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The first four series of the original BBC Radio 4 fantastical drama series set in a world almost, but not quite, like our own. Paul Hilton stars as William Palmer, the immortal, reluctant and unthanked hero protecting mankind from an enemy they resist believing in: the Grey Folk. Thrilling, dark and contemporary, the dramas are set in a recognisable present day, but one haunted by the folktales of the British Isles: drowned villages, changeling children, werewolves and unruly nature spirits. Duration: 11 hours 40 mins.
C.S. Lewis's acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who's visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall. The Magician's Nephew: When Polly and Digory discover some magic rings, they begin the most exciting and dangerous journey of their lives - and encounter the mighty lion Aslan... The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Lucy, Peter, Edmund and Susan enter a magical world of talking fauns and flying horses, where the evil White Witch has cast Narnia in perpetual winter. The Horse and His Boy: Shasta and his talking horse Bree flee from a life of slavery and head for the freedom of Narnia, facing many perils along the way. Prince Caspian: Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund are called upon to help Caspian free Narnia of his evil uncle's regime and reclaim freedom and happiness. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Edmund, Lucy and Eustace join King Caspian on a perilous mission to find his friends, the seven lost Lords of Narnia. The Silver Chair: Jill and Eustace set out to find King Caspian's lost son, and in the grim land of the Earthmen they encounter the wicked Green Lady. The Last Battle: The King is in danger, and Narnia faces its darkest hour. Eustace and Jill must help its people fight for the future of the once-glorious kingdom.
'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.' Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges... This thought-provoking drama was first broadcast as part of BBC Radio's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explored the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.
'A mini masterpiece of tragicomic storytelling' **** - The TimesMulti-award-winning storyteller Sarah Kendall brings her critically-acclaimed, funny and moving live shows to audio. In the first trilogy of shows, each takes us on a trip, giving us a unique snapshot of small-town life in Australia in the late eighties and early nineties. At a time when most people were seeing Australians through the filter of Home and Away and Neighbours, Sarah presents a darker underbelly to the stereotype of the sun-loving, happy-go-lucky Aussie teenager. The second trilogy jumps backwards and forwards in time and place, offering a single show in three parts. Sarah presents a collection of seemingly unrelated short stories and memories, which together combine to form a narrative that grapples with the interconnectedness of life and the nature of luck. These cinematic stories blend comedy and tragedy in equal measure; Sarah always keeps the big laughs coming without ever diminishing the drama. Her tales blend intricate narratives with a cast of memorable characters, bringing events to life in front of your very ears. The first episode - 'A Day in October' - won Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018, the 2018 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy, and was the Silver ARIA winner for Best Storytelling. Trilogy 1Part 1: A Day in OctoberPart 2: TouchdownPart 3: ShakenTrilogy 2Part 1: Seventy-Three Seconds Part 2: One-Seventeen AMPart 3: Seventy-Five Years Written and performed by Sarah Kendall. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as 'Australian Trilogy: Series 1' and 'Australian Trilogy : Series 2'. Produced by Carl Cooper. Photo credit: Rosalind FurlongA BBC Studios Production. 'An ode to all the ugliness and beauty of adolescence' The Guardian'Truly brilliant.' ***** - Chortle.co.uk 'Her tale is funny, tender and has a finale that absolutely knocked the wind out of my sails' ***** - The Herald Scotland
Paul Hilton stars as Pilgrim in the final three series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 supernatural drama by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. In 1185, William Palmer was making pilgrimage to Canterbury. Unbeknown to him, his fellow pilgrim was the King of the Greyfolk. When William claimed that the Church would eradicate belief in the Faerie world, he was cursed by the Faerie King and condemned to walk forever between the worlds of magic and of men. In these three series, Pilgrim continues on his mission to preserve the uneasy balance between the two worlds and protect mankind from an enemy they resist believing in. His quests include searching for the 'Radiant Boy', a sinister harbinger of impending death; acquiring copper, silver and gold to rescue a group of people trapped in a mine by a malevolent spirit; and tracking down and punishing a former friend who has betrayed him. After so many centuries, will his curse be lifted and his wanderings finally come to an end? Starring Paul Hilton as the immortal, reluctant and unthanked hero, this award-winning series weaves together ancient myths, magic and contemporary realism to create a dark, thrilling and enchanting fantasy epic that will stay with you long after Pilgrim's story ends. Duration: 9 hours approx.
