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A Month In The Country20120505

By J. L. Carr

Dramatised by Dave Sheasby

WW1 survivor Tom Birkin spends a summer uncovering a medieval mural in the Yorkshire village of Oxgodby. Here he discovers treasures, riches he thought the war had blown away for ever.

Cast

Birkin.... Rupert Evans

Alice.... Hattie Morahan

Keach.... Stephen Critchlow

Moon.... Blake Ritson

Kathy.... Leah Brotherhead

Station Master.... Tony Bell

Produced by David Hunter

Tom Birkin, a Londoner has survived the Great War but is left with a stammer, a nervous twitch, and vivid nightmares. He is given the summer job of uncovering an ancient wall-painting in the church of Oxgodby, Yorkshire. When he arrives he discovers that Charles Moon, is already there. Moon is trying to uncover the bones of a medieval ancestor of the local woman (now deceased) whose will stipulated that funds be allocated from her estate both for this and for Birkin's task, and to find out the reason for their burial outside the church grounds. The two men share their horrific war-time experiences over early morning cups of tea in Moon's tent, bonding in what soon becomes a strong, delicately understated, friendship.

The work on the wall-painting progresses and reveals an unusually painted figure. Meanwhile Birkin begins to fall in love with Alice, the beautiful wife of the cold and unsympathetic vicar. As the summer days pass Birkin becomes more enmeshed in village life, more drawn to Alice. He discovers anew the gifts of compassion and acceptance, of friendship and respect that he thought the Great War had obliterated. And finally the vital connection between Birkin's and Moon's tasks is revealed.

A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY was the last piece of work by award-winning playwright Dave Sheasby who died in 2010.

Shell-shocked WW1 survivor Tom Birkin finds welcome recovery in a remote Yorkshire village

Al Kennedy - Confessions Of A Medium20171008 (BBC7)

In 1870s London, Mr Parker is looking for more meaning to life, and then meets a medium.

Starring Bill Nighy as Thomson and Robert Glenister as Mr. Parker. A gothic, shadowy, and darkly comic drama about illusion, delusion and desire. Based on a true story in 1870's London. Mr. Parker is a sincere and kind man in search of a higher meaning to life. He has moved from conventional religion to séances and spiritualism. He believes he's met his saviour in the guise of Mr. Thomson - a charming, erudite, and utterly mesmerising medium, but unbeknown to Parker, Thomson is a complete and utter fake.

DIRECTED BY PAULINE HARRIS
BBC DRAMA NORTH
BILLING ENDS.

An American Rose20120303

by Charlotte Jones

The Kennedys were the most famous family in

England when Joseph became American Ambassador

in London. But daughter Rosemary's behaviour began to

cause the family increasing concern.

Rosemary Kennedy.... Fenella Woolgar

Kathleen Kennedy.... Lydia Wilson

Rose Kennedy.... Lisa Eichhorn

Deborah Mitford.... Tilly Gaunt

Billy Hartington.... Carl Prekopp

Dr Freeman.... Don Gilet

Sister Margaret.... Tracy Wiles

John White.... Harry Livingstone

Produced by Claire Grove

Directed by Sally Avens

Award winning writer Charlotte Jones' play is inspired by the lives of two of JFK's sisters, 'Rosemary' Kennedy, who died in 2005, but underwent a prefrontal lobotomy aged 23 and Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy who married the heir to the Duke of Devonshire.

Charlotte's work includes 'Airswimming' and 'Humble Boy' for the National Theatre. She has written several plays for Radio.

By Charlotte Jones. Chilling story of the tragic fate of Rosemary Kennedy, JFK's sister.

An Inspector Calls20120421

By J. B. Priestley

The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila when a police Inspector calls. Each member of the family is questioned about their relationship with a young woman, Eva Smith. And they each have to face up to their role in her tragic story.

Inspector Goole... Toby Jones

Arthur Birling....David Calder

Sibyl Birling...Frances Barber

Sheila Birling... Morvern Christie

Eric Birling... Sam Alexander

Gerald Croft...Geoffrey Streatfeild

Edna... Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

By JB Priestley. A family celebration is disrupted by the visit of a police inspector.

Arcadia20070630

Tom Stoppard's acclaimed comedy, set in the early 19th and late 20th centuries.

Radio 4 drama

Avoid London...area Closed...turn On Radio20070707

The story of a fictional Every Family, the Demerils, set against the real and terrible events of 7/7 2005 - how they coped with those events and how they set about rebuilding their lives.

On the 3rd July Radio 4 will present a Drama centring on the events of 7 July 2005 as experienced by the Demerils, a kind of fictional Every Family.

