian Lyne. Ed's only other screen credit is a 1982 episode of the BBC wartime drama, Tenko ("Escape from the Bamboo Noose") and, based on the evidence provided in the drama so far, this may well be his only other non-coffee table book project. During his early career, Ed also wrote various stage plays, all of which seem to have been both unfortunately timed and titled, bearing striking (yet apparently accidental) resemblances to works by Willy Russell and Mike Leigh. An early amateur film made with Jaz Milvane, "The 4th Sausage" (a subtle hat-tip to European New Year staple, Dinner for One), is the focus of Episode 6, Series 11.

Ed's books

  • Who Would Fardels Bear?
  • Came She With Fantastic Garlands (Lost)
  • Jane Seymour's Household Hints
  • The Brands Hatch Story
  • 34 At The Last Count - The Unofficial Prime Suspect Book
  • Pet Peeves (publisher: Sow's Ear)
  • Nigel Mansell's Love Poetry
  • Pet Peeves 2
  • Postal Panoply (publisher: Septred Isle [sic])
  • Shed 22lb in a Week the Vanessa Feltz Way
  • Armando Iannucci's Carpathian Walks
  • John Kettley's Big Book of Weather
  • Kevin Pietersen's Big BBQ Book
  • A Taste of Paraquat, The Reigate Poisoner Autobiography
  • The Stig's big book of Speed Cameras (Series 7, Episode 5 & Series 11, Episode 1)
  • It's Been Emotional (uncredited ghost-written autobiography of Vinnie Jones, publ Sep 2013)[4]
  • It's Been a Roller Coaster (Ghost-written autobiography of the Archbishop of Canterbury)[4]
  • Modernists Roadtrip, Antiques, and the story of discovery, potholes and loss
  • Desert Orchid's autobiography

Ed's radio work

  • The Amazing True Story Of The South Tring Bubble
  • The South Tring Bubble (Reworking of the above for Hemel Sound)
  • Cheese Cricket (Pilot for a radio panel show)

Ed's stage work

Ed's TV work

Ed's family

Ed has a son and a daughter, Jake and Eli, who make occasional appearances. An insight into Ed as a father is given in "The Operation" (S.2 Ep.6), where Jake complains: "that's all we ever got from you... a sarcastic one-liner followed by a 'now leave me alone to sink into drunken stupor of self-loathing."

Ed's father, Sidney, made an appearance in the episode "Dad". Appearing just as bad-tempered and impatient as Ed, Sidney demonstrated more understanding of popular culture by being familiar with the children's television programme Dick and Dom in da Bungalow. He emigrated to Australia for tax reasons with a new partner, following Ed's failed attempt to secure his inheritance.

Ed's current life

Ed teaches a screenwriting class, held weekly at the local sports centre. This adult education group spends a lot of time giving him advice and making comments about his general lack of achievement, between complaints about being forced to watch his Tenko episode endlessly (an in-joke as one of the class is played by Stephanie Cole, who had a leading role in Tenko). Ed also plays in a Dixieland jazz band with his more successful friends, his instrument of choice being the jug. In the first episode Jaz sits in with them on trumpet, making Ed's contribution seem anaemic by comparison.

Ed has lived in a one-bedroom flat with his cat Elgar in Berkhamsted, in the borough of Dacorum, Hertfordshire, ever since he sold his London home after a messy divorce. This is described as "living at the cutting edge, or to be more accurate, "above The Cutting Edge", as he has a flat over a hairdressing salon of this name."

Ed was seen heading into surgery for coronary bypass (necessitated by his lifelong affair with "beer and baccy" and mature cheddar cheese) at the end of the second series, with Felix on the one hand, abetted by Jaz, pushing him to start on a new novel for Jaz to film ("Put plenty of cricket in it." says Felix) while Ping is urging him to commit to Pet Peeves 2, the fee for which will be needed to pay his hospital bill.

At the end of the first series (Ep. 5), a blossoming romance with a young woman of similar temperament was cruelly dashed by her allergy to cats, dander from which could be found in Ed's beard. At the end of the fourth series Ed became involved with the popular novelist Mary Potter (Sally Grace), spending several nights a week with her by the start of the fifth series, though by the end of the seventh series he had rekindled an old romance with Fiona (Jenny Agutter). By Series 12 his romantic focus had moved to his agency colleague, Maggie (Pippa Haywood).

