Saturday Play

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction, as well as an occasional special series.

Episodes

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20061111Devastated Areas

Adam Thorpe's play explores civilian grief during and after the Great War of 1914-1918 in three interweaving stories.

In Berlin, a sculptress is working on a memorial statue to the volunteers; in the valley of the Somme a glazier is repairing the blown-out windows of a church; and on the Berkshire Downs a gardener tends his roses.

Sofie ...... Eliza Langland

Ernst ...... Finlay Welsh

Monsieur le Curé ...... Gareth Thomas

Auguste ...... Jimmy Chisholm

Reg ...... Richard Greenwood

Mrs Lombard ...... Noreen Leighton

Colin ...... Matthew Pidgeon

Jess ...... Lucy Paterson

Pianist Leon Coates.

"Devastated Areas

Adam Thorpe's play explores civilian grief during and after the Great War of 1914-1918 in three interweaving stories.

In Berlin, a sculptress is working on a memorial statue to the volunteers; in the valley of the Somme a glazier is repairing the blown-out windows of a church; and on the Berkshire Downs a gardener tends his roses.

Sofie ...... Eliza Langland

Ernst ...... Finlay Welsh

Monsieur le Curé ...... Gareth Thomas

Auguste ...... Jimmy Chisholm

Reg ...... Richard Greenwood

Mrs Lombard ...... Noreen Leighton

Colin ...... Matthew Pidgeon

Jess ...... Lucy Paterson

Pianist Leon Coates.

"

20061202Killing the Butterfly

In Colin MacDonald's romantic thriller, two murder witnesses are put under police protection pending the High Court trial. But something goes badly wrong and they have to flee for their lives,

never knowing who it's safe to trust.

Barker ...... Simon Tait

Hannah ...... Vicki Liddelle

DCI Mulhall ...... Gayanne Potter

DS Whitton ...... James Bryce

Andrew ...... Kenny Blythe

Matthew ...... John Paul Hurley

Kayleigh ...... Laura Smales

Producer Patrick Rayner.

"Killing the Butterfly

In Colin MacDonald's romantic thriller, two murder witnesses are put under police protection pending the High Court trial. But something goes badly wrong and they have to flee for their lives,

never knowing who it's safe to trust.

Barker ...... Simon Tait

Hannah ...... Vicki Liddelle

DCI Mulhall ...... Gayanne Potter

DS Whitton ...... James Bryce

Andrew ...... Kenny Blythe

Matthew ...... John Paul Hurley

Kayleigh ...... Laura Smales

Producer Patrick Rayner.

"

20081018The Haverstock Hill Murder

By George R Sims, dramatised by Roger Danes.

Renowned Victorian lady detective Dorcas Dene is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. The problem is that the victim named her husband as the assailant with her dying breath.

Paul Dene ...... Greg Powrie

Dorcas Dene ...... Lucy Paterson

Mrs.Hannaford ...... Edith Macarthur

Inspector Swanage ...... Finlay McLean

PC Hargreaves ...... Mark McDonnell

Charles Hannaford ...... Nick Farr

Flash George ...... Terry Wale

Martha Drayson ...... Noreen Leighton

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Directed by David Ian Neville.

"The Haverstock Hill Murder

By George R Sims, dramatised by Roger Danes.

Renowned Victorian lady detective Dorcas Dene is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. The problem is that the victim named her husband as the assailant with her dying breath.

Paul Dene ...... Greg Powrie

Dorcas Dene ...... Lucy Paterson

Mrs.Hannaford ...... Edith Macarthur

Inspector Swanage ...... Finlay McLean

PC Hargreaves ...... Mark McDonnell

Charles Hannaford ...... Nick Farr

Flash George ...... Terry Wale

Martha Drayson ...... Noreen Leighton

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Directed by David Ian Neville.

"

20081025Adulteries of a Provincial Wife

By Stephen Wakelam. Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary was published 150 years ago. Who was the inspiration for Emma and how did his own life become embroiled in his writing?

With Daniel Evans, Robert Glenister, Anastasia Hillie, Jennie Stoller.

"Adulteries of a Provincial Wife

By Stephen Wakelam. Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary was published 150 years ago. Who was the inspiration for Emma and how did his own life become embroiled in his writing?

With Daniel Evans, Robert Glenister, Anastasia Hillie, Jennie Stoller.

"

20081101The Late Mr Shakespeare

By Robert Nye, dramatised by Jonathan Broadbent.

Pickleherring, a former boy actor in Shakespeare's company, reminisces from the vantage point of old age on his time spent with The Bard. As he finally finds love with a prostitute named Polly, the lessons he learned from Shakespeare finally start to become clear.

Pickleherring ...... Jim Broadbent

Boy ...... George Longworth

Polly ...... Jill Cardo

Pompey Bum ...... Dan Starkey

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

"The Late Mr Shakespeare

By Robert Nye, dramatised by Jonathan Broadbent.

Pickleherring, a former boy actor in Shakespeare's company, reminisces from the vantage point of old age on his time spent with The Bard. As he finally finds love with a prostitute named Polly, the lessons he learned from Shakespeare finally start to become clear.

Pickleherring ...... Jim Broadbent

Boy ...... George Longworth

Polly ...... Jill Cardo

Pompey Bum ...... Dan Starkey

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

"

20081108Von Ribbentrop's Watch

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.

"Von Ribbentrop's Watch

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.

"

20081122Murder Every Monday

Mark Gatiss's adaptation of Pamela Branch's comedy.

Clifford Flush and the other members of the Asterisk Club are forced to leave London in a hurry, and take up residence in the dilapidated Dankry Manor, where they establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'. All goes well until someone is murdered on the premises.

Armitage/Paget ...... Simon Williams

Clifford Flush ...... John Castle

Mrs Barratt ...... Barbara Kirby

Colonel Quincey ...... Graham Crowden

Creaker ...... David Ryall

Cyril Revere ...... Mark Gatiss

Chloe Carlisle ...... Stephanie Beacham

Manelli ...... Mark Benton

Bill Thurlow ...... Ian Hallard

Dina Parrish ...... Cal Jaggers.

"Murder Every Monday

Mark Gatiss's adaptation of Pamela Branch's comedy.

Clifford Flush and the other members of the Asterisk Club are forced to leave London in a hurry, and take up residence in the dilapidated Dankry Manor, where they establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'. All goes well until someone is murdered on the premises.

Armitage/Paget ...... Simon Williams

Clifford Flush ...... John Castle

Mrs Barratt ...... Barbara Kirby

Colonel Quincey ...... Graham Crowden

Creaker ...... David Ryall

Cyril Revere ...... Mark Gatiss

Chloe Carlisle ...... Stephanie Beacham

Manelli ...... Mark Benton

Bill Thurlow ...... Ian Hallard

Dina Parrish ...... Cal Jaggers.

"

17/02/200720081226By Evelyn Waugh, adapted by Jonathan Holloway. Waugh's black comedy set around a Memorial Park in Hollywood among the world of morticians and embalmers.
27/01/200720110723"

Powerful combination of political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in the fictional northern town of Wyverdale.

Political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in a northern town."

Powerful combination of political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in the fictional northern town of Wyverdale.

Political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in a northern town.

A Change in the Willows20110507"

Toad is back on a spending spree and dismissive of his friends - until he needs their help for a rather irritating ghost problem! Ratty finds himself flooded out of his river side home by rising river levels.

Mole tries to understand the link between the pang in his stomach and the desire all animals have to be amongst their own kind. And good old Badger is upset that nobody listens to him and his friends take him for granted.

Cast:

Toad ..... Tim McInnerny

Mole ..... Stephen Mangan

Ratty ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt

Badger ...... Andrew Sachs

Dove ..... Issy van Randwyck

Sheep .....Ian Buchan

Mole 2 ..... Yolanda Kettle

Mole 3 ..... Ilker Kaleli

Mole 4 ..... Jonathan Sayer

Mole 5 ..... Natalie Carrington

Written by Ian Buchan

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Producer: Julian Stevens

An Artists Studio production for BBC Radio 4.

Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty embark on an all new adventure along the riverbank."

Toad is back on a spending spree and dismissive of his friends - until he needs their help for a rather irritating ghost problem! Ratty finds himself flooded out of his river side home by rising river levels.

Mole tries to understand the link between the pang in his stomach and the desire all animals have to be amongst their own kind. And good old Badger is upset that nobody listens to him and his friends take him for granted.

Cast:

Toad ..... Tim McInnerny

Mole ..... Stephen Mangan

Ratty ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt

Badger ...... Andrew Sachs

Dove ..... Issy van Randwyck

Sheep .....Ian Buchan

Mole 2 ..... Yolanda Kettle

Mole 3 ..... Ilker Kaleli

Mole 4 ..... Jonathan Sayer

Mole 5 ..... Natalie Carrington

Written by Ian Buchan

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Producer: Julian Stevens

An Artists Studio production for BBC Radio 4.

Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty embark on an all new adventure along the riverbank.

All Quiet on the Western Front20091107Dramatisation by Dave Sheasby of Erich Maria Remarque's haunting, comic, lyrical and desperate story of a group of young German soldiers enduring and coming to terms with the realities of the First World War.

Paul Baumer ...... Robert Lonsdale

Kropp ...... Simon Trinder

Muller ...... Gunnar Cauthary

Leer ...... Lloyd Thomas

Tjaden ...... Joseph Arkley

Katczinsky ...... Stephen Critchlow

Cook ...... Malcolm Tierney

Westhaus ...... Stuart McLoughlin

Captain Bertinck ...... Dan Starkey

Kemmerich ...... Luke Walker

Himmelstoss ...... Tim Treloar

Detering ...... Nick Sayce

Mother ...... Janice Acquah

French girl ...... Donnla Hughes

Erna ...... Jill Cardo

Mrs Kemmerich ...... Carolyn Pickles

Orderly ...... Inam Mirza

Mittlestaedt ...... Paul Rider

Major ...... Chris Pavlo

Nurse ...... Manjeet Mann

Directed by David Hunter.

Dramatisation of Remarque's story about a group of First World War German soldiers.

Avoid London...Area closed...Turn on Radio20100703The 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.

"

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."

Bar Mitzvah Boy20111112"

BAR MITZVAH BOY

by Jack Rosenthal, Adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a boy having his Bar Mitzvah - the ceremony in which a thirteen year old becomes a man in the Jewish faith.

At the tender age of thirteen Eliot Green is about to become a man - in the Jewish religion at least. In synagogue, in front of the whole congregation, he will read and sing in Hebrew from the Torah (the Hebrew scrolls) - this after a year of intensive tuition. Later he will enjoy receiving gifts from relatives and friends as he celebrates with them at his Bar Mitzvah party.

All eyes are on Eliot as he is called up in synagogue for his big moment! But is he ready to become a man?

This play along with many others established the late Jack Rosenthal as one of Britain's best loved television writers. A master at creating characters that you could recognise and empathise with, his plays were always sharp and finely tuned with a rich helping of humour.

This new version of Bar Mitzvah Boy is specially adapted for radio by Jack's daughter, the playwright Amy Rosenthal.

Eliot......................................HUGO RAINE

Rita.......................................TRACY-ANN OBERMAN

Victor.....................................DAVID HOROVITCH

Grandad.................................ANDREW SACHS

Lesley. . . . ............................SUSANNAH WISE

Harold......................................JONATHAN TAFLER

Rabbi Sherman ......................PETER MAJER

Denise...................................MAYA GERBER

Squidge.................................SAM CUMMINGS

Synagogue Cantor...................RABBI MARK L. SOLOMON

Produced and directed by David Ian Neville.

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a Bar Mitzvah boy."

BAR MITZVAH BOY

by Jack Rosenthal, Adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a boy having his Bar Mitzvah - the ceremony in which a thirteen year old becomes a man in the Jewish faith.

At the tender age of thirteen Eliot Green is about to become a man - in the Jewish religion at least. In synagogue, in front of the whole congregation, he will read and sing in Hebrew from the Torah (the Hebrew scrolls) - this after a year of intensive tuition. Later he will enjoy receiving gifts from relatives and friends as he celebrates with them at his Bar Mitzvah party.

All eyes are on Eliot as he is called up in synagogue for his big moment! But is he ready to become a man?

This play along with many others established the late Jack Rosenthal as one of Britain's best loved television writers. A master at creating characters that you could recognise and empathise with, his plays were always sharp and finely tuned with a rich helping of humour.

This new version of Bar Mitzvah Boy is specially adapted for radio by Jack's daughter, the playwright Amy Rosenthal.

Eliot......................................HUGO RAINE

Rita.......................................TRACY-ANN OBERMAN

Victor.....................................DAVID HOROVITCH

Grandad.................................ANDREW SACHS

Lesley. . . . ............................SUSANNAH WISE

Harold......................................JONATHAN TAFLER

Rabbi Sherman ......................PETER MAJER

Denise...................................MAYA GERBER

Squidge.................................SAM CUMMINGS

Synagogue Cantor...................RABBI MARK L. SOLOMON

Produced and directed by David Ian Neville.

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a Bar Mitzvah boy.

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel20101023Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel

by Gary Brown

In recently released secret documents it was revealed there was a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War. In this fictionalised account, East End market trader Harry becomes caught up in these events and quickly finds himself out of his depth as he comes under the spell of a mysterious visitor from Palestine.

Harry - Jonathan Tafler

Dov - Richard Katz

Thompson - Robert Lister

Sarah - Amy Shindler

Joey - Dan Crow

Avi - Stephen Greif

Len - Ben Crowe

DirectorPeter Leslie Wild.

By Gary Brown. A market trader becomes mixed up in a post-war terrorist plot.

"

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel

by Gary Brown

In recently released secret documents it was revealed there was a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War. In this fictionalised account, East End market trader Harry becomes caught up in these events and quickly finds himself out of his depth as he comes under the spell of a mysterious visitor from Palestine.

Harry - Jonathan Tafler

Dov - Richard Katz

Thompson - Robert Lister

Sarah - Amy Shindler

Joey - Dan Crow

Avi - Stephen Greif

Len - Ben Crowe

DirectorPeter Leslie Wild.

By Gary Brown. A market trader becomes mixed up in a post-war terrorist plot."

Blithe Spirit20081213Bert Coules' adaptation of the Noel Coward comedy.

When writer Charles Condomine invites a medium to hold a seance at his country house, he receives a ghostly visitation from his dead first wife, to the chagrin of his very much alive second one.

Charles ...... Roger Allam

  • Madame Arcati ...... Maggie Steed

  • Elvira ...... Zoe Waites

  • Ruth ...... Hermione Gulliford

  • Dr Bradman ...... David Killick

  • Mrs Bradman ...... Tilly Tremayne

  • Edith ...... Natalie Cassidy

    Directed by Philip Franks.

  • Bora Bora20100821"

    By Lynne Truss. When a biographer joins a painting holiday organised by art historian Alec, his arrival disturbs the calm. Alec must face a terrible truth about his life.

    By Lynne Truss. A painting holiday organised by an art historian is rudely disturbed."

    By Lynne Truss. When a biographer joins a painting holiday organised by art historian Alec, his arrival disturbs the calm. Alec must face a terrible truth about his life.

    By Lynne Truss. A painting holiday organised by an art historian is rudely disturbed.

    Boscobel2008112920100828Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    A tense and thrilling dramatisation of a real-life escape story from Ian Curteis, starring Simon Woods (Cranford, Rome) as King Charles II.

    Defeated in battle following the execution of his father, the future Charles II must flee England or die.

    Over a thrilling 40-day journey, young Charles has much to learn - how to live rough, how to evade capture and how to earn the kindness of strangers.

    Ian Curteis is a prolific writer for radio and television. His most well known play is The Falklands Play, the story of how Margaret Thatcher's government went to war with Argentina, which was first broadcast on both Radio 4 and BBC 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War.

    Cast:

    Charles II ..... Simon Woods

    Derby/John Penderel ..... Kevin Eldon

    Wilmot ..... Chris Larkin

    George Penderel/Whitgreave ..... Simon Treves

    Gifford/Woolf ..... Malcolm Brown

    Carlis/Colonel ..... Stephen Carlile

    Betty/Jane ..... Kate Sachs

    Mrs Woolf/Cook ..... Jill Shilling

    Director: Dirk Maggs

    Writer: Ian Curteis

    Producer: Rebecca Pinfield

    An Above The Title production for BBC Radio 4.

    Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    "Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    A tense and thrilling dramatisation of a real-life escape story from Ian Curteis, starring Simon Woods (Cranford, Rome) as King Charles II.

    Defeated in battle following the execution of his father, the future Charles II must flee England or die.

    Over a thrilling 40-day journey, young Charles has much to learn - how to live rough, how to evade capture and how to earn the kindness of strangers.

    Ian Curteis is a prolific writer for radio and television. His most well known play is The Falklands Play, the story of how Margaret Thatcher's government went to war with Argentina, which was first broadcast on both Radio 4 and BBC 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War.

    Cast:

    Charles II ..... Simon Woods

    Derby/John Penderel ..... Kevin Eldon

    Wilmot ..... Chris Larkin

    George Penderel/Whitgreave ..... Simon Treves

    Gifford/Woolf ..... Malcolm Brown

    Carlis/Colonel ..... Stephen Carlile

    Betty/Jane ..... Kate Sachs

    Mrs Woolf/Cook ..... Jill Shilling

    Director: Dirk Maggs

    Writer: Ian Curteis

    Producer: Rebecca Pinfield

    An Above The Title production for BBC Radio 4.

    Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution."

    Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    Historical thriller by Ian Curteis that charts the fortunes of the future Charles II in the immediate aftermath of his father's defeat.

    After the execution of his father, the young Charles flees England. Over the course of a 40-day journey, he must learn how to live rough, evade capture and earn the kindness of strangers.

    Charles ......Simon Woods

    Derby/John Penderel ...... Kevin Eldon

    Wilmot ...... Chris Larkin

    George Penderel/Whitgreave ...... Simon Treves

    Gifford/Woolf ...... Malcolm Brown

    Carlis/Colonel ...... Stephen Carlile

    Betty/Jane ...... Kate Sachs

    Mrs Woolf/Cook ...... Jill Shilling

    Directed by Dirk Maggs.

    Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    A tense and thrilling dramatisation of a real-life escape story from Ian Curteis, starring Simon Woods (Cranford, Rome) as King Charles II.

    Defeated in battle following the execution of his father, the future Charles II must flee England or die.

    Over a thrilling 40-day journey, young Charles has much to learn - how to live rough, how to evade capture and how to earn the kindness of strangers.

    Ian Curteis is a prolific writer for radio and television. His most well known play is The Falklands Play, the story of how Margaret Thatcher's government went to war with Argentina, which was first broadcast on both Radio 4 and BBC 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War.

    Cast:

    Charles II ..... Simon Woods

    Derby/John Penderel ..... Kevin Eldon

    Wilmot ..... Chris Larkin

    George Penderel/Whitgreave ..... Simon Treves

    Gifford/Woolf ..... Malcolm Brown

    Carlis/Colonel ..... Stephen Carlile

    Betty/Jane ..... Kate Sachs

    Mrs Woolf/Cook ..... Jill Shilling

    Director: Dirk Maggs

    Writer: Ian Curteis

    Producer: Rebecca Pinfield

    An Above The Title production for BBC Radio 4.

    Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

    Bullitt20091024Dramatisation of Robert L Pike's gritty detective story, set in New York's rough 52nd Precinct in 1963.