Our family, typical of so many in the capital that week, has the usual preoccupations; wayward children and aged parents, retirement and overwork, the near impossibility of life in the city, when suddenly a series of explosions throws everything into extreme and brutal perspective. Though fictional, this is all our stories and how we did or didn't manage to cope with those awful events.

The title - an ominous portent which caused many travellers to suspect the worst - refers to the many motorway signs which greeted commuters as they ground their way into central London on the morning of 7th July.

Cast includes: David Calder, Margot Leicester, Elizabeth Spriggs, Leanne Rowe.

Director - Eoin O'Callaghan.

Mike Walker's drama focuses on how a family coped with the terrible events of 7/7.

Radio 4 drama

Backtrack20070210

A volunteer helper at a temporary centre for the homeless finds herself oddly interested in one of the down-and-outs, and for once allows herself to follow her instincts.

Starring Maxine Peake as Jan, Joseph Kloska as Fiz, Mark Straker as Matt and Marcella Riordan as Molly.

Director: Jane Morgan

Writer Jill Hyem (1937-2015) was a major contributor on BBC TV's serial 'Tenko'. This led to her writing for BBC Radio 2's daily soap 'The Dales', 'Waggoner's Walk' and a number of other single radio plays including 'A Shape Like Piccadilly' and 'Equal Terms'.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2007.

A volunteer at a homeless shelter becomes intrigued by one of its residents.

Radio 4 drama

Betrayal20170422

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit.

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma....Olivia Colman
Jerry....Andrew Scott
Robert....Charles Edwards
Waiter....Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

Emma.... Olivia Colman
Jerry.... Andrew Scott
Robert.... Charles Edwards
Waiter.... Gerard McDermott

Called To Account20070714

Drama based on a play about Tony Blair's handling of Iraq by The Tricycle Theatre.

Radio 4 drama

Charlotte Jones - Humble Boy20070623

Felix tries to come to terms with his father's death and mother's personal revelations.

Radio 4 drama

Charlotte Williams - Well, He Would, Wouldn't He?20170910 (BBC7)
20170911 (BBC7)

Mandy Rice-Davies looks back to being caught up in the sensational trial of Stephen Ward.

By Charlotte Williams. In 1963, at the tender age of 18, Mandy Rice-Davies found herself at the centre of one of the most sensational scandals of the 20th century. She was a witness in the trial of Stephen Ward who was charged with living off the earnings of prostitutes. At the age of 16 Mandy had run away to London and become a dancer at Murray's Club in the West End, where she'd met Christine Keeler and society osteopath, Stephen. Soon she was mixing with London's elite and living as Peter Rachman's mistress. But when there was a shooting incident at Stephen's flat, and news broke of Christine's secret affair with Government Minister John Profumo, events began to spiral out of control. Fifty years later, Mandy looks back at those events and the impact they've had on her life.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

David Edgar - Something Wrong About The Mouth20070120

By David Edgar. A love story told at the border between memory and fiction, trust and betrayal, East and West.

Soho, 1958. A mysterious American wants to commission a portrait of a woman he can't produce, in a dress he can only describe, at an event which never happened.

Gene Pew.... Damian Lewis
Desmond McElwee.... Bill Paterson
Mrs Pew.... Lisa Dillon
Dr Frisch.... David De Keyser
The Hotelier.... Andrew Sachs
Peter Szabo.... Julian Rhind-Tutt

Other parts played by Carolyn Pickles, Éva Magyar, Kenneth Collard, Christine Kavanagh and Joseph Kloska.

Directed by Jonquil Panting.

A man commissions a picture of an imagined event.

Radio 4 drama

Don Webb - Boots On The Ground20170929 (BBC7)

Danny Marks volunteers for speed reaction tests. A friend on the same course goes missing.

Danny Marks arrives at a Military Research centre. He's a volunteer for speed reaction testing; trying to improve reaction times under duress. His mate Billy Rogers was on the same course, but he's gone missing. Has he just done a bunk? Or is it something more sinister. A dark, contemporary thriller by veteran TV writer.

Don Webb is a hugely experienced TV and radio writer with credits stretching back to the early eighties. He has written for 'The Bill', 'Juliet Bravo', 'Rockcliffe's Babies' and 'Byker Grove'. His recent R4 plays include 'Right Place, Wrong Time' and 'A Bobby's Job'.

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde20070203

By Robert Louis Stevenson.

When a London lawyer studies the last will of his old friend Dr Jekyll, his suspicions are aroused. Why has respectable Dr Jekyll left everything to sinister Edward Hyde?

