A Brief History of Time Travel is a six-episode, original British radio-style sci-fi comedy.

Written and directed by Seb Patrick and James Hunt, the series stars Jon Shaw, Joanna Eliot, Henry Imbert, Ian Symes and special guest Robert Llewellyn as the Narrator.

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The Story

Thrown together by a combination of time, fate and administrative error, accountant Eric Street, genius inventor Professor Miles Wanderlust and temporal enforcement agent Nina Seventeen find themselves stuck in the past with a broken time machine – and worse, stuck with each other. Cursed to jump randomly through human history, and pursued by Oscar Quantum, a bumbling temporal enforcer who’s never been that good with dates, the trio blunder their way through a variety of historical settings, trying not to cause too much damage and hoping that they’ll eventually make it back to the future – assuming there’s still a future left when they get there!

A Brief History of Time Travel was the first UK-based sitcom to be successfully funded via Kickstarter, reaching its funding goal in November 2012. A fully independent production, it was written and recorded in the first half of 2013, and released in September of the same year.


The Episodes


A semantic misunderstanding during a routine audit flings accountant Eric Street and mad inventor Professor Miles Wanderlust back to the Stone Age – and when temporal agent Nina Seventeen arrives from the future, none of their lives will ever be the same.


The Professor accidentally inherits the works of the greatest playwright that ever lived – but the Bard’s scheming daughter has a plan to get them back. Meanwhile, Nina and Eric do battle with the Elizabethan postal system to try and avert their current crisis.


While Nina is mistaken for a goddess by the Emperor Nero, Eric and the Professor find themselves condemned to the gladiatorial arena. How will our heroes escape? And can they do so without starting any fires?


Time-travelling con-artist Rina Seventeen is all set to pull off the insurance scam of several lifetimes by faking the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart. It's a good job her twin sister isn't about to arrive, with two CIA agents hot on her tail. That would really confuse things.


1960s London – well, Ruislip, anyway – and Eric is surprised to discover that the younger version of his father is far more dashing than he remembers. Could his boring old dad actually have been a secret MI6 agent? And what will happen if he never meets Eric’s mum?


It’s 2013. Don’t get too attached to it, however: when Oscar and the CIA finally catch up with the gang and try to arrest Eric, his desperate actions cause a devastating time-quake. Are the gang’s adventures going to end before they’ve even technically begun?


The Cast

Jon Shaw as Eric Street

Jon trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Performing Arts. For the Royal Opera House he has recently appeared in Tosca, Don Carlo, La Fille du Regiment and Simon Boccanegra. His TV credits include The Royal (Yorkshire Television) and Doctors (BBC), and he also appeared in the London Sci-Fi Festival 48-Hour Film Competition-winning short film Future Inc.

Joanna Eliot as Agent Nina Seventeen

Joanna also trained at Webber Douglas Academy. Her film and TV work includes Beyond the Box (BBC), Margery & Gladys (ITV) and War Oratorio (Channel 4). She has extensive theatrical credits at venues including The Bush Theatre, The Mill at Sonning and Theatre Royal Bath, and is an experienced voice over artist currently voicing Gracie the Cat for Animal Friends and Danny in Sherlock Holmes 2 (Playstation 2).

Henry Imbert as Professor Miles Wanderlust

Henry is a writer, comedian and producer who has appeared on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, including performing as one half of the duo "Henry and Ian". His songs and sketches can be found on Youtube.

Ian Symes as Cadet Oscar Quantum

Ian is a writer, comedian and producer who has appeared on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, including performing as one half of the duo "Ian and Henry". He continues to appear regularly on the BBBOTS couch and vex Digital Spy.

Robert Llewellyn as The Narrator

Robert is a writer, actor and television presenter, most known for his role as Kryten in BBC and Dave’s sci-fi sitcom smash Red Dwarf, and for presenting the popular Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge. He has also written six novels, the latest of which, News From Gardenia, was released in 2013.