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Dramas which delight and surprise.

Dramas broadcast each weekday afternoon.

AP19990527

MINTY ALLEY

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 98DA0399

First broadcast on 1998-06-12

Recorded on 1998-05-12

Producer: P. FRASER-SOLOMON

Next in series: STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Previous in series: LIKE THE FIRST DEWFALL

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Description

Margaret BUSBY's dramatisation of C.L.R. JAMES's novel. A young man is forced to leave middle-class security and move into a household that seems to thrive on passion and violence.

Subject Categories

drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

12 Jun 1998 14:15-15:00 (RADIO 4)

27 May 1999 14:15-15:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nina Wadia (Actor)

Angela Wynter (Actor)

Martina Laird (Actor)

Dona Croll (Actor)

Vivienne Rochester (Actor)

Burt Caesar (Actor)

Geff Francis (Actor)

Julian Francis (Actor)

Margaret Busby (adap)

C James (Author)

Pam Solomon (Producer)

AP20000526

THE HUNT FOR BILLY CASPER

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 99DN4191

First broadcast on 2000-05-26

Recorded on 2000-03-27

Producer: MELANIE HARRIS

Next in series: THE SECRET PARTS

Previous in series: THE DEEP BLUE SEA

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Description

Written by Jeff YOUNG. A mix of drama, interviews and train journeys in a story of one writer's obsession with the fictional creation of another. With contributions from Ken LOACH, Dai BRADLEY and Barry HINES.

Broadcast history

26 May 2000 14:15-15:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nick Bagnall (Actor)

Jeff Young (Actor)

Paul Fletcher (Actor)

Simon Edwards (Actor)

Elisa Cowley (Actor)

Andrew Scholfield (Actor)

Willian Dixon (Actor)

Luke Sidebottom (Actor)

Melanie Harris (Producer)

AP20040419

Maigret

1/4. Maigret and the Burglar's Wife

By Georges Simenon and dramatised by Alison Joseph.

Paris became the home to one of the greatest figures in detective fiction in Simenon's 103 Maigret stories. A new series is sparked off when a thief's wife comes back from the detective's past. Chief Inspector Maigret last met Ernestine when he was a young policeman, and she refused to put her clothes on so he could arrest her. But now he must choose to believe her story about a murdered woman discovered by her burglar husband, or believe the respectable dentist who denies there ever was a burglary.

Maigret....Nicholas Le Prevost

Simenon....Julian Barnes

Mme Maigret....Julie Legrand

Ernestine....Rachel Atkins

Mme Serre....Jill Johnson

Guillaume Serre....Philip Franks

Janvier....Tom George

Ironmonger's Lad....Scott Brooksbank

Mme Oosting....Jennie Stoller

Moers....Philip Fox

Translator....Alice Hart

Music by Lucinda Mason Brown, performed by the Viper's Dream Quartet.

AP20040420

The Prison Father.

By Caspar Walsh.

The story of a man coming to terms with the memory of his father who wasn't there for him, based on a real sequence of letters sent to writer Caspar Walsh by his own father from prison. Jake Geneva is an apparently successful businessman, but he has a secret which threatens to destroy his relationship with his partner and young son. To resolve his dilemma, he must find a way of escaping from the shadow of his father, who was imprisoned for embezzlement.

Tony Geneva....David Hemmings

Jake Geneva....Mark Meadows

Jake aged 13....Billy Kenber

Natalie....Lisa Coleman

Alex....Edward Blancke

AP20040421

The Promise.

By Pat Davis.

Friendship and fidelity, funerals and flat-pack coffins mark Helen's emotional journey after she receives a letter from an estranged friend.

Helen....Penelope Wilton

Karen....Joanne Froggat

Jenny....Barbara Flynn

Postmistress....Joanna McCullum

Directed by Marc Beeby

AP20040422

One Day.

By Helen Cross.

On Shakespeare's birthday in 1932, two young women set off from Birmingham to witness the opening of the new theatre at Stratford. One dreams of meeting the Prince of Wales who is due to open the building, while the other would be happier going to the local cinema. Meanwhile, the architect, a young woman called Elisabeth Scott, and the producer William Bridges-Adams, are worrying that the building and the play may not earn the praise they hoped for.

