Drama of the Week

Drama of the Week

By BBC Radio 4

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

Episodes

The Citadel- Episode 1

The episode is set over 24 hours, where both doctors deal with unexpected events; Dr. Denny is shocked to receive a visit from a former soldier from his past, and worries that a potential epidemic is about to strike the valley, whilst Dr. Manson finds himself in a luxurious flat with an attractive woman. Find episode 2 on BBC Sounds. Dr. Andrew Manson ...................... Richard Fleeshman Phillip Denny ..................... Matthew Gravelle Christine Manson .................. Catrin Stewart Frank Trevithick ............ Carl Prekopp, Arthur Greenwood ......................Conrad Nelson Mrs. Roberts /Receptionist ................. Kath Weare, Eleanor/Bronwyn ..............Emily Pithon Gwyneth................ Charlotte Sienna Lee Written by Christopher Reason & Tom Needham. Producers: Pauline Harris and Gary Brown Directed by Pauline Harris
18/06/2143m 45s

Jude The Obscure - Episode 1

Sue Bridehead relates the story of Wessex stonemason, Jude Fawley, who aspires to be a scholar at the university of Christminster. But an early romance threatens to blow him off course. Starring Robert Emms, Kirsty Oswald, Elinor Coleman and Julius D'Silva. Dramatised by Graham White. Directed by Emma Harding Sue.....Kirsty Oswald Young Jude.....Hector Bateman-Harden Jude.....Robert Emms Drusilla.....Jane Slavin Arabella.....Elinor Coleman Phillotson.....Julius D’Silva Mrs Edlin.....Jessica Turner Troutham.....Tony Turner Taylor/ Shepherd...Nicholas Murchie Michael/ Carter 1/ Hawker.....David Sturzaker Anny.....Megan McInerney Miss Fontover.....Marilyn Nnadebe Carter 2/ Undergraduate....Joshua Riley Carter 3/ Undergraduate....Stewart Campbell Production Co-ordinator.....Maggie Olgiati Sound designer.....Caleb Knightley
04/06/2157m 39s

Hardy's Women: Two on a Tower

During 2021 on Radio 4, Hardy’s Women takes a fresh look at the novels of Thomas Hardy, through the eyes of some of his female protagonists. Two On A Tower Adapted by Anita Sullivan Viviette Constantine is isolated, trapped in a small village in England in the 1880’s. Her husband Sir Blount Constantine is brutal, but thankfully he has been away hunting lions for several years. Out walking one day, she meets Swithin, a beautiful kind young astronomer who shows her the stars, and when her husband is reported dead, finally their love can take its natural course. Hardy's scandalised his contemporary readers with this love story across age, class and legal barriers, settting "the emotional history of two infinitesimal lives against the stupendous background of the stellar universe." Tragically the stars, and their society are not aligned. CAST Lady Viviette Constantine - Olivia Poulet Swithin St Cleeve - Callum Scott Howells Louis Glanville - Tommy Sim’aan Tabitha Lark - Scarlett Courtney Bishop Helmsdale and Mr Cecil - Tony Turner Parson Torkingham - Keiron Self Haymoss and Sir Blount - Marc Danbury Mrs Martin and Mrs Poulter - Jane Slavin Directed by John Norton A BBC Cymru Wales production
28/05/2157m 59s

Opening Pandora's Box

How do you turn a celebrated silent film into an audio drama? Wedekind's controversial 19th Century Lulu plays formed the basis of the 1929 German movie, Pandora's Box. Its star, Louise Brooks, will forever be associated with her iconic performance as Lulu, the ultimate 'femme fatale'. 90 years on, writer Katie Hims wonders what on earth to do about Lulu. The Writer/Lulu ..... Kate O’Flynn Justin/Alwa ..... Joseph Ayre Simone/Geschwitz ..... Ayesha Antoine Kerry ..... Kerry Gooderson Dr. Schön ..... Tony Turner Schigolch ..... Michael Bertenshaw Piani ..... Ronny Jhutti The Kind-Faced Man ..... Christopher Harper Rodrigo ..... Don Gilet Dr. van Zarnikow ..... Sam Dale Charlotte ..... Franchi Webb Written by Katie Hims Original Music by Neil Brand Directed by Toby Swift This was originally aired on Radio 4.
21/05/2157m 59s

Hardy's Women: The Woodlanders - Part 2

Grace returns from her honeymoon, but her new husband, Dr Fitzpiers, is soon distracted. Ayeesha Menon's dramatisation of Thomas Hardy's novel of love, money and social ambition, tells the story from the perspective of Marty South. Marty South.....Katy Sobey Giles Winterbourne.....Oliver Hembrough Grace Melbury.....Holli Dempsey Edred Fitzpiers.....Sacha Dhawan George Melbury.....Nicholas Murchie Lucy Melbury.....Jane Slavin Barber Percomb.....Joshua Riley Felice Charmond.....Marilyn Nnadebe Grammer Oliver.....Jessica Turner Suke Damson.....Elinor Coleman Timothy Tangs.....Stewart Campbell John South.....Tony Turner Production Co-ordinator.....Maggie Olgiati Sound Design.....Peter Ringrose Directed by Emma Harding
14/05/211h 10m

Hardy's Women: The Woodlanders - Part 1

Marty South tells no one of her love for Giles Winterbourne in Thomas Hardy's story of ambition, money and missed chances. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Marty South.....Katy Sobey Giles Winterbourne.....Oliver Hembrough Grace Melbury.....Holli Dempsey Edred Fitzpiers.....Sacha Dhawan George Melbury.....Nicholas Murchie Lucy Melbury.....Jane Slavin Barber Percomb.....Joshua Riley Felice Charmond.....Marilyn Nnadebe Grammer Oliver.....Jessica Turner Suke Damson.....Elinor Coleman Timothy Tangs.....Stewart Campbell John South.....Tony Turner Production Co-ordinator.....Maggie Olgiati Sound Design.....Peter Ringrose Directed by Emma Harding
07/05/211h 9m

The 100-Year-Old Backstop

The Writers Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney wrote the play ‘My Left Nut’ which they also adapted as a BBC Three series in 2020. Their recent play ‘The Alternative’ was the winner of Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initiative. They were also part of BBC Writersroom’s ‘Belfast Voices’ 2019 development scheme. A BBC Northern Ireland production.
30/04/2129m 9s

Going Dark

In 1642, the lives of three actors are devastated by a theatre ban that will last 18 years. They witness the upheavals of plague, Civil War, Puritan persecution and the execution of their Royal patron, Charles I. Marcella Evaristi’s play celebrates the remarkable survival and ultimate Restoration triumph of these real-life friends who finally returned to the stage as celebrated players in 1660.
23/04/2144m 39s

Losing Paradise

By Stephanie Dale The UK’s first ‘environmental refugees’ are due to be displaced in the next 20 years. This is the story of Fairbourne, in North Wales. Fairbourne’s council has chosen to stop funding its coastal defences, so in a few years residents may be forced to leave their homes. Fairbourne’s story begins in the 19th Century, when mill owner Arthur McDougall created the idyllic holiday paradise. But his head builder – George Stevens – is plagued by dreams about what is to come. George…. Kieran Knowles McDougall…. John Dougall Seithenyn…. Sion Pritchard The Narrator…. Eiry Thomas The Earth…. Lisa Jen Brown Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
09/04/2144m 12s

The Margins

by Al Smith Mandy ..... Rebecca Front Ben ..... Billy Howle Cassie ..... Cecilia Appiah Mo ..... Calvin Demba Directed by Sally Avens When Ben takes his girlfriend back home he finds his mother has taken in a childhood friend and is about to disinherit Ben in his friend’s favour, hoping her act of charity will correct past sins. But the more the group unpick her choice, the more Ben’s mother finds herself unable to disentangle herself from a web of historic power, privilege and entitlement. Al Smith is an award winning playwright. His radio series Life Lines has won every major UK audio award. He was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. This was originally aired on Radio 4.
02/04/2157m 58s

Devoted

Devoted by Ray Connolly In 2020 writer Ray Connolly spent six months in hospital with Covid. As the virus attacked his body, he was, for much of the time, in a coma. Unaware of how doctors and nurses were saving his life, his mind was filled with fantasies. Only when he recovered did he discover that his wife, Plum, had sent daily bulletins on his condition to their children, some of which had made harrowing reading. Devoted is the story of how Plum would fear the ringing of the phone from the hospital, but also of how music was used to break into Ray’s coma and help nurse him back to health. Ray.............................Philip Jackson Plum..........................Alison Steadman Louise.......................Natalie Grady Dominic...................Matthew Gravelle Kieron......................Joseph Millson Nurse Hannah........Marilyn Nnadebe Newsreader............Leah Marks Director/Producer Gary Brown This was originally aired on R4.
26/03/2153m 2s

Another Place

By Siân Owen One mum’s struggle to connect to her severely deaf baby son. Lizzy finds out that Charlie might have a problem with his ears when he's three weeks old, after a routine neonatal screening. It could just be gunk. It could just be newborn gunk. That often happens. So they send him to get tested further. And it's at this test, when Charlie's six weeks old, wires stuck to his little head, that Lizzy sees the machine draw lines that make the audiologist stop smiling. This is the story of a mum’s quest to understand what being deaf means. Lizzy attempts to fill in the gaps for her son, not realising that he is already filling so many gaps for her - gaps she never even knew she had. ‘Another Place’ is the second audio drama for Radio 4 by writer Siân Owen, whose own son was born with a major permanent hearing loss. Lizzy…. Alexandria Riley Joel…. Matthew Gravelle Seren…. Carys Eleri Natasha…. Eiry Thomas Charlie…. Zachary Cox Directed by Carl Prekopp Produced by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
19/03/2144m 3s

Scenes from a Zombie Apocalypse

When the world goes off track, sometimes children understand it best. A persuasive modern horror story. Cast Bo ..... Orla Pearce Ellie ..... Eliza Pearce Bernadette Strange ..... Laura Elphinstone David Chase ..... David Sturzaker PC Blake ..... Nicholas Murchie PC Ackie ..... Marilyn Nnadebe Fiona ..... Jessica Turner Jerry ..... Tony Turner Man ..... Joshua Riley Alison ..... Elinor Coleman Shopkeeper/Saeed/Lawton ..... Hasan Dixon Mum /Paramedic ..... Jane Slavin Driver/Dr Simms ..... Stewart Campbell Written by Katie Hims and Paul Elliott Directed by Jessica Dromgoole
12/03/2144m 6s

The Ventriloquist's Dummy

No one seems to know what is wrong with Jess. No one but The Gut, that is. But Jess isn’t listening. Amanda Dalton’s drama documentary explores the history of ventriloquism, the relationship between mind and body and the mysterious wisdom of the gut. Jess.....CHRISTINE BOTTOMLEY Eurycles.....SANJEEV BHASKAR The Gut.....MEERA SYAL Programme Consultant Dr Nick Read Directed by Nadia Molinari This was originally aired on R4
05/03/2146m 26s

Murmuration

Darkly comic, heart-warming drama starring Christopher Eccleston. By Christine Entwisle.
26/02/2145m 10s

Life Class

By Rachel Joyce A young man bumps into Stella on the street and knocks her off her feet. He then utters the words "I didn't even see you." For Stella those words are more of a wound than the bruises on her face and she begins to question everything about her life. Stella ..... Sophie Thompson Doug ..... Roger Ringrose Hendrix ..... Luke MacGregor Art Teacher ..... Stefan Adegbola Monica ..... Jane Whittenshaw Stu ..... Hasan Dixon Ian ..... Ian Dunnett Jnr Directed by Tracey Neale As the years have gone by, Stella has begun to feel invisible. She doesn’t like it one bit and now it’s time for her to step out from the cloud that’s casting a shadow over her. It is time for Stella to claim something back. But what? Uplifting, poignant and delightful light comic touches in this Rachel Joyce drama about growing older and learning the art of forgiveness. Stella is played by Sophie Thompson. She has worked in television, audio drama, film and theatre. Her credits include - Four Weddings and A Funeral, Emma and Harry Potter. EastEnders, Detectorists and Sandylands. Sophie won an Oliver Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Into the Woods and was nominated for her role as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Roger Ringrose has worked in television, audio drama, film and theatre. Recent credits include the film - Scandal in '97, the TV series Berlin Station and for the theatre, Witness for the Prosecution. He has a number of audio drama credits including playing Mr Tulliver in The Mill on the Floss. Rachel won the Peter Tinniswood Award for To Be A Pilgrim which went on to become her award winning novel – The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – now in the process of being made into a film for Netflix. Her most recent published novels include The Music Shop and Miss Benson's Beetle in 2019. Her most recent audio drama was Christmas by the Lake.
19/02/2156m 29s

In the Search of the Severn Serpent

New drama by Annamaria Murphy. Dr Jelena Petrovic heads to Weston-super-Mare to investigate recent sightings of a Sea Serpent in the Severn. Why would people believe they have seen a plesiosaur when the most recent bones are 60 million years old? Or is there really something in the water? Starring Anamaria Marinca. Dr Jelena Petrovic - Anamaria Marinca Denny - Stuart McLoughlin Wanda - Abra Thompson Sylvia - Heather Craney David the Swimmer - John Cording Beach Comber - Ashleigh Haddad and Evan Davis as Evan Davis Based on an original idea by The Guerrilla Media Unit at Weston Artspace. Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Directed by John Norton A BBC Cymru Wales Production
12/02/2144m 43s

