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A Month In The Country20120505By 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

Adam Thorpe - Devastated Areas2006111120161113 (BBC7)
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Adam Thorpe's play explores civilian grief during and after the Great War of 1914-1918.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None2010111320180217 (BBC7)
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Ten guests are separately invited to an island by a person none of them knows very well, if at-all. When they arrive, it seems they have all been invited for different reasons. Nothing quite adds up.

An anonymous voice accuses each of them of having murdered someone. By the end of the first night, one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm and tormented by the nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Soldier Boys', the ten guests fear for their lives. Who is the killer? Is it one of them?

Agatha Christie's famous detective story without a detective. First published in 1939.

Vera Claythorne.... Lyndsey Marshal
Cyril.... Harry Child
Captain Lombard.... Alex Wyndham
Emily Brent.... Joanna Monro
Dr Armstrong.... Sean Baker
Mr Justice Wargrave.... Geoffrey Whitehead
Anthony Marston.... Lloyd Thomas
Mr Blore.... Sam Dale
Narracott.... Adeel Akhtar
General MacArthur.... John Rowe
Mr Rogers.... Wayne Foskett
Mrs Rogers.... Sally Orrock
Hugo.... Henry Devas
Gramophone Voice.... Jude Akuwudike

Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

'And Then There Were None' was named the world's favourite Agatha Christie novel in a poll in September 2015.

Director: Mary Peate

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.

Ten guests travel to an island. Each is an unconvicted murderer. None will leave alive.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Agatha Christie's famous detective story without a detective. First published in 1939.

'And Then There Were None' was named the world's favourite Agatha Christie novel in a poll in September 2015.

Agatha Christie - Endless Night2008083020180408 (BBC7)
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Lonely drifter Mike Rogers finally settles down when he meets young heiress Ellie Guteman. They build the house of their dreams in a beautiful and remote area, ignoring rumours of a curse.

With their arrival, however, the curse seems to come to life, and they find themselves in grave danger...

Joy Wilkinson's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1967 psychological thriller.

Starring Jonathan Forbes as Mike, Lizzy Watts as Ellie, Sarah Stewart as Greta, Victoria Lennox as Mrs Lee, Chris Pavlo as Mr Constantine, John Rowe as Philpott, Joseph Tremain as Young Mike, Dan Starkey as Santonix and Thomas Brown-Lowe as Oscar.

Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.

Director: Sam Hoyle

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

A complex tale of love, deception and comeuppance for an overambitious working lad.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Al Kennedy - Confessions Of A Medium20171008In 1870s London, Mr Parker is looking for more meaning to life, and then meets a medium.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Al Kennedy - Confessions Of A Medium2017100920171008 (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
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BILLING ENDS.

Alan Bennett - Denmark Hill2014092720161106 (BBC7)
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Idiosyncratic take on Hamlet seen largely through the eyes of a 15-year old-girl.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Alan Garner - The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen2011111920160515 (BBC7)In Alderley Edge, local legend tells of sleeping knights ready to awake to save the world.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

An American Rose20120303by 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 Calls20120421By 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.

Annie Caulfield - The Von Trapps And Me2018110620160508 (BBC7)
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The famous story of the Von Trapps told from another perspective.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Annie Caulfield's comedy tells the famous story of the Von Trapp family singers from the perspective of the Princess Yvonne, the woman Captain Von Trapp jilted in order to marry Maria.

Princess Yvonne.... Helen Froggatt
Helena.... Helen Baxendale
Captain Von Trapp.... James Fleet
Maria.... Helen Ayres
Boy.... Benjamin Askew
Girl.... Lizzy Watts
Reverend Mother.... Caroline Guthrie
Sam.... Mark Meadows

Directed by Mary Ward-Lowery.

Arcadia20070630Tom Stoppard's acclaimed comedy, set in the early 19th and late 20th centuries.

Radio 4 drama

Avoid London...area Closed...turn On Radio20070707The 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

Backtrack20070210A 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

Betrayal2012071420170422 (R4)Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Betrayal20170422Harold 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

Blasphemy And The Governor Of Punjab2012090820160401 (R4)Gripping account of the murder of Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Called To Account20070714Drama based on a play about Tony Blair's handling of Iraq by The Tricycle Theatre.

Radio 4 drama

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Angel Maker by Carine Adler

When penniless Hungarian Lili arrives in London with her young daughter, she is determined to use whatever means available to make the arrangement with her rich boyfriend Sam more permanent. A passionate tale of money, sex and the power they bring, set in 1950s London.

Producer/Director Charlotte Riches

Angel Maker is set in mid 1950s, post war London, a time when women had few choices and would be lost without a man to protect them. This was especially true for immigrants like Lili Weiss, a penniless, Jewish Hungarian, who comes to London with her young daughter Rosie in the hope of securing a brighter future for herself and her daughter by marrying Sam, a man whom she had a passionate affair with just after the war. As a development entrepreneur, Sam is rich and powerful and is making a name for himself in the higher echelons of London society. As a Jewish immigrant with no family and no money Lili is at the opposite end of this spectrum. Lili must use her sexuality and charm to encourage Max to go against the prejudice of London society and his own family to take her as his wife.

