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First broadcast in 2007, Fags, Mags and Bags delivers shop-based shenanigans and over-the-counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave. Ramesh has built his shop up over the course of 30 years, and it is a firmly entrenched feature of the local area. He is ably assisted by Dave, a forty-something underachiever who shares Ramesh's love of the art of shopkeeping, even if he is treated like a slave. Then of course there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old-school approach to shopkeeping. However, they are the natural successors to the business, and Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom on to them - whether they like it or not...Series 1: Raising Keenan, The De-Magowaning of Ramesh, Wall of Crisps, Build the Titanic, The Festival of Maltodextrin, January February. Series 2: Beansy, Beansy, Beasny, Beansy, Beansy, Skeletor Attack, Rameshtonite, All the Best, Cousin Wacko, Confectionary McEnroe.Series 3: Jack Black's Black Jacks, Mr Majhu Goes To Lenzie, The Wrath of Khan, The Lenzie Splicer, Bacon Punctuation and The Fall of Phallon and the Rise of Bugatox. Series 4: Foam Wizards, Magical Mister Murgatroyd, The Bewerdine Spectrum, Evil Nabarra, Ayabassa Alan, John Craven's Fjallraven.
Ever wondered what sort of a police officer you might make?Alfie Moore spent eighteen years on the Humberside police force before turning to stand-up comedy. In each episode of this live stand up show, he takes his audience through a scenario based on a real life case, and tasks them with deciding how they would have acted in the circumstances. From drink driving to a missing gnome, road traffic collisions to the tricky subject of Stop and Search, not to mention a case in which you must imagine what it would be like if Bruce Lee came from Scunthorpe and had been hammering the kebabs for twenty years...Along the way Alfie spills the beans on what it's really like to be one of Britain's finest, tells us some great anecdotes about law breakers and makers that he's come across and gets his audience to divulge secrets about their own, sometimes less than strictly law-abiding lives."e;Genuinely funny, sharp observational comedy....deftly done"e; - Chortle"e;Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious"e; - David Mitchell"e;A large dash of police gallows humour"e; - The Telegraph"e;Offbeat, revealing and very funny"e; - Daily Mail"e;A very funny man"e; - Rhod GilbertSeries 11: Duncan Driver2: Peaceful Protest 3: Ethel's Day OutSeries 21: Gobby Nobby2: An Englishman's Home3: Trevor the Twoc'er4: Spliffhanger (or Searching Question)5: Help, I'm Being Harassed6: Property PredicamentSeries 31: Barry the Burglar2: Punching Judy 3: Cedric the Gnome4: Collision Decision Written and performed by Alfie MooreProduced by Alison Vernon-Smith
The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's bestselling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels. Call for the Dead is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy;A Murder of Quality finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; The Looking Glass War features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; The Honourable Schoolboy sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; Smiley's People finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; The Secret Pilgrim sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life. 'A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy' - "e;Financial Times"e;. Duration: 19 hours.
Listen in on award-winning comedian Tom Wrigglesworth's family phone calls in these five fantastic series'A keenly observed, comical joy' Stuart Heritage, The GuardianIn these 24 episodes, Tom Wrigglesworth phones home for his weekly check-in, giving us a funny, fascinating glimpse into his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament, opinions and hang-ups. As the conversations unfold, Tom takes time out from the calls to explain the situation and his parents' reactions, and relate various anecdotes from the past which illustrate his family's views.And sometimes he just needs to sound-off about life's everyday annoyances. There's the fact his parents don't trust him with his own car or sister, some terrifying stag weekend shenanigans, a neighbourly good deed that lands Tom in trouble and a dodgy exchange on a train. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad deal with a problematic package holiday, a flood at the family home, an unexpected Christmas visitor and some new neighbours - while Gran enters the cut-throat world of competitive well-dressing, tries to help Tom with a 'gambling situation' and gets involved in smuggling.But amid the trials and tribulations, there are triumphs, as Dad celebrates a milestone in governmental reform, Mum learns to drive and Tom recounts a milestone in his own life - the arrival of his newborn twin daughters.Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups lets us eavesdrop on the Wrigglesworth clan in all their dysfunctional glory - so sit back and enjoy a bit of totally legal phone hacking in thesehilarious helpings of down-the-line adventures.Tom Wrigglesworth stars as himself, with Judy Parfitt, Rita May and Elizabeth Bennett as Granny, Paul Copley as Dad, Kate Anthony as Mum and Amy Wrigglesworth as Amy.
Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone. This collection brings together Series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes.Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.Directed by Nadia Molinari, Stefan Escreet, Charlotte Riches and Pauline Harris.Episode guide:Mary Shane by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone is investigating the high profile case of a missing teenage girl, when 80-year-old Mary Shane confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.The Ties that Bind by Damian Wayling: A body dredged up from a lake implicates an ex-police officer and a respected headteacher.Dead Fishes by Chloe Moss: A young man with Down's Syndrome admits to killing his mother.God's Witness by Danny Brocklehurst: A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy by a notorious gang.The Deserved Dead by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone and his team investigate the brutal murder of a known sex offender.Collateral Damage by Martin Jameson: Stone investigates the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.The Bridge by Cath Staincliffe: When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge, Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation.The Night by James Rye: Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team, and uncovers a dark secret.Sleep Tight by Cath Staincliffe: Two-year-old Brianna disappears one night from her family home.Demons by Martin Jameson: A young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother, Jamal.Taken by Richard Monks: A man of Polish descent is attacked in the lead up to local elections.One of Our Own by Danny Brocklehurst: A fellow police officer is found critically injured on the notorious Marinduque Estate.Something to Do by Martin Jameson: A young boy is discovered badly injured and left for dead.Blood by Vivienne Harvey: DCI Stone gets in the ring to investigate the murder of a promising young thai kick boxer.Heart of Darkness by Gurpreet Bhatti: A schoolgirl's body is found in a park in the poor part of town.Mother Love by Richard Monks: Jean fights to defend her son Matthew after he is arrested for downloading child pornography.
Set during World War Two, Hut 33 follows the adventures of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park as they work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine. Unfortunately, they hate each other.Archie is a stroppy Geordie socialist revolutionary, while Professor Charles Gardner is a toffee-nosed snob. In theory, the immensely stupid 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall is in charge of the hut, but he is still struggling with even the most basic concepts such as his name. They are joined by child prodigy Gordon, and the silent Winstanley. There's also Mrs Best, the lascivious landlady, and the hut's Polish secretary Minka, the only competent member of the team - although her answers to everything usually involve violence.Starring Tom Goodman-Hill as Archie, Robert Bathurst as Professor Charles Gardner, Alex MacQueen as 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall, Fergus Craig as Gordon, Lill Roughley as Mrs Best, and Olivia Colman as Minka.Produced by Adam Bromley
Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in these consummate BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' much-loved mysteriesElegant, erudite and sharp-witted, aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey featured in numerous novels and short stories by 'Queen of Crime' Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio between 1975 and 1981- are loved by mystery fans all around the world.In The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, when General Fentiman is found dead at his club, Wimsey suspects foul play. Could he have been murdered for his money?Strong Poison introduces Harriet Vane - a crime novelist on trial for murdering her lover. Wimsey knows Harriet is no femme fatale, but an innocent victim embroiled in a diabolical plot...Five Red Herrings sees Peter faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for killing argumentative Scottish painter Sandy Campbell. But who was the culprit?In Have His Carcase, when Harriet Vane finds a body on the beach with his throat cut, Lord Peter must work out whether it was murder or suicide.These classic dramas also feature Peter Jones, Joan Hickson, Miriam Margolyes and Warren Clarke.