First Out

by David Eldridge Jim ..... Peter Sullivan Mike ..... Sam Troughton Teenage Jim ..... Tom Glenister Teenage Mike ..... Josh Barrow Jim as a child ..... Aaron Gelkoff Mike as a child ..... Bert Davis Director ..... Sally Avens Jim and Mike are identical twins. As children they were inseparable now they barely speak. With the arrival of the pandemic and the death of both their parents they are forced to confront their relationship. Over forty years we see what drove them apart and how both nature and nurture played their part. Can they overcome their entrenched views to concentrate on what they have in common? David Eldridge is a dramatist and screenwriter from Romford. His plays have been produced on the West End and Broadway. Stage work includes, The Knot of The Heart, In Basildon and Beginning. Radio work includes Jenny Lomas and Picture Man for which he won the Prix Europa. Peter Sullivan is a TV and stage actor. He was asked to join the National Theatre by Deborah Warner and has since worked with David Hare, Trevor Nunn, Tom Stoppard, Richard Eyre and in the award winning films Conspiracy (2001), Hancock & Joan (2008), Sex Traffic (2004) and State of Play (2003).Television includes The Borgias and Poldark. He will shortly be seen in Around The World in Eighty Days. Sam Troughton is a stage and screen actor. He has appeared in Robin Hood, Chernobyl and The Hollow Crown. He has worked extensively at the RSC and in 2017 he starred at the National in David Eldridge's play Beginning. He is about to appear in the film Mank directed by David Fincher.
05/02/2157m 55s

The Interrogation: Sandra

New series of popular and long-running crime drama by Roy Williams, with Kenneth Cranham and Alex Lanipekun as the interrogating detective team. Today the detectives interview Sandra, a local vicar with a challenging family. D.I. Max Matthews ..... Kenneth Cranham D.S. Sean Armitage ..... Alex Lanipekun Sandra ..... Emma Fielding Writer, Roy Williams Composer, David Pickvance Producer, Jessica Dromgoole Director, Mary Peate This was originally aired on Radio 4.
29/01/2144m 50s

Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad Adapted by Anita Sullivan A new adaptation of Conrad’s classic novel, reimagining it for the 21st Century. Maya is an environmental scientist, sent into the heart of the Congo Rainforest after contact is lost with a research team. But what was the nature of their research? And what has become of their charismatic team leader – Kurtz. Conrad's classic, reimagined as a 21st Century, immersive audio thriller. Award-winning radio dramatist, Anita Sullivan, reshapes the story for a world of deforestation and climate catastrophe. Maya…. Georgia Henshaw Leon…. Peter Bankole Blaise…. Jude Akuwudike Daisy…. Ashleigh Haddad Kurtz…. Stephen Hogan The Commissioner…. Steve Toussaint Script Consultant…. Ange Kasongo Lingala Consultant…. Tracey Nyemba Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
22/01/2157m 16s

Episode 6 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2126m 27s

Episode 5 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2120m 55s

Episode 4 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2125m 31s

Episode 3 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2122m 5s

Episode 2 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2119m 12s

Episode 1 - Peking Noir

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
10/01/2122m 1s

The Big Broadcast: Sex

Neil Brand's musical caper set in a Chicago radio station in 1937. When the station is threatened with closure by the League of Decency, Katharine Hepburn responds in style. Cast Katharine Hepburn ..... Susannah Fielding Cary Grant ..... Ian Conningham Arthur Clarke ..... Neil McCaul Barbara Meek ..... Bettrys Jones Ramona Fairfax ..... Heather Craney Jerry Soundguy ..... Hasan Dixon Preston Lanister ..... Clive Hayward Danny Folly ..... Franchi Webb Singer ..... Helen Neeves Singer ..... Nancy Cole Singer ..... Christopher Bowen Singer ..... Jimmy Holliday Foley ..... Alison Craig Written and composed by Neil Brand Directed by Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.
01/01/2128m 42s

Christmas by the Lake

Walter is 68 and Mary is 64. He is full of madcap ideas, she resists change. The only thing they have in common is they both hate Christmas. A story with a twist on the Christmas theme and it's classic Rachel Joyce territory – relationships, loss and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Mary ….. Niamh Cusack Walter ….. Robert Lindsay Helen ….. Cecilia Appiah Directed by Tracey Neale It is in the park that Mary first spots Walter. He's drowning in the Lake and she calls for help. When she returns a few days later, Walter is there and berates her for interfering - all he was trying to do was learn to swim. It's a bad beginning but then their conversation begins ... Mary is played by Niamh Cusack. Her television work includes Heartbeat, Father Brown and The Virtues. Her film credits include In Love with Alma Cogan. Niamh played Lady Macbeth for the RSC and most recently Lenu in the National Theatre's production of My Brilliant Friend. Walter is played by award winning actor, Robert Lindsay. His theatre work covers many roles for the RSC and musical theatre too. This includes Me and My Girl in which he played the lead role on both the West End and Broadway stage. His television work includes My Family, Citizen Smith and G.B.H. His most recent film role was playing King John in Maleficent 2. The award winning novelist Rachel Joyce had her sixth novel published earlier this year - Miss Benson's Beetle. Her first novel - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - began its life as a radio drama and was called To Be A Pilgrim. It won the Peter Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama. Her other novels include Perfect and The Music Shop. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Music Shop are now in development with Netflix.
25/12/2045m 15s

Dot and the Russian Dossier

By Ed Harris May, 1941. The future of the war hangs in the balance, and Dot has been selected for a most perilous mission. Ed Harris' witty wartime comedy sees Dot casting off the shackles of her desk job in the personnel department in Whitehall's War Rooms and entering the field of conflict. Disguise, deception and dastardly doings await. Dot . . . . . Fenella Woolgar Myrtle . . . . . Kate O'Flynn Peabody . . . . . David Acton Archie . . . . . Carl Prekopp Sister Frances . . . . . Clare Corbett Editing . . . . . Peter Ringrose Director . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko
18/12/2044m 55s

The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles: Series 10

The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles: Series 10, Episodes 1-5 Darleen and Jamie's little girl Frankie is starting school. This innovative and delightful drama is created in part through improvisation with the leading actors, Donna Lavin and Edmund Davies, who themselves have learning disabilities. Darleen - Donna Lavin Jamie - Edmund Davies Frankie - Beatrix Baxter Mrs. Goode - Jenny Platt Treena - Lorraine Ashbourne Stacy - Millie Kinsey Written by Esther Wilson Produced and directed by Pauline Harris This was originally aired on R4
11/12/201h 9m

Fare

Fare by Tony Schumacher Just a normal night for a taxi driver. Hoping that the next fare will be easy and hassle free. But then a dodgy geezer and his girlfriend climb in. All attitude and matching nylon tracksuits, they pay him big money to drive around. And it turns out not to be a normal night after all. The Driver..... Mark Womack Mikey.............. Mike Noble Leanne......... Sade Malone The Kid........ Sacha Parkinson Producer/Director Gary Brown This is Tony Schumacher's first radio play. His TV series 'The Responder -, starring Martin Freeman - airs on BBC 2 next year. This was originally aired on R4
04/12/2045m 27s

Electric Decade: The Good Soldier

By Ford Maddox Ford Adapted by Sebastian Baczkiewicz A new adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford’s classic novel. John Dowell is the original unreliable narrator in a twisted tale of sex, money and murder. John Dowell (Kyle Soller) recounts the ‘saddest story ever told’, in which ‘good soldier’ Edward Ashburnham's libido leaves countless lives in ruins. Sharp, menacing and ultimately deadly, The Good Soldier can be seen as the prototype for the psychosexual drama. In charge of the story is Dowell - the impotent, voyeuristic husband of Florence, whose love affair with Edward ultimately ends in tragedy. But how much can we trust Dowell’s account of events? How does he know such intimate details of his wife’s affair? And who is really responsible for the dramatic tragedies that hang over the story? Of The Good Soldier Graham Greene said, 'I don't know how many times in nearly forty years I have come back to this novel'. While Julian Barnes simply described it as 'a masterpiece'. John Dowell…. Kyle Soller Florence Dowell…. Tonya Cornelisse Edward Ashburnham…. Patrick Baladi Leonora Ashburnham…. Fiona O’Shaughnessy Major Hazleton…. Mark Bonnar Nancy Rufford…. Ashna Rabheru Jimmy Doyle…. Ronan Summers Maisie Maidan…. Cecilia Appiah Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
27/11/2057m 46s

Blue Thunder

Padraic Walsh’s gripping family drama about lives spinning out of control. In small-town Ireland, a father and his two adult sons are holed up in a minibus for the night. There’s no escape when the home truths start flying. Brian ….. Gary Lilburn Dara ….. Stephen Jones Ray ….. Paul Reid Directed by Gemma Jenkins Blue Thunder won the Innovation Award at the VAULT Awards in 2019. Padraic’s debut audio drama Foxes was shortlisted for Best Original Drama at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards. He’s been the recipient of the Walter Swan Trust Playwriting Award and was writer on attachment at The Oxford Playhouse. This was originally aired on Radio 4.
20/11/2044m 42s

Keeping the Wolf Out: Mad Dog

The return of Philip Palmer's crime drama set in Hungary in 1964. The fearsome former secret policeman Tibor Farkas is back in charge of the Ministry, where he is Franciska's new boss. Bertalan Lazar ..... Leo Bill Franciska Lazar ..... Clare Corbett Tibor Farkas ..... Andy Linden Gyozo Novak ..... Carl Prekopp Florian Hevesi ..... Luke Nunn Sandor Boros ..... Stephen Greif Pathologist ..... Jane Whittenshaw Cop ..... Stefan Adegbola Mother ..... Emma Handy Directed by Toby Swift This was originally aired on Radio 4.
13/11/2044m 36s

The Piper- Episode 1

New podcast thriller starring Tamzin Outhwaite, with a soundtrack by Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan. This is episode 1, and you can find all other episodes on BBC Sounds. When strange music makes a girl vanish, a detective and her daughter uncover a terrifying force. Written by Vickie Donoghue and Natalie Mitchell, directed by Kate Rowland and produced by Russell Finch. Ali - Tamzin Outhwaite Ivy - Charlee Lou Borthwick Poppy - Rosalina McDonagh Bobby - Coco Awork Stella - Kacey Ainsworth Eric - Kassius Carey Johnson Sanjay - Manpreet Bachu Rita - Shiloh Coke Kev - Andrew Tiernan Baxter - Mark Lockyer Paul - Deka Walmsley Scott - Rob Jarvis Thanh - Nhu Huynh Lesley - Natalie Mitchell Ben - Macready Massey Magda - Anamaria Marinca Ruth - Holly Hazelton
12/11/2028m 13s

Tracks: Abyss. Episode 1

By Matthew Broughton. The final series of the conspiracy thriller begins. Dr Helen Ash is coming to terms with the fact she has just 9 months to live, when she’s emailed a video of a boat mysteriously sinking in stormy seas. And the email is from her dead father. A gripping thriller, Tracks was the first drama to hit the top of the iTunes podcast chart back in 2017. It went on to win Best Sound (BBC Audio Drama Awards) and Best Fiction (British Podcast Awards). Now Tracks is back with a fifth and final 9 part series. All four previous series of Tracks are available now in full on BBC Sounds. Helen… Olivia Poulet Freddy…. Jonathan Forbes Eddy…. Mark Bonnar Lucy…. Kiran Sonia Sawar Yvonne…. Bettrys Jones Cancer Specialist…. Finlay Robertson Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
30/10/2044m 15s

Pilgrim: The Timbermoor Imp (Part 1)

A Hallowe'en adventure for the immortal mediator. Pilgrim donates an impossibly valuable artwork to Timbermoor museum, to keep it open and maintaining a particular shabby exhibit. Cast William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton John Wayne ..... Stefan Adegbola Rabbit Owens ..... Louis Jay Jordan Amy Lister ..... Charlotte East Piper Lawrence ..... Katie Redford Vaughan Richards ..... Luke Nunn Eddie/Mr Buttoner ..... Roger Ringrose Sally Mop ..... Jane Whittenshaw Janice Wayne ..... Ellie Piercy Ginger Richards ..... Emma Handy Writer, Sebastian Baczkiewicz Directors, Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.
23/10/2044m 38s

Fault Lines: Sex - Episode 1, Winter Jasmine

Fault Lines: Sex Winter Jasmine by Kathrine Smith Inspired by Zola's Rougon-Macquart novels, this second season of dramas explores contemporary Britain through the lens of sex. With failing health, Constance is losing heart. Her carer Misha plots to lift her spirits by revamping her garden but the arrival of Kim has unexpected consequences for them both. Constance - Glenda Jackson Misha - Mina Anwar Kim - T'Nia Miller Written by Kathrine Smith Produced and directed by Pauline Harris This was originally aired on R4.You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
16/10/2044m 54s

Children of the Stones

Mia Brake and her archaeometrist father Adam move to Milbury, a village framed by an ancient stone circle. But all is not right in Milbury. The stones emit a strange power. The villagers are eerily happy, greeting each other with the unnerving phrase "Happy Day!" And at the village school the other children can solve incredibly complex mathematical problems. As one-by-one her friends join the Happy People, Mia must uncover the secret of the stones. Children of the Stones is a new adaptation of the cult 1977 television series - described by comedian Stewart Lee as 'the scariest programme ever made for children.' Cast: Mia Brake ...................India Brown Adam Brake ..............Steve Oram Laces ............................Ralph Ineson Rafiq ............................Jairaj Varsani Jess ..............................Teddie Malleson-Allen Tom………………………Louis Suc Producer/director: Simon Barnard Writers: AK Benedict and Guy Adams, based upon the television serial by Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray. Sound Designer: Richard Fox Music: Edwin Sykes A Bafflegab Production for BBC Radio 4 This was originally aired on Radio 4.
16/10/2013m 55s

Deacon: Gabriel's Feast

By Edson Burton. The enigmatic drifter returns. Deacon is called back to our world to help a lost soul, but despite his years and wisdom, he is struggling to read the signs. Grace fled her war-torn homeland and has taken refuge in a strange community on the fringes of Bristol. But what is it that drives their leader Gabriel? What are they preparing for? Can Grace overcome her paralysing fear? Will Deacon realise what is happening in time? Or has he finally met his match? This third episode of Deacon unfolds in the spaces between inner city Bristol and the nether world. Starring Don Warrington. Deacon - Don Warrington Grace - Diana Yekinni Gabriel – Richard Pepple Khan - Ikky Elyas Max/ Legba – Marc Danbury Directed by John Norton A BBC Cymru Wales Production
09/10/2044m 13s