Lili arrives in London penniless, set on a permanent arrangement with her rich boyfriend.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Carlo Collodi - Pinocchio2012121520170101 (BBC7)
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Geppetto's wooden puppet miraculously comes to life.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Charlotte Jones - Humble Boy20070623Felix 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?2013022320170910 (BBC7)
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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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Christopher Lee - Air-force One2013111620181104 (BBC7)
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Martin Jarvis directs a stellar American cast, headed by Stacy Keach, Glenne Headly, Susan Sullivan, Steven Weber - and introduced by Josh Stamberg - in Christopher Lee's extraordinary play.

On November 22nd, 1963, President John F Kennedy was assassinated by a sniper while riding in an open-topped limousine in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

What happened immediately after the assassination?

Theories explored in Lee's riveting drama are based on Federal, classified and academic research, diaries and recollections, and statements by Mrs Kennedy - a mix of substantiated and contested documentation. He focuses, first, on the hospital mortuary, and then aboard Air Force One where former Vice President Lyndon B Johnson insists that Judge Sarah Hughes conducts the 'swearing-in' before take-off. Also present in the overcrowded aircraft is Kennedy's widow, Jackie, in a state of shock, still covered in blood. The play becomes a tense thriller as surprising events occur on board.

Other parts: Tracy Pattin, Darren Richardson
Sound design: Wesley Dewberry, Mark Holden
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

What really happened after JFK's murder, in the hospital and on the presidential jet?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Christopher Reason - The Confessions Of Caminada2013101220180706 (BBC7)
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The Confessions of Caminada by Christopher Reason

Jerome Caminada was a real life detective in nineteenth century Manchester. This drama is based on a real life case from his memoirs. It is 1889 and eighteen year old Charlie Parton has been convicted of murder of a respected local councillor. He faces execution but prominent social campaigner Mrs Annie Swinton knows the lad and refuses to believe he is guilty.

Caminada....George Costigan
Annie Swinton....Julia Ford
Father Dermot/Bannister....Russell Dixon
Fletcher/Wood....Jonathan Keeble
Moods....Justin Moorhouse
Charlie....Oliver Lee
Producer/Director Gary Brown

Manchester is gripped by an economic depression, the political atmosphere is febrile, there are demonstrations on the streets and crime is spiralling. Only this isn't 2013, it's the 1880s and the man keeping chaos at bay is Detective Inspector JEROME CAMINADA. Combining high principles with low cunning, he cracks down on both political dissent and criminality with single-minded ruthlessness. And yet for all his hard nosed pragmatism, he is capable of moments of insight, humour and compassion. The man is an enigma.

Drama based on a case from the memoirs a real-life detective in 19th-century Manchester.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

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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

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

London's 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.

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

Director: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.

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

Directed by Jonquil Panting.

David Spicer - Kind Hearts And Coronets: Like Father, Like Daughter2012051920161225 (BBC7)
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Unity is pursuing a title along with seven Gascoyne family members.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Don Webb - Boots On The Ground2013020220170929 (BBC7)
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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'.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde20070203By 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

Fay Weldon - The Weather Girl2013060820160918 (BBC7)
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A psychologist sent to assess a female prisoner is plunged into a disturbing amoral world.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Frances Byrnes - Belle Amie2011081320170426 (BBC7)
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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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Frances Iles - Before The Fact2013042020180318 (BBC7)
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Emilia Fox, Ben Caplan and Patricia Hodge star in a dramatisation of the novel that Alfred Hitchcock based his film, 'Suspicion' on.

Set in the early 1930s, Emilia Fox plays the part of Lina - a girl in her late twenties, from a wealthy family. In danger of becoming a spinster, life changes for the better when Lina meets Johnnie Aysgarth, a charming stranger who proposes marriage. Johnnie saves Lina from a boring life with her parents and whisks her off on an extravagant honeymoon. But on their return Lina begins to discover that Johnnie is not all he seems. His gambling threatens to ruin them but is her growing suspicion that he is also a murderer founded on reality or her imagination?

BEFORE THE FACT
By FRANCES ILES
Dramatised for radio by RONALD FRAME

Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.

Lina agrees to marry a charming stranger, but is he all that he seems?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

From Russia With Love2012072120191221 (BBC7)
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It's 1955 and the Russians plan an act of terrorism. Choice of target? James Bond. To be 'killed with ignominy': a major sex scandal will leave his reputation, and that of MI6, in tatters.

Colonel Rosa Klebb of the KGB devises a plan to lure Bond into their trap, using beautiful Corporal Tatiana Romanova as bait - plus a Spektor, the latest Russian decoding device. MI6 learns that Tatiana wants to defect and 'M' orders Bond to Istanbul. When Tatiana makes contact she seems to be in love with him - but is she? Either way, he soon falls for her and they leave Istanbul together, accompanied by larger-than-life Darko Kerim, Head of British Intelligence in Turkey. The climax of the drama includes a surprising confrontation between Bond and the murderous Rosa Klebb.