Twenty-six episodes from the third BBC Radio series starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn, plus the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half a MileIn 1973 the BBC adapted its hit wartime TV series for radio, featuring the original television cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles. Now you can enjoy once again these unique recordings, with a supporting cast including John Laurie, Arnold Ridley and Ian Lavender. Among the twenty-six episodes are A Man of Action, Keep Young and Beautiful, Absent Friends, The Deadly Attachment, Things That Go Bump in the Night, My British Buddy, Asleep in the Deep, Time On My Hands and Is There Honey Still for Tea? Also included is the 1981 pilot episode of the radio sequel to Dad's Army, It Sticks Out Half a Mile, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. Also in this set is a sixteen-page PDF booklet with comprehensive programme history, synopses for all Series Three episodes, original transmission dates, photographs and cast biographies.
All four series of the hugely popular BBC radio sitcom - plus two Christmas specialsAfter the death of her GP husband, widow Sarah is battling to bring up her strong-willed 18-year-old daughter Clare, hindered by her meddling mother Eleanor. Living on the middle floor of the family home, with Clare downstairs and Eleanor upstairs, Sarah finds herself besieged from above and below as she tries to cope with the demands of both her mum and her daughter. Luckily, she finds solace at work, where her best friend and boss at Bygone Books, Russell, provides a sympathetic ear. In these four series, Sarah dips a tentative toe into the dating scene, daughter Clare has boyfriend troubles, and Eleanor takes a keen interest in both their love lives - sharing all the gossip with her pensioner friends, the 'geriatric Mafia'. Holidays, house tidiness and hospital visits all cause problems for Sarah, and there are disagreements over everything from hiring a builder to the correct way to prepare Sunday lunch... Also included are two special seasonal episodes, in which the three women bicker over the festive planning and Eleanor's strict Christmas Day timetable. Created by award-winning detective novelist and sitcom writer Simon Brett, this much-loved generation gap comedy ran for four years on radio between 1985 and 1989. It was adapted for ITV by Thames Television and was extremely successful, attracting 14 million viewers. Prunella Scales stars as Sarah, with Joan Sanderson as Eleanor and Gerry Cowper as Clare. CastSarah - Prunella ScalesEleanor - Joan SandersonClare - Gerry CowperRussell - Benjamin WhitrowNick - James GriffithsJanie - Marion BaileyTerry - Leo DolanClifford - Richard DaviesGwen - Ellen McIntoshVicar - John NettletonDavid - Nigel WilliamsChris - Mark KingstonAlison - Mary MaddoxMiles - David QuilterQuizmaster - Graham BlockeyCustomer - Alan ThompsonAubrey - Lockwood WestDelivery boy - David LearnerDoctor - Peter HowellSister - Deborah FindlayPoliceman - Michael HadleyPercy Bradshaw/The television - Simon BrettJames - Edward de SouzaValuer - Nicholas Le ProvostNeville - Ian ThompsonJulian - Jasper JacobThe doctor - Julie BerryTom Wilkinson - PeterRod - Paul SirrLady Newby - Fabia DrakeVernon - Frederick TrevesGary - Ian MichieAuntie Lilian - Jean AndersonProduction creditsWritten by Simon BrettProduced by Pete Atkin
A rollicking collection of six acclaimed dramatisations of P.G Wodehoue's Jeeves & Wooster novels, starring Michael Hordern and Richard Briers as Jeeves and Wooster. Also featuring Maurice Denham, Paul Eddington, David Jason, John Le Mesurier, Miriam Margolyes, Jonathan Cecil, Liza Goddard and Patrick Cargill. In The Inimitable Jeeves, Aunt Agatha is forcing Bertie to get engaged to the formidable Honoria Glossop. Can Jeeves save the day? Right Ho, Jeeves sees mayhem breaking out at Brinkley Court, but there are more brains in the Wooster household than just Jeeves... In The Code of the Woosters, who would think that a silver cow-creamer could cause so much trouble? Uncle Tom wants it and Aunt Dahlia is blackmailing Bertie to steal it. In Jeeves: Joy in the Morning, Steeple Bumphleigh is a village to be avoided for Bertie, as it contains the appalling Aunt Agatha. Still, there are good deeds to be done. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit finds Jeeves in for a few surprises when returns from his annual shrimping holiday in Bognor Regis. In Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle's engagement is on the rocks, and poor Bertie's next in line for the fair maiden's hand. PUBLISHER'S NOTE: As of August 2019, the dramatisations have been re-ordered into their correct order, by original publication date- The Inimitable Jeeves, Right Ho, Jeeves, The Code of the Woosters, Joy in the Morning, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit and Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of the treasured family sagaElizabeth Jane Howard's five book chronicle of the upper-middle class Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside. During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond. Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard's extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author's death.
