A Series of Psychotic Episodes
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|Other names||Series of Psychotic Episodes|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Home station||BBC Radio 7|
|Air dates||7 March 2007 to 23 November 2008|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (including pilot)|
A Series of Psychotic Episodes, also known as Series of Psychotic Episodes, is a Sony Award nominated surreal comedy sketch show broadcast on digital radio station BBC Radio 7, written by and starring Miriam Elia. Sketches include a spoof of children's television show Postman Pat called Postmodern Pat, a mosquito who has seen too many Hitchcock films, and "The Diary of Edward the Hamster (1990–1990)".
The programme was first broadcast as a pilot on 7 March 2007, as one of 10 entries for BBC Radio 7's "Witty and Twisted" competition. A Series of Psychotic Episodes won the competition and was awarded by having a full series, first broadcast on 2 November 2008. A second series has been commissioned and will be broadcast to BBC Radio 4.
A Series of Psychotic Episodes first began as a pilot for BBC Radio 7's "Witty and Twisted" competition. In the competition, a series of comedians were invited to create their own radio show pilots, the best of which would be commissioned for a full series. Elia's pilot first reached a shortlist of fifty, which was later reduced to ten finalists. Each finalist then recorded a new fifteen-minute pilot. The finalists' pilots were broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 7. Out of these, A Series of Psychotic Episodes was chosen as the winner and Elia awarded a series. One of the runners up, Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows written and performed by Stephen Carlin, was also given a full series.
After A Series of Psychotic Episodes was broadcast, it was nominated for the comedy award in the Sony Radio Academy Awards. This was seen as unusual, as the show was a single pilot performed by a relatively unknown comedian. However, it lost the award to Down the Line.
A Series of Psychotic Episodes has had positive reviews from critics. Harry Deansway from The Guardian said that Elia was a welcome change saying that: "Radio comedy is largely populated by plummy World Service voices doing skits that sound like unironic Mr Cholmondley-Warner sketches from Harry Enfield's TV series, so the different tone and voice of Miriam Elia's A Series Of Psychotic Episodes really stands out." However, Deansway also said, "the show's not quite the finished product, though it probably offers a glimpse into the future of British comedy."
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