Rudy's Rare Records

Sitcom set in the finest, feistiest, family-run old-school record shop in Birmingham.

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0101Take Me Home, Country Roads2008022620090427
20091108 (BBC7)
20120726 (BBC7)
20140211 (BBC7)

Granddad, father and son collide in this family sitcom set in a Birmingham record shop. Starring Lenny Henry.

Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker) owns an old record store in Birmingham - the last bastion of black music in Handsworth. When he suffers a 'heart attack', his neurotic, middle-aged, middle-class, divorcee son Adam (Lenny Henry) and 17-year-old grandson Richie (Joe Jacobs) come up from London to look after him.

Crammed together, living in the tiny flat above the shop, the three men are set to clash on a daily basis. While Rudy and Richie share a love of reggae and soul music, Adam is the odd one out - thanks to his tastes in classical music.

Written by Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell from an original idea by Lenny Henry. Produced by Lucy Armitage.

The first of four series originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. From 2008.

Granddad, father and son collide in a family sitcom set in a Birmingham record shop. Starring Lenny Henry. From February 2008.

Granddad, father and son collide in a family sitcom set in a Birmingham record shop.

0102Roots Manoeuvres2008030420090504
20091115 (BBC7)
20120802 (BBC7)
20140218 (BBC7)

Now living above the shop, Granddad, father and son collide over a local history exhibition. Stars Lenny Henry. From March 2008.

Now living above the shop, Grandad, father and son collide over a local history exhibition. Stars Lenny Henry. From March 2008.

Now living above the shop, Grandad, father and son collide over a history exhibition.

0103Get Up, Stand Up2008031120090511
20091122 (BBC7)
20120809 (BBC7)
20140225 (BBC7)

Three generations collide, with Granddad's part-time career as a DJ in jeopardy. Stars Lenny Henry. From March 2008.

Three generations collide - with Grandad's part-time career as a DJ in jeopardy. Stars Lenny Henry. From March 2008.

Three generations collide - with Grandad's part-time career as a DJ in jeopardy.

0104 LASTThe Heart Of Saturday Night2008031820090518
20091129 (BBC7)
20091206 (BBC7)
20091207 (BBC7)
20101220 (BBC7)
20120815 (BBC7)
20140304 (BBC7)

Grandad, father and son collide when burglars ransack their Birmingham shop.

Alison....Tracy-ann Oberman

Customers....Doc Brown, Colin Hoult.

Grandad, father and son collide when burglars ransack their Birmingham shop. Stars Lenny Henry. From March 2008.

0201Ill Communication2009101420100503
20110912 (BBC7)
20130609 (BBC7)
20140730 (BBC7)

Adam has a chance to tidy up the Birmingham shop, but will father Rudy get his revenge? Stars Lenny Henry. From October 2009.

It's Adam chance to tidy up the Birmingham shop, but will father Rudy get his revenge? Stars Lenny Henry. From October 2009.

Adam uses his dad's bout of flu as the perfect excuse to start tidying the shop; his dad uses it as the perfect excuse to take on nature's flu vaccine - Guinness and dominoes.

Adam uses his dad's bout of flu as the perfect excuse to start tidying the shop.

0202Oh Carolina2009102120100510
20110919 (BBC7)
20130616 (BBC7)
20140806 (BBC7)

Adam finally goes out on a date, but is the lady in question quite what she appears? Starring Lenny Henry. From October 2009.

Rudy is forced to hide his frustration when his son Adam is torn between a night in with self-assembly furniture and a night out with the most attractive customer in the shop.

Rudy is forced to hide his frustration towards Adam.

Sitcom by Danny Robins, set in the finest, feistiest, family-run record shop in Birmingham.

Adam - Lenny Henry

Rudy - Larrington Walker

Richie - Joe Jacobs

Tasha - Natasha Godfrey

Clifton - Jeffery Kissoon

Carolina - Claire Benedict

DJ Karel - Andrew Brooke.

0203Daddy Cool2009102820100517
20110926 (BBC7)
20130623 (BBC7)
20140813 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Danny Robins, set in the finest, feistiest, family-run record shop in Birmingham.

When his teenage son won't be seen in public with him, Adam is determined to prove that he's got what it takes to be cool. And his elderly dad, Rudy, is on hand to give some unexpected advice.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen....Claire Benedict

DJ Karel....Andrew Brooke

Tunde....Femi Elufowoju

Rapper....Doc Brown.

When his teenage son won't be seen in public with him, Adam is determined to prove that he's got what it takes to be cool.

