Mark Steel

Mark Steel

Date of birth: 30-11-1960
Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up since 1983. For Radio 4, he has written and performed four series of both The Mark Steel Solution and The Mark Steel Lecture, which transferred to BBC4.

Mark has also hosted the BBC Radio 5 sports programme Extra Time, produced a weekly column for The Guardian and now does so for The Independent.

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Mark and Elliot Steel's sitcom picked up by Radio 4

Unite also stars Ivo Graham and Claire Skinner

Radio 4 has picked up the sitcom Unite - staring father-and-son comedians Mark and Elliot Steel – for a full series.

Four new episodes of the show will air from later this month, following a rerun of the pilot, originally made for  Radio 4's Comedy Playhouse season in January last year.

In what’s not a huge stretch of casting, Mark Steel plays Tony, a working-class, left-wing South Londoner, with Elliot as his disenfranchised Croydon 'rude boy’ son, Ashley.

The premise is that Tony falls in love with upper middle-class property developer Imogen, played by Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner, and with Ashley moves in with her and her Eton and Oxbridge-educated son, Gideon, played by Ivo Graham.

The Steels also wrote the show with  fellow comic Barry Castagnola, who is also the producer and director.

Susannah Fielding, from This Time With Alan Partridge, co-stars with fellow Partridge alumni Simon Greenall and Kevin Eldon,  plus comics including Naz Osmanoglu, Marcus Brigstocke, Jamali Maddix and Dave Johns   making appearances.

The first episode is repeated next Wednesday, June 16, followed by the new instalments at the same time every week.

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Published: 8 Jun 2021

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