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0106In The Beginning20160106Heaven and her slave companion find themselves prisoners of a nomadic tribe in the desert.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0107A Tale Of Two Cities20160113While the sultan dreams of victory, Gregor is in pursuit of missing slave girl Sarah.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0108The Purge20160120Increasingly insecure and fearful for his life, the sultan begins a purge of the palace.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0109Jaws Of Victory20160127Convinced of victory by the prophet child, the sultan is ready to destroy Maya.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0110Sword Of Faith20160203The people of Tumanbay await news of the sultan's great victory.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0201The Last Boat20170425As refugees scramble to escape the city, Gregor swears an oath to the new rulers.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0202The Kill20170502Under the rule of the followers of Maya, Tumanbay has become a place of fear.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0203Rats20170509Gregor's niece Manel is sent by her rebel comrades into the desert on a mission to kill.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0204Healing The Sick20170516Slave trader Ibn seeks justice from the new regime's religious courts.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0205Kiss My Fingers20170523Threat of plague brings Barakat into conflict with Effendi Red.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0206Holy Father20170530Following a series of murders, Barakat's hold over Tumanbay is complete.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0207Take My Hand20170606Manel goes to the swamps in search of her enslaved father, General Qulan.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0208We Are Three20170613As the rebel army approaches the city, Gregor must confront the truth about his past.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0301Tree Of Sorrows20190204Tumanbay is recovering from a brutal occupation by the followers of Maya. Manel (Aiysha Hart), daughter of Tumanbay’s greatest commander, now sits on the throne. Her chief adviser and lover is the mysterious traveller Alkin (Nathalie Armin), who she once tried to kill. 

The city has been plundered for much of its wealth and, desperate for allies, a marriage has been arranged between Manel and Herod (Amir El-Masry), the feckless son of a powerful provincial governor.
 
Gregor (Rufus Wright), Manel’s uncle and commander of the Palace Guard, is convinced that Maya and her followers are still a threat to Tumanbay.

Cast:
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Alkin....Nathalie Armin
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Akiba....Akin Gazi
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Spider....Yusuf Hofri
Librarian....Antony Bunsee
Cafe Owner....Muzz Khan
Deiner....Vivek Madan
Swords trader....Nadir Khan

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written and directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0302Two Moons20190211As Tumanbay prepares for a royal wedding, the return of a certain prominent palace official offers hope for new alliances.

While the kite flyers of Tumanbay risk their lives for new adventure, Heaven (Olivia Popica), whose father was executed during the occupation, attempts to rebuild the family slave business and goes on a voyage to distant shores to purchase slaves, accompanied by one of her father’s business associates, the self-serving Bavand (Peter Polycarpou).

Cast:
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Alkin....Nathalie Armin
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Akiba....Akin Gazi
Balarac Sergeant....Alexander Arnold
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Slave Captain....George Georgiou
The Hafiz....Antony Bunsee
Spider....Yusuf Hofri
Martha....Marlene Madenge
Courtier....Vivek Madan
Prisoner....Nadir Khan

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

The return of a certain prominent palace official offers hope for new alliances.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0303The Blind Man20190218Weakened by occupation, an offer of friendship and protection comes from the Balarac, a formidable group of priest warriors led by the blind Grand Master Amalric (Anton Lesser). But protection comes at a price the city can ill-afford.

While General Qulan leaves to build an army, in the palace Gregor (Rufus Wright), the Sultana’s chief spy-master, finds himself in a desperate struggle for power and influence with his adversaries - Alkin (Nathalie Armin) the Sultana’s confident and lover, and Cadali (Matthew Marsh) the ambitious ex-vizier.

Cast:
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Alkin....Nathalie Armin
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Akiba....Akin Gazi
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Slave Captain....George Georgiou
Balarac Captain....Antony Bunsee
Balarac Sergeant....Alexander Arnold
Merick....Carl Prekopp
Madam....Annabelle Dowler
Prostitute....Marlene Madenge
Barli....Vivek Madan
Courtier....Nadir Khan

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

Tumanbay faces a new enemy in the form of a formidable group of priest warriors.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0304Dark Enterprises20190225Having bought off the armies of the Balarac with its last reserves of gold, Tumanbay seems secure once more. But there is treachery lurking in the shadows in the form of Cadali, the recently returned vizier, who has his own ambitions to take over the empire.

Meanwhile, the prophet boy Frog (Finn Elliot) is a stowaway on the Balarac’s ships, his mission to kill their leader, the blind Grand Master (Anton Lesser), who he believes is destined to harm the girl he loves. Heaven and Bavand, returning from a slave purchasing voyage, encounter a ship caught on the rocks. It is an encounter that will change Heaven’s fortunes.

Cast:
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Alkin....Nathalie Armin
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Akiba....Akin Gazi
Prophet Women....Dolya Gavanski
Balarac Captain....Antony Bunsee
Balarac Sergeant....Alexander Arnold
Madam....Annabelle Dowler
Courtier....Nadir Khan
Guard....Vivek Madan

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Joe Richardson
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written and Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

Cadali, the recently returned vizier, begins a plot to take over the empire.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0305Accidental Hero20190304General Qulan (Christopher Fulford) travels to the provinces in the hope of raising an army to defend Tumanbay and encounters Fatima (Tara Fitzgerald), a provincial governor’s wife, who has a score to settle with the great commander.

In Tumanbay, a coup is underway and Sultana Manel (Aiysha Hart) and her lover Alkin (Nathalie Armin) face a grim future. Meanwhile, the slave merchant Heaven (Olivia Popica), having been captured by the Balarac at sea, is recruited as reader to the blind Grand Master (Anton Lesser), a position that gives her access to ancient scrolls that appear to unlock profound secrets to the world.

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Alkin....Nathalie Armin
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Akiba....Akin Gazi
Balarac Sergeant....Alexander Arnold

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Joe Richardson
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker and Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

A coup is underway and Sultana Manel and her lover Alkin face a grim future.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0306Fatima20190311The return of General Qulan (Christopher Fulford) with an army from the provinces offers hope of stability to the city recovering from a recent coup. But with it has come Herod’s ambitious mother, Fatima (Tara Fitzgerald), a new player in the fight for power.

Meanwhile, the slave merchant Bavand (Peter Polycarpou) has found his way back to Tumanbay. With debts to pay, he turns to his one remaining asset, his daughter Matilla (Humera Syed).

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric....Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Sisco....Raad Rawi
Prophet Women....Dolya Gavanski
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Undertakers....Vivek Madan and Nadir Khan
Café Owner....Muzz Khan
Café Boy....Yusuf Hofri

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Joe Richardson
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

The arrival of Herod's mother, Fatima, introduces a new player in the fight for power.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Herod....Amir El-Masry
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Sisco....Raad Rawi
Prophet Women....Dolya Gavanski
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Undertakers....Vivek Madan and Nadir Khan
Café Owner....Muzz Khan
Café Boy....Yusuf Hofri

0307Hostage Of Fortune20190318After his failed bid for power, Cadali (Matthew Marsh) flees across the desert with his son, Selim (Farshid Rokey) while Fatima, set on revenge for her murdered son, sends spymaster Gregor (Rufus Wright) to bring Cadali back.

Meanwhile, the prophet boy Frog (Finn Elliot) has returned to the city and to the girl he loves, Matilla (Humera Syed) believing he has changed her fate.

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric....Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Sisco....Raad Rawi
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Undertakers....Vivek Madan and Nadir Khan

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Joe Richardson
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker and Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

After the failed coup, Fatima is set on revenge for her murdered son.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Selim....Farshid Rokey
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Sisco....Raad Rawi
Nurse....Annabelle Dowler
Undertakers....Vivek Madan and Nadir Khan

0308The Coming20190325The eighth and final episode of series three. Matilla, having murdered her abusive husband returns with Frog to her family home to try to rescue her brother and escape the city.

Meanwhile the treacherous Cadali (Matthew Marsh), now a captive of the priest-like Balarac, is returned to Tumanbay as a gift. As the city welcomes the Balarac in, a new uncomfortable alliance seems to be forming. Or is it a deadly game of deception?