Dr Jekyll.... Adam Godley
Utterson.... David Horovitch
Enfield.... Mark Straker
Mrs Utterson.... Christine Kavanagh
Lanyon.... Sam Dale
Poole.... Joseph Kloska
Sir Danvers.... Ian Masters
Girl/Maid.... Emma Noakes
Housekeeper.... Bethan Walker

Directed by Claire Grove.

When a lawyer studies the last will of his friend Dr Jekyll, his suspicions are aroused.

Radio 4 drama

Frances Byrnes - Belle Amie20170426 (BBC7)

4 Extra Debut. Has age tamed ruthless 19th-century charmer Georges Duroy?

Original sequel to Guy de Maupassant's novel Bel Ami - have the years tamed amoral charmer, Georges Duroy? Frances Byrnes' witty take on 19th century French politics, romance and double dealing.

The hero of the story, Georges Duroy, nicknamed Bel Ami by the women he uses, will trample over anyone for money and power. Blessed with good looks and confidence, he is unstoppable. He meets his match in Clothilde de Marelle, the pleasure seeking bored wife of an older businessman.

In this new sequel by Frances Byrnes, we rejoin our hero and his lover as middle age looms.

Age has taken its toll on both, but their passion is as vivid as ever. Then, when Bel Ami's father in law dies and tells his daughter, Suzanne, that her husband has slept with her mother, mid life crisis explodes. Bel Ami seeks solace with the virtuous, church going Laurine, Clothilde's daughter, and makes one last bid to refind his lost youth in a mad dash to Africa, where he has launched an ill advised military campaign. Clothilde is furious and sets out to thwart him, but first she must overcome her daughter's conviction that Bel Ami's holy conversion is for real.

The writer

Guy de Maupassant is one of the finest short story writers of the 19th century.

The dramatist

Frances Byrnes is an award winning radio producer and writer. She won a Sony in 2008 for her Radio 4 feature, Now Wash Your Hands.

Georges Duroy/Bel Ami....Jonathan Slinger
Clothilde de Marelle....Emma Fielding
Suzanna....Rhiannon Oliver
Laurine....Sarah Ovens
Renard....Rhys ap Hywel
Mme Walter....Nicky Rainsford

Producer Polly Thomas
Executive producer Kate McAll

A BBC Cymru/Wales production.

Hattie Naylor - J'accuse20170418 (BBC7)

Inspired by an article written by Emile Zola about the Dreyfus Affair.

By Hattie Naylor. Dramatisation inspired by a newspaper article written by Emile Zola in response to the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s, when a Jewish army officer was persecuted and wrongly imprisoned by the French military and judicial establishment. Louis Gregori gives a right-wing and nationalistic perspective on the events that led him to believe that the murder of the guiltless Dreyfus was the correct and only action.

Louis.... Mark Heap
Dominique.... Kathryn Hunt
Arnaud.... Graeme Hawley
Zola.... Conrad Nelson
Eugene/Dreyfus.... Paul Mundell
Gustav.... Jonathan Keeble

Directed by Pauline Harris.

Honour20070224

By Joanna Murray-Smith and starring Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis.

Radio 4 drama

India And Pakistan '07: Feluda The Golden Fortress20070804

An adventure for Satyajit Ray's famous Bengali sleuth Feluda, specially recorded in Mumbai

Radio 4 drama

John Fletcher - The Shocking Tale Of Margaret Seddon2007072120170507 (BBC7)
20170508 (BBC7)

TRUE CRIME: John Fletcher's Edwardian murder story is based on real events.

Frederick and Margaret Seddon take wealthy Mrs Barrow into their Islington home as a lodger. During the scorching summer of 1911, Mrs Barrow dies, leaving all her money to Fred, but suspicions are aroused. Was her death caused by the heatwave, or the 'English Cholera' - or could arsenic-laced fly papers have something to do with it?

Margaret Seddon.... Lynne Seymour
Fred Seddon.... Bertie Carvel
Miss Barrow.... Annette Badland
Hook/Attorney General Isaacs.... Dick Bradnum
Benny/Vicar.... Brendan Charleson
Dr Sworn/Hangman.... Dorien Thomas
Maggie.... Anwen Carlisle
Ada.... Isabel Lewis

Director: Kate McAll

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

Radio 4 drama

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

John Godber - September In The Rain20170924 (BBC7)
20170925 (BBC7)

A couple's relationship through a lifetime of holidays in Blackpool.

Jack and Liz are in Blackpool for one last time. John Godber's classic stage play tells the touching and funny story of a marriage through a lifetime of holidays together.