The Hotel

Daisy Johnson's deliciously unsettling series of ghost stories, set in a remote hotel on the Fens. Daisy Johnson is a British novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Everything Under, was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, making her the youngest nominee in the prize's history. Reader - episode 1 ... Sara Kestelman Reader - episode 2 ... Nicola Walker Producer ... Justine Willett This was originally aired on Radio 4.
27/09/2028m 44s

Life Lines - Series 4

Al Smith's award-winning drama series set in an ambulance control room where Carrie the call handler must deal with heart-stopping situations. Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway Will ..... Rick Warden Ian ..... Mike Jibson Naomi/Martina ….. Clare Corbett Robin ….. Samuel James Ange ….. Jane Whittenshaw Iris ….. Cecilia Appiah George ….. Michael Bertenshaw Hugh ….. Carl Prekopp Theo ….. Aaron Gelkoff Phoebe ….. Charlotte East Karl ….. Luke Nunn Polly ….. Scarlett Brookes Connor ….. Lloyd Hutchinson Fergus ….. Ian Dunnett Jr Directed by Sally Avens This was originally aired on Radio 4.
18/09/201h 10m

Trust 1/3 - W.A.L.T

Trust by Jonathan Hall. Ep 1 W.A.L.T Yvette Miller is the acting head of an inner city school in Salford that has just joined Quays Academy Trust, a successful group of academy schools headed by the charismatic Sir Ken Bishop. He is a keen advocate of freedom from the shackles of the Local Education Authority. Yvette is a reluctant convert. How will the school fit in? Yvette ..... Julie Hesmondhalgh Sir Ken ..... Jonathan Keeble Andy ..... Rupert Hill Tim ..... Ashley Margolis Joy/ Tannoy ..... Susan Twist Sidrah ..... Purvi Parmar Emily ..... Molly Ehrenberg-Peters Director/Producer Gary Brown This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
11/09/2045m 13s

On a Lost Highway

By Ed Thomas Remi wakes on a road with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A vivid exploration of identity and sanity from one of Wales' best living playwrights. Rakie Ayola, Richard Harrignton and Sian Phillips DBE lead the cast in this dark, immersive sonic fable about what it means to be human in 2020. It tells the story of Remi who must try to piece together the fragments of her mind, work out who she is… and what went wrong. Part of Radio 4's season of drama celebrating some of the most significant writers working in radio with 12 original pieces, On a Lost Highway is also the first audio drama production recorded in BBC Wales’ brand new headquarters in Cardiff's Central Square. Back in 1954 Dylan Thomas revolutionised the world of Radio Drama with the inaugural broadcast of Under Milk Wood. Now BBC Wales’ brand new Dylan Thomas Audio Drama Studio aims to take the medium in new and exciting directions. Though it’s been named in honour of the legendary Welsh poet, the studio looks to the future, not the past. The pace of change in audio is fast – podcasting has created a new frontier for audio innovation – and in their new home, BBC Audio Drama Wales aim to continue to push the evolution of the form. Ed Thomas is a playwright, director and producer whose award winning work has been widely distributed to over 100 countries. Most recently, Ed wrote and co directed On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court in a highly successful co-production with National Theatre Wales starring Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola. Ed is the founder and creative director of film and TV production company Fiction Factory and co-creator of the TV series Hinterland. His plays have toured all over the UK, Europe, Australia and South America and translated into more than 10 languages. Remi.... Rakie Ayola The Lover.... Richard Harrington Mother.... Sian Phillips The Stranger.... Valene Kane Johnny Grecco.... Ronan Summers Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
05/09/2057m 38s

Power Out Part1/2

If this is power, then POWER OUT What happens when the power system we’re hooked up to fails? When things we thought were solid, that we thought would protect us, fail? A new thriller about power and protest on a dying planet, starring Vinnie Heaven and written by Sarah Woods. Sean …… Vinnie Heaven Xarea …… Jeanette Percival Skimmer …… Ayden Brouwers Qiqi …… Celia Dominguez Cathy …… Deb McAndrew Mr Graham …… Jason Done Sameera …… Bhavna Limbachia Moth .........Saul Woods MP/Phil …… Jonathan Keeble Bar Person/ Max......Ashley Margolis Directed by Susan Roberts Recorded in binaural sound to give you a fully immersive sound experience when listening on headphones. A BBC Drama North Production. This was originally aired on R4. You can find all 10 podcast episodes of Power Out on BBC Sounds.
28/08/2044m 38s

And Other Stories: Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield’s best-loved short stories fully dramatised in two box-sets. This first instalment contains three surprising love stories. Marriage a la Mode, where Isabel’s new friends come between her and husband William. Something Childish and Very Natural, where Henry and Edna meet and fall in love, just as passionately as they always hoped they might. Bliss, where Bertha’s life is dedicated to happiness, and her will for happiness folds around every experience, until this one. Daughters of the Late Colonel, where Jug and Con's fear of their father’s disapproval continues even after he has died. The Garden Party, where Laura learns, briefly, the awful gap between her class and that of a dead neighbour on the day of her mother’s garden party. Life of Ma Parker, where the cleaner for a Literary Gentleman discovers she has absolutely nowhere to grieve when her grandson dies. Her First Ball, where Leila learns that the joy of a ball, and of being young and free, is short-lived and destined to end. Cast Marriage a la Mode: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Ellie Piercy ..... Isabel Carl Prekopp ..... William Charlotte East ..... Moira Ian Dunnett Jr ..... Bobby Joel MacCormack ..... Dennis Luke Nunn ..... Vendor Eliza Pearce ..... Paddy Orla Pearce ..... Jonny Something Childish but Very Natural: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Joel MacCormack ..... Henry Cecilia Appiah ..... Edna Eliza Pearce ..... Moth Girl Bliss: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Charlotte East ..... Bertha Luke Nunn ..... Harry Ellie Piercy ..... Pearl Joel MacCormack ..... Eddie Cecilia Appiah ..... Mary Ian Dunnett Jr ..... Mr Norman Knight Daughters of the Late Colonel: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rosie Cavaliero ..... Josephine Clare Corbett ..... Constantia Michael Bertenshaw ..... The Late Colonel Cecilia Appiah ..... Kate Carl Prekopp ..... Mr Farolles Charlotte East ..... Nurse Andrews Luke Nunn ..... Cyril The Garden Party: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Cecilia Appiah ..... Laura Rosie Cavaliero ..... Mrs Sheridan Michael Bertenshaw ..... Mr Sheridan Luke Nunn ..... Laurie Rose Basista ..... Cook Clare Corbett ..... Sadie Carl Prekopp ..... Man Charlotte East ..... Josie Life of Ma Parker: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rosie Cavaliero ..... Ma Parker Michael Bertenshaw ..... Literary Gentleman Carl Prekopp ..... Doctor Orla Pearce ..... Lennie Her First Ball: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rose Basista ..... Leila Cecilia Appiah ..... Laura Carl Prekopp ..... Man 1 & 3 Charlotte East ..... Josie Luke Nunn ..... Man 2 Michael Bertenshaw ..... Old Man Dramatised by Katie Hims Sound by Peter Ringrose Directed by Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.
21/08/201h 54m

No Place But the Water Episode 1

Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world. There is a hotel on the edge of the water, run by a messy family of dreamers in the middle of nowhere. There is also a pig called Barking. But the food is running out and Birdie thinks they are being watched. When there is no place but the water, where do you go? JESSIE ..... Sade Malone BIRDIE ..... Poppy O’Brien THE ANGEL ..... Vinette Robinson MAURICE ..... Pearce Quigley GIL ..... Rupert Hill LAURIE/SELENE ..... Jenny Platt Directed by Nadia Molinari Programme Consultants: Dr James M Lea and Dr Ian Dawson ‘No Place but the Water’ is a speculative drama series that explores what the world might look like after the Western Antarctic melts and also asks questions about how we offer hospitality to refugees, how we live closer to the planet when we are forced to and what exactly becomes vital when very little remains. It captures a magical-realist world that is also filled with ghosts. There is a sense of danger, not only of the rising water but also that some terrible act has already happened on the island before their arrival. The hotel itself is a character, sometimes offering its secrets but also stalking the family with its sighs and bells, secret places and shadows of what happened in the past. Ultimately the family discover that the hotel and the forest beyond it, hold the hope of a new kind of life. This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
14/08/2044m 3s

Graveyards in My Closet

By Daf James When Daf was 11 he made a momentous discovery about his grandparents. The true story of a dark family secret. In 1931 Daf’s Nan was five years old; her father took her to her grandparents’ house in the mountains of North Wales and told her that her mother was dead. He then left her there and never came back. This event sparked a lifetime of secrets that reverberated across the last century. Today, Daf wrestles with the story; but he’s not sure whose story it is, where it truly starts or what any of it means. Armed with a cast of actors, and the help of his dad, Daf sets out to explore the skeletons in his family’s closet. Daf James is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, composer and performer working in both English and Welsh. As a screenwriter he is part of the 2019 BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme. Graveyards in My Closet is a follow-up to his Radio 4 drama My Mother Taught Me How to Sing. Narrator …. Daf James Little Daf …. Fflyn Edwards Mam Aberteifi …. Siw Hughes Hanna …. Carys Eleri Grandad …. Ifan Huw Dafydd Douglas …. Himself Nigel Owens.... Himself Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
07/08/2044m 5s

Bird in the Sky

Emma Jane Kirby investigates the extraordinary mystery of 23-year-old Sergeant Paul Meyer, a successful, respected mechanic in the US Air Force who, at the height of the Cold War in 1969, stole a plane from his base in East Anglia and disappeared mid-flight. What made the airman crack so suddenly and why was neither his plane nor his body ever recovered? Paul . . . . . Adam Gillen Jane . . . . . Julianna Jennings Colonel Kingery . . . . . Elliot Cowan Sergeant Alexander . . . . . Ewan Bailey Sergeant Johnson . . . . . Joseph Ayre Sergeant Vince . . . . . Joe Jameson Director . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko This was originally aired on Radio 4.
31/07/2044m 52s

The Debrief

By Katherine Jakeways The debrief is a common phenomenon – that moment when you leave a social event, climb into the car, or the taxi, or onto the bus and start to gossip with your partner about the evening's events. Hannah and Mark love a debrief, we find them in the aftermath of an event with lots to get their teeth into. Writer Katherine Jakeways has been described by the Radio Times as ‘the next Victoria Wood’. Of her Radio 4 series ‘Where this Service will…’ the Guardian said “Jakeway's writing was sublime. The punchlines, the pacing, the humanity.” Hannah ….. Rebecca Humphries Mark ….. Tom Basden Graham.....Michael Bertenshaw Finn ….. Milo Robinson Poppy …. Juno Robinson Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
24/07/201h 8m

Goblin Market

Christina Rossetti's iconic Victorian poem of passion and redemption dramatised, and woven with original song, and testimony from sisters whose lives have been caught up in the cycle of addiction. Cast Christina Rossetti ..... Ellie Piercy Laura ..... Kathleen Cranham Lizzie ..... Anjana Vasan Goblins ..... Ed Gaughan, Joel MacCormack & Chris Lew Kum Hoi Children ..... Eliza & Orla Pearce. Singers ..... Stephen Jeffes, Tom Raskin & Edward Price Singing producer ..... Jonathan Manners. Composer ..... James Maloney Sound ..... Peter Ringrose Documentary producer ..... Georgia Catt Adapted & directed ..... Jessica Dromgoole Notes Sometimes mistaken for a children’s poem, Goblin Market is a complex and elusive treatment of addiction, sexual awakening, religious fervour and love. Sharing the music and acoustic of the romantic whirlwind of the poem with testimony stories of modern addiction and protection adds to its power and relevance. The programme reflects on the real pain and trauma often overlooked in the poem, and at the same time, sees the poetry and depth in real experiences of addiction and salvation. Created and recorded in lockdown, with the actors and singers all in separate acoustically protected rooms, and the interviewees all recording themselves, the programme is testament to the skills of the sound engineer, and the enduring truth that anything is possible in audio drama. This was originally aired on Radio 4.
17/07/2057m 58s

Tristram Shandy: In Development by Christopher Douglas

We're in the studios of Awesome Sauce , where an audio drama workshop - and podcast - is being recorded to thrash out a way of telling the bawdy, iconoclastic and impossibly digressive eighteenth century novel Tristram Shandy. It's an opportunity, says award winning producer Philippa Lauriston, to discover an entirely new way of doing radio drama. The creative team also includes the actors who will play the novel's main characters. And there is a rumour that a very famous actor will be joining the throng. Everyone has their own theories about how to approach this game-changing venture. What could possibly go wrong? Jason..................................Tim McInnerny Philippa..............................Monica Dolan Chris....................................Christopher Douglas Rosie.................................Mina Anwar Clare..................................Emily Pithon Johnny/Gary...............................Simon Greenall Roberta/Sam.........................Nicola Sanderson Director/Producer Gary Brown. 'Tristram Shandy' is a famous eighteenth century novel by Laurence Sterne. Ostensibly a picaresque about Tristram, its many hilarious digressions and bawdy interludes have made it a classic. It is also a satire on the act of telling a story - and a plea for people to be allowed to tell their stories in their own way. This was originally aired on R4
10/07/2056m 45s

Electric Decade: Cane

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age. Cane by Jean Toomer is a fragmented portrait of the American South which lurches between poetry, story and drama. A landmark in African-American literature, Cane is dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh, featuring an all-star cast and original music by Soul legend Carleen Anderson. CAST Carleen Anderson Peter Bankole Pippa Bennett-Warner Saffron Coomber Alfred Enoch Clarke Peters Sule Rimi Danielle Vitalis with original music by Carleen Anderson. Directed by John Norton A BBC Cymru Wales Production
26/06/2058m 3s

