Double Science

51o3erseryl-_sl300_The students are making drugs in the chem lab, the science teacher has his trousers around his ankles again, someone’s slipped the drama teacher some speed, and MI5 is investigating a possible bomber. Just another day in the double award science department at Forrester College where high school kids are enrolled in a pre-University program of biology, chemistry, and physics. It’s a good thing Forrester College specializes in drama, otherwise someone might actually glance at the science department every once in a while–and possibly spot the teachers brewing beer in the disableds toilets for a local brewing competition.

Double Science (2008) is a six-episode radio play by Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards, starring Willbond as Colin Jackson (no relation) who falls in love with the new head of department Alison Hatton (Rebecca Front) much to the annoyance of hotshot drama teacher Danny Woods (Raza Jaffrey) and the indifference of his colleague Kenneth Farley-Pittman (Justin Edwards), who spends most of his time eating at the local Indian restaurant and sleeping under a desk. The show also stars Margaret Cabourne-Smith as the savvy science student Donna. The best episodes are the field trip where they set the house on fire or the time the science department dabbles in college radio: Colin writes a Doctor Who fan fic and Kenneth gets drunk on air and starts dropping in plugs for his favorite Indian restaurant into the mouths of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

I fell in love with this show right away. The jokes are tight and the acting is spot-on. It’s very mainstream with the live studio audience and the running gags (seriously, Kenneth loses his trousers in all six episodes!), but as far as mainstream audio comedy goes, this one is way up there. Highly recommended. The six episodes run 2 hours and 48 minutes and is currently available on Audible.


Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd. She lives and works in NYC. Follow her on Twitter.

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