Directed by Toby Swift

John Godber is one of the country's most successful and prolific playwrights. Famously he was identified as the third most performed playwright in the UK after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. September in the Rain, written very early in his career, dates from 1983 and drew heavily on his grandparents' relationship. A play for two actors, it was originally performed by the author and his now wife, Jane. They resume their partnership for this radio production many years after last performing it together.

Jonathan Holloway - The Kane Conspiracy20170709 (BBC7)

Drama about the dirty tricks campaign against Citizen Kane and its creator Orson Welles.

In 1941 Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane, now regularly voted top in critics' and audience polls, picked up nine Oscar nominations and was already being spoken of as a work of genius. But there were powerful forces lobbying hard against it, not least among them William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul on whom the story is based, and FBI supremo J Edgar Hoover.

As the Oscar nominations are announced, Welles suffers an uncharacteristic attack of anxiety. And not without cause: FBI supremo J.Edgar Hoover has tasked a small-time FBI agent, Special Agent RB Wood, with making sure the film doesn't triumph at the Oscars ceremony. Hearst has banned any mention of the film across his media empire, RKO, the distributor, is looking shaky, and while the movie plays to capacity houses in art-house cinemas, no major theatres or cinema chains will take it. A chance encounter in an elevator leads to a highly charged head-to-head between Hearst and Welles when the two men lay their cards on the table. At the ceremony in February 1941 the film only wins one Oscar, and Welles' reputation in America never recovers.

Only the character of Agent Wood is imagined, although he is based on a documented but shadowy figure mentioned in the FBI archives. And it is Wood who finally confronts Welles with the uncomfortable truth about the film: in hijacking Hearst's life for Citizen Kane, Welles has replaced it with his own.

Orson Welles....Jeff Harding
J. Edgar Hoover....Toby Jones
Herman Mankiewicz....John Guerrasio
William Randolph Hearst...Peter Marinker
George Schaefer....Garrick Hagon
Agent Wood....Val Jobara
Radio Interviewer....Paul Mundell

Written by Jonathan Holloway
Producer: Sara Davies.

Written by Jonathan Holloway
Producer: Sara Davies.

Journey Into Space - The Host20120225 (BBC7)
20120226 (BBC7)

Julian Simpson's adaptation of the classic 1950s science fiction series created by Charles Chilton.

After receiving a distress call from an abandoned freighter, Jet Morgan and his crew must find a way to defeat the vastly superior Host. If they fail, they will not only all perish, but mankind will become a dispensable stepping stone to a new chapter in evolution.

Jet.... Toby Stephens

Doc/Enceladus Control.... Alan Marriott

Lemmy.... Jot Davies

Mitch.... Chris Pavlo

The Host.... David Jacobs

Edie.... Jana Carpenter

JJ Andreev.... Basher Savage

Original music & sound design by David Chilton.

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Julian Simpson's adaptation of the 1950s science fiction series created by Charles Chilton

Mark Lawson - Suspicion For 10 Voices20170420 (BBC7)

Composer Will Byrd is charged with coding papist messages in the music of the Chapel Royal

Written by Mark Lawson.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, England was a protestant country standing alone against formidable European and papal enemies. Fear of a Roman Catholic fifth column was rife. But when William Byrd, Elizabeth's favourite composer, is arrested and charged with placing secret papist messages within the music of the Chapel Royal, the court is shocked and panic takes hold among the recusant community.

Byrd's dense polyphony is dissected and decoded and it seems sedition is undeniable. But the composer has a powerful protector - one whom not even Walsingham dare countermand.

Starring Simon Russell Beale as Byrd and Anton Lesser as Walsingham.

Musical Director: Neil Brand
Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

A Big Fish production for BBC Radio 4.

Marks And Gran - Love Me Do20170930 (BBC7)

In the countdown to the Cuban Missile Crisis, two Americans in London are thrown together.

by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

As the world faces nuclear extinction
two Americans trapped in London find themselves thrown together
in the countdown to the Cuban missile crisis.

Dorothy.... Miranda Raison
Shack.... Adam James
Richard.... Stephen Hogan
Candice.... Susie Riddell
Lindsay.... Christine Kavanagh
Patrick.... Stephen France
Marie.... Francesca Spencer
Martin.... Patrick Brennan
Jonathan.... Don Gilet
Dentist.... Joe Sims
General Power.... Robert Blythe
Lady Compton.... Christine Absalom
Chris Schenkel.... Paul Stonehouse
Comic.... Adam Nagatis
Other parts played by
Eleanor Crooks, Sarah Thom and
Will Howard.

