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Publisher's Summary

The complete series 12 of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy, starring Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon.

Curmudgeonly author Ed Reardon is back - sent down from university and temporarily living in a hotel, where he's trying to write a novel. With Ping away 'oop North', Ed has a new agent, Maggie, a jam-making, sock-knitting 'older lady'. Can she help him to turn his fortunes around?

In these six episodes, Ed gets a writing gig on Your Motorhome Magazine - and moves into exciting new accommodation and attends his annual health check, where he gets inspiration for his new column and tries to prove his identity to claim an inheritance. Plus, he is persuaded to enter the world of local politics, discovers a whole new world of self-satisfaction surveys and decides to put his relationship with Maggie on a more permanent footing by introducing her to his children.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this sublimely funny sitcom stars Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon, with Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Philip Jackson, Monica Dolan, Geoffrey Whitehead, Brigit Forsyth and Stephanie Cole.

Episode guide

The Writer in the Van (24 October 2017)
Diabetes Day (31 October 2017)
The Legacy (7 November 2017)
An Enemy of the People (14 November 2017)
How Did I Do? (21 November 2017)
A Different Direction (28 November 2017)


Ed Reardon - Christopher Douglas
Receptionist - Nicola Sanderson
Ping - Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Jaz Milvain - Philip Jackson
Maggie - Monica Dolan
Stan/Cliff - Geoffrey Whitehead
Pearl - Brigit Forsyth
Olive - Stephanie Cole
Policeman - Dan Tetsell
Nurse - Ruth Madeley
Nikki - Vicki Pepperdine
Eli - Lisa Coleman
Jake - Sam Pamphilon
Dozzer - Don Gilet
Jack - Karl Theobald
Dominic - Tyger Drew-Honey
Frank/Man - Simon Greenall
Himself - Petroc Trelawney


Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

Produced by Dawn Ellis

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 October-28 November 2017

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The funniest sitcom ever to grace Radio 4." ( Radio Times)

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  • Shakkers
  • 09-03-18

Pure Joy.... 😂

Listening to Ed Reardon use up his scant luck bumbling through this delightful series makes me realise that my life isn't quite so bad after all.... I can recommend this two fingers of grin & tonic with confidence.... Yummy... 😊

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  • Gary M Trafford
  • 26-04-21

Best comedy on BBC

Ed Reardons Week has consistently been the most original and funniest grown up comedy.
Very in tune with the dum down PC crazy beeb, and very rare, shows someone really struggle to make ends, but who refuses to give up or go quietly

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  • kevin
  • 16-09-20 alter ego

My Dear Ed, as a fellow grump, I have now listened to all of your irreverant offerings and revelled at your ability, as an outsider to the rest of humanity, to observe, comment and fume at the madness around us. Every line is clever and very, very funny. All the characters verbal cartoons of the loonies in all of us. May Ed stumble on forever. Brilliant writing, great acting ...thank you,