Stars Toby Stephens as James Bond, John Standing as M, Janie Dee as Moneypenny, Julian Sands as Q, John Sessions as General, Mark Gatiss as Kronsteen, Eileen Atkins as Rosa Klebb, Tim Pigott-Smith as Kerim and Martin Jarvis as Ian Fleming.

In writer Archie Scottney's brilliantly evocative 'radio screenplay', we see another side to 007. Unsure of his judgement, can he bring the lovely Tatiana safely to England, along with the precious Spektor? Will the Russians succeed in having Bond killed? If so, who is the would-be murderer?

This is Jarvis & Ayres' third James Bond dramatization.

Specially composed music by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez

Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

The Russians want Bond dead. Will his romance with a beautiful spy cloud Bond's judgement?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Great Escape: The Justice2013041320180107 (BBC7)
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In the spring of 1943, a group of Air Force officers began work on an ambitious plan to tunnel their way out of a German POW camp called Stalag Luft Three. A year later the tunnel was ready and seventy-six made their escape. All but three were recaptured, but fifty were then systematically executed on orders from German High Command. This much was made internationally famous by Hollywood in the film The Great Escape, which mixes a meticulous depiction of the tunnelling plan with highly fictionalised American characters on motorbikes.

But there is a stranger part of the story which starts where the film leaves off, and reveals the real history behind the nation-building legend. The British Government vowed to avenge the murders, and within weeks of the war's end, sent RAF investigators into the ruins of Germany, with orders to track down the killers, and bring them to exemplary justice.

Award-winning dramatist Robin Brooks and internationally best-selling novelist Robert Radcliffe tell the extraordinary story of the escape, the murders, and the postwar manhunt in the chaos of divided Germany, through the eyes of one of the senior investigating officers: a straightforward by-the-book detective from Blackpool CID.

Producer/Director.... Jonquil Panting.

Stephen Tompkinson stars in the story of the post-war manhunt to avenge the Great Escape.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Harley Granville Barker - The Voysey Inheritance2012040720170211 (BBC7)
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Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Hattie Naylor - J'accuse2009061320170418 (BBC7)
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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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Hattie Naylor - The Forgotten2012060220170326 (BBC7)
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Hattie Naylor's dark retelling of the story of The Sleeping Beauty.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Honour20070224By Joanna Murray-Smith and starring Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis.

Radio 4 drama

Ian Buchan - A Change In The Willows2011050720160103 (BBC7)
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Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty embark on an all new adventure along the riverbank.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

India And Pakistan '07: Feluda The Golden Fortress20070804An adventure for Satyajit Ray's famous Bengali sleuth Feluda, specially recorded in Mumbai

Radio 4 drama

Jack Shaefer - Shane2013033020170402 (BBC7)
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Homesteader Marian is caught between her dependable husband, and a mysterious stranger.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Jm Barrie - The Admirable Crichton2009050220170219 (BBC7)
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Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Adaptation of JM Barrie's classic satire about the changing fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler. Liberal aristocrat Lord Loam favours a return to nature, with masters and servants living together as equals, but Crichton is the perfect butler and the perfect snob who adores the intricacies of the class system. He cannot help but be horrified by his master's opinions, and it will take a sea change to alter them.

Crichton....Russell Tovey
JM Barrie....David Bannerman
Lady Mary....Beth Chalmers
Lord Loam....David Timson
Lady Agatha....Martha Howe-Douglas
Ernest Woolley....Gunnar Cauthery
Tweeny....Lizzy Watts
Rev John Treherne....Adrian Grove
Lord Brocklehurst....Stephen Hogan
Lady Brocklehurst....Tina Gray

Directed by Fiona Kelcher.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Russell Tovey stars in JM Barrie's classic satire about the changing fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

Liberal aristocrat Lord Loam favours a return to nature, with masters and servants living together as equals, but Crichton is the perfect butler and the perfect snob who adores the intricacies of the class system. He cannot help but be horrified by his master's opinions, and it will take a sea change to alter them.

Crichton.... Russell Tovey
JM Barrie.... David Bannerman
Lady Mary.... Beth Chalmers
Lord Loam.... David Timson
Lady Agatha.... Martha Howe-Douglas
Ernest Woolley.... Gunnar Cauthery
Tweeny.... Lizzy Watts
Rev John Treherne.... Adrian Grove
Lord Brocklehurst.... Stephen Hogan
Lady Brocklehurst.... Tina Gray

Abridged and directed by Fiona Kelcher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2009

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2009

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

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

John Fletcher's Edwardian murder story based on real events.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1997.

John Godber - September In The Rain2011090320170924 (BBC7)
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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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Jonathan Holloway - The Kane Conspiracy20170709Drama about the dirty tricks campaign against Citizen Kane and its creator Orson Welles.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Jonathan Holloway - The Kane Conspiracy2017071020170709 (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.

