Midnight's Children

Roshan Seth reads Salman Rushdie's novel, abridged in fifteen parts by Pat McLoughlin.

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Part 1: The Perforated Sheet20170815

Kashmir 1915. Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman hidden behind a perforated sheet.

1/7 To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country. The story starts with Saleem's grandfather, Aadam, in Kashmir in 1915.

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Abhin Galeya and Meera Syal.

Episode 1: The Perforated Sheet - Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet.
Episode 2: Hit the Spittoon - Aadam gives refuge to a young poet, scared for his life after the murder of the Hummingbird.
Episode 3: The Public Announcement - Saleem's imminent birth is accidentally announced to the world.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 1: The Perforated Sheet20170815

Kashmir 1915. Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman hidden behind a perforated sheet.

1/7 To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country. The story starts with Saleem's grandfather, Aadam, in Kashmir in 1915.

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Abhin Galeya and Meera Syal.

Episode 1: The Perforated Sheet - Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet.
Episode 2: Hit the Spittoon - Aadam gives refuge to a young poet, scared for his life after the murder of the Hummingbird.
Episode 3: The Public Announcement - Saleem's imminent birth is accidentally announced to the world.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 2: The Birth Of A Nation20170814

A new dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, magic and Partition.

2/7 To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Narinder Samra and Maya Sondhi

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Selva Rasalingam, Renu Brindle, Ronny Jhutti, Rina Mahoney and Aysha Kala.

Part 2: The Birth Of A Nation20170814

A new dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, magic and Partition.

2/7 To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Narinder Samra and Maya Sondhi

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Selva Rasalingam, Renu Brindle, Ronny Jhutti, Rina Mahoney and Aysha Kala.

Part 3: Snakes And Ladders20170815

Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem is brought up by two adoring mothers.

3/7 A new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem grows up in the care of two adoring mothers. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Anneika Rose, Zain Syed and Misha Shah.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Deeivya Meir, Sagar Arya, Selva Rasalingam, Renu Brindle, Silas Carson and Aysha Kala.

Part 3: Snakes And Ladders20170815

Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem is brought up by two adoring mothers.

3/7 A new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem grows up in the care of two adoring mothers. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Anneika Rose, Zain Syed and Misha Shah.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Deeivya Meir, Sagar Arya, Selva Rasalingam, Renu Brindle, Silas Carson and Aysha Kala.

Part 4: All India Radio20170815

The young Saleem uses his newfound powers to tune into other people's thoughts.

Part 4: All India Radio20170815

The young Saleem uses his newfound powers to tune into other people's thoughts.

Part 5: Alpha And Omega20170815

A series of accidents means that Mary's guilty secret can no longer be concealed.

5/7 Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Chetna Pandya and Meera Syal.

Contains two episodes:

Alpha and Omega - Saleem continues to talk telepathically to all the other Midnight's Children, who all have their own unique magical powers.
Revelations - Mary's guilty secret finally becomes too much to bear.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 5: Alpha And Omega20170815

A series of accidents means that Mary's guilty secret can no longer be concealed.

5/7 Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Chetna Pandya and Meera Syal.

Contains two episodes:

Alpha and Omega - Saleem continues to talk telepathically to all the other Midnight's Children, who all have their own unique magical powers.
Revelations - Mary's guilty secret finally becomes too much to bear.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 6: How Saleem Achieved Purity20170815

The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever.

A new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel of love, history and magic. The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon and starring Nikesh Patel, Ronny Jhutti and Abhin Galeya.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 6: How Saleem Achieved Purity20170815

The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever.

A new dramatization of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel of love, history and magic. The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon and starring Nikesh Patel, Ronny Jhutti and Abhin Galeya.

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

Part 7: The Shadow Of The Mosque20170815

1970s. Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances.

7/7 Salman Rushdie's ground-breaking novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Aysha Kala and Nitin Ganatra.

Containing two episodes:

- The Shadow of the Mosque: With the help of Parvati the Witch, Saleem returns to Bombay.
- Midnight: Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Ronny Jhutti, Abhin Galeya, Emilio Doorgasingh, Selva Rasalingam, Kerry Gooderson and Sheetal Kapoor.

Part 7: The Shadow Of The Mosque20170815

1970s. Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances.

7/7 Salman Rushdie's ground-breaking novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Starring Nikesh Patel, Aysha Kala and Nitin Ganatra.

Containing two episodes:

- The Shadow of the Mosque: With the help of Parvati the Witch, Saleem returns to Bombay.
- Midnight: Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced and directed by Emma Harding

All other parts were played by Ronny Jhutti, Abhin Galeya, Emilio Doorgasingh, Selva Rasalingam, Kerry Gooderson and Sheetal Kapoor.

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The hero Saleem Sinai embarks upon the story of his life and lineage, handcuffed, as it is, to the story of the independent India herself.

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The hero Saleem Sinai embarks upon the story of his life and lineage, handcuffed, as it is, to the story of the independent India herself.

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Mary Pereria has swapped name tags on the two infants - one rich, one poor - both born on the stroke of midnight.

Now the hero enters a life of privilege and renown as India's chosen Child of Midnight.

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Mary Pereria has swapped name tags on the two infants - one rich, one poor - both born on the stroke of midnight.

Now the hero enters a life of privilege and renown as India's chosen Child of Midnight.

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For the first time, Saleem uses his midnight gift as a weapon - to wreak revenge on two unfaithful women: Lila Sabarmarti and his own mother.

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For the first time, Saleem uses his midnight gift as a weapon - to wreak revenge on two unfaithful women: Lila Sabarmarti and his own mother.

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An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's classic novel, which won the Booker of Bookers award in 1993.

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An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's classic novel, which won the Booker of Bookers award in 1993.

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An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's classic novel, which won the Booker of Bookers award in 1993.