The Late Story

Sunday 00.30-00.45

Short stories in the small hours.

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Sunday 00.30-00.45

Short stories in the small hours.

Sunday 00.30-00.45

Short stories in the small hours.

20051002

Autumn Anthology

A miscellany of stories from new and established radio writers.

1/5. A Resurrection

By Christina Koning.

A trip to Venice brings painful memories and an awkward encounter.

Read by John Telfer.

20051009

Autumn Anthology

A miscellany of stories from new and established radio writers.

2/5. Twenty Gods and the Pomegranate Seeds

By Azmeena Ladha.

A family story begins with a marriage and ends with a treasure

Read by Renu Brindle.

Producer Sara Davies.

20051016

Autumn Anthology, stories by new and established writers.

3/5. The Venus

Double-digging in pursuit of the perfect tomato, Samuel Protheroe unearths a dilemma of classical proportions.

Followed by Sailing By.

20051023

Autumn Anthology, stories by new and established writers.

4/5. Bees

The queen is bothered by a strange buzzing in her left ear, and her bees are agitated. Meanwhile, the king is reciting alphabetically all the words ever known, in order to prevent mind rot.

Followed by Sailing By.

20051030

Autumn Anthology, stories by new and established writers.

5/5. Quantum Man

By Rachel Fixsen, read by Robert Gwilym.

A husband and father finds an unexpected connection with his teenage son and the complexities of quantum physics.

Followed by Sailing By.

20051106

In the 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston travelled the US collecting folk stories from Black Americans. They were published, posthumously, nearly 50 years later, under the

title Every Tongue Got to Confess. Contemporary Black writers create new tales inspired by these stories.

1/5. War Stories

By Othniel Smith, read by Paul Barber.

A former soldier fights a battle of words with his teenage daughter.

20051113

In the 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston travelled the US collecting folk stories from Black Americans. They were published, posthumously, nearly 50 years later, under the

title Every Tongue Got to Confess. Contemporary Black writers create new tales inspired by these stories.

2/5. Baby Talk

By Angela Turvey, read by Rakie Ayola.

When a grandma-to-be calls round with calaloo soup, her daughter discovers that it's not just a baby that's born, a mother is born too, just as helpless and

bewildered as her child.

20051120

In the 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston travelled the US collecting folk stories from Black Americans. They were published, posthumously, nearly 50 years later, under the

title Every Tongue Got to Confess. Contemporary Black writers create new tales inspired by these stories.

3/5. Devil's Own Luck

By Cheryl Martin, read by Tanya Moodie.

Leroy's life is on the line, and when Ernestine wins the lottery, his very soul is at stake too.

20051204

In the 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston travelled the US collecting folk stories from Black Americans. They were published, posthumously, nearly 50 years later, under the

title Every Tongue Got to Confess. Contemporary Black writers create new tales inspired by these stories.

5/5. Mama B and the Devil

By Patricia Cumper.

Mama B grew up in the islands where the church taught her how to stay out of the reach of the devil's mischief. Now she's an immigrant in the big city and works like a slave

to give her three sons a good start in this new life.

But how will she teach them to withstand the devil's temptations when she isn't sure she can still recognise his face?

Read by Angela Wynter.

Producer Kate McAll.

20051211

Walking Stories: Tales celebrating some diehard pedestrians. 1/5. The Rigi Klum, by Mark Twain. He thought it would be an easy journey to the top, but the walker is duped. Read by Stuart Milligan.

20051218

Series of stories celebrating some diehard pedestrians. 2/5. Bed and Breakfast, by Helen Simpson. To walk and court is the aim. But the countryside is full of challenges. Read by Claire Skinner.

20060122

Stories celebrating some diehard pedestrians.

5/5. The Pedestrian

By Ray Bradbury, read by David Horovitch.

There will come a time when we won't be allowed to walk, by order of the authorities.

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02Bottled Air, War And The Menopause20090111

. Ian Macpherson describes life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

Short stories by writer and comedian Ian Macpherson, describing life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

Ian Macpherson describes life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

03Bottled Air, Death Of A Ladles' Man20090118

Short stories by writer and comedian Ian Macpherson, describing life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

. Ian Macpherson describes life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

04Back Chat, Blue Thought20081214

. A prone man seeks solace by talking to his bones. Read by Dermot Crowley.

Series of specially commissioned stories exploring the traumatic and occasionally comical subject of back pain.

A prone man seeks solace by talking to his bones. By AL Kennedy, read by Dermot Crowley.

A prone man seeks solace by talking to his bones. Read by Dermot Crowley.

04Bottled Air, Soggy Bottom Baby20090125

Five short stories by writer and comedian Ian Macpherson, describing life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

. Ian Macpherson describes life with Florette, a radical, feminist, menopausal poet.

05 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081220
05 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081220

Series of specially commissioned stories exploring the traumatic and occasionally comical subject of back pain.

Victor the physio should not be allowed near any patients.

By Adam Thorpe, read by Gerard McDermott.

05 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081221

Series of specially commissioned stories exploring the traumatic and occasionally comical subject of back pain.

Victor the physio should not be allowed near any patients.

By Adam Thorpe, read by Gerard McDermott.

05 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081221

Victor the physio should not be allowed near any patients.

0102Since I've Been Away20081130

. A bored patient in a body-brace imagines a scenario on the ward that lands her in trouble. (R)

Series of specially commissioned stories exploring the traumatic and occasionally comical subject of back pain.

By Nicci Gerard, read by Rachel Atkins.

A bored patient in a body-brace imagines a scenario on the ward that lands her in trouble. Is there a way out?

A bored patient in a body-brace imagines a scenario on the ward that lands her in trouble. (R)

0103The Wall20081206

. By Julie Myerson. A girl's relationship with her father affects the frailties of her spine (R)

Series of specially commissioned stories exploring the traumatic and occasionally comical subject of back pain.

A girl's relationship with her father determines the frailties of her spine as an adolescent. Later, her husband and daughter will pull her through. By Julie Myerson, read by Niamh Cusack.

0103The Wall20081206

By Julie Myerson. A girl's relationship with her father affects the frailties of her spine (R)

0103The Wall20081207
0103The Wall20081207

. By Julie Myerson. A girl's relationship with her father affects the frailties of her spine (R)