Director.... Sally Avens

The Cuban missile crisis took place fifty years ago. For thirteen days in October the world teetered on the brink of nuclear destruction. Our Saturday Drama, by the writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, is a love story from the time when everyone thought the world was about to end.
When Dorothy arrives in England from Kansas to attend the friend of a wedding she finds herself the only American there apart from 'Shack' who works at the American Embassy. But she soon finds herself arguing with him over his flippant attitude to life and specifically Dorothy's marriage. But when she finds herself caught up in the crisis it is Shack who comes to her rescue and struggling to come to terms with the enormity of what's happening to the world they find themselves falling in love.

The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran are responsible for such hits as Birds of A Feather, The New Statesman and Shine on Harvey Moon. Their last radio play 'Von Ribbentrop's Watch' met with great acclaim.

The play stars Miranda Raison who won acclaim for her roles in Spooks and Vexed and on stage as Anne Boleyn.
Adam James plays Shack and appeared in 'Band of Brothers', Rome and Doctor Who as well as numerous stage appearances.

As the world faces nuclear extinction two Americans trapped in London find themselves thrown together in the countdown to the Cuban missile crisis.

The Cuban missile crisis took place fifty years ago. For thirteen days in October the world teetered on the brink of nuclear destruction. Our Saturday Drama, by the writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, is a love story from the time when everyone thought the world was about to end. When Dorothy flys over to England from Kansas to attend the friend of a wedding she finds herself the only American there apart from 'Shack' who works at the American Embassy. But she soon finds herself arguing with him over his flippant attitude to life and specifically Dorothy's marriage. But when she finds herself caught up in the crisis it is Shack who comes to her rescue and struggling to come to terms with the enormity of what's happening to the world they find themselves falling in love.

The play stars Miranda Raison who won acclaim for her roles in Spooks and Vexed and on stage as Anne Bolyen
Adam James plays Shack and appeared in 'Band of Brothers', Rome and Doctor Who as well as numerous stage appearances.

Michael Frayn - Skios20171014 (BBC7)

Identity swap and absurdity on a sunlit Greek island. But where is the real Dr Wilfred?

On the Greek island of Skios, guests of a celebrated foundation prepare for the yearly lecture, given by scientific guru Dr Norman Wilfred. He turns out to be surprisingly charismatic. In fact he's not Dr Wilfred but a handsome chancer called Oliver Fox who has allowed himself to be misidentified.

Meanwhile sexy Georgie, awaiting Oliver, is trapped in a remote villa with the real Dr Wilfred; he has lost his luggage and himself.

In 'Skios', skilfully dramatised by Archie Scottney, an international cast delivers us to the outer limits of hilarity. Martin Jarvis says: 'A joy to direct. Much laughter in studio and on location as we recorded Michael Frayn's philosophic farce of pretension, delusion and mislaid identity.'

Dramatised by Archie Scottney
Sound design: Mark Holden and Wes Dewberry
Producer Rosalind Ayres
Director Martin Jarvis
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Mountain Of Light20120414
Mountain Of Light20120414

by Simon Bovey

London, 1851. The world's largest diamond is on show at the Great Exhibition. And John Rayverne must find a way to steal it to save the people he loves.

John....Carl Prekopp

Emily....Lizzy Watts

Hawkesworth....Ben Crowe

Rilke....Harry Myers

Hobbs....Sam Dale

Galloway....Michael Shelford

Cobbet....David Seddon

Wyatt....Nigel Hastings

Directed by Marc Beeby

STEREO

1851: London buzzes with the wonders at The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. To John Rayverne, housebreaker par excellence, it's harvest time as fine houses stand empty while the occupants attend the spectacle. But his activities have come to the notice of a Governor of the Bank of England, George Galloway. Galloway has Rayverne abducted In return for not to hand him over to the police - and in order to protect the people he cares about - Rayverne is forced to agree to the impossible. He must steal one of the Exhibition's most famous exhibits: the world's largest diamond, the Koh-i-Noor. Galloway professes idealistic reasons for the theft: he fears cutting the diamond to fit the centrepiece in the Queen's crown (where it has its place today) will degrade the priceless original. But the theft appears impossible. By day the gem is sealed in an iron cage, at night it sinks into a vault. Rayverne, hounded by the police, spends much time among the mechanical wonders of the Exhibition looking for the necessary technical inspiration to carry out the theft. But has he bitten off more than even he can chew?