Humour

Much humour comes from Ed's rants and inability to stop himself getting carried away in his angry tirades, often triggered by learning that somebody younger than him is proving more successful (such as the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne Truss; one tirade follows Ed receiving several copies of the book as gifts for his birthday and working out how much in royalties Truss will have received because of the book sales). Underlying this however, are often accurate and insightful observations of the injustices and stupidities ("sheer asininity") of modern life with which listeners can empathise and agree.

Writers

Ed Reardon is played by actor Christopher Douglas, who also co-writes the series with Andrew Nickolds. A spin-off book was published in November 2005.

Awards

Ed Reardon's Week has twice been voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild, at their 32nd Annual Television and Radio Awards in 2006 and at the 37th in 2011.

Critical reaction

Gillian Reynolds, writing for The Daily Telegraph, called Reardon a "sublime creation" who was becoming "a national treasure"[5] in 2012, and in 2016 complimented Douglas's "sublime performance" that makes Ed Reardon the "supreme social commentator on our times".[6] The Independent also praised it, saying it "crackled with great lines, without any of that telegraphing you get too often in Radio 4 comedy".[7] Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian found Reardon brilliantly observed, but more annoying than funny.[8]

Stage version

Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds have written a stage version, Ed Reardon: A Writer's Burden, which played at the Pleasance Courtyard during the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was directed by Adrian Lloyd-James.[9]

Episode list

Series 1 was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January and February 2005. Series 2 ran from December 2005 until January 2006, Series 3 from 15 December 2006 to 19 January 2007 and Series 4 from November 2007 to December 2007. Series 5 began weekly transmission on Radio 4 on Monday 6 October 2008 at 11:30am. Each episode is available as streaming audio over the internet, through the BBC's Listen Again service, for 30 days after broadcast.

Series 1 was repeated in August–September 2007 on BBC 7. Series 12 started airing on BBC Radio 4 in October 2017, and the latest (Series 13) began airing on Tuesday 30 April 2019 on Radio 4, repeated shortly after on Radio 4 Extra.

Series 1

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Swim 7 January 2005 Ed Reardon travels to London for an expensive lunch with his agent, Felix. But this ends up being 'downgraded' to a café snack with Felix's new assistant Ping. But his anger at this is soon assuaged by the offer of £2,000 to write novelty book "Pet Peeves"
2 Pulp Non-Fiction 14 January 2005 The success of "Pet Peeves" (briefly #197 on the Amazon Sales Ranking) leads to a guest spot on SAGA radio and an attempt at speed dating.
3 Holby City 21 January 2005 Urgently needing money to repair his leaking roof, Ed agrees to write and pitch a treatment for TV's 'Holby City'.
4 The Old Lock-Keeper 28 January 2005 The death of fellow writer Ted Cartwright leads to a vacant spot as writer for the local newspaper's regular column 'The Old Lock-keeper'.
5 The Winona Defence 4 February 2005 To Ed Reardon, she is always 'The Girl'
6 King of the Road 11 February 2005 Ed Reardon gets asked by his student son Jake if he can get Jaz Milvane to give a talk at his university. Which Ed agrees to, as long as he can be in charge of the Q&A.

Series 2

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 Rogue Mail 21 December 2005 A pyre of "Da Vinci Code"s thwarts Ed's chances of celebrity success, forcing him to accept the job of writing "Septered Isle Publishing"'s latest respectful royal cash-in. Guest starring Matthew Holness as Lee, Head of Septered Isle Publishing.
2 The Speech 28 December 2005 Ed is called upon to write two speeches. One for his daughter Ellie's wedding and another for celebrity jockey Seamus McGee to use on the After-Dinner speech circuit.
3 The Last Laugh 4 January 2006 Can Ed's photobooth travails inspire new work from the most successful comedy writing duo of the last twenty-five years, Clive Swift and Terry Savage. Guest starring Andy Hamilton as Terry Savage
4 Our Man In Berkhamsted 11 January 2006 The Berkhamsted Literary Festival is in town, much to Ed's annoyance. But can the prospect of romance persuade him to get involved?
5 A Hint of Calvados 18 January 2006 Ed's episode of Tenko gets selected to be shown on BBC Two's "Japan Night" special, opening the door to the possibility of even more paid work at the Corporation. Guess starring Chris Addison as TV boss
6 The Operation 25 January 2006 Convalescing after a heart attack, Ed might finally have the time to write his next novel.

Series 3

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Name-Check 15 December 2006 Ed discovers a way to make extra money from his new radio play commission "The South Tring Bubble". Guest Starring Sean Lock as the plumber
2 Dad 22 December 2006 With grim childhood memoirs all the rage, Ed decides to cash-in with his own fictitious tale of youthful suffering and misery. Guest starring David Warner as Sidney (Ed's father)
3 Undercover 29 December 2006 In the undercover world of espionage that is being a "Mystery Shopper", can Agent Grey Fox afford to trust anyone?
4 The Dig 5 January 2007 Ed volunteers at a live-in archeological dig as a means of avoiding the bailiffs. This opens up opportunities in the world of pop history. Guest starring Mark Watson as Tom
5 Murder Most Rewritten 12 January 2007 Ed gets a job writing the script for a Corporate Murder Mystery Weekend. Are the middle management team from PowerSouth capable of unravelling the intricacies of "The Family Silver Mystery"?
6 The Libel Action 19 January 2007 Ed gets the perfect writing assignment - a lengthy article on the flaws and failures of Jaz Milane for a large amount of money.

Series 4

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 31 January 16 November 2007 The reports of Ed's death prove greatly exaggerated. And his return to the land of the living means he's required to complete his tax return by deadline day. Even if Jaz Milvane is shooting a major ITV drama on his street.
2 Ruth and Reconciliation 23 November 2007 Ed's insistence on a strict definition of "local author" being applied by the Berkhamsted bookshop leads to an encounter with Ruth, the daughter of an author from far-off Tring. Can Ed's seduction technique of stalking, deceit and impersonation of an Ofsted Inspector prove successful?
3 The Wrong Fleece 30 November 2007 After two stolen bottles of vodka, Ed jots down a superb, guaranteed bankable idea. Unable to remember it the next day, Ed goes on a quest to recover the lost fleece where the idea was pocketed.
4 The Old Boys Network 7 December 2007 An Old Salopian reunion dinner leads to a new commission from a fellow ex-pupil, the history of their French farmhouse in the Dordogne.
5 Role Reversal 14 December 2007 Ed signs up for cash-in-hand work roleplaying characters for training interviews. This opens doors for both opportunity and revenge.
6 Trimarans That Pass in the Night 21 December 2007 Ed seems to have found himself in a happy and healthy relationship with fellow author Mary Potter. This is not a state of affairs that Felix Jeffrey Associates can possibly tolerate.

Series 5

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Last Miaow 6 October 2008 With Mary Potter on the cusp of possible success, this is not the best time for Elgar to go missing.
2 The CV of Dorian Gray 13 October 2008 Ed is assigned by Felix Jeffrey Associates to mentor their latest signing, an actual twelve year old YouTube sensation.
3 Anger Management 20 October 2008 Ed is ghost-writing "The Armageddon Factor", a gripping action adventure set in the world of race car driving. The increasing demands for changes from Ping would normally have infuriated Ed, but this is a new relaxed, calmer Reardon thanks to anger management training.
4 Educating Peter 27 October 2008 Jaz Milvane wishes to return to his first love, theatre. And he's chosen a revival of one of Ed's early plays "Educating Peter".
5 The Great Escape 3 November 2008 Ed's enthusiasm for contributing fabricated travel pieces for "Herts & Bucks Life" magazine rises considerably when he meets its new owner Carol. Guest Starring: Rebecca Front as Carol, Lewis MacLeod as Aussie
6 Granddad 10 November 2008 It's time for Ed to take on his share of grandfatherly responsibilities. His ability to look after another human may match his ability to look after himself.Lisa Coleman as Eli

