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Jemma Redgrave, Clare Higgins, Nicola Bryant and Dan Starkey are among the readers of this exclusive collection of nine original audio adventures. Join the Twelfth Doctor, as played on TV by Peter Capaldi, as he meets friends and enemies new and old on these journeys in Time and Space. In the interlinked Winter quartet (The Gods of Winter, The House of Winter, The Sins of Winter and The Memory of Winter) the Doctor is served with a Calling Card that means he and Clara can be summoned for assistance at any time or place. In the Lost quartet (The Lost Angel, The Lost Planet, The Lost Magic and The Lost Flame) the Time Lord becomes embroiled in a mystery involving the Weeping Angels and the Sisterhood of Karn. In Rhythm of Destruction he encounters the deadliest jazz quartet in the universe, and in Death Among the Stars the Doctor sees some oddly familiar figures on Jupiter's sixth moon. With readers also including David Schofield, Robin Soans and Kerry Shale, these exciting stories are written by George Mann, Cavan Scott, James Goss, Darren Jones and Steve Lyons. (P) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Six lavish BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's much-loved novels."e;Rich in character detail, beautifully cast and absorbing"e; - Moira Petty, The StageAnthony Trollope's series of witty and gently satirical stories of provincial life are set in the fictional town of Barchester and its surrounding county of Barsetshire. The canvas is broad and colourful, with a set of iconic characters in whose lives we become intimately involved as they grow up, grow old, and fall in or out of love and friendship, across the years.The Warden: The gentle Mr Harding finds his peaceful life disrupted, when his would-be son-in-law calls into question the large income he receives as warden of Barchester alms house.Barchester Towers: The cathedral town is changing again, with the arrival of a new Bishop, his wife and his Chaplain from London throwing all Barchester into disarray.Dr Thorne: When young heir Frank Gresham expresses his desire to marry Mary, her uncle Dr Thorne realises that a secret he has concealed for so long can no longer stay secret.Framley Parsonage: Mark Robarts, the young vicar of Framley, cannot resist the lure of celebrity beyond his own village. But his ambitious pursuits will lead him to risk his devoted wife and children, as well as his sister's happiness.The Small House at Allington: The Arrival of the handsome Adolphus Crosbie causes quite a stir at Allington. There is concern for Lily Dale in her fight against scarlet fever, and Dr Crofts is a frequent visitor to the Small House.The Last Chronicle of Barset: Henry Grantley has fallen in love again, Lily's past returns to haunt her, and Mr Crawley must reckon with an angry butcher. Johnny traverses Europe trying to save Mr Crawley, and meets an unexpected new friend.Audio has been updated as of September 2018
Frances Fyfield and Clemency Burton-Hill explore the tales and tribulations behind the scores of well-known pieces of music'Endlessly fascinating' New StatesmanCrime writer Frances Fyfield and classical music broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill pore over the hand-written scores of great composers to decipher the hidden tales of creativity locked within. Behind the hieroglyphics, scribbles and corrections on these priceless pages are clues that, when forensically examined by an expert eye, reveal the extraordinary craft, skill and inventiveness of geniuses such as Beethoven, Handel, Elgar, Stravinsky, Schubert, Puccini, Rachmaninov and Chopin.Accompanied by a team of musical sleuths, including world-leading performers, conductors, writers and graphologists, Frances and Clemency travel the UK, Europe and America to track down these rare and treasured documents. Among their discoveries are the manuscripts for famous songs like 'On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring', and some of the best-loved operas, operettas and musicals of all time including Madame Butterfly, Porgy and Bess, and The Pirates of Penzance.They scour the fragile pages of Bach's B-Minor Mass, so thick with music that the ink has burned through the paper; the ballet score for Aaron Copland's 'Appalachian Spring', revealing the changes made to please guest dancer Rudolf Nureyev; and a long-lost flute concerto by Vivaldi, rediscovered after being buried in an Edinburgh archive for 250 years. Through detailed study of these, and many other, manuscripts, they reveal the answers to questions such as, how did Debussy attempt to capture the sea? What famous lines were adapted for their first singers? Why was one of Mozart's boldest lines crossed out? And did the shooting of a German diplomat inspire Tippett's A Child of Our Time?Inspired, insightful and often surprising, this is an unparalleled look at the astonishing secret history of musical invention - ink blots, doodles, coffee stains and all.Copyright (c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4, May 2004 - August 2020Presented by Frances Fyfield, Clemency Burton-HillChristine Andreas and Ted Sperling (Series 19, Episode 3)Loras Schissel (Series 19, Episode 4)Produced by Tom Alban, Simon Elmes, Mohini Patel
The best bits of Series 1 and 2 of 'Harry Enfield and Chums', starring Harry Enfield ably assisted by those bloody good blokes, Paul Whitehouse and Kathy Burke. All the old favourites are here: The Slobs, Lee and Lance, Tim Nice But Dim, The Self Righteous Brothers, but there's also a barmy bunch of jolly amusing new characters. There's Jurgen the German, an irritating tourist who can't stop apologising for the war; Julio Geordio, Newcastle's latest Colombian signing whose football is as good as his English isn't; plus the Dutch gay policemen; The Toddlers, the couple who hate each other; and many more.
A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dickens' heart-stopping historical adventure set in the French Revolution and featuring the gentle Charles Darnay and the dissolute Sydney Carton. The action switches between London and Paris during the nightmare of The Terror - and in the shadow of Madame Guillotine - in this Sony award-winning drama that captures the joy and anguish of those corrupt and turbulent times. Starring Charles Dance as Syndey Carton, with John Duttine, Charlotte Attenborough, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, John Moffatt, Richard Pasco and Maurice Denham. Dramatised by Nick McCarty. Directed by Ian Cotterell.
