King Street Junior

King Street Junior is a radio comedy which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between March 1985 and November 1998.[1] The show ran for ten series and the cast included Peter Davison[2], James Grout and Karl Howman. The series is written by Jim Eldridge.

King Street Junior
GenreRadio comedy
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
StarringPeter Davison (series 12)
Karl Howman (series 310)
James Grout
Created byJim Eldridge
Written byJim Eldridge (66 episodes)
Paul Copley (3 episodes)
Richard Stoneman (3 eps)
Martin Davies (2 episodes)
Andy Rashleigh {1 episode}
Ivan Shakespeare (1 ep)
Produced byJohn Fawcett Wilson
Original release25 March 1985 (1985-03-25) – 2 November 1998 (1998-11-02)
No. of series10
No. of episodes76
WebsiteKing Street Junior at BBC Radio 4 Extra

Research for the show was done at Newtown Road School in Carlisle.[3]

A continuation series aired in 2002 and was named King Street Junior Revisited.



Series 1

Broadcast in 1985

All episodes written by Jim Eldridge

  • The New School Year Starts Here
  • Redeployment
  • Crime And Punishment
  • The Principle Of The Thing
  • Scale Points
  • Language Units
  • Christmas At King Street

Series 2

Broadcast in 1987

  • Priorities
  • Dispute
  • Barn Dance
  • Problem Parents
  • The Sound Of Music
  • Assemblies
  • Parents' Evening
  • The Outing
  • Sports Day
  • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Series 3

Broadcast in 1988. Peter Davison's character is no longer in the show, having taken a position at another school; from here on is Karl Howman as Philip Sims.

  • Back To School
  • Fireworks
  • The Spirit Of Christmas
  • The History Game
  • Pressures
  • Facts Of Life
  • Under Canvas
  • The School Fete

Series 4

  • It's Only Rock'n'Roll
  • Closure
  • Opting Out
  • Fundraising
  • Health
  • The Succession
  • It's Not Cricket
  • That Old Time Religion

Series 5

Broadcast in 1990

  • D-Day Minus One
  • Is This A Career I See Before Me?
  • Good Times, Bad Times
  • Choices
  • Bon Voyage
  • Work
  • The Reunion

Series 6

  • In Real Terms
  • Travellers
  • Safety First
  • A Good Read
  • Emergency
  • A Day At The Centre
  • Thursday's Child
  • The Games Children Play

Series 7

Broadcast in 1992

  • Back In The Jug Again
  • Witch Hunt
  • Is There A Father Christmas?
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Horses For Courses
  • Beside The Seaside
  • Taking The Rap
  • Endings & Beginnings

Series 8

Back after a few years in 1995

  • Mr Chips - by Paul Copley
  • Settling In
  • Beginnings & Endings
  • Left Out, Roped In
  • Confusion - by Richard Stoneman
  • Internal Enquiries

Series 9

  • Responsibilities by Richard Stoneman
  • Danger Zone by Jim Eldridge
  • A Bridge To Afar by Paul Copley
  • Relative Value by Andy Rashleigh
  • With Love by Jim Eldridge
  • Crossed Lines Richard Stoneman
  • Financial Times by Paul Copley
  • Gridlocked by Jim Eldridge

Series 10

Broadcast in 1998

  • Proposals
  • The Rivals
  • Accusations
  • Target Practice
  • Incidental Music
  • Final Thoughts

Broadcast History

For most of its run, it was broadcast in Radio 4's lunchtime comedy slot at 12.27, with later series moving to a morning broadcast.[4] Repeats have also been aired on BBC Radio 7 and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Critical Reception

The series was described as follows:

An unassuming Radio 4 institution, this character sitcom-cum-light drama serial followed the working lives of a group of teachers at a small junior school in a multiracial area, and came from the pen of Jim Eldridge, himself a former teacher.



The ten series of the show are published by Penguin and available to purchase at Audible.[6]


Jim Eldridge, who created the show and wrote 87 episodes, also wrote a 2006 book, King Street Junior – The Inside Story, describing the history of the show including the behind-the-scenes conflicts.[3]


  1. Roy Fisher; Ann Harris; Christine Jarvis (2008). Education in Popular Culture: Telling Tales on Teachers And Learners. Routledge. p. 7.
  2. Slide, Anthony (1996). Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities. Greenwood. p. 57.
  3. "Jim lifts the lid on top radio drama". Cumberland News. 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013.
  4. Elmes, Simon (2009). And Now on Radio 4: A Celebration of the World's Best Radio Station. Random House. p. 132.
  5. "King Street Junior: radiohaha". radiohaha. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  6. "King Street Junior". Penguin. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
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