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Grand Master, Amalric....Anton Lesser
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Alkin....Nathalie Armin

Tumanbay is created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Joe Richardson
Additional Music by Jon Ouin

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mac Rogers and Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

The Balarac return with a gift. A new uncomfortable alliance or a deadly game?

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Cast:
Fatima....Tara Fitzgerald
Gregor....Rufus Wright
Grand Master, Amalric.... Anton Lesser
Manel....Aiysha Hart
Cadali....Matthew Marsh
Bavand....Peter Polycarpou
Heaven....Olivia Popica
General Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Frog....Finn Elliot
Matilla....Humera Syed
Alkin....Nathalie Armin

0401Palace Of The Blind20200525Series 4 of this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Once the greatest city on earth, Tumanbay has fallen into the hands of two opposing warlords: the Grand Master Amalric (Anton Lesser), leader of a fearsome religious order of knights; and Fatima (Kirsty Bushell), ambitious wife of a provincial governor who exerts total control over the weakened young Sultana Manel (Aiysha Hart).

Manel’s uncle, the spymaster Gregor (Rufus Wright) has been banished to the furthest deserts, after having claimed to have seen the Sultana’s murdered lover, Alkin. Gregor is convinced Alkin’s return from the dead heralds the end for Tumanbay and he must do everything in his power to get back to save it.

Cast:
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Mehmed.... Nadim Sawalha
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Olef.... Antony Bunsee
Alkin.... Nathalie Armin
Physician.... Vivek Madan
Knight.... Nadir Khan
Orderly.... Gerard McDermott

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written and Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

An audio drama on an epic scale. One empire, three rulers and a banished spymaster.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

An audio drama on an epic scale. One empire, three rulers and a banished spymaster.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0402Glass Souls20200601The world's greatest artist, the missing Hafiz, a deadly hobby.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

The great artist Piero has arrived from across the seas with his assistant Angel. He has been commissioned by the Empire’s self-styled “Queen Mother” Fatima (Kirsty Bushell) to create a great work glorifying her rule. But after a period of brutal occupation, Tumanbay is no longer the gleaming city it was - and tensions and suspicions abound.

The blind Grand Master Amalric (Anton Lesser), leader of a fearsome religious order of knights, has his own plans for the city - plans that involve the religious figurehead, the Hafiz. But the Hafiz has gone missing. The only person who can find him is spymaster Gregor (Rufus Wright) who is languishing in the Palace of the Blind, a place in the desert where unwanted officials and rulers are exiled.

Cast:
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Mehmed.... Nadim Sawalha
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Pilaar....Enzo Cilenti
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Piero....Pano Masti
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Olef.... Antony Bunsee
Frog....Misha Butler
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Bello....Albert Welling
Alkin.... Nathalie Armin
Faruk.... Ali Khan
Mad Sultan.... Vivek Madan
Functionaries.... Gerard McDermott

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

The world's greatest artist, the missing Hafiz, a deadly hobby.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0403Pronounced 'a Killer'20200608Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

The artist Piero begins work on a great painting of Fatima, the self-styled Mother of the Empire. Meanwhile, his assistant Angel attempts to secure the promised payment for the commission and discovers all is not what it seems in Tumanbay.

An assassin has arrived for another type of commission and takes up residence in the same lodging house as former spymaster Gregor who has returned to the city from exile. Frog and his friend Dumpy attempt to break Matila out of jail.

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Aquila.... Rob Jarvis
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Pilaar....Enzo Cilenti
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Piero....Pano Masti
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Frog....Misha Butler
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Bello....Albert Welling
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku
Balarac Soldier.... Gerard McDermott

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

An assassin, a bird in a cage, the spymaster's return.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

An assassin, a bird in a cage, the spymaster's return.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0404Feels Like Old Times20200615Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Having returned to the city, spymaster Gregor (Rufus Wright) rebuilds his network of informers, and sets about tracking down the missing Hafiz. In the palace, whilst Fatima (Kirsty Bushell) plots to extends her power, Sultana Manel (Aiysha Hart) has found a kindred spirit in the artist assistant Angel (Steffan Donnelly).