BBC radio productions of the first four bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels from Sara Paretsky - plus a short story featuring the hardboiled PI, read by Buffy DavisOne of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction, Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski is a strong, smart, independent heroine in a male-dominated world. She tracks down corrupt businessmen, ruthless blackmailers and cold-blooded murderers - while trying not to get killed herself.Indemnity OnlyThe first novel in the V.I. Warshawski series introduces one of the world's best-loved private detectives. V.I. meets an anonymous client on a sizzling summer night, but soon discovers that he has been lying to her. As she questions his motives, she sinks deeper into Chicago's underworld of gangsters, insurance fraud and contract killings. Read by Liza Ross.DeadlockAt the funeral of her cousin, ice hockey hero Boom Boom, V.I. becomes suspicious that his death wasn't an accident. Her investigation leads her to the heart of Chicago's shipping industry, where someone powerful will stop at nothing to get her off the case. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Kathleen Turner.Killing OrdersWhen forged share certificates are discovered at a Dominican priory, V.I. really doesn't want to get involved. Because agreeing to investigate would mean doing a favour for Aunt Rosa, who hates her - and the feeling's mutual. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Kathleen Turner.Bitter MedicinePrivate eye V.I. Warshawski suspects all is not well at a hospital after a young pregnant girl dies. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Sharon Gless.Publicity StuntsV.I. Warshawski is being set up for a murder she didn't commit - of a woman she hardly knew. Can she find out the truth before the law closes in on her? Read by Buffy Davis.
This narrated TV soundtrack stars William Hartnell as the Doctor in one of his most weird and wonderful adventures."e;We seem to be caught! Trapped, somehow..."e; In this vintage six-part serial, first shown on BBC TV in February and March 1965, a strange magnetic force pulls the TARDIS down to the craterous surface of Vortis. The Doctor and his friends learn that the planet has been invaded, and the parasitic Animus is slowly enveloping it in a web-like domain. The giant ant-like Zarbi are under its control, whilst the butterfly-like Menoptra are battling to reclaim their planet. Narrated by Maureen O'Brien, this full-cast soundtrack evokes a classic Doctor Who adventure in all its aural magnificence. The alien ambience of Vortis, the insistent chirruping of the Zarbi, and the supernatural voice of the Animus are all accompanied by the eerie sonics of Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire's theme tune.Written by Bill Strutton, this was the Doctor's most exotic and lavish adventure yet. Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (P) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (c) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd Cover art by Oink Creative Narrated soundtrack produced by David Darlington Project editor: Michael Stevens
The complete Series 14 of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy - plus Christmas special'Magnificent' Gillian Reynolds, The TelegraphAuthor, curmudgeon and master of the complaining letter and the abusive email, Ed Reardon is back for a fourteenth fantastic series.In these globally unprecedented times, Ed is also experiencing new and unusual circumstances. For the first time in 20 years, he's financially independent thanks to the timely arrival of his state pension, and living in a stylish, newly affordable 'capsule urban living unit' (a former office space converted into a flat). He has the luxury of three (organic) meals a day, all the premier catfood Edgar can eat, and even a new car - as well as free time to devote himself to his own long-cherished projects.But old habits die hard, and Ed's soon distracted by an unexpected meeting with his ex, Maggie; a fight to save an ancient oak tree; a request to write Ping's granny's memoirs and an eye-wateringly expensive trip to the vet. On his uppers once more, Ed is unexpectedly offered two potentially lucrative projects: scripting a movie for Jaz Milvain and writing a series of biographies for Maggie. But he can only choose one job - which is it to be?And in the festive special episode 'Ed Reardon's Christmas Week', Ed needs a room at the inn - the Lock Keeper's Arms, that is. But first he's got to square up to Scrooge...Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this superlative sitcom stars Christopher Douglas as Ed, with Barunka O'Shaughnessy as Ping, Philip Jackson as Jaz and Pippa Hayward as Maggie. Geoffrey Whitehead is Stan, Brigit Forsyth, Pearl and Stephanie Cole plays Olive.CreditsWritten by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher DouglasProduced by Victoria Lloyd and Dawn EllisProduction co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-WilfredA BBC Studios productionFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22 December 2020 ('Ed Reardon's Christmas Week'), 8 June-13 July 2021 (Series 14)CastEd Reardon - Christopher DouglasPing - Barunka O'ShaughnessyJaz Milvain - Philip JacksonJake - Sam PamphilonEli - Lisa ColemanAudiobook/Instructor/Bernice/Newsreader/TV host/Vet - Nicola SandersonLandlord - Colin MacFarlaneStan - Geoffrey WhiteheadPearl - Brigit ForsythOlive - Stephanie ColeJenna - Mina AnwarAssistant - Tom PriceMaggie - Pippa HaywardBus driver/Frank/Piers - Simon GreenallSpike - Kathryn DrysdaleGeoff/Cliff - Dan TetsellGranny - Maggie SteedSalesman - Phaldut SharmaWith Petroc Trelawny as himself(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
The complete ninth series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning sketch show'One of our best sketch writers' ObserverJohn Finnemore returns with his multi-award-winning sketch show, but this series is very different to the previous eight. There are still sketches and songs, and it's still written and performed by him and his usual fantastic ensemble cast - but with no live studio audience, John has taken the opportunity to try something new.Each episode in this series of Souvenir Programme consists of scenes from one person's life, played in reverse order. There's no narrative as such - it's still a sketch show - but as we follow the characters back in time, from lockdown Zoom calls to childhood birthdays and funerals, the individual sketches link up to form an overall picture, portraying the sprawling history of an entire multi-generational family.And, as if that wasn't enough, there are also some terrific tall tales, a paean of praise, and a truly unforgettable earworm...Clever, complex, hilarious and poignant, these Souvenir Programmes with a twist star Lawry Lewin as Russ, Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Deborah, Simon Kane as Jerry, Carrie Quinlan as Vanessa and John Finnemore as Newt.Cast and creditsWritten and performed by John FinnemoreEnsemble cast: Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin, Carrie QuinlanOriginal music composed by Susannah Pearse and Sally Stares, and arranged by Susannah Pearse and Tim SuttonRecorded and edited by Rich Evans at Syncbox PostProduction coordinator: Beverly TaggProducer: Ed MorrishA BBC Studios production(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