    Lieutenant Clancy, head throbbing from days without sleep, is assigned to protect important Mafia witness Johnny Rossi. But when he is found dead, Clancy has only a matter of hours to find the killer before his enemy, Assistant District Attorney Chalmers, finds out.

    Lieutenant Clancy ...... Jason Isaacs

    Ada Chalmers/Barnett/Renick/Johnny Rossi ...... Kerry Shale

    Detective Kaprowski ...... Lou Hirsch

    Captain Wise/Johnny Rossi/Ships Officer ...... John Biggins

    Dr Willard/Pete Rossi ...... Stephen Hogan

    Doc Freeman/Sergeant ...... Bruce Alexander

    Detenctive Mark Kelly ...... Sasha Pick

    Ann Renick/LAPD Officer ...... Emerald O'Hanrahan

    Hotel Manager/Chalmers' Secretary ...... Kate Layden

    Directed by Pauline Harris.

    Detective story by Robert L Pike. Lieutenant Clancy is assigned to protect a Mafia witness

    Call for the Dead20090523Dramatisation by Robert Forrest of John le Carré's first novel.

    London, the late 1950s, and a disenchanted George Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security vetting. When a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide not long after being cleared of Communist sympathies, Smiley investigates and uncovers a deadly conspiracy with its roots in his own wartime past.

    George Smiley ...... Simon Russell Beale

    Inspector Mendel ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Elsa Fennan ...... Eleanor Bron

    Ann Smiley ...... Anna Chancellor

    Peter Guillam ...... Richard Dillane

    Maston ...... James Laurenson

    Dieter Frey ...... Henry Goodman

    Adam Starr/Mundt ...... Sam Dale

    Ludo Oriel ...... Janice Acquah

    Nursing Sister ...... Caroline Guthrie

    With Benjamin Askew and Jonathan Tafler.

    George Smiley investigates when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide.

    Cause Celebre20110625"

    The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Anne Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack.

    2011 marks the centenary of Terence Rattigan's birth. Cause Celebre was originally a radio play, produced by the BBC in 1975. Rattigan was fascinated by a sensational murder trial at the Old Bailey in 1935 concerning an elderly architect allegedly killed by his much younger wife Alma and George, their handsome odd-job boy. The popular press had a field day - tales of sex, drugs, alcohol and gore were plastered across the papers. The play follows the course of the murder trial and its impact on Edith Davenport, the morally upright forewoman of the jury. Edith is forced to reconsider her initial condemnation of the life-affirming, morally relaxed Alma.

    Terence Rattigan is one of Britain's most popular 20th century dramatists.

    Cast:

    Joan Webster ..... Lucy Black

    Francis Rattenbury .... Timothy Carlton

    John Davenport .... Simon Chandler

    Croom-Johnson ..... Richard Clifford

    Christopher .... Oliver Coopersmith

    Edith Davenport .... Niamh Cusack

    Alma Rattenbury ..... Anne-Marie Duff

    Montagu ..... Rory Fleck-Byrne

    Tony Davenport .... Freddie Fox

    Irene Riggs .... Jenny Galloway

    Judge ...... Patrick Godfrey

    O'Connor .... Nicholas Jones

    George Wood .......Tommy McDonnell

    Stella Morrison ....... Lucy Robinson

    Clerk of the court .....Tristan Shepherd

    Casswell ....... Richard Teverson

    Wardress ....... Sarah Waddell

    Sergeant Bagwell ....... Michael Webber

    Coroner ....... Tristram Wymark

    The play was directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by Polly Thomas for Sparklab, from the recent production by the Old Vic Theatre

    Assistant director: Eleanor While

    Original music: Adrian Johnston

    Executive producer: Melanie Harris

    Producer: Polly Thomas

    A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

    The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama."

    The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Anne Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack.

    2011 marks the centenary of Terence Rattigan's birth. Cause Celebre was originally a radio play, produced by the BBC in 1975. Rattigan was fascinated by a sensational murder trial at the Old Bailey in 1935 concerning an elderly architect allegedly killed by his much younger wife Alma and George, their handsome odd-job boy. The popular press had a field day - tales of sex, drugs, alcohol and gore were plastered across the papers. The play follows the course of the murder trial and its impact on Edith Davenport, the morally upright forewoman of the jury. Edith is forced to reconsider her initial condemnation of the life-affirming, morally relaxed Alma.

    Terence Rattigan is one of Britain's most popular 20th century dramatists.

    Cast:

    Joan Webster ..... Lucy Black

    Francis Rattenbury .... Timothy Carlton

    John Davenport .... Simon Chandler

    Croom-Johnson ..... Richard Clifford

    Christopher .... Oliver Coopersmith

    Edith Davenport .... Niamh Cusack

    Alma Rattenbury ..... Anne-Marie Duff

    Montagu ..... Rory Fleck-Byrne

    Tony Davenport .... Freddie Fox

    Irene Riggs .... Jenny Galloway

    Judge ...... Patrick Godfrey

    O'Connor .... Nicholas Jones

    George Wood .......Tommy McDonnell

    Stella Morrison ....... Lucy Robinson

    Clerk of the court .....Tristan Shepherd

    Casswell ....... Richard Teverson

    Wardress ....... Sarah Waddell

    Sergeant Bagwell ....... Michael Webber

    Coroner ....... Tristram Wymark

    The play was directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by Polly Thomas for Sparklab, from the recent production by the Old Vic Theatre

    Assistant director: Eleanor While

    Original music: Adrian Johnston

    Executive producer: Melanie Harris

    Producer: Polly Thomas

    A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

    The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama.

    Choice of Straws20090919Dramatisation by Roy Williams of the novel by ER Braithwaite. 1960, London's East End: twins Jack and Dave Bennett are a happy-go-lucky, rootless pair. If they do occasionally rough-up a black guy it's just a game to them - until a victim in Whitechapel fights back and Dave pulls a knife.

    Jack ...... Harry Hepple

    Dave ...... Luke Norris

    Michelle ...... Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Mum ...... Ellie Haddington

    Dad ...... David Hargreaves

    Ruth ...... Annabelle Dowler

    Mr Spencer ...... Alex Lanipekun

    Officer ...... Stephen Hogan

    Directed by Claire Grove.

    By ER Braithwaite. Jack faces up to life after the fatal stabbing of his twin brother Dave

    Confessions of a Medium20100313Dark comedy by AL Kennedy, set in 1870s London and based on a true story.

    Mr Parker is a sincere and kind man who, in search of a higher meaning to life, has moved from conventional religion to seances and spiritualism. He believes he has 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.

    Thomson ...... Bill Nighy

    Parker ...... Robert Glenister

    Morton/Mr Gordon/Gentleman/Wilson/Waiter ...... Jonathan Keeble

    Mills/Butler ...... Andrew Westfield

    Miss Foster/Mrs Gordon/Lady No.1 ...... Fiona Clarke

    Miss Blackstone/Woman ...... Daryl Fishwick

    Pianist ...... Daniel Browell

    Directed by Pauline Harris.

    Deep Down and Dirty Rock 'n' Roll2011051420120113By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs stars in a drama set in the music industry. Once Carl was the tragic suicidal poet of the band Lost Youth. Fourteen years earlier Carl feigned a mysterious disappearance. If he comes out of hiding now Lost Youth are history.

    Ed...Suggs

    Carl...Burn Gorman

    Tanya...Philippa Stanton

    Sophie...Alex Tregear

    Doreen...Joanna Monro

    Olly...Stuart McLoughlin

    Miss Brookes...Jane Whittenshaw

    Phil...Brian Bowles

    Music composed by Dave Gale

    Directed by Claire Grove

    Ed (SUGGS) and Carl (BURN GORMAN) are two musicians in mid-life meltdown, who've been friends and rivals since primary school. Carl, the supposedly dead or missing poet of the band Lost Youth, has been in hiding for fourteen years. But with Lost Youth's comeback tour and new album imminent maybe he's about to be outed. Ed has been living the rock and roll life and he's in serious debt. If Carl comes out of hiding Lost Youth are history, and so is he.

    SUGGS was a founder member of Madness, the ska revivalists who erupted out of Camden Town in the late '70's and became one of the greatest pop groups of the '80s. He presents a music show on Radio 2.

    BURN GORMAN is best known for Torchwood. He also played Bill Sykes in Oliver in the West End

    Mark Davies Markham writes hugely entertaining scripts for TV, theatre and radio. 'Taboo' the West End musical he wrote for Boy George was nominated for an Olivier Award . 'Eric' his recent play for the Liverpool Everyman was also about the music industry.

    By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs and Burn Gorman star as musicians in mid-life meltdown.

    "

    By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs and Burn Gorman star as musicians in mid-life meltdown."

    By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs and Burn Gorman star as musicians in mid-life meltdown.

    Devastated Areas20090606Adam Thorpe's play explores civilian grief during and after the Great War of 1914-1918 in three interweaving stories.

    In Berlin, a sculptress is working on a memorial statue to the volunteers; in the valley of the Somme a glazier is repairing the blown-out windows of a church; and on the Berkshire Downs a gardener tends his roses.

    Sofie

    Dover and the Sleeping Beauty20111203Comedy thriller by Paul Mendelson, set in the 1960s, featuring Scotland Yard's most unwanted man, Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, and his long-suffering gofer, Sergeant McGregor. A young woman, Isabel Slatcher, has been in an irreversible coma for months after being shot outside her local church in a small northern town. Now she has been smothered - murdered. Who killed her? Was it the person that shot her and why have they waited until now to complete their evil crime?

    Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Sergeant McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Chief Constable Muckle ...... Philip Whitchurch

    Mrs Muckle ...... Colleen Prendergast

    Reverend Bonnington ...... Shaun Prendergast

    Mrs Horsley ...... Geraldine McNulty

    Violet ...... Debbie Arnold

    Freddie Gash ...... Ross Adams

    Muckle ...... Cesca Bonetti

    Other parts played by the cast.

    Directed by David Ian Neville.

    By Paul Mendelson. Inspector Dover investigates when a girl in a coma is finally murdered.

    Dover And The Sleeping Beauty20100116Comedy thriller by Paul Mendelson, set in the 1960s, featuring Scotland Yard's most unwanted man, Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, and his long-suffering gofer, Sergeant McGregor. A young woman, Isabel Slatcher, has been in an irreversible coma for months after being shot outside her local church in a small northern town. Now she has been smothered - murdered. Who killed her? Was it the person that shot her and why have they waited until now to complete their evil crime?

    Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Sergeant McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Chief Constable Muckle ...... Philip Whitchurch

    Mrs Muckle ...... Colleen Prendergast

    Reverend Bonnington ...... Shaun Prendergast

    Mrs Horsley ...... Geraldine McNulty

    Violet ...... Debbie Arnold

    Freddie Gash ...... Ross Adams

    Muckle ...... Cesca Bonetti

    Other parts played by the cast.

    Directed by David Ian Neville.

    By Paul Mendelson. Inspector Dover investigates when a girl in a coma is murdered.

    Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All20111126Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 1970s, dramatised by Paul Mendelson.

    Chief Inspector Dover's annual seaside break becomes a busman's holiday with the death of a local policeman. Was it suicide and was it linked to the recent murder of a well-known gangster? It's another strange case for Scotland Yard's laziest detective.

    Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Sgt McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Chief Constable ...... Philip Madoc

    Mrs Dover ...... Carolyn Pickles

    Sgt Rhys-Smith ...... Gareth Armstrong

    Joey the Jock ...... Ben Crowe

    Miss Ffiske ...... Jennifer Hill

    Sandra Pugh ...... Siwan Morris

    Directed by David Ian Neville.

    Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 70s, featuring Scotland Yard's laziest sleuth.

    "

    Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 1970s, dramatised by Paul Mendelson.

    Chief Inspector Dover's annual seaside break becomes a busman's holiday with the death of a local policeman. Was it suicide and was it linked to the recent murder of a well-known gangster? It's another strange case for Scotland Yard's laziest detective.

    Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Sgt McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Chief Constable ...... Philip Madoc

    Mrs Dover ...... Carolyn Pickles

    Sgt Rhys-Smith ...... Gareth Armstrong

    Joey the Jock ...... Ben Crowe

    Miss Ffiske ...... Jennifer Hill

    Sandra Pugh ...... Siwan Morris

    Directed by David Ian Neville.

    Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 70s, featuring Scotland Yard's laziest sleuth."

    Dover Beats the Band20091205Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, dramatised by Paul Mendelson.

    Inspector Dover, with less than total enthusiasm, investigates the murder of a mild-mannered philatelist in a holiday camp. His sergeant, however, cares a bit too much. But as the investigation begins to uncover a sinister conspiracy, even Scotland Yard's laziest detective becomes determined to catch the killer.

    Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Sergeant McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Dr Hirst/Nora Hull ...... Joanna Tope

    Captain Maguire/Sven ...... Michael Mackenzie

    Sir Egbert Rankin/Rupert Pettit ...... Finlay McLean

    Inspector Telford/Osmond ...... Nick Underwood

    Sandra/Doreen Knapper ...... Lucy Paterson

    Mavis/WPC Elvira Marchmount ...... Samantha Young

    Other parts played by members of the cast.

    Directed by David Ian Neville.

    Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter about a murder in a holiday camp.

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde20090725By 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.

    Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Crime: A for Assassin20100130Comic thriller by David Ashton.

    Samuel Johnson and James Boswell tackle the teeming London underworld of 1781. How can a man who has shot another at point blank range be saved from the gallows, and how can the power and vested interest of a man highly placed in His Majesty's Government be defeated?

    Dr Johnson ...... Timothy West

    James Boswell ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Hester Thrale ...... Joanna David

    Lord Spencer ...... David Shaw-Parker

    Capt John Porteous ...... Oliver Milburn

    Tobias Boothroyd ...... Harry Myers

    Caroline Spencer ...... Abigail Hollick

    Lady Crewe ...... Teresa Gallagher

    Serena Boothroyd ...... Cathy Sara

    Silas Pike ...... Ron Cook

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

    A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

    By David Ashton. Samuel Johnson and James Boswell tackle the London underworld of 1781.

    Comic thriller by David Ashton.

    Samuel Johnson and James Boswell tackle the teeming London underworld of 1781. How can a man who has shot another at point blank range be saved from the gallows, and how can the power and vested interest of a man highly placed in His Majesty's Government be defeated?

    Dr Johnson ...... Timothy West

    James Boswell ...... Stuart McQuarrie

    Hester Thrale ...... Joanna David

    Lord Spencer ...... David Shaw-Parker

    Capt John Porteous ...... Oliver Milburn

    Tobias Boothroyd ...... Harry Myers

    Caroline Spencer ...... Abigail Hollick

    Lady Crewe ...... Teresa Gallagher

    Serena Boothroyd ...... Cathy Sara

    Silas Pike ...... Ron Cook

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

    A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4.

    By David Ashton. Samuel Johnson and James Boswell tackle the London underworld of 1781.

    Dr No20110806Hugh Whitemore's dramatisation of Ian Fleming's 1958 novel. Bond is sent to investigate a strange disappearance on the island of Jamaica.

    Hugh Whitemore's dramatisation of Ian Fleming's novel.

    Emil and the Detectives2009101720110522Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Country boy Emil Tischbein, up from Neustadt for the first time, enlists the aid of hundreds of Berlin street boys to help him catch a thief.

    Emil ...... Joshua Swinney

    Kaestner ...... Bruce Alexander

    Grundeis ...... Ewan Hooper

    Gustav ...... Daniel Cooper

    Professor ...... Neil Reynolds

    Traut ...... Bertie Gilbert

    Peters ...... Josh Robinson

    Tuesday ...... Harry Child

    Pony ...... Agnes Bateman

    Mrs Tischbein ...... Melissa Advani

    Cashier ...... Tessa Nicholson

    Jeschke ...... John Biggins

    Guard ...... Rhys Jennings

    Taxi Driver ...... Joseph Cohen-Cole

    Grandma ...... Kate Layden

    Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

    Adaptation of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    "

    Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Country boy Emil Tischbein, up from Neustadt for the first time, enlists the aid of hundreds of Berlin street boys to help him catch a thief.

    Emil ...... Joshua Swinney

    Kaestner ...... Bruce Alexander

    Grundeis ...... Ewan Hooper

    Gustav ...... Daniel Cooper

    Professor ...... Neil Reynolds

    Traut ...... Bertie Gilbert

    Peters ...... Josh Robinson

    Tuesday ...... Harry Child

    Pony ...... Agnes Bateman

    Mrs Tischbein ...... Melissa Advani

    Cashier ...... Tessa Nicholson

    Jeschke ...... John Biggins

    Guard ...... Rhys Jennings

    Taxi Driver ...... Joseph Cohen-Cole

    Grandma ...... Kate Layden

    Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

    Adaptation of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner."

    Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Country boy Emil Tischbein, up from Neustadt for the first time, enlists the aid of hundreds of Berlin street boys to help him catch a thief.

    Emil ...... Joshua Swinney

    Kaestner ...... Bruce Alexander

    Grundeis ...... Ewan Hooper

    Gustav ...... Daniel Cooper

    Professor ...... Neil Reynolds

    Traut ...... Bertie Gilbert

    Peters ...... Josh Robinson

    Tuesday ...... Harry Child

    Pony ...... Agnes Bateman

    Mrs Tischbein ...... Melissa Advani

    Cashier ...... Tessa Nicholson

    Jeschke ...... John Biggins

    Guard ...... Rhys Jennings

    Taxi Driver ...... Joseph Cohen-Cole

    Grandma ...... Kate Layden

    Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

    Adaptation of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Country boy Emil Tischbein, up from Neustadt for the first time, enlists the aid of hundreds of Berlin street boys to help him catch a thief.

    Emil ...... Joshua Swinney

    Kaestner ...... Bruce Alexander

    Grundeis ...... Ewan Hooper

    Gustav ...... Daniel Cooper

    Professor ...... Neil Reynolds

    Traut ...... Bertie Gilbert

    Peters ...... Josh Robinson

    Tuesday ...... Harry Child

    Pony ...... Agnes Bateman

    Mrs Tischbein ...... Melissa Advani

    Cashier ...... Tessa Nicholson

    Jeschke ...... John Biggins

    Guard ...... Rhys Jennings

    Taxi Driver ...... Joseph Cohen-Cole

    Grandma ...... Kate Layden

    Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

    Adaptation of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

    Goldfinger2010040320111224Ian Fleming's 1959 novel faithfully dramatised by Archie Scottney and directed by Martin Jarvis. Toby Stephens returns as 007, and a glittering cast is led by Ian McKellen in the title role. With cameo roles by top actors - all delighted to contribute to this remarkable Fleming adventure. Rosamund Pike plays wacky gang-boss Pussy Galore and Lisa Dillon is the vengeful Tilly Masterton. John Standing returns as 'M'. Tom Hollander, Tim Pigott-Smith and American star Hector Elizondo as New York City mobsters. Bond and Goldfinger are joined in the famous golf game by Alistair McGowan as the caddie, Hawker. Henry Goodman, Ian Ogilvy and Lloyd Owen contribute to the excitement. And Jon David Yu throws his bowler-hat with deadly effect as 'Oddjob'.

