Linda Smith's A Brief History Of Timewasting

Join Linda in her East London home, where she shares her daily routine with her near-resident builder, her nearly-dead neighbour and her rare collection of songbirds of Britain.

Comedy about life in an East London Tower block in 2001.

Episodes

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0101The Carpet Sweeper2001071220050406 (BBC7)
20050407 (BBC7)
20050414 (BBC7)
20081121 (BBC7)
20081122 (BBC7)
20101019 (BBC7)
20101020 (BBC7)
20101024 (BBC7)
20101025 (BBC7)
20110714 (BBC7)
20130616 (BBC7)
20160216 (BBC7)
20160217 (BBC7)

Join Linda in her East London home, where she shares her daily routine with her near-resident builder, her nearly-dead neighbour and her rare collection of songbirds of Britain.

Comedy about life in an East London Tower block in 2001.

Buying a new carpet sweeper for her neighbour turns into a major operation.

East London tower block comedy.

Buying a new carpet sweeper for her neighbour turns into a major operation. East London tower block comedy.

0101The Carpet Sweeper2001071220050406 (BBC7)
20050407 (BBC7)
20050414 (BBC7)
20081121 (BBC7)
20081122 (BBC7)
20101019 (BBC7)
20101020 (BBC7)
20101024 (BBC7)
20101025 (BBC7)
20110714 (BBC7)

Join Linda in her East London home, where she shares her daily routine with her near-resident builder, her nearly-dead neighbour and her rare collection of songbirds of Britain.

Comedy about life in an East London Tower block in 2001.

Buying a new carpet sweeper for her neighbour turns into a major operation.

East London tower block comedy.

0102East End Mafia2001071920030816 (BBC7)
20040430 (BBC7)
20050413 (BBC7)
20081128 (BBC7)
20081129 (BBC7)
20101026 (BBC7)
20101027 (BBC7)
20110721 (BBC7)
20130623 (BBC7)
20160223 (BBC7)

Linda gets caught up in the dodgy dealings of the East End mafia, headed by the elusive and notorious Don Estelle.

Linda goes to a Brit art exhibition and tries to get Betty's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

At an exhibition, Linda tries getting her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

At a Brit art exhibition, Linda tries getting her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

With Don Estelle.

From July 2001.

Linda gets a neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters valued, and falls afoul of the mafia.

At a Brit art exhibition, Linda tries getting her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters authenticated, and falls afoul of the mafia. With Don Estelle. From July 2001.

Linda gets her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters authenticated and falls foul of the dodgy East End Mafia, headed by the elusive and notorious Don Estelle.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John and Chris Neill. Special guest star: Don Estelle.

With Peter Donaldson as the radio announcer and Colin Sell at the piano.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.

0102East End Mafia2001071920030816 (BBC7)
20040430 (BBC7)
20050413 (BBC7)
20081128 (BBC7)
20081129 (BBC7)
20101026 (BBC7)
20101027 (BBC7)
20110721 (BBC7)

Linda gets caught up in the dodgy dealings of the East End mafia, headed by the elusive and notorious Don Estelle.

Linda goes to a Brit art exhibition and tries to get Betty's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

At an exhibition, Linda tries getting her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

At a Brit art exhibition, Linda tries getting her neighbour's Jack the Ripper letters valued.

With Don Estelle.

From July 2001.

0103Opera, Gas, And Gardening2001072620040507 (BBC7)
20050420 (BBC7)
20050421 (BBC7)
20081205 (BBC7)
20081206 (BBC7)
20101102 (BBC7)
20101103 (BBC7)
20110728 (BBC7)
20130630 (BBC7)
20160301 (BBC7)
20160302 (BBC7)

Corgi gas fitters, double-glazing salesmen and Alan Titchmarsh are all in the neighbourhood.

While her live-in builder, Chris, is busy with her sunken garden, Linda's getting on with her bird building collection.

Linda's live-in builder is busy with her sunken garden.