David Mitchell investigates how the humble meeting took over the world - and what we should do about itIn this fantastic follow-up to Behaving Ourselves: David Mitchell on Manners, the comedian and columnist turns his attention to meetings, examining our love/hate relationship with them and asking how we evolved from getting together for a 'thing' to shouting at each other onscreen via Zoom.On the agenda: David talks to fellow comedian Russell Kane about the different ways introverts and extroverts behave in meetings; meets Dutch sociologist Wilbert van Vree to sum up several millennia of meetings - from hunter-gatherers, to the Middle Ages, to the modern-day office; and gets some tips from executive coach Sophie Bryan about being a good chairman (and dealing with the awkward person in the room).Exploring how our meetings culture is spinning out of control, David sits in on a council Zoom meeting in Cheshire (not that one); picks the brains of Imperial College Business School meetings expert Sankalp Chaturvedi, and chats to the former Leader of the House of Commons, Sir David Lidington, about Cabinet briefings and ministerial meetings. And, joining historian and author Professor Margaret Macmillan, he tackles one of the 20th Century's biggest meetings, the 1919 Paris Conference, discovering that there's nothing new about management away-days or brainstorming sessions - they were both being used 100 years ago.As he learns the secrets of communication, consensus, and coming together productively, can David overcome his scepticism and learn to love meetings?Production creditsWritten and presented by David MitchellWith Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden; Cat Brogan; Wilbert van Vree; Russell Kane; Sophie Bryan; Councillor Gill Merry; Councillor Kathryn Flavell; Councillor Laura Crane; Sir David Lidington; Sankalp Chaturvedi; Professor Margaret MacmillanProduced by Chris LedgardFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 13-27 March 2021(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
All 14 episodes of Amanda Murphy's sitcom about the will-they-won't-they romance between best friends Cassie and PeteCassie's 30, single, and miserable. All her friends are getting married - even Ugly Paula (albeit to someone on a life sentence in a Kentucky prison) but nobody loves her. Except for Pete. And he's her best mate, so he doesn't count... or does he? Over the course of three series, we follow Cassie and Pete as they attempt to answer that critical question, and sort out their complicated feelings for each other.Joining a dating agency, they begin to suspect that they could be each other's perfect match - but it's only when they both start seeing other people that they realise how much they really mean to each other. Should they risk their lifelong friendship to take a chance on love? Just as Cassie's finally listening to her heart, Pete's new relationship gets serious - and when he's free and single, she's coupled up. Are they fated to remain just good friends, or can they overcome the obstacles in their way and find their happy-ever-after?Debra Stephenson (Spitting Image, Dead Ringers) stars as Cassie in this funny and relatable comedy drama, with Dave Lamb (Come Dine with Me) as Pete, and a stellar supporting cast including Brendon Burns, Shaun Dooley, Anne Reid, Mike Grady and Paula Wilcox.Production creditsWritten by Amanda MurphyProduced by Graham Frost and Dawn EllisFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5-26 September 2001 (Series 1), 23 October-27 November 2002 (Series 2), 17 September-22 October 2003 (Series 3)CastCassie - Debra StephensonPete - Dave LambRebecca/Jenny - Mika SimmonsPJ - Brendon BurnsDad (Bill) - Mike GradyMum (Janet) - Anne Reid/Brigit Forsyth/Paula WilcoxSimon - Shaun DooleyCheckout Girl - Victoria AshleyMaddie - Julia MorrisFreddie Farmer/Mr Alison/News Anchor/Mr Priestley - Stephen CritchlowOther parts played by members of the cast(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Frank Delaney's witty wordplay panel quiz game.Frank Delaney's language based panel quiz game series revolves around the English language. This upbeat, fun word battle sees a host of well-known contributors battling to Say the Word first. The series is filmed in front of a live audience at a wide range of literary festivals in the UK and live in the BBC Studios. In each episode the contestants move through five varied quiz rounds, from creating new words derived from a known writers work, guessing the origins of words, guessing the spelling of hard English words, too untangling the dramatic riddles to find the connecting syllables.In the round Loose Change the contestants look at words that have changed meaning. Can they guess the old definition and come up with the true new meaning? The finale is the definitive round Say The Word where famous passages from famous literature works are read out with words missing. Will the contestants succeed in guessing the words, the novel and the author?Expect jokes, silliness and laughs a plenty. On hand to offer a witty musical perspective on the world of words is the Nimmo Twins, opening each episode with skits and dramas based on well-known playwrights and novelists.Credits and Cast:Episode OneRecorder live at The Way with Words literary festival in Totnes, Devon. With Sandi Toksvig, Tommy Pearson, Laura Wright and Christopher Matthew.Episode TwoRecorded live at Cheltenham Festival of Literature in Glouchestershire. With Sheridan Morley, Jan Dalley, Humphrey Carpenter and Katie Fforde.Episode ThreeRecorded live at Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Gloucestershire. With Pam Ayres, Adam Hart-Davies, Sue Limb and John Julius Norwich.Episode FourRecorded live at Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House. With Christopher Cook, Miles Kington, Valerie Grove and Carol Boyd.Episode FiveRecorded live at the Radio Theatre Broadcasting House. With Andrew Sachs, Felix Dexter, Helen Lederer and Kathy LetteEpisode SixRecorded live at the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House. With Hunter Davies, Sheila Steafel, Roger McGough and Helen Atkinson Wood.Producer: Simon ElmesFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Six classic Doctor Who TV soundtrack adventures starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor. In 'The Sensorites' the Doctor and his friends visit an alien society with dark secrets. In 'The Romans' Ian and Barbara are sold into slavery in First Century Rome, and the Doctor encounters Nero! In 'The Space Museum' the travellers must work to avert a terrible potential future for themselves. In 'The Ark' the Doctor, Steven and Dodo encounter the last humans to flee Earth with their alien servants, the Monoids. In 'The Gunfighters' the TARDIS crewmembers try to avoid getting caught in crossfire at the OK Corral. In 'The War Machines' the TARDIS lands in London, 1966, to find the brand new Post Office Tower being controlled by sinister supercomputer. Each story has additional linking narration, and there are bonus interviews with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Anneke Wills.