Simon Bovey's impeccably researched work for Radio 4 has been extremely successful. His plays include 'Red in Tooth and Claw', ' The Iceman' - 'a murkily atmospheric Victorian thriller that keeps the shivers coming' (Daily Mail) and the very well received Sargasso. Simon is also a film maker. His most recent production The Un-gone has been optioned by Miramax.

Simon Bovey's story of a daring jewel heist set during London's Great Exhibition of 1851.

Mountain Of Light20120414

Mountain of Light

by Simon Bovey

London, 1851. The world's largest diamond is on show at the Great Exhibition. And John Rayverne must find a way to steal it to save the people he loves.

John....Carl Prekopp

Emily....Lizzy Watts

Hawkesworth....Ben Crowe

Rilke....Harry Myers

Hobbs....Sam Dale

Galloway....Michael Shelford

Cobbet....David Seddon

Wyatt....Nigel Hastings

Directed by Marc Beeby

STEREO

1851: London buzzes with the wonders at The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. To John Rayverne, housebreaker par excellence, it's harvest time as fine houses stand empty while the occupants attend the spectacle. But his activities have come to the notice of a Governor of the Bank of England, George Galloway. Galloway has Rayverne abducted In return for not to hand him over to the police - and in order to protect the people he cares about - Rayverne is forced to agree to the impossible. He must steal one of the Exhibition's most famous exhibits: the world's largest diamond, the Koh-i-Noor. Galloway professes idealistic reasons for the theft: he fears cutting the diamond to fit the centrepiece in the Queen's crown (where it has its place today) will degrade the priceless original. But the theft appears impossible. By day the gem is sealed in an iron cage, at night it sinks into a vault. Rayverne, hounded by the police, spends much time among the mechanical wonders of the Exhibition looking for the necessary technical inspiration to carry out the theft. But has he bitten off more than even he can chew?

Simon Bovey's impeccably researched work for Radio 4 has been extremely successful. His plays include 'Red in Tooth and Claw', ' The Iceman' - 'a murkily atmospheric Victorian thriller that keeps the shivers coming' (Daily Mail) and the very well received Sargasso. Simon is also a film maker. His most recent production The Un-gone has been optioned by Miramax.

Simon Bovey's story of a daring jewel heist set during London's Great Exhibition of 1851.

Noughts And Crosses20120225

by Malorie Blackman, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Callum and Sephy have known each other since they were babies, when his Mum worked for hers. But Callum is a Nought - a second class citizen - and Sephy a Cross, one of the elite. Her father is also one of the country's leading policiticians. No matter how much they may want to be together, the world is telling them they can't. And soon bigger things will prevail. Like the bombing.... - Sephy.... Zawe Ashton

Callum.... Rikki Lawton

Meggie/Jasmine.... Adjoa Andoh

Ryan/Andrew Dorn.... Carl Prekopp

Jude.... Alex Lanipekun

Lynette/Sarah.... Tracy Wiles

Kamal.... Jude Akuwudike

Kelani Adams.... Nikki Amuka Bird

Mr Pingule.... Israel Oyelumade

Mr Stoll.... Richard Pepple

Soanes.... Gerard McDermott

Shania.... Victoria Inez Hardy

Director/Producer Marion Nancarrow

Malorie Blackman, OBE, is the BAFTA winning author of more than 50 books. "Noughts and Crosses" won the Children's Book of the Year Award in 2002, as well as the Fantastic Fiction Award and was in the BBC's Big Read Top 100.

The dramatist of Noughts & Crosses, Janice Okoh, won the prestigious Bruntwood prize 2011 for Playwriting, in conjunction with the Royal Exchange Theatre, for her original play Three Birds.

Malorie Blackman's cult novel of young love in a dystopian world dramatised by Janice Okoh

Othello20120512

Lenny Henry stars in Northern Broadside's version of Shakespeare's great tragedy of love turned sour by unfounded jealousy. Othello's descent into deluded rage is orchestrated by the dazzling villainy of his lieutenant Iago.

(Original stage production created by Northern Broadsides and West Yorkshire Playhouse and staged in London by Sonia Friedman Productions)

IAGO.... Conrad Nelson

RODERIGO.... Matt Connor

BRABANTIO.... Geoff Leesley

OTHELLO.... Lenny Henry

CASSIO.... Richard Standing

DUKE / GRATIANO.... David Beckford

SENATOR / LODOVICO.... Simon Holland Roberts

DESDEMONA.... Jessica Harris

MONTANO.... Andy Cryer

EMILIA.... Sara Poyzer

HERALD / GENTLEMAN.... Chris Pearse

BIANCA.... Victoria Gee

Director: Barrie Rutter

Producer: David Hunter

Music arranged by Conrad Nelson and performed by the cast.

