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 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.
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 wonderfully quirky humour!
If you like comedies like "The IT Crowd" or "Deep Trouble", full of odd but recognisable characters, struggling in a world of "normal", you will enjoy "Double Science". Much of the humour is in the surreal situations the characters get themselves into, such as building a massive rocket named "Gavin Esler" (as the scariest thing they could think of), to sabotage the drama department.
I bought this after hearing just one episode on Radio 4xtra and laughed a lot over these 6 episodes. I do hope very much there is another series.
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