The Sofa of Time

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The Sofa of Time
Genre Comedy-drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Nick Frost
Matt King
Mark Heap
Julia Deakin
Simon Pegg
Peter Serafinowicz
Joseph Marcell
Created by Nick Frost
Matt King
Written by Nick Frost
Matt King
Original release 24 October 2002 – 28 November 2002
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Website BBC website

The Sofa of Time is a BBC Radio 4 fantasy comedy drama written by and starring Nick Frost and Matt King. It was first broadcast in 2002.


Milford (King) and Parker (Frost) get sacked from their jobs in a soft furnishings factory in Crouch End. As they are clearing out their lockers, they fall into the magical world of Gravia. Frost described Gravia as a "Tolkien-esque world with supermarkets and banks".[1]

There they meet Marmite the Dwarf (Mark Heap), who believes that Milford is "the chosen one" and has come at last to save the people from the evil emperor warlock Raamen Bod (Peter Serafinowicz), who plans to find the Sofa of Time, the most magical and powerful item of furniture in the entire universe, and use it for evil purposes.


The series features Spaced regulars Mark Heap, Julia Deakin, Peter Serafinowicz, and Simon Pegg as well as Kevin Eldon, Daisy Jones and Joseph Marcell. The series was produced by Mario Stylianides, for Talkback.

The BBC offered King and Frost a second series, but they declined as King had moved back to Australia.[2] The series has never been made commercially available. In March 2009 BBC Radio 7 repeated the entire series over six consecutive nights.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title First broadcast
1 There's a World in My Locker 24 October 2002
2 Where The Brave Go Shopping 31 October 2002
3 And the Hackett March On... 7 November 2002
4 Captain Chapel and the Crabs 14 November 2002
5 Night of the Sexicle 21 November 2002
6 Here Comes Bod 28 November 2002
  • Some sources (e.g. also list the alternative title "A Lovely Day in Tangleton" for episode two.
  • For the 2009 repeat, BBC Radio 7 listed episode one as "There's Gravy in My Locker".[3]


The soundtrack borrowed heavily from Maurice Jarre's score for Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth


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