Series 6

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Charterhouse Redemption 11 January 2010 As a Charterhouse Court resident Ed faces a dilemma. A quiet, well-maintained life of retired contemplation or a return to writing.
2 Charity Begins Next Door 18 January 2010 Ed is offered work helping producing speeches for Felix Jeffrey's charity fundraiser. A perfect opportunity for his new creative writing student to learn the tricks of the trade.
3 The Cruise 25 January 2010 The Bayou Boys are hitting the High Seas as resident band on a luxury Scottish Island cruise.
4 Cheese Cricket 1 February 2010 Ed devises a brand new format to rescue Radio4's half six comedy panel show slot. But will it make it beyond the pilot?
5 A Bottle of Ulterio Motivo 8 February 2010 Ed becomes a trusted advisor to a wealthy young women opening to open a new theme bar in Berkhamsted. But is her interest in him more than just professional?
6 Elgar Writes 15 February 2010 Miaow

An Audience with Ed Reardon

Episode Title Original Airdate
1 An Audience with Ed Reardon 20 October 2010 Before a privileged audience at the Edinburgh Festival, Ed presents extracts from some of his favourite works.

Series 7

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 In the Current Climate 10 January 2011 In the age of austerity, Ed gets to ghostwrite a book of tips for the hard-up.
2 From Bean to Cup 17 January 2011 Ed's stint cat-sitting for a neighbour provides him with the perfect house to impress a lady. Guest starring: Paul Merton as houseowner
3 Become a Successful Writer 24 January 2011 Having witnessed American writer Mort Rich deliver a presentation on "profitable scripting", Ed starts his own venture judging submitted manuscripts for a fee.
4 Parsnip Junction 31 January 2011 A revival of seventies children's TV show "Parsnip Junction" gives Ed the change to work on Britain's affectionately remembered railway station, staffed by equally loved vegetables. Guest starring Geoffrey Palmer as Charles Cobbold, the creator of "Parsnip Junction".
5 Writer in Residence 7 February 2011 Ed's decision to abandon Radio 3 and 4 for the more popular, and less Cambridge-centric, Radio 5 and Talksport leads to him developing a different communication style when dealing with others. Which might be just perfect for the position of 'Writer in Residence' at his son-in-law's university.
6 Summer of '76 14 February 2011 Ed makes contact with a former girlfriend via Facebook. Can he now rekindle an old flame that last burnt when they were both labelled as 'faces of the future' by the Observer magazine. Guest Starring Jenny Agutter as Fiona Templeton

Series 8

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 Have a Great Weekend 3 April 2012 Ed's girlfriend Fiona was once a 'bubbly stewardess' in an advert for British Caledonia airlines. On the iconic ad's thirtieth anniversary The Observer offers to send her to Paris for a reunion feature. And a plus one can come along.
2 Original British Drama 10 April 2012 The BBC are excited to learn that newly released papers reveal Crackerjack's Peter Glaze to have been a secret agent known as "The Scorpion".
3 It's a Nude Nude Nude Nude World 17 April 2012 Jaz Milvane turns sixty and asks Ed to curate a moving tribute event at the Dorchester. But finding a copy of Jaz's first film proves tricky.
4 Making a Difference 24 April 2012 Inspired by Fiona, Ed decides to stand up for his principles and launch a campaign against poor train services. Is the media ready for his unique campaigning style?
5 Rosicrucian Armageddon 2 1 May 2012 Ed's verbosity impresses Graham Pearson, designer of the Open World Video Game sensation "Rosicrucian Armageddon", so much that he's hired to work on the sequel. Guest Starring: Corrie Corfield as herself
6 Keeping the Flame Alive 8 May 2012 The Olympics are coming, and Ed faces eviction so his landlord can cash-in. Maybe helping out on Jaz Milvane's new feelgood British movie "Babes In The Pool" will get him the quick cash injection he needs.

Ed Reardon's Christmas Week

(50th episode)

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 Ed Reardon's Christmas Week - it started in August 25 December 2012 All is not well in Ed's relationship, so he faces spending Christmas alone with just Elgar for company.