How Success Ruined Me

Roy Hudd and Christopher Green discover the perils of applause in a comic conversation at Wilton's Music Hall, where they tell the lost story of music hall idol Fred Barnes. Fred was a queer icon and music hall star 'in the Greek style', who topped the national circuit in 1911. At the height of his fame, he would be seen about town in his trademark white suit and hat, with a pet marmoset on his shoulder. But Fred's tragic family history, sudden success and enormous wealth were too hard to handle. His addictions and flamboyant offstage adventures proved his ruin, and after being branded 'a menace to His Majesty's fighting forces', Fred was banned from the stage by his employers. He sold his memoir 'How Success Ruined Me' to the papers, but was last seen in Southend pubs, singing any song for a drink - now with a chicken perched on his shoulder. Chris and Roy play out (and argue about, and rewrite) the vital moments from Fred's private and public life, while reflecting frankly on the perils of applause, addiction and identity in their own performing lives - with jokes, chat and songs. Roy Hudd, OBE, died in March 2020. Words and music by Christopher Green Christopher Green ..... himself Roy Hudd ..... himself Matthew Todd ..... himself with John Orchard on the piano Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting. This was originally aired on Radio 4.
19/06/2045m 30s

The Jester of Astapovo

Nothing happens in Astapovo, an isolated little place in the vast Russian countryside. Until the day a very unwell Count Leo Tolstoy arrives at the little railway station with the Countess - and the hungry Russian press pack - on his trail. Rose Tremain's dramatisation of her own short story is based on real events. Ivan ..... John Lightbody Anna ..... Maggie Service Countess Tolstoya ..... Barbara Flynn Chertkov ..... Ewan Bailey Dushan ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi Count Leo Tolstoy/Dmitri ..... Roger Ringrose Sound ..... Caleb Knightley Directed by Marc Beeby Written by Rose Tremain This was originally aired on Radio 4.
12/06/2045m 13s

An Accident that Wasn't Your Fault

by Margaret Perry. A chance encounter in a random phonecall may prove good fortune or bad luck for Jess and Lydia. A sweet romance about taking control of destiny. Cast Lydia ..... Charlotte O'Leary Jess ..... Vanessa Schofield Gary ..... John Dougall Jess' Mum ..... Maggie Service Sharon ..... Elizabeth Counsell Catherine ..... Bettrys Jones Nate ..... Hasan Dixon Writer, Margaret Perry Director, Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.
05/06/2044m 52s

A Run in the Park Episode One

A group of strangers in Belfast have formed a running group, determined to go from absolute beginners to completing a 5K Parkrun in just nine weeks. As their shared runs get longer and tougher, friendships are forged and relationships challenged. But will any of them actually make it over the finish line? Young couple Brendan and Angela are running from their doubts about their rapidly approaching wedding; librarian Cathy is in pursuit of a new life following a health scare; Syrian refugee Yana races from the trauma of her past; and recent retiree Maurice is determined to get fit for his family, step by painful step, even if he’s not actually part of their lives right now… Writer ..... David Park Reader ..... Des McAleer Producer ..... Michael Shannon
29/05/2014m 51s

Pilgrim: Woolmere Water

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz Episode 3: Woolmere Walter Pilgrim is forced assist a mismatched couple in their very unusual courtship. William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton Norah ..... Michelle Terry Michael ..... Ralf Little Handley ..... Joel MacCormack Sterne ..... Peter Hamilton Dyer Fran ..... Priyanga Burford Daddy ..... Michael Bertenshaw Piano ..... Colin Guthrie Directed by Marc Beeby This was originally aired on Radio 4 on 5th December 2013.
22/05/2045m 8s

The Life Cycle of Ospreys

It's 400 years since ospreys have bred in the Peak District, and David takes his voluntary job of guarding the eggs very seriously. But, he's none too happy about the arrival of Louise, his clueless new volunteer, who's only there under duress… David - Henry Goodman Louise - Sally Messham Written by Jane Wainwright Produced and directed by Pauline Harris Show less
15/05/2045m 46s

The Citadel

The Citadel written by Christopher Reason and Tom Needham. Based on the novel by A J Cronin. It's 1929, and Denny indirectly causes Manson's young daughter Gwyneth to have an accident, leading to drastic action. Dr Manson - Rupert Hill Dr Denny - Matthew Gravelle Christine/Rose - Jenny Platt Ivan Brice - Joe Belham Returning Officer/Bryn the Book - Gerrard Fletcher Gwyneth - Charlotte Sienna Lee Announcer/Referee/Tom Evans - Jason Done Aled Evans - James Kelly Director - Gary Brown Producers - Pauline Harris and Gary Brown This was originally aired on Radio 4.
08/05/201h 9m

Curious Under the Stars: Things of Stone

By Alan Harris The latest series of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast. Diane returns to the village to find Gareth and Emlyn are running the pub into the ground. And then disaster strikes. Starring Emma Sidi (Pls Like), Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey) and Richard Elis (Coronation Street). Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Gareth.... Richard Elis Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Matty.... Siw Hughes The Ghost…. Owain Gwynn Anwen.... Juno Robinson Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
24/04/201h 8m

The Mill on the Floss - Part 2

George Eliot's story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up on the River Floss
17/04/201h 11m

Marian and George

Marian Evans (aka George Eliot) has to make an impossible choice – between the brother she loves and the love of her life, between respectability and social scandal, between duty and the freedom to write. Lia Williams and Tom Goodman-Hill star in Anna Linstrum's biographical drama. Directed by Emma Harding Marian.....Lia Williams George Henry Lewes.....Tom Goodman-Hill Isaac.....John Lightbody Young Mary Anne.....Maddie Evans Young Isaac....Aaron Gelkoff Chapman.....Sargon Yelda Elisabeth/ Mrs Evans.....Maggie Service Susannah.....Bettrys Jones Printer/ Porter.....Hasan Dixon This drama was originally aired on Radio 4.
10/04/2043m 52s

The Mill on the Floss - Part 1

George Eliot's story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up on the River Floss
10/04/201h 10m

Settlers

Funny and touching rom-com in space. By Adam Usden, starring Laura Aikman & Tom Rosenthal
03/04/2044m 0s

The Blackrock Girl Part One

A drama about the arrival of a delightful single woman (Fenella Woolgar) who deceives a village community into believing she has moved there to get her life back on track.
27/03/2045m 9s

Edith Sitwell in Scarborough

Dame Edith - Glenda Jackson Miss Edith - Bella Ramsey Lady Ida - Julia Davis Sir George - Jonathan Keeble Moat - Roger Ringrose Written by Mary Cooper from an idea by Lavinia Murray Produced and directed by Pauline Harris
20/03/2044m 53s

Body Horror | Drama of the Week Special

What price a new body? A dystopian thriller set in 2050 when London can cater for all your transplant needs. But can a new body ever fulfil the life-changing expectations of lowly mortician Caroline McAleese? Starring Jill Halfpenny and developed through the Wellcome Trust Experimental stories scheme. Listen in full on BBC Sounds.
13/03/2023m 45s

Only Mountains

Maxine Peake's drama about a young British woman fighting on the frontline in Syria.
13/03/201h 27m

This Thing of Darkness

Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne. Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes. In this compelling drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family. A week after 19 year-old Jamie's murder, Dr Alex Bridges interviews the members of his family. Cast: Alex ... Lolita Chakrabarti Hannah ... Jessica Hardwick David ... Robin Laing Laura... Shauna Macdonald Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams A BBC Scotland Production directed by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams This was originally aired on BBC Radio 4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
28/02/2044m 47s

Fault Lines: Money, Sex and Blood- A Not Nice Girl

A Not Nice Girl Fault Lines: Money, Sex and BloodSeries 1: Money Episode 1 of 6 A Not Nice Girl by Christopher Reason Constance is the mother to Miles Sterling, one of the richest men in Britain. He's accrued his fortune in oil and plastics. Miles is treading a fine line between reputability and disrepute, and when a dark secret comes to light it puts his whole career in the balance. Constance - Glenda Jackson Miles - Robert Glenister Rufus - Jonathan Keeble Rachel/Janet - Fiona Clarke Lydia - Heather Craney Gabriel - Hasan Dixon Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris Listen to the whole series on BBC Sounds.
21/02/2057m 52s

24 Kildare Road Omnibus - Part 2

Two boys out sledging in their local park find the body of an old woman in the snow. Gradually, through exchanges between members of the woman's family, between friends and between people she has only met briefly, we learn what led her to that point. A moving and entertaining account of modern life and loves. PC Hayley Morton is desperate to discover the identity of the body. Omnibus of the last five of ten episodes. Marion ..... Marcia Warren Lee ..... Neil Dudgeon Saskia ..... Amelia Bullmore Joe ..... John Rowe Hayley ..... Christine Bottomley Baxter ..... Will Kirk Mick ..... David Reed Young Woman ..... Scarlett Courtney Phil ..... Ian Conningham Shirley ..... Heather Craney Directed by Mary Peate Written by Katie Hims This was originally aired on Radio 4.
14/02/201h 8m

24 Kildare Road Omnibus - Part 1

Two boys out sledging in their local park find the body of an old woman in the snow. We move backwards and forwards in time meeting people the old woman has met, her friends and her family, to discover what led her to this point. All the characters connected to the woman have their own stories which combine to form a moving account of modern life and loves. Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes. Ryan ..... Harry Grasby Jackson ..... Aaron Gelkoff Mick ..... David Reed Hayley ..... Christine Marion ..... Marcia Warren Ozzy ..... Ikky Elyas Ned ..... Will Kirk Call Handler ..... Scarlett Courtney Bloke/Phil ..... Ian Conningham Kadija ..... Nahel Tzegai Pat/Shirley ..... Heather Craney Rose ..... Jessica Turner Frank/Taxi Driver ..... Neil McCaul Zoe ..... Amanda Wilkin Eve ..... Sinead MacInnes Eli/Ben ..... Greg Jones Directed by Mary Peate Written by Katie Hims
07/02/201h 8m

The Trial of the Well of Loneliness

Radclyffe Hall's pioneering novel about love between women becomes the centre of a 1928 obscenity trial. It remains an iconic portrayal of lesbian relationships and contains the passionate plea: "Give us also the right to our existence." Drama by Shelley Silas, starring Kate Fleetwood and Anastasia Hille. Part of the Riot Girls season of dramas. Directed by Emma Harding Radclyffe Hall ..... Kate Fleetwood Una, Lady Troubridge ..... Anastasia Hille Stephen Gordon ..... Laura Christy Gilchrist Thompson ..... Will Kirk Sir Chartres Biron ..... Neil McCaul Eustace Fulton ..... Clive Hayward Norman Birkett ..... Rick Warden James Melville ..... Tony Turner Desmond McCarthy ..... Greg Jones Court Clerk ..... Adam Courting Court Actress ..... Scarlett Courtney Puddle ..... Jessica Turner Additional research documents courtesy of Morris Ernst Papers, Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin.
31/01/2057m 21s

Magnitsky the Musical

Johnny Flynn and Robert Hudson bring us a musical based on the incredible story of an American venture capitalist, a Russian tax advisor, a crazy heist, the Trump Tower meeting and the very rule of law. Blending music and satire, the story explores the truths and fictions surrounding the origins and aftershocks of the Magnitsky Act; global legislation which allows governments to sanction those who they see as offenders of human rights. It tells the story of a tax adviser’s struggle to uncover a huge tax fraud, his imprisonment by the very authorities he is investigating, and the American financier’s crusade for justice. Johnny Flynn, Paul Chahidi and members of the cast perform songs in an epic story that explores democracy, corruption, and how we undervalue the law at our peril. Bill . . . . . Paul Chahidi Sergei . . . . . Johnny Flynn Jamie . . . . . Fenella Woolgar Natalia . . . . . Ellie Kendrick Kuznetsov . . . . . Gus Brown Guard . . . . . Clive Hayward Silchenko . . . . . Ian Conningham Jared . . . . . Will Kirk Fisherman . . . . . Neil McCaul Judge . . . . . Jessica Turner Additional singing by Sinead MacInnes, Laura Christy, Scarlett Courtney and Lucy Reynolds. The cellist is Joe Zeitlin. Sound is by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. This was originally aired on Radio 3.
17/01/201h 34m

My Dad’s Wardrobe

by Frazer Flintham. A comedic adventure about a 12 year old boy's attempts to recover his dad's clothes. But there's much more to Louie's mission than merely getting out of trouble. Louie ..... Aaron Gelkoff John ..... Luca Evans Mum .... Heather Craney Sam ..... Ikky Elyas Dad ..... Clive Hayward Clodd ..... Gerard McDermott Dean ..... Will Kirk Mary ..... Lucy Reynolds Charity shop man ..... Neil McCaul Librarian ..... Jessica Turner Park-Keeper ..... Adam Courting Heather ..... Sinead MacInnes Park woman ..... Laura Christy T-Shirt girl ..... Scarlett Courtney Swimming coach ..... Greg Jones Director: David Hunter
10/01/2044m 26s

Eight Point Nine Nine

What if doping were allowed in athletics? How much faster could we go? And at what cost? A timely retelling of the Julian Mason scandal, one year on from the closure of Project Hermes, the controversial doping program that enabled Mason to run the 100m in under nine seconds. What drove the scientists at the heart of the project? What made the athletes sign up? And who was to blame when things went wrong? A searing investigation into the risks and rewards of pushing the boundaries of sport science, from the award-winning partnership of James Fritz and Becky Ripley. Starring: Samuel Anderson as Darren Jones, Clare Perkins as Janelle Mason, Kwabena Ansah as Julian Mason and Chetna Pandya as Dr Bansri Shukla. This was originally aired on BBC Radio 4.
03/01/2044m 23s