One of the most respected, successful chroniclers of nineteenth-century life, Anthony Trollope is still widely-read and much-loved today, and The Barchester Chronicles - witty moral comedies with a wonderful range of characters - are among his most popular tales. The first in the series, The Warden, finds Rev. Harding forced to question the moral basis of the life he is leading; and in the sequel, Barchester Towers, the Reverend is now plain Mr Harding, bound up in a tale of intrigue, hypocrisy and ambition that will delight the listener. Dr Thorne is a gripping drama of wealth and wedlock; while Framley Parsonage tells the story of a naive, ambitious young clergyman whose unwise associations bring him to the brink of ruin. The Small House at Allington explores the power of devotion, in the form of Lily Dale's love for self-seeking Adolphus Crosbie. Finally, The Last Chronicle of Barset sees the most popular characters from Trollope's earlier novels, including the Proudies, Lily, Mr Harding and Archdeacon Grantly, reunited in a moving tale of honesty triumphing over hypocrisy. Nearly twenty hours of ironic, witty and wonderfully written drama is contained in this box set. With a star cast including Brenda Blethyn, Eleanor Bron, Kenneth Cranham, Anna Massey, Leo McKern, Simon Russell Beale and Amanda Root, it is guaranteed to appeal to all fans of Trollope's comic masterpieces.
A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's bestselling 'Earthsea' cycle. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, 'Earthsea' tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance... Meanwhile, Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and seek a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago. Ursula Le Guin's 'Earthsea' series have sold millions of copies and been translated into sixteen languages, and this epic dramatisation of 'A Wizard of Earthsea', 'The Tombs of Atuan' and 'The Farthest Shore' will take you deep into a rich fantasy world of sorcery, wizards and dragons. Among the cast are Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Toby Jones (Dad's Army).
Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1st, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatisation. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme and, using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman. Boasting an outstanding cast including Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Judi Dench, John Wood, Nicholas Le Prevost and Paul Merton, this release includes an exclusive interview with director Sir Peter Hall.
A three-part BBC Radio drama about modern-day spying set in Cairo against a backdrop of the "e;Arab Spring"e;. Hard-up Coptic art expert Duncan Kavanagh scrapes a living as a private English language tutor and by showing tourists around the ancient churches of Cairo. He lives with his feisty, politically-aware, 15-year-old daughter Ola, who is half-Egyptian, in a modest flat they can barely afford. Since the revolution, the situation has become ever harder for Duncan with tourists in short supply. When approached by seductive Canadian student Tara Moore to deliver a letter - for money - to a prominent Egyptian politician whose son Duncan teaches, he accepts. It's a decision that will solve his short-term financial problems but embroil him in a complex web of secrets and misinformation and a struggle for his own and his daughter's survival. Written and directed by John Dryden. Starring Nigel Lindsay, Aiysha Hart and Sarah Goldberg.
In this full-length Just William novel, William and the Outlaws decide to form the Knights of the Square Table, 'rightin' wrongs' for a minor fee ('Small wrongs: sixpence. Big wrongs: one shillin'.) In their quest to earn enough money to become tramps, they stop at no amount of do-gooding, embarking on a plan to marry off their older brothers. William becomes a veritable Don Juan as he woos a visiting film star for his brother (much to the surprise and annoyance of his brother's girlfriend.) Soon the gang have planned a midnight haunting to scare off old monkey face from the big house on the hill - after all, where else will they find a home for the happy young couple? Martin Jarvis portrays the whole gang in this riotous comedy that leaves William teetering on the brink of disaster and success... 'Martin Jarvis's recording of Richmal Crompton's Just William stories are works of genius' - Independent.
Pam and Gordon Grant are a couple at odds running a rural garden centre. While Pam still feels young and is determined to avoid the slippery slope into middle-age, Gordon seems keen to dive in - slippers first. Pam's ally at the garden centre is teenager Carol, a girl more than happy to speak her mind. If only, Gordon complains, there was something in her peroxide head apart from boob jobs, alco-pops, Johnny Depp and bronzed chests smothered in baby oil... Naive deputy manager Dave, though older than Carol, is smitten. Luckily, he has Pam to advise him on the route to Carol's heart: like pointing out that metal detecting is NOT a good idea for a hot date! And how could the garden centre survive without the ancient and, quite frankly, bizarre Roy, the highly inaccurate singer of pop songs and runner-up in the Gloucester beauty pageant? Will Pam's last fling at life, adventure and fun overcome Gordon's passion for comfortable trousers, caravanning and penny-pinching? Let battle among the begonias commence!
BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of three of Eric Ambler's bestselling spy thrillers, plus Nick Perry's play The Battle of San Pietro and a bonus documentary, Ambler at 80Eric Ambler has been hailed as 'the father of the modern spy story'. His tense, gritty thrillers introduced a new realism to the classic espionage mystery, and influenced novelists from Graham Greene to John le Carre. This collection brings together three of his best-known novels, adapted for radio with a full cast.Epitaph for a SpyWhen Hungarian language teacher Josef Vadassy goes to collect his photographs from the chemist, he is arrested on suspicion of espionage. The roll of film contained pictures of military installations - but Vadassy knows he didn't take them. Can he find the real spy and prove his innocence?Journey into FearIstanbul, 1940. Amiable engineer and munitions expert Alec Graham has just concluded high-level arms talks with the Turkish government when someone tries to kill him. Escaping by steamer, he realises that his would-be assassin is also on board...The LevanterMichael Howell has kept his family's firm from nationalisation by co-operating with the new Syrian regime. But other political forces are at work in the Middle East - and Howell soon finds himself caught up in a deadly plot. This gripping tale of intrigue and double-dealing won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.Among the casts of these fast-paced adaptations are Edward Hogg, Daniel Rigby and Raad Rawi. Also included in this collection are The Battle of San Pietro by Nick Perry, a 45-minute play exploring Eric Ambler's experiences shooting a wartime propaganda movie alongside John Huston, and the celebratory Radio 4 profile Ambler at 80, in which presenter Michael Barber discusses the author's life and work.
Ten thrilling adventures for Sarah Jane and her friends, as seen on TV, read by Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra. Sarah Jane Smith always finds herself in trouble. As an old friend of the Doctor she's used to encountering aliens, battling monsters and defeating evil. Along with her friends Luke, Clyde, Rani, Maria and Sky - not to mention supercomputer Mr Smith - Sarah Jane and her trusty lipstick are prepared for anything the universe throws at them.In these amazing stories Sarah Jane finds herself investigating a private health clinic, a mysterious stone circle, some lethal alien artefacts, a strange Victorian house and a bizarre hill-carving. Then there's the camping trip that sees the friends stranded in Snowdonia, the deadly computer virus, the terrifying creatures from a world of nightmares, the steam-powered robot, and the race of aliens who think Sarah Jane is a dangerous law-breaker...Specially written for audio, eight of the stories are read by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), one by Daniel Anthony (Clyde) and one by Anjli Mohindra (Rani).
The complete soundtracks of all four Blackadder TV series plus over 3 hours of specials and extras, including previously unreleased material. It includes: The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Blackadder The Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. Plus Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, Blackadder: Woman's Hour Invasion, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, The Shakespeare Sketch, Blackadder: Back and Forth, Blackadder: The Army Years (Royal Variety Performance), Blackadder: I Have a Cunning Plan and Britain's Best Sitcom: Blackadder. Starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Tim McInnerny, Rik Mayall, and Miranda Richardson, it is written by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson.