Brian Cox stars as the Victorian detective in a further nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 seriesInspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. Behind the Curtain: A theatrical landlady receives a chilling death threat. A Voice from the Grave: Summertime, and the heat is on as McLevy tracks a brutal killer. The Dark Shadow: A jewel theft brings an infamous criminal within McLevy's grasp. Servant of the Crown: The detective joins Her Majesty's protection squad to hunt an assassin. A Piece of Cake: A top chef is the toast of the city - but burglary and murder are on the menu. The Sea Change: There's something fishy about the Fair's star attraction, the lovely Little Mermaid. Sins of the Fathers: A runaway bridegroom and a blackmailer spell double trouble for McLevy. The Devil's Disguise: The Devil comes a-calling for the detective on Halloween. Christmas Special: McLevy stalks a supernatural thief who is haunting the streets of Edinburgh. Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas co-star Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.
Five complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife Steve (Marjorie Westbury) are the creme de la creme. Between 1938 and 1968 their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's adventures from the 1950s: 'The Gilbert Case' (1954); 'The Lawrence Affair' (1956); 'The Spencer Affair' (1957); 'The Vandyke Affair' (the 1959 remake) and 'The Conrad Case' (1959). This set also includes a number of bonus items.Duration: 19 hours approx
Twelve episodes of the groundbreaking show starring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers. Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary radio series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This collection of episodes is taken from the first part of the ninth series, first broadcast in 1958-59. The episodes included are The Sahara Desert Statue; I Was Monty's Treble; The GBP100,000 Penny, The Pam's Paper Insurance Policy; The Mountain Eaters; The Childe Harolde Rewarde; The Seagoon Memoirs; Queen Anne's Rain; The Battle of Spion Kop; Ned's Atomic Dustbin; Who Is Pink Oboe? and The Call of the West. Also included are a number of bonus items.
Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these definitive BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' classic crime novelsAristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey was the master creation of Dorothy L Sayers, widely acknowledged as one of the four original 'Queens of Crime'.
Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels. Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 - are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide. Murder Must Advertise sees Lord Peter going undercover in an advertising agency to investigate the death of a copywriter. The Nine Tailors finds the aristocratic detective stranded in a remote village, where he is drawn into a case of stolen jewels and an unidentified body. Gaudy Night takes place at Harriet Vane's old Oxford college, where a series of spiteful pranks and poison-pen letters have torn apart the academic community. With Lord Peter's help, can she uncover the perpetrator?In Busman's Honeymoon, newlyweds Harriet and Peter have their marital bliss disturbed by a body in the basement - and are once again embroiled in a murder investigation. These evocative dramas also feature Allan Cuthbertson, Peter Jones, Joanna David and Sarah Badel.
Jeremy Hardy's New Year Cavalcade is a glorious round-up of the year, an unmissable meditation on everything Yule and a healthy dose of comic Bisodol to flush away the memory of driving up the motorway for seven hours in the dark to spend quantity time with your family. With special guest stars Jack Dee, Armando Iannucci and John Oliver (The Daily Show), Jeremy looks at New Year's Resolutions and the traditions and history of the calendar. And finds that marking the end of one year and the start of another is not always simple. As Jeremy says - 'Julius Caesar had to resynchronise the calendar with the sun by letting the year 47 BC run for 445 days. That's one hell of a countdown when you're standing with an itchy finger on the string of a party popper...'
Five BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of John Buchan's espionage thrillers featuring gentleman spy Richard HannayThe forerunner to James Bond, secret agent Richard Hannay is a thoroughly British action hero, pursuing ruthless villains, foiling deadly plans and risking life and limb for his country. This gripping collection encompasses all five of Hannay's adventures, adapted for radio with superb casts including Tom Baker, Clive Merrison, Stuart Milligan, Jasmine Hyde and Patrick Malahide. The 39 StepsWhen a man is murdered in Richard Hannay's London flat, he goes on the run pursued by the police - and a gang of German spies intent on recovering a secret notebook which could destroy the British naval fleet. Starring David Robb as Hannay. Greenmantle1915. Summoned to the War Office, Hannay is told of an impending Holy War in the East. Greenmantle - once a mythical figure, now made flesh - is preparing to lead a great Islamic army against the infidel English. Hannay's mission: to identify Greenmantle and destroy him. Starring David Robb as Hannay. Mr StandfastRecalled from the Western Front, Hannay is ordered to pose as a pacifist and sent to Glasgow. Along the way, he meets a teenage Secret Service agent who will change the course of his life. Starring David Robb as Hannay. The Three HostagesWhen a gang of international criminals kidnaps a trio of hostages, the Secret Service brings Hannay out of retirement to track them down. But the mission will pit him against an adversary who can control men's minds... Starring David Robb as Hannay. The Island of SheepA chance meeting in a train and a villainous vendetta shake Richard Hannay out of a complacent middle age, as dangerous men go in pursuit of treasure. Starring Nigel Anthony as Hannay. 'The BBC radio sound effects department is on top form, adding thrills that no printed book can rival' The TimesPlease note: the vintage stories in this collection reflect the attitudes of their time.
