The Ferryhill Philosophers

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.

Episodes

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Thought Experiments and A Little Scrap of a Thing20180319

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

Radio 4 drama

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.

01Moral Status And The Golden Boy20170314

By Michael Chaplin. The parents of a young boy grievously injured in a cycling accident face the terrible decision of whether to leave him on a life-support machine indefinitely - or to switch it off.

The boy's mother asks Joe to help her husband face up to the decision - and tells Joe something which changes everything.

Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star as the ex-Durham miner and the University philosopher who, together, bring human compassion and philosophy to bear in facing up to some of life's hardest dilemmas.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

02Political Obligations And The Occasional Toke20170315

By Michael Chaplin. Joe's forced to uncover his neighbours' illicit activities and confront old betrayals from the 1984 miner's strike as he clashes with a police officer and his own daughter. Hermione forces them all to find a way forward.

Alun Armstrong and Deborah Findlay star as the e- Durham miner and the University philosopher who together bring human compassion and philosophy to bear in facing up to some of life's hardest dilemmas.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

03Thought Experiments And A Little Scrap Of A Thing20180319

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.

Written by Michael Chaplin
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

04Minority Rights And The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon20180320

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?

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

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.