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  • Ed Reardon's Week

  • The Complete First Series
  • By: Christopher Douglas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Nickolds
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Ed Reardon is a failed writer, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email. Living with his cat in a one-bedroom flat, this bearded divorcee grumbles at a modern world seemingly run by 12-year-olds, while churning out books such as Jane Seymour's Household Hints and Pet Peeves (to pay the bills) and trying to live off the royalties of his 1982 episode of Tenko (£17 per annum). We track Ed's attempts to gain the literary success he feels is due in this painfully funny and extraordinarily clever sitcom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply brilliant...

  • By Lee Grant on 13-02-14

what a joy!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Comedy writing just does not get any better than this, matched only by the acting skills of those involved. Ed Reardon is perfectly placed to comment on life and boy does he let rip, No one is safe from his acid tongue and he has an opinion, normally a grim one on anything and everything. You find yourself rooting for the guy even though he is always looking for the short cut to success and normally suffers in the process. Simply brilliant in ever way!

  • Subterranean Homesick Blues: The Complete Series 1-3

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: A L Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Anna Calder-Marshall, Bill Nighy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great two hander

  • By rob roughley on 26-09-18

Great two hander

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Wonderful acting by Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall, the two have just the right amount of spark between them, plenty of good one liners and you genuinely feel the two of them care for one another having met again after a long period of time. You get the feeling that they are both afraid of growing old alone and yet scared of trying to relive their younger selves. As always Nighy draws you in simply with his voice and skills and Calder-Marshall matches him with a frail vulnerability as they both rail against growing old.

Top stuff.

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  • Charles Paris: Cast in Order of Disappearance

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Suzanne Burden, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama. Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Speckledy Hen on 23-12-12

wonderful production, brilliantly brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I will watch/listen to anything with Bill Nighy in it, the writing is sharp and hits the mark every time. I can see Nighy raising that famous eyebrow as the play unfolds. The cast are excellent and do a terrific job.