Annie....Catherine Skinner

Florrie....Jo Rafferty

Elisabeth Scott....Rachel Atkins

Bridges-Adams....Jon Glover

John....Sam Graham

Ethel....Tina Gray

Joan....Gillian Goodman

Prince....Bertie Carvel

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20040423

The Rainbow Nation

3/3. Banana Republic

Marking ten years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. Award winning actor, writer and satirist Greig Coetzee plays Robbie, a self-employed mechanic, who has the dress-code and table manners of Crocodile Dundee. To a young couple from the city he appears to be a dinosaur from the old South Africa, but there is more to Robbie than meets the eye.

Leanne....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Mike....Mark Faith

Robbie....Greig Coetzee

Driver....Don McCorkindale

Shadrack....Sibusiso Mamba

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20040504

A Nice Little Trip to Spain

By Don Taylor

With Jack Shepherd as George.

The story of Great Uncle Jack's heroic death in the Spanish Civil War is family folklore. But when the unmarked graves begin to be opened, there are as many secrets dug up, as bodies- and George gets a shock

Jeremy....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Father Tomaso....Daniel Evans

Ramon....John Grillo

The Old Woman....Patricia Leventon

Luiz....Ed Weeks

Conchita....Morag Cross

Directed by Ellen Dryden

AP20040505

A Rain of Stones

By Wole Soyinka

Africa's most famous living playwright and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Wole Soyinka, with a repeat of his play for Radio 4. A thought provoking and atmospheric play that explores religious fanaticism. An archaeological discovery reveals the source of the oldest religion ever, and is the cause of extreme action.

Dr. Meklis....Patrice Naiambana

Dedau/Sekumi....Madhav Sharma

Risela....Priyanga Elan

Hezra....Rashid Karapiet

Directed by Pauline Harris

AP20040506

In May 1904 the Pere Lachaise cemetery opened in Paris. Father Francois de la Chaise was Louis XIV's confessor, and in this commissioned drama for the year of its centenary the figure of Father Lachaise acts as the confessor to some of the famous figures interred in the cemetery named after him. Safely dead and beyond the reach of earthly judgement, they bare their souls to him in an attempt to secure a more divine and permanent justice.

Some of Britain's best contemporary writers to choose their sinners:

Colette, written by Michele Roberts.

Jim Morrison, written by Geoff Dyer.

Sarah Bernhardt, written by Louise Welsh.

Guillaume Apollinaire, written by Martin Sorrell.

Abelard and Eloise, written by Paul Bailey.

AP20040507

Like An Angel

By A L Kennedy

Nicky is a new mini-cab driver trying to study for the knowledge in his spare time. His relationship is on the rocks and his life seems out of control. Charlie is his passenger, a crazy old man who wears an ill-fitting sergeant's battledress jacket and wants to talk about the war. There's a tube strike, the traffic isn't moving and the two unlikely companions are forced to spend time together.

But as Nicky finds out, Charlie isn't crazy - he's in love.

Charlie Ainsley....Freddie Jones

Nicky....Sean Hughes

Young Charlie....David Birrell

Young Millie....Clare Corbett

Millie....June Barrie

Directed by Kate McAll

AP20040510

4/4. Maigret's Little Joke

By Georges Simenon

Dramatised by Alison Joseph

When a particularly sensational murder takes place in Paris, Chief Inspector Maigret is on holiday and must follow the investigation like any member of the public, through newspapers and news flashes. How can he keep his promise to Mme Maigret and let Inspector Janvier get on with solving the crime when he is haunted by the question: why the devil was the murdered woman naked?

Maigret....Nicholas Le Prevost

Simenon....Julian Barnes

Mme Maigret....Julie Legrand

Dr Pardon....Phillip Joseph

The Waiter....Philip Fox

Lassagne....Harry Myers

Martine Chapuis....Jaimi Barbakoff

Young Woman at Next Table....Cherie Taylor-Battiste

Young Man at Next Table....Chris Moran

Mademoiselle Jusserand....Rachel Atkins

Victor....Ioan Meredith

AP20040511

Life is a Dream

By Shelagh Stephenson

Sam Lazarus is a billionaire with a conscience. When he happened to invent a special style of drinks carton 10 years earlier he had no idea he would end up rich as Croesus with two monstrous children and Patricia - an anorexic, botox junkie wife, who won't sleep with him.