    Auric Goldfinger is not only a cheat at canasta and golf, he's also an international criminal on a massive scale. His obsession: gold. James Bond is charged by the Bank of England and MI5 to discover what Goldfinger is actually doing with his vast hoards of gold. Is he somehow connected with SMERSH - the feared soviet spy-killing organisation? When 007 becomes an undercover member of Goldfinger's team he soon learns that the madman's plans are more grandiose than even 'M' could possibly have imagined. Amazingly, robbing Fort Knox is on the agenda - and mass murder...

    Cast:

    Goldfinger ...... Ian McKellen

    James Bond .....Toby Stephens

    'M'..... John Standing

    Col.Smithers ..... Ian Ogilvy

    Pussy Galore ......Rosamund Pike

    Tilly Masterton ..... Lisa Dillon

    Johnny Solo .....Tim Pigott-Smith

    Mr Strap .....Tom Hollander

    Du Pont .....Henry Goodman

    Hawker ..... Alistair McGowan

    Helmut Springer .....Hector Elizondo

    Felix Leiter ..... Lloyd Owen

    Jed Midnight .....Nigel Anthony

    Jill Masterton ..... Anna Louise Plowman

    Oddjob ..... Jon David Yu

    Alfred .....Alan Shearman

    Nigel .....Matthew Wolf

    Fleming .....Martin Jarvis

    Doctors & Pilot .....Kyle Stoller

    Nurse .....Tracy Pattin

    Dramatised by Archie Scottney.

    Music composed by Mark Holden and Sam Barbour.

    Producer: Rosalind Ayres

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    Bond is Back. Toby Stephens returns as 007 with a glittering cast led by Ian McKellen.

    Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

    James Bond returns in this Broadcast Premiere: a dramatisation of the classic 1959 novel. When Bond begins his pursuit of a monstrous international criminal he discovers that a daring heist is on the agenda - plus mass murder. But what is the American connection? And where do the Russians fit in? Can OO7 survive to fight another day?

    Goldfinger ..... Ian McKellen

    James Bond ..... Toby Stephens.

    'M' ..... John Standing.

    Col. Smithers ..... Ian Ogilvy

    Pussy Galore ..... Rosamund Pike

    Du Pont ..... Henry Goodman

    Helmut Springer ..... Hector Elizondo

    Johnny Solo ..... Tim Pigott-Smith

    Mr Strap ..... Tom Hollander

    Jed Midnight ..... Nigel Anthony

    Alfred ..... Alan Shearman

    Nigel ..... Matthew Wolf

    Fleming ..... Martin Jarvis

    Doctors and Pilot ..... Kyle Stoller

    Nurse ..... Tracy Pattin

    Director Martin Jarvis. Producer Rosalind Ayres.

    By Ian Fleming. James Bond uncovers plans for a daring heist - and mass murder.

    Bond is Back. Toby Stephens returns as 007 with a glittering cast led by Ian McKellen.

    In Praise of Love20110618A number of Terence Rattigan's plays e.g. The Winslow Boy, Separate Tables, The Deep Blue Sea, Cause Celebre were triggered by real incidents - and In Praise of Love is no exception. In the mid-1950s his friend, Rex Harrison, told him that his wife, the talented Kay Kendall, was dying of leukaemia, but she but she didn't know and he would never tell her.

    Twenty years later Rattigan wrote this, his very last stage play, which was produced in 1973 and subsequently on Broadway, with Rex Harrison himself in the lead, triggered by this true event.

    The play is precisely what the title says it is - but it doesn't praise youthful passion; it praises mature, spiritual love and devotion.

    Within the play a character says that the English vice is never to show emotion. Each of the two middle-aged spouses withhold information from the other to protect their partner. But each knows the truth - Lydia, the wife, is dying of an incurable disease and only an American friend is told the true facts by both of them. Of course we, the audience, know their secrets too, and therein lie our tears. The critic Harold Hobson called it "the most moving expression of love that I have ever seen on a stage...a compact heart-breaking masterpiece".

    Cast:

    Lydia Cruttwell ..... Sarah Badel

    Sebastian Cruttwell ..... Martin Jarvis

    Mark Walters ..... Kerry Shale

    Joey Cruttwell ..... James Joyce

    Director: Celia de Wolff

    A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

    A successful novelist knows his wife's secret, but she doesn't know that he knows.

    J'Accuse20090613By 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.

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

    Journey into Space - The Host20090627Julian 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

    Just Between Ourselves20100109Adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's celebrated 1977 stage play, a bitter-sweet comedy about love, marriages and mothers.

    Dennis ...... Stephen Critchlow

    Vera ...... Samantha Spiro

    Marjorie ...... Auriol Smith

    Neil ...... Chris Pavlo

    Pam ...... Alison Pettitt

    Music composed by David Chilton.

    Directed by Gordon House.

    Alan Ayckbourn's celebrated 1977 bittersweet comedy about love, marriages and mothers.

    Killing the Butterfly20090620In Colin MacDonald's romantic thriller, two murder witnesses are put under police protection pending the High Court trial. But something goes badly wrong and they have to flee for their lives,

    never knowing who it's safe to trust.

    Barker ...... Simon Tait

    Hannah ...... Vicki Liddelle

    Leverage20110326By Simon Passmore.

    A city banker is found dead in an opulent apartment. At the funeral, his former girlfriend Helen is unexpectedly questioned about when she last saw him. Did he mention computer files, or give her anything as a keepsake? Helen's suspicions mount as she retraces his last movements. Her discoveries put her in the firing line. A fast-paced, psychological thriller.

    Cast:

    Helen . . . . . Claire Foy

    David . . . . . Blake Ritson

    Mark . . . . . Charlie Cox

    Kendra . . . . . Sally Orrock

    Clare . . . . . Joanna Monro

    Jamie . . . . . Nyasha Hatendi

    Ray . . . . . Sean Baker

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    A taut, character-driven conspiracy thriller by one of radio's leading writers of thrillers. Like the television hit State of Play, Simon Passmore has created an intelligent plot for grown-ups: writhing with twists and heavy on menace. This will be compelling Saturday afternoon entertainment.

    David and Helen, a professional couple in their mid-twenties, are shocked when Jamie, an old friend from university, dies unexpectedly. At the funeral, they meet Mark, another mutual friend. Mark implies that he works for Special Services, and tells them that Jamie, a high-flying investment banker, may have killed himself - and that his bank has been under investigation. Did Jamie contact the couple before he died? As Mark teases out information, Helen begins to suspect he is not entirely innocent. Mark's questions turn into threats, and people start getting hurt. David and Helen find they must expose a murder before it's too late.

    The lead roles are played by three top young British actors.

    Claire Foy is Helen. Claire's recent TV credits include lead roles in The Promise (Channel 4) and Little Dorrit (BBC).

    Charlie Cox is Mark. Charlie's credits include lead roles in the films Stardust, Moby Dick and The Merchant of Venice, and TV roles include the Duke of Crowborough in Downton Abbey.

    Blake Ritson plays David. Blake's recently starred in Roger Michell's production of Rope at the Almeida; on TV in Emma (BBC), Upstairs Downstairs (BBC), and Romantics (Company Pictures). He has been playing the lead in Radio 4's four-week serial The Far Pavilions (Feb 2011).

    Writer Simon Passmore has had a string of recent successes on radio with Accomplices, Offshore and Going To Ground. As a TV drama producer, he has a track-record of making top quality TV drama for the BBC and Channel 4.

    Simon Passmore's fast-paced psychological thriller. Starring Claire Foy.

    "

    By Simon Passmore.

    A city banker is found dead in an opulent apartment. At the funeral, his former girlfriend Helen is unexpectedly questioned about when she last saw him. Did he mention computer files, or give her anything as a keepsake? Helen's suspicions mount as she retraces his last movements. Her discoveries put her in the firing line. A fast-paced, psychological thriller.

    Cast:

    Helen . . . . . Claire Foy

    David . . . . . Blake Ritson

    Mark . . . . . Charlie Cox

    Kendra . . . . . Sally Orrock

    Clare . . . . . Joanna Monro

    Jamie . . . . . Nyasha Hatendi

    Ray . . . . . Sean Baker

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    A taut, character-driven conspiracy thriller by one of radio's leading writers of thrillers. Like the television hit State of Play, Simon Passmore has created an intelligent plot for grown-ups: writhing with twists and heavy on menace. This will be compelling Saturday afternoon entertainment.

    David and Helen, a professional couple in their mid-twenties, are shocked when Jamie, an old friend from university, dies unexpectedly. At the funeral, they meet Mark, another mutual friend. Mark implies that he works for Special Services, and tells them that Jamie, a high-flying investment banker, may have killed himself - and that his bank has been under investigation. Did Jamie contact the couple before he died? As Mark teases out information, Helen begins to suspect he is not entirely innocent. Mark's questions turn into threats, and people start getting hurt. David and Helen find they must expose a murder before it's too late.

    The lead roles are played by three top young British actors.

    Claire Foy is Helen. Claire's recent TV credits include lead roles in The Promise (Channel 4) and Little Dorrit (BBC).

    Charlie Cox is Mark. Charlie's credits include lead roles in the films Stardust, Moby Dick and The Merchant of Venice, and TV roles include the Duke of Crowborough in Downton Abbey.

    Blake Ritson plays David. Blake's recently starred in Roger Michell's production of Rope at the Almeida; on TV in Emma (BBC), Upstairs Downstairs (BBC), and Romantics (Company Pictures). He has been playing the lead in Radio 4's four-week serial The Far Pavilions (Feb 2011).

    Writer Simon Passmore has had a string of recent successes on radio with Accomplices, Offshore and Going To Ground. As a TV drama producer, he has a track-record of making top quality TV drama for the BBC and Channel 4.

    Simon Passmore's fast-paced psychological thriller. Starring Claire Foy.

    "

    By Simon Passmore.

    A city banker is found dead in an opulent apartment. At the funeral, his former girlfriend Helen is unexpectedly questioned about when she last saw him. Did he mention computer files, or give her anything as a keepsake? Helen's suspicions mount as she retraces his last movements. Her discoveries put her in the firing line. A fast-paced, psychological thriller.

    Cast:

    Helen . . . . . Claire Foy

    David . . . . . Blake Ritson

    Mark . . . . . Charlie Cox

    Kendra . . . . . Sally Orrock

    Clare . . . . . Joanna Monro

    Jamie . . . . . Nyasha Hatendi

    Ray . . . . . Sean Baker

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    A taut, character-driven conspiracy thriller by one of radio's leading writers of thrillers. Like the television hit State of Play, Simon Passmore has created an intelligent plot for grown-ups: writhing with twists and heavy on menace. This will be compelling Saturday afternoon entertainment.

    David and Helen, a professional couple in their mid-twenties, are shocked when Jamie, an old friend from university, dies unexpectedly. At the funeral, they meet Mark, another mutual friend. Mark implies that he works for Special Services, and tells them that Jamie, a high-flying investment banker, may have killed himself - and that his bank has been under investigation. Did Jamie contact the couple before he died? As Mark teases out information, Helen begins to suspect he is not entirely innocent. Mark's questions turn into threats, and people start getting hurt. David and Helen find they must expose a murder before it's too late.

    The lead roles are played by three top young British actors.

    Claire Foy is Helen. Claire's recent TV credits include lead roles in The Promise (Channel 4) and Little Dorrit (BBC).

    Charlie Cox is Mark. Charlie's credits include lead roles in the films Stardust, Moby Dick and The Merchant of Venice, and TV roles include the Duke of Crowborough in Downton Abbey.

    Blake Ritson plays David. Blake's recently starred in Roger Michell's production of Rope at the Almeida; on TV in Emma (BBC), Upstairs Downstairs (BBC), and Romantics (Company Pictures). He has been playing the lead in Radio 4's four-week serial The Far Pavilions (Feb 2011).

    Writer Simon Passmore has had a string of recent successes on radio with Accomplices, Offshore and Going To Ground. As a TV drama producer, he has a track-record of making top quality TV drama for the BBC and Channel 4.

    Simon Passmore's fast-paced psychological thriller. Starring Claire Foy.

    Little Platoons20110604Platoons (Little)by Steve Waters

    Separated from her partner, Martin, and disillusioned with teaching at the west London comprehensive which their son Sam attends, Rachel's looking for an outlet for her evangelical zeal. More out of curiosity than conviction, she goes to a pilot meeting of a free-school initiative headed by middle-class Nick and Lara. Only to find herself embroiled in a mix of private and public rows that exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we can best educate our children.

    Rachel de Witt ..... Claire Price

    Martin ..... Richard Henders

    Nick Orme ..... Andrew Woodall

    Lara Orme ..... Susannah Harker

    Parvez Akhtar ..... Christopher Simpson

    Polly Tyneham ..... Joanne Froggatt

    Samuel ..... Otto Farrant

    Marcus ..... Kerron Darby

    Amitha ..... Mandeep Dhillon

    Sadie ..... Holli Dempsey

    Brandon ..... Joe Cole

    Directed for stage by Nathan Curry

    Produced by Jeremy Mortimer

    This radio production is presented with the original cast from the Bush Theatre production which premiered earlier this year. Reviews for the Bush Theatre production:

    wittily exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we best educate our children.... **** Michael Billington, Guardian

    I can't recall a more urgently satirical local play at this address in all the wonderful 38 years of its existence. It's also a witty paradigm of subsidised theatre in its subject matter: a middle-class initiative born of self-interested motives using public money. Perfect. **** Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com.

    By Steve Waters. A witty satire about Free Schools. With Claire Price and Richard Henders.

    "

    By Steve Waters. A witty satire about Free Schools. With Claire Price and Richard Henders."

    Man of the Moment20090411A new production of the dark comedy by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, to mark the occasion of the playwright's 70th birthday. A career criminal, who has written an autobiography and is now a television celebrity, agrees to participate in a reality TV show filmed at his Mediterranean villa.

    Jill Rillington ...... Lisa Dillon

  • Trudy Parks ...... Janie Dee

  • Douglas Beechey ...... Alex Jennings

  • Vic Parks ...... Tim Pigott-Smith

  • Kenny Collins ...... Damian O'Hare

  • Sharon ...... Ella Smith

  • Ruy ...... Alan Shearman

  • Floor Manager ...... Michael Simkins

  • David ...... John Baddeley

  • Film crew ...... Kenneth Danziger, Matthew Wolf

  • Children ...... Matilda and Alfie Wickham

    Directed by Martin Jarvis.

    By Alan Ayckbourn. A criminal turned TV celebrity agrees to participate in a reality show.

  • Marnie20110827It's 1961 and blonde and stunning Marnie Elmer poses as a secretary in order to steal from her employers and fund her mother's existence in Torquay. But she's yet to meet handsome company director, Mark Rutland, whose pursuit of her will ultimately lead to her downfall.

    Winston Graham is probably best known for his "Poldark" series, but also wrote a number of taut thrillers, of which "Marnie" (written in 1961) may be the best remembered - having been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in the early 1960s. This new adaptation for radio returns to the heart of the book itself.

    Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

    Marnie ..... Jade Williams

    Mark ..... Patrick Kennedy

    Terry ..... Carl Prekopp

    Edie ..... Elaine Claxton

    Lucy ..... Joanna Monro

    Roman ..... Brian Bowles

    Dawn ..... Susie Riddell

    Director: Marion Nancarrow

    The dramatist, Shaun McKenna's, many radio credits include "The Complete Smiley", "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "The Cry of the Owl" and "East of Eden".

    Shaun McKenna dramatises Winston Graham's 1960s novel about a beautiful, ruthless thief.

    Mountain of Light20100619Mountain of Light

    by Simon Bovey

    London, 1851. The worlds'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.

    Mrs Klein20081220The troubled relationship between child analyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

    Nicholas Wright's dramatisation of the troubled relationship between influential child psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

    Faced with coming to terms with the news of the death of her son, Mrs Klein decides against going to his funeral. Frustrated with her mother's behaviour, Klein's daughter Melitta confronts her with some home truths.

    Mrs Klein ...... Janet Suzman

  • Melitta ...... Eve Best

  • Paula ...... Clare Corbett

    Directed by Alison Hindell.

    The troubled relationship between child analyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

    Nicholas Wright's dramatisation of the troubled relationship between influential child psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

    Faced with coming to terms with the news of the death of her son, Mrs Klein decides against going to his funeral. Frustrated with her mother's behaviour, Klein's daughter Melitta confronts her with some home truths.

    Mrs Klein ...... Janet Suzman

  • Melitta ...... Eve Best

  • Paula ...... Clare Corbett

    Directed by Alison Hindell.

    The troubled relationship between child analyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

  • Murder Every Monday2008112220090918Clifford Flush and the Asterisk Club establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'.

    Clifford Flush and the Asterisk Club establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'.

    Mark Gatiss' adaptation of Pamela Branch's comedy.

    Asterisk Club founder Clifford Flush hasn't murdered anyone for years, but when the urge comes on him to bump off his bridge partner, he and the rest of the Club are forced to leave London in a hurry. Once out of harm's way in the rural hamlet of Krunte Abbas, they acquire dilapidated Dankry Manor, where they establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'.

    Armitage/Paget ...... Simon Williams

    Clifford Flush ...... John Castle

    Mrs Barratt ...... Barbara Kirby

    Colonel Quincey ...... Graham Crowden

    Creaker ...... David Ryall

    Cyril Revere ...... Mark Gatiss

    Chloe Carlisle ...... Stephanie Beacham

    Manelli ...... Mark Benton

    Bill Thurlow ...... Ian Hallard

    Dina Parrish ...... Cal Jaggers.

    Clifford Flush and the Asterisk Club establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'.

    On the Ceiling20090207

    By Nigel Planer. High up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the Sistine Chapel, two fresco plasterers prepare the ceiling for their boss, Michelangelo, who has not bothered to turn up again. As they do so, they bemoan the uselessness of the great master.

    Lapo ...... Phil Daniels

  • Loti ...... Bryan Dick

  • Pope Julius ...... Gary Waldhorn

  • Cardinal Alidosi ...... Roger Lloyd Pack

    Directed by Mary Peate.

    By Nigel Planer. Two fresco plasterers in the Sistine Chapel wait for Michelangelo.

  • On the Ceiling20101211by Nigel Planer

    Lapo ..... Phil Daniels

    Loti ..... Bryan Dick

    Pope Julius ..... Gary Waldhorn

    Cardinal Alidosi ..... Roger Lloyd Pack

    Composer ..... Adam Cork

    Directed by Mary Peate

    High up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the Sistine Chapel, two fresco plasterers get on with the day's work preparing the ceiling for their boss Michelangelo who has not bothered to turn up for work again. As they do so, they bemoan the uselessness of the great master.

    Pope Julius and Cardinal Alidosi visit the chapel to inspect the progress of their commission. They are never very impressed, and the Pope is more concerned about getting Michelangelo to do his funeral monument at a knock-down price.

    On the Ceiling is not about great artists; it is about those people whose names don't go down in history: the ones who do the essential drudge work, their frustration at their lack of genius and their pride in their own technical expertise. In this version of events, low elements combine to make high art.

    Nigel Planer is best known as Neil in The Young Ones, and as Nicholas Craig - The Naked Actor. Other television productions include Shine on Harvey Moon; Dennis Potter's Blackeyes. On stage, Nigel has performed in Simon Gray's Unnatural Pursuits; Ben Elton's We Will Rock You and Hairspray.

    By Nigel Planer. Two fresco plasterers in the Sistine Chapel wait for Michelangelo.

    "

    By Nigel Planer. Two fresco plasterers in the Sistine Chapel wait for Michelangelo."

