Ed Reardon's Week continues where it left off at the end of series two. and is certainly as brilliant as the first two series.
The now established characters continue to entertain with entertaining snippets of their back stories adding flesh to the bones.
Sally Hawkins returns to the role of Ping, playing her with a straighter bat than Barunka O'Shaughnessy did in series 2.
Episode three is a particular gem thanks to the return of Bert Wang (played by Geoff McGivern). Philip Jackson (as Jaz Milvane) oozes self-assurance and the chippy banter between Jaz and Ed is very clever.
It's funny, it's clever and it's acerbic.
I'm delighted to say that Ed Reardon's Week series 2 is as thoroughly enjoyable as the fantastic series 1.
The characters are more established and the blend is very strong. The cast remains mainly the same with the exception of Barunka O'Shaughnessy who is parachuted into Ping's shoes and really takes the character up a notch or two.
Ed's life continues to struggle along from one disaster to another with a couple of moments to give him something to smile about.
His banter with Jaz Milvane (played by Philip Jackson) just gets better and better.
I'm becoming a big Ed Reardon fan. Where can I buy an Elgar t-shirt?
Ed Reardon's Week is sublime.
Ed is a recently divorced writer in his 50s, living the life of a hack-writer and scraping for cash and food as he goes.
The writing is scrumptious and the performances are very, very good and as it's a BBC production, the technical production and quality are superb.
Each episode can be seen as a standalone but there are running themes and arcs to link it all very nicely together.
The cast, lead by Christopher Douglas as Ed, are without doubt one of the best I've heard since the Hitchhikers Guide - speaking of which, listen out for Geoffrey McGivern in various roles - it's like a little game of 'Where's Ford Prefect?'.
More importantly it does have massive re-read (or re-listen!) appeal. The stories really do lend themselves to repeat visits.
Looking forward to series 2....