So, when one day he wakens to find himself in parallel reality, in which he is married to his childhood sweetheart and Hilary Clinton is President, he thinks he has died and gone to heaven.

But can he prevent himself regressing to his former life and misery? Or has he at last found a way through the membrane?

Sama Lazarus....Nathan Osgood

Patricia Lazarus....Kristin Marks

Hope Laurenson....Lorelei King

Dr Greenblatt....John Guerassio

Jim Bryson....John Chancer

The Hooker....Larissa Murray

Nat....Tom Raphael Eaves

Phoebe....Amanda Gordon

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

AP20040512

Einstein in Cromer

By Mark Burgess

In the summer of 1933, Professor Albert Einstein - arguably the greatest scientist of the 20th century - stepped off the ferry

at Dover carrying one bag and a battered violin case. He was to spend a month's 'cheerful exile' in Cromer.

David Suchet plays Einstein in Mark Burgess's play.

Einstein....David Suchet

Douglas....Robert Harper

Mrs Rose....Jean Trend

Commander Locker-Lampson....John Evitts

Inspector Hutchinson....Trevor Nichols

Father / Harry Herbert....Trevor Littledale

Pianist: David Angus

Violinist: Chris Phipps

Director: David Blount

AP20040513

The Cenci Family by Lizzie Hopley.

Rome, 1599. A young girl, Beatrice Cenci, stands trial for the murder of her father Francesco Cenci, the first Godfather

of the Italian mafia.

Guido Reni....Daniel Evans

Beatrice Cenci....Sally Hawkins

Cardinal Savella....Gerrard McArthur

Pope Clement VIII....Ronald Pickup

Bishop Camillo....Owen Teale

Bernardo....Peter Innes

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20040601

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Five new tales of mystery and murder, inspired by the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and written by Bert Coules, the chief writer behind BBC Radio 4's celebrated dramatisations of the complete Sherlock Holmes canon.

3/5. The Tragedy of Hanbury Street

Charlotte Adams is young, idealistic and happily absorbed in her volunteer work among the poor and suffering of the East End. So why should she kill herself?

Sherlock Holmes....Cliver Merrison

Dr Watson....Andrew Sachs

Mrs Adams....Lindsay Duncan

Miss Wallace....Colette O'Neil

Charlotte....Lydia Leonard

Matthew Crosby....John Rowe

Jonathan Crosby....Chris Moran

Treeves....Philip Fox

Mrs Quilley....Frances Jeater

Directed by Patrick Rayner

AP20040602

Visiting Time

Aileen Ritchie's darkly comic observational drama about the tentative friendship between two middle-aged carers who meet in hospital while visiting their elderly mothers.

Doreen....Louise Goodall

Edith....Eileen McCallum

Sarah....Colette O'Neil

Nurse....Wendy Seager

Consultant....Simon Tait

Calum....Jimmy Yuill

Directed by Lu Kemp

AP20040603

All Shook Up

By Ian McMillan

Elvis Lives! In North Yorkshire, and a middle-aged woman's sightings of the King have turned her into a local celebrity and put Ryedale right on the Elvis map of fame.

With Deborah McAndrew and Fine Time Fontayne

Produced by Viv Beeby

AP20040604

The Chair:

In his lonely room on the sixteenth floor, a man thinks he's finally on the brink of realising his long-held ambition - to be appointed Chair of Comedy at a major Irish University. But is he really just on the brink of going mad? Either way, the Vice-Chancellor isn't returning his calls.

Written and performed by Ian Macpherson.

AP20040607

First Born

by Alex Crowe

Tony appears to have it all: a successful career in the city, impressive flat and car, plus a beautiful weekend lover, Siobhan. But when she announces that she is pregnant, Tony flies into a self destructive pattern that threatens to destroy him and all those whom he loves.

Tony....Jonathan Firth

Siobhan....Fiona Glascott

Ian....Mark Homer

Directed by Debby Marsh.

AP20040608

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Five new tales of mystery and murder, inspired by the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and written by Bert Coules, the chief writer behind BBC Radio 4's celebrated dramatisations of the complete Sherlock Holmes canon.

Starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes, and Andrew Sachs as Dr John Watson

4/5. The Case of the Determined Client.

One man lies dead, the other seriously wounded. But the resourceful Miss Addleton cannot believe the police's version of events, and engages Holmes to save her father's good name.