After a lifetime spent in public relations, one-woman dynamo Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet country village - but she soon finds that there is murder and mayhem aplenty to keep her busy. Agatha Raisin - sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining, delightfully intolerant and oh so magnificently non-pc - Anne Robinson If there is one thing better than watching Penelope Keith, it is listening to her - The TimesAmong the cases she has to deal with are a poisoned quiche; a vet who has been 'put to sleep'; a hanged horticulturist; a murdered rambler and a curate who meets his Maker somewhat sooner than expected. Then there's the treasure hunt with a rather nasty prize at the end; the secretive salon owner; the husband who is quite definitely ex; the murder on the dancefloor and the fairies at the bottom of the garden. With all this and handsome neighbour James Lacey to deal with, the 'Columbo of the Cotswolds' has her hands full! This Complete Radio Drama Collection includes the following stories: The Quiche of Death, The Vicious Vet, The Potted Gardener, The Walkers of Dembley, The Curious Curate, The Buried Treasure, The Wizard of Evesham, The Murderous Marriage, The Terrible Tourist and The Fairies of Fryfam.
Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down-time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable. Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new 'Susan Calm', by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman; going hillwalking with Muriel Gray; visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus and taking a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she tried again in Series 2, which involved learning about gardening with Val McDermid, going to a music festival with Robin Ince, trying her hand at baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah, and having a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy. Keep Calman Carry On is a stand-up show in front of a live audience, in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds, and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them. Written by Susan Calman and Jon HunterProduced by Lyndsay FennerA BBC Studios ProductionCover photograph: Steve Ullathorne
The complete Mr Gum audio collection, read by the author and with music and sound effects'Worryingly splendid' - The GuardianShabba me whiskers! It's a bumper box set of stories featuring that old rotter, Mr Gum! And not just him - there's also his trusty sidekick Billy William the Third, the little girl called Polly, the very wise man Friday O'Leary, the gingerbread man named Alan Taylor and the angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub. So step into the weird and wonderful world of Lamonic Bibber for some barking bonkers adventures!Includes: You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum!; Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire, Mr Gum and the Goblins, Mr Gum and the Power Crystals, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear; What's for Dinner, Mr Gum?; Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree and Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout. Described as 'the craziest, funnest, most amazing books for children in the world', the internationally bestselling Mr Gum series has won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children's Book Award. These eight stories are read by author Andy Stanton, with specially recorded additional music and sound. Cover illustration by David Tazzyman.
Ed Reardon (Christopher Douglas) - author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns for a fourth series. In these six episodes, Ed surprises the literary world by still being alive and finds romance. He also, finally, comes up with a once-in-a-lifetime idea - but then loses it. And in the last episode, 'Trimarans That Pass in the Night', love is in the air for Ed. But it's far from plain sailing. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this complete fourth series of Ed Reardon's Week includes guest appearances by Morwenna Banks and Geoffrey McGivern. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.
Ed Reardon (Christopher Douglas) - author, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns for a third series. In these six episodes, Ed finds his literary juices are flowing after a new commission, and a visit by his father brings thoughts of inheritance to the misanthropic writer's mind. As well as venting his spleen writing corporate scripts, Ed also uses his skills to update obituaries - and produces a savage profile of an old friend. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, Ed Reardon's Week includes guest appearances by Sean Lock, Laura Solon, Mark Watson, Morwenna Banks and David Warner. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild.
This Archers retrospective includes the omnibus edition from September 1955, featuring the fateful night of Grace's demise, and two editions of Vintage Archers from 1986 and 1987 in which the residents of Ambridge - including Jill, Walter, Tom, Shula and Christine - gather at Christmas and remember events of the past.
The Unexpected Guest begins on a foggy night at a lonely country house, where a woman with a gun in her hand is quietly surveying the dead body of her husband.
Here are all six episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom written by and starring Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards about two incompetent science teachers who work at a college that specialises in drama, and whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new boss. Forresters Sixth Form College has a highly successful drama department run by the odious Danny Woods. For years, the science department was a forgotten and neglected area where Colin and Kenneth could brew their own ales in peace and quiet. Kenneth even devised a self-assessment system where one class taught itself. Then Dr Oates, the head of department died from a massive coronary - probably induced by a butter chicken-laden diet. Alison Hatton, his replacement, is keen and wants to bring in new students. Nothing will be the same again. Stars Ben Willbond as Colin, Justin Edwards as Kenneth, Raza Jaffery as Danny and Rebecca Front as Alison.
Welcome back Giles Wemmbley Hogg (2 'm's, 2 'g's) - traveller, backpacker, ethnologist, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, connoisseur of Eastern philosophy and upper middle-class student ponce. In this complete second series, Giles Wemmbley Hogg is now a student at the Universities of both Bristol and Durham (due to a bit of a slip on his UCAS form). He is also a cultured man of the world - 'Travel' is his middle name (between St John and Leonard). These six episodes see him experience Tanzania, New Zealand, Cuba, Egypt, India and Germany - and becomes the first man ever to have to be literally cut out of a pair of lederhosen. In Cuba. First, Giles goes on safari to darkest Africa ('...which is surprisingly bright') to Save The Giraffe - even though it didn't really need saving before he arrived. In Germany, Giles goes in search of the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest. But where is it held? And when? Next stop - Cuba ('..where I'm determined to be the best ruddy Socialist I can - money no object'), and then it's time to walk like an Egyptian, as Giles attempts to twin Cairo with that other cradle of civilisation: Budleigh Salterton. Then it's a chance to tour India with the Durham Uni Cricket First Eleven and to join an Ashram in an attempt to find peace, enlightenment and a decent Kashmir sweater for his dad. And finally, it's a flight to New Zealand ('where apparently, they filmed Lord of the Dance') for the romantic trip of a lifetime to see the girl he still loves marry someone else. Starring Marcus Brigstocke, with Catherine Tate as Arabella.
Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster. When Detective Superintendent Gilks decides a headless body found in a sealed room is the result of a particularly irritating suicide, Dirk is plunged into a mystery where the interconnectedness of all things is tested to the limit... This is the second of three series adapted from the 'Dirk Gently' books, directed by Dirk Maggs (chosen by Douglas Adams to conclude the award-winning Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy). Guest stars include Peter Davison, Jan Ravens, Philip Jackson, John Fortune, Morwenna Banks and Stephen Moore, as well as returning cast members Olivia Colman, Jim Carter and Billy Boyd. This release contains over thirty minutes of additional unbroadcast material.
The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised... Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.
Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these twelve adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels The Empty House The Norwood Builder The Dancing Men The Solitary Cyclist The Priory School Black Peter Charles Augustus Milverton The Six Napoleons The Three Students The Golden Pince-Nez The Missing Three-Quarter The Abbey Grange Sherlock Holmes did not lose his life at the Reichenbach Falls. Nor has three years of absence taken away his power to startle the faithful Dr Watson... In these intriguing tales, the duo solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange, and encounter mysteries as diverse as a disappearing aristocrat and some inspired code-breaking. These twelve stories also see Holmes confronted with an evil blackmailer, an outbreak of attacks on busts of Bonaparte, and a seemingly motiveless murder where his only clue is a pair of spectacles and the victim's dying words... Gripping, suspenseful and hugely entertaining, these acclaimed dramatisations bring the world of Holmes and Watson to life. Among the guest cast are Peter Sallis, Susannah Harker, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Wincott, Peter Vaughan, Maurice Denham, Maureen O'Brien and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment of a sword-wound, he finds himself embroiled in the conflict. The young soldier is the foster son of the Prince of North Wales, and a prized possession. In fact, he is so valuable that he can be offered in exchange for Gilbert Prescott, the Sheriff of Shrewsbury, who has been captured by the Welsh. A swap is duly arranged, but when one of the prisoners is found dead before the transaction takes place, the community learns the horrifying truth: there is a murderer in the monastery. Can Cadfael find out who it is? Starring Philip Madoc, Michael Kitchen and Susannah York and dramatised by Bert Coules. This recording was previously released on cassette in 1995 and 2000.
Barbara Jefford is the hilariously outrageous Lucia in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the novel by E.F. Benson's wickedly witty satires on the rivalries of English middle-class life have elevated Lucia's extravagant exploits to cult comedy status.