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Double Science | [Ben Willbond, Justin Edwards]

Double Science

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    ray blundell 18/04/2015
    ray blundell 18/04/2015
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    "Make some more !!!"

    Excellent, really daft and very very funny, why no more ?
    Let's have it back on the radio. Bye for now . 😆

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. B. E. Cartwright London UK 16/01/2015
    Mrs. B. E. Cartwright London UK 16/01/2015 Member Since 2012

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    "Really funny and different"

    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.

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    Ed Newsome 25/05/2013
    Ed Newsome 25/05/2013 Listener Since 2010
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    "Totally skill"

    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.

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    Patrick Gloucester, United Kingdom 02/11/2012
    Patrick Gloucester, United Kingdom 02/11/2012
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    "This is utterly brilliant"

    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.

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    ET 09/08/2015
    ET 09/08/2015
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    "This show's heart is in the right place"

    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!

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    D 23/07/2015
    D 23/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    A microcosm of dysfunctional humans that is wonderfully funny and worth several listens. Be warned you may get a hankering for real ale and curry feasts!

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    THUNDERCHIEF 05/07/2015
    THUNDERCHIEF 05/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "VERY GOOD IN ALL RESPECTS - WHY NO MORE?"
    What did you like most about Double Science?

    Great characters - very intelligent and amusing script.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories made me feel interested and "on the side" of the 2 principal characters.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards – was your favourite?

    No pereference.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope more episodes are recorded.

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    30/06/2015
    30/06/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "Doesn't live up to its potential"

    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.

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    Adrian Hitchin, United Kingdom 28/05/2015
    Adrian Hitchin, United Kingdom 28/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Very funny"

    Loved the characters. The storyline also very amusing favourite episode has to be fire night also wind farm trip. Would recommend

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    Nicholas Smisby, United Kingdom 20/05/2015
    Nicholas Smisby, United Kingdom 20/05/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Double Science?

    great characterisation and interplay! Firm family favourite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Science?

    The best moment was the meeting of Roger Halliday at the Home Brew competition


    Which character – as performed by Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards – was your favourite?

    They are both good, but the interplay between them is fabulously funny!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughing all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Why no second series? #gutted

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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