The Christmas Present

Everyone is excited about Christmas, except Stephen. When Stephen tells a man dressed in a Santa suit that he wishes his life could be simpler, he doesn’t expect to have to time travel to discover how. Ben Crompton's feel-good, warm hearted drama full of Christmas spirit. STEPHEN.....Ben Crompton; YOUNG STEPHEN.....Albie Crompton; HOLLY.....Christine Bottomley; IVY.....Poppy O’Brien; FATHER CHRISTMAS/FRANK.....Stephen Marzella; PHIL/ GAVIN.....Graeme Hawley; RUDY/ MAX.....Chris Jack All other parts played by the cast. Directed by Nadia Molinari
27/12/1944m 43s

Fake Heiress

Reporting by Vicky Baker Drama by Chloe Moss Anna Delvey was due to come into a trust fund of $67m on her 26th birthday. She was on her way to establishing the Anna Delvey Foundation, a multi-million dollar visual-arts centre in the heart of New York City. She filled her time with champagne brunches and stays in penthouse suites, as she wined and dined the New York elites to secure investment for her project. It all sounded wonderful. Except, it was all a lie. Behind Anna Delvey, the heiress, was Anna Sorokin, the recent magazine intern. Out of nothing, this otherwise unremarkable twenty-something had reinvented herself as a multi-millionaire socialite, conning businesses and friends out of thousands of dollars in the process. But how? How did she manage to live a life of luxury for so long? How did she make anyone believe her story? How did she get people to trust her enough to give her their money? Journalist Vicky Baker and playwright Chloe Moss dig deeper into the New York scandal, and mix drama with documentary to tell the story of Anna Delvey's rise and fall. Anna is played by Bella Dayne Other parts are played by Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Heather Craney, Will Kirk, Scarlett Courtney, Neil McCaul, Clive Hayward, Ian Conningham, Lucy Reynolds, Adam Courting, Greg Jones, Laura Christy, Jessica Turner, Ikky Elyas, Sinead MacInnes. Director: Sasha Yevtushenko You can find the rest of the podcast series on BBC Sounds.
20/12/1927m 26s

This Is Your Country Now, Too: Mira

Dramatised by Claudine Toutoungi. Mira Hamermesh's real-life story of her escape at fourteen from Nazi-occupied Poland to Palestine, is dramatised by Claudine Toutoungi from Mira's memoir "The River Of Angry Dogs". In 1939, when she was fourteen, Mira Hamermesh woke up one day to find that her country had been wiped off the map. The Nazi-Soviet pact saw the opposing armies invade Poland from West and East. Mira's home city of Lodz was soon occupied by the German army, and her Jewish family were placed under restrictions. Mira begins to dream of joining her sister Genia, who had left the previous year for Palestine. So like thousands of others, Mira risks her life to cross the Soviet border, with her big brother Mietek for protection. But her extraordinary journey is only just beginning. Mira soon finds herself alone in a maze of shifting borders, lies and danger. And as she struggles to find a way to Palestine, how could she begin to guess what's happening to her parents, in the Lodz ghetto? Mira . . . . Pooky Quesnel Young Mira . . . . Scarlett Courtney Mietek . . . . Will Kirk Genia . . . . Laura Christy Mary . . . . Jessica Turner Mother . . . . Heather Craney Kostia . . . . Neil McCaul Giora . . . . Sinead MacInnes Mr Silverstein . . . . Clive Hayward Interpreter . . . . Lucy Reynolds Jakov . . . . Adam Courting Pavel . . . . Ian Conningham Rafael . . . . Greg Jones Prisoner . . . . Ikky Elyas Theme music by Jack Newton. Series idea by Nick Kent with Jack Bradley. With grateful thanks to Jeremy Coopman. Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.
13/12/1944m 50s

Curious Under the Stars - The Arrivals

First in the latest series of the comedy drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast. By Annamaria Murphy. Gareth and Diane's baby arrives early on the 302 bus into town, but that's not the only new arrival about to land in Glan Don. As the lives of the pub landlords are thrown into turmoil, up at the castle sleeping dragons are stirring. Starring Elis James (Josh), Emma Sidi (W1A) and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey). Gareth.... Elis James Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production.
06/12/1944m 37s

Life Lines

By Al Smith Producer/Director, Sally Avens Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway Ian ..... Michael Jibson Will ..... Rick Warden Frances ..... Rebecca Root Jenny ..... Sinead MacInnes Flo ..... Laura Christy Craig ..... Will Kirk Paramedic ..... Scarlett Courtney The Bystander ..... Ikky Elyas Bill ..... Clive Hayward Arthur ..... Neil McCaul Chris ..... Jonny Holden Mike ..... Greg Jones Martin ..... Shaun Mason Darren ..... Michael Ajao Monica ..... Amelia Lowdell Peter ..... Jonjo O’Neill
29/11/191h 9m

The National: Episode 1

by Sarah Wooley 1963. Sir Laurence Olivier becomes the first Artistic Director of the National Theatre. But there are many political battles ahead, not least with his lieutenant, the critic Kenneth Tynan Sir Laurence Olivier . . . Robert Glenister Kenneth Tynan . . . John Heffernan Lord Chandos . . . Michael Pennington Cecil Tennant . . . Neil McCaul Diana Boddington . . . Scarlett Courtney Stephen Arlen . . . Will Kirk Harry . . . Rick Warden Neville . . . Greg Jones Peter O'Toole . . . Jonny Holden Reporter . . . Clive Hayward Directed by Marc Beeby The first of three dramas about the birth of the National Theatre. Funded at huge cost to the taxpayer, the “theatre to end all theatres” was front page news in its early years. Running it was a high stakes political business as much as it was an artistic one. Never before had one theatre been the focus for such relentless national debate about the relationship between the arts, government, press and the public. From its inception at the Old Vic to the opening of the Olivier Theatre in the National’s eventual home at the South Bank, from the fall of Macmillan to the rise of Thatcher, the series follows the legendary players in a fast-moving, entertaining saga. Big personalities clash and ambition, greed and power fight with artistic integrity and wider cultural responsibilities. Writer Sarah Wooley has an impressive record of dynamic, character-driven factual drama including 'A Nice Little Holiday' about John Osborne, 'Victim', about Dirk Bogarde and the making of the film of the same name, and 'Fifteen' about Andy Warhol.
22/11/1944m 23s

The Pallisers Episode One of Three (Series One)

Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Dramatised by Mike Harris. Episode 1 A pacy, radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England. Vivacious 19-year-old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older, conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser. Life should be good, but she is in love with someone else - the wastrel Burgo Fitzgerald. Starring Jessica Raine as Lady Glencora Palliser. Cora .... Jessica Raine; Plantagenet ..... Tim McMullan; Phineas Finn ..... Edward MacLiam; Burgo ..... Blake Ritson; Violet ..... Scarlett Courtney; Marie Goesler ..... Melody Grove; Kennedy/Slide ..... Neil McCau;l Bonce/Grimes ..... Greg Jones; Commons Speaker ..... Hamilton Berstock. Director/Producer Gary Brown This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
15/11/1956m 33s

Tracks: Indigo Part Two

Helen learns that her baby might be 'Indigo'. While Irene's cryptic note leads them closer to the 'child-mother'. Conclusion of the conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Romola Garai and Jonathan Forbes. Omnibus of the last five of ten headphone-filling thrill-ride episodes. Helen…. Romola Garai Freddy….. Jonathan Forbes Ram….. Ashleigh Haddad Serena.... Scarlett Courtney Policeman.... Adam Courting Tony.... David Hounslow Irene.... Sally Orrock Director: James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio first broadcast in 2019.
08/11/191h 9m

Tracks: Indigo Part One

Dr Helen Ash is involved in a road accident. But where was she going in such a hurry? Why can’t she remember? And what is wrong with time? The return of the conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Romola Garai and Jonathan Forbes. Chart-topping podcast and winner of Best Sound (BBC Audio Drama Awards) and Best Fiction (British Podcast Awards). Omnibus of the first five of ten headphone-filling thrill-ride episodes. Helen…. Romola Garai Freddy….. Jonathan Forbes Luke….. Andrew Gower Doctor…. Lucy Reynolds Frances…. Juno Robinson Julia.... Georgia Henshaw Irene.... Sally Orrock Rebecca.... Carys Eleri Owen.... Sion Pritchard Katherine.... Joanna van Kampen Mary... Scarlett Courtney Policeman.... Adam Courting Director: James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio first broadcast in 2019.
08/11/191h 7m

Red Earth, Red Sky

Based on a true story: 70 year old Paul had a dream in London where his sister, Evelyn, asked him to take her back to Agbor, their town of birth. The next morning he received a call saying his sister had died in Lagos. Paul, a religious man, knew what he had to do. Paul, and his niece Carol arrive in Lagos and are travelling along the Benin Bypass when the car is ambushed by masked armed men. They are dragged out of the car and taken into the bush and held to ransom. Paul - Nonzo Anozie Carol/Evelyn -Joan Iyiola Chinedu/Sunny - Peter Bankole Deborah - Susan Aderin Ovo- Seun Shote Franklyn - Adam Courting Written by Janice Okoh Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT With 190 million people who are mostly at poverty level, kidnappings began as a protest against the rich oil workers in Nigeria, but now it’s a business. On average there are seven kidnappings a day. Red Earth, Red Sky unfolds against this backdrop. It’s based on true events of a family relative of Janice Okoh’s who was kidnapped in 2017. Two people were killed. No one has since been brought to justice. Further info on cast: Nonzo Anozie is best known for his role as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, Tank in RocknRolla, Sergeant Dap in Ender's Game, Abraham Kenyatta in Zoo, Captain of the Guards in Cinderella. Theatre includes At the age of 23 Anozie went on to be the youngest person ever to play the title role in King Lear in a Royal Shakespeare Company production. Anozie also received critical acclaim for his performance in the title role in Othello and as the prisoner in Edmond at the National Theatre, directed by Ed Hall. He has done a world tour with the Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and won a Magnolia Award for best actor and the Sunday Times/National Theatre Ian Charleson Award for best young actor in a classical role. Iyiola starred opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor as Pauline Lumumba in A Season in the Congo at The Young Vic, directed by Joe Wright. She played the title role in the Duchess of Malfi at the RSC, for tv she has appeared in Black Earth Rising for the BBC, New Blood, Yonderland.
25/10/1944m 26s

The Republicans - Ronald Reagan: Hanging By Our Thumbs

By Jonathan Myerson Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents. Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes. 1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the crazy stories of the notorious Iran-Contra affair. Ronald Reagan’s landslide second term is on the ropes. Congress is investigating evidence that the US has illegally been selling arms to Iran, and secretly diverting the proceeds to fund Contra guerrilla fighters in Nicaragua – all with the President’s knowledge. But when NATO Ambassador David Abshire is recalled to try to get the facts straight, he discovers it all depends on what you believe….. Written by Jonathan Myerson Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting. Ronald Reagan . . . . . Kerry Shale Staffer . . . . . Rupert Simonian Bud McFarlane . . . . . Mark Heenehan Fawn Hall . . . . . Janine Harouni Oliver North . . . . . Paul Hickey Admiral Poindexter . . . . . Peter Polycarpou Nancy Reagan . . . . . Madeleine Potter Abshire . . . . . Chris Pavlo Don Regan . . . . . David Hounslow Shultz . . . . . Sean Baker Ed . . . . . Jonny Holden
18/10/1944m 36s

The Citadel

Dr Andrew Manson and his wife Christine are expecting a big event. Return of the medical drama set in the 1920s before the NHS. MANSON....... George Blagden DENNY...... Julian Lewis Jones CHRISTINE.... Catrin Stewart ANGHARAD... Jeanette Percival Omnibus written by Christopher Reason. Based on the novel by A J Cronin. Director: Gary Brown Producers: Pauline Harris and Gary Brown First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
11/10/191h 6m

The Beatboxer

The Beatboxer by Testament A beatboxer goes into a call centre to run a training day. But the bosses have ulterior motives for him being there. Written by and starring celebrated beatboxer Testament. Subs ..... Testament Katherine ..... Susan Twist Samiya ..... Purvi Parmar Kristy ..... Verity Henry Graham ..... John Branwell Jaron ...... Dermot Daly Caspero ..... Sholto of The Pushwackers Director/Producer Gary Brown This was originally aired on Radio 4.
04/10/1944m 47s

This Changeling Self

Linda Marshall Griffiths' magical story of love and loss recorded on location at the Edinburgh Festival inspired by the Scottish myth 'Tamlin and the Fairy Queen.' The festival was always a place she liked to wonder. She could be there in full view and no-one thought she was more than a performer. She could catch people out, half-drunk some of them would do anything, go anywhere. And she took them. She used it as a time to cross over, let them have some of the songs she kept, some of the stories she knew. But this man, this one she wanted to keep. SHE.....Christine Bottomley HE.....Sacha Dhawan BROTHER.....Rupert Hill GIRL.....Kay McAllister Directed by Nadia Molinari This was originally aired on Radio 4.
27/09/1944m 14s

Brief Lives, Series 11, Episode 1 of 5

Brief Lives by Tom Fry & Sharon Kelly Ep 1 Return of Frank Twist and Sarah Gold as the Manchester paralegals. Frank and Sarah are estranged and Sarah enlists her friend Juliet to help run the agency. But when a local gangster's son is arrested can Juliet cope? This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds. Frank...David Schofield; Sarah...Kathryn Hunt; Juliet...Maria Major; Dean...Hamish Rush; Keith...Stephen Marzella; Lois...Verity Henry; Helen...Krissi Bohn. Director/Producer Gary Brown
20/09/1944m 1s

How Does That Make You Feel? Series 11 Omnibus

Starring Frances Tomelty, Roger Allam, Tim McInnerny and Rebecca Saire. Written by Shelagh Stephenson.Produced by Eoin O'Callaghan.
13/09/191h 10m

