Ed Reardon's Week: The Complete Second Series: Series 2 Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Nov 2008
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"Ed Reardon, Radio 4's new comic hero, a writer driven by dreams, cheap plonk and rivalry rage... returns this month, and is peerless" (Gillian Reynolds The Telegraph)
The complete second series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy starring Christopher Douglas, John Fortune and Stephanie Cole.See all Product description
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This 3CD set contains all six episodes from the first series; "Rogue Mail, "The speech", "The Last Laugh", "Our Man in Berkhamsted", "A Hint of Calvados" and "The Operation".
No laughter track.
His 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.
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.
As ever, our favourite failed writer continues to elude success or even vague recognition of his talents. As such he is like all of us - brilliant, but unappreciated. Unlike the rest of us he can put his foot in his mouth more eloquently and more often than is good for him.
I think Ed is a modern Basil Fawlty. We laugh at his punctured pomposity, usually sharply revealed by the writers and actors who have far too accurate a grasp of the fears and frustrations of the middle-aged male in this modern world.
Just hope they continue to ignore him over at TV centre - radio is the best place to enjoy Ed.
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