Caroline Addleton....Fritha Goodey

Willam Addleton....Ian Masters

Thomas Addleton....Philip Fox

Frederick Addleton....Rhys Meredith

Mrs Sinden....Joanna McCallum

Lawyer....John Rowe

Director: Patrick Rayner

AP20040609

The Sound of Silence

By Shelley Silas

Five women meet on a silent retreat, and each has a different reason for being there. Their interwoven monologues tell five different versions of the same two days.

Fay....Marlene Sidaway

Jo....Helen Longworth

Lucy....Caroline Hayes

Grace....Carolyn Pickles

Annie....Tracey Wilkinson

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20040610

Beryl Du Jour

By Jane Purcell

It's Beryl's fiftieth tomorrow, and nothing's going right, not her hairdressing, not husband Harvey, certainly not son Freddie's parcels of washing. She has a deep sense of unfulfillment, which even her new job as a volunteer telephone counsellor can't fix. Then she discovers what the salon's used for in the evening. It could be a whole new life.

Beryl....Sharon Duce

Mim....Alison Dowling

Mrs H....Ann Beach

Tilly....Mia Soteriou

Harvey....Brian Capron

Freddie....Ben Crowe

Lucien....Peter Forbes

Mr Bannister....Roger Sloman

Directed by Chris Wallis

AP20040611

The English Civil War

By Paul Farley

A cavalier walks into an out of town supermarket and holds the customers to ransom. Is he a genuine time-traveller or an ecological warrior with a unique campaign style?

Cavalier....Robert Bathurst

Delphinium....Petra Letang

Manager....Becky Hindley

Student/negotiator....Tom George

Security guard....Ben Crowe

2nd customer....Margaret Cabourn-Smith

Director....Emma Harding

Producer....Robert Ketteridge

AP20040614

Forever Mine

Martin Jarvis directs Robert Shearman's latest comedy of relationships. In a somewhat surprising setting, Mary and David Warburton, happily married for a long time, meet again after a three year gap. But what will Fiona say? And who exactly is Angela?

Mary....Pauline Collins

Angela....Janie Dee

David....Richard Briers

Fiona....Jane Goddard

Director....Martin Jarvis

Producer....Rosalind Ayres

AP20040622

The Other Constance Chatterley

By Martyn Wade

A romantic black comedy set in a legal firm in London in the earlier part of the twentieth century which is facing bankruptcy. The staff are down to two, Mr Greene and Miss Priestley, the latter has doted on her affable but hopeless boss for many years. She has always come up with all the ideas to save the firm, and she finally picks what she hopes might be a winner.

However, to avoid ruin, they may have to become involved in actions beyond the call of duty.

AP20040623

The Wall

By Rachel Joyce

Every day Flo goes and visits The Watts Memorial Wall of Heroic Deeds in Postman's Park. Years ago, when she was a young woman and about to be engaged, something happened which has haunted Flo ever since. Now, perhaps the stories from the Wall Deeds can help her to confront the past and lay an old secret to rest.

Flo....Stella Quilley

Len....Paul Nicholson

Sarah Smith....Niamh Cusack

Samuel Rabbeth....Paul Venables

Mary Rogers....Amelia Bullmore

Boy....Felix Drake

Directed by Kate McAll

AP20040624

Church Ladies

By Aileen Gonsalves.

The church ladies do everything - polish the candlesticks, iron the vestments and arrange the flowers. So when their favourite choirmaster is sacked by the new priest, they are less than impressed. They down tools and go on strike, determined to get Mr Dibfield reinstated. But Father Nick is equally determined to keep him away, favouring the guitar-playing Lorraine as a replacement. A fierce battle, testing loyalties as well as vocal chords, ensues.

Doreen....Kate Binchy

Audrey....Rita Davies

Mabel....Leena Dhingra

Lorraine....Aileen Gonsalves

Mr Dibfield/The Bishop....Edward Halsted

Gloria....Jamilla Massey

Joan....Vivienne Moore

Father Nick....Andrew Westfield

Directed and produced by Elizabeth Freestone.

AP20040625

The Bride's Chamber: Adapted by Michael Eaton from Charles Dickens's The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices. Dickens has a ghostly experience while on a walking tour with Wilkie Collins.

AP20040628

May Child

By Elizabeth Kuti

Patricia Routledge stars as Margaret in this poignant play about coming to terms with the past. On Margaret's 67th birthday, an uninvited guest calls who shares the same birthday. The teenager, May, seems to know more about Margaret's life than she should. So who is she and what does she really want?

Margaret....Patricia Routledge

May....Emily Fleeshman

Ron....Roy Hudd

Produced and directed by Tanya Nash.

Then News.

Happy Never After

By James O'Neill, Martin Shea and Eamonn O'Neill.

Tony is on top of the world: he's a happy, successful, 30-something chef with a lovely wife and a small son. One day, however, he goes to his doctor for a routine medical examination only to be told that he's dead. Physically and clinically dead. Tony demands a second opinion - he gets it and the diagnosis is confirmed.

AP20040629

Full English

By Brian B Thompson

Terry and Inna met through a Russian internet dating agency. When she visits him in London, will she find a hero in paradise or a slob in slacks? Brian B Thompson takes a comic look at the England that greets those who arrive in search of opportunity and prosperity.

Terry....Ray Burdis

Inna....Sheyla Shehovich

Stan....Bruce Byron

Lil....Sharon Duce

O'Connell/Len....Ewan Bailey

Directed by Toby Swift

AP20040630

One Up, One Down

By DJ Britton

London is swinging in 1963, and Charlotte is looking for love. She might find it, if Marge would stop interfering.

Marge....Lucinda Cowden

Charlotte....Lynne Seymour

Dimitri....Richard Elfyn

Holman Harty....Simon Ludders

Directed by Alison Hindell

AP20040701

Marriage According to Chekov

Two one-act plays and a short story to mark the centenary of the death of Anton Chekhov. Celebrating the comic side of his work, The Proposal, Foiled and The Wedding take a sideways look at the preparations for three different marriages.

With Richard Elfyn, Nicholas Farrell, Clare Holman, Simon Ludders, John McAndrew, Christine Pritchard, Richard Tate and Stephen Thorne.

AP20040702

How to Leave Badenweiler

By Michael Butt

A Chekhovian story about the death of Chekhov to mark the centenary of the great writer's death.

Chekov....Jonathan Pryce

Olga Knipper....Kate Fahy

Marcel....Conleth Hill

Daniel....Raymond Coulthard

Leon....Ben Crowe

Dr Schwohrer....John Rowe

Mrs Hunter....Joanna McCallum

AP20040726

The Parting

By Tanika Gupta

When four men miss the 6.32 train they find themselves spending the evening in the small bar at the station. Sam, the bartender, becomes a confidante as each man relates why they wanted to be on that particular train.

Sam....Trevor Peacock

Foster....Don McCorkindale

Jimmy.Ewan Bailey

Soldier....Danny Dyer

Cranky....Calum Callaghan

Directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20040727

Partial Eclipse of the Heart

By Sarah Daniels

A death, a birth and a small miracle as three women meet for the first time in tragic circumstances.

Elaine....Penelope Wilton

Cara....Anastasia Hille

Pearl....Lorna Gayle

Directed by Sally Avens

AP20040728

Sara

By Melissa Murray

With Sophie Thompson as Sara Coleridge.

In 1826, Coleridge's daughter stopped off on a coach journey to London, and on the spur of the moment decided to stay on in her inn room indefinitely, leaving her husband and children to fend for themselves. She had very good reasons for this extraordinary decision - one of them being a desperate hope that she could cure herself of the addiction that had so

blighted her father's life.

Henry....Scott Handy

Coleridge....Clive Merrison

Mrs Wren....Carolyn Pickles

Doctor....David Timson

Tom....David Holt

Mary....Sarah Paul

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20040729

Mustard Seed

By Nick Warburton

A traveller passing through a remote village finds himself at the centre of a desperate request. A deserted mother implores him to cure her only son. A beautiful touching story based on a Buddhist fable.

The Traveller....Jim Norton

Katherine....Emma Fielding

Robert....Stephen Hogan

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20040730

Stan

By Neil Brand

Seventy-five years after Laurel and Hardy talked in their first talking picture, Tom Courtenay takes on the role of Stan Laurel in a poignant and powerful farewell to Oliver Hardy. As death finally threatens to separates the greatest double-act in film comedy, Stan tries to say the things which have been left unsaid. August, 1957.

