Christopher Douglas

Christopher Douglas won the 2021 Tinniswood Award for his radio play Tristram Shandy: In Development. He performs and co-writes Ed Reardon’s Week, now in its fourteenth series on Radio 4. The show won the Broadcasting Press Guild’s ‘Radio Programme of the Year’ award in 2005 and 2010, and was recently included in the Radio Times list of The 30 Greatest Radio Shows of All Time. Other radio credits include a two-part adaptation of George Gissing’s New Grub Street, several one-off plays, three series of Beauty of Britain (starring Jocelyn Jee Esien) and two series of Mastering The Universe (starring Dawn French). Christopher has been the voice and co-creator of the world’s most disappointing cricketer Dave Podmore for over 30 episodes on Radio 4. He has also presented Pick of the Week and Comedy Club on Radio 4 Extra.

Christopher was responsible (with Nigel Planer) for the long-running career of uber-thesp Nicholas Craig, whose autobiography I, An Actor first appeared in 1988; the 4th edition was published by Methuen in 2017. Christopher scripted and directed two series of The Nicholas Craig Masterclass for BBC2 along with several further one-offs and five hour-long Nicholas Craig programmes for BBC4.

Other books include Spartan Cricketer (a biography of Douglas Jardine), The Word of Pod (collected columns from The Guardian), Pod Almighty! and Ed Reardon’s Week. Christopher’s stage work includes Scout’s Honour (The Standard awards Best Comedy nomination), Theatrical Digs, An Evening with Nicholas Craig and Ed Reardon: A Writer’s Burden. Christopher has taught comedy for the Arvon Foundation and at New York University.