Radio / Undone

"Strange is good."
Edna Turner

At three series (so far), this is one of the longest running comedy dramas made especially for BBC Radio 7. Undone tells the story of Edna Turner, and her new job in London. When she arrives to work for "Get Out!" Magazine, she discovers that there is a weirder version of London, called 'Undone'. She is given a second job, to patrol the gaps between, and stop the weirdness coming through, helped by her new friend and mentor, Tankerton Slopes.

In the first series finale, we discover the existence of many other parallel Londons, such as Donlon, a more boring version, or LONDON!, where everyone is an angry cockney. We also meet Edna's half-sister, Ida, and their father, The Prince. A forth series is expected some time in the future.


  • Alternate Universe Or, more specifically, Alternate Londons.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Each of the three series ends this way.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: The final scene of series 3, "I'm Golfer Mackenzie, and welcome to Undone."
  • Britain Is Only London: Oddly so for a British programme. There are many alternate versions of London, but the rest of England is rarely mentioned.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In series 2, we get an episode from (London) Carlo's bewildered point of view
  • Foreshadowing: Plenty of this throughout.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Except for the pilot, all the episode titles begin with "Un".
  • London Town: The show is set almost entirely within London. The stereotypes exist as alternate versions.
  • The London Underground: Heavily features in the 3rd series episode "Underground", surprisingly. Also, the first episode's title, "Mind the Gaps", comes from the Underground announcement.
  • Mineral Macguffin: The Gem, split into five Gemlets, a key part of series 2.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The final scene of the last episode "Unending" suggests that this applies to Golfer Mackenzie.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Mentioned as a possibility in the third series finale.
  • Unseen Audience: Series 3 finale. Edna has been telling this story to all the other characters, as a part of the Cancellation Point.