Northern Broadsides theatre company's version of Shakespeare's tragedy of love turned sour

Otherwise Engaged20120324

A new production of Simon Gray's most successful and best-loved play. A dark study of a London publisher trying to enjoy a Saturday afternoon at home listening to Wagner. With JAMES PUREFOY, HATTIE MORAHAN & NIGEL PLANER.

SIMON....JAMES PUREFOY

STEPHEN....ALEX MACQUEEN

JEFF.... EWAN BAILEY

DAVINA....HATTIE MORAHAN

WOOD....NIGEL PLANER

BETH....TRACY WILES

DAVE....RIKKI LAWTON

Director - PETER KAVANAGH.

Simon Gray's best-loved comedy. With James Purefoy, Hattie Morahan and Nigel Planer.

Pass The Parcel20070728

Melissa Murray's romantic drama about two people who meet at a genealogy course.

Radio 4 drama

Peter Nichols - Passion Play2008011220170722 (BBC7)

Passion Play

Peter Nichols's acclaimed study of adultery and betrayal.

James and Eleanor are happily married, or so they think. Kate, the young widow of one of their oldest friends, makes it clear to James that she thinks him very attractive. It is an offer he finds very difficult to resist.

James....Nicholas Le Prevost
Eleanor....Joanna David
Agnes....Gemma Jones
Kate....Emily Bruni

Directed by Colin Guthrie.

James and Eleanor are happily married, or so they think, until Kate voices her feelings.

Radio 4 drama

Directed by Colin Guthrie.

September Tide20080126

Daphne du Maurier's bittersweet love story, adapted by Moya O'Shea.

Radio 4 drama

Spellbound20080216

Newly qualified psychiatrist, Constance Sedgwick arrives at Landry House in North Yorkshire, where another new arrival - the handsome, Dr Murchison, author of several books on psychiatry- is giving the great Dr Edwardes a welcome break.

With his special patient locked in a room, Nurse Deeling- Dr Edwardes loyal long term assistant - suspects Dr Murchison might be an imposter....

Dramatised by Amanda Dalton from the famous Hitchcock film - script by Ben Hecht and the original book - The House of Dr Edwardes by Francis Beeding.

Starring Hattie Morahan as Constance Sedgewick, Benedict Cumberbatch as John Ballantyne, Alexander Mathie as Nurse Anne Deeling, David Fleeshman as Dr Edwardes, Gerard Fletcher as Geoffrey Dodstone and Christine Cox as Ciceley Truelow.

Director: Susan Roberts

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

Is the new head of a mental hospital an imposter?

Radio 4 drama

That Uncertain Feeling20080120

Kingsley Amis's satire on life and culture in a Welsh seaside town in the 1950s.

Radio 4 drama

The Caretaker20120428

Davies... David Warner

Aston... Tony Bell

Mick... Daniel Mays

David Warner and Daniel Mays star in Harold Pinter's dark comedy. Two brothers shelter an elderly, homeless man after a fight in a caf退. But his problems are far from over.

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

A tramp rescued from a fight is offered a job as caretaker, in Harold Pinter's play.

The Jubilee Singers20120331

Writer Adrian Mitchell's drama about the extraordinary Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, Tennessee, who in the years immediately after slavery brought their great 'Sorrow Songs' from the plantations to Europe.

The late Adrian Mitchell, who died suddenly in 2008, was a much loved and revered poet, playwright and human rights campaigner. He was inspired to write this musical play by the true story of the Welsh journalist who toured with the black American Jubilee singers in their first European tour in the late nineteenth century.

The singers enchanted Queen Victoria and Gladstone, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot was heard in England for the first time when they sang it to packed concert halls throughout the country. Mitchell's play was conceived for the theatre but it has not yet had a stage production; this is its premiere; adapted for radio under the guidance of Adrian's widow Celia Mitchell.

The play stars London black gospel choir Nitrovox, with Musical directors Felix Cross and Allyson Devenish and a stellar black cast; Adjoa Andoh, Felix Dexter, Nadine Marshall, Tanya Moodie, Alibe Parsons, Clive Rowe and Ray Shell are joined by Jonathan Pryce who plays the Welsh journalist captivated by a completely new kind of song. He hears each singer's own story and begins to be entranced by one of them in particular, though their love appears to have no future, developing as it does under the shadow of war in Europe, and the inevitable barriers which nineteenth century culture placed between men and women of different race.

Cast

Producer: Marilyn Imrie

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

By Adrian Mitchell. The story of the Jubilee Singers' tour of Europe in the 19th century.

