Episode 26: Chris the Sitcom Writer – ED & FRIENDS

Chris Gau, the co-writer and producer of hit Channel 5 sitcom Borderline (along with Michael Orton-Tolliver) joins Ed on an extraordinarily hot day where they talk it out, sweat it out and discuss the process of making a comedy about UK Border Control.


Chris had moved in with his parents to focus on writing every day. When his writing partner was stopped at airport customs they began the two year journey to bring Borderline to life. It has since gone on to be a success with audiences and critics alike, and has even been renewed for season 2! Chris and Ed talk about the show’s unconventional methodology, the role of improvisation in the scripting process both before and after casting, and the inevitable comparisons to comedy juggernaut The Office. That, plus Ed and Chris track the temperature in the room by unconventional means.

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If you have not seen Borderline, here’s a sneak peek:

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And if you would like to listen to Chris’ hilarious podcast Fact Up, you can download it from iTunes HERE.

Episode 24: Jim and Bob the Musicians turned Writers – ED & FRIENDS

We’re back from our summer break and we started with a bang. Except that Ed got a little bit drunk with his friends!

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Jim McCreddie and Bob Good’s time in the music business left them with an epic back catalogue of crazy characters and weird stories. Now they’re producing a comedy web series all about it. It doesn’t have a name yet, but Ed talks to Jim and Bob all about the process of just getting up and producing their own material.

Jim and Bob share a few of the weird stories that inspired, discuss their comedy heroes and what it’s like to work with friends. The first episode of the show is out this Autumn, and follows the story of a failing band, finding the lighter side to the trials and tribulations of the music business.

Fired up on a fine smorgasbord of supermarket beers, they also invent a new game called Incorrect Impressions, but by that time they are quite drunk and silly. We’ll be keeping you up to date as the series develops

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Episode 10: Stapesy the YouTube Gamer – ED & FRIENDS

Ed & Friends dug themselves out of the snow in New York and spoke to Video Game enthusiast and YouTuber Lee Stapleton a.k.a. IAmStapesy!

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Lee Stapleton, or Stapesy, trained as a filmmaker with Ed before entering the film industry. A suspension from work meant that Lee had a bit of time on his hands and found himself a part of three-man YouTube Channel Armed With Controllers before moving to New Zealand and starting IAmStapesy. Ed and Lee have slap-dash catch up via Skype and chat about “Let’s Play” videos and even try to sell movie plots to each other in the game “Elevator Pitch”!

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Also, here are an array of YouTube videos from Stapesy that they chat about on the show: