The Late Story

Sunday 00.30-00.45
Short stories in the small hours.

Episodes

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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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2Bottled Air, War and the Menopause20090111

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

3Bottled Air, Death of a Ladles' Man20090118

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

4Back Chat, Blue Thought20081214

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

4Bottled Air, Soggy Bottom Baby20090125

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

5 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081220
5 LASTBack Chat, Squeezed20081221

. Victor the physio should not be allowed near any patients.

12Since I've Been Away20081130

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

13The Wall20081206

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

13The Wall20081207

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