When Betty gets involved with Ground Force, an unlikely team of gardeners arrives.

When neighbour Betty gets involved with Ground Force, an unlikely team of gardeners arrives.

From July 2001.

When neighbour Betty gets involved with Ground Force, an unlikely team of gardeners arrives. With Jeremy Hardy. From July 2001.

When Linda's neighbour Betty invites the Ground Force team round, some unlikely gardeners arrive.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Jeremy Hardy, Hattie Hayridge, Martin Hyder, Margaret John and Chris Neill.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.

0103Opera, Gas, And Gardening2001072620040507 (BBC7)
20050420 (BBC7)
20050421 (BBC7)
20081205 (BBC7)
20081206 (BBC7)
20101102 (BBC7)
20101103 (BBC7)
20110728 (BBC7)

Corgi gas fitters, double-glazing salesmen and Alan Titchmarsh are all in the neighbourhood.

While her live-in builder, Chris, is busy with her sunken garden, Linda's getting on with her bird building collection.

Linda's live-in builder is busy with her sunken garden.

When Betty gets involved with Ground Force, an unlikely team of gardeners arrives.

When neighbour Betty gets involved with Ground Force, an unlikely team of gardeners arrives.

From July 2001.

0104A Day Trip To Romney Marsh2001080220040423 (BBC7)
20040514 (BBC7)
20050427 (BBC7)
20050428 (BBC7)
20081212 (BBC7)
20081213 (BBC7)
20101109 (BBC7)
20101110 (BBC7)
20110804 (BBC7)
20130707 (BBC7)
20160308 (BBC7)
20160309 (BBC7)

Linda and friends escape the heat of London and take a holiday beside the sea.

Linda leaves the cares of the East End behind her as she takes a day trip to Romney Marsh by taxi.

Linda and chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain.

From August 2001

With Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel.

Linda and chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain. From August 2001

Linda and chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain. With Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel. From August 2001.

Linda and her chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John, Chris Neill and Mark Steel.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.

0104A Day Trip To Romney Marsh2001080220040423 (BBC7)
20040514 (BBC7)
20050427 (BBC7)
20050428 (BBC7)
20081212 (BBC7)
20081213 (BBC7)
20101109 (BBC7)
20101110 (BBC7)
20110804 (BBC7)

Linda and friends escape the heat of London and take a holiday beside the sea.

Linda leaves the cares of the East End behind her as she takes a day trip to Romney Marsh by taxi.

Linda and chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain.

From August 2001

With Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel.

0105Coffins, Funerals And Nursing Homes2001080920081219 (BBC7)
20160315 (BBC7)
20160316 (BBC7)

Accompanying her neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco warrior.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John, Chris Neill and Rob Newman.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.

Accompanying neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco-warrior.

Linda gets a visit from Rob Newman and Jeremy Hardy. From August 2001.

0105Coffins, Funerals, And Nursing Homes2001080920040521 (BBC7)
20050504 (BBC7)
20050505 (BBC7)
20081219 (BBC7)
20081220 (BBC7)
20101116 (BBC7)
20101117 (BBC7)
20110811 (BBC7)
20130714 (BBC7)

Linda tries to break out of her daily routine, motivated by the antics of her live-in builder Chris and a request from her next-door neighbour to accompany her to a funeral.

Meanwhile, neighbour Betty is planning to build a mausoleum.

Linda gets a visit from Rob Newman and Jeremy Hardy.

From August 2001.

Accompanying neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco-warrior.

With Rob Newman.

Linda gets a visit from Rob Newman and Jeremy Hardy. From August 2001.

Accompanying neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco-warrior. With Rob Newman. From August 2001.

0105Coffins, Funerals, And Nursing Homes2001080920040521 (BBC7)
20050504 (BBC7)
20050505 (BBC7)
20081219 (BBC7)
20081220 (BBC7)
20101116 (BBC7)
20101117 (BBC7)
20110811 (BBC7)

Linda tries to break out of her daily routine, motivated by the antics of her live-in builder Chris and a request from her next-door neighbour to accompany her to a funeral.