Eleven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas telling the stories of Mary Queen of Scots and the Stuart royalsUnder the Stuarts, Britain entered the modern world. But with great change came turmoil, and for 111 years, the Stuart monarchs faced dynastic struggles, religious conflict, the rise of parliamentary democracy - and civil war. These dramas chart that turbulent epoch through its royal family, from Mary, Queen of Scots to the 'last Stuart', Bonnie Prince Charlie's daughter Charlotte.It Came In with a Lass - 1561. Arriving in mist-shrouded Scotland, Queen Mary must quickly distinguish her friends from her enemies. Starring Jeany Spark as Mary.To Make the Plough Go Before the Horse - James I's life and reign told through his relationships, from his first love, Esme to his last favourite, George Villiers. Starring Bill Paterson as James I and VI.A World of Fools and Knaves - Henrietta Maria, Charles I's Catholic queen, watches her husband fail to keep hold of the reins of government. Starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Charles I.This War Without an Enemy - Only on the morning of his execution can Charles I begin to understand the events that brought him to to the scaffold. Starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Charles I.Charles II, Part One: Through the World in Various Fortune - When news of Oliver Cromwell's death reaches Brussels, the exiled Charles II plots his return. Starring Jamie Parker as Charles II.Charles II, Part Two: The Long Lease of Pleasant Days- Charles II plots to confound parliamentary reformers and secure the throne for his brother. Starring Pip Torrens as Charles II.James II: The Storms of this Deceitful World- 1688. After just four years as King, James II flees England in the Glorious Revolution. How did it all go so wrong? Starring James Fleet as James II.William III and Mary II: To Have and To Hold- Dutch William marries his Stuart cousin for reasons of politics, not passion - but their partnership proves crucial when it comes to ruling England. Starring Mark Edel-Hunt as William III and Elaine Cassidy as Mary.Queen Anne: Myself Alone- Queen Anne must abandon long-held allegiances to command parliament's loyalty and rule with authority. Starring Fenella Woolgar as Queen Anne.Bonnie Prince Charlie: Who Dares to Be Free- Charles Edward Stuart, the 'Young Pretender', risks everything for the Stuart name. Starring Blake Ritson as Charles.Charlotte Stuart: The Last Stuart - Is Charlotte Stuart as driven as her predecessors, or the last victim of the Stuart curse? Starring Kate O'Flynn as Charlotte.Produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole, Sasha Yevtushenko, Marc Beeby and Gemma Jenkins.
The twelfth and final series of the hilarious BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Phillips as the social worker with a dedicated social conscience (unless it's inconvenient for her)'The best comedy on radio' The StageThe Sony Award-winning comedy series returns for the last time, as we bid farewell to Clare and her ongoing struggle to control both her professional and private life. In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.These six episodes see her once again indulging her control freakery as she interferes in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. At the Sparrowhawk Family Centre, Clare's feeling the pressure - her clients are as awkward as ever, new student Cilla still needs her unique brand of mentoring, and Mrs Singh continues to be a thorn in her side. And back at home, there are problems and surprises in store. Can she finally crack work and family life, and get her rocky relationship with Brian back on track - or does fate have other ideas?After 15 years, 12 series and 74 episodes, it's crunch time for Clare...Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with Alex Lowe as Brian, Nina Conti as Nali, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Cilla and Nina Wadia as Mrs Singh.Written by Harry Venning and David RamsdenProduced by Alexandra SmithProduction Coordinator: Beverly TaggStudio Managers: Jill Abram, Marc Willcox, Gary NewmanFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 September 2019CastClare.................................Sally PhillipsBrian.................................Alex LoweRay.................................Richard LumsdenSimon.................................Andrew WincottLibby.................................Sarah KendallJoan.................................Sarah ThomNali.................................Nina ContiMrs Singh.................................Nina WadiaCilla.................................Gbemisola IkumeloWith Rebecca Root, George Fouracres, Jenni Murray, Jenny Bede and Rosie CavalieroEpisode guide1Heartbroken 24 September 20192 I Predict a Riot 1 October 20193Questions Questions 8 October 20194 Unlucky Louis 15 October 20195 Ray of Sunshine 22 October 20196Killing Clare 29 October 2019
Susan Calman has some very strong opinions and in her radio debut she expresses them with her trademark wit and charm. In Series 1, she examines the current hot political topic of equal marriage; looks at the issues surrounding the death penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on Death Row; considers how best to deal with depression; and evaluates what it means to be Scottish. In Series 2 she explains why she has never been interested in having children, explores society's obsession with appearance, discusses intellectual snobbery, and asks what it is that makes us human. The first series of Susan Calman is Convicted won the 2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for 'Best Radio Comedy'.Written by Susan Calman Produced by Lyndsay Fenner A BBC Studios Production Cover photograph: Steve Ullathorne
A major BBC Radio 4 drama series following the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War IMeticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each of these 42 episodes of Tommies traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.We follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army, as they experience life - and death - on the front line. Meanwhile, Dr Celestine de Tullio battles to save soldiers suffering from gas gangrene and trench fever - and experiences the fighting firsthand when she enlists in the Serbian Army and commands a dangerous offensive.They are all cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years. Through their voices - and a host of others - we hear untold stories about the conflict in Gaza, Gallipoli, Salonika, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania, as well as on the Western Front.Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon and Indira Varma are among the extensive cast of this gripping series, created by Jonathan Ruffle, who produced the acclaimed real-time radio dramatisation of Len Deighton's Bomber. Based on actual historical records, it paints a vivid portrait of daily life for soldiers and their families during 1914-1918, and sheds new light on the reality of the Great War.