Jonathan Myerson - Reykjavik2014100420180325 (BBC7)
20180326 (BBC7)
20160409 (R4)
Rollercoaster drama about the surprise Reagan-Gorbachev summit in 1986.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

11th October 1986: the height of the Cold War, enough missiles to detonate the planet two thousand times over.

Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev meet at Gorbachev's request for a one-day, informal chat, at the (some say haunted) Hofdi House near Reykjavik. But in the small brown room where they meet, Gorbachev suddenly blindsides the Americans: out of the blue, he offers 50% cuts in all missiles - and he'll sign today. The White House team is catastrophically unprepared for this - no one predicted it.

But Reagan sees how he can really achieve something.... and within hours they are talking the most colossal cuts in nuclear warheads, aiming to reach zero missiles within ten years. How did this happen? How did it fail?

Drawing on both American and Russian transcripts of every word said between the two leaders, Jonathan Myerson's gripping drama explores the pressures on both sides, moment by moment, as the deal grows bigger and bigger, and the drama shifts from measured words at the negotiating table, to the panic, graft and invention of the two diplomatic teams outside the room.

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

Images courtesy of the Ronald Ronald Reagan Library.

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

L Frank Baum - The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz2009121920191007 (BBC7)
20191008 (BBC7)
The story made famous by the iconic 1939 musical film is given a distinctly different treatment in our dramatisation by Linda Marshall Griffiths which reinstates some of the events and characters of L Frank Baum's classic book.

When a tornado strikes Dorothy's farmhouse in Kansas, she is lifted to the magical world of Oz where she embarks upon a terrifying and perilous journey to find her way back home.

Immediately she makes some powerful enemies by accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East and claiming her silver shoes. Desperate to return home her adventure takes her to the City of Emeralds to meet the Wizard of Oz.

On the way she makes some new friends, a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman and a Lion who have their own reasons for wanting to see the Wizard. Pursued by the frightening Kalidah beasts, the violent Flying Monkeys and the all seeing Wicked Witch of the West will they make it to the Emerald City and have what they most desire?

Written by L Frank Baum
Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

DOROTHY....Amelia Clarkson
WIZARD OF OZ / KALIDAH / UNCLE HENRY..Jonathan Keeble
SCARECROW....Kevin Eldon
TINMAN....Burn Gorman
LION....Zubin Varla
WITCH OF THE NORTH / SOUTH / WEST / AUNT EM....Emma Fielding
KING MONKEY / MINER....Andrew Westfield
MUNCHKIN / GATEKEEPER....Graeme Hawley

Original Music by Olly Fox
Sound Design by Steve Brooke
Directed by Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.

Linda Marshall Griffiths' dramatisation of L Frank Baum's iconic tale.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

The story made famous by the iconic 1939 musical film is given a distinctly different treatment in Linda Marshall Griffiths' dramatisation which reinstates some of the events and characters of L Frank Baum's classic book.

Original Music by Olly Fox.
Sound Design by Steve Brooke.

Director: Nadia Molinari

Linda Marshall Griifiths' dramatisation of L Frank Baum's iconic tale.

Linda Marshall Griifiths' dramatisation of L Frank Baum's iconic tale.

Lambeth Palace20160717A tale of politics and manoeuvring in selecting a fictional Archbishop of Canterbury.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Lambeth Palace20160718
Lewis Carroll - Alice Through The Looking Glass2012122220160528 (BBC7)
20160529 (BBC7)
Alice's fantastical story collides with Radio 4, as she crashes a giant game of chess.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Lucy Gannon - Topaz2013102620180422 (BBC7)
20180423 (BBC7)
In Lucy Gannon's comic drama, Brian Cox stars as the unfortunate 19th century poet, William Topaz McGonagall.

In the face of widespread ridicule at his lack of talent, MacGonagall dreams of rescuing his reputation by seeking royal patronage. He decides to walk from Dundee to Balmoral to see Queen Victoria, accompanied by his long-suffering son, Billy. A desperate desire for fame and celebrity has almost destroyed McGonagall's life - but if he can meet her Majesty his fortunes would be transformed.

Other parts are played by the cast.

Producer/director: Bruce Young.

An unfortunate 19th-century poet walks from Dundee to Balmoral to seek Queen Victoria.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Lynne Truss - Giving Up The Ghost20160422Dreaming of a dead colleague, firefighter Scott must confront his biggest fear.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Lynne Truss - Giving Up The Ghost20160423
Mark Davies Markham - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate2013020920171112 (BBC7)
20171113 (BBC7)
Inspired by, and starring members of, Madness - a tale of London's melting pot of cultures

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Mark Lawson - Suspicion For 10 Voices2013062220170420 (BBC7)
20170421 (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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Mark Twain - The Million Pound Bank Note20180213Stranded in London, a penniless young American becomes the subject of a £20,000 bet between two wealthy English gentlemen.

Can Henry Adams survive and prosper for a month as the bearer of a 1,000,000 pound banknote?

Tony Award-winning Bryony Lavery's rhythmic, energised dramatisation of Mark Twain's charming and surprisingly relevant classic short story, first published in 1893.

Producers: Pauline Harris and Sharon Sephton.