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Series 9

Episode Title Story
1 The Personal Statement 11 Nov 2013 Hoping to patch things up with Fiona, Ed retires from writing and returns to the world of job interviews, C.V.s and personal statements. Guest starring: Melanie Hudson as Interviewer
2 The Intern 18 Nov 2013 Major changes are afoot at Felix Jeffrey Associates, which leads to Ping having to work with an annoying, enthusiastic, gossipy new colleague - Ed Reardon.
3 The Berkhamsted Job 25 Nov 2013 After a fire wrecks Ed's home (and half his beard), he begins the process of claiming on the insurance.
4 Blood of the Reardons 2 Dec 2013 Ed discovers there's money to be made in getting involved in the medical trials testing Moldova's latest miracle appetite suppressant. Guest starring Claudie Blakley as Dr Liz Newcombe, Lisa Coleman as Eli
5 Intellectual Fireworks 9 Dec 2013 Jaz Milvane opens a residential college and hires Ed as a tutor. Felicity Montagu as Rosemary, Carolyn Pickles as Maureen
6 The Bride of Auntie 16 Dec 2013 Radio4's highbrow quiz show "What Do You Know?" is always looking for intelligent contestants. And now that Ed has been banned from his local pub quiz, an extended run on the show could turn out to be profitable. Duncan Preston as Neil Hardacre, Vicki Pepperdine as Laura Pope

Ed Reardon at Christmas

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 Ed Reardon at Christmas 25 Dec 2013

Series 10

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Go-To Destination 13 May 2015 Felix Jeffrey Associates has a new owner, the previous one's mother. And Suzan's first decision is to put Ed and Jaz Milvane together on the promotional video for London's newest luxury development "The Toaster". Starring Simon Greenall as Doorman, Vicki Pepperdine as Laura Pope, and Raquel Cassidy as Suzan.
2 One Man, Two Charlies 20 May 2015 Newly homeless, Ed is living as a caretaker in a warehouse for bankrupt stock. Desperately needing money, he agrees to write two different recipe books for two very different celebrity chefs. Starring Celia Imrie as Charlotte, Phaldut Sharma as Charlie
3 My Companion 27 May 2015 When an old publisher dies, Ed ends up agreeing to go to the funeral with his ex-wife Janet. The prospect of a reconciliation is not acceptable to their children. Starring Joanna Brookes as cattery woman, Nicola Sanderson as Janet, Lisa Coleman as Eli, Sam Pamphilon as Jake
4 Joan of the Junction 3 June 2015 Still homeless, Ed ends up as Second Mate on the good ship "Kill Bill", and is inspired to pitch a TV series based on his new captain, Joan. Starring Pam Ferris as Joan
5 Moby Dave 10 June 2015 There's a huge buzz in the media world about ITV's new Sunday night drama "Joan Of The Junction". Starring Pam Ferris as Joan, Jack Farthing as Jonathan
6 The New Thirty 17 June 2015 Felix Jeffrey Associates has a new owner - Ping. And Ed gets inspirational advice on what to do with his life from a dream. Starring Lisa Coleman as Eli, Sam Pamphilon as Jake, Jeremy Paxman as himself

Ed Reardon at Christmas

Episode Title Original Airdate Guest star
1 Ed Reardon at Christmas 1 January 2016 John Humphrys as himself

Series 11

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Reboot 4 October 2016 Ed is enjoying the best years of his life as a mature student sleeping in all day and watching "Homes Under The Hammer". But an encounter with Professor Antonia Sandham gives him the motive to be more sociable. Starring Sylvestra Le Touzel as Antonia Sandham.
2 All About Eve 11 October 2016 Ed becomes the editor of the University's student newspaper "Love Herts".
3 Generation Why Bother 18 October 2016 A chance encounter with an accountant gets Ed thinking about his pension.
4 The Rectifier 25 October 2016 The freedom that University provides gives Ed Reardon time to work on a new book. As no publisher seems interested in "In The Shadow Of The Workhouse: The Demonisation Of The Poor In The Age Of The Kiln-Fired Brick", Ed needs to find a way to finance self-publishing the novel.
5 Poetry! No Thanks 1 November 2016 When the University plans a statue to Beryl Bassett - the plucky wartime songstress that became a national treasure - Ed breaks one of his golden rules and agrees to join a committee.
6 The 4th Sausage 8 November 2016 Ed is in trouble with the University authorities for his innovative fund-raising methods. But then his discovers that a short comedy sketch he recorded with Jaz Milvane decades earlier has become a cult sensation in Belgium. Will Wallonian royalties for "Sir Jasper's Breakfast" save his student status?