Full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of the first five Falco novels by Lindsey Davis, starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco.The Silver Pigs:One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself.Shadows in Bronze:Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. But this will be no holiday: they have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii. Venus in Copper:A small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Roman Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out, and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe....The Iron Hand of Mars:Falco is dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the Empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal, and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar. Poseidon's Gold:Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's late brother Festus. When Falco refuses to cough up the money, he and Censorinus end up fighting... and later, the centurion turns up dead. Under suspicion of murder, Falco must confront his past and uncover his brother's secrets before he can clear his name and solve the mystery.These funny and fast-moving adaptations are a treat for all Falco fans.Cast:Falco... Anton LesserHelena... Fritha Goodey/Anna MadeleyPetronius...Ben CroweMa...Frances JeaterPa...Trevor PeacockVespasian ...Michael Tudor Barnes Titus ...Jonathan KeebleDramatised by Mary CutlerDirected by Peter Leslie WildSound quality varies due to the age of these recordings.
Robin of Locksley returns from the Crusades to find his people starving and oppressed by the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Under this tyrannical regime, the slightest crime attracts the heaviest punishment, and dissent is impossible. Robin soon discovers that the only way to reason with the Sheriff is with bow and arrow, even if it means sacrificing his lands and becoming an outlaw.This exciting adventure is read by Richard Armitage, who plays Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood. It also features Robin and his loyal band of brothers, as seen in the hit BBC TV series. Crammed with action, humour, wit, and romance, this fantastic adaptation of the classic tale brings the legendary outlaw hero to life for a whole new generation.
Inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, this series of radio dramas about the Plantagenet dynasty tells the story of the birth of a new Europe after the dark ages. The issues of control, of freedom, of belief, and the temptations of power were new to an age which had no template for domination on this scale. Henry II: What is a Man? - The first of the House of Anjou to be king of England, Henry II's long reign is beset by conflict with his sons. Starring David Warner as King Henry II and Jane Lapotaire as Queen Eleanor.Richard I: Lionheart - Prince Richard has become heir apparent, but in the face of Henry II's refusal to acknowledge his position, he turns to the Crusades. Starring Ed Stoppard as Richard.John, by the Grace of God - The fourth son of Henry II never expected to succeed to the English throne. When he does, he reveals a talent for making enemies. Starring Neil Stuke as King John.Edward I: Old Soldiers - Edward Longshanks - the Hammer of the Scots - was grief-stricken after the death of his first wife. But he finds new love with Margaret, sister of the French King. Philip Jackson as Edward I and Ellie Kendrick as Margaret.Edward II: The Greatest Traitor - While Edward's power is prey to his passions, his queen, Isabella, and his most powerful ally, Roger Mortimer, find a passion of their own. Starring Sam Troughton as Edward II.Richard II: And All Our Dreams Will End in Death - Richard II, having proved his mettle in quelling the Peasants' Revolt, disappoints his courtiers as he pursues peace and culture as an alternative to fighting and swiving. Starring Patrick Kennedy as Richard II.Henry V: True Believers - Young prince Hal will inherit an unstable throne, and a kingdom riven with heresy and rebellion. Victory over the rebel Hotspur will bring peace to England and glory to the king - but at what cost to the man? Starring Luke Treadaway as Hal.Henry VI: A Simple Man - The once-great England of Henry V is bankrupt and losing territory in France, but the weak, idealistic Henry VI is incapacitated by bouts of insanity. Queen Margaret is forced to take up arms to protect her royal line. Starring Al Weaver as Henry VI and Aimee Ffion Edwards as Margaret.Richard III: The Three Brothers: Edward IV manages to bring a modicum of stability to the kingdom of England, but discontent erupts into civil war after his death, and his brother Richard is forced to take drastic steps to uphold Plantagenet power. Starring Nancy Carroll as Queen Elizabeth, Simon Bubb as Edward IV and Carl Prekopp as Richard III.Directed by Jeremy Mortimer, Jessica Dromgoole and Sasha Yevtushenko.