Can a man given a \u00a31m banknote survive a month without spending a single penny of it?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Mark Twain - The Million Pound Bank Note20180214
Marks And Gran - Love Me Do2012101320170930 (BBC7)
20171001 (BBC7)
by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. A love story set during the Cuban missile crisis.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

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.

Marks And Gran - Von Ribbentrop's Watch2008110820180210 (BBC7)
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By Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

Wine shop owner Gerald desperately needs money: his business is failing and the landlord has raised the cost of the lease. When he inherits a watch that used to belong to wartime Nazi Joachim Von Ribbentrop he believes that his financial troubles are over. But it sparks conflict with his wife and brother, who question the ethics of the potential sale.

Gerald.... Allan Corduner
Ruth.... Harriet Walter
Lila.... Miriam Margolyes
David.... Nicholas Woodeson
Sasha.... Sophie Winkleman.

A Jewish merchant discovers that a family heirloom has a sinister Nazi provenance.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

A Jewish merchant discovers that a family heirloom has a sinister Nazi provenance.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Melissa Murray - Theremin2009010320160807 (BBC7)
20160808 (BBC7)
After bugging the US Embassy, inventor Leon Theremin must avoid both the CIA and the KGB.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Menna Gallie - Strike For A Kingdom2012063020170129 (BBC7)
20170130 (BBC7)
As its residents struggle to survive, the Welsh village of Cilhendre is rocked by murder.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Michael Frayn - Skios2013011220171014 (BBC7)
20171015 (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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Michael Hastings - Tom And Viv20181006Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the heart-breaking story of TS Eliot's marriage to Viv Haigh-Wood.

Michael Hastings' best known play charts the turbulent, doomed marriage of the young TS Eliot and the charismatic Vivienne Haigh-Wood. This moving, highly-charged study has been described as 'one of the most important plays of the 20th century'.

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Tom, Lia Williams as Viv, David Haig as Maurice and Judy Parfitt as Rose.

Adapted and directed by Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

Tom.... Benedict Cumberbatch
Viv.... Lia Williams
Maurice....David Haig
Rose.... Judy Parfitt
Charles.... John Rowe
Louise....Emily Randall
Janes.... Chris Pavlo
Dr Todd.... Gunnar Cauthery
Barrister.... Jonathan Tafler

Adapted and directed by....Peter Kavanagh.

The nightmare, turbulent marriage of TS Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Michael Hastings - Tom And Viv20181007
Michael Morpurgo - Private Peaceful20161112Brothers Tommo and Charlie's journey from a Devon childhood to the horrors of WWI.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Michael Morpurgo - Private Peaceful20161113
Mike Bartlett - The Right Honourable2013110220180617 (BBC7)
20180618 (BBC7)
By Mike Bartlett. Nerys Jones, at 28, is the youngest MP in the House of Commons. In her first week she signs up for an introductory tour of Parliament and is surprised to find her tour guide is a very senior politican. At first he seems to be playing some sort of game and she's not sure what it is, but soon she is drawn into a web of intrigue which tests everything she stands for.

Starring Peter Firth and Alexandra Roach (the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady), this is fresh political storytelling from Mike Bartlett, one of the most thought-provoking playwrights in Britain today. His TV series, The Town (December 2012), was nominated for a Breakthrough Talent BAFTA. His 2013 play Bull received excellent reviews at the Sheffield Crucible and transferred to New York. His 2012 dramatisation of Chariots of Fire directed by Ed Hall at Hampstead had an extended season in the West End.

Directed by Claire Grove
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

The youngest MP in the House of Commons is drawn into a web of political intrigue.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Mike Walker - Sunk2011052820180429 (BBC7)
20180430 (BBC7)
A drama to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Launch of Titanic (31st May 1911).

This is the fascinating story behind the 1943 Nazi propaganda film, Titanic, which was up until then, the most expensive German film ever. The film was commissioned by Goebbels with a view to discredit British and American capitalists. Ironically, this production became a symbol for the corruption and 'sinking' of the Third Reich itself.

Cast
Walter Zerlett-Olfenius....Richard Laing
Herbert Selpin....Blake Ritson
Joseph Goebbels....Jason Watkins
Hans Nielsen....Nick Dunning
Sybille Schmitz....Lucy Cohu
Ernst Fritz Furbringer....Miche Doherty
Miss Volkmaan....Séainín Brennan
The Barman....Paul Kennedy

Producer/Director....Gemma McMullan

Mike Walker is one of the UK's leading radio dramatists and is also a feature and documentary writer and published author.

The ironic story behind the most expensive Nazi propaganda film ever made - Titanic.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Mountain Of Light20120414Mountain 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.

Murder Under Trust: The Massacre At Glencoe2014081620190301 (BBC7)
20190302 (BBC7)
20160319 (R4)
Adrian Bean's play dramatises events leading up to the infamous Highland massacre in 1692.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

In 1692 soldiers billeted in the homes of the MacDonald clan in Glencoe rose up and killed their hosts. Was this Highland massacre the inevitable outcome of a long-standing clan feud? Or were there other factors behind this infamous betrayal? Adrian Bean's play - based on the contemporary parliamentary Commission Of Enquiry into the massacre and on historian John Prebble's seminal book, Glencoe - dramatises these tragic 17th century events.

