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What A Week!
on 1 July 2010
Ed Reardon is someone I didn't know beforehand, so when I saw the blurb, I was quite interested in John Fortune and Sally Hawkins, as they're some of my favorite actors from the likes of Bremner, Bird and Fortune, and the Mike Lee film Happy-Go-Lucky. Seeing that Saxondale's Marwenna Banks was in this too, it would have been wrong of me not to look closer at Mr Reardon.
I was quite surprised at how good this is: it took a while to settle into Reardon's diary style, but the funnies came thick and fast. Felix (played by John Fortune) is so funny, and as usual Fortune plays the middle class man very well, with his smearing at poor folk making me laugh. Ping (played by Sally Hawkins) was funny too, and I liked Reardon's father.
This comes as a 6 episode series, which aired in 2006, but it's nice to see the show getting a release 4 years on, and I found it very funny. It has a Jeeves and Worcester feel about it, with the hapless Ed falling into trouble often, and not really caring about it. I like the way he's always trying to make money, and his crazy schemes to try and get money are just amusing.
If you like comedy on radio, I think you'll like this, Reardon's funny, and it's well written, with hints of older 80's television comedy stylings popping up often, a real treat this, worth getting all 3 seasons - it's funny without being pretentious.