Clare English meets the entrepreneurs, mavericks, trend-setters and seminal thinkers who have forged a path to the topBroadcaster and current affairs specialist Clare English talks to 12 extraordinary trailblazers. Here are the inspiring stories of politicians and inventors, scientists and surgeons, models, parents, creatives and founders. All, in their own field and in their own way, have broken new ground and changed the world.David Blunkett tells how he rose to high political office despite being blind from birth; Kim Cotton discusses the highs and lows of becoming the UK's first surrogate mother; and Ian Ritchie talks about pioneering the first web browser - and reveals the missed opportunity that could have made him millions. From EastEnders actor Michael Cashman, who made history with UK TV's first gay kiss to Professor Sir Alan Cuschieri on spearheading keyhole surgery and David Gow on coming up with the idea of the world's first bionic hand, each has a compelling tale to share.Also included are three episodes from another BBC Radio Scotland series, Women on Top, in which Clare English chats to successful women about the sacrifices they had to make to reach the top, and whether they really have it all. We hear from Nicola Sturgeon about her life in Scottish politics; Marie Claire editor Marie O'Riordan on the glamour of the fashion industry; and Krissi Murison on becoming NME magazine's first female editor, and whether her gender makes any difference on the job.(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdPresented by Clare EnglishPioneersProduced by Philip SimeWith: David Blunkett, Sir Alec Jeffrys, Kim Cotton, Ian Ritchie, Michael Cashman, James Goodfellow, Michael Apted, Shannon Murray, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, Roy Day and Mike Tunstall of The Samaritans, David GowFirst broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland: 23 December 2010-3 February 2011 (Series 1), 25 August-29 September 2011 (Series 2)Women on TopWith Nicola Sturgeon, Marie O'Riordan and Krissi MurisonFirst broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland: 29 January 2009, 15 January 2009 and 17 June 2010
A trio of terrifying radio tales starring Roger Delgado, Vincent Price and Honor BlackmanAuthor, playwright and TV producer Victor Pemberton was probably best known as a script editor and writer for Doctor Who, and as the inventor of the Doctor's trademark sonic screwdriver. But he also created numerous dramas for radio, among them the three cult classics included here.The Slide - In the Kent new town of Redlow, the residents are shocked by a sudden earthquake. But a worse subterranean threat is still to emerge. When a torrent of mud oozes from the fissure and the local wildlife begins to die, expert seismologist Professor Gomez is called in. His analysis reveals the awful truth: the mud is sentient, intelligent - and lethal... Roger Delgado and Maurice Denham star in this thrilling seven-part sci-fi serial.Night of the Wolf - March, 1883, and a monster is on the loose in the East Anglian Fens... Concerned about his missing son, Robert, Judge Mathew Deacon travels from Pennysylvania to Cambridge to find out what has become of him. His inquiries lead him to the remote Northcott Manor, deep in the marsh country, where he finds a family hiding dark secrets - and comes face to face with a werewolf... This Gothic horror play stars Vincent Price and Coral Browne.Dark- Virginia's lover was murdered and her husband hanged. Then, years later, inexplicable events occur in the room where the murder took place. Summoned to investigate, medium Simon Elliott becomes possessed by people from the past. Can the dead really return to exert control over the living? Honor Blackman, Bessie Love and Nigel Anthony star in this suspenseful paranormal thriller.Produced by John TydemanThe SlideProfessor Josef Gomez - Roger DelgadoHugh Deverill MP - Maurice DenhamJanet Marshall - Elisabeth ProudDr Ken Richards - David SpenserAnna Deverill - Marion Mathie'Tug' Wilson - Stephen JackMrs Wilson - Miriam MargolyesSergeant Johnson - Wilfred BabbageInspector Baxter - Geoffrey MatthewsConstable/First Journalist/Pilot - Anthony JacksonProfessor Landers - Rolf LefebvreProfessor Lippert - Allan McClellandNewscaster/AC2 Gibbons - Nigel GrahamMrs Luke - Noel HoodNursing Sister - Eva HaddonSorensen - Fraser KerrRAF Corporal - Anthony HallBarry - Glyn DearmanNurse - Patricia LeventonDr Robeson - Michael KilgarriffSecond Journalist - Hector RossThird Journalist/Policeman/Ground Control - Brian HewlettAmerican Journalist - Peter MarinkerVicar - Noel HowlettMargaret Griffiths MP - Joan MathesonTV Interviewer - Henry StamperSpecial effects: The BBC Radiophonic WorkshopFirst broadcast BBC Radio Light Programme, 13 February-27 March 1966Night of the WolfJudge Mathew Deacon - Vincent PriceRobert Deacon, his son - Peter WhitmanMrs Northcott - Coral BrowneSybil, her daughter - Sheila GrantDorothy, Sybil's daughter - Elizabeth ProudNicholas, Sybil's son - John RyeGriffin, an undergraduate - Michael CochraneProfessor Forrester - Hugh ManningSir Richard Burnett - Haydn JonesMorris - Paul GaymonJessie - Norma RonaldTechnical assistants Jock Parrell, Marsail MacCuish, David Bitchinson and Alister WilsonFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 August 1975DarkVirginia Preston - Honor BlackmanMother - Bessie LoveSimon Elliott - Nigel AnthonyFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 February 1978(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
All six series of the BBC radio comedy centred around a village hairdressing salon - plus pilot episodeBased in the little town of Bridgeford, High-Lites salon boasts the most misanthropic hairdresser in Britain: sharp-tongued, mean-minded Bev. With the help of her soft-hearted (though slightly dim) assistant Shirley, she tends to the tresses of a motley crew of local characters. As she cuts their hair, she finds out everything that's going on in their lives - and wastes no time in spreading some gossip of her own...In the pilot episode, one of her little lies takes on a life of its own - and a dodgy dryer nearly spells disaster. Series 1 finds the salon on the brink of bankruptcy, forcing Bev to take desperate measures to keep it afloat. In HighLites: Retouched, the two stylists go mobile when their premises are shut down by Environmental Health, and in HighLites: Split Ends, Bev tries to undercut her rival, Anton, to secure a lucrative wedding hair gig.HighLites: Wash and Blow finds the hairdressing duo heading out on a cruise, hoping to drum up a little business below deck. But it's not all plain sailing... In HighLites: Dye Another Day, Bev and Shirl are faced with a huge tax bill, and connive to inherit from a wealthy old man's will. And in HighLites: Natural Bounce, the world's worst hairdressers discover that there's money to be made in fitness, and decide to open a gym above the salon - but is this an expansion too far?Co-written by Steve Chambers and Phil Nodding, this fast-paced, farcical comedy stars Lorraine Ashbourne as Bev and Rosie Cavaliero as Shirley, with a supporting cast including Marlene Sidaway, Sheila Reid, Angela Lonsdale, Adjoa Andoh, Adam Nagaitis and Joel MacCormack.Production creditsWritten by Steve Chambers and Phil NoddingProduced by Jessica DromgooleDirected by Colin Guthrie and Liz WebbFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 December 2009 (Pilot), 13-17 February 2012 (HighLites), 8-12 October 2012 (HighLites: Retouched), 2-6 December 2013 (HighLites: Split Ends), 5-9 May 2014 (HighLites: Wash and Blow), 8-12 June 2015 (HighLites: Dye Another Day), 25-29 July 2016 (HighLites: Natural Bounce)CastBeverley - Lorraine AshbourneShirley - Rosie CavalieroMatthew - Rhys Jennings/Owen PullarAlice - Emerald O'Hanrahan/Marlene SidawayEnid - Kate Layden/Nicola Sloane/Sheila Reid/Susan JamesonNigel - John Biggins/Simon Bubb/John Norton/Chris PavloLois - Joannah Tincey/Stephanie RacineButt - Ewan Hooper/James Lailey/Robert Blythe/Sean MurrayParamedic - Joseph Cohen-ColeJohn - Carl PrekoppHenry - Gerard McDermottMelvin - Adam BillingtonDiane - Alex Rivers/Angela LonsdaleWendy - Victoria Inez Hardy/Eleanor Crooks/Rhiannon Neads/Nicola FergusonHarriet - Adjoa Andoh/Carolyn PicklesHilary - Nicola SloaneBelinda - Stephanie RacineSatnav/Nurse/Tannoy - Sarah ThomAntony - Adam NagaitisGordon - Ben CroweLucinda - Liza SadovyRonnie - Michael BertenshawLiz - Christine AbsalomTess - Priyanga BurfordCaptain Andersen - Joel MacCormackJulie - Carys EleriDoug - Stephen CritchlowAnnabeth - Jane SlavinDaz/Tony - Sam RixBeryl - Melanie KilburnWith Adie Allen and Scarlett Brookes(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