Meanwhile, neighbour Betty is planning to build a mausoleum.

Linda gets a visit from Rob Newman and Jeremy Hardy.

From August 2001.

Accompanying neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco-warrior.

With Rob Newman.

01062001081620081226 (BBC7)
20160322 (BBC7)
20160323 (BBC7)

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame, and Betty's got worries.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame and neighbour Betty's got worries.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Martin Hyder, Margaret John, Chris Neill and Mark Steel.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.

0106 LAST999 Emergency2001081620040528 (BBC7)
20050511 (BBC7)
20050512 (BBC7)
20081226 (BBC7)
20081227 (BBC7)
20101123 (BBC7)
20101124 (BBC7)
20110901 (BBC7)
20130721 (BBC7)

Linda's builder is still procrastinating, her neighbour is still convinced she's probably moments from death, and Christmas is coming.

Linda's live-in builder does something stupid with a drill and becomes a TV star.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame and Betty has worries.

With Mark Steel.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame and Betty's got worries.

From August 2001.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame, and Betty's got worries. With Mark Steel. From August 2001.

0106 LAST999 Emergency2001081620040528 (BBC7)
20050511 (BBC7)
20050512 (BBC7)
20081226 (BBC7)
20081227 (BBC7)
20101123 (BBC7)
20101124 (BBC7)
20110901 (BBC7)

Linda's builder is still procrastinating, her neighbour is still convinced she's probably moments from death, and Christmas is coming.

Linda's live-in builder does something stupid with a drill and becomes a TV star.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame and Betty has worries.

With Mark Steel.

Linda's procrastinating live-in builder finds fame and Betty's got worries.

From August 2001.

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0201A Fragile Peace2002060420060627 (BBC7)
20060628 (BBC7)
20071215 (BBC7)
20071216 (BBC7)
20080122 (BBC7)
20080123 (BBC7)
20090102 (BBC7)
20090103 (BBC7)
20101130 (BBC7)
20101201 (BBC7)
20120221 (BBC7)
20160503 (BBC7)
20160504 (BBC7)
20160507 (BBC7)

Linda tries to broker a fragile peace between elderly neighbour Betty and live-in builder Chris.

Linda Smith.

Raconteur, comedian, writer, negotiator? Looks like it, as she brokers peace in our time.

The comedian must broker a peace deal between her builder and East London neighbour Betty.

With Jeremy Hardy.

From June 2002.

Linda attempts to broker a peace deal between her builder Chris and her neighbour Betty. With Jeremy Hardy. From June 2002.

Linda attempts to broker a peace deal between her builder Chris and her neighbour Betty.

Linda takes on the mantle of Kofi Annan as she tries to broker a fragile peace between her elderly neighbour Betty and live-in builder Chris. In the strife-torn streets of East London, can bingo and musical theatre ever be reconciled?

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John, Martin Hyder and Chris Neill.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.

0201A Fragile Peace2002060420060627 (BBC7)
20060628 (BBC7)
20071215 (BBC7)
20071216 (BBC7)
20080122 (BBC7)
20080123 (BBC7)
20090102 (BBC7)
20090103 (BBC7)
20101130 (BBC7)
20101201 (BBC7)
20120221 (BBC7)

Linda tries to broker a fragile peace between elderly neighbour Betty and live-in builder Chris.

Linda Smith.

Raconteur, comedian, writer, negotiator? Looks like it, as she brokers peace in our time.

The comedian must broker a peace deal between her builder and East London neighbour Betty.

With Jeremy Hardy.

From June 2002.

Linda attempts to broker a peace deal between her builder Chris and her neighbour Betty. With Jeremy Hardy. From June 2002.

Linda attempts to broker a peace deal between her builder Chris and her neighbour Betty.

