In The Van [15 Minute Drama]

Episodes

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0120120521 (BBC7)
20170313 (BBC7)
20170314 (BBC7)

It is Yasmin's first day in the van on MI5 surveillance, and her lover is also on the case

Written by Clare Bayley.

Recently promoted MI5 agent, Yasmin Zafiri is on her first stake out facing weeks, rather unglamorously, in a van, and with an unexpected supervisor. On Yasmin's first day in the MI5 surveillance van, she discovers her lover Jonathan is also on the case. They begin to eavesdrop on secret lives and test their own relationship.

Yasmin has the same pressures of many young professional women, but she also has the safety of hundreds of ordinary citizens in her hands. She's an MI5 agent making decisions to prevent a terrorist attack while struggling to preserve her relationship with fellow agent Jonathan.

It gives an insight into the pressures and preoccupations of an ordinary woman doing an extraordinary job for MI5. By hearing the conversations she is intercepting, we glimpse the invasion of privacy that phone tapping involves. Increasingly identifying with this loving, resourceful immigrant family, Yasmin's success in MI5 and her future marriage come at the cost of their happiness.

The drama was recorded on location in a flat and a vehicle parked in the streets of north London, creating the believable,tense interior world of one woman in a crisis, living the life of a spy. More real than TV's Spooks, and more movingly up-to-the-minute than Smiley.

Writer Clare Bayley's plays have won Fringe Firsts and and been produced at the National Theatre.

Cast:

Yasmin.... Amber Agar

Jonathan.... Matt Rawle

Rachid.... Nitzan Sharron

Samira.... Sirine Saba

Bob.... Felix Dexter

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

0220120522 (BBC7)
20170314 (BBC7)
20170315 (BBC7)

MI5 agents Yasmin and Jonathan continue eavesdropping on targets Rachid and Samira.

MI5 agents Yasmin and her fiance Jonathan are on surveillance of suspected terrorists in a van in North London. They continue eavesdropping on targets Rachid and Samira, probing their daily lives and questioning their own. Are they onto something big? Have they really stumbled across bomb making supplies being collected from the party balloon suppliers?

Cast:

Yasmin.... Amber Agar

Jonathan.... Matt Rawle

Rachid.... Nitzan Sharron

Samira.... Sirine Saba

Bob.... Felix Dexter

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

0320120523 (BBC7)
20170315 (BBC7)
20170316 (BBC7)

The suspects are expecting a visitor from abroad, which will change everything.

Written by Clare Bayley.

Yasmin Zafiri, and her supervisor and fiance Jonathan, are getting frustrated both with the lack of progress on their stake out and with each other. Yasmin discovers Jonathan's parents and their boss know nothing of their relationship. But the suspects they are following are expecting a visitor from abroad which will change everything. A breakthrough is just around the corner.

Cast:

Yasmin.... Amber Agar

Jonathan.... Matt Rawle

Rachid.... Nitzan Sharron

Samira.... Sirine Saba

Bob.... Felix Dexter

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

0420120524 (BBC7)
20170316 (BBC7)
20170317 (BBC7)

Yasmin's sympathy for suspect Samira grows with the arrival of an unwanted house guest.

Written by Clare Bayley.

MI5 officer Yasmin finds her sympathy for her suspects growing - but an unwanted guest forces Rachid to jeopardise everything he loves and brings the Yasmin's new career into harsh reality.

Cast:

Yasmin.... Amber Agar

Jonathan.... Matt Rawle

Rachid.... Nitzan Sharron

Samira.... Sirine Saba

Bob.... Felix Dexter

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

0520120525 (BBC7)
20170317 (BBC7)
20170318 (BBC7)

Will Yamin's future marriage come at the cost of Rachid and Samira's happiness?

Written by Clare Bayley.

MI5 officer, Yasmin, on her fist stake out, is deeply compromised. Acceptance in MI5 and her future marriage to Jonathan come at the cost of suspects Rachid and Samira's happiness. Can Yasmin bring herself to carry out the decisive move?

Cast:

Yasmin.... Amber Agar

Jonathan.... Matt Rawle

Rachid.... Nitzan Sharron

Samira.... Sirine Saba

Bob.... Felix Dexter

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.