Great North Run

Will promised to do the Great North Run with Em. But when that's not an option, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, The Pharcyde, Moby, the Dixie Chicks, Laura Branigan, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush and Florence (and the Machine) become his running mates. A funny sad play by Tom Wells with an incredible playlist. Cast Will ..... Andrew Finnigan Em ..... Amy Cameron Sean ..... Joseph Ayre Janet ..... Susan Jameson Becky ..... Helen Clapp The Night ..... Michael Bertenshaw Writer ..... Tom Wells Director ..... Jessica Dromgoole This was originally broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday 6th September 2019.
06/09/1944m 54s

Blend

By Archie Maddocks Tonight's the night they had planned to conceive a child, but Layla and Paris, both mixed-race, delve into the reasons for and against, and expose the rocky foundations of their relationship. Layla ..... Rebekah Murrell Paris ..... Jake Fairbrother Guillermo ..... Mika Osei-Owusu Director: David Hunter
30/08/1944m 12s

The Bulbul Was Singing

Laura (Rebecca Humphries) is a young British woman who's been fighting with the Kurds against Isis. Now she's back in the UK, she finds herself charged with terrorism offences. By Judy Upton. Directed by Emma Harding Laura . . . Rebecca Humphries Ariman . . . Shaniaz Hama Ali Dad . . . Paul Hickey Jonas . . . Jonny Holden Instructor . . . Saya Zahawi D I Kent . . . Catherine Cusack PC Miller . . . Shaun Mason Serena . . . Debbie Korley Custody Assistant . . . Chris Pavlo This was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 19th August 2019.
23/08/1943m 28s

I'm Dying To Help

by Jon Canter As people continue to live longer, they cost the NHS and Social Services far too much; in our futuristic dark comedy a new Prime Minister and her aide come up with a radical solution to the problem. All they need now is a volunteer. Sam . . . Tony Robinson Prime Minister . . . Haydn Gwynne Ella . . . Sophia di Martino Gerry . . . Paul Hickey Mr King . . . David Hounslow Chrissy . . . Debbie Korley Bianca . . . Debbie Korley Sue . . . Helen Clapp Mrs Griffin . . . Susan Jameson Directed by Sally Avens This was originally aired on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 13th August 2019.
16/08/1944m 14s

Curious Under the Stars Series 9 - The Fruits of Gwyddno

A low tide reveals a sunken forest on the shores of Glan Don. And one of the trees bears forbidden fruit. More of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast by Annamaria Murphy. Starring Sion Pritchard (Phoneshop), Emma Sidi (Pls Like) and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey). Gareth.... Sion Pritchard Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Gwynn.... Matthew Gravelle Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James Robinson and John Norton A BBC Cymru Wales Production first broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
09/08/191h 7m

Flying Visits

By Charlotte Bogard Macleod Hayleigh ..... Claire Rushbrook Mister Ellison ..... Karl Johnson Brenda ..... Elizabeth Counsell Chloe ..... Emily Meechan The Councillor ..... Paul Hickey Louise Standling ..... Catherine Cusack Mel ..... Debbie Korley Glenn ..... Shaun Mason George ..... Jonny Holden Director, David Hunter
02/08/191h 7m

House Rules

Second series of Ben Lewis’s witty real-time drama set around a kitchen table at the weekly meetings of an argumentative yet lovable blended family. Drawing on her experience as Assistant Chairperson of the Key Stage 3 Debating Society, 14 year-old Amelia has established her very own weekly meetings at home. Every Monday evening, gavel in hand, Amelia calls the Washburn McGintys together to air their grievances and attempt to resolve their problems. But with a new baby due any day, and grandmother Jan still living in the house, there’s an air of uncertainty around what kind of a future the family hope to share. Cast: Amelia … Cleo Demetriou Jan … Barbara Flynn Sean… Jonathan Forbes Nicole … Claire Rushbrook Callum … Elliot Speller-Gillott Directed by Kirsty Williams
26/07/191h 7m

Moon

Adapted by Anita Sullivan Part one of Apollo 11's five day journey to the moon. A verbatim drama, performed by actors, using the original NASA transcripts from the mission. In this first episode - Launch - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blast off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and prepare to leave Earth's orbit. It's fifty years since Apollo 11 put human beings on another world. Over the anniversary week, Radio 4 tells the story of the five day journey to the moon, using the astronauts’ own words, which are taken entirely from the transcripts of the mission. We travel with Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on their epic journey, experiencing everything as they did. A unique perspective on the most historic journey in the history of humanity. Thanks to Professor Chris Welch, International Space University. Neil Armstrong.... Nathan Nolan Buzz Aldrin.... Ronan Summers Michael Collins.... Edward Hogg Narrator.... Maggie Aderin-Pocock Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production
19/07/191h 8m

Nine Bob Notes

Nine Bob Notes by Philip Meeks. Daniel lives in a retirement home. He has lived his adult life as a gay man, but now finds that he has to suppress his sexual identity in order to fit in. But then an ex-policeman comes to the residence and he and Daniel realise they have met before many years ago. A gentle and poignant comedy drama about two elderly men who discover a passion for life in their twilight years. Starring Matthew Kelly. Director/Producer Gary Brown
12/07/1943m 50s

Daphne: A Fire in Malta

Drama written by Lizzie Nunnery. Reporting by Alys Harte. Daphne Caruana Galizia was Malta’s top investigative reporter. She dedicated her life to holding power to account; investigating allegations of organised crime, cronyism and corruption on this tiny island state. On the afternoon of October 16th, 2017, she was driving to the bank to regain control of her account, which had been frozen at the request of a government minister, when she was killed after a bomb exploded under her car. Half a kilo of explosives, hidden under the driver’s seat, were detonated remotely. She was 53 years old. Daphne was often described as fearless. Her provocative, uncompromising style made her work both controversial - and high risk. But what compelled Daphne to take on these influential forces? Across the series, we explore five episodes from Daphne's life and investigative work. In telling her story, there is much we cannot know and so some we have imagined. Like Daphne, we draw on various sources - and sometimes conflicting accounts – in an attempt to piece together a picture of what might have happened behind the headlines. Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Suits, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 24) plays Daphne. Daphne . . . . . Michelle Fairley Peter . . . . . Paul Hickey Matthew . . . . . Jonny Holden Other parts are played by: Catherine Cusack, Helen Clapp, Shaun Mason, Susan Jameson, David Hounslow, Chris Pavlo, Sean Murray, Debbie Korley, Debra Baker. Director: Sasha Yevtushenko This was originally heard on Radio 4.
05/07/191h 6m

The Invisible

Original drama set in a speculative future London by Linda Marshall Griffiths A story of lost people. A story of erasure. The city flourishes, the streets gleam. All the ugly things on the streets, all the people you don't want, bit by bit, one by one, they vanish. London's an island; it's what we always wanted. So easy to live in; so beautifully accommodating. El Irving disappeared seventeen years ago. When his sister Tor, sees him on screen at a protest outside Westminster Abbey, she embarks on a journey that will lead her to the invisible. How easy is it to fall through the cracks?
28/06/191h 29m

The Cyprus Missing

By Mario Theodorou London, 2014. Althea, a Greek Cypriot who has spent her adult life in London, has always believed that her father was killed in action during the Cypriot conflict of 1974. But a chance discovery causes her to question her family history, and go in search of answers within London's Cypriot community. Althea ..... Agni Scott Gizem ..... Fisun Burgess Eleni ….. Anna Savva Constantine ..... Chris Pavlo Young Althea ..... Christina Kyriakos Young Gizem ..... Jeyda Mustafa Mags ..... Catherine Cusack Missing Persons Rep .... Helen Clapp Wine Seller ….. Shaun Mason Soldier ….. Jonny Holden Director, Sasha Yevtushenko
21/06/1944m 41s

A Woman on the Edge of Time

In 1965, Hannah Gavron – a 29 year old, bright, sophisticated sociologist – gassed herself in a flat in Primrose Hill, north London. She left behind a suicide note, two small children, and an about-to-be-published manuscript: The Captive Wife. Four decades later, her son Jeremy tries to piece together the events that led to her death. Jeremy Gavron's book is dramatized by Sarah Daniels and stars Dominic Mafham, Helen Clapp and James Bolam. Directed by Emma Harding Jeremy............. Dominic Mafham Judy.............. Helen Clapp Leah............. Debbie Korley Hannah..............Sarah Ovens Bob.............. Sean Baker Young Leah...............Amy-Jayne Leigh Mima...............Megan Webb Aunt Susie..............Susan Jameson Tom.............James Bolam All other parts were played by Elaine Claxton, Catherine Cusack, Chris Harper, David Hounslow and Georgie Glen. This drama originally aired on BBC Radio 4
14/06/191h 7m

Me and Robin Hood

One man channels his childhood obsession with the mythical outlaw, Robin Hood, by making a stand against our stress-filled, unequal, consumer-driven society. Shôn first met Robin Hood back in the autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old-boy, living on the Isle of Anglesey. But what would it mean to be a modern day Robin Hood? How could you take the principles of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor and apply them to the complexities of our global economy? And what’s so great about Robin Hood anyway? The latest inventive piece of sonic storytelling magic from writer/performer Shôn Dale-Jones – Me & Robin Hood is a story about the growing gap between rich and poor, radicalism and the challenge of knowing that sometimes you have to do something wrong in order to do something right. It’s a comic story about how Shôn’s childhood hero re-enters his life when he needs him most. Me & Robin Hood began life as a one-man stage play, produced by Hoipolloi and the Royal Court. Shôn …. Shôn Dale-Jones The Therapist…. Clare Cage Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production for Radio 4.
07/06/1944m 22s

Vanity Fair: Episode 1

Al Murray plays his ancestor William Makepeace Thackeray in this anarchic reboot. Thackeray's celebrated satire on sex, class and money in nineteenth century England given a new makeover in this pacey, anarchic dramatisation. Moneyless Becky Sharp leaves school with her upper class friend Amelia Sedley. But she is clever, cunning and determined to make her way in Regency society, and she'll trample on anyone who gets in her way. Thackeray (narrator)...................Al Murray Becky Sharp......................Ellie White Amelia Sedley..................Helen O'Hara Rawdon Crawley..............Blake Ritson Jos Sedley..........................Thom Tuck George Osborne..............Rupert Hill Dobbin................................Graeme Hawley Mrs Sedley.........................Emma Gregory Mr Sedley..........................Jonathan Keeble Mr Osborne....................Malcolm Raeburn By William Makepeace Thackeray. Dramatised by Jim Poyser with additional material by Al Murray. Director/Producer Gary Brown. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
31/05/1957m 36s

Keeping the Wolf Out: Gellert Hill

Special Investigator Bertalan Lázár returns in Philip Palmer's crime drama set in communist Hungary in 1964. A child's body has been discovered by a hiker. It seems that Bertalan must first fight a turf war if he is going bring the perpetrator to justice. Bertalan Lázár .... Leo Bill Franciska Lázár .... Clare Corbett József Szabados .... Joseph Ayre Dmitri Dragunov .... Simon Scardifield Márk Mészáros .... Michael Bertenshaw András Vásáry .... David Hounslow Priest .... Christopher Harper Gyuri Varga .... Kenny Blyth, Dorina Varga .... Helen Clapp Ministry official .... Chris Pavlo Directed by Toby Swift You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.
24/05/1944m 35s

The Macefield Plot

A drama by Daniel Thurman When fractious and enigmatic Edith Macefield (Sian Phillips) refuses to move out of her Seattle home the developers build a five-storey mall around her. Construction Manager Barry Martin (Stanley Townsend) endeavours to smooth troubled waters. Edith - Sian Phillips Barry - Stanley Townsend Joe - Joseph Balderrama Cops - Helen Clapp & Christopher Harper Director: David Hunter Originally aired on BBC Radio 4.
17/05/1944m 16s

Coriolanus

Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself. Coriolanus, a great martial hero, is banished by those he despises, the common people of Rome. Disaster must surely follow. Coriolanus . . . Trystan Gravelle Volumnia . . . Diana Rigg Menenius . . . James Fleet Cominius . . . Paul Hilton Sicinius . . . Tony Turner Brutus . . . Joel MacCormack Lartius . . . David Hounslow Aufidius . . . Ray Fearon Virgilia . . . Clare Corbett Valeria . . . Susan Jameson Gentlewoman . . . Franchi Webb with Michael Bertenshaw, Kenny Blyth, Joseph Ayre and Christopher Harper Introduction by Natalie Haynes Directed by Marc Beeby This was originally aired on BBC Radio 3
10/05/192h 29m

Curious Under the Stars Series 8 - The Owl and the Ivy

Gareth picks up a naked hitchhiker on the road into Glan Don. She seems to have sprung to life from the forest. More of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast. Omnibus written by Alan Harris Starring Elis James (Josh), Emma Sidi (Pls Like) and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey). Gareth.... Elis James Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Fleur…. Catrin Stewart Bethan.... Hannah Daniel Matty.... Siw Hughes Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production first broadcast in five-parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
03/05/191h 8m

The Psalms

Some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible is in the Book of Psalms. In four special programmes for Easter, Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons reads from the King James Version. The Psalms show a whole range of human emotions. Here we find hymns, laments and songs of thanksgiving. In the first programme, Jeremy Irons reads the first psalms in the book, between Psalm 1 and Psalm 29, including one of the most well known of all, Psalm 23, as well as one of the longest, Psalm 18. Produced by Susan Roberts This was originally aired on Radio 4. You can find the next episodes on BBC Sounds.
26/04/1929m 5s

Longline

Henry Darke's first drama for radio tells the story of Jay, a rookie observer on a deep sea trawler. He must ensure adherence to the strict international laws covering fishing quotas, sustainability and safety. It's a time when you need to know who your friends are. Jay ..... Matthew Aubrey Kim-Long ..... Chike Chan Kate ..... Sarah Ovens Esther ..... Franchi Webb Carlitos ..... Joseph Balderrama Juan/Radio Operator ..... Simon Scardifield Dad ..... Kenny Blyth Lecturer ..... Michael Bertenshaw Sisco/Lazrus ..... Richie Campbell Directed by Gemma Jenkins Longline was a Radio 4 production.
19/04/1944m 43s