The Killing Of Dr Morgan20070303

A man's world crumbles when a friend is murdered.

Radio 4 drama

The Listening Room20080126

The Listening Room

Psychological thriller by Steve Gough set in the year 2036, exploring truth, confidentiality and morality.

Kathleen works on a national helpline in a call centre named The Listening Room. She starts to receive calls from a man who has a terrible secret of international importance. He has been manipulated by the powers-that-be into committing dreadful crimes, but can she believe him? And should she confide in anyone else?

Directed by Pauline Harris.

Psychological thriller by Steve Gough set in the year 2036.

Radio 4 drama

The Tennis Court20080119

By Jonathan Smith

Sam and Arthur Greenwood confide in each other about everything. But in 1943 Sam is posted to India with the 14th Army while his brother, a haemophiliac, remains at home in Kent. In April 1944 the Japanese Army surround the British forces in the small hilltop town of Kohima and, as the two sides face each other across the tennis court at the back of the Deputy District Commissioner's bungalow, Sam is haunted by a secret he has not shared with Arthur.

Sam.... Dan Stevens
Arthur.... Jot Davies
Mother.... Celia Imrie
Lettie.... Jasmine Hyde
Pearce.... Thomas Arnold
Penny.... Cressida Trew
Tom.... Martin T. Sherman

Producer/director: Bruce Young.

By Jonathan Smith - a love story set in England and India during WWII.

Radio 4 drama

The Voysey Inheritance20120407

Harley Granville Barker's classic 1905 play, The Voysey Inheritance.

Edward discovers that in inheriting his father's impressive family business, he is inheriting a Ponzi scheme. For years his father has been making free with clients' capital and speculating recklessly, as his own father did before him. Edward must decide whether to continue the business and try to put matters right - a seemingly impossible task - or to expose the crime and bring his family to certain ruin.

With Samuel Barnett as Edward and Clive Merrison as Mr. Voysey.

Edward.... Samuel Barnett

Mr Voysey.... Clive Merrison

Mr George Booth.... Gawn Grainger

Trenchard Voysey.... Richard Dillane

Major Booth Vosey.... Alan Cox

Denis Tregoning.... Joseph Arkley

Mrs Voysey.... Phyllida Law

Honor Voysey.... Amanda Lawrence

Peacey.... Paul Moriarty

The Voysey Inheritance was adapted for radio and directed by Lu Kemp.

Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients.

Underneath The Lintel20080105

One-man play by Greg Berger. A Dutch librarian recounts his quest to justify his life.

Radio 4 drama

Willy Russell - Shirley Valentine20170819 (BBC7)

When a middle-aged Liverpool housewife gets to travel, her world begins to change.

Written by acclaimed writer Willy Russell.

Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who reveals her innermost thoughts and fears in a manner that is both insouciant and poignant. Once an incorrigible anti-establishment rebel, Shirley now chafes under the plodding insensitivity of her husband, Joe and the stultifying pace of her suburban routine. Her life enters a new and exciting phase when, after her best friend, Jane, wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece, Shirley is given the opportunity to travel to faraway places without her husband; she begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

Starring Meera Syal, after a much lauded run at the Menier Chocolate Factory the play transferred to The Trafalgar studio to continued success. Finishing in theatre on October 30th Meera walked straight into the studio to record the one woman play for Radio 4. Based on the original Menier Theatre production directed by Glen Walford.

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

01Rebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, Part 120120310
01Rebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, Part 120120310

Ian Rankin's Edinburgh detective, Inspector Rebus, investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife. Ron Donachie stars in a two-part dramatisation by Chris Dolan.

Inspector Rebus investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife.

02 LASTRebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, Part 220120317

Final part of Ian Rankin's crime thriller as Inspector Rebus investigates the death of an MP's wife. Ron Donachie stars in this two-part dramatisation by Chris Dolan set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992.

In Edinburgh a man confesses to the murder of two women - but Rebus isn't convinced. Much to his superior's dismay, Rebus ignores the confession and disappears north to investigate a wild party deep in the Scottish countryside.

D.I. Rebus.... Ron Donachie

D.S. Holmes.... Andy Clark

WPC Moffat.... Lisa Gardner

Gregor Jack.... Gavin Kean

McMillan....Liam Brennan

C.S. Watson.... Douglas Russell

Ronald Steele.... Robin Laing

Helen/Cathy.... Emma Currie

Costello/Rab.... Lewis Howden

Patience.... Monica Gibb

Kemp.... Laurie Brown

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young.

Inspector Rebus investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife.