Who Sings The Hero?

Three plays about ordinary individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage.

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Six stories of unsung individual or group heroism. I: "Dr Barry"

Jean Binnie tells the story of "Dr Barry" who in the 19th century, disguised as a man, rose through the ranks of the army; challenged the appalling conditions; had a baby; and performed a caesarian operation without anaesthetic. Narrator

Maggie McCarthy.

"Dr Barry"...VERONICA QUILUGAN

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Unknown: Jean Binnie

Narrator: Maggie McCarthy.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

Erskine/Leper assistant: Gordon Reid

Welksley/Aaron: Jonathan Tafler

Somerset: John Fleming

Dantzen: Burt Caesar

Munnik: Richard Earthy

Dr HaUIThomas: John Webb

Florence Nightingale: Joanna Wake

Jacob EliotlOeote: Matthew Morgan

McGrigor/Bigge: Jonathan Adams

Colonel: Nicholas Murchie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

2: Never Mind, I Stopped My Train!

In 1898, following a boiler explosion, a GWR driver and fireman succeeded in saving the lives of their passengers. Martin Sorrell recreates the background to this story which acts as a tribute to all railwaymen. Narrators Martin Jarvis , Joanna Myers.

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Unknown: Martin Sorrell

Narrators: Martin Jarvis

Narrators: Joanna Myers.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

David Evans: Peter Penry Jones

Atlwood: John Church

Edmund Mears: Nicholas Murchie

Ada Peart: Ann Windsor

John Hodges: Jonathan Tarer

Eiza Dean: Siriol Jenkins

Armstrong: John Webb

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

3: The Man Who Came

Back

Many stories of wartime heroism have become legendary, but the men who manned The Shetland

Bus were very special.

Matthew Solon retells the story of the Norwegians who braved the North Sea during the Second World War. Narrator John Rowe.

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]

Unknown: Matthew Solon

Narrator: John Rowe.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

David Howarth: Keith Drinkel

Ok Grotle: Eric Allan

LeifLarsen: Ralf Beck

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

4: A Misfortune at Seaham Mining disasters produce many heroes. Graeme Fife recounts the story of the Seaham Colliery explosion in Seaham, Durham, in 1880. Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Director: Martin Jenkins.

Burt: Nigel Anthony

Cummings: Tim Stone

Drainer: Tim Stone

Fifel Wright: Geoffrey Andrews

Fletcher: Paul Copley

Hindson: Peter Gunn

Mrs Hindson: Siriol Jenkins

Marley: Geoff Lawson

Hutchinson: Geoff Lawson

Riley: Michael Cuckson

Robson: David Learner

Jones: David Learner

Stratton: John Fleming

Dixon: John Hollis

Harrison: John Hollis

Mrs Dixon: Margaret Heery

Mrs Lawson: Margaret Heery

Mrs Stokoe: Sheila Tait

Young boy: Christopher Whittaker

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920916]

Six stories of heroism. 5: A Righteous Gentile In 1938,

Gertrude Wijsmuller defied Adolf Eichmann , securing permission to take hundreds of Jewish children out of Vienna.

Barry Turner and Harry Towb recount the story of this virtuallv unknown Dutch heroine.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920916]

Unknown: Gertrude Wijsmuller

Unknown: Adolf Eichmann

Unknown: Harry Towb

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan.

Gertrude Wijsmuller: Sarah Badel

Moshe Landau: Harry Towb

Adolf Eichmann: Jonathan Tafler

Norman Benlivich: Matthew Morgan

Fred Dunstan: Nicholas Murchie

The Dutch Consul: John Webb

Radio Interviewer: Ann Windsor

Mrs Goldberg: Joanna Wake

Mr Wijsmuller: Eric Allan

Young girl refugee: Sian Jenkins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923]

The last of six stories of heroism.

Saving of the Saluto

In 1911, the crew of the Newlyn lifeboat undertook a rescue which is still remembered as an act of extreme courage. Melville Jones recounts the story of the saving of the Saluto.

Narrated by Keith Drinkel and Siriol Jenkins.

Director Gerry Jones. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923]

Unknown: Keith Drinkel

Director: Gerry Jones.

Thomas Vingoe: Raiph Arliss

Mrs Vingoe: Dione Inman

Pascoe: Matthew Morgan

Breck: Jonathan Tafler

Olsen: Eric Allan

Tom: Peter Gunn

Murphy: Roger Winslet

Mrs Klish: Annette Holland

Mrs Harvey: Ruth James

The Editor: Jonathan Adams

Old Fisherman: Peter Porteous

Young Kliski: Julian Rhind-Tutt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920819]

Six stories of unsung individual or group heroism. I: "Dr Barry"

Jean Binnie tells the story of "Dr Barry" who in the 19th century, disguised as a man, rose through the ranks of the army; challenged the appalling conditions; had a baby; and performed a caesarian operation without anaesthetic. Narrator

Maggie McCarthy.

"Dr Barry"...VERONICA QUILUGAN

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920819]

Unknown: Jean Binnie

Narrator: Maggie McCarthy.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

Erskine/Leper assistant: Gordon Reid

Welksley/Aaron: Jonathan Tafler

Somerset: John Fleming

Dantzen: Burt Caesar

Munnik: Richard Earthy

Dr HaUIThomas: John Webb

Florence Nightingale: Joanna Wake

Jacob EliotlOeote: Matthew Morgan

McGrigor/Bigge: Jonathan Adams

Colonel: Nicholas Murchie

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920826]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

2: Never Mind, I Stopped My Train!

In 1898, following a boiler explosion, a GWR driver and fireman succeeded in saving the lives of their passengers. Martin Sorrell recreates the background to this story which acts as a tribute to all railwaymen. Narrators Martin Jarvis , Joanna Myers.

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920826]

Unknown: Martin Sorrell

Narrators: Martin Jarvis

Narrators: Joanna Myers.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

David Evans: Peter Penry Jones

Atlwood: John Church

Edmund Mears: Nicholas Murchie

Ada Peart: Ann Windsor

John Hodges: Jonathan Tarer

Eiza Dean: Siriol Jenkins

Armstrong: John Webb

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920902]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

3: The Man Who Came

Back

Many stories of wartime heroism have become legendary, but the men who manned The Shetland

Bus were very special.

Matthew Solon retells the story of the Norwegians who braved the North Sea during the Second World War. Narrator John Rowe.

Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920902]

Unknown: Matthew Solon

Narrator: John Rowe.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

David Howarth: Keith Drinkel

Ok Grotle: Eric Allan

LeifLarsen: Ralf Beck

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920909]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

4: A Misfortune at Seaham Mining disasters produce many heroes. Graeme Fife recounts the story of the Seaham Colliery explosion in Seaham, Durham, in 1880. Director Martin Jenkins. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920909]

Director: Martin Jenkins.

Burt: Nigel Anthony

Cummings: Tim Stone

Drainer: Tim Stone

Fifel Wright: Geoffrey Andrews

Fletcher: Paul Copley

Hindson: Peter Gunn

Mrs Hindson: Siriol Jenkins

Marley: Geoff Lawson

Hutchinson: Geoff Lawson

Riley: Michael Cuckson

Robson: David Learner

Jones: David Learner

Stratton: John Fleming

Dixon: John Hollis

Harrison: John Hollis

Mrs Dixon: Margaret Heery

Mrs Lawson: Margaret Heery

Mrs Stokoe: Sheila Tait

Young boy: Christopher Whittaker

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920916]

Six stories of heroism. 5: A Righteous Gentile In 1938,

Gertrude Wijsmuller defied Adolf Eichmann , securing permission to take hundreds of Jewish children out of Vienna.

Barry Turner and Harry Towb recount the story of this virtuallv unknown Dutch heroine.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920916]

Unknown: Gertrude Wijsmuller

Unknown: Adolf Eichmann

Unknown: Harry Towb

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan.

Gertrude Wijsmuller: Sarah Badel

Moshe Landau: Harry Towb

Adolf Eichmann: Jonathan Tafler

Norman Benlivich: Matthew Morgan

Fred Dunstan: Nicholas Murchie

The Dutch Consul: John Webb

Radio Interviewer: Ann Windsor

Mrs Goldberg: Joanna Wake

Mr Wijsmuller: Eric Allan

Young girl refugee: Sian Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920923]

The last of six stories of heroism.

Saving of the Saluto

In 1911, the crew of the Newlyn lifeboat undertook a rescue which is still remembered as an act of extreme courage. Melville Jones recounts the story of the saving of the Saluto.

Narrated by Keith Drinkel and Siriol Jenkins.

Director Gerry Jones. Stereo

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19920923]

Unknown: Keith Drinkel

Director: Gerry Jones.

Thomas Vingoe: Raiph Arliss

Mrs Vingoe: Dione Inman

Pascoe: Matthew Morgan

Breck: Jonathan Tafler

Olsen: Eric Allan

Tom: Peter Gunn

Murphy: Roger Winslet

Mrs Klish: Annette Holland

Mrs Harvey: Ruth James

The Editor: Jonathan Adams

Old Fisherman: Peter Porteous

Young Kliski: Julian Rhind-Tutt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940406]

Six stories of individual or group heroism.

1: DrBarry. Jean Binnie tells the story of the remarkable "Dr Barry", the woman who in the 19th century, disguised as a man, rose through the ranks of the army, challenged the appalling conditions and had a baby.

Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940406]

Unknown: Jean Binnie

Director: Martin Jenkins

Dr Barry: Veronica Quilligan

Erskme/Leper assistant: Gordon Reid

WeUesleyjAaron: Jonathan Tafler

Somerset: John Fleming

Dantzen: Burt Caesar

Munnik: Richard Earthy

Dr Hall/ Thomas: John Webb

Florence Nightingale: Joanna Wake

Jacob Ekot/Cleote: Matthew Morgan

McGrigorjBigge: Jonathan Adams

Colonel: Nicholas Murchie

Narrator: Maggie McCarthy

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940413]

Six stories of individual or group heroism. 2: Never Mind, I Stopped My Train! In 1898, a GWR driver and a fireman saved the lives of their passengers. Martin Sorrell recreates the story. Narrated by Martin Jarvis and Joanna Myers. With Peter Penry Jones , John Church . Nicholas Murchie , Ann Windsor , Jonathan Tafler , Siriol Jenkins and John Webb Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940413]

Unknown: Martin Sorrell

Unknown: Martin Jarvis

Unknown: Joanna Myers.

Unknown: Peter Penry Jones

Unknown: John Church

Unknown: Nicholas Murchie

Unknown: Ann Windsor

Unknown: Jonathan Tafler

Unknown: Siriol Jenkins

Unknown: John Webb

Director: Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940420]

Six stories of individual or group heroism. 3: The Man Who Came Back. Matthew Solon retells the story of the Norwegians who manned the Shetland Bus and braved the North Sea during World War II. Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940420]

Director: Martin Jenkins

DavidHowarth: Keith Drinkel

Ole Grotle: Eric Allan

LeifLarsen: Ralf Beck

Narrator: John Rowe

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940427]

Six stories of individual or group heroism. 4: A Misfortune at Seaham. Graeme Fife recounts the story of the Seaham Colliery explosion in Seaham, Durham, in 1880. Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940427]

Unknown: Graeme Fife

Director: Martin Jenkins

Hurt: Nigel Anthony

Cummings: Tim Stone

Drainer: Tim Stone

Fife: Geoffrey Andrews

Wright: Geoffrey Andrews

Fletcher: Paul Copley

Hindson: Peter Gunn

Mrs Hindson: Siriol Jenkins

Marley: Geoff Lawson

Hutchinson: Geoff Lawson

Riley: Michael Cuckson

Robson: David Learner

Jones: David Learner

Stratton: John Fleming

Dixon: John Hollis

Harrison: John Hollis

Mrs Dixon: Margaret Heery

Mrs Lawson: Margaret Heery

Mrs Stokoe: Sheila Tait

Young boy: Christopher Whittaker

Singer: Jack Elliott

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940504]

Six stories of individual or group heroism. 5: A Righteous Gentile. In 1938 Gertrude Wijsmuller defied Adolf Eichmann , securing permission to take hundreds of Jewish children out of Vienna.

Barry Turner and Harry Towb tell the story of this virtually unknown Dutch heroine.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940504]

Unknown: Adolf Eichmann

Unknown: Barry Turner

Unknown: Harry Towb

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Gertrude Wijsmuller: Sarah Badel

Moske Landau: Harry Towb

Adolf Eichmann: Jonathan Tafler

Norman Bentwich: Matthew Morgan

Fred Dunstan: Nicholas Murchie

Dutch Consul: John Webb

Radio interviewer: Ann Windsor

Mrs Goldberg: Joanna Wake

Mr Wijsmuller: Eric Allan

Young girl refugee: Sian Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940511]

The last of six stories of heroism.

Saving of the Saluto. In 1911, the crew of the Newlyn lifeboat undertook a rescue which, even today, is remembered as an act of extreme courage. Melville Jones recounts the story of the build-up to the saving of the Saluto. Narrators Keith Drinkel and Siriol Jenkins.

Director Gerry Jones

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940511]

Narrators: Keith Drinkel

Director: Gerry Jones

Thomas Vingoe: Raiph Arliss

Mrs Vingoe: Dione Inman

Pascoe: Matthew Morgan

Breck: Jonathan Tafler

Olsen: Eric Allan

Tom: Peter Gunn

Murphy: Roger Winslet

Mrs KHski: Annette Holland

Mrs Harvey: Ruth James

Editor: Jonathan Adams

Old fisherman: Peter Porteous

Young Khski: Julian Rhind-Tutt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951011]

First of four stories of individual or group heroism.

The Sinking of the City of Cairo by Vincent Mcinerney. When the City of Cairo was torpedoed in 1942, the survivors found themselves 500 miles from the nearest land. with Roger May , Paul Jenkins , Badi Uzzaman , Ros Livingstone and Amerjit Deu Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951011]

Unknown: Vincent McInerney.

Unknown: Roger May

Unknown: Paul Jenkins

Unknown: Badi Uzzaman

Unknown: Ros Livingstone

Director: Martin Jenkins

Diana Jarman: Becky Hindley

Angus MacDonald: David Bannerman

Jack Edmead: Peter Gunn

Britt: Andrew Branch

DrTasker: David Timson

Tiny Watts: Geoffrey Whitehead

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951018]

Four stories of heroism.

2: Black Ice by Bruce Bedford.

In 1911, as a prelude to Captain

Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, three men set off in the darkness of the Antarctic winter from Scott's overwintering hut to secure examples of the eggs of the emperor penguin. Their survival, in temperatures of minus 60 or 70, can only be ascribed to astonishing courage and willpower.

Director Hamish Wilson

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951018]

Unknown: Bruce Bedford.

Director: Hamish Wilson

ApsleyCherry-Garrard: Richard Greenwood

Edward A Wilson: Crawford Logan

Henry R Birdie Bowers: Martin Walsh

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951025]

Four stories of heroism.

3: The Butterfly Hunt by Matthew Solon. At the height of the Second World War, Ursula Graham Bower , venerated and assisted by the Naga tribespeople, found herself confronting the advancing Japanese in a remote part of Burma. with Michael Cochrane , Sam Dastor ,

David Timson , Geoffrey Whitehead , Madhav Sharma and Roger May. Director Martin Jenkins

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951025]

Unknown: Matthew Solon.

Unknown: Ursula Graham Bower

Unknown: Michael Cochrane

Unknown: Sam Dastor

Unknown: David Timson

Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead

Unknown: Madhav Sharma

Director: Martin Jenkins

Ursula Bower: Siriol Jenkins

Col Betts: Samuel West

Alexa: Jilly Bond

Harry: Jonathan Keeble

Toby: Ross Livingstone

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951101]

Four stories of individual or group heroism.

4: The Roof of the World by John Fletcher. In 1891, a Muslim sepoy led the British Army up a precipice in the Himalayas to storm a hitherto impregnable fortress. with Saba Khalil. Riffat Abbas and Iqbal Bahoo. Director Shaun MacLoughlin

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951101]

Unknown: John Fletcher.

Unknown: Saba Khalil.

Unknown: Riffat Abbas

Unknown: Iqbal Bahoo.

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin

Ali: Shiv Grewal

Colonel Durand: Bill Wallis

Manners-Smith: Cornelius Garrett

E Knight: Nigel Anthony

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by Martin Sorrell.

The tragic story of the great Exeter Theatre fire of 1887 and its heroes.

Narrators Geoffrey Whitehead and Rachel Atkins.

With Alastair Danson, Adam Davison, Tom Drewett, Alison Pettitt, Christian Rodska, John Rowe, Iwan Thomas and Stephen Thorne.

Director Martin Jenkins

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by Martin Sorrell.

The tragic story of the great Exeter Theatre fire of 1887 and its heroes.

Narrators Geoffrey Whitehead and Rachel Atkins.

With Alastair Danson, Adam Davison, Tom Drewett, Alison Pettitt, Christian Rodska, John Rowe, Iwan Thomas and Stephen Thorne.

Director Martin Jenkins

SNT01No Joan Of Arc1997120319980117
20040213 (BBC7)
20040214 (BBC7)

by Bryony Lavery.

In 1993, Laurence Dreyfus, a 30-year-old Parisian infant teacher, faced an armed gunman in her classroom.

With John Rowe, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Mannon, Sarah Rice; dir.

Claire Grove.

SNT02Under Siege1997121019980124

by Melissa Murray.

Dr Pauline Cutting, an English volunteer surgeon, worked day and night operating on those caught in the crossfire of the wars in 80s.

SNT03 LASTRosa Parks1997121719980131

by Bonnie Greer.

On 1 December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks boarded a bus and refused to give up her seat.

Her arrest gave birth to the American Civil Rights Movement.

With Alibe Parsons, Clarke Peters and Ray Shell.

Director Claire Grove