Producer/director: Bruce Young.

Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince2013052520171215 (BBC7)
20171216 (BBC7)
Niccolo Machiavelli is in the dock to appeal against the treatment of his book The Prince.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Nick Stafford - The Real Trial Of Oscar Wilde2014062820190414 (BBC7)
20190415 (BBC7)
Oscar Wilde's courtroom battle with the Marquess of Queensbury. Wilde naturally assumes that he can take on the man who invented the rules of boxing and win. Based on the book "Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess" by Merlin Holland (Oscar's grandson).

Director: David Hunter

Produced in association with Mike Mansfield Television and Paul Knight Productions.

Radio 4 drama

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Noel Coward - Present Laughter2013040620171021 (BBC7)
20171022 (BBC7)
Noel Coward's play follows a few days in the life of self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Noughts And Crosses20120225by 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

On Her Majesty's Secret Service2014050320190330 (BBC7)
20190331 (BBC7)
James Bond seems more interested in gambling at the Casino Royale than tracking down elusive SPECTRE chief Blofeld. Then he meets Tracy, emotionally disturbed daughter of mafia boss Draco.
Now he has a double motive: seek and destroy Blofeld, and prevent Tracy killing herself.

Impersonating a College of Arms official Bond infiltrates Blofeld's Swiss mountain-top lair. He learns that Blofeld and aide Irma Bunt are brainwashing young women. Why? Is biological warfare involved? Backed by 'M' and Draco, Bond mounts an air assault. But can he pin down monstrous Blofeld? And what will happen to Tracy?

Toby Stephens is on top form as 007. A stellar cast includes Joanna Lumley, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings, Lisa Dillon, John Standing, Janie Dee, Lloyd Owen, Joanna Cassidy, Clare Dunne and Julian Sands, with Jarvis himself as the voice of Fleming.

Specially composed music: Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Dramatised by Archie Scottney

Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Martin Jarvis directs his fourth Ian Fleming for Radio 4. Toby Stephens returns as 007.

Radio 4 drama

Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Othello20120512Lenny 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 Engaged20120324A 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 Parcel20070728Melissa Murray's romantic drama about two people who meet at a genealogy course.

Radio 4 drama

Passion Play2008011220191005 (R4)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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Patrick Barlow - Joan Of Arc, And How She Became A Saint2009021420180507 (BBC7)
20180508 (BBC7)
Can a young country girl lead an army?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Paul Sellar - The Moonflask2014012520180819 (BBC7)
20180820 (BBC7)
by Paul Sellar

When a group of people meet on a back to work course they pool their various skills to steal a priceless Ming vase from an auction house and return it to its rightful owner. But just who is conning who in this action packed drama?

Producer.... Sally Avens
Director.... Marion Nancarrow

This is a caper with a conscience, a heist with a smile on its face. But the drama is firmly based in the real world; an elderly couple recently discovered they were using a Ming vase as an umbrella stand, Government plans include making jobless criminals spend one day a week searching for work and fraud in the UK has increased tenfold since the banking crisis. Paul Sellar weaves a fast-paced yarn around these facts to create a plot full of twists and turns.

A group of jobseekers pool their skills to steal a Ming vase and return it to its owner.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Penelope Fitzgerald - The Gate Of Angels2011121020160515 (BBC7)
20160516 (BBC7)
Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of love, religion and physics, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Pepys: Fire Of London2013051120160903 (R4)The Great Fire of London, as witnessed by the diarist, Samuel Pepys, 350 years ago.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Peter Brough - His Master's Voice2014080220180629 (BBC7)
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Rob Brydon is Peter Brough the ventriloquist, in the true story behind Educating Archie.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

By James Maw and Tim Sullivan. Rob Brydon is ventriloquist Peter Brough and his doll Archie Andrews in a new play that tells the true story behind one of the most successful radio shows of all time. With Fenella Woolgar as Peggy Brough.

The 1950s BBC Radio show Educating Archie - with 16 million listeners - catapulted the ventriloquist Peter Brough from suburban obscurity to the heights of high society. The Royal Family were fans. His show introduced the world to Eric Sykes (writer), Tony Hancock (Archie's Tutor), Max Bygraves (another tutor) and Julie Andrews (Archie's girlfriend).

After eight years on radio, Educating Archie transferred to television. And yet, one day in 1961, Peter Brough locked the dummy in a suitcase and left him on the top of a wardrobe for forty years until, six years after the ventriloquist's death, Archie Andrews was put up for auction.

His Master's Voice tells the true story of what went wrong in the world of Archie Andrews and Peter Brough.

Written by James Maw and Tim Sullivan

Director and Producer: Jeremy Mortimer
A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter Nichols - Passion Play2008011220191005 (R4)
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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.

Peter Nichols' acclaimed study of adultery and betrayal.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

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.

