Here are all six episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom written by and starring Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards about two incompetent science teachers who work at a college that specialises in drama, and whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new boss.
Forresters Sixth Form College has a highly successful drama department run by the odious Danny Woods. For years, the science department was a forgotten and neglected area where Colin and Kenneth could brew their own ales in peace and quiet. Kenneth even devised a self-assessment system where one class taught itself. Then Dr Oates, the head of department, died from a massive coronary - probably induced by a butter chicken-laden diet. Alison Hatton, his replacement, is keen and wants to bring in new students. Nothing will be the same again.
Stars Ben Willbond as Colin, Justin Edwards as Kenneth, Raza Jaffery as Danny and Rebecca Front as Alison.
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This is very silly. The two teachers are ridiculously funny. I hope they do more. Better scripts for the women. Such a good original comedy . Thank you for making me shake with laughter.
How this only got one series is a mystery to me! Will Justin Edwards have to wait as long as Kevin Eldon has for the recognition he deserves? Double Science is very funny and a little bit tragic. It doesn't always work and some elements seem a little familiar but there are many great ideas here and Willbond's character Colin Jackson (no relation) is hilarious.
This is one of the funniest, cleverest series to hit the Radio 4 6.30 slot, second only to Cabin Pressure. A fabulous cast includes Rebecca Front (the hapless Nichola Murray from The Thick of It) and Justin Edwards ( Blinky Ben from Thick of It and Newsjack anchor). The evolving story follows the attempts by the new female head to transform a fossilised 6th form college Science Department more interested in brewing real ale and consuming curry than doing any teaching, The rivalry for her attention and the war with the head of Drama that unfolds is superb. I return to this again and again because it is just so good and I keep discovering new little nuances with each listen; always a sign of quality. Why on earth the BBC hasn't commissioned a further series is beyond me, instead of the hugely predictable and unfunny Count Arthur, The Castle and Bleak Expectations, to name a few.
Give this a listen, if you like it I would also thoroughly recommend Deep Trouble Series 1 and 2 also co-written by Ben Willbond.
As a lecturer in the sciences I know a good few people who wouldn't be able to listen to this without twitching: all the stereotypes, from real ale to social anxiety and cluelessness, have made it into the scripts. This makes it a profoundly daft show. On the other hand, and this is not a small detail, it's even-handedly mean: it isn't the Science Nerds vs the Arty Normals. Nobody is spared in this show - except for some reason the female characters, who tend to the rational. Anyway, this show fulfils the essential requirement for comedy: it made me laugh on a day that wasn't in itself at all funny. Thanks!
Great characters - very intelligent and amusing script.
The stories made me feel interested and "on the side" of the 2 principal characters.
I do hope more episodes are recorded.
I'm a huge Radio 4 comedy fan (Old Harry's Game, Cabin Pressure, Bleak Expectations etc) and was pleased to find one I hadn't come across before but my overall impression was a bit 'meh'. It has potential and if it had continued for a second series it might have grown into itself but there were just too many things that irritated or didn't quite hit the mark.
Positives - Rebecca Front as Alison was great and also star pupil and drugs baron Donna. I liked the gradual character development of the leads and there were some good jokes.
Negatives - I found the voices Justin Edwards and Ben Willbond put on as the lead characters incredibly irritating and probably one of the main turn offs. Too many of the characters were just too eccentric, too much of the time. Some of the jokes were quite obvious and cliched, even the otherwise great introduction of 'Beer Tongue' was spoiled a bit by the cheap and lazy Klingon 'your mother has smooth forehead' gag.
Loved the characters. The storyline also very amusing favourite episode has to be fire night also wind farm trip. Would recommend
great characterisation and interplay! Firm family favourite.
The best moment was the meeting of Roger Halliday at the Home Brew competition
They are both good, but the interplay between them is fabulously funny!
laughing all the way through.
Why no second series? #gutted
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