All ten episodes of the dark, surreal comedy featuring Matt Berry's twisted regression therapistUnorthodox, unpredictable, and verging on the unprofessional, Dr Berry is a deeply disturbing hypnotherapist. His experimental regressive technique is both strange and terrifying, and involves taking unsuspecting clients on unsettling journeys through their subconscious.Each episode sees him dealing with a patient who needs treatment for a particular problem. There's Karen House-Water, who's aquaphobic (and therefore afraid of half her own name); Ray Highknock, a smoking addict who wants to kick the habit; a pair of East End twins with unexpected past lives and a man who's scared of everything about cats (including the musical).As the doctor puts them into a trance, we take a trip into the deepest recesses of their minds, experiencing alongside them the dreamlike - or nightmare-like - situations that their brains (and Dr Berry) have created. But as they're faced with talking dolphins, an interplanetary voyage, the inside of a whale and the God of Thunder, they soon realise that the cure could be worse than the disease...Brilliantly bizarre and an ideal late-night listen, this dark, Lynch-meets Kaufman-style series won the 2012 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy. It stars Matt Berry (Toast of London, The IT Crowd) as Dr Berry, with a stellar cast including Katherine Parkinson, Simon Greenall, Morgana Robinson, Bob Mortimer, Steve Pemberton and Daisy Haggard.Cast and creditsWritten and performed by Matt BerryWith Katherine Parkinson, Tara Flynn, Alex Rivers, Paul Moriarty, Simon Greenall, Jack Klaff, Morgana Robinson, Derek Griffiths, Alex Lowe, Deeivya Meir, Nick Lucas, Simon Bubb, Alan Ford, Lewis MacLeod, Tracy-Ann Obeman, Bob Mortimer, Amaka Okafor, Steve Pemberton, Daisy Haggard, Steve Furst, Isabel Fay, Daisy Beaumont, Julia Deakin, Michael ShelfordProduced by Sam BryantFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 3 January-7 February 2012 (Series 1), 3-24 April 2013 (Series 2)(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
The convoluted chronicle of an optimistic crime writer'Basil Boothroyd's quietly comic classic' Gillian Reynolds, The TelegraphGerald C Potter is the proud author of Death in the Arboretum, described by the Bournemouth Echo as 'well-written'. He works hard on his books, and worries about every comma, adjective and unfortunate typo: but somehow, he never seems to get very much done. However, his wife and fellow novelist, Diana (aka Magnolia Badminton) is positively prolific - much to his chagrin.These four series recount his daily activities and struggles for inspiration, as he tries to solve the mystery of his missing briefcase; goes up against his wife as they compete to publicise their new books; takes a holiday abroad that's far from relaxing; and receives a double-edged surprise on United Potter Day. And in special festive episode 'The Cousin', an unexpected message in a Christmas card leaves Gerald and Diana scrambling to prepare for a last-minute visitor...Written by celebrated humorist Basil Boothroyd, this witty, quick, clever sitcom ran for five years on Radio 4 between 1976 and 1981. It stars Ian Carmichael (The World of Wooster, Lord Peter Wimsey) as Gerald C Potter, with Charlotte Mitchell (Waggoners' Walk, The Adventures of Black Beauty) as Diana.Production creditsWritten by Basil BoothroydProduced by Bobby JayeCastGerald C Potter - Ian CarmichaelDiana, his wife - Charlotte MitchellWith Michael McClain, James Thomason, Trader Faulkner, Robin Browne, Michael Deacon, Jo Manning Wilson, Margaret Robertson, Peter Craze, Anthony Smee, Michael Goldie, Penelope Reynolds, Geoffrey Matthews, Edward Kelsey, Betty Huntley-Wright, Fiona Mathieson, Garard Green, Brian Carroll, Danny Schiller, Douglas Blackwell, Patricia Hughes, Margot Boyd, Pauline Letts, Brian Haines, Lolly Cockerell, Jane Knowles, Michael Spice, Preston Lockwood, Charles Colville, Paddy O'Byrne, John Church, Judy Franklin and John McAndrewFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 22 March-26 April 1976 (Series 1), 9 November-14 December 1977 (Series 2), 26 December 1977 (Christmas Special, 'The Cousin'), 24 September-29 October 1979 (Series 3), 27 April-1 June 1981 (Series 4)(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
The most exciting emerging thinkers of our age present their ideasSince 2010, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC have joined forces to find the best and brightest academic minds whose cutting-edge research deserves to be shared with a wider audience. Each year, 10 pioneering scholars are selected as New Generation Thinkers, and given the unique opportunity to bring their groundbreaking work to life on radio. New Generation Thinkers have explored the arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, and continue to share ideas, bring people into their world, and expand horizons everywhere.To mark ten years of this incredible scheme, this collection brings together the 100 winners from the past decade. Many have gone on to become prominent public figures, and all have fascinating insights to share. Charlotte Blease questions the relationship between doctors and patients; Sarah Dillon explores roles for women in science fiction and whether the genre is sexist; Anindya Raychaudhuri discusses the 1947 Partition of India and how it is remembered; Edmund Richardson tells the story of Alexander the Great's lost city; and Ben Anderson explains how trespassers in the early 20th Century helped create new attitudes to nature by going off-piste.With topics ranging from a pirate's cookbook to prison breaks, from shaving to Shakespeare and from Berlin techno music to the Glasgow rag trade, these intriguing radio essays will inform, provoke, stimulate and surprise.(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdIf you'd like to learn more about New Generation Thinkers, visit the Arts and Humanities Research Council website at ahrc.ukri.org
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and activist, explores attitudes towards surrogacy. He shares his own journey to have a child, with husband Tom Daley, through surrogacy. Dustin beautifully and thoroughly explores how the question of surrogacy links to wider societal questions; how much control do women legally have over their body? Do we have a right to know our genetic history? How can LGBTQ+ couples shield their children from homophobia? Dustin explores the personal, scientific, financial and legal aspects of surrogacy. He talks to women who are surrogates, hears the experiences of straight and gay intended parents who have built a family via surrogacy and raises concerns about the current surrogacy laws in the UK. Dustin hears from families in different countries who have had different and difficult processes, and also hears from children born through surrogacy on the right to know their genetic history, always bringing it back to 'why are some people uncomfortable with surrogacy?'.