And his elderly dad, Rudy, is on hand to give some unexpected advice.

When his son won't be seen in public with him, Adam is determined to prove that he's cool.

0204 LASTRide With Me2009110420100524
20111004 (BBC7)
20130630 (BBC7)
20140820 (BBC7)

Sitcom by Danny Robins, set in the finest, feistiest, family-run record shop in Birmingham.

Adam takes his mortality a little too seriously, and finds himself confronted with a little too much lycra.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

DJ Karel....Andrew Brooke.

Adam takes his mortality a little too seriously.

0301No Richie, No Cry2011011820140519
20150210 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

Adam and his Dad, Rudy attempt to fill the gap left by Richie having gone to University with Salsa evening classes.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Written by Danny Robins

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

Music used in this episode:

Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

Soon You'll Be Gone - The Blues Busters

River Jordan - Clancy Eccles with Hersang and The City Slickers

Ease My Mind - Arrested Development

Orinoco Flow - Enya

Be What You Are - The Staples Singers

Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby? - Marvin Gaye

High-Heel Sneakers - Eddie Floyd

Zun Zun Paloma - Vieja Trova Santiaguera

Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches and Herb

Leave Her Alone - Derrick Morgan

Amor De Loca Juventud - Buena Vista Social Club

Got My Mojo Working - Jimmy Smith

0302It's A Family Affair2011012520140526
20150217 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

While attempting a bit of spring cleaning, Adam discovers a bundle of long lost love letters addressed to his late Mum - and they're definitely not from his Dad.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Written by Danny Robins

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

Music used in this epsiode (in order)

Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

Put Yourself In My Place - The Elgins

Daddy Pop - Prince and The New Power Generation

Family Affair - Sly and The Family Stone

The Price Is Too High - Slim Harpo

It's You (Ska Version) - Toots and The Maytals

All Out To Get You - The Beat

Hard Man Fe Dead - Prince Buster

Love Me Forever - Carlton and The Shoes

0303Redemption Song2011020120140602
20150224 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

Thanks to some dodgy paperwork, Adam and Rudy are faced with the prospect of losing the lease on their shop in less than a year. Inspired by Rudy's claim that Bob Marley once cited Rudy's Rare Records as having the best toilet facilities in Birmingham, they take extreme action.

Written by Danny Robins

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Written by Danny Robins and Paula Hines

Music used in this episode (in order)

Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc

Nowhere to Run - Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

The Payback - James Brown

One Step Forward - Max Romeo

Do Like You - Stevie Wonder

You Have Been Drunk - Sammy and Drumbago's Band

Friend - Ziggy Marley

Three Little Birds (Karaoke In The Style of Bob Marley'- Highlight Karaoke)

Three Little Birds (original) - Bob Marley

Thanks to some dodgy paperwork, Adam and Rudy are faced with the prospect of losing the lease on their shop in less than a year.

Inspired by Rudy's claim that Bob Marley once cited Rudy's Rare Records as having the best toilet facilities in Birmingham, they take extreme action.

0304Rudy's Rare Record2011020820140616
20150303 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

With the discovery on one of the rarest records ever recorded on a dusty shelf at the back of the shop, Rudy, Adam and Richie each allow themselves to imagine what life would really be like if they were that rich. Turns out, their dreams are a bit premature...

Written by Paula Hines

Script Edited by Danny Robins

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Richie....Joe Jacobs

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Written by Danny Robins

Music used in this episode (in order)

Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

First I Look at The Purse - The Contours

Pass Out - Tinie Tempah

But I Feel Good - Groove Armada

Sure Hope You Mean It - Raphael Saadiq

Fool's Day - Lloyd Clarke

Jackpot - The Beat

Cottage in Negril - Tyrone Taylor

Beautiful Garden - Eric Morris

Holiday - Dizzee Rascal

The Beatles Got To Go - Keith and Ken

The Israelites' - Desmond Dekker (as hummed by Lenny)

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) - Sly and The Family Stone

In Spite Of All The Danger - The Quarrymen

Too Late - Eric Morris

With the discovery on one of the rarest records ever recorded on a dusty shelf at the back of the shop, Rudy, Adam and Richie each allow themselves to imagine what life would really be like if they were that rich.

Turns out, their dreams are a bit premature.

0305Lights Out2011021520140623
20150310 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

Rudy is determined to prove to his girlfriend Doreen that she's finally met her match. He's even persuaded Adam to keep out of the way while he cooks Doreen a romantic meal for her birthday. The power supply across the West Midlands, however, has even more surprising treats in store.