0202Poltergeist2002061120060704 (BBC7)
20060705 (BBC7)
20080129 (BBC7)
20080130 (BBC7)
20090109 (BBC7)
20090110 (BBC7)
20101207 (BBC7)
20101208 (BBC7)
20101212 (BBC7)
20101213 (BBC7)
20120228 (BBC7)
20160510 (BBC7)
20160511 (BBC7)

Linda Smith's life of Riley is interrupted by an idle poltergeist after a Psychic Fayre, and live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted Gift.

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John, Martin Hyder and Chris Neill.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.

Linda's life of Riley is interrupted by an idle poltergeist after a Psychic Fayre, and live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

Linda Smith's 'life of Riley' is interrupted by an idle poltergeist after a Psychic Fayre.

A poltergeist is unleashed and the comedian's builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

A poltergeist is unleashed and the comedian's live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

A poltergeist is unleashed and Linda's live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

With Jeremy Hardy.

From June 2002.

A poltergeist is unleashed and Linda's builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

Timewasting.

A poltergeist is unleashed and Linda's live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift. With Jeremy Hardy. From June 2002.

0202Poltergeist2002061120060704 (BBC7)
20060705 (BBC7)
20080129 (BBC7)
20080130 (BBC7)
20090109 (BBC7)
20090110 (BBC7)
20101207 (BBC7)
20101208 (BBC7)
20101212 (BBC7)
20101213 (BBC7)
20120228 (BBC7)

Linda's life of Riley is interrupted by an idle poltergeist after a Psychic Fayre, and live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

Linda Smith's 'life of Riley' is interrupted by an idle poltergeist after a Psychic Fayre.

A poltergeist is unleashed and the comedian's builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

A poltergeist is unleashed and the comedian's live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

A poltergeist is unleashed and Linda's live-in builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

With Jeremy Hardy.

From June 2002.

A poltergeist is unleashed and Linda's builder Chris reveals an unwanted gift.

Timewasting.

0203Museum Of East End Life2002061820060711 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20080205 (BBC7)
20080206 (BBC7)
20090116 (BBC7)
20090117 (BBC7)
20101214 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)
20120306 (BBC7)

A new museum of East End life, shaped like an enormous upturned whelk cup, means more structural damage to Linda's laid-back lifestyle.

Linda finds her house transformed into a heritage centre when Chris finds his literary excursions thwarted.

Linda Smith finds her house transformed into a heritage centre when Chris finds his literary excursions thwarted.

An upturned whelk-shapid heritage centre causes more damage to the comedian's home-life.

An upturned whelk-shaped heritage centre causes more damage to the comedian's home-life.

With Jeremy Hardy.

0203Museum Of East End Life2002061820060711 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20080205 (BBC7)
20080206 (BBC7)
20090116 (BBC7)
20090117 (BBC7)
20101214 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)
20120306 (BBC7)
20160517 (BBC7)
20160518 (BBC7)

An upturned whelk-shaped heritage centre causes more damage to the comedian's home life.

A new museum of East End Life, shaped like an enormous upturned whelk cup, means more structural damage to Linda's laid-back lifestyle.

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John, Martin Hyder and Chris Neill.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.

Linda finds her house transformed into a heritage centre when Chris finds his literary excursions thwarted.

Linda Smith finds her house transformed into a heritage centre when Chris finds his literary excursions thwarted.

An upturned whelk-shapid heritage centre causes more damage to the comedian's home-life.

With Jeremy Hardy.

0204New Islington20080212 (BBC7)
20160524 (BBC7)
20160525 (BBC7)

With London's East End house prices going stratospheric, the comedian gets a valuation.

With London house prices going stratospheric in the East End, Linda gets a valuation.

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John and Chris Neill.

Special guest: Dillie Keane

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.