'The master of quietly inflammatory comedy' - The Evening Standard'Made me drop the kettle in shock, but worth it' - The Daily TelegraphFew can forget where they were in September 1993 when they first heard Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. Since that fateful first series, the show has gone on to win Sony awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry with lines like - "e;Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own"e;.Included here are all ten series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, with episodes are on topics like "e;How to stay alive as long as you possibly can"e;, "e;How to have a baby"e;, and "e;How To Confront The Vexed Issue Of British Identity Without Getting In The Most Fearful Bate About The Whole Thing"e;.This bumper collection also includes Jeremy Hardy's New Year Cavalcade - 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 - and the memorial programme When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation. Not quite a biography, not quite a documentary, this final programme is narrated by his great friend and colleague Sandi Toksvig, and shines a light on how and why the man once described as 'an incendiary vicar' stayed so funny and so beloved for over 30 years.Produced and directed by David Tyler.A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.(c)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Ten emblematic lectures by world-leading thinkers, specially selected by the series producerSince 1948, the BBC's iconic annual lecture series has provided a platform for brilliant, entertaining individuals to discuss and develop their ideas on radio. The topics range from art and science to history, culture, politics and more, and each Reith Lecture - which is a little longer than a TED talk - is followed by a lively question-and-answer session showcasing the speaker's expertise, wisdom and wit.This collection brings together ten of the very best Reith Lectures, chosen by the series producer, Jim Frank. Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry argues that art can no longer shock us - we've seen it all before; bestselling novelist Hilary Mantel explores how art can bring the dead back to life; Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former MI5 director, tells us what it was like to head up the security services in the aftermath of 9/11; Tom Kirkwood asks whether ageing and death are the price we pay for sex; and Margaret MacMillan discusses the relationship between war and humanity, and the role of the soldier.In addition, Atul Gawande considers the future of medicine; Michael Sandel examines the expansion of markets, Kwame Anthony Appiah appeals for a world free of racial fixations; Vilayanur S. Ramachandran looks at the process we call 'seeing' and Daniel Barenboim celebrates the power of music to bring us together. Illuminating, captivating and thought-provoking, these superlative radio lectures are full of insight and inspiration.(c) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution LtdProduction creditsPresented, chaired and introduced by Sue LawleyProduced and curated by Jim FrankEdited by Hugh LevinsonFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on the following dates:Grayson Perry: Nice Rebellion - Welcome In! 29 October 2013Hilary Mantel: The Day is for the Living 13 June 2017Atul Gawande: The Century of the System 2 December 2014Eliza Manningham-Buller: Terror 6 September 2011Michael Sandel: Markets and Morals 9 June 2009Kwame Anthony Appiah: Colour 1 November 2016Tom Kirkwood: Sex and Death 18 April 2001Margaret MacMillan: Fearing and Loving - Making Sense of the Warrior 3 July 2018Daniel Barenboim: In the Beginning was Sound 7 April 2006Vilayanur S. Ramachandran: Synapses and the Self 9 April 2003
A BBC radio full-cast drama collection of John Webster's twin masterpieces, plus two documentaries examining their importance and enduring popularityOne of the great Jacobean playwrights and a contemporary of William Shakespeare, John Webster is best known for his classic revenge tragedies based on real events in Renaissance Italy, The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil. Both are included here, along with two insightful programmes putting the plays in their historical context, and probing the life of their mysterious author - a shadowy character about whom very little is known.The Duchess of Malfi - When the young, widowed Duchess dares to defy her brothers and marry again, the corrupt duo begin a chilling campaign to destroy her... Intercut with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Laura Marling, this visceral production moves from gentle romanticism to darkest cruelty. Introduced by Professor Emma Smith from Hertford College, Oxford, and starring Pippa Nixon as the Duchess of Malfi.The White Devil - Set in a murky 1950s underworld of shifting alliances, betrayals and sudden violence, this radical reinterpretation of Webster's bloodthirsty tragedy tells the story of Brachiano, who falls violently in love with the married Vittoria Corombona. Desperate to possess her, he arranges the murder of her husband and his wife - but in doing so, he makes a deadly enemy... Shaun Dingwall stars as Brachiano, with Anna Maxwell Martin as Vittoria.Role Play - Michael Billington talks to acclaimed actresses Eleanor Bron and Juliet Stevenson about The Duchess of Malfi and its relevance today, and discuss their experiences playing the lead role.The Skull Beneath the Skin - Elizabethan scholar and biographer Muriel Bradbrook delves into Webster's life and plays, exploring how his childhood and family background informed his writing.Cast and creditsWritten by John WebsterThe Duchess of MalfiThe Duchess of Malfi - Pippa NixonBosola - Shaun DooleyAntonio - Sandy GriersonFerdinand - Alexander CobbCardinal - Jonathan KeebleDelio/Pilgrim - Kevin HarveyCariola/Julia - Jenny PlattSilvio/Pilgrim - Rupert HillDoctor - Lloyd HutchinsonAbridged and adapted by Pauline Harris and Emma SmithDirected by Pauline HarrisOriginal songs arranged and composed by Jules Maxwell and sung by Shaun Dooley and Jules MaxwellIntroduction by Professor Emma Smith from Hertford College, OxfordFirst broadcast BBC Radio 3, 11 July 2021The White DevilFlamineo - Patrick KennedyVittoria - Anna Maxwell MartinBrachiano - Shaun DingwallFrancisco - Peter WightMonticelso - Sean BakerLudovico - Harry MyersIsabella - Christine KavanaghGasparo - David SeddonCamillo - Sam DaleCornelia - Frances de la TourMarcello - Michael ShelfordGiovanni - Lloyd ThomasHortensio - Tony BellZanche - Pippa Bennett WarnerDr Julio - Jude AkuwudikeAdapted and directed by Marc BeebyFirst broadcast BBC Radio 3, 15 August 2010Role PlayPresented by Michael BillingtonWith Eleanor Bron and Juliet StevensonProduced by Fiona McLeanFirst broadcast BBC Radio 3, 16 July 1997The Skull Beneath the SkinPresented by Muriel BradbrookFirst broadcast BBC Radio 3, 29 October 1980(c)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Wally K. Daly's acclaimed