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

Peter Nichols' acclaimed study of adultery and betrayal.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Robert L Pike - Bullitt2009102420161204 (BBC7)
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Lieutenant Clancy only has hours to find the killer of a vital witness.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Robert M Pirsig - Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance2012062320180428 (BBC7)
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is the story of a motorcycle journey across America, a meditation on values and the concept of Quality, and an allegorical tale of a man coming to terms with his past and with his young son.

The narrator takes a cross-country motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California with his son Chris during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how to unify the cold, rational realm of technology (the 'classical') with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry (the 'romantic'). As with the practice of Zen, the trick is to engage fully with the activity, to see and appreciate every detail, whether it's hiking in the woods, writing an essay, or tightening the bike chain to ensure a smooth ride.

The narrator wrestles both with the ghost of his past and with some of the most important philosophical questions of the 20th century.

The book touched the zeitgeist of a whole generation in 1974 after being turned down by 121 publishers. It's the biggest selling philosophy book ever with more than 5 million copies sold worldwide, has a huge online following - and has never been dramatized. Writer Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently, The Devil's Whore) adapts his favourite book for radio, with James Purefoy (Rome, Injustice, Ironclad) playing the Dad/Narrator.

Author: Robert M. Pirsig
Dramatist: Peter Flannery

Original music: Jon Nicholls
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

Producer: Melanie Harris
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

A motorcycle journey, a meditation on values, and a man coming to terms with his past.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Robin Glendinning - The Windsor Jewels2007060220190625 (BBC7)
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In 1946, the Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) and his wife (formerly Wallis Simpson) paid a visit to Britain, hoping to secure a government job for the Duke and a title for the Duchess. During the visit, the Duchess's jewels, worth £13M, were stolen. Conspiracy theories abounded: was it an inside job by the Royal Family, or an insurance fraud by the Duke and Duchess? Robin Glendinning's black comedy tells the story of this real life mystery.

Jon Glover as (David) Duke of Windsor, Christine Kavanagh as (Wallis) Duchess of Windsor, Christian Rodska as Capstick, Chris Yapp as Evans, Amy Clifton as Miss Martin/Mrs Jones/Resident, Alan Moore as Bevin/Gardener, Paul Humpoletz as Attlee, David Collins as Lascelles/Newsreel, Stephen Perring as First Hack etc, and Paul Mohan as Second Hack etc

Producer Jolyon Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.

Who has stolen Wallis Simpson's jewels? Black comedy with Christine Kavanagh.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

In 1946, the Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) and his wife (formerly Wallis Simpson) paid a visit to Britain, hoping to secure a government job for the Duke and a title for the Duchess.

During the visit, the Duchess's jewels, worth £13M, were stolen. Conspiracy theories abounded: was it an inside job by the Royal Family or an insurance fraud by the Duke and Duchess?

Starring Jon Glover as the Duke and Christine Kavanagh as the Duchess.

Capstick.... Christian Rodska
Evans.... Chris Yapp
Miss Martin.... Amy Clifton
Bevin.... Alan Moore
Attlee.... Paul Humpoletz
Lascelles / Newsreel.... David Collins
First Hack.... Stephen Perring
Second Hack...Paul Mohan

Who has stolen Wallis Simpson's jewels? Black comedy with Christine Kavanagh.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

September Tide20080126Daphne du Maurier's bittersweet love story, adapted by Moya O'Shea.

Radio 4 drama

Simon Bovey - Mountain Of Light20160117The world's largest diamond is at the Great Exhibition. John Rayverne is out to steal it.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

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Simon Bovey - Mountain Of Light20171204
Simon Passmore - Going To Ground20171210Fearing a German invasion, tensions run high for a resistance unit in Kent.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Simon Passmore - Going To Ground20171211
Somerset Maugham - For Services Rendered2013090720180317 (BBC7)
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Somerset Maugham's classic play, with Sian Thomas and David Calder.

Written in 1932 For Services Rendered is Somerset Maugham's incisive state-of-the-nation play - written fifteen years on from the end of WW1.

Set in late summer 1932 in Kent, the Ardsley family seem to be managing their lives very well but in reality each of them is fighting for survival. The Ardsley children are facing unpromising futures: Ethel is married to a former officer who is not quite the man she hoped he'd be; Eva is unmarried and approaching 40, martyring herself to the cause of their brother Sydney; Sydney has been blinded in the war; and Lois, at 27, is single and without a hope of marrying in the English backwater the family live in.

The family must go through a seismic shift in order to survive. The younger generation can no longer live their lives in the blueprint of the older generation, they must find a new way of living. England is changing, falling apart, and must begin again.

The first performance was on 1 November 1932 in the West End (with Ralph Richardson playing Leonard Ardsley). The anti-war message was not popular with audiences, and the play only ran for 78 performances.

The play is particularly extraordinary viewed in retrospect as the lessons of WW1 are written so clearly across the lives of the characters who, less than a decade later, would find themselves at war again.

For Services Rendered was written by Somerset Maugham. It is adapted and directed for radio by Lu Kemp.