Written by Danny Robins

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

Rudy is determined to prove to his girlfriend Doreen that she's finally met her match.

He's even persuaded Adam to keep out of the way while he cooks Doreen a romantic meal for her birthday.

The power supply across the West Midlands, however, has even more surprising treats in store.

0306 LASTGirls And Boys2011022220140630
20150317 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

With Rudy about to tie the knot, it's party time - Adam style. Adam has created a wedding spreadsheet, and it's down to Richie to intervene to ensure that both the Stag Do, and Doreen's hen night, go off with a Rudy Sharpe Sizzle.

Written by Danny Robins and Paula Hines

Produced by Lucy Armitage.

With Rudy about to tie the knot, it's party time - Adam style.

Adam has created a wedding spreadsheet, and it's down to Richie to intervene to ensure that both the Stag Do, and Doreen's hen night, go off with a Rudy Sharpe Sizzle.

Adam - Lenny Henry

Rudy - Larrington Walker

Richie - Joe Jacobs

Tasha - Natasha Godfrey

Clifton - Jeffery Kissoon

Doreen - Claire Benedict

Music used in this episode (in order)

Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

If The Cap Fit - Bob Marley and The Wailers

Arguments - Protoje

Come To My Party - The Impressions

Milkshake - Kelis

Love Sex Magic - Ciara and Justin Timberlake

The Boogaloo Party - The Flamingoes

Just a Little - Liberty X

Rudy Girl - Laurel Aitken and Freetown

Summer Nights - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John (Grease Original Soundtrack/Silvascreen)

Agar Tum Na Hote - Lata Mangeshkar

The Boy Does Nothing - Alesha Dixon

Mere Achchey Piya - Lata Mangeshkar

Hot Dog (My Baby's Comin' Home) - The Four Shells

0401Three's A Crowd2012100920121016 (BBC7)
20160304 (BBC7)

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) which is leaving his best friend Clifton (Jeffery Kissoon) feeling left out.

Cast:

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Karen....Susie Riddell

Craig....Joe Sims

Written by Danny Robins

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

Tracks in this episode:

THE MAGIC NUMBER - DE LA SOUL

BUMP N GRIND - R KELLY

I'VE GOT TO GET AWAY - JOHN HOLT

RUDE BOY NUMBER - CUTTY RANKS

IT'S A MAN'S MAN'S MAN'S WORLD - JAMES BROWN

HONOUR YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER - DESMOND DEKKER

WHINE AND GRINE - THE BEAT

IRON LION ZION - BOB MARLEY

I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN - HORTENSE ELLIS AND PRINCE WEEDY.

Rudy and Doreen are enjoying married life. Adam isn't.

0402Best Local Business2012101620121023 (BBC7)
20160311 (BBC7)

EPISODE TWO: BEST LOCAL BUSINESS

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) which is leaving his best friend Clifton (Jeffery Kissoon) feeling left out.

But business is not booming and Adam enters a competition for the Best Local Business hoping the publicity and the prize money will give the record shop a much needed boost. It also means war between Rudy's Rare Records and Clifton's Blooms.

Adam - Lenny Henry

Rudy - Larrington Walker

Tasha - Natasha Godfrey

Doreen - Claire Benedict

Clifton - Jeffery Kissoon

Richie - Joe Jacobs

Darnell - Javone Prince

Secret Shopper - Sarah Thom

Ainsley Harriott - Himself

Twitch - Adam Nagaitis

Written by Paula Hines

Script Editor: Danny Robins

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

Music in this episode:

GET UP EDINA DESMOND DEKKER

RUN THIS TOWN JAY Z, RIHANNA and KANYE WEST

FUSSIN AND FIGHTING BOB MARLEY

BE PREPARED WINSTON SAMUEL

DON'T PLAY NO GAME

THAT I CAN'T WIN BEASTIE BOYS FEAT. SANTIGOLD

DO I WORRY DERRICK HARRIOT

NO FRIEND DELROY WILLIAMS.

Adam enters the record shop into a competition for Best Local Business.

0403Let It Grow2012102320121030 (BBC7)
20160318 (BBC7)

Episode 3: Let It Grow

Adam is keen to take on an allotment and work the land with his Dad, Rudy. Rudy would prefer a patio.

Adam hopes to bond with his Dad, Rudy, whilst they till the earth together on an allotment. However, Rudy prefers to chill with his best friend Clifton and only takes an interest when they spot a rare and illegal plant growing in the greenhouse.