trilogy about alien invasion, plus three more gripping sci-fi thrillersWally K. Daly was a prolific, award-winning dramatist, whose writing credits included Casualty, Juliet Bravo and Doctor Who. He wrote 38 radio plays during his 30-year career, across a range of genres including comedy, horror and science fiction. This collection includes his best-known SF serial, The Scream Trilogy, and three other thrilling sci-fi dramas.The Scream Trilogy - In Before The Screaming Begins, Tom Harris is abducted by aliens on his wedding anniversary, and returned with new, frightening mental powers. The Silent Scream sees the alien invasion gathering pace, and humanity struggling to fend off enemies from without and within. And in With a Whimper to the Grave, the nations of Earth have formed a World Council to combat the threat they face. As the invaders' sinister plans are revealed, the Council takes action... Starring James Laurenson, Donald Hewlett, Patrick Troughton and John Shrapnel.Nightmare World - When a worldwide power failure brings confusion and terror to Earth, one town in every country undergoes a strange and startling transformation. James Laurenson and Nigel Anthony star.2004 - Written in 1995, this dystopian vision of the new millennium imagines a chaotic Britain consumed by lawlessness and violence. Into this troubled landscape steps a new Prime Minister, with a high-tech plan to eliminate crime... Starring Bill Nighy.625Y - In this intriguing two-part drama, research scientist Kate Brown stumbles upon a gene that could determine human lifespan - but when news of her discovery leaks out, events spiral out of control... Amanda Root stars as Kate.NB: Due to the off-air nature of the recordings, the sound quality may varyProduction creditsWritten by Wally K. DalyProduced and directed by Martin Jenkins (The Scream Trilogy), David Hitchinson (Nightmare World, 2004) and Gordon House (625Y)Audio for The Scream Trilogy from Wally K. Daly's own collection, reversioned into three parts by BBC Radio 4 Extra(c) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Wally K. Daly's trilogy of criminal gang capers produced in the style of old British comedy films.Burglar's Bargains: Trouble abounds when two elderly members of a Prisoners' Aid Society decide to use their unique knowledge to pull off 'the robbery of the century'! They rapidly find themselves involved with rival gangs, the Mafia and nude shop assistants at a posh London department store...A Right Royal Rip-Off: Inmates Charles Forbes and George Evans have a nice little scam going on behind bars. The last thing they want is to be released from prison, so they plot an outrageously daring heist - involving the Crown Jewels.The Bigger They Are: Ex-jailbirds Charles and George mastermind a plan to thwart the Mafia, who are plotting to defraud the Bank of England. Anything might happen, and does...Starring Peter Jones as Charles and Lockwood West as George, with Charles Hawtrey, Donald Hewlett and Bernard Bresslaw.
All five series of the tense, fast-paced drama set in an ambulance control room'Ambulance service - is the patient breathing and conscious?' It's a simple question, but call handler Carrie never knows where it might lead. Some calls are life-or-death, others hoaxes - and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The truth is often in the words her callers aren't saying - and it's only by listening hard and reaching out that Carrie can discover what's really going on.Working gruelling 12-hour shifts, the pace is furious, the pressure never lets up, and she finds herself juggling precious resources to try and help everyone in need. Whether it's a man intent on suicide, an acid attack victim, a baby in a bin, or a refugee trapped in a refrigerated lorry, the heart-stopping emergencies keep on coming: and Carrie always keeps her cool. But the relentless stress is taking its toll - and when her judgement is called into question over a patient who later died, she finds her work and her personal life colliding dangerously...Created by prize-winning playwright Al Smith and starring Sarah Ridgeway as Carrie, Life Lines has won numerous awards, including the Gold Award for Best Fictional Storytelling at the 2017 Radio Academy Awards and Best Original Series at the 2020 BBC Audio Drama Awards. This collection brings all five series of this gripping drama together for the first time.Production creditsWritten by Al SmithProduced and directed by Sally AvensProduction Coordinators: Ben Hollands and Mike EtherdenStudio Managers: Caleb Knightley, Jenni Burnett and Mike EtherdenStarring Sarah Ridgeway as Carrie, Michael Jibson as Ian and Nick Underwood, Don Gilet and Rick Warden as WillCastSeries 1Destiny/Nurse - Clare PerkinsDave/Will - Nick UnderwoodMargaret - Elizabeth BennettChris - Tom ForristerConnor - Lloyd HutchinsonDr Farnsworth/Paramedic - James LaileyBen - Joe SimsPenny/Operator - Adie AllenGreg - Jason BarnettJess - Nicola FergusonJenny - Kirsty OswaldAndrew - Brian ProtheroeCaller - Sam RixOwen - Charlie BrandSeries 2Danny - Joe SimsWill - Don GiletBrenda - Emma HandyJames - Lewis BrayRobert - Sean MurrayAnna - Saffron ComberAli - Lizzie StablesJess/Ash - Alex ConstantinidiPoliceman - Cameron PercivalGeraldine/Receptionist - Elizabeth CounsellFiona - Lucy DoyleRobin - Tony TurnerTanzir - Phaldut SharmaKaren - Jeannette PercivalJoe - Liam Lau FernandezMissy - Susie RiddellSeries 3Peter - Jonjo O'NeillMartin/Policeman - Shaun MasonDarren - Michael AjaoMonica - Amelia LowdellGracie/Flo - Laura ChristyLuke/Craig - Will KirkAilsa - Lucy ReynoldsPolice Officer/Bill - Clive HaywardMan/Paramedic - Ikky ElyasChris - Jonny HoldenMike - Greg JonesArthur - Neil McCaulJenny - Sinead MacInnesParamedic - Scarlett CourtneyFrances - Rebecca RootSeries 4Naomi/Martina - Clare CorbettRobin - Samuel JamesAnge - Jane WhittenshawIris - Cecilia AppiahGeorge - Michael BertenshawHugh - Carl PrekoppTheo - Aaron GelkoffPhoebe - Charlotte EastKarl - Luke NunnPolly - Scarlett BrookesConnor - Lloyd HutchinsonFergus - Ian Dunnett JrSeries 5Abbas - Sharif DoraniJoyce - Helen NortonAngelica - Saffron CoomberDevin - Justice RitchieAndy/Paramedic - Shaun MasonTom - Sam DaleJo/Emma - Grace Cooper MiltonGwen/Train Driver - Christine KavanaghPaul - Luke NunnChris/Justin - Joseph AyreMark - Tim McMullanCraig - Justice Ritchie(c) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd(p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
1980s comedy about two city gents who are made redundant, but don't want anyone to know.After commuting to work together for 15 years, Charles and George both lose their jobs, but decide to keep it a secret. Once they finally admit the truth to each other, they kick off their secret new business offering anything legal - but at what cost?Over the course of the series they tackle a horrid child and a bizarre giant, hire a secretary to boost their new business, and their DIY skills arouse their wives' suspicions.Starring Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles.