    Othello20100227Northern Broadsides theatre company's version of Shakespeare's tragedy of love turned sour
    Our Country's Good20111217by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    Australia 1789: A young lieutenant attempts to direct a cast of convicts

    in 'The Recruiting Officer', the first play ever to be staged in the country.

    But one of his cast may be about to be hanged.

    The convicts' production of The Recruiting Officer can be heard

    on Drama on 3 on Sunday evening..

    Captain Arthur Philip ..... Nicholas Le Prevost

    Major Robbie Ross ..... Stuart McQuarrie

    Captain David Collins ..... Paul Moriarty

    Captain Watkin Tench ..... Adam Billington

    Captain Campbell ..... James Lailey

    2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark ..... Paul Higgins

    Reverend Johnson ..... Simon Bubb

    Midshipman Harry Brewer ..... Rikki Lawton

    Mary Brenham ..... Francine Chamberlain

    Robert Sideway ..... Adam James

    John Wisehammer ..... Elliot Levey

    Liz Morden ..... Kate Fleetwood

    Dabby Bryant ..... Alex Tregear

    John Arscott ...... Ralph Ineson

    Ketch Freeman ..... Jonathan Forbes

    Duckling Smith ..... Adjoa Andoh

    Director ..... Sally Avens

    Timberlake Wertenbaker's stage play was adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel, 'The Playmaker'.

    It tells the true story of Lieutenant Ralph Clark's attempts to put on a production of George Farquhar's 'The Recruiting Officer' using a cast of convicts. It met with high praise when it was first staged at The Royal Court and the play argues eloquently for the redemptive power of theatre. Many of the arguments are still current today as we debate how best to rehabilitate prisoners. At the heart of the play is its language; Wertenbaker celebrates the beauty of language in the slang of the criminal classes and the poetry of the play but she also looks at how language is used as an instrument of power.

    Over one weekend Radio 4 and Radio 3 present new productions of 'Our Country's Good' and 'The Recruiting Officer' using the same cast. On Saturday on Radio 4 we hear 'Our Country's Good' and watch a group of convicts' lives change as they rehearse 'The Recruiting Officer' and on Sunday on Radio 3 we hear the convicts' production of 'The Recruiting Officer'.

    Timberlake Wertenbaker's play about the convicts and Marines sent to Australia in 1787.

    "

    by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    Australia 1789: A young lieutenant attempts to direct a cast of convicts

    in 'The Recruiting Officer', the first play ever to be staged in the country.

    But one of his cast may be about to be hanged.

    The convicts' production of The Recruiting Officer can be heard

    on Drama on 3 on Sunday evening..

    Captain Arthur Philip ..... Nicholas Le Prevost

    Major Robbie Ross ..... Stuart McQuarrie

    Captain David Collins ..... Paul Moriarty

    Captain Watkin Tench ..... Adam Billington

    Captain Campbell ..... James Lailey

    2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark ..... Paul Higgins

    Reverend Johnson ..... Simon Bubb

    Midshipman Harry Brewer ..... Rikki Lawton

    Mary Brenham ..... Francine Chamberlain

    Robert Sideway ..... Adam James

    John Wisehammer ..... Elliot Levey

    Liz Morden ..... Kate Fleetwood

    Dabby Bryant ..... Alex Tregear

    John Arscott ...... Ralph Ineson

    Ketch Freeman ..... Jonathan Forbes

    Duckling Smith ..... Adjoa Andoh

    Director ..... Sally Avens

    Timberlake Wertenbaker's stage play was adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel, 'The Playmaker'.

    It tells the true story of Lieutenant Ralph Clark's attempts to put on a production of George Farquhar's 'The Recruiting Officer' using a cast of convicts. It met with high praise when it was first staged at The Royal Court and the play argues eloquently for the redemptive power of theatre. Many of the arguments are still current today as we debate how best to rehabilitate prisoners. At the heart of the play is its language; Wertenbaker celebrates the beauty of language in the slang of the criminal classes and the poetry of the play but she also looks at how language is used as an instrument of power.

    Over one weekend Radio 4 and Radio 3 present new productions of 'Our Country's Good' and 'The Recruiting Officer' using the same cast. On Saturday on Radio 4 we hear 'Our Country's Good' and watch a group of convicts' lives change as they rehearse 'The Recruiting Officer' and on Sunday on Radio 3 we hear the convicts' production of 'The Recruiting Officer'.

    Timberlake Wertenbaker's play about the convicts and Marines sent to Australia in 1787."

    Payback201101226th October 1973. Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet have not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. Jonathan Myerson's play investigates how domestic and international politics were about to combine, to change the Middle East forever.

    Henry Kissinger ..... Henry Goodman

    Richard Nixon ..... Peter Marinker

    Golda Meir ..... Sara Kestelman

    Simcha Dinitz/Al Haig ..... Kerry Shale

    Anatoly Dobrynin ..... Ewan Bailey

    James Schelsinger ..... Sam Dale

    Jacob Javits ..... Sean Baker

    with Christine Kavanagh.

    Producer/Director Jonquil Panting.

    Jonathan Myerson's play explores pressures on US diplomacy in the 1973 Middle East War.

    6th October 1973. Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet have not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. Jonathan Myerson's play investigates how domestic and international politics were about to combine, to change the Middle East forever.

    Henry Kissinger ..... Henry Goodman

    Richard Nixon ..... Peter Marinker

    Golda Meir ..... Sara Kestelman

    Simcha Dinitz/Al Haig ..... Kerry Shale

    Anatoly Dobrynin ..... Ewan Bailey

    James Schelsinger ..... Sam Dale

    Jacob Javits ..... Sean Baker

    with Christine Kavanagh.

    Producer/Director Jonquil Panting.

    Jonathan Myerson's play explores pressures on US diplomacy in the 1973 Middle East War.

    "

    6th October 1973. Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet have not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. Jonathan Myerson's play investigates how domestic and international politics were about to combine, to change the Middle East forever.

    Henry Kissinger ..... Henry Goodman

    Richard Nixon ..... Peter Marinker

    Golda Meir ..... Sara Kestelman

    Simcha Dinitz/Al Haig ..... Kerry Shale

    Anatoly Dobrynin ..... Ewan Bailey

    James Schelsinger ..... Sam Dale

    Jacob Javits ..... Sean Baker

    with Christine Kavanagh.

    Producer/Director Jonquil Panting.

    Jonathan Myerson's play explores pressures on US diplomacy in the 1973 Middle East War.

    "

    Phone20090905By Peter Jukes. Eliot is stuck in a rut. When his friend Roy, a local gangster, is taken ill, he hands Eliot his mobile phone, telling him to wait for it to ring. The phone thrusts Eliot into an underworld which is sometimes glamorous, often dangerous, and always unexpected.

    Eliot ...... Freddy White

    Kathleen ...... Jemima Rooper

    Sparky ...... Jimmy Akingbola

    Roy Peters ...... Richard Ridings

    Iverson ...... Caroline Guthrie

    Crimp ...... Paul Rider

    Ze ...... Nabil Elouahabi

    Rachel ...... Lizzy Watts

    Baltazar ...... Matt Addis

    Sarasi ...... Janice Acquah

    Vince ...... Jonathan Tafler

    Teenager ...... Benjamin Askew

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

    By Peter Jukes. Eliot it thrust into danger when his gangster friend hands him a phone.

    Point of Departure20090509By Francis Turnly. Controversial African leader Jonah Kotto is attending a peace summit in Belfast where Alec Murray is assigned to his security detail. When security at Stormont is breached Alec fears for Kotto's life, but is there a real threat, and, if so, how serious is it?

    Alec Murray ...... Patrick Fitzsymons

    Jonah Kotto ...... George Harris

    Grace ...... Ellen Thomas

    Clive ...... Adrian Lukis

    Miller ...... David Schofield

    Hannah ...... Aislin McGuckin

    Victor ...... Jude Akuwudike

    De Silva ...... Jimmy Akingbola

    Ambassador/Reporter ...... Ian McElhinney

    Photographer ...... Chris Patrick-Simpson

    Doctor/Simon ...... Ian Beattie

    Samuel Muntanga ...... Mark Asante

    Daniel Kenyatta ...... George B Seremba

    Newscaster ...... Fo Cullen

    Reporters ...... Laura Conway, Brian Murray

    Directed by Heather Larmour.

    By Francis Turnly. Security fears surround an African leader's visit to a peace summit.

    Raven Black2010012320110917By Ann Cleeves.

    Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

    Atmospheric dramatisation of the award-winning crime novel set deep in a Shetland winter.

    When a young woman is found strangled in a snow-covered field, the inhabitants of small Shetland hamlet Ravenswick are thrown into shock. Disbelief soon turns to anger and suspicion falls upon elderly loner Magnus Tait. But Detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that the case is more complicated than that solution might suggest.

    Raven Black was named Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers Association in 2006. It's the first in a series of novels set in Shetland, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez.

    Cast:

    Jimmy Perez ... Grant O'Rourke

    Magnus ... John Shedden

    Fran ..... Rosalind Sydney

    Sally ... Clare Yuille

    Robert ..... John Kielty

    Duncan ..... Kenny Blyth

    D.I. Taylor ..... Robin Laing

    Euan ..... Greg Powrie

    Annie Perez ..... Sandra Voe

    Catherine ..... Melody Grove

    Producer/Director: Kirsteen Cameron.

    Atmospheric adaptation of Ann Cleeves acclaimed crime novel, set in Shetland at midwinter.

    "

    By Ann Cleeves.

    Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

    Atmospheric dramatisation of the award-winning crime novel set deep in a Shetland winter.

    When a young woman is found strangled in a snow-covered field, the inhabitants of small Shetland hamlet Ravenswick are thrown into shock. Disbelief soon turns to anger and suspicion falls upon elderly loner Magnus Tait. But Detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that the case is more complicated than that solution might suggest.

    Raven Black was named Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers Association in 2006. It's the first in a series of novels set in Shetland, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez.

    Cast:

    Jimmy Perez ... Grant O'Rourke

    Magnus ... John Shedden

    Fran ..... Rosalind Sydney

    Sally ... Clare Yuille

    Robert ..... John Kielty

    Duncan ..... Kenny Blyth

    D.I. Taylor ..... Robin Laing

    Euan ..... Greg Powrie

    Annie Perez ..... Sandra Voe

    Catherine ..... Melody Grove

    Producer/Director: Kirsteen Cameron.

    Atmospheric adaptation of Ann Cleeves acclaimed crime novel, set in Shetland at midwinter."

    Dramatisation by Iain Finlay MacLeod of the crime novel by Anne Cleeves, set in Shetland during midwinter. Detective Jimmy Perez, a native of Fair Isle, investigates when a teenage girl is found strangled.

    Jimmy Perez ...... Grant O'Rourke

    Duncan Hunter ...... Kenny Blyth

    Catherine Ross ...... Melody Grove

    Robert Ibister ...... John Kielty

    DI Taylor ...... Robin Laing

    Euan Ross ...... Greg Powrie

    Magnus Tait ...... John Shedden

    Fran Hunter ...... Rosalind Sydney

    Annie Perez ...... Sandra Voe

    Sally Henry ...... Clare Yuille

    Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

    Dramatisation of the crime novel by Anne Cleeves, set in Shetland during midwinter.

    By Ann Cleeves.

    Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

    Atmospheric dramatisation of the award-winning crime novel set deep in a Shetland winter.

    When a young woman is found strangled in a snow-covered field, the inhabitants of small Shetland hamlet Ravenswick are thrown into shock. Disbelief soon turns to anger and suspicion falls upon elderly loner Magnus Tait. But Detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that the case is more complicated than that solution might suggest.

    Raven Black was named Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers Association in 2006. It's the first in a series of novels set in Shetland, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez.

    Cast:

    Jimmy Perez ... Grant O'Rourke

    Magnus ... John Shedden

    Fran ..... Rosalind Sydney

    Sally ... Clare Yuille

    Robert ..... John Kielty

    Duncan ..... Kenny Blyth

    D.I. Taylor ..... Robin Laing

    Euan ..... Greg Powrie

    Annie Perez ..... Sandra Voe

    Catherine ..... Melody Grove

    Producer/Director: Kirsteen Cameron.

    Atmospheric adaptation of Ann Cleeves acclaimed crime novel, set in Shetland at midwinter.

    Scream20100417SCREAM is a crime caper based on the extraordinary story behind the theft of Edvard Munch's expressionist masterpiece from an Oslo museum in 2004.

    Oslo police are closing in on David Toska, the criminal mastermind behind an audacious cash robbery when two incompetent thieves burst into the Munch Museum in broad daylight and ask for directions to Norway's most famous painting. Amazingly, they emerge with two priceless paintings, The Scream and The Madonna.

    Norway's no. 1 detective is pulled off the hunt for Toska and sent after the paintings. So begins a high profile and often bizarre game of cat and mouse as police attempt to track down these national treasures and arrest those behind the robbery.

    But things don't run smoothly for robbers or the police as both begin to adopt increasingly unconventional tactics.

    The play was written and directed by Boz Temple-Morris, in collaboration with investigative journalist Kris Hollington, and recorded entirely on location in Olso with many of Norway's leading actors. The exact circumstances of the recovery of the paintings have been shrouded in mystery since 2004 though new evidence has now emerged about the dealings between the police and their most wanted man.

    Kjell: Christian Rubeck

    Inspector Steinbeck: JÃrgen Langhelle

    Thomson: Mats EldÃen

    Siegried: Henrik Horge

    Petter: Stig-Henrik Hoff

    Karl: Aksel Hennie

    Elina: Ingrid Bolsà Berdal

    Paal Enger and David Toska: Eric Madsen

    Other parts were played by Siri Ingul, Catherine Gram, Lars Engebretsen, Endre Haukland, Josefine Coward, Bettina Fleischer and Axel Aubert.

    Sound and music by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques

    Written by Boz Temple-Morris and Kris Hollington

    Directed by Boz Temple-Morris

    Scream is a Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4.

    Crime caper based on the extraordinary story behind the theft of Edvard Munch's painting.

    September in the Rain20110903Jack 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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

    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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

    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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

    "

    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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

    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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber."

    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.

    Liz ..... Jane Godber

    Jack ..... John Godber

    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.

    After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

    John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

    Shirley Valentine20101218Written 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.

    Meera Syal is Shirley Valentine - a middle-aged housewife who reveals her hidden thoughts.

    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.

    Meera Syal is Shirley Valentine - a middle-aged housewife who reveals her hidden thoughts.

    "

    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.

    Meera Syal is Shirley Valentine - a middle-aged housewife who reveals her hidden thoughts.

    "

    Slaughterhouse 520100213Dramatisation by Dave Sheasby of the celebrated anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut. Billy Pilgrim, who hops back and forth in time, relives various moments in his real and fantasy lives, as a prisoner of war, optometrist and time traveller.

    Narrator ...... John Guerassio

    Billy Pilgrim ...... Andrew Scott

    Bernard V O'Hare ...... Nathan Osgood

    Mary ...... Joanne McQuinn

    Montana ...... Annabelle Dowler

    Barbara ...... Sarah Goldberg

    Valencia ...... Madeleine Potter

    Roland Weary ...... Simon Lee Philips

    Mother ...... Liza Ross

    Eliot Rosewater ...... Kerry Shale

    Howard J Campbell Jnr ...... Stephen Hogan

    Bertram Rumfoord ...... Peter Marinker

    English Officer ...... Michael Mears

    Cinderella ...... Philip Fox

    Paul Lazarro ...... Gunnar Cauthery

    Soldiers ...... Orlando James, Michael Shelford

    Music by 65 Days of Static

    Directed by David Hunter.

    Dramatisation of the celebrated anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut.

    Slow Boat to Leningrad20090822Black comedy by David Pownall following events of August 1939, when the British and French were seriously out-manoeuvred by Stalin and Hitler when they unexpectedly agreed to sign a non-aggression pact.

    Doumenc ...... Keith Drinkel

    Drax/Chamberlain ...... Geoffrey Whitehead

    Burnett ...... Ian Masters

    Ribbentrop ...... Nicholas Boulton

    Hitler ...... Michael Maloney

    Stalin ...... Michael Jayston

    Voroshilov/Churchill ...... Christian Rodska

    Molotov ...... Jonathan Tafler

    Directed by Martin Jenkins

    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

    David Pownall's account of Anglo-French attempts to negotiate with the USSR in 1939.

    Sunk20110528A 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.

    "

    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."

    The Admirable Crichton2009050220110703Adaptation 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.

    Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

    "

    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.

    Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler."

    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.

    Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

    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.

    Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

    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.

    Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

  • The Believers2010041020120128The Believers.

    Liverpool, 1963. The Merseybeat boom is about to take off. And with it, The Believers, a Christian pop band determined to spread the Word. If only they were all singing from the same hymn sheet. Comedy drama by acclaimed screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

    James..................................Ray Quinn

    Debbie.................................Samantha Robinson

    Billy.....................................Kieran Lynn

    Warren..............................John Biggins

    Reverend Michaels.............Rufus Wright

    Elder Wardle......................Gary Bleasdale

    Jenny................................Alison Pettitt

    Other parts played by Joanna Monro, David Seddon, Laura Molyneux, Jill Cardo and Keely Beresford.

    Original music by Carl Hunter and Mel Bowen

    Directed by Toby Swift

    ***************************

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle. Another novel, 'Framed', was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Carnegie Medal and then adapted by Frank for BBC Television. His first theatre play, 'Proper Clever', was written for the Liverpool Playhouse as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture Year. That year Frank also wrote a series of 5 radio dramas, 'One Chord Wonders', about the punk generation 30 years on.

    The music for the production was written by Carl Hunter (bass player of The Farm) and Mel Bowen. It was performed by Dave Lovelady (drums/backing vocals), Billy Kinsley (bass/backing vocals), Dave Morgan (lead guitar/backing vocals), Chay Heney (rhythm guitar) and Beverley Keenan (backing vocals) with additional guitars from Carl Hunter and Mel Bowen. Billy and Dave were in The Merseybeats and The Fourmost respectively, two of the most significant bands that emerged as part of the Merseybeat scene.

    Comedy drama by Frank Cottrell Boyce about a Christian pop band in 1960s Liverpool.

    The music for the production was written by Carl Hunter (ex-bass player of The Farm) and Mel Bowen. It was performed by Dave Lovelady (drums/backing vocals), Billy Kinsley (bass/backing vocals), Dave Morgan (lead guitar/backing vocals), Chay Heney (rhythm guitar) and Beverley Keenan (backing vocals) with additional guitars from Carl Hunter and Mel Bowen. BIlly and Dave were in The Merseybeats and The Fourmost respectively, two of the most significant bands that emerged as part of the Merseybeat scene.

    The Bottle Factory Outing20110528By Beryl Bainbridge. Set in 1970. On the day of the factory outing, the van that Freda has booked fails to turn up. Things rapidly go from bad to worse.

    Beryl Bainbridge's story, adapted by Jane Rogers, set in 1970.

    "

    By Beryl Bainbridge. Set in 1970. On the day of the factory outing, the van that Freda has booked fails to turn up. Things rapidly go from bad to worse.

    Beryl Bainbridge's story, adapted by Jane Rogers, set in 1970."

    The Browning Version20110611Written by Terence Rattigan. A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Michael York, Joanne Whalley, Ioan Gruffudd and Ian Ogilvy star in Terence Rattigan's 1948 masterpiece. Set in an English public school on the last day of the summer term, buried emotions re-surface when unpopular classics master Andrew Crocker Harris is given a present on his final day.