A progressive English family try to live their lives under the shadow of World War One.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Something Wicked This Way Comes2011102920160410 (BBC7)1961 Illinois: Two young boys experience evil when a 'dark circus' comes to town.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Spellbound20080216Newly 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

Spellbound20180506Newly 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?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Spellbound20180507
Stephen Wakelam - Adulteries Of A Provincial Wife20170115Who was the inspiration for Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary?

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Stephen Wakelam - Adulteries Of A Provincial Wife20170116
Stephen Wakelam - The Jinx Element2012012120160709 (BBC7)An encounter with a journalist causes shockwaves in Edith Wharton's life.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

That Uncertain Feeling20080120Kingsley Amis's satire on life and culture in a Welsh seaside town in the 1950s.

Radio 4 drama

The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War2014110820190315 (BBC7)
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Farshid Rokey, Noof Ousellam and Jalleh Alizadeh lead an outstanding young cast in this heart-rending drama, based on the moving debut novel by Sumia Sukkar.

'The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War' presents the Syrian conflict through the eyes of Adam, a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome, who can only speak the truth.

As the war creeps ever closer to home, it devastates and disrupts the life of his family.

Struggling to make sense of the conflict, as he and his family try to survive in an impossibly brutal world, Adam paints as a way to record and cope with the horrors he witnesses.

His older brothers face the dilemma of whether to take sides - and the consequences of their choices have repercussions for the entire family. But can they make it to safety as the conflict in Aleppo rages all around them?

The immediacy and impact of this drama bear witness to the horrors of war, its effect upon the innocent, and the triumph of the human spirit over almost unbearable adversity.

Dramatised for radio by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.

Original Music: Imran Ahmad
Sound Design: Wilfredo Acosta

Executive Producer: Andrew Mark Sewell
Producer: Patrick Chapman
Director: Fiona McAlpine

A B7 Production for BBC Radio 4.

The Syrian conflict seen through the eyes of a teenage boy with Asperger's.

Radio 4 drama

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

The Caretaker20120428Davies... 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 Singers20120331Writer 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 Morgan20070303A man's world crumbles when a friend is murdered.

Radio 4 drama

The Last Tycoon2013051820170318 (BBC7)
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1930s Hollywood studio head Munroe Stahr is at the top of his game, until love strikes.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

The Listening Room20080126The 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 Red Shoes2017122420171225 (BBC7)Karen's heart is set on some magic red shoes that she cannot resist, whatever the cost.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

The Tennis Court20080119By 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 Inheritance20120407Harley 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.

Trevor Hoyle - Haunted Hospital2005071620181103 (BBC7)
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Haunted Hospital

A ghost story set in a hospital in Rochdale featuring two parallel storylines, one contemporary and the other set in the late 1800s, the latter drawing on real historical events.

Julia/Lizzie.... Jo-Anne Knowles
Steve/Daniel.... Michael Begley
Sam.... Elianne Byrne
Josiah Ogden.... David Fleeshman
Jacob Pinch.... Mark Chatterton
Mrs Cragge.... Barbara Marten
Mr Cragge.... James Quinn
Irish Woman.... Martine Harry-Davis

Directed by Liz Leonard.

A ghost story set in a hospital in Rochdale featuring two parallel storylines.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Underneath The Lintel20080105One-man play by Greg Berger. A Dutch librarian recounts his quest to justify his life.

Radio 4 drama

Wilkie Collins - The Haunted Hotel2012052620161120 (BBC7)
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Murder mystery by Wilkie Collins set in London and Venice.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

In 1860, the formidable Countess Narona marries a rich young aristocrat in London - but shortly after travelling to Venice her husband dies, apparently of natural causes, leaving the Countess a rich woman.

Years later, guests in a Venetian hotel encounter the terrifying apparition of a murder victim seeking revenge.

Wilkie Collins' gothic horror tale is a powerful combination of ghost story and detective mystery.

Dramatised by Rod Beacham.

Director: Bruce Young.

Radio 4 drama

Director: Bruce Young.

Willy Russell - Shirley Valentine2010121820170819 (BBC7)
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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.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

Zoe Fairbairns - The Belgian Nurse2007011320160306 (BBC7)
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The story behind the best-selling novel and film, 'The Nun's Story'.

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction.

The story of a friendship that created one of the 20th century's best-selling novels and films.

When American writer Kathryn Hulme meets a Belgian nurse on a UN Relief Programme after the Second World War, she doesn't understand why Marie-Louise Habets is so unwilling to talk about herself. It's only later that Marie-Louise admits she has recently left her convent - a confession that reaches a worldwide audience through the book and then the film of The Nun's Story.

Kathryn Hulme.... Debora Weston
Marie-Louise Habets.... Rachel Atkins
Pierre.... John Moraitis
Fred Zinneman.... Garrick Hagon
Audrey Hepburn.... Christine Kavanagh
Mother Benedict.... Jane Ridley

Produced and directed by Sara Davies.

01Rebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, Part 120120310Ian 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 220120317Final 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.