Ferryhill Philosophers, The [Drama]

Episodes

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Google Grief and All The Gold Of Darius20190422

By Michael Chaplin. Hermione and Joe confront the complexities and joys of friendship and love in both their lives and face up to commitments.

Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star once again as the unlikely duo of ex-miner and Durham University philosopher facing life’s big questions together.

Cast:
Joe Snowball ... Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink ... Deborah Findlay
Gloria ... Tracy Whitwell
Lucy ... Lauren Kellegher
Peter ... Dean Bone

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

Hermione and Joe confront the complexities of friendship and love in both their lives.

Radio 4 drama

Minority Rights And The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon2018032020190320 (R4)

Joe's friend Jemal fights to stay in Ferryhill after his family's secret is revealed and neighbours turn against him.

Joe and Hermione work to mediate between some of the village community's prejudices against a way of life for Jemal and his family. Can Jemal win the villagers' hearts with his story?

Once again, ex-miner Joe Snowball and Durham philosophy lecturer Hermione Pink argue, console and confide in one another over the thinking behind one of life's big dilemmas.

Written by Michael Chaplin
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Joe's friend Jemal fights to stay in Ferryhill after his family's secret is revealed.

Radio 4 drama

Moral Luck And The F Word20190408

By Michael Chaplin. A man burdened with terrible guilt returns to Ferryhill to find forgiveness for his part in the death of a child.
Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star once again as the unlikely duo of ex-miner and Durham University philosopher facing life’s big questions together.

Cast:
Joe Snowball... Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink... Deborah Findlay
Mark Cornforth... John Bowler
Barry Hardwick... Trevor Fox
Kathy Merrington... Jackie Lye
Bus Driver... Dean Logan
Barmaid... Tracy Gillman

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

A man burdened with terrible guilt returns to Ferryhill to find forgiveness.

Radio 4 drama

Psychological Continuity And The Waterfall Of Self20190401

By Michael Chaplin.
In the next five new episodes of The Ferryhill Philosophers Joe and Hermione reassess their friendship as Joe welcomes a first grandchild and Hermione supports him in facing a family crisis, and together they say farewell to her father.
Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star once again as the unlikely duo of ex-miner and Durham University philosopher facing life’s big questions together.

Joe Snowball... Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink... Deborah Findlay
Rachel... Tracy Gillman
George... Geoffrey Palmer
Archie... David Holt

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey Production

Joe, Hermione and her father face some sad times and a hard decision.

Radio 4 drama

The Toddler In The Pond And A Bottle Of Pop20190415

By Michael Chaplin
Joe encounters the stark reality of twenty first century poverty close to home and responds in the only way he can.
Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star once again as the unlikely duo of ex-miner and Durham University philosopher facing life’s big questions together.

Joe Snowball... Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink... Deborah Findlay
Louise... Laura Elphinstone
Rob... Dean Bone
Bayissa... Okorie Chukwu
WPC Chase... Tracy Gillman

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey Production

Joe encounters the stark reality of twenty first century poverty close to home.

Radio 4 drama

Thought Experiments And A Little Scrap Of A Thing2018031920190313 (R4)

Joe's daughter Lucy is pregnant and heading for University. Her Mum, her Dad, the baby's father and grandmother all have differing opinions - but why does philosopher Hermione stay silent?

Lucy must decide what to do, while Hermione gives her and Joe warm support, good advice - and a startling revelation.

Once again, ex-miner Joe Snowball and Durham philosophy lecturer Hermione Pink argue, console and confide in one another over the thinking behind one of life's big dilemmas.

Written by Michael Chaplin
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Joe's daughter is pregnant and heading for University. Will she take Joe's tough advice?

Radio 4 drama

Two Georges and An Epigram of Epicurus20190429

By Michael Chaplin. A sad farewell and a glad welcome to the world. Life goes on triumphantly in Ferryhill as Joe welcomes his first grandchild and faces a family dilemma, while Hermione says goodbye to George.

Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star once again as the unlikely duo of ex miner and philosopher facing life’s big questions together.

Cast:
Joe Snowball ... Alun Armstrong
Hermione Pink ... Deborah Findlay
George ... Geoffrey Palmer
Gloria ... Tracy Whitwell
Lucy ... Lauren Kellegher
Peter ... Dean Bone
Rose ... Linda Broughton

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

A sad farewell and a glad welcome to the world as life goes on triumphantly in Ferryhill.

Radio 4 drama

Wants And Desires2015010720190206 (R4)

A rather unlikely duo, they come from two very different worlds, albeit only seven miles apart - Joe Snowball, unemployed ex-miner in a village forgotten by the world, and the Hon. Hermione Pink, slightly disenchanted senior lecturer at the third oldest university in England, an ivory tower almost encircled by the River Wear.

Together, they wrestle with the collision between moral philosophy and the sundry dilemmas encountered by the not-always-good people of Ferryhill, deprived of jobs, opportunities and the kind of ethical guidance once offered by the Methodist Church and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Should a jobless teenage girl be entitled to sell her body for sex? Should one always tell the truth even if it has bad consequences?

The philosophy is thought provoking, the unlikely partnership is intriguing, and the world of Ferryhill is a humorous, engaging and sometimes challenging place to visit.

Cast:
Joe....Alun Armstrong
Hermione....Deborah Findlay
Vera....Jackie Lye
Kerry....Laura Elphinstone
Gaz....Chris Grahamson
Rollo Ironside....John Rowe

Written by Michael Chaplin

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

An ex-miner and a senior philosophy lecturer form an unlikely but intriguing partnership.

Radio 4 drama

A Good Thing For A Good Reason2015010620190130 (R4)

A rather unlikely duo, they come from two very different worlds, albeit only seven miles apart - Joe Snowball, unemployed ex-miner in a village forgotten by the world, and the Hon. Hermione Pink, slightly disenchanted senior lecturer at the third oldest university in England, an ivory tower almost encircled by the River Wear.

Together, they wrestle with the collision between moral philosophy and the sundry dilemmas encountered by the not-always-good people of Ferryhill, deprived of jobs, opportunities and the kind of ethical guidance once offered by the Methodist Church and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Should a man bent on suicide be stopped - or allowed to do as he wishes? Should one always tell the truth even if it has bad consequences?

The philosophy is thought provoking, the unlikely partnership is intriguing, and the world of Ferryhill is a humorous, engaging and sometimes challenging place to visit.

Cast:
Joe....Alun Armstrong
Hermione....Deborah Findlay
Derek....Joe Caffrey
Gloria....Tracy Whitwell
Lucy....Lauren Kellegher
Barry....Jonathan Keeble

Written by Michael Chaplin

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

An ex-miner and a senior philosophy lecturer form an unlikely but intriguing partnership.

Radio 4 drama