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The Writer in the Van

Episode 1 of 6

The curmudgeonly author has a new idea for a novel and an exciting new home. Starring Christopher Douglas. From 2017.

Ed Reardon is back, and after being sent down from University for misappropriation of funds he finds himself temporarily living in a hotel trying to write the first in a new series of novels about his eponymous hero, Inspector Masterson, for which he has high hopes.

These are soon dashed by Ed's agent, Ping, who informs him he must write 'grip-lit' with a girl in the title who gets drunk, goes to bed with everyone and then gets chopped up.

Ping also palms Ed and Jaz Milvain off with her new assistant, Maggie, a jam-making, sock knitting 'older' lady (who also designs draft excluders) whilst she goes "oop North" to trawl the universities for the next generation of stand-ups. Whilst Jaz is furious with being "tossed on the scrapheap" Ed decides to give Maggie a chance and is soon rewarded when she gets him a writing gig on "Your Motorhome Magazine".

This turn of events not only furnishes him with a small but steady income, but also a new home with floral upholstery, carpet on the ceiling and the advantage of letting him and his companion , Elgar, celebrate the freedom of the open road.

Ed Reardon ...... Christopher Douglas
Receptionist ...... Nicola Sanderson
Ping ...... Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Jaz Milvain ...... Philip Jackson
Maggie ...... Monica Dolan
Stan ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Pearl ...... Brigit Forsyth
Olive ...... Stephanie Cole
Policeman ...... Dan Tetsell

Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

The regular cast this series are joined by guests Monica Dolan, Vicki Pepperdine, Don Gilet, Karl Theobald and Tyger Drew-Honey.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in Octoberl 2017.

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 26 May 2020 22:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Ed Reardon Christopher Douglas
Receptionist Nicola Sanderson
Ping Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Jaz Milvain Philip Jackson
Maggie Monica Dolan
Stan Geoffrey Whitehead
Pearl Brigit Forsyth
Olive Stephanie Cole
Policeman Dan Tetsell
Writer Andrew Nickolds
Writer Christopher Douglas
Producer Dawn Ellis

Broadcasts

  • Tue 24 Oct 2017 18:30
  • Tue 31 Oct 2017 07:30
  • Tue 31 Oct 2017 17:30
  • Tue 31 Oct 2017 22:00
  • Wed 1 Nov 2017 05:30
  • Tue 26 May 2020 22:30