The Casebook Of Max And Ivan is written by and stars acclaimed double act Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez as a pair of down-at-heel private investigators, scratching a living pursuing weird and wonderful cases, ever fearful of falling foul of their psychotic landlord Malcolm McMichaelmas.
The four episode series begins airing on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 1st October at 7.15pm. Max and Ivan are joined by regulars Lolly Adefope, Lewis MacLeod and David Reed with special guests Joanna Lumley, Jason Watkins, Bridget Christie and Richard Wilson.
Episode 1 – Community Disservice
Max and Ivan investigate a series of mysterious thefts which threaten the very future of Nunhead Community Centre. To do this they must go undercover in the bizarre acting classes of chief suspect, washed-up former B-Movie actress Lavinia Moncrief (Joanna Lumley).
Episode 2 – Crime Writing Doesn’t Pay
Max and Ivan are contacted by the very dull white goods instruction manual writer Robert R. Roberts (Jason Watkins), who wants them to investigate a series of copycat crimes based on the erotic crime fiction novels he writes under the pseudonym Scarlett Melange.
Episode 3 – Cirque Du Solihull
Max and Ivan are called to help the penniless ringmaster of the crumbling Cirque Du Solihull (Bridget Christie). After a series of mysterious accidents the circus faces closure when the human cannonball cannon is stolen.
Episode 4 – Help! The Aged!
Max seems ready to jack in the business when he discovers that his Great Uncle Bernard (Richard Wilson) might be in trouble. But when they investigate his retirement home and meet the terrifying Sister Geraldine, all might not be as it seems.
The first series in 2015, featured comedy A-listers June Whitfield, Matt Lucas, Jessica Hynes and Reece Shearsmith as guest stars. A Special episode starring special guest Mark Heap was broadcast on Halloween 2016
Max and Ivan quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the live circuit. Their shows have been nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh and Melbourne comedy festivals, and they’ve appeared in TV shows including Pompidou, Badults and Blandings and in the roles of digital strategists Ben and Jerry who contribute almost nothing to meetings in BBC spoof W1A.
The series was commissioned by Radio 4 comedy commissioning editor Sioned Wiliam , produced by Ben Walker (Radio Academy Award-winning Here Be Dragons, The Now Show) and Executive Produced by Jon Rolph for Retort.