0204The New Islington2002062520060718 (BBC7)
20060719 (BBC7)
20080212 (BBC7)
20080213 (BBC7)
20090123 (BBC7)
20090124 (BBC7)
20101221 (BBC7)
20101222 (BBC7)
20120313 (BBC7)

Linda suddenly finds herself in 'The New Islington' as East End house prices go stratospheric.

With London's East End house prices going stratospheric, the comedian gets a valuation.

With Jeremy Hardy

0204The New Islington2002062520060718 (BBC7)
20060719 (BBC7)
20080212 (BBC7)
20080213 (BBC7)
20090123 (BBC7)
20090124 (BBC7)
20101221 (BBC7)
20101222 (BBC7)
20120313 (BBC7)

Linda suddenly finds herself in 'The New Islington' as East End house prices go stratospheric.

With London's East End house prices going stratospheric, the comedian gets a valuation.

With Jeremy Hardy

0205Neighbourhood Watch2002070220060725 (BBC7)
20060726 (BBC7)
20080219 (BBC7)
20080220 (BBC7)
20090130 (BBC7)
20090131 (BBC7)
20101228 (BBC7)
20101229 (BBC7)
20120320 (BBC7)
20160531 (BBC7)
20160601 (BBC7)

Sprung from his secure facility, can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise?

Linda's tortoise, Sir Cliff, has been sprung from his high security facility. Can the Neighbourhood Watch group find the culprit?

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John and Chris Neill.

Special guest: Dillie Keane

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.

The Neighbourhood Watch group faces its stiffest challenge when Linda's tortoise, Sir Cliff, is sprung from his high-security facility.

Linda Smith's tortoise, Sir Cliff, has been sprung from his high security facility.

Can Neighbourhood Watch find the culprit?

Sprung from his high-security facility, can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise?

Can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise?

Can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise? With Jeremy Hardy.

Sprung from his high-security facility, can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise? With Jeremy Hardy.

0205Neighbourhood Watch2002070220060725 (BBC7)
20060726 (BBC7)
20080219 (BBC7)
20080220 (BBC7)
20090130 (BBC7)
20090131 (BBC7)
20101228 (BBC7)
20101229 (BBC7)
20120320 (BBC7)

The Neighbourhood Watch group faces its stiffest challenge when Linda's tortoise, Sir Cliff, is sprung from his high-security facility.

Linda Smith's tortoise, Sir Cliff, has been sprung from his high security facility.

Can Neighbourhood Watch find the culprit?

Sprung from his high-security facility, can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise?

Can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise?

Can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise? With Jeremy Hardy.

Sprung from his high-security facility, can Neighbourhood Watch find Sir Cliff the tortoise? With Jeremy Hardy.

0206The End Of Timewasting2002070920080226 (BBC7)
20160607 (BBC7)
20160608 (BBC7)

Romance at the fair beckons for Chris and Sir Cliff the tortoise is due for a bionic refit

Sitcom written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John and Chris Neill.

Special guests: Kim Wall and Mia Soteriou.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.

0206 LASTThe End Of Timewasting2002070920060801 (BBC7)
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20120327 (BBC7)

The time wasting has run out for Linda, Maggie, Chris and Wara as we reach the last in the series.

A visit to the Hardbut Fair has romantic implications for Chris, and Sir Cliff the tortoise is about to get a refit.

Romance at the fair beckons for Chris and Sir Cliff the tortoise is due for a bionic refit.

With Jeremy Hardy.

0206 LASTThe End Of Timewasting2002070920060801 (BBC7)
20060802 (BBC7)
20080226 (BBC7)
20080227 (BBC7)
20090206 (BBC7)
20090207 (BBC7)
20110104 (BBC7)
20110105 (BBC7)
20120327 (BBC7)

The time wasting has run out for Linda, Maggie, Chris and Wara as we reach the last in the series.

A visit to the Hardbut Fair has romantic implications for Chris, and Sir Cliff the tortoise is about to get a refit.

Romance at the fair beckons for Chris and Sir Cliff the tortoise is due for a bionic refit.

With Jeremy Hardy.