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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408401193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408401194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy starring Christopher Douglas, John Fortune, Stephanie Cole and Sally Hawkins.

About the Author

Christopher Douglas is the author of Jardine, the biography of England test cricketer Andrew Jardine. With Andrew Nickolds, he is the co-creator of Ed Reardon, and stars in Ed Reardon’s Week. He also teamed up with Nigel Planer to create the character of ‘Nicholas Craig’, a classical actor who starred in the BBC Four series How to be Old with Nicholas Craig and whose autobiography I, An Actor, was published by Methuen in 2001.

Andrew Nickolds’ radio credits include Loose Ends, Dave Podmore’s Cricket Night and (with Christopher Douglas) ten series of Ed Reardon’s Week. He is the author of numerous books, including Arthur Daley's Back to Basics, The Word of Pod and Cabinet Pudding. He writes a column as Ed Reardon for The Oldie, and one as Dave Podmore for the website Cricinfo.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Kevster on 4 Feb. 2009
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This is quite simply the finest radio comedy of the past 10 years. Bitter, misanthropic, powerless, failed writer Ed is truly is a hero for our times.

His hilarious struggles against the forces of philistinism, boredom, failure, political correctness, bureaucracy and the sheer banality of our age are sheer joy and bear repeated listening.

Beautifully written and performed, it's pure comedy gold. Recommended without reservation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Mailer on 14 Dec. 2008
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BBC Radio has produced a number of celebrated gems. But those with the most luster tend to be the ones still hidden to all but a few. Ed Reardon's Week is an example of this. The wry cynicism and yet, oddly, life-affirming stoicism imbued in the series provides a subtle mix of comedy, pathos and bathos which makes for wonderful listening. By series five, in between the laughs, you will truly care for Ed and his cat in a way that will surprise you and charm you in equal measure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Editorial Cat on 1 May 2009
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Ed Reardon is, quite simply, the funniest thing I've heard on the radio since the demise of the late, great Linda Smith. The tales of this Berkhampsted-based writer is a complete and utter joy.

Writer Christopher Douglas plays Ed with aplomb. The `supporting' cast, who include such notables as Philip Jackson, John Fortune, Geoffrey Whitehead and Sally Grace, are wonderfully understated, and it is a particularly nice touch that one of the actresses from the `real' Tenko - Stephanie Cole - gets to play one of his long-suffering students.

Ed's character is brilliantly drawn, revealing both acerbic wit and delicate pathos. Reardon is the master of the fare-dodge and a freebie-grabber extraodinaire. Whether teaching his highly astute, elderly students at the University of the Third Age, or endeavouring to eke out the dubious fame of his long-forgotten Tenko* script and his magnum opus, 'Who Would Fardles Bear?' at literary events, Ed brilliantly maintains his air of superiority over the rest of the human race.

He is devoted to his cat, Elgar. Nuff said.

Great comedy. I would highly recommend this CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By silent character on 2 Dec. 2009
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I start to smile the moment the first dirge-like notes of the signature tune sound and don't stop till the credits. Everything is perfect - the writing, the performances, the sound effects... I adore Ed. In all his pitiful vanity and disappointed hopes he speaks for everyone (and certainly every writer) who's ever felt got at, overlooked and unloved. Except by Elgar (his cat) of course.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Gallagher on 19 Sept. 2008
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Ed Reardon is surely one of the finest comic creations of recent years. Like the equally funny Count Arthur Strong, Ed is angry about everyone and everything, but unlike the Count, is able to articulate his anger most eloquently. His (or, rather, Christopher Douglas's) use of the English language is on a par with the writing of the late, great Alan Coren. Listen, for example, to Ed's description of Shiraz wine! Very funny indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Granter on 7 Oct. 2010
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Ed Reardon's Week is a radio comedy about a carmudgeonly writer whose best work is behind him and whose work these days is best done before lunch, if you catch my drift. Those who have listened to 'Week, will know how detailed and well thought out the scripts are; jokes are cross referenced, characters are developed. The actors throw themselves into the task of drawing the listener into a latter day 'Grub Street' of flats over the kebab shop, incompetent literary agents, dodgy jockeys and lunch at The Connaught. Except poor old Ed hardly ever makes it there and must usually be content with lunch avec the lovely Ping in a chain pub. In one scene we find a well oiled Ed singing "Oh Ping, you're no minger Ping, you're so bling bling..." before being evicted, baguette in hand, from Euston Station toilets. Poor old Ed.

Through a glass - more like a bottle - of 'Cab 'Sav darkly, the financially challenged Ed takes on bailiffs, plumbers, Hollywood superstar chums and rival writers, armed only with a pen, a pipe, and a royalty cheque from Malawi for that episode of Tenko he did in 1982. Mention must be made of Ed's feline fellow traveller Elgar, who seems to have a higher standard of living than our protagonist, and cultivates a costly Whiskers Senior habit.

I could write about this show all day, the assininity of modern culture, the exploitation of the artist in modern society, the creeping debasement of the literary arts by hordes of chewing gum brained twelve year olds who... hello!? hello!? No, gone.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By stephen on 11 Aug. 2007
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Pulp Non-Fiction: Ed is an author, pipe-smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, and no writer knows more about freeloading than him.(BBC) Well written and performed. Best use of the radio format. Very funny. Check it out for yourself on BBC4 or BBC7 on the internet.
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