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The Sofa of Time

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Genre  Comedy-drama
Country  United Kingdom
Home station  BBC Radio 4
Running time  30 minutes
Language(s)  English
Starring  Nick Frost Matt King Mark Heap Julia Deakin Simon Pegg Peter Serafinowicz Joseph Marcell

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".

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. The series has never been made commercially available. In March 2009 BBC Radio 7 repeated the entire series over six consecutive nights.

Episode list

  • 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".
  • Soundtrack

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


    The Sofa of Time Wikipedia

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