Ed Reardon’s Week: Series 14

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What to expect

The complete Series 14 of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy – plus Christmas special

‘Magnificent’ Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph

Author, curmudgeon and master of the complaining letter and the abusive email, Ed Reardon is back for a fourteenth fantastic series.

In these globally unprecedented times, Ed is also experiencing new and unusual circumstances. For the first time in 20 years, he’s financially independent thanks to the timely arrival of his state pension, and living in a stylish, newly affordable ‘capsule urban living unit’ (a former office space converted into a flat). He has the luxury of three (organic) meals a day, all the premier catfood Edgar can eat, and even a new car – as well as free time to devote himself to his own long-cherished projects.

But old habits die hard, and Ed’s soon distracted by an unexpected meeting with his ex, Maggie; a fight to save an ancient oak tree; a request to write Ping’s granny’s memoirs and an eye-wateringly expensive trip to the vet. On his uppers once more, Ed is unexpectedly offered two potentially lucrative projects: scripting a movie for Jaz Milvain and writing a series of biographies for Maggie. But he can only choose one job – which is it to be?

And in the festive special episode ‘Ed Reardon’s Christmas Week’, Ed needs a room at the inn – the Lock Keeper’s Arms, that is. But first he’s got to square up to Scrooge…

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this superlative sitcom stars Christopher Douglas as Ed, with Barunka O’Shaughnessy as Ping, Philip Jackson as Jaz and Pippa Hayward as Maggie. Geoffrey Whitehead is Stan, Brigit Forsyth, Pearl and Stephanie Cole plays Olive.

Credits
Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas
Produced by Victoria Lloyd and Dawn Ellis
Production co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred
A BBC Studios production
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22 December 2020 (‘Ed Reardon’s Christmas Week’), 8 June-13 July 2021 (Series 14)

Cast
Ed Reardon – Christopher Douglas
Ping – Barunka O’Shaughnessy
Jaz Milvain – Philip Jackson
Jake – Sam Pamphilon
Eli – Lisa Coleman
Audiobook/Instructor/Bernice/Newsreader/TV host/Vet – Nicola Sanderson
Landlord – Colin MacFarlane
Stan – Geoffrey Whitehead
Pearl – Brigit Forsyth
Olive – Stephanie Cole
Jenna – Mina Anwar
Assistant – Tom Price
Maggie – Pippa Hayward
Bus driver/Frank/Piers – Simon Greenall
Spike – Kathryn Drysdale
Geoff/Cliff – Dan Tetsell
Granny – Maggie Steed
Salesman – Phaldut Sharma
With Petroc Trelawny as himself

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(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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