Cast:
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Aquila.... Rob Jarvis
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Pilaar....Enzo Cilenti
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Magrub....Joplin Sibtain
Piero....Pano Masti
Frog....Misha Butler
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Bello....Albert Welling
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku
Foreman.... Gerard McDermott

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

An investigation, a secret affair, a perfect murder.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

An investigation, a secret affair, a perfect murder.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0405The Watchers20200622Mother of the Empire, a hidden tunnel, the ancient garden.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Frustrated at the Balarac's continued presence in Tumanbay, Fatima (Kirsty Bushell) lays down a challenge to their leader, the blind Grand Master (Anton Lesser). Former spymaster, Gregor (Rufus Wright) is on the trail of the missing Hafiz with the help of talkative assassin, Aquila (Rob Jarvis).

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Aquila.... Rob Jarvis
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Pilaar....Enzo Cilenti
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Piero....Pano Masti
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Physician....Vivek Madan
Frog....Misha Butler
Bello....Albert Welling
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku
Cafe Owner.... Gerard McDermott
General Barbarossa.... Nadir Khan

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

Mother of the Empire, a hidden tunnel, the ancient garden.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

0406Secret Garden20200629The riddle of the barber, poison times two, you remind me of my sister.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Convinced she has secured the Balarac’s withdrawal from the city, the murderous Fatima turns her attentions to the throne and how to get it. Meanwhile, Gregor (Rufus Wright) with the help of the Skyrats and his new side-kick, the assassin Aquila (Rob Jarvis), searches for a secret garden in the city where he believes the Hafiz may be hiding.

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Aquila.... Rob Jarvis
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Piero....Pano Masti
Frog....Misha Butler
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Physician....Vivek Madan
Hafiz.... Antony Bunsee
Butcher Hassan.... Gerard McDermott

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

0407Menagerie Of All Life20200706The great wheel, dead and not dead, an unnatural wedding.

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

The murderous governor’s wife Fatima has taken control of the palace. The sultan Manel has been exiled to a madhouse in the desert. And former spymaster Gregor discovers a terrible secret in the passageways beneath the city about the worlds he lives in.

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Alkin.... Nathalie Armin
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Medmed.... Nadim Sawalha
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Angel....Steffan Donnelly
Piero....Pano Masti
Frog....Misha Butler
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Bello....Albert Welling
Hafiz.... Antony Bunsee
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

0408The Fires20200713The city prepares for a spectacular celestial event – fires falling from the sky. While self-proclaimed Mother of the Empire, Fatima, sees it as an opportunity to glorify her new reign, for the Balarac it is the signal to enact a dreadful plan. Meanwhile Frog must save Matilla, the girl he loves, from the gallows and a prophesy that she will die at the hands of "the blind man".

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this gripping extended finale to this epic series from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Angel.... Steffan Donnelly
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Mehmed.... Nadim Sawalha
Frog....Misha Butler
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Bello....Albert Welling
Piero....Pano Masti
the Hafiz....Antony Bunsee
Sarah....Nina Yndis
Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Alkin.... Nathalie Armin
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written and Directed by John Scott Dryden
A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

The tomb of the Martyrs, the gallows, the aqueduct\u2026

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Series 4 conclusion of this engrossing, historical fantasy

Epic saga by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Anton Lesser, Aiysha Hart, Rufus Wright, Rob Jarvis and Kirsty Bushell lead an impressive ensemble cast in this engrossing, historical fantasy from creators John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker.

Cast:
Gregor.... Rufus Wright
Heaven....Olivia Popica
Cadali.... Matthew Marsh
Fatima.... Kirsty Bushell
Grand Master.... Anton Lesser
Manel.... Aiysha Hart
Angel.... Steffan Donnelly
Sarp....Joplin Sibtain
Mehmed.... Nadim Sawalha
Frog....Misha Butler
Dumpy.... Ali Khan
Matilla....Albane Courtois
Bello....Albert Welling
Piero....Pano Masti
the Hafiz....Antony Bunsee
Sarah....Nina Yndis
Qulan....Christopher Fulford
Alkin.... Nathalie Armin
Landlady.... Arita Sadiku

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Sound Recording by Laurence Farr

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden
Written by Mike Walker
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4