Will Self takes a 1,000-mile tour of the UK by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux. Bus and coach windows afford him a different perspective on the nation. He eschews the bright lights of the big cities, heading instead for smaller urban centres. His objective is to speak to Britons about how they view their cities and themselves in 2018. Over ten programmes, Will's trip takes him to Plymouth, Swansea, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Preston, Middlesbrough, East Kilbride and Derry-Londonderry. In the fish and chip shops, the B&Bs, the pubs and car repair garages, Will debates the state of British identity - and discovers that Britain today has become a highly debatable land.Produced by Laurence Grissell.
A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Maya Angelou's poignant, powerful autobiography, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner.Abandoned by their parents, Maya and her older brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in the small Southern town of Stamps in Arkansas. Struggling with rejection, they endure the prejudice of their white neighbours and suffer several racist incidents.One day, their father unexpectedly returns and takes the children to live with their mother in St Louis, Missouri. Aged only eight, Maya is abused by her mother's boyfriend, an experience that haunts her for a lifetime. Filled with guilt and shame, she refuses to speak to anyone except Bailey - until she meets Mrs Bertha Flowers, who encourages her love of books, helping her to find her voice and regain her own strong spirit.Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic, beloved worldwide, which recounts a youth filled with curiosity, wonder, disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and hard-won independence. This radio dramatisation, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner, plays out her extraordinary story with dramatic verve and poetic brilliance.Cast:Narrator (Older Maya)...Adjoa AndohMaya...Indie Gjedsal/Pippa Bennett-WarnerBailey...Roshawn HewittMomma...Cecilia NobleUncle Willie/Freeman/Daddy...Richard PeppleSteward/Lawyer...John LightbodyGirl...Francesca EliseMother...Ellen ThomasBertha Flowers...Nikki Amuka-BirdSpanish voices... Maider Jauregui, Rocio Mesonero, Celia Romo, Julio Villa-Garcia, Hugo Sanchez and Francisco Oda-Angel @ Instituto Cervantes,ManchesterReceptionist...Lauren CorneliusDramatised by Patricia CumperProduced by Pauline Harris
1994 saw one of Peter Cook's most acclaimed performances since his 1960s' heyday. Chris Morris' surreal and inventive questions brought out the very best of eccentric aristocrat Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling - a character whom Cook had carried with him through 'Beyond the Fringe' and 'Not Only... But Also...' to his latter years. These five interviews recall Streeb-Greebling's early years (sent to prison at the age of four by his father) and his life before and after the incident with the eels. It looks back at his days of extreme comfort in a Japanese POW camp and his attempts to mediate in the Rodney King LA riots. Streeb-Greebling discusses his habit of strangling business partners, reveals his plans to capitalise on his discovery of the fossilised remains of the infant Christ and attempts to begin an extremely tedious anecdote about bee-keeping.
Seven BBC radio full-cast productions of Noel Coward's classic plays - plus bonus material including a profile of Coward and extracts from his diariesRenowned for his wit, style and sophistication, Noel Coward was one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century. His plays, set in the glittering world of high society in which he lived, are much admired and have remained in the popular theatre repertoire to this day.This collection brings together the very best radio adaptations of Coward's works, encompassing sparkling comedies of manners Private Lives and Hay Fever, farcical ghost story Blithe Spirit, and daring menage a trois drama Design for Living. Here, too, is his controversial first hit The Vortex; the poignant Still Life (the inspiration for the film Brief Encounter); and the semi-autobiographical Present Laughter.Among the star-studded cast are Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Roger Allam, Harriet Walter, Paul Rhys, Stephanie Cole and Paul Scofield.Also included is a BBC World Service profile of Noel Coward, comprising interviews, musical extracts and archive clips; and the BBC Radio 4 programme 'From His Diaries', featuring a selection of passages from Coward's journal read by Simon Cadell.