Stan....Tom Courtenay

Ollie....Ewan Bailey

Woman....Barbara Barnes

Uncle Cecil....Ed Bishop

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20040802

Saying Goodbye to Mac

by Mike Peck

Comic drama documentary, an autobiographical account of how Mike Peck has learnt to live with and deal with his brain tumour, a malevolent character he calls Mac.

Mikey....Chris MacDonnell

The Wife....Melanie Hudson

Mac....Bill Wallis

AP20040803

Blunt Speaking

Written and performed by Corin Redgrave

In November 1979 Sir Anthony Blunt had his knighthood revoked. This personal portrait speculates on the hopes, fears and regrets of the art historian and fourth member of the Cambridge circle of spies.

Anthony Blunt....Corin Redgrave

Margaret Thatcher/Nanny....Kika Markham

Directed by Keith Slade.

AP20040804

Forever Young

By Maggie Graham

Tommy Bannon is a successful music and fashion photographer - but his one great love is his wife and when she dies of cancer Tommy suddenly begins to feel old. When he buys a skateboard and takes to the streets his family dont know if hes desperately trying to regain his youth - or just losing touch with reality.

Tommy....Tony roper

Colette....Kathryn howden

Jake....William barlow

Gem....Isabelle joss

Billy....Simon tait

Barman/Shop assistant....Grant orourke

Other parts played by the cast

Directed by Bruce Young.

AP20040805

Free Gift

By Israel Horovitz

Maureen Lipman portrays an Englishwoman in New York who found the most wonderful free gift when a child was left on her doorstep. She lives in fear that the gift might be taken away.

Roselle....Maureen Lipman

Heather....Sophie Okonedo

Max....Daniel Anthony

Pianist: Leon Michener

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20040806

A Game of Marbles

By Stephen Wyatt

When the Elgin Marbles first came to England they provoked bitter battles over taste, artistic value and national heritage.

Centaur....Paul Scofield

Townly....Nicholas Boulton

Payne Knight....Alec McCowen

Elgin....Robert Glenister

Haydon....Carl Prekopp

Elizabeth....Tracy Wiles

Minister....Ian Masters

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20040813

A Son Like Mine

By Sonia Hughes

A mother finds a gun in her house, she knows it belongs to her son. What does she do?

A Son Like Mine is a drama documentary featuring the real voices of mothers who have seen their sons caught up in gang and gun culture. A powerful and moving insight into real experiences of fear, bereavement, prison, and love. At the heart of the drama is a powerful poetic monologue which follows the journey of a mother who finds a gun in her house and has to decide what to do.

Monologue performed by Maxine Burth.

Interviews by Claire Jenkins.

Directed by Katherine Beacon.

AP20040816

They Are a Married Couple

By Sheila Goff

Set in a fish restaurant, a compassionate study of the secrets and lies behind a 50 year old marriage.

Thomas....Chris Langham

Katherine....Brigit Forsyth

Serena....Carla Henry

German Woman/Lou....Christine Brennan

AP20040817

Fighting Shaw's Corner

By Lesley Bruce

Prunella Scales plays George Bernard Shaw's brisk, respectable secretary. Her plans to be First Lady in his life are thwarted by his dragon housekeeper Mrs Laden, and Lady Nancy Astor, recently retired from parliament and in need of a 'big project'.

Blanche Patch....Prunella Scales

Lady Astor....Sian Phillips

Mrs Laden....Ellie Haddington

John Wardrop....Tom Smith

FE Loewenstein....Gerard McDermott

Stephen Winsten....David Timson

GB Shaw....John Rowe

Pianist: Helen Crayford

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20040818

Secrets in Sepia

By Val Syms

It's a bit of a shock for Lilian when her sister Mabel dies suddenly, but it's nothing compared to the surprises waiting in Mabel's photo album. Jean Alexander plays Lilian in this comedy of family affairs.

Lilian....Jean Alexander

Walter....Anthony Wingate

Mr Mills....Stefan Escreet

Dorothy....Eithne Brown

Edna....Melissa Sinden

Miles....Roger Delves-Broughton

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20040819

The End of the Pier

A couple go to Southend to walk the longest pier in the world. She is an academic. He is a bass player. The pier is a triumph of fun over common sense. The play, set in real time, is about couples, communication, and cracking seaside humour.

Zoe....Katy Cavanagh

Tom....Shaun Dooley

Comic....Christopher Green