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) which is leaving his best friend Clifton (Jeffery Kissoon) feeling left out.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Lucinda....Sarah Thom

Trader/Customer/Dealer....Adam Nagaitis

Written by Danny Robins

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

Music featured in this episode:

ZUNGGUZUNGGUGUZUNGGUZENG * YELLOW MAN

THE GATES OF ZION * THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS

INCREDIBLE * M BEAT FEAT. GENERAL LEVY

HERBAL DUB * KING TUBBY

RUMOURS * GREGORY ISAACS

CARRY GO BRING HOME * THE SELECTER

GIMME THE LIGHT * SEAN PAUL

HARD TIMES * LEO GRAHAM

RAPPER'S DELIGHT * SUGARHILL GANG.

Adam is keen to take on an allotment. His dad Rudy would prefer a patio.

0404It's Grim Up North2012103020121106 (BBC7)

Adam attends a business conference to network and is determined to leave his dad behind.

Adam attends a business conference to network and is determined to leave his Dad behind. He fails. Not only does Rudy attend but he knows the guest speaker.

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) who is enjoying the challenge of getting the Sharpe men in shape.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Bernard Sheedy...Justin Moorhouse

Brinsley Forde....Brinsley Forde

Katerina....Liza Sadovy

Attila/Receptionist....Adam Nagaitis

Written by Danny Robins

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

Music featured in this episode:

TRAIN TO SKAVILLE * THE ETHIOPIANS

RADIO * RAPHAEL SAADIQ

SHINE * ASWAD

SIMMER DOWN * BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS

SWEAT ( A LA LA LA LA LONG) * INNER CIRCLE

JAMAICA IS THE PLACE TO GO * CHARLIE BINGER AND HIS QUARTET

HOT IN HERE * NELLY

LET'S GET IT ON * MARVIN GAYE

RUBY SOHO * JIMMY CLIFF

BE PREPARED * WINSTON SAMUEL

DON'T TURN AROUND * ASWAD

PRESSURE DROP * TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS

GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA * THE SMITHS.

0405Miss Reenie Comes To Stay2012110620121113 (BBC7)

Adam's surprise birthday present for his dad backfires.

Adam has a surprise for his Dad's birthday - his sister Reenie! It backfires when Miss Reenie turns out to be the house guest from hell and plans to stay for 6 months.

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) which is leaving his best friend Clifton (Jeffery Kissoon) feeling left out - that is until Rudy's sister Miss Reenie comes to stay.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Doreen....Claire Benedict

Clifton....Jeffery Kissoon

Miss Reenie....Angela Wynter

RSPCA Man....Joe Sims

Written by Paula Hines

Script Editor: Danny Robins

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

SWEET JAMAICA * LORD KITCHENER

DANGER IN YOUR EYES * ASWAD

LORD A MASSIE MASSIE * DANNY D AND THE SHADOWS

NOT ME * ROBERT MITCHUM

GIRL I'VE GOT A DATE * ALTON ELLIS

I'M IN LOVE AGAIN * FATS DOMINO

TOP FORM/OLD MACDONALD * YELLOWMAN

SISTER LOVE * GREGORY ISAACS

BLACK WOMAN * SISTER CAROL

DANGEROUS * KARDINAL OFFISHALL and AKON.

0406 LASTSound Of Da Police2012111320121120 (BBC7)

When Doreen is mugged, Adam and Rudy react very differently.

When Doreen is mugged Adam and Rudy react very differently. Adam intends to become a role model for the community and Rudy intends to whack the mugger with a cricket bat.

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham. Starring Lenny Henry, Larrington Walker and some terrific tunes.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down at heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham - one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey). Rudy has recently married his long-term love interest Doreen (Claire Benedict) who is enjoying the challenge of getting the Sharpe men in shape - until she is shaken by a mugging.

Adam....Lenny Henry

Rudy....Larrington Walker

Tasha....Natasha Godfrey

Doreen....Claire Benedict

SGT Popper....Andrew Brooke

Hoodie....Adam Nagaitis

Hoodie 2....Joe Sims

MISS JAMAICA * JIMMY CLIFF

007 SHANTY TOWN* DESMOND DEKKER

SOUND OF DA POLICE * KRS ONE

POLICE OFFICER * SMILEY CULTURE

INFORMER * SNOW

WELCOME TO JAMROCK * DAMIAN MARLEY

TROUBLE IN THE TOWN * DANDY

POLICE AND THIEVES* JUNIOR MURVIN

GUNS OF BRIXTON* JIMMY CLIFF

RING THE ALARM* FU SCHNICKENS.