Francis Matthews stars in this trilogy of crime capers spoofing 1930s Hollywood moviesPaul Temple star Francis Matthews gives his best Cary Grant impression as suave PI Dick George in these three comedy adventures, with Margaret Robertson channelling Katherine Hepburn as his glamorous ex-wife Dora, 'Man in Black' Edward de Souza as his valet, Blore, and Ronald Herdman as Pasta the dog.The Case of the Cool Canary - Dick George's leisurely breakfast is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious, satin-clad beauty, who promptly passes out on his doorstep. Heiress Ruth-Anne Rogers is in trouble - can Dick and Dora protect her from gangsters intent on stealing her fortune? Starring Lisa Jacobs, Nigel Anthony and Harry Towb.The Case of the Substitute Spouse - Married once more, the Georges are spending a weekend in Maine with Dora's old school pal, Connie Morgan. But, arriving at her holiday cottage, they find a sheriff's car parked outside, a body on the rug, and Connie under suspicion of murder. It's up to Dick and Dora to clear her name - and find the killer. Starring Bonnie Hurren, Liza Ross, Bob Sherman and Don Fellows.The Case of the Vanishing Vamp - Dick and Dora are on the brink of divorce - again - and Dick's planning to make film star Loretta Raine the next Mrs George. But his romance with 'The Oops Girl' takes a back seat when he sets out to trace missing ingenue actress Irene Smith. Meanwhile, Dora's playing the leading role in a drama of her own... Starring Liza Ross, Ed Bishop and Nicky Croydon.Cast and creditsWritten by Susan MaxwellDirected by Glyn DearmanStarring Francis Matthews as Dick George, Margaret Robertson as Dora, Edward de Souza as Blore and Ronald Herdman as Pasta the dogThe Case of the Cool CanaryRuth-Ann Rogers/Lucille Lamont - Lisa JacobsLouie - Nigel AnthonyMugsy Moran - Harry TowbCharlie - Alan TilvernFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 September 1986The Case of the Substitute SpouseAntony Legrange - Liza RossBarrett Legrange - Blain FairmanZebediah - Don FellowsConnie Morgan/Operator/Librarian - Bonnie HurrenSheriff Johnson - Bob ShermanFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 February 1989The Case of the Vanishing VampMugsy Moran - Harry TowbLoretta Raine - Liza RossHarry Loomis - Ed BishopJonathan Dane - Peter WhitmanMarie Celeste - Nicky CroydonCentral Casting - Bonnie HurrenFirst broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 July 1992(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Unabridged readings of four spine-tingling storiesThis suspenseful anthology collects together four gripping tales of gruesome scientific experiments and chilling supernatural events - all read in full by some of the very best voice actors. With over 18 hours of electrifying listening, tracked by chapter, these classic tales will have you on the edge of your seat.FrankensteinMary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece about young scientist Victor Frankenstein, whose quest to create new life has horrific consequences... Read by Shaun Mason.A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens' timeless classic about a bitter old miser who has a Christmas epiphany when he is visited by four spirits. Read by Sean BakerThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeRobert Louis Stevenson's famous novella about a doctor who experiments with the duality of human nature - and in doing so creates a monster. Read by Sam Dale.The Turn of the ScrewHenry James' terrifying tale of a governess sent to look after two children in a haunted country house. Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett.Credits:FrankensteinRead by Shaun MasonProduced by Martha LittlehailesFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019A Christmas CarolRead by Sean BakerProduced by Anne BuntingFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeRead by Sam DaleProduced by Julian WilkinsonFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019The Turn of the ScrewRead by Sam Dale and Clare CorbettProduced by Julian WilkinsonFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Unabridged readings of four fictional masterpiecesContained in this collection are four more enduring classics, read in full by some of the very best audiobook narrators. With over 32 hours of irresistible storytelling, tracked by chapter for ease of navigation, this is the perfect way to immerse yourself in these iconic works.Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte's tempestuous tale of passions, betrayal and retribution on the wild Yorkshire moors. Read by Susan Jameson.Silas MarnerGeorge Eliot's heart-warming tour de force about a lonely weaver's search for redemption and hope. Read by Sean Baker.Ethan FromeEdith Wharton's powerful, affecting novella about a poverty-stricken young man attempting to escape a loveless marriage. Read by Joseph Ayre.OrlandoVirginia Woolf's comic biography of a time-travelling hero whose adventures through the centuries include transforming into a heroine... Read by Clare Corbett.Credits:Wuthering HeightsRead by Susan JamesonProduced by Ross BurmanFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019Silas MarnerRead by Sean BakerProduced by Martha LittlehailesFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019Ethan FromeRead by Joseph AyreProduced by Julian WilkinsonFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019OrlandoRead by Clare CorbettProduced by Simon RichardsonFirst broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019(p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltdribution Ltd (c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd