3 series each of 4 x 30 minute episodes
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Radio comedy about a community living in sheds on a beach
Who hasn't thought about running away from it all at some time or other? Barry and Jimmy hadn't - until now. Friends since school days in a small town, they find themselves slipping inexorably and almost unconsciously into middle age.
Shedtown is a dream born out of quiet desperation. Throughout the series the wooden icon of escape and isolation 'the shed' becomes a symbol of possibility and change, a new community by the sea where Barry and Jimmy can circumnavigate the mundane, once and for all.
In Series 2, the wooden icon of escape and isolation - the shed - continues to be a symbol of possibility and change. Our Sheddists arrived and survived - and, now waking from a beach-baked slumber, the familiar residents find faces old and new on the sand.
Series 3 starts as The Shedists have fallen off the edge, abandoned ship; they're clinging to driftwood and floating out to sea.
Series 1 2011
1. Something's Gonna Change
First broadcast: Wednesday 1st June 2011
It's the works day out for the workers of Blakeley Industrial Museum - and something's got to change.
First broadcast: Wednesday 8th June 2011
Colin is all at sea as the foundations of Jimmy's dream take shape on the beach. Wes and Father Michael witness the profits of some not-so-spiritual meat.
3. Night Screams
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th June 2011
As the Shedists settle into life under asphalt there's a strange noise coming from William's shed. Wes holds a puppet show and all are invited.
First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd June 2011
A layer cake of disaster threatens the creosoted community. And where's Colin?
Series 2 2013
1. Shed Report
First broadcast: Thursday 10th January 2013
Deborah Dearden arrives back at the beach. She's no stranger, or is she the strangest of all?
2. 'Til Press Do Us Part
First broadcast: Thursday 17th January 2013
As William weds his blushing boiler-suited berk of a bride, old Johnny Edwards takes a turn for the worse.
3. End Of The Beginning
First broadcast: Thursday 24th January 2013
The residents attend the funeral of Johnny Edwards.
4. Death In The Afternoon
First broadcast: Thursday 31st January 2013
Shedtown Mark II rings its own death knell to the tune of Deborah Dearden's meticulously planned merry-go-round, and Jimmy asks where hearts lie.
1. Episode One
First broadcast: Tuesday 1st April 2014
The Shedists have fallen off the edge, abandoned ship; they're clinging to driftwood and floating out to sea.
2. Episode Two
First broadcast: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Washed up by a storm, and life, the Shedists clamber onto a pier. In the middle of the sea. Lights flashing, wheels spinning. Connected to nothing. There, with its lunatic rides and its candyfloss stalls, they have found a new place. One that might finally deliver them not from temptation, but save them from starvation. A salty salvation.
3. Episode Three
First broadcast: Tuesday 15th April 2014
Different realities and different states of consciousness are emerging on Shedtown's new pier. As the waters of change are silently rising - Dave is reunited with a badly behaved childhood 'sweetheart'.
4. Episode Four
First broadcast: Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Will the Sheddists choose to shed this new life again and drip back off the big wheel and into reality (home)? Or will they keep on drifting? - Dipping back into the sea, headed for a headier life still, in their dreams.
2011 - 2014
BBC Radio 4
12 (3 series)
Tony Pitts, James Quinn, Warren Brown, Juliet Oldfield, Neil Maskell, Debra Stephenson, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Mangan and others
Jim Poyser and Tony Pitts