Giles has been grounded! Budleigh Salterton's most famous citizen has been forced to stay at home by the Home Office - and his father. But something minor like that won't dent Giles's enthusiasm, so in this fourth series he sets up GWH Travvel ("e;two 'm's, two 'g's, two 'v's - bit of a mix up at the printers"e;). Run from his bedroom, GWH Travvel is a one-stop Travel/Advice/Events Management/Website service, which always stays true to its motto: 'we go there so you won't want to'. Helped by his ex-primary school teacher Mr Timmis, Giles advises people on how to pack a rucksack ('if in doubt, put it in. And double it'), and even helps someone find a zebra for a corporate promotion. Series highlights include going to Greece to rescue some GWH Travvel punters that he'd accidentally put in harm's way, an Agatha Christie-style septuagenarian hen night 'Murder on the Orient Express' and a Vegas Road Trip featuring a powerful Jacuzzi and some sparkly Germans. This complete BBC Radio 4 series co-stars Catherine Tate, with guest stars Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman and Morwenna Banks.
He's back! Budleigh Salterton's most famous citizen is off round the world on another five adventures. Meet Giles Wemmbley Hogg - 2 'm's, 2 'g's. Traveller, backpacker, ethnologist, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, and upper middle-class student ponce from Budleigh Salterton. And this time, Giles has graduated from University, with a first! He's actually the first person ever to have finished a course in Canadian Studies, and now he's on the job market and looking for anyone who'll have him. In these six episodes, with his trusty portable DAT and his Charterhouse rugby shirt, Giles tries his hand at the sort of jobs that only rich fathers' rich friends get for their idiot sons. Each week he travels to far-off foreign lands and joins the exotic world of work, and each week he makes a thumping great prat of himself! First he heads to an oil rig on the Cromarty Firth; then it's off to Japan where Giles tries out bond trading. Episode Three sees him being a most unlikely chalet girl in France; while in Episode Four he's leading a European ballet tour. Haiti is his destination in the fifth episode, where he experiments with voodoo, and in the final episode he heads to Ireland to find an old flame. Marcus Brigstocke stars as Giles, with Catherine Tate as Arabella. Guest stars include Jessica Hynes, Katy Brand and Miranda Hart.
A BBC Radio 4 parody of the lives of the Romantic poets by Sue Limb, writer of the hit comedy Gloomsbury.An everyday story of towering genius, set in and around the Lakeland retreat of William and Dorothy Wordsmith. The Wordsmiths have not long settled in their sublime cottage, when they are visited by the inebriate Samuel Tailor Cholericke and the lascivious Lord Biro, followed by numerous other romantically-inclined writers and leech-pedlars who arrive at the door of Vole Cottage. Dorothy must manage the increasingly chaotic household (assisted by Stinking Iris), while William focuses on his latest masterpiece, 'The Withered Turnip'. Set against an elegant musical background of trilling sheep. Starring Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris and Tim Curry as Lord Biro.Cast:Dorothy Wordsmith: Denise Coffey William Wordsmith: Geoffrey Whitehead Samuel Tailor Cholericke: Simon Callow Stinking Iris: Miriam Margolyes The Leechpedlar: Chris Emmett Lord Biro: Tim Curry Teresa Sanseveria: Helen Atkinson Wood Percy Jelley: Hugh Thomas Mary Godwit: Alison Fiske Charles Lump: Nicholas le Prevost Mary Lump: Julia HillsThomas de Quinine: Nickolas GraceSir Walter Spott: Bill PatersonMary Wordsmith: Iris-Gemma MorlayJohn Sheets: Nicky HensonSara Cholericke: Angela PleasanceWilliam Bloke: John ShrapnelAnnouncer: Eugene FraserMusic by Stephen Oliver, sung by CantabileProduced by Jonathan James-Moore