Your Perfect Summer, On Sale Here

Ben Tavassoli, Oliver Chris and Claudie Blakley star in Ed Harris's twisted romance. What will happen when VR games can deliver real love? Theo has been booked to give twenty-four hour care to a gamer who's in an elective coma. The new immersive game he's playing simulates your first love affair. But is it a simulation? Not to Theo... Ben Tavassoli stars as Rash in Anthony Horowitz's new police drama, 'New Blood', on BBC One. He played Alpha in 'No Offence', and has recently appeared in 'Silent Witness' and 'Tyrant'. Oliver Chris has starred in great British comedies from Bluestone 42 to Green Wing and The Office. He was the original Stanley Stubbers opposite James Corden in 'One Man, Two Guv'nors', played the Assistant Commissioner opposite Billie Piper in Richard Bean's 'Great Britain', and Prince William in Mike Bartlett's 'King Charles III'. Claudie Blakley became well-known for her roles in period dramas 'Cranford', 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'Gosford Park'. More recently she's starred with David Threlfall and Steven Macintosh in 'What Remains', with David Morrissey in 'The Driver', and recently theatre roles include 'The Painkiller' with Rob Bryden and Kenneth Branagh. Ed Harris's writing for radio has included winning the Audio Drama Award for BILLIONS, Sony Gold for THE RESISTANCE OF MRS BROWN, the Writer's Guild Award for TROLL, and THE WALL nominated for the Prix Europa. He writes the Radio 4 comedy DOT. The music for the game is by Abi Fry Theo ..... Ben Tavassoli Saskia ..... Claudie Blakley Paul ..... Oliver Chris Sophie ..... Scarlett Brookes Theresa ..... Adie Allen Game ..... Nicola Ferguson Human ..... Nick Underwood Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting This was originally broadcast on Radio 4.
12/04/1944m 44s

Forest 404

Can you feel loss for something you’ve never known? An environmental thriller starring Pearl Mackie, Tanya Moodie & Pippa Haywood. With theme music by Bonobo. Written by Timothy X Atack and directed by Becky Ripley. Each episode comes with its own talk and soundscape. Plus, you can take part in our interactive experiment to see how you respond to sounds of nature at: bbc.co.uk/forest #Forest404 This is a Radio 4 Production. Subscribe to Forest 404 on BBC Sounds to hear the story unfold.
05/04/1924m 13s

Mabinogi

Adapted by Lucy Catherine From the Red Book of Hergest, these are the tales of the Mabinogi. A new fantasy adventure, based on the iconic work of medieval Welsh mythology. Pryderi, Prince of Dyfed, heads to Harlech in North Wales, to win the hand of Princess Branwen of Gwynedd. But first he must impress her giant of a brother, King Bran the Blessed. The tales of the Mabinogi are tales of romance, tragedy, comedy and fantasy and together they form the earliest prose stories of Britain. Award-winning writer Lucy Catherine (The Master and Margherita, Being Human, Vanity Fair) gives these stories a modern flavour while remaining true to the vivid magic of Celtic mythology. Pryderi…. Darragh Mortell Brigid…. Aimee Ffion Edwards Pwyll /Bran…. Robert Pugh Branwen…. Rhian Blythe Arawn…. John Cording Matholwch.... Stephen Hogan Efnysien.... Richard Elfyn Nysien.... Rhodri Meilir Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production This was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
29/03/191h 9m

First Do No Harm

A double bill of dramas looking at the crisis facing the NHS, both for those trying to challenge its workings from without and within. Elaine Newton's husband died while under NHS supervision, but attempting to clarify the faults that led to the tragedy brings the fury of the community down on her head. One doctor, Rhys Thomas, tries to help her. Cast Elaine......Rosie Cavaliero Rhys......Joel MacCormack Greg/Alan......Michael Bertenshaw Joy/Maz ...... Kelly Williams Niall/Ned......Joseph Ayre Jane/Annie......Sarah Ovens Colin......Don Gilet Mo......Annabel Facer Sue......Sharita Oomeer Dave/Karim......Ronny Jhutti Maggie/Tessa......Clare Corbett Lenny/Albie......Sam Dale Keith/Bojan......Christopher Harper Martha/Nadya......Franchi Webb Caz ...... Jade Croot Written by ..... Al Smith Directed by ..... Jessica Dromgoole Produced by ..... Jessica Dromgoole & Sally Avens First Do No Harm was originally aired on BBC Radio 4.
08/03/191h 26m

Orlando

Virginia Woolf's Orlando re-imagined by five poets An exhilarating, inventive, comedic odyssey spanning four centuries. A journey of self-discovery and transformation, unravelling gender expectations, identity and sexuality. Chapter 1 & 6: by Amanda Dalton Chapter 2: by Caroline Bird Chapter 3: by Zena Edwards Chapter 4: by Karen McCarthy Woolf Chapter 5: by Hannah Silva ORLANDO.....Emma Frankland OAK TREE.....Claire Benedict QUEEN ELIZABETH I / THE BLACKAMOOR.....Nina Sosanya MRS GRIMSDITCH.....Kate Rutter EUPHROSYNE / SASHA / MAID.....Natalie Grady NICHOLAS GREEN / CAPTAIN.....Rupert Hill GRACE......Leonie Elliott RUSTUM / NARRATOR.....Stephen Marzella SHELMERDINE/ BOW STREET RUNNER .....Cesare Taurasi Directed by Nadia Molinari Originally heard on Radio 3
01/03/191h 29m

China Towns: Episode 1

Inspired by the novels of Arnold Bennett, an epic tale of money, passion and defiance set in the Staffordshire potteries. Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. You can find Episode 2 on BBC Sounds now. It’s the 19th Century and the Industrial Revolution is at full throttle. Only the ruthless thrive in this uncompromising world. Edwin Clayhanger leaves school with dreams of becoming a painter but his father’s having none of it. Ephraim Tellwright ….. Neil Dudgeon Darius Clayhanger ….. Tim McInnerny Edwin ….. Cameron Percival Aunty Hamps ….. Carolyn Pickles Big James ….. Ian Conningham Constance ….. Bryony Hannah Sophia ….. Alexandra Constantinidi Mrs Baines ….. Clare Corbett Mr Povey ….. Lewis Bray Shushions ….. Michael Bertenshaw Thwaite ….. Tony Turner Machin ….. Christopher Harper Snaggs ….. Don Gilet Jeannie ….. Saffron Coomber Incidental music arranged by Colin Guthrie and performed by Colin Guthrie, Peter Ringrose and Ian Conningham. Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow Presiding over this seething mass of industry are Ephraim Tellwright and Darius Clayhanger, self-made men, they hold the fate of this community in their hands, passing judgement on those that put the prosperity and reputation of the Five Towns at risk. This is a radical reinterpretation of six brilliant Arnold Bennett novels for BBC Radio 4. It's his world seen with a modern eye. The books follow the inhabitants of Bursley and the Five Towns (of Stoke-on-Trent) from 1865 – 1903 in an epic sweep across 11 hours, as individuals rise, fall, age, flourish and see the world around them become unrecognisable, transformed by new technology. Fortunes are lost, hearts broken, empires built and compromises made. These tales of aspiration and passion, damage and danger are told with Bennett's forensic, (journalist’s) eye for human psychology and a surprising degree of witty comedy. The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins.
22/02/1957m 20s

Door in the Pillow

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, award-winning screenwriter & novelist, tells a very personal story
15/02/1957m 35s

Black Boy Fly

Writer and star of the BAFTA-nominated comedy series Timewasters, Breakthrough Brit winner Daniel Lawrence Taylor writes an original play for Radio 4. This sly family comedy takes a look at the costs of gentrification. At the Peckham Branch of "So Woke" Coffee, street artist Sommore is painting a community artwork on the wall. But Sommore has moved out of Peckham. And moved her son out too, to a private school in West London. So what exactly is her message for the community? Sommore ..... Nadine Marshall Michael ..... Michael Ajao Ashley ..... Don Gilet Tom ..... Christopher Harper Luke ..... Ronny Jhutti Mrs Thomas ..... Clare Corbett Pearl ..... Carolyn Pickles Other parts played by Joseph Ayre and Tony Turner. Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting. Originally aired on Radio 4.
08/02/1944m 54s

How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me

Role Contributor Venta the slave keeps an observant eye on Pliny the Younger, his mother Marcella and Doris the Greek cook in this second series of adventures in 1st-century Rome. A BBC/Cymru Wales production Pliny the Younger - Kieran Hodgson Venta - Nigel Barrett Marcella - Joanna Scanlan Doris the Cook - Mia Soteriou Emperor Domitian - Ewan Bailey Lucipor - Ewan Bailey Regulus - Matthew Gravelle Calvin - Jon Key Director - Kate McAll Writer - Hattie Naylor
01/02/191h 8m

How To Burn A Million Quid: Rule 1

Rule 1. Begin an inner alchemy to transcend the consensual reality tunnel and move from a state of fixation to a condition of mutability. Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of the chart-topping pop duo known as KLF who, in 1994, burned £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish Island, with only one journalist and their roadie-come-fixer, Gimpo, in attendance. Why? Why would they do that? How To Burn a Million Quid lays the story bare. A comic, surreal and fast moving adventure that sees Bill and Jimmy rise to the very top of the music industry, becoming the biggest selling music act in the UK before crashing out of the industry in spectacular fashion and heading toward the art world with the intention of creating similar mayhem. Inspired by a madcap theatrical genius and a cult novel, they blaze a trail that takes them to Sweden, the North Pole and the Sierra Nevada, via Northampton, before arriving finally on the Isle of Jura, with two suitcases containing a million quid. It was their mission to cause chaos. And they did. A sonic roller coaster featuring Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Line of Duty) as Bill Drummond, Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley, The World's End) as Jimmy Cauty, with Kevin Eldon as Gimpo, Jeremy Stockwell as Ken Campbell and an outstanding cast of multi-voice comedy performers. Bill Drummond: Paul Higgins Jimmy Cauty: Nicholas Burns Gimpo: Kevin Eldon Ken Campbell: Jeremy Stockwell Everyone else: Kate O’Sullivan, Polly Kemp, Ronnie Jhuttie and Niall Ashdown Original music by Somerset & Lewin Original music by MZYLKYPOP (Mick Somerset, David Lewin, Simon Lewinski, Rachel E, Flip Clegg and Thom Foote) Sound Design by Carl Scheleeshti Johnson Produced and Directed by Boz Temple-Morris Written by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings A HOLY MOUNTAIN production for BBC Radio 4.
31/01/1927m 11s

Hello Caller

In the last two years British Telecom has decommissioned and removed at least 20,000 phone boxes. But what if these boxes have always been able to remember all of the conversations that have been routed through them, what if the wires hold memories suspended in their copper strands? What if, faced with extinction, these voices breach, at least for a short time, the barrier between temporal reality and the pulses coursing through the cables? Built from a series of intercut ‘trapped’ phone calls, this is a ramshackle, effervescent collection of tales. Via the receiver and from within the wires we hear secrets, confessions, fears and declarations of love from voices now lost. This is a ghost story that relies on physics. Cast: All roles played by Annette Badland, Luke MacGregor, Sean Murray, David Reakes and Alex Tregear Writer………………Jonathan Holloway Directed by Alison Crawford 'Hello Caller' was based on an idea by Tim Dee.
25/01/1944m 10s

Into the Maze - Episode 1

As part of BBC Radio 4's Riot Girls season, a thriller by Ayeesha Menon that plays out across three locations - London, Saudi Arabia and Mumbai - exploring the struggles faced by women across the globe when it comes to sexual assault, harassment and personal freedom. Sisters Jamila and Saira grew up in a very traditional Muslim village in India, but are now forging independent lives of their own - Jamila in Mumbai, and Saira as a student in London. Saira also works at a hotel in London, but when she is raped by a rich and influential Saudi hotel guest, the lives of both sisters are thrown into turmoil. You can hear the next episodes, plus the rest of the dramas in Radio 4's Riot Girls season, on BBC Sounds. Directed by Emma Harding Jamila.....Maya Sondhi Saira.....Aysha Kala Najma.....Fatima Adoum Majid.....Silas Carson Zafar.....Amir El-Masry Clare.....Clare Corbett Colleague......Christopher Harper Sharon.....Jeanette Percival Andy.....Lewis Bray Ms Morgan.....Carolyn Pickles John McKinley.....Tony Turner DC Price.....Alexandra Constantinidi Officer Megan.....Lucy Doyle Wheeler.....Sam Dale Jamila's Boss.....Waleed Elgadi Guide.....Ronny Jhutti Research Consultant.....David Rhodes, Doughty Street Chambers
18/01/1943m 55s

Stone - Episode 1

A return of the detective series created by Danny Brocklehurst and starring Hugo Speer.
11/01/1944m 43s

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

A special bonus episode of Drama of the Week to help you ease into January. From H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is an investigation into the disappearance of a young man from a locked room in an asylum. You can find the whole box set on BBC Sounds. Cast includes Barnaby Kay, Jana Carpenter, Alun Armstrong, Adam Godley, Nicola Walker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Bazeley, Samuel Barnett, Richard Cordery, Harry Kay, Penny Downie, Madeleine Potter, Phoebe Fox, Ben Crowe, Nathan Osgood, Susan Jameson, Samantha Dakin, Alex Lanipekun and Cherrelle Skeete. Producer: Karen Rose Director/Writer: Julian Simpson Sound Recordist and Designer: David Thomas Production Coordinator: Sarah Tombling Music by Tim Elsenburg A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4
11/01/1923m 28s

The Canterbury Tales - Part 1

Queen of Ambridge amateur theatricals, Lynda Snell, takes charge of this barnstorming new adaptation of Chaucer’s classic tales. Join the cast of The Archers to enjoy stories of courtly love, deadly rivalry and boisterous sex - with a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure. “A festive feast of spellbinding stories and bawdy banter … Another Lynda Snell triumph!” – The Borchester Echo Part 2 of The Canterbury Tales will be available on The Archers podcast from the 5th January. Written by Geoffrey Chaucer Dramatised by Nick Warburton Director …. Kim Greengrass Producer …. Alison Hindell Tellers of the Tales: Ruth Archer & Chaucer .... Felicity Finch David Archer & the Host .... Timothy Bentinck Kirsty Miller .... Annabelle Dowler Eddie Grundy .... Trevor Harrison Lilian Bellamy .... Sunny Ormonde Jazzer McCreary .... Ryan Kelly The Knight’s Tale: Theseus .... Nick Barber Woman of Thebes .... Sunny Ormonde Jailer .... Trevor Harrison Palamon .... Barry Farrimond Arcite .... James Cartwright Emily .... Emerald O’Hanrahan Soldier & Jolly Theban .... Ryan Kelly Gatekeeper .... Timothy Bentinck Diana .... Felicity Finch The Miller’s Tale: John .... Timothy Bentinck Alison .... Annabelle Dowler Nicholas .... James Cartwright Absolon .... Nick Barber The Wife of Bath’s Tale: Knight .... Barry Farrimond King Arthur .... Trevor Harrison Queen .... Annabelle Dowler Crone .... Carole Boyd The Sailor’s Tale: Merchant .... James Cartwright Monk .... Nick Barber Wife .... Emerald O’Hanrahan Other roles played by members of the company.
04/01/1957m 44s

Good News Stories

Five contemporary dramas inspired by stories from the old and new testaments. Written by Katie Hims Directed by Mary Peate A Plague of Frogs LAURA ..... Nadia Clifford MR VENTURA ..... Michael Bertenshaw LEILA ..... Jayda Pryce MOSES ..... Joseph Nicholas AMBER ..... Ella Purton Eleven 73s Solly ..... Don Gilet Carla ..... Lucy Doyle Jo ..... Saffron Coomber June ..... Rachel Davies Passenger 1 ..... Tony Turner Passenger 2 ..... Jeanette Percival Song of Solomon Solly ..... Don Gilet Marsha ..... Saffron Coomber Leila ..... Jayda Pryce Lloyd ..... Alex Lanipekun Carys ..... Alexandra Constantinidi Angel Delight Laura ..... Nadia Clifford Claudia ..... Jeanette Percival Angel ..... Tony Turner Rick ..... Cameron Percival Leila ..... Jayda Pryce Trumpet .... Peter Ringrose Ms Lazarus Jesus ..... Alex Lanipekun Atilla ..... Don Gilet Laura ..... Nadia Clifford June ..... Rachel Davies Driver ..... Tony Turner Receptionist ..... Saffron Coomber
28/12/181h 8m

The Haunting of M.R. James

Every Christmas, the master of the ghost story, M.R. James would read a tale to his Cambridge students. In this original chilling drama he finds horrific events from those stories are echoed in reality alongside the inevitable forces of change and modernism. M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Gwendolyn MacBryde ..... Fenella Woolgar Jack Pownall ..... Ryan Whittle Dr. Luxmoore ..... Gerard McDermott Davey Steadman ..... Cameron Percival Sellerman ..... Ronny Jhutti Jukes ..... Michael Bertenshaw Grant ..... Tony Turner Thomas Herrick ..... Ewan Bailey Dr. Cameron ..... Chris Harper Webb ..... Sam Dale Student ..... Lewis Bray Written by Neil Brand Director: David Hunter
28/12/1857m 51s

The Haunting of M.R. James: Ghost Stories

Five haunting tales from the master of the ghost story M.R. James. Stars Mark Gatiss. Dramatised by Neil Brand Director: David Hunter The Mezzotint M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Dr. Williams ..... Patrick Brennan Dr. Binks ..... Tony Turner Dr. Nisbet ..... Don Gilet Mrs. Filcher ..... Jeanette Percival Verger ..... Michael Bertenshaw Casting the Runes M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Dunning ..... John Bowler Karswell ..... Ewan Bailey Gayton ..... Paul Heath Mrs. Gayton ..... Saffron Coomber Harrington ..... Ronny Jhutti Assistant ..... Lewis Bray The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Archdeacon Haynes ..... Sean Baker Letitia Haynes ..... Carolyn Pickles Jane ..... Saffron Coomber Verger ..... Michael Bertenshaw Pulteney ..... Neil Brand Stevens ..... Cameron Percival Runciman ..... Lewis Bray A Warning to the Curious M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Paxton ..... Paul Heath Jeffers ..... Michael Bertenshaw Long ..... Tony Turner Vicarl ..... Ewan Bailey Molly ..... Saffron Coomber Woman ..... Clare Corbett Rats M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Thomson ..... George Watkins Betts ..... Michael Bertenshaw Mrs Betts ..... Carolyn Pickles Stewart ..... Sean Baker
21/12/181h 9m

Pilgrim - The Winter Queen

Pilgrim returns! The immortal wanderer, William Palmer faces a new challenge when he discovers a mystery and a plan for revenge served very cold. A two-part adventure to mark the Winter Solstice. Pilgrim ….. Paul Hilton Mrs Bronson ….. Fenella Woolgar Roxanna ….. Carolyn Pickles Sam Notice ….. Tony Turner Matt ….. Cameron Percival Donny ….. Tayla Kovacevic Ebong Jack Sweet ….. Don Gilet Klara ….. Jeanette Percival Lloyd ..... Lewis Bray The Girl ..... Agnes Bateman Jonas ..... Michael Bertenshaw Taylor ..... Alexandra Constantinidi Directed by Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole THE LEGEND: In 1195, while on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, William Palmer (Pilgrim) was cursed with immortality by the King of the Greyfolk for denying the presence of ‘the other world’ - a world of strange, unpredictable faeries, of magic and ancient ritual - which co-exists with our everyday reality. Ever since then it has been Pilgrim's fate to walk the line between the worlds of magic and of men, doing what he can to maintain the balance between the two.
14/12/181h 28m

Holding Back The Tide: Selling The Capstan

Comedy about a small town resistant to change. When the local tearoom is threatened with takeover by a major coffee chain, The Breck Howe Preservation Society decide to take direct action to save it; John Hector has big ideas but unsurprisingly things don't go to plan. You can listen to more episodes of Holding Back The Tide on BBC Sounds. John ..... Ronald Pickup Richard ..... Paul Ritter Clare ..... Kate Duchêne Lux ..... Michelle Asante Robust Betty ..... Emma Handy Brandi ..... Saffron Coomber Librarian ..... Liam Lau Fernandez A Heavy ..... Don Gilet Wayne ..... Lewis Bray Written by Nick Warburton Directed by Sally Avens
07/12/1844m 38s

Romance is Dead: Last Date

A charming and quirky comic drama about the reluctantly dead. By Ben Lewis.
30/11/1844m 38s

The Cherry Orchard

Chekhov's celebrated stage play is given a new version by writer/composer duo, Katherine Tozer and John Chambers. Ranyevskya returns to the family estate after 5 years in Paris to face seemingly insurmountable debts. Local businessman Lopakhin is keen to offer her a way out but there'll be a price to pay. Ranyevskya ..... Emma Fielding Lopakhin ..... Neil Dudgeon Anya ..... Lucy Doyle Varya ..... Joan Iyiola Gayev ..... Dominic Coleman Peter ..... Nicholas Prasad Pishchik ..... Tony Turner Charlotte ..... Alexandra Constantinidi Yepikhodov ..... Matthew Wilson Dunyasha ..... Saffron Coomber Yasha ..... Liam Lau Fernandez Firs ..... Sean Murray The Tramp ..... Lewis Bray Music composed by John Chambers Directed by Toby Swift Katherine Tozer and John Chambers work as writer and composer respectively for PALIMPSEST, the innovative multi-media theatre company. Palimpsest have created bespoke work for Leighton House, Dr. Johnson's House and William Morris's Red House. Actor and writer Katherine Tozer has acted for the RSC, the Almeida, the Donmar and the Young Vic, in the West End, nationally and internationally in new work by Churchill, Brenton and Wertenbaker, in roles ranging from Phaedra to Blanche du Bois, for which she was nominated for a TMA award. She founded Palimpsest in 2013. John Chambers is a composer and sound designer. He studied at Trinity College of Music, winning the John Halford, Daryl Runswick, and Chappell composition prizes. For over a decade he has created music for theatre, including writer/director Steven Berkoff's premiere production of Oedipus. Composition highlights include a fanfare for Her Majesty the Queen (Royal Observatory, Greenwich 2007), a fanfare for the Olympic Torch Relay (Trafalgar Square 2008) and High Flight for Baritone Voice and String Quartet (performed by the Finzi Quartet).
23/11/181h 27m

Home Front: A Fragile Peace

A special extended edition of Home Front, Radio 4's epic drama series marking the centenaries of the First World War. It’s 10 November, 1919, a year and a day after the previous episode (set on 9 November 1918), and Folkestone is preparing for the first Remembrance Day, and contemplating a new post-war world.
16/11/181h 12m

Curious Under the Stars

Gareth and Diane have some unwelcome visitors. Stars Elis James and Emma Sidi.
09/11/181h 8m

Tracks: Chimera

The return of the conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Hattie Morahan.
02/11/1844m 2s

Swans

Swans by Eoin McNamee tells the story of a race against time to locate a young child who is being smuggled through Dublin Airport. But is it an inside job?
26/10/1844m 28s

The Republicans: Richard Nixon

Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents. Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes. 1970. President Nixon has announced the invasion of Cambodia, and student protests have ignited across the US, with National Guardsmen shooting four dead at Kent State University. Washington is on high alert. But when the insomniac President wakes up at 4a.m. to see defiant students gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, he walks over to talk to them, taking his White House butler with him. The Secret Service are left struggling to catch up, as the night takes a bizarre turn. Written by Jonathan Myerson Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting Richard Nixon . . . Jonathan Hyde Arnold Hutschnecker . . . Jack Klaff Manolo Sanchez . . . Joseph Balderrama Pat Nixon . . . Emma Handy Carrie Moore . . . Ellen Thomas Bob Haldemann . . . Aaron Vodovoz Secret Serviceman . . . Ryan Whittle Young Richard Nixon . . . Rupert Simonian Student . . . Saffron Coomber Writer . . . Jonathan Myerson Director . . . Jonquil Panting
19/10/1844m 32s

When The Pips Stop

A love song to Radio 4 by Oliver Emanuel.
12/10/1845m 12s

Pearl: Two Fathers, Two Daughters

Two voices of grief - one from six hundred years ago and one very much of the present day
05/10/1857m 53s

Home Front: 24-28 September 1918

The first omnibus of Season 15, Onward, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1918, when the Allies launched their final, and decisive campaign on the Western Front. Adam, meanwhile, is on a mission to the harbour.
28/09/1858m 14s

Subterranean Homesick Blues

A new series of AL Kennedy's comic drama starring Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall as John and Maggie attempting to give love one more chance. John ..... Bill Nighy Maggie ..... Anna Calder-Marshall Mrs Protheroe ..... Georgie Glen Written by AL Kennedy Directed by Sally Avens
14/09/181h 8m

The Trials of C.B. King Episode 1

A brave man faces hatred & violence in the fight for Civil Rights in the Southern States
07/09/1844m 32s

The Third Pill

By James O'Neill. A comedy about finding the elixir of youth.
31/08/1844m 16s

Tommies: 22nd August 1918

Mrs Adeline Washington is one of only four black American YMCA workers, sent to support the 200,000 black American soldiers arriving in France in 1918. In this story by Patricia Cumper and Jonathan Ruffle, Mrs Washington's duties should keep her away from the fighting. But when she uncovers a shocking secret about the US 371st Regiment, currently in the frontline at Esnes-en-Argonne, she has to find any way to get there - and fast. Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago, telling untold stories about the war in Gaza, Gallipoli, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania, as well as on the Western Front. And through it all, we've followed the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers, from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army. They are the cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years. Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.
24/08/1844m 41s

POD PLAY 5: BATHROOM | Drama of the Week Special

Let us transport you to a world where flies talk and party-goers escape down drain-pipes. Fly…Sandy Grierson Woman…Karen Bartke Writer…Ben Lewis Director…Kirsty Williams Sound Design…Catherine Robinson
03/08/175m 46s

POD PLAY 4: PARK | Drama of the Week Special

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is more MFI than MI5 in the hands of two incompetent and not-so-secret-agents. By Lee Mattinson. Cast AGENT D….. Krissi Bohn AGENT J….. Toby Hadoke Director Sharon Sephton Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson
03/08/175m 57s

POD PLAY 3: PUB | Drama of the Week Special

Take a seat at the bar in your local, but look out… one of the regulars is about to get a round in and it could be a painfully long order. A funny and moving original short audio work by award-winning writer Timothy X Atack, starring Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and David Hargreaves (The Crucible, King Lear at Bristol Old Vic), designed to be listened to on headphones on location. Customer …. David Hargreaves Barmaid …. Alice Lowe Show less
03/08/175m 3s

POD PLAY 2: BED | Drama of the Week Special

Lie on your bed, put on your headphones, and let Indira Varma and Joe Sims take you on a journey which we promise you’ve never made before. Ed Harris’ darkly inventive writing for audio and stage have won him multiple awards. Woman …. Indira Varma Man …. Joe Sims Director Jonquil Panting Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson
03/08/178m 13s

POD PLAY1: LIVING ROOM | Drama of the Week Special

By Charlotte Bogard Macleod. Leah and Milo are best friends but now Leah has been offered a job in Australia. She loves Milo but does he love her back? Leah is forced to get right inside his head to find out. Leah ….. Valene Kane Milo ….. George Mackay Director: David Hunter Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson
03/08/177m 35s
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