    A once-brilliant classicist, now known by boys and staff alike as 'The Crock', he is retiring due to ill health. When a pupil, Taplow, presents him with an unexpected gift (a copy of Browning's translation of the Agamemnon) The Crock, also known as the Himmler of the Lower Fifth, is overwhelmed. His dammed-up misery, disappointment and humiliation are released and the way is paved for a series of surprising revelations and decisions.

    A brand-new production directed by Martin Jarvis with an outstanding cast. Acknowledged as Rattigan's enduring masterpiece, 'The Browning Version' shows the writer's unrivalled ability to characterise repressed emotion, and provides a devastating portrait of a dead marriage. One of the finest, most moving and beautifully crafted plays of the 20th century.

    In the second part of the programme Martin Jarvis, director of 'The Browning Version', reveals some of the play's background and describes Rattigan's hopes, fears and ambitions for its ongoing success. The reading - adapted from 'Terence Rattigan - a Biography' written by Geoffrey Wansell, describes some of the author's 'behind the scenes' difficulties - and includes a number of surprising and very funny anecdotes concerning the play's first production in 1948.

    Cast:

    Taplow ..... Matthew Wolf

    Frank Hunter ..... Ioan Gruffudd

    Millie Crocker-Harris ...... Joanne Whalley

    Andrew Crocker-Harris ..... Michael York

    Headmaster ..... Ian Ogilvy

    Peter Gilbert ..... Stuart Bunce

    Mrs Gilbert ...... Kate Maberly

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    Produced by Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Martin Jarvis directs.

    "

    Written by Terence Rattigan. A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Michael York, Joanne Whalley, Ioan Gruffudd and Ian Ogilvy star in Terence Rattigan's 1948 masterpiece. Set in an English public school on the last day of the summer term, buried emotions re-surface when unpopular classics master Andrew Crocker Harris is given a present on his final day.

    A once-brilliant classicist, now known by boys and staff alike as 'The Crock', he is retiring due to ill health. When a pupil, Taplow, presents him with an unexpected gift (a copy of Browning's translation of the Agamemnon) The Crock, also known as the Himmler of the Lower Fifth, is overwhelmed. His dammed-up misery, disappointment and humiliation are released and the way is paved for a series of surprising revelations and decisions.

    A brand-new production directed by Martin Jarvis with an outstanding cast. Acknowledged as Rattigan's enduring masterpiece, 'The Browning Version' shows the writer's unrivalled ability to characterise repressed emotion, and provides a devastating portrait of a dead marriage. One of the finest, most moving and beautifully crafted plays of the 20th century.

    In the second part of the programme Martin Jarvis, director of 'The Browning Version', reveals some of the play's background and describes Rattigan's hopes, fears and ambitions for its ongoing success. The reading - adapted from 'Terence Rattigan - a Biography' written by Geoffrey Wansell, describes some of the author's 'behind the scenes' difficulties - and includes a number of surprising and very funny anecdotes concerning the play's first production in 1948.

    Cast:

    Taplow ..... Matthew Wolf

    Frank Hunter ..... Ioan Gruffudd

    Millie Crocker-Harris ...... Joanne Whalley

    Andrew Crocker-Harris ..... Michael York

    Headmaster ..... Ian Ogilvy

    Peter Gilbert ..... Stuart Bunce

    Mrs Gilbert ...... Kate Maberly

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    Produced by Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Martin Jarvis directs."

    The Gambler20101204Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1866, in serious debt, addicted to roulette and rejected by several women, spun these sad materials into 'The Gambler', a brilliant tragicomic novella written in a feverish few weeks to stave off ruin.

    Set in Roulettenburg, a fictional spa town in the Alps, the novel tells how Alexei Ivanovich, servant to a bankrupt family, falls madly in love twice- first with the lovely unobtainable Polina, then with the forbidden thrill of the Casino. As Polina demands ever more slavish and reckless obedience from him, Alexei finds liberation in his enslavement, and their relationship starts to mutate into something altogether richer and stranger.

    Meanwhile a cast of villains and victims- Polina's weak, infatuated uncle 'the General', the pretty young gold-digger he falls for, and a scheming French aristocrat with designs on Polina - wait to inherit millions from her dying Granny - until the old lady herself bursts in, foul-mouthed, furious, and up for a good time. Fortunes will rise and fall, love be won and lost, hopes and dreams go up in flames, before the roulette-wheel comes to a final stop and the little silver ball makes its choice.

    Major contemporary poet Glyn Maxwell (The Nerve, The Sugar Mile, Hide Now) recreates the madness and mayhem of a world enthralled by chance, sex and money, a world without values or foundations, spinning out of control.

    Cast:

    Alexei Ivanovich ..... Sam Crane

    General Zagorski ..... Nicholas le Prevost

    Granny ..... Patricia Routledge

    Polina Alexandrovna ..... Siobhan Hewlett

    De Grieux ..... David Westhead

    Astley ..... Robert Portal

    Blanche de Cominges ..... Charlotte Randle

    Written by Glyn Maxwell

    Director: Guy Retallack

    Producer: Frank Stirling

    A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

    A new version of Dostoevsky's 'The Gambler' written by Poet Glyn Maxwell.

    Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1866, in serious debt, addicted to roulette and rejected by several women, spun these sad materials into 'The Gambler', a brilliant tragicomic novella written in a feverish few weeks to stave off ruin.

    Set in Roulettenburg, a fictional spa town in the Alps, the novel tells how Alexei Ivanovich, servant to a bankrupt family, falls madly in love twice- first with the lovely unobtainable Polina, then with the forbidden thrill of the Casino. As Polina demands ever more slavish and reckless obedience from him, Alexei finds liberation in his enslavement, and their relationship starts to mutate into something altogether richer and stranger.

    Meanwhile a cast of villains and victims- Polina's weak, infatuated uncle 'the General', the pretty young gold-digger he falls for, and a scheming French aristocrat with designs on Polina - wait to inherit millions from her dying Granny - until the old lady herself bursts in, foul-mouthed, furious, and up for a good time. Fortunes will rise and fall, love be won and lost, hopes and dreams go up in flames, before the roulette-wheel comes to a final stop and the little silver ball makes its choice.

    Major contemporary poet Glyn Maxwell (The Nerve, The Sugar Mile, Hide Now) recreates the madness and mayhem of a world enthralled by chance, sex and money, a world without values or foundations, spinning out of control.

    Cast:

    Alexei Ivanovich ..... Sam Crane

    General Zagorski ..... Nicholas le Prevost

    Granny ..... Patricia Routledge

    Polina Alexandrovna ..... Siobhan Hewlett

    De Grieux ..... David Westhead

    Astley ..... Robert Portal

    Blanche de Cominges ..... Charlotte Randle

    Written by Glyn Maxwell

    Director: Guy Retallack

    Producer: Frank Stirling

    A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

    A new version of Dostoevsky's 'The Gambler' written by Poet Glyn Maxwell.

    "

    Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1866, in serious debt, addicted to roulette and rejected by several women, spun these sad materials into 'The Gambler', a brilliant tragicomic novella written in a feverish few weeks to stave off ruin.

    Set in Roulettenburg, a fictional spa town in the Alps, the novel tells how Alexei Ivanovich, servant to a bankrupt family, falls madly in love twice- first with the lovely unobtainable Polina, then with the forbidden thrill of the Casino. As Polina demands ever more slavish and reckless obedience from him, Alexei finds liberation in his enslavement, and their relationship starts to mutate into something altogether richer and stranger.

    Meanwhile a cast of villains and victims- Polina's weak, infatuated uncle 'the General', the pretty young gold-digger he falls for, and a scheming French aristocrat with designs on Polina - wait to inherit millions from her dying Granny - until the old lady herself bursts in, foul-mouthed, furious, and up for a good time. Fortunes will rise and fall, love be won and lost, hopes and dreams go up in flames, before the roulette-wheel comes to a final stop and the little silver ball makes its choice.

    Major contemporary poet Glyn Maxwell (The Nerve, The Sugar Mile, Hide Now) recreates the madness and mayhem of a world enthralled by chance, sex and money, a world without values or foundations, spinning out of control.

    Cast:

    Alexei Ivanovich ..... Sam Crane

    General Zagorski ..... Nicholas le Prevost

    Granny ..... Patricia Routledge

    Polina Alexandrovna ..... Siobhan Hewlett

    De Grieux ..... David Westhead

    Astley ..... Robert Portal

    Blanche de Cominges ..... Charlotte Randle

    Written by Glyn Maxwell

    Director: Guy Retallack

    Producer: Frank Stirling

    A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

    A new version of Dostoevsky's 'The Gambler' written by Poet Glyn Maxwell.

    "

    The Gun20110312Mike Walker adapts C S Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain. Made famous by Hollywood as The Pride and the Passion.

    Partisan groups under charismatic leaders wage a desperate war in which no quarter is given by either side. The hero of The Gun is the gun itself, a massive 18 pounder that is dragged across the mountains and plains of Spain - an epic task. Throughout the story, the gun changes the lives of those who fight each other to the death in order to gain control of it.

    The Gun is a companion piece to The Gun Goes to Hollywood, which tells the story behind the Hollywood version, which was directed by Stanley Kramer and starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.

    The writer

    C S Forester was famous for his tales of adventure and military crusades, most notably the Hornblower series.

    Mike Walker has written innumerable radio plays, and won a clutch of awards, including a Sony, BAFTA and Writers Guild Award. His recent radio includes Our Mutual Friend for BBC Radio 4.

    The cast

    Jorge......................Scott Arthur

    El Balbanito..............Matthew Gravelle

    Isadore.....................Keiron Self

    Carlos ONeill ............Don Gilet

    Father Bernard............Kevin Doyle

    Duke Alonso...............Sule Rimmi

    Urquiola.....................Richard Nicholls

    Producer.....................Polly Thomas

    A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

    CS Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain.

    Mike Walker adapts C S Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain. Made famous by Hollywood as The Pride and the Passion.

    Partisan groups under charismatic leaders wage a desperate war in which no quarter is given by either side. The hero of The Gun is the gun itself, a massive 18 pounder that is dragged across the mountains and plains of Spain - an epic task. Throughout the story, the gun changes the lives of those who fight each other to the death in order to gain control of it.

    The Gun is a companion piece to The Gun Goes to Hollywood, which tells the story behind the Hollywood version, which was directed by Stanley Kramer and starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.

    The writer

    C S Forester was famous for his tales of adventure and military crusades, most notably the Hornblower series.

    Mike Walker has written innumerable radio plays, and won a clutch of awards, including a Sony, BAFTA and Writers Guild Award. His recent radio includes Our Mutual Friend for BBC Radio 4.

    The cast

    Jorge......................Scott Arthur

    El Balbanito..............Matthew Gravelle

    Isadore.....................Keiron Self

    Carlos ONeill ............Don Gilet

    Father Bernard............Kevin Doyle

    Duke Alonso...............Sule Rimmi

    Urquiola.....................Richard Nicholls

    Producer.....................Polly Thomas

    A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

    CS Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain.

    "

    Mike Walker adapts C S Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain. Made famous by Hollywood as The Pride and the Passion.

    Partisan groups under charismatic leaders wage a desperate war in which no quarter is given by either side. The hero of The Gun is the gun itself, a massive 18 pounder that is dragged across the mountains and plains of Spain - an epic task. Throughout the story, the gun changes the lives of those who fight each other to the death in order to gain control of it.

    The Gun is a companion piece to The Gun Goes to Hollywood, which tells the story behind the Hollywood version, which was directed by Stanley Kramer and starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.

    The writer

    C S Forester was famous for his tales of adventure and military crusades, most notably the Hornblower series.

    Mike Walker has written innumerable radio plays, and won a clutch of awards, including a Sony, BAFTA and Writers Guild Award. His recent radio includes Our Mutual Friend for BBC Radio 4.

    The cast

    Jorge......................Scott Arthur

    El Balbanito..............Matthew Gravelle

    Isadore.....................Keiron Self

    Carlos ONeill ............Don Gilet

    Father Bernard............Kevin Doyle

    Duke Alonso...............Sule Rimmi

    Urquiola.....................Richard Nicholls

    Producer.....................Polly Thomas

    A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

    CS Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain.

    "

    The Indian in the Cupboard20100501Eleven year old Omri isn't very impressed with the rubbish birthday present from his friend Patrick, a plastic Native American Indian figure. But he's delighted with the old bathroom cupboard given him by his elder brothers Adiel and Gillon. That night Omri puts the Indian in the cupboard for safe keeping, and locks the door. In the morning he's woken by noises from inside the cupboard - and opening the door, finds the Indian has come to life, and his name is Little Bull. Which is all very exciting, but now he has to find a way of looking after a real human being who, although he is only 3 inches tall, needs to be fed, and wants a horse, and a wife. And when Patrick finds out, it becomes very difficult indeed.

    Written by Lynne Reid Banks (who also wrote The L Shaped Room), she brings to it all the seriousness and humanity - and humour - of her adult fiction. And like that other story of little people, The Borrowers, this story explores human nature and real moral and ethical issues as Omri realises the power he has over Little Bull.

    Dramatised for radio by Jane Purcell.

    Omri ..... Dominic Herman-Day

    Patrick ..... George Sanderson

    Little Bull ..... Ben Crowe

    Tommy Atkins ..... Tom Andrews

    Adiel ..... Luke Banasiewicz

    Gillon ..... Sam Harris

    The producer is Chris Wallis, and this is an Autolycus production for BBC Radio 4.

    By Lynne Reid Banks. 11-year-old Omri's plastic Native American Indian figure comes alive.

    The Jinx Element20120121by Stephen Wakelam

    Edith Wharton's private life was as dramatic as many of her novels.

    An encounter with a journalist was to have a seismic

    effect on her marriage and her work.

    Edith Wharton ..... Fenella Woolgar

    Henry James ..... Allan Corduner

    Morton ..... Patrick Baladi

    Teddy Wharton ..... Nathan Osgood

    Cook/Manservant ..... James Lailey

    Mrs Gross/French Admirer ..... Rachel Atkins

    English Waiter/French Waiter ..... Simon Bubb

    Directed by Sally Avens

    Pulitzer prize winning author Edith Wharton had a long career, which stretched over forty years and included the publication of more than forty books, many of which have been made into films including 'The House of Mirth'. A born storyteller her novels are justly celebrated for their vivid settings, satiric wit, ironic style, and moral seriousness. Her characters are often trapped in bad relationships or confining circumstances. Her own life stands as an example of the obstacles that a woman of her time and place had to overcome to find self-realization. Stephen Wakelam's play tells the story of Edith's affair with the journalist Morton Fullerton through the eyes of her friend and fellow writer Henry James. Age 47 Edith embarked upon a relationship which made her reassess her own marriage to Teddy Wharton, a platonic relationship that did not allow her to share her intellectual and artistic interests. The affair also influenced her writing including the novella Ethan Frome which R4 has been dramatising in the Woman's Hour slot this week.

    Stephen Wakelam has written many successful radio plays including 'Adulteries of a Provincial Wife' about Flaubert writing Madame Bovary and 'What I Think of My Husband' about Thomas Hardy.

    By Stephen Wakelam. The story of Edith Wharton's unhappy marriage and passionate affair.

    "

    by Stephen Wakelam

    Edith Wharton's private life was as dramatic as many of her novels.

    An encounter with a journalist was to have a seismic

    effect on her marriage and her work.

    Edith Wharton ..... Fenella Woolgar

    Henry James ..... Allan Corduner

    Morton ..... Patrick Baladi

    Teddy Wharton ..... Nathan Osgood

    Cook/Manservant ..... James Lailey

    Mrs Gross/French Admirer ..... Rachel Atkins

    English Waiter/French Waiter ..... Simon Bubb

    Directed by Sally Avens

    Pulitzer prize winning author Edith Wharton had a long career, which stretched over forty years and included the publication of more than forty books, many of which have been made into films including 'The House of Mirth'. A born storyteller her novels are justly celebrated for their vivid settings, satiric wit, ironic style, and moral seriousness. Her characters are often trapped in bad relationships or confining circumstances. Her own life stands as an example of the obstacles that a woman of her time and place had to overcome to find self-realization. Stephen Wakelam's play tells the story of Edith's affair with the journalist Morton Fullerton through the eyes of her friend and fellow writer Henry James. Age 47 Edith embarked upon a relationship which made her reassess her own marriage to Teddy Wharton, a platonic relationship that did not allow her to share her intellectual and artistic interests. The affair also influenced her writing including the novella Ethan Frome which R4 has been dramatising in the Woman's Hour slot this week.

    Stephen Wakelam has written many successful radio plays including 'Adulteries of a Provincial Wife' about Flaubert writing Madame Bovary and 'What I Think of My Husband' about Thomas Hardy.

    By Stephen Wakelam. The story of Edith Wharton's unhappy marriage and passionate affair."

    The Jubilee Singers20100515Writer 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 last year, 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 a London black gospel choir, with Musical directors Felix Cross and Allyson Devenish and a stellar black cast; Adjoa Andoh, Felix Dexter, Bonnie Greer, Nadine Marshall, 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

    Adjoa Andoh

    Felix Dexter

    Bonnie Greer

    Nadine Marshall

    Alibe Parsons

    Clive Rowe

    Ray Shell

    Jonathan Pryce

    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 Kane Conspiracy20120127In 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.

    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.

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

    The Kane Conspriacy20101002In 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.

    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.

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

    The Killing of Sister George20090425John Tydeman's adaptation of the stage play by Frank Marcus. The audience ratings for the popular daily serial Applehurst are on the slide. Will the leading character have to be sacrificed to save the show?

    June Buckridge (Sister George) ...... Sarah Badel

  • Alice 'Childie' McNaught ...... Lucy Whybrow

  • Mrs Mercy Croft ...... Anna Massey

  • The Middle2009121220111105by Amelia Bullmore

    Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.

    Clare ..... Emma Cunniffe

    Martin ..... Ben Miles

    Nicky ..... Anna Madeley

    Justine ..... Eve Matheson

    Luca ..... Paola Dionisotti

    Karl ..... Nigel Pilkington

    Owen ..... Baxter Willis

    Mick ..... John Biggins

    Ed ..... Piers Wehner

    Donna ..... Melissa Advani

    Directed by Mary Peate.

    By Amelia Bullmore. A close family is brought to its knees by one momentary indiscretion.

    "

    by Amelia Bullmore

    Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.

    Clare ..... Emma Cunniffe

    Martin ..... Ben Miles

    Nicky ..... Anna Madeley

    Justine ..... Eve Matheson

    Luca ..... Paola Dionisotti

    Karl ..... Nigel Pilkington

    Owen ..... Baxter Willis

    Mick ..... John Biggins

    Ed ..... Piers Wehner

    Donna ..... Melissa Advani

    Directed by Mary Peate.

    By Amelia Bullmore. A close family is brought to its knees by one momentary indiscretion."

    By Amelia Bullmore.

    Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.

    Clare ...... Emma Cunniffe

    Martin ...... Ben Miles

    Nicky ...... Anna Madeley

    Justine ...... Eve Matheson

    Luca ...... Paola Dionisotti

    Karl ...... Nigel Pilkington

    Owen ...... Baxter Willis

    Mick ...... John Biggins

    Ed ...... Piers Wehner

    Donna ...... Melissa Advani

    Directed by Mary Peate.

    By Amelia Bullmore. A close family is brought to its knees by one momentary indiscretion.

    by Amelia Bullmore

    Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.

    Clare ..... Emma Cunniffe

    Martin ..... Ben Miles

    Nicky ..... Anna Madeley

    Justine ..... Eve Matheson

    Luca ..... Paola Dionisotti

    Karl ..... Nigel Pilkington

    Owen ..... Baxter Willis

    Mick ..... John Biggins

    Ed ..... Piers Wehner

    Donna ..... Melissa Advani

    Directed by Mary Peate.

    By Amelia Bullmore. A close family is brought to its knees by one momentary indiscretion.

    The Million Pound Bank Note20111231The Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain

    dramatised by Bryony Lavery

    Stranded in London, a penniless young American becomes the subject of a £20,000 bet between two wealthy English gentlemen. Can he can survive and prosper for a month as the bearer of a 1,000,000 pound bank note? A colourful, bright and vivid dramatisation of this charming and surprisingly relevant classic short story, first published in 1893. Brimming with Mark Twain's gentle humour, Henry Adam's plight is sure to entertain family audiences.

    HENRY ADAMS ..... Trevor White

    MISS PORTIA LANGHAM ......Verity-May Henry

    TRUBSHAW/BOSUN/VESUVIUS .... Conrad Nelson

    BASIl/MR RAYMOND/MAJORDOMO ......Jonathan Keeble

    ABEL/CONCIERGE ...... Malcolm Raeburn

    MRS HARRIS ...... Kathryn Hunt

    TOD/BELLBOY ...... Stephen Hoyle

    LLOYD HASTINGS/AMERICAN AMBASSADOR.......John Guerrasio

    Produced by ...... Pauline Harris and Sharon Sephton

    Tony Award winning playwright Bryony Lavery presents a rhythmic, energised dramatisation of this classic

    short story.

    A man is given a million pound bank note and must try to survive and prosper for a month.

    The Moscow Prodigal20100717This is the first of three plays in the mini-season 'Russia Actualnyi' which sets out to explore life in Russia now.

    Vasily returns to Moscow after ten years in England. His attempts to build a new life there have not been a success - he has been eking out an existence as a minicab driver. At the airport he is met by his childhood friend, Andrei, who now works for the Minister of the Interior. Andrei's expansive manner and expensive air of money and power seem to hint at a more thuggish way of climbing the ladder.

    Back at his mother's flat Vasily embraces his brother, but there is little brotherly love. Whilst their ailing mother celebrates her eldest son's return, Vasily begins to calculate the value of her central Moscow flat.

    His brother Sasha simmers with resentment at the way he has been left to care for their mother, but he still has scruples when Vasily explains his plans to profit from the sale of the flat. Soon Vasily is drawn into the world of new money and old power struggles.

    The play strips away contemporary Russia's veneer of newly-acquired wealth to expose the brutal networks of self-interest where ties of friendship and family are all too easily broken by the lure of easy dollars.

    Written by Michael Butt based on an original idea by Vitaly Yerenkov.

    Vasily ... Yasen Peyankov

    Olga ... Anne Bobby

    Irina ... Angelique Doudnikova

    Marco ... Michael Levi Harris

    Sasha ... Stass Klassen

    Andrei ... Moti Margolin

    Anna ... Nicole Rosengurt

    Gryzlov ... Peter Von Berg

    Mama ... Tatyana Zbirovskaya

    All other parts were played by members of the cast.

    Technical production by Scott Lehrer, Grammy winner and Tony winner for Broadway theatre sound design.

    Music specially composed by Gene Pritzker.

    Directed by Judith Kampfner

    A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

    Thriller by Michael Butt. An ex-pat taxi driver returns to Moscow to a world of violence.

    The Mouse That Roared20100522Mark McDonnell and Steven McNicoll's dramatisation of Leonard Wibberley's famous comic novel. It is 1956, and the Cold War is at its chilliest. But one European country is blissfully detached from the struggles of the Super Powers. The Duchy of Grand Fenwick and is just five miles long and three miles wide. Under the benign rule of Grand Duchess Gloriana it is a rural idyll almost untouched by the twentieth century, and happy to remain so. But its economy is entirely dependent on the export of a famously exquisite wine. So when this vital trade is threatened by an unscrupulous foreign rival, it's time for action. Gloriana - a wise head on young shoulders - proposes a solution long recognised as acceptable to all nations - that is, to declare war on their much richer enemy, lose, then sit back and wait for the inevitable billions in post-war aid to roll in. So, led by the valiant Tully Bascomb, the twenty men-at-arms that make up the army of Grand Fenwick strap on their chain mail, dust off their longbows, and set sail to wage a deliberately hopeless war on... the United States of America. The only problem is that no one has told Tully that he's meant to lose - and as a result of his remarkable escapades, Gloriana bizarrely finds herself the most powerful political leader in Europe...

    Gloriana ..... Julie Austin

    Tully ..... Mark McDonnell

    Mountjoy ..... Crawford Logan

    Sec. of State ..... Lou Hirsch

    Kokintz ..... Simon Tait

    Will ..... Jamie Newall

    Benter ..... Steven McNicoll

    ProducerPatrick Rayner

    Leonard Wibberley (1915-1983) was a prolific author and journalist. He wrote over fifty books for children, and several historical novels. But he is best remembered for The Mouse That Roared, first serialised in the Saturday Evening Post in 1954.

    By Leonard Wibberley. The tiny country of Grand Fenwick is forced to declare war on the US

    The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Revolution20110709The French Revolution was one of the most far-reaching social and political upheavals in modern history spanning 10 years and involving the execution of the King, collapse of monarchy and slaughter of thousands at the guillotine. Starring Richard E Grant and Sally Hawkins, comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls will attempt to tell the epic story of the Revolution in one hour, with jokes.

    The play's two main characters are Maximilien Robespierre the dictatorial architect of the Reign of Terror, who sent thousands to their death and Marie-Therese, the 16 year old daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

    Marie-Therese was incarcerated for three years by the revolutionaries. When she was locked up her father, mother, aunt and little brother were also with her. After the execution of her father the rest of the family were moved to another part of the tower and Marie-Therese was kept in solitary confinement. It is recorded that Robespierre visited Marie-Therese at one point in the tower but there is no historical record of that conversation. This play is that conversation.

    Revolution is written by comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls, Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck, all successful in their own rights as solo performers and all taking their own shows to Edinburgh this year. Last year they wrote an Afternoon Play for Radio about Guy Fawkes and they have previously had two series of The Brothers Faversham broadcast on Radio 7.

    Richard E Grant - Robespierre,

    Sally Hawkins - Therese

    David Reed, Humphrey Ker, Thom Tuck and Margaret Cabourn-Smith will play all other roles in the show.

    Producer - Julia McKenzie.

    Comic play about the French Revolution starring Richard E Grant and The Penny Dreadfuls.

    The Purple Land20110716"

    Published in 1885, The Purple Land was the first novel of William Henry Hudson, author of Green Mansions. The Anglo-Argentine naturalist distinguished himself both as one of the finest craftsmen of prose in English literature and as a thinker on ecological matters far ahead of his time.

    In Davies' hands this 'road novel' becomes a fast paced romp in the tradition of Tom Jones, with a dash of Don Quixote for good measure.

    It is an exuberant, wryly comic account of a young Englishman's imprudent adventures, set against a background of political strife in nineteenth-century South America. Eloping with an Argentine girl, young Richard Lamb makes an implacable enemy of his teenage bride's father. Leaving her behind, he goes ignorantly forth into the interior of the country to seek his fortune.

    Whilst doing so he learns to hunt, ride, herd, love - even kill. On his way to becoming a man.

    Hemingway alluded to this book in his masterpiece "The Sun Also Rises", claiming that "The Purple Land" is 'dangerous reading if read too late in life'.

    Hopefully - it doesn't make for dangerous listening!

    Cast:

    Richard ..... David Tennant

    Paquita ..... Denise Gough

    Marcos/Major Domo ..... Danny Webb

    Toribia/Grandmother ..... Carol McReady

    Isidora ..... Lizzie McInnerney

    Herdsman/Allday ..... Nigel Cooke

    Paquita's father/Winchcombe ..... Richard Durden

    Monica/Donna Mercedes ..... Jacey Salles

    Cloud/Blanco Major ..... Nicholas Murchie

    Epifanio/Chillingwoth .....Chuk Iwuji

    Juez/Bartender/Blass ..... Trevor Martin

    Cleta/Mother ..... Jane Slavin

    Herdsman's Daughter/Margerita ...... Beth Cooke

    Anita ...... Grace Horbury

    Herdsman's Boy ..... Danny Concha

    Music Composed and performed by

    Ross Hughes

    Esben Tjalve

    Trumpet - Daniel Weitz

    Script Editor - Eileen Horne

    Producer/Director: Clive Brill

    A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

    Andrew Davies' rip-roaring treatment of WH Hudson's South American classic."

    Published in 1885, The Purple Land was the first novel of William Henry Hudson, author of Green Mansions. The Anglo-Argentine naturalist distinguished himself both as one of the finest craftsmen of prose in English literature and as a thinker on ecological matters far ahead of his time.

    In Davies' hands this 'road novel' becomes a fast paced romp in the tradition of Tom Jones, with a dash of Don Quixote for good measure.

    It is an exuberant, wryly comic account of a young Englishman's imprudent adventures, set against a background of political strife in nineteenth-century South America. Eloping with an Argentine girl, young Richard Lamb makes an implacable enemy of his teenage bride's father. Leaving her behind, he goes ignorantly forth into the interior of the country to seek his fortune.

    Whilst doing so he learns to hunt, ride, herd, love - even kill. On his way to becoming a man.

    Hemingway alluded to this book in his masterpiece "The Sun Also Rises", claiming that "The Purple Land" is 'dangerous reading if read too late in life'.

    Hopefully - it doesn't make for dangerous listening!

    Cast:

    Richard ..... David Tennant

    Paquita ..... Denise Gough

    Marcos/Major Domo ..... Danny Webb

    Toribia/Grandmother ..... Carol McReady

    Isidora ..... Lizzie McInnerney

    Herdsman/Allday ..... Nigel Cooke

    Paquita's father/Winchcombe ..... Richard Durden

    Monica/Donna Mercedes ..... Jacey Salles

    Cloud/Blanco Major ..... Nicholas Murchie

    Epifanio/Chillingwoth .....Chuk Iwuji

    Juez/Bartender/Blass ..... Trevor Martin

    Cleta/Mother ..... Jane Slavin

    Herdsman's Daughter/Margerita ...... Beth Cooke

    Anita ...... Grace Horbury

    Herdsman's Boy ..... Danny Concha

    Music Composed and performed by

    Ross Hughes

    Esben Tjalve

    Trumpet - Daniel Weitz

    Script Editor - Eileen Horne

    Producer/Director: Clive Brill

    A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

    Andrew Davies' rip-roaring treatment of WH Hudson's South American classic.

    The Quest of Donal Q20120107"

    The Quest of Donal Q

    By David Ashton

    Based on the template of Don Quixote, The Quest of Donal Q, is the story of two rival brothers who journey through Scotland in search of a childhood sweetheart. Specially written for and starring Brian Cox and Billy Connolly.

    DONAL (Billy Connolly) and SANDY (Brian Cox) have been separated as kids in an orphanage. Donal adopted by a rich couple and taken off to grow up in sunny California, Sandy never chosen and left to live all his life in not quite so sunny Dundee.

    It's ten years since the brothers last met and at that time they had a fierce falling out. Now Donal is back - turning up out of the blue at Sandy's tobacconist shop, "Paterson's Inferno", to demand that his brother drop everything and travel on an urgent mission.

    The Quest is to find a girl they were both in love with at the Orphanage; Jeanette, red haired, fair skinned and beautiful. An ideal princess. Donal claims she has written to say that she's in dire straits and needs a knight in shining armour to come to her rescue.

    And so begins a journey - a journey that will make or break both brothers as conflict breaks out between past, present and future.

    CAST

    Donal ....................... BILLY CONNOLLY

    Sandy ...................... BRIAN COX

    Hamish/Mr Quigley.... JOHN KIELTY

    Jeanette/Leonora ...... SANDY McDADE

    Fergus/Mungo .......... FORBES MASSON

    Mother/Maybelle ....... LINDY WHITEFORD

    Mary ........................ HELEN MACKAY

    Margo/Mrs Quigley.... TRACY WILES

    Gilchrist.................... CARL PREKOPP

    Prester John/Ernie .... DAVID ASHTON

    Candy ...................... VICTORIA INEZ HARDY

    Producer/Director.......David Ian Neville.

    Billy Connolly and Brian Cox star as two brothers embarking on a desperate quest for love."

    The Quest of Donal Q

    By David Ashton

    Based on the template of Don Quixote, The Quest of Donal Q, is the story of two rival brothers who journey through Scotland in search of a childhood sweetheart. Specially written for and starring Brian Cox and Billy Connolly.

    DONAL (Billy Connolly) and SANDY (Brian Cox) have been separated as kids in an orphanage. Donal adopted by a rich couple and taken off to grow up in sunny California, Sandy never chosen and left to live all his life in not quite so sunny Dundee.

    It's ten years since the brothers last met and at that time they had a fierce falling out. Now Donal is back - turning up out of the blue at Sandy's tobacconist shop, "Paterson's Inferno", to demand that his brother drop everything and travel on an urgent mission.

    The Quest is to find a girl they were both in love with at the Orphanage; Jeanette, red haired, fair skinned and beautiful. An ideal princess. Donal claims she has written to say that she's in dire straits and needs a knight in shining armour to come to her rescue.

    And so begins a journey - a journey that will make or break both brothers as conflict breaks out between past, present and future.

    CAST

    Donal ....................... BILLY CONNOLLY

    Sandy ...................... BRIAN COX

    Hamish/Mr Quigley.... JOHN KIELTY

    Jeanette/Leonora ...... SANDY McDADE

    Fergus/Mungo .......... FORBES MASSON

    Mother/Maybelle ....... LINDY WHITEFORD

    Mary ........................ HELEN MACKAY

    Margo/Mrs Quigley.... TRACY WILES

    Gilchrist.................... CARL PREKOPP

    Prester John/Ernie .... DAVID ASHTON

    Candy ...................... VICTORIA INEZ HARDY

    Producer/Director.......David Ian Neville.

    Billy Connolly and Brian Cox star as two brothers embarking on a desperate quest for love.

    The Small Back Room20100206Richard Stevens' dramatisation of Nigel Balchin's tense Second World War thriller.

    Sammy Rice is called in to try and solve the mystery of a series of unexploded bombs that are being scattered after German air raids. They lie dormant and then inexplicably explode on human contact.

    Holland/Brine ...... Paul Jesson

    Sammy ...... Damian Lewis

    Tilly ...... Dominc Rowan

    Waring ...... Nick Rowe

    Sue ...... Rebecca Saire

    Mair ...... Christopher Benjamin

    Stuart ...... Will Keen

    Joe ...... Stuart Laing

    Pinker/Strang ...... Sean Baker

    A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

    The Song Thief20090808Romantic drama by Michael Chaplin. A young composer arrives in Northumberland, looking for an old man reputed to have written a hauntingly beautiful love song. He embarks on a cold-hearted campaign to make the old man's daughter fall in love with him.

    Abel Humble ...... Ron Cook

    Stephen Haggard ...... Nicholas Boulton

    Dodd Armstrong ...... Christopher Connel

    Mary Humble ...... Colleen Prendergast

    Willie Sparke ...... Donald McBride

    Isabella Sparke ...... Joyce Gibbs

    Concertina/Fiddle ...... Sheena Masson

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    A young composer arrives in Northumberland in search of the writer of a love song.

    The Tennis Court20100424By 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.

    The Vanishing2010103020110709Tim Krabbe's cult novella dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

    Rex and Saskia stop at a petrol station. Saskia goes in to buy drinks and is never seen again.

    Eight years later, Rex is so haunted by her disappearance that he sets out to discover what happened to her, regardless of the cost.

    A chilling love story that takes us to the heart of the perfect crime.

    Cast:

    Rex ... Samuel West

    Saskia ... Melody Grove

    Lieneke ... Ruth Gemmell

    Lemorne ... Liam Brennan

    Denise...Natasha Watson

    Cashier/Woman ... Claire Knight

    Jean-Pierre Gallo/Manager ... Robin Laing

    Directed by Kirsty Williams

    Producer Kirsty Williams.

    The Von Trapps and Me20091003Annie 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.

    By Annie Caulfield. The famous story of the Von Trapps told from another perspective.

    The Weirdstone of Brisingamen20111119Say 'Alderley Edge' to a lot of people and they'll think of footballers with their wives, living in grand mansions. But for a great many the words will conjure up wizards and a hundred knights sleeping in a cave for thousands of years. Alan Garner used a local legend as the starting point to his book "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and the story is firmly set in the part of Cheshire that he knows so well. The book has been cherished by readers of all ages for fifty years and it's timely that Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation as Garner's novel about the adult life of the young hero of Brisingamen is due out next year.

    Robert Powell who plays the narrator, has known Alan Garner since he was a schoolboy in Manchester and Struan Rodger who plays the dwarf, Durathror, was in a radio production of another Garner story, "Elidor", when he was only thirteen years old. Philip Voss plays Cadellin the wizard and Monica Dolan, who recently made such an impression as Rosemary West in TV's "Appropriate Adult", plays a witch. Hugo Docking and Fern Deacon, who play the two children caught up in a fearsome adventure, both come from the Sylvia Young School and Hugo commuted daily from Cirencester.

    Dramatised by Peter Thomson.

    Cast:

    Colin ...... Robert Powell

    Young Colin ...... Hugo Docking

    Susan ..... Fern Deacon

    Gowther ...... Trevor Cooper

    Bess ...... Rachel Atkins

    Selina Place ..... Monica Dolan

    Cadellin ...... Philip Voss

    Fenodyree ...... Steve Hodson

    Durathror ...... Struan Rodger

    Music by Mia Soteriou

    Special Effects: Wilfredo Acosta

    Director: Jane Morgan

    A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

    A much-loved story firmly rooted in an ancient landscape.

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    Say 'Alderley Edge' to a lot of people and they'll think of footballers with their wives, living in grand mansions. But for a great many the words will conjure up wizards and a hundred knights sleeping in a cave for thousands of years. Alan Garner used a local legend as the starting point to his book "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and the story is firmly set in the part of Cheshire that he knows so well. The book has been cherished by readers of all ages for fifty years and it's timely that Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation as Garner's novel about the adult life of the young hero of Brisingamen is due out next year.

    Robert Powell who plays the narrator, has known Alan Garner since he was a schoolboy in Manchester and Struan Rodger who plays the dwarf, Durathror, was in a radio production of another Garner story, "Elidor", when he was only thirteen years old. Philip Voss plays Cadellin the wizard and Monica Dolan, who recently made such an impression as Rosemary West in TV's "Appropriate Adult", plays a witch. Hugo Docking and Fern Deacon, who play the two children caught up in a fearsome adventure, both come from the Sylvia Young School and Hugo commuted daily from Cirencester.

    Dramatised by Peter Thomson.

    Cast:

    Colin ...... Robert Powell

    Young Colin ...... Hugo Docking

    Susan ..... Fern Deacon

    Gowther ...... Trevor Cooper

    Bess ...... Rachel Atkins

    Selina Place ..... Monica Dolan

    Cadellin ...... Philip Voss

    Fenodyree ...... Steve Hodson

    Durathror ...... Struan Rodger

    Music by Mia Soteriou

    Special Effects: Wilfredo Acosta

    Director: Jane Morgan

    A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

    A much-loved story firmly rooted in an ancient landscape."

    The White Chameleon20100724A witty and sad memory play by Christopher Hampton, set in Alexandria in the years up to and during the Suez invasion.

    It is about his father, in Egypt working for Cable and Wireless, his mother, also from a Cable and Wireless family, and Ibrahim, the Egyptian servant who has been running the house for 20 years and who helps 10-year-old Chris, the future playwright, make up dramas for homework.

    As it turned out, his first play was on in the West End when he was 20. His best-known plays include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Total Eclipse, The Philanthropist and Tales From Hollywood. His films include Carrington, which he wrote and directed and which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and Dangerous Liaisons for which he won an Oscar.

    This autobiographical play is about the sense he has of his roots in this particular place, his early realisation that he was born to be a writer and also of the experience in his own life, as a child in Egypt, of the sudden dislocations that marked the end of Empire.

    Alex Jennings plays Chris's father, Amanda Root his mother and Mido Hamada the redoubtable Ibrahim. The play is narrated by Christopher Hampton himself.

    Narrator ... Christopher Hampton

    Father ... Alex Jennings

    Ibrahim ... Mido Hamada

    Mother ... Amanda Root

    Chris ... Harvey O'Neil

    Guard/Fouad/Basso/Stockman/Shoes-shine man/Egyptian boy ... Ayman Hamdouchi

    Albert ... David Annen

    Edward ... Harrison Charles

    Paul ... Harry Manton

    Schoolboy ... Josef Lindsay

    Egyptian singers:

    Tony Kandel

    Yazid Eid

    Robert Hannouch

    Pianist: Michael Webborn

    Director: Polly Thomas

    Producer: Ann Scott

    A Greenpoint production for BBC Radio 4.

    Christopher Hampton's play about his childhood in Alexandria in the 1950s.

    The White Man's Burden20100918A radio adaptation of Paul Theroux's stage play about the young Rudyard Kipling's humiliating final months as an American resident. The great English writer plans to settle in Vermont with his American wife, but a clash with his brother-in-law results in death threats, a court case and public scandal. Will Kipling manage to keep his head when all about are losing theirs?

    Rudyard Kipling ..... Nicholas Boulton

    Carrie Kipling ..... Teresa Gallagher

    Beatty Balestier ..... Nathan Osgood

    Mary Hackett ..... Sasha Pick

    Howard/ Hitt ..... David Rintoul

    Conland/ Judge Newton ..... Peter Marinker

    Fitts ..... John Guerrasio

    Written by Paul Theroux

    Adapted and directed by Emma Harding.

    Adaptation of Paul Theroux's stage play about Rudyard Kipling's time in America.

    The Windsor Jewels20090711Robin Glendinning's black comedy tells the story of a real mystery.

    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' jewels, worth millions, were stolen. Conspiracy theories abounded. Was it an inside job by the Royal Family, or even an insurance fraud by the Duke and Duchess?

    Duke of Windsor ...... Jon Glover

    Duchess of Windsor ...... Christine Kavanagh

    Capstick ...... Christian Rodska

    Evans ...... Chris Yapp

    Miss Martin/Mrs Jones/Resident ...... Amy Clifton

    Bevin/Gardener ...... Alan Moore

    Attlee ...... Paul Humpoletz

    Lascelles/Newsreel ...... David Collins

    First Hack ...... Stephen Perring

    Second Hack ...... Paul Mohan.

    Robin Glendinning's comedy based on the disappearance of Wallis Simpson's jewels in 1946.

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz2009121920111225The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Written by L Frank Baum

    Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

    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?

    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.

    Dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic.

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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Written by L Frank Baum

    Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

    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?

    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.

    Dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic."

    Dramatisation by Linda Marshall of L Frank Baum's children's classic.

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

    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

    With Original Music by Olly Fox.

    Directed by Nadia Molinari.

    Dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic.

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Written by L Frank Baum

    Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

    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?

    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.

    Dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic.

    The Wooden Overcoat20090911Pamela Branch's comic murder mystery set in London in 1951, adapted by Mark Gatiss.

    Much to his surprise, Benji Cann has got away with murder. He gravitates to the Asterisk Club, a place of refuge for those who have strayed beyond the pale and not paid the ultimate price. But then Benji turns up dead. Who killed him and how will they be able to get rid of the body without the neighbours noticing?

    Peter ...... David Tennant

    Fan ...... Julia Davis

    Rex ...... David Benson

    Beesum ...... Alan David

    Colonel Quincey ...... Graham Crowden

    Creaker ...... David Ryall

    Flush ...... John Castle

    Benji ...... Tom Allen

    Mrs Barratt ...... Barbara Kirby

    Lilli Cluj ...... Katherine Jakeways.

    Pamela Branch's comic murder mystery set in London in 1951, adapted by Mark Gatiss.

    Theremin20101009Theremin by Melissa Murray

    Leon Theremin, gifted inventor and reluctant spy, is forced to find a way to bug the US Embassy in London. Now he has to save himself and his former lover from both the CIA and the KGB.

    Theremin: Tom Hollander

    Alex: Kate Ashfield

    Olga: Ania Sowinski

    Will: Trystan Gravelle

    Sergei/Ambassador: Stephen Critchlow

    Boss: Malcolm Tierney

    Ambassador's wife/Waitress: Janice Acquah

    Bart: Jonathan Tafler

    News seller/Man 2: Chris Pavlo

    Bellboy/Man 1: Dan Starkey

    Directed by Marc Beeby.

    Musical instrument inventor Leon Theremin leads a double life as a Soviet spy.

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    Theremin by Melissa Murray

    Leon Theremin, gifted inventor and reluctant spy, is forced to find a way to bug the US Embassy in London. Now he has to save himself and his former lover from both the CIA and the KGB.

    Theremin: Tom Hollander

    Alex: Kate Ashfield

    Olga: Ania Sowinski

    Will: Trystan Gravelle

    Sergei/Ambassador: Stephen Critchlow

    Boss: Malcolm Tierney

    Ambassador's wife/Waitress: Janice Acquah

    Bart: Jonathan Tafler

    News seller/Man 2: Chris Pavlo

    Bellboy/Man 1: Dan Starkey

    Directed by Marc Beeby.

    Musical instrument inventor Leon Theremin leads a double life as a Soviet spy."

    Trumbo20090815Christopher Trumbo's drama about his father, the American screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo's ordeal at the hands of the House Un-American Activities Committee and its anti-communist witch-hunt.

    Trumbo was one of the original Hollywood Ten - those accused in 1947 and subsequently blacklisted, ostracised and forced into poverty, obscurity and in some cases exile, because of their beliefs.

    The play is based on transcripts of those now notorious HUAC hearings and the extraordinary letters written by his father during this period, both to his son and to others.

    Dalton Trumbo ...... Corin Redgrave

    Narrator ...... Nick Waring

    Directed by Roger Mitchell.

    A Catherine Bailey Limited production for BBC Radio 4.

    Drama about Dalton Trumbo's ordeal in the Hollywood communist witch-hunts.

    Utz20090704Dramatisation by Gregory Norminton of the last novel written by Bruce Chatwin.

    A British academic travels to 1960s Prague to research the art collection of Rudolf II and meets the eccentric and dogged porcelain collector, Kaspar Joachim Utz. From this encounter an extraordinary story of obsession and survival emerges. For years, Utz has protected his vast collection of Meissen figurines from Nazis, Stalinist ideologues and the demands of communist museum curators.

    Utz/Janitor ...... Jack Klaff

    Marta ...... Pam Ferris

    Dr Orlik/Curator ...... Sam Kelly

    Narrator ...... Daniel Weyman

    Oxford Don/Man/Head Waiter ...... Gregory Norminton

    Elena/Teresa Kryl ...... Michaela Stonisova

    Ana/Photographer ...... Dolya Gavanski

    Directed by Marilyn Imrie

    A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.

    By Bruce Chatwin. An academic in 1960s Prague meets an eccentric porcelain collector.

    Utz20101016

    A British academic travels to 1960s Prague to research the art collection of Rudolf II. A historian friend introduces him to the eccentric and utterly dogged porcelain collector, Kaspar Joachim Utz. From this encounter an extraordinary story of obsession and survival emerges: for Utz has protected his vast collection of Meissen figurines from Nazis, Stalinist ideologues and the demands of Communist museum curators.

    After the Soviet invasion of 1968, all contact between the men ceases and Utz dies. In the last part of the play, our narrator returns to Prague in the late 1980s- as the Communist system is in its death-throes- to learn what became of Utz's collection. Was it appropriated by the State, or sold off to some secret enthusiast?

    Is it conceivable that the porcelain figurines were destroyed to prevent such eventualities? The Englishman interviews several figures from Utz's life as he tries to piece together the puzzle of the man and his vanished achievement. Where is the collection now? And who, really, was Utz's maid, Marta, to the deceased? For it may be (as the narrator speculates among blacklisted writers turned garbage men) that human love came to eclipse his priceless objects d'art in the heart of Kaspar Utz.

    This is the twist in the final minutes of the play. Although the marriage to his servant was undertaken in 1952 for purely selfish reasons (Utz had to be married in order to keep his home), over the decades that followed Marta fought off her more attractive rivals- for Utz, we also learn, was devastatingly attractive to a particular kind of woman- and finally cemented her status as the central figure in his life. This dramatisation by Gregory Norminton of Chatwin's last novel is an intriguing and comic mystery story.

    Cast:

    Utz/Janitor ..... Jack Klaff

    Marta ..... Pam Ferris

    Dr Orlik/Curator ..... Sam Kelly

    Narrator ..... Daniel Weyman

    Oxford Don/Man/ Head Waiter ..... Gregory Norminton

    Elena/Teresa Kryl ..... Michaela Stonisova

    Ana/Photographer ..... Dolya Gavanski

    Producer: Marilyn Imrie

    A Corporation for Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.

    By Bruce Chatwin. An academic in 1960s Prague meets an eccentric porcelain collector.

    Vanunu: A Time To Be Heard20110305New drama set in 2004, on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, who was immediately barred from speaking to the foreign media. Peter Hounam, investigative journalist, attempts to find a way to conduct an interview without breaking the terms of Vanunu's freedom.

    After exposing the assembly of nuclear weapon making capabilities at the Dimona nuclear plant where he worked as a technician, Mordechai Vanunu spent nearly 18 years in prison, 15 of those in solitary confinement. He emerged as keen as ever to make public what he knew and his treatment by the state. However, on the day of his release, Vanunu was banned from speaking to foreign media, and forbidden from leaving the country.

    Peter Hounam, who broke Vanunu's story in the Sunday Times originally, travelled to Israel to meet Vanunu on release and interview him for UK press and television. Once the restrictions were announced, he set out to find way to give Vanunu a voice without compromising his freedom.

    This new drama looks at the relationship between the two men, as well as exploring the difficult issues of investigative journalism and freedom of speech. Award winning television and radio writer Jon Sen (Second Generation, Frances Tuesday, 4.4.68) worked from firsthand accounts of this very particular time to be heard.

    The cast

    Peter Hounam........David Westhead

    Mordechai Vanunu......Shai Matheson

    Meir Vanunu.......Uriel Emil

    Hilarie Hounam ....Rebecca Knowles

    Chris Mitchell....Matthew Gravelle

    Security Guard.....Josh Becker

    Producer.......Polly Thomas

    A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

    New drama set in 2004, on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

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    Vincent Price and The Horror of The English Blood Beast20100306By Matthew Broughton. In 1967, Vincent Price came to the UK to make the horror movie Witchfinder General. It was the best performance of his career, and the worst few months of his life. This play takes a light-hearted look behind the scenes of the making of this classic British film.

    Vincent Price ...... Nickolas Grace

    Tony Tenser ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Michael Reeves ...... Blake Ritson

    Philip Waddilove ...... Richard Nichols

    Hilary Dwyer ...... Phoebe Waller Bridge

    Ian Ogilvy ...... Gareth Pierce

    Other parts played by Simon Ludders and Lynne Seymour

    Produced and directed by Sam Hoyle.

    By Matthew Broughton. Behind the scenes of the making of classic film Witchfinder General.

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    Vincent Price ...... Nickolas Grace

    Tony Tenser ...... Kenneth Cranham

    Michael Reeves ...... Blake Ritson

    Philip Waddilove ...... Richard Nichols

    Hilary Dwyer ...... Phoebe Waller Bridge

    Ian Ogilvy ...... Gareth Pierce

    Other parts played by Simon Ludders and Lynne Seymour

    Produced and directed by Sam Hoyle.

    By Matthew Broughton. Behind the scenes of the making of classic film Witchfinder General.

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    Washington, 9/1120110910September 11th 2001 dawned bright and clear on the East coast of the United States. At 8:46 am President George W Bush was in Florida promoting his education policy and Vice President Dick Cheney was in Washington when a Boeing 767 - American Airlines flight 11 - crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower.

    It was the first of four commercial planes used as weapons that day in attacks on New York and the capital that led to the loss of thousands of lives and changed the world. This is the dramatized story - reconstructed from multiple documents and memoires - of how Bush, from his plane Air Force One circling high above the United States, and Cheney, in the White House bunker, responded in the first few hours after the 9/11 attacks and how the decisions they took that day set the course of the Bush presidency and triggered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Michael Eaton's drama reconstructs a chaotic day, when communications failed, protocols were abandoned; radar signals were misinterpreted and rescue aircraft came close to being shot down. It was a day that united America and saw tremendous acts of personal sacrifice and courage, but alongside the immediate response to the crisis there was also a hidden tussle for power and control, with some of Bush's key lieutenants moving swiftly to press an agenda that would determine US foreign policy for the remainder of the Bush presidency and put in place -'The War on Terror'.

    Cast:

    President George W Bush ..... WIlliam Hope

    Vice President Dick Cheney -.....Stuart Milligan

    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ..... Garrick Hagon

    National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice ..... Tanya Moodie

    Chief of Staff Andrew Card ..... Richard Laing

    Major Robert Darling ..... Philip Rosch

    Laura Bush ..... Lorelei King

    CIA Director George Tenet ..... Bill Roberts

    Secretary of State Colin Powell ..... Nathan Osgood

    Other parts played by members of the cast.

    Produced by Richard Clemmow

    Directed by Dirk Maggs

    A Perfectly Normal Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Drama about how the White House responded to the 9/11 attacks.

    White Nights20110702"

    By Ann Cleeves.

    Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

    Atmospheric crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer - the time of white nights, when the sun never quite leaves the sky and birds sing at midnight.

    The launch of Bella Sinclair's art exhibition, at the Herring House Gallery in the remote hamlet of Biddista, is ruined by the appearance of a distressed stranger, claiming amnesia. The man is later found hanged but local detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that it's murder not suicide.

    When the dead stranger is finally identified, strands of clues point towards a dark secret held deep within the collective memory of the community, one which has brought death to the present.

    Cast:

    D.I. Jimmy Perez ..... Steven Robertson

    Kenny ..... Finlay Welsh

    Edith ..... Anne Lacey

    Bella ..... Eileen McCallum

    Fran ..... Tracy Wiles

    D.I. Roy Taylor ..... Robin Laing

    Peter ..... Steven McNicoll

    Roddy ..... Finn den Hertog

    Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

    Crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer. A stranger brings trouble to a small village."

    By Ann Cleeves.

    Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

    Atmospheric crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer - the time of white nights, when the sun never quite leaves the sky and birds sing at midnight.

    The launch of Bella Sinclair's art exhibition, at the Herring House Gallery in the remote hamlet of Biddista, is ruined by the appearance of a distressed stranger, claiming amnesia. The man is later found hanged but local detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that it's murder not suicide.

    When the dead stranger is finally identified, strands of clues point towards a dark secret held deep within the collective memory of the community, one which has brought death to the present.

    Cast:

    D.I. Jimmy Perez ..... Steven Robertson

    Kenny ..... Finlay Welsh

    Edith ..... Anne Lacey

    Bella ..... Eileen McCallum

    Fran ..... Tracy Wiles

    D.I. Roy Taylor ..... Robin Laing

    Peter ..... Steven McNicoll

    Roddy ..... Finn den Hertog

    Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

    Crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer. A stranger brings trouble to a small village.

    Writing on Wigan Pier20100731David Pownall's play has strong resonance for today. In 1936, George Orwell embarked on a visit to Wigan, a typical coal-mining town in industrial Lancashire in order to write a book about the people, their experiences and their struggle to cope with the effects of the Depression.

    Determined not to be dismissed as a dispassionate observer, he resolves to spend time living with and amongst the people. However, he brings with him his self-guilt, his obsession with the English class system, his fiercely-held preconceptions of the working-class and his remarkable cut-glass voice, of which he is all too painfully aware. The visit is both revealing and humorous.

    He stays in an appalling doss-house above a tripe shop, tries to work down a pit, stays with a family, makes a pass at the wife, upsets the local Women's Institute and meets a priest escaping from fascism in Spain. Whilst most who meet him take him for who and what he is, for Orwell the experience develops into a journey of self-discovery.

    Cast:

    Orwell .... Adrian Scarborough

    Neil .... Karl Davies

    Helen .... Helen Longworth

    Grandad .... Bernard Cribbins

    Mrs Brooker/Country Lady .... Thelma Barlow

    Gollancz .... Keith Drinkel

    Arnold .... Anthony Glennon

    Meade/Ignatius .... Tom Bevan

    Directed by Martin Jenkins

    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

    David Pownall's play explores George Orwell's time in Wigan in the early months of 1936.

    "

    David Pownall's play has strong resonance for today. In 1936, George Orwell embarked on a visit to Wigan, a typical coal-mining town in industrial Lancashire in order to write a book about the people, their experiences and their struggle to cope with the effects of the Depression.

    Determined not to be dismissed as a dispassionate observer, he resolves to spend time living with and amongst the people. However, he brings with him his self-guilt, his obsession with the English class system, his fiercely-held preconceptions of the working-class and his remarkable cut-glass voice, of which he is all too painfully aware. The visit is both revealing and humorous.

    He stays in an appalling doss-house above a tripe shop, tries to work down a pit, stays with a family, makes a pass at the wife, upsets the local Women's Institute and meets a priest escaping from fascism in Spain. Whilst most who meet him take him for who and what he is, for Orwell the experience develops into a journey of self-discovery.

    Cast:

    Orwell .... Adrian Scarborough

    Neil .... Karl Davies

    Helen .... Helen Longworth

    Grandad .... Bernard Cribbins

    Mrs Brooker/Country Lady .... Thelma Barlow

    Gollancz .... Keith Drinkel

    Arnold .... Anthony Glennon

    Meade/Ignatius .... Tom Bevan

    Directed by Martin Jenkins

    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

    David Pownall's play explores George Orwell's time in Wigan in the early months of 1936."

    1Classic Chandler, The Big Sleep20110205In 1939 Raymond Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe, for his great novel The Big Sleep. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - respectable sister with gambling addiction, younger sister with drink/drug problem and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures - is enshrined in the iconic film version with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Chandler's ground breaking Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

    Philip Marlowe.....Toby Stephens

    Vivien Sternwood.....Kelly Burke

    Agnes Lozelle.....Barbara Barnes

    Mona Mars.....Madeleine Potter

    Carmen Sternwood.....Leah Brotherhead

    Joe Brody.....Sam Dale

    General Sternwood.....Sean Baker

    Lash Canino.....Iain Batchelor

    Eddie Mars.....Henry Devas

    Cronjager.....Jude Akuwudike

    Dramatised by Robin Brooks

    Directed by Claire Grove

    This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959. The series will be aired in Spring and Autumn 2011.

    Toby Stephens is best known for playing mega-villain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC 2 and Toby made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

    Kelly Burke makes her radio debut as cool, sophisticated Vivien Sternwood (the role which made Lauren Bacall famous).

    Marlowe is a character the R4 audience think they know, but do they? He is a moral man in an amoral world. This is California in the '40's and 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. The police are corrupt. The businessmen are well-heeled racketeers with politicians in their pockets and their daughters have gone to the bad. It is the taxi-drivers, maids and bartenders who restore Marlowe's faith in human nature. They scratch out a living at the bottom of the pile and Marlowe is there with them, in his shabby office with its cracked sign and no air-con, waiting for the next client to walk through the door.

    Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1888, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. Chandler died in 1959.

    Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

    Robin Brooks (dramatist) has recently dramatised I Claudius in 5 episodes for BBC Radio 4. Other Classic Serials include: Boswell's Life of Johnson, My Cousin Rachel and The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West .

    . Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking trouble-seeking Californian private eye.

    1Freud: The Case Histories, Dora20120211Deborah Levy's dramatisation of Sigmund Freud's iconic case study 'Dora' translated by Shaun Whiteside.

    1899 finds a father imploring Sigmund Freud to treat his daughter after discovering her intention to end her life. When Dora first comes to Freud she suffers from a loss of voice, a debilitating cough and a limp. Dream analysis is the key to unlocking the causes of Dora's condition, and as Freud's treatment continues, secrets, seduction and betrayal are uncovered.

    Freud.....Robert Glenister

    Dora.....Olivia Hallinan

    Papa.....Gerard McDermott

    Mama.....Tracy-Ann Oberman

    Herr K/Coachman....Alun Raglan

    Frau K..... Susie Riddell

    Madame Petrova....Tracy Wiles

    Directed by Elizabeth Allard

    Deborah Levy's dramatisation of "The Wolfman: A History of Infantile Neurosis" can be heard at the same time next week. Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of several novels. Her latest is the acclaimed "Swimming Home" which is soon to be a Book at Bedtime.

    . A father begs Freud to treat his daughter, after discovering her intention to end her life

    2Classic Chandler, The Lady in the Lake20110212Derace Kingsley, a wealthy businessman, hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife Crystal. Kingsley fears that rich, reckless Crystal may have got herself into a scandal and the last place she was known to have been was a resort called Little Fawn Lake.Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

    Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

    Derace Kingsley...Sam Dale

    Mildred...Barbara Barnes

    Degarmo..Steve Toussaint

    Bill Chess...Nathan Osgood

    Adrienne...Claire Harry

    Lavery...Lloyd Thomas

    Sheriff Patton...Sean Baker

    Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

    Directed by Claire Grove

    In 1939 Raymond Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe, for his great novel The Big Sleep. This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959. The series will be aired in Spring and Autumn 2011.

    Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

    Marlowe is a character the R4 audience think they know, but do they? He is a moral man in an amoral world. This is California in the '40's and 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. The police are corrupt. The businessmen are well-heeled racketeers with politicians in their pockets and their daughters have gone to the bad. It is the taxi-drivers, maids and bartenders who restore Marlowe's faith in human nature. They scratch out a living at the bottom of the pile and Marlowe is there with them, in his shabby office with its cracked sign and no air-con, waiting for the next client to walk through the door.

    Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. He died in 1959.

    Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

    . Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking trouble-seeking Californian private eye.

    2One Chord Wonders, Blitzkrieg Bop20110409One Chord Wonders: Blitzkrieg Bop

    2/5

    Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on. In 1977 self-styled Mo Motormouth was writing a punk fanzine. Now she's doing the travel news for a radio station. An attempt to re-launch her ailing career brings unwelcome attention from some of her 'livelier' listeners.

    Mo ... Pauline Quirke

    Benny ... Adam Kotz

    Shammi ... Manjinder Virk

    Steve Reeves .... Ivan Kaye

    George ... Ben Crowe

    Arthur ... Harry Myers

    Jack ... Sanjay Shelat

    Teacher/Barney ... Stephen Critchlow

    Benny's Daughter ... Amy Enticknap

    Producer/Director ... Toby Swift

    *******************

    ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

    The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

    In 'Blitzkrieg Bop' a struggling commercial radio presenter has been invited to the reunion. In fact, as the self-styled Mo Motormouth, she was the co-promoter of the original gig. Encouraged by her ambitious - or should that be desperate - producer Shammi, her career receives a belated boost when she gives her on-air persona an opinionated, in-yer-face punk makeover. Will her new-found success survive the attention of a dubious element amongst her audience...not least former co-promoter Benny Bondage who seems convinced there's a nasty skeleton rattling in Mo's cupboard?

    The next 2 plays in the series - 'Damned, Damned, Damned' and 'This is the Modern World' - catch up with other, now middle-aged, members of that audience back in 1977.

    The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

    . An attempt to relaunch Mo Motormouth's ailing career brings some unwelcome attention.

    2 LASTFreud: The Case Histories, The Wolf Man20120218

    Deborah Levy's dramatisation of Sigmund Freud's iconic case study 'The Wolf Man- The History of an Infantile Neurosis' translated by Shaun Whiteside.

    It is 1910 when the depressed son of a wealthy Russian landowner arrives in Vienna. Sergei Pankejeff, 24 years old, is suffering from debilitating fears and phobias. Freud's treatment of Pankejeff is centred around an enigmatic dream his patient had as a very young child; a dream of white wolves. Freud invites Sergei to return to his childhood as a means of understanding his current depression. Analysing the child inside the man Freud unlocks the meaning of the wolves that haunt Sergei's dreams

    FREUD.....Robert Glenister

    SERGEI PANKEJEFF (80).....Andrew Sachs

    SERGEI PANKEJEFF (23).....Blake Ritson

    SERGEI PANKEJEFF (10).....Ted Allpress

    FATHER/FENCING MASTER.....Alun Raglan

    MOTHER.....Susie Riddell

    ANNA.....Amelia Clarkson

    NANJA.....Elaine Claxton

    GRANDFATHER/LATIN MASTER/BOOKSELLER.....Jonathan Oliver

    TAILOR.....Simon Bubb

    VIOLINIST.....Ruth Schulten

    Directed by Nadia Molinari.

    . Freud treats a young man's depression by analysing his childhood dream of white wolves.

    3Classic Chandler, Farewell My Lovely20110219By Raymond Chandler

    Dramatised by Robin Brooks

    When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento.

    Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistible blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California.

    Farewell My Lovely was the second of Chandler's novels featuring Marlowe. It was adapted for the big screen three times.

    Cast:

    Philip Marlowe ..... Toby Stephens

    Moose Malloy ..... Richard Ridings

    Mrs Grayle ..... Madeleine Potter

    Morrison ..... Pat Starr

    Randall ..... Jude Akuwudike

    Nulty/ Amthor ..... Sean Baker

    Jessie Florian ..... Joanna Monro

    Galbraith ..... Lloyd Thomas

    Marriott ..... Iain Batchelor

    Ann Riordan ..... Claire Harry

    Sonderborg ..... Adeel Akhtar

    Laird Brunette/ Second Planting ..... Sam Dale

    Directed by Mary Peate

    Adapted by Robin Brooks

    Robin Brooks (dramatist) has recently dramatised I Claudius in 5 episodes for BBC Radio 4. Other Classic Serials include: Boswell's Life of Johnson, My Cousin Rachel and The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.

    . Toby Stephens is Chandler's smart-talking, trouble-seeking LA private eye Philip Marlowe.

    4One Chord Wonders, This is the Modern World20110423One Chord Wonders: This is the Modern World

    4/5

    Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on continues with the story of an unlikely pilgrimage to Camberley. Eco-toilet pioneer and ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

    Muttley ... Danny Webb

    Lineel ... Stephanie Leonidas

    Lin ... Ann Beach

    Hippie ... Carl Prekopp

    Drug Dealer ... John Biggins

    Market Researcher ... Alex Tregear

    Club Doorman ... John Cummins

    Williams ... Sam Dale

    Hotel Receptionist ... Liz Sutherland

    Director/Producer ... Toby Swift

    ******************

    ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

    The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

    In 'This is the Modern World', Muttley is to be found living in an eco-commune in Wales with his teenage daughter, Lineel. When an invitation to the reunion turns up, Lineel is desperate to find out more about her late mother's previous life in Camberley. Muttley reluctantly agrees to accompany her on a pilgrimage back to his home town...on foot. There Lineel learns the unlikely truth about her parents' past, as well as getting an abrupt introduction to life in the 'real world' beyond the confines of the commune.

    The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

    . Ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

    4 LASTClassic Chandler, Playback20110226By Raymond Chandler

    Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

    Marlowe is hired to tail the mysterious Betty Mayfield all the way to the seaside town of Esmerelda, without knowing why or the identity of his employer. It's not long before he realises that he's not the only one on the trail, and that he too is being watched. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

    Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

    Betty Mayfield . . . . . Sarah Goldberg

    Larry Mitchell . . . . . Iain Batchelor

    Clyde Umney . . . . . Sean Baker

    Clark Brandon . . . . . John Guerrasio

    Goble . . . . . Sam Dale

    Lucille . . . . . Claire Harry

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    Produced by Claire Grove

    Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

    . Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking, trouble-seeking Californian private eye

    5Classic Chandler, The Long Goodbye20111001Toby Stephens is back as Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe.This is California in the 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. Outside a club on Sunset Boulevard Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship but everything changes when Lennox shows up late one night, asking for a favour.

    Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

    Terry Lennox.....Trevor White

    Eileen Wade...Saskia Reeves

    Roger Wade...Peter Polycarpou

    Howard Spencer...James Lailey

    Candy...Simon Bubb

    Menendez...Alun Raglan

    Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

    Directed by Claire Grove

    This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

    Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

    Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1888, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, he served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the R. A. F. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. He died in 1959.

    . Toby Stephens is back as Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe.

    5 LASTOne Chord Wonders, Television's Over20110430One Chord Wonders: Television's Over

    5/5

    March, 1977. Punk rock is rumoured to be arriving in suburban Surrey. Is anarchy about to overwhelm civilized society or is this salvation for the bored teenagers of Camberley? By Frank Cottrell Boyce.

    Adam ... Kristopher Milnes

    Pete ... Freddy White

    Sergeant Henshaw ... Gerard Horan

    Councillor Myatt ... Fenella Woolgar

    Mo ... Leanne Rowe

    Benny ... James Daley

    Pete's dad ... Ben Crowe

    Muttley/Steve ... John Hasler

    Margaret/Sharon ... Amy Enticknap

    D.I. Voke ... John Rowe

    Charlie Damage ... Dan Starkey

    Town Clerk ... Nyasha Hatendi

    Julie ... Sarah Bedi

    Mo's mum ... Joan Walker

    Mick ... Tim James

    Director/Producer ... Toby Swift

    *****************************

    ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

    The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

    The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley. Many of the characters we have met in earlier plays are there in their teenage guise. At the centre of it all is Adam, a young lad in desperate need of something to believe in.

    . By Frank Cottrell Boyce. 1977: The bored teenagers of Camberley are about to get punk.

    6Classic Chandler, The High Window20111008By Raymond Chandler

    Dramatised by Robin Brooks

    When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires private eye Philip Marlowe to find it. The tough matriarch is convinced about the identity of the thief, but Marlowe's own enquiries lead him elsewhere. He's soon caught in the crossfire of a family at war with itself.

    Cast:

    Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

    Mrs Murdoch . . . . . Judy Parfitt

    Merle Davis . . . . . Jessica Raine

    Leslie Murdoch . . . . . Patrick Kennedy

    Detective Breeze . . . . . Joe Montana

    Alex Nash . . . . . Stuart Milligan

    Linda Conquest . . . . . Susie Riddell

    Elisha Morningstar . . . . . Peter Polycarpou

    Apartment Manager . . . . . Gerard McDermott

    Lou Vannier . . . . . Carl Prekopp

    Lois Nash . . . . . Alex Tregear

    George Philips . . . . . James Lailey

    Mr Shaw . . . . . Sean Baker

    Delmar Hench . . . . . Alun Raglan

    John . . . . . Simon Bubb

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    Produced by Claire Grove

    This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

    Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

    . Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to find a stolen rare gold coin.

    7Classic Chandler, The Little Sister20111015A small, neat girl walks into Philip Marlowe's office. Orfamay Quest is looking for her brother Orrin. She gives Marlowe twenty dollars and lots of moral disapproval. Marlowe takes the case and finds himself drawn into the glamorous world of the Hollywood film studios. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Raymond Chandler's Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

    Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

    Oramay Quest...Kelly Burke

    Mavis...Fenella Woolgar

    Clausen...Peter Polycarpou

    Dolores...Ginita Jimenez

    Lagardie...John Guerrasio

    Hicks...Jonathan Forbes

    Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

    Directed by Claire Grove

    This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

    Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

    . Marlowe finds himself drawn into the glamorous world of the Hollywood film studios.

    8 LASTClassic Chandler, Poodle Springs20111022By Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker

    Dramatised by Robin Brooks

    Fresh from his honeymoon with heiress Linda Loring, Philip Marlowe has set up shop in the upmarket Californian town of Poodle Springs. But the life of a kept man soon loses its charm, and when he's asked to find a gambler on the run from his debts, Marlowe can't resist. Toby Stephens plays iconic detective Philip Marlowe.

    The eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, Raymond Chandler's Poodle Springs was unfinished at the time of the author's death in 1959. It remained so for another 30 years, until crime writer Robert B. Parker completed the novel to mark the centenary of Chandler's birth.

    Cast:

    Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

    Linda Marlowe . . . . . Lorelei King

    Larry Victor . . . . . Stephen Campbell Moore

    Muffy Valentine . . . . . Laurel Lefkow

    Manny Lipshultz . . . . . Peter Polycarpou

    Angel Victor . . . . . Sasha Pick

    Bernie Ohls . . . . . Gerard McDermott

    Film Director . . . . . James Lailey

    Eddie Garcia . . . . . Alun Raglan

    Clayton Blackstone . . . . . Sean Baker

    Leonard . . . . . Carl Prekopp

    Turn Key . . . . . Simon Bubb

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

    Produced by Claire Grove.

    . The life of a kept man soon loses its charm for newly-married Marlowe.

    SP20040710Tony Ramsay's play, set in ARGENTINA, stars Juliet Stevenson as Victoria Mendez, whose violent death in the Dirty War, comes to affect the romantic notions of a young ENGLISH teacher.
  • amparo....paloma baeza
  • carola....Tracy-ann Oberman
  • david....james d'arcy
  • directed by - Janet Whitaker
  • jorge....Peter Marinker
  • nestor....vincenzo nicoli
  • raul....Gerard Mcdermott
  • victoria....Juliet Stevenson
  • wintle....david timson"
  • wintle....david timson

    "tony ramsay's play, set in argentina, stars Juliet Stevenson as victoria mendez, whose violent death in the dirty war, comes to affect the romantic notions of a young english teacher

  • SP20060204In the 1930s at the height of Tallulah Bankhead's fame as a theatre star, Evie Cronin became chief among her gallery girls, young women who religiously attended her every performance, shrieking and cheering the moment she walked on stage.

    Evie, obsessed by the star's flamboyant persona, followed Tallulah's every movement - becoming what today we would call a stalker.

    Tallulah, however, far from being intimidated by this intense, even intrusive adulation, positively welcomed it and invited the younger woman into her household as her secretary.

    The play opens in 1951.

    Tallulah is 49 years old and although her film career has begun to tail off, this has in no way slowed down her wild lifestyle.

    The leading stars of Hollywood attend her infamous parties and Evie works away in the background, inured to decades of her mistress' outrageous behaviour.

    But one day Evie has finally had enough and confronts Tallulah.

    Tallulah Bankhead....Linda Marlowe

    Evie Cronin....Teresa Gallagher

    Senator Fred Morritt....Colin Stinton

    Donald Seawell....Kerry Shale

    Tennesse Williams....William Hope

    Gary Cooper....William Roberts

    Dee Englebeck....Nick Sayce

    Etta...Katherine Kelly.

    "In the 1930s at the height of Tallulah Bankhead's fame as a theatre star, Evie Cronin became chief among her gallery girls, young women who religiously attended her every performance, shrieking and cheering the moment she walked on stage.

    Evie, obsessed by the star's flamboyant persona, followed Tallulah's every movement - becoming what today we would call a stalker.

    Tallulah, however, far from being intimidated by this intense, even intrusive adulation, positively welcomed it and invited the younger woman into her household as her secretary.

    The play opens in 1951.

    Tallulah is 49 years old and although her film career has begun to tail off, this has in no way slowed down her wild lifestyle.

    The leading stars of Hollywood attend her infamous parties and Evie works away in the background, inured to decades of her mistress' outrageous behaviour.

    But one day Evie has finally had enough and confronts Tallulah.

    Tallulah Bankhead....Linda Marlowe

    Evie Cronin....Teresa Gallagher

    Senator Fred Morritt....Colin Stinton

    Donald Seawell....Kerry Shale

    Tennesse Williams....William Hope

    Gary Cooper....William Roberts

    Dee Englebeck....Nick Sayce

    Etta...Katherine Kelly."

    SP2007021720081226By Evelyn Waugh, adapted by Jonathan Holloway.

    Waugh's black comedy set around a Memorial Park in Hollywood among the world of morticians and embalmers.

    "By Evelyn Waugh, adapted by Jonathan Holloway.

    Waugh's black comedy set around a Memorial Park in Hollywood among the world of morticians and embalmers."

    SP20081115By Paul Viragh.

    The playwright draws on his own family's experiences in his drama Cry Hungary.

    In October 1956, thousands of Hungarians rise up against the oppressive Soviet-backed government.

    Peter, a chosen son of the working classes, arrives in Budapest to study at the university.

    He falls in love with Eva, a committed communist.

    When Peter becomes involved in the demonstrations, Eva finds her loyalties severely tested.

    Peter Kovacs....Lee Ingleby

    Eva Toth....Naomi Frederick

    Janos....Christopher Fox

    Imre Toth....Larry Lamb

    Szentendy....Mark Straker

    Istvan....Joseph Kloska

    AVO Officer....Sam Dale

    AVO Sergeant....Paul Richard Biggin

    Boy....Emma Noakes

    Director Toby Swift

    "By Paul Viragh.

    The playwright draws on his own family's experiences in his drama Cry Hungary.

    In October 1956, thousands of Hungarians rise up against the oppressive Soviet-backed government.

    Peter, a chosen son of the working classes, arrives in Budapest to study at the university.

    He falls in love with Eva, a committed communist.

    When Peter becomes involved in the demonstrations, Eva finds her loyalties severely tested.

    Peter Kovacs....Lee Ingleby

    Eva Toth....Naomi Frederick

    Janos....Christopher Fox

    Imre Toth....Larry Lamb

    Szentendy....Mark Straker

    Istvan....Joseph Kloska

    AVO Officer....Sam Dale

    AVO Sergeant....Paul Richard Biggin

    Boy....Emma Noakes

    Director Toby Swift"