Will fate and the strictures of Mukhtar's society allow him a taste of happiness?

A bittersweet tale of a man whose breakfast habits allow him a tantalizing glimpse of romance outside his loveless marriage.

Mukhtar Sahib is a Pakistani farmer and a creature of habit - every morning he takes breakfast and reads the paper with the local postmaster - but finds himself gradually drawn to the woman of the house. Will fate and the strictures of his society allow him a taste of happiness after his morning tea?

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.


In 1976 Stephen Rea worked with Samuel Beckett on a production of the play, Endgame.

During rehearsals Beckett said, 'don't think about meaning think about rhythm' and he regularly emphasised the humour in his work.

Stephen Rea has translated his experience of working with one of the great modern dramatists into a funny and moving new production of this wonderful radio play, Embers.

Henry (Michael Gambon) sits on the strand haunted by the sound of the sea.

He conjures up voices, evocations, stories and sounds from his past as he tries to drown out the inescapable presence of the sea.

The cast includes: Michael Gambon, Sinead Cusack, Rupert Graves, Alvaro Lucchesi and Carly Baker.

The music is performed by Maebh Martin and arranged by Neil Martin

Directed by Stephen Rea

Produced by Stephen Wright.

An adaptation of Samuel Beckett's play, directed by Stephen Rea