Series 12

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Writer in the Van 24 October 2017 Ping heads to the Festival circuit to sign up new young talent, leaving Ed's affairs to be run by Maggie. Her abilites as an agent immediately get him a regular column for "Your Motor Home" and, more importantly, use of a motor home. The regular cast this series are joined by guests Monica Dolan, Vicki Pepperdine, Don Gilet, Karl Theobald and Tyger Drew-Honey.
2 Diabetes Day 31 October 2017 Ping's urgent need to match her friends' daily step count and Ed's urgent need to improve his health leads to a neat deal.
3 The Legacy 7 November 2017 Ed's children are concerned he has not written a Will. Especially when his son's legal advisor "Dozza" reveals that his late father had a previously undiscovered property.
4 An Enemy of the People 14 November 2017 An encounter at the local Recycling Centre inspires Ed to run for local office.
5 How Did I Do? 21 November 2017 Ed becomes embroiled in the world of customer satisfaction surveys when trying to track down a lost package from delivery company "Lickety Click"
6 A Different Direction 28 November 2017 Romance is blossoming with Maggie. But will their own personal circumstances get in the way?

Series 13

Episode Title Original Airdate Story
1 The Wooden Spoon 30 April 2019 Ed's plan to write "S for Sparrowhawk" is thwarted by a hungry Elgar, his relations with Maggie complicated by his method of getting free meals and his home life dealing with the need for a home.
2 The Ed Talk 7 May 2019 Ed recalls he once lent £5 to his school friend Jeff Dayton. Who is now the millionaire inventor Jeff Daytona. Time to get his money back. Plus interest. Guest starring Colin McFarlane as Jeff Daytona
3 Bezzies 14 May 2019 Ed and Jaz Milvane get teamed up to star in the new reality show "Bezzies", where Best Friends have to compete to solve challenging tasks in a remote Scottish location.
4 Planned Parenthood 21 May 2019 Ed's son Jake is going to be a father and so urgently needs more content to fill his latest website "Stranger Than Fact". While Ping is on the search for a donor to help her with her dream of being a mother.
5 Punk Rock Vampires 28 May 2019 Andy Pond, the Professor of Sitcom at South Herts University, is hoping to win a lottery grant to help showcase the numerous cult horror films shot at Deadnettle House. So Ed's role as script-writer on "Punk Rock Vampires" could prove invaluable.
6 The Bed Blocker 4 June 2019 Following an accident involving a mobility scooter, gatepost, alcohol and Ping - Ed is in hospital with two broken legs. Given the bed, food and company, Ed plans to make his stay last as long as possible.

Cast list

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Notes

  1. ^ Dominic Maxwell "Re-opening the grouse season", The Times, 11 December 2006
  2. ^ Personal Communication
  3. ^ "Pick of the Week" (Web). BBC Radio 4. BBC. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b Broadcasting House - Ed Reardon in Hemel, BBC Radio 4, 18 Aug 2013
  5. ^ Reynolds, Gillian (17 April 2012). "Ed Reardon's comic rants speak for all curmudgeons, radio review". The Telegraph (UK).
  6. ^ "Why Radio 4's Ed Reardon is the great social commentator of our age". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  7. ^ Maume, Chris (31 January 2010). "Ed Reardon's Week, Radio 4 (review)". The Independent (UK).
  8. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (22 April 2012). "Rewind radio: Ed Reardon's Week; Mr Blue Sky; My Name is Not Hey Baby; Today; Shakespeare's Restless World – review". The Observer (UK).
  9. ^ "Ed Reardon: A Writer's Burden (review)". Archived from the original on 14 December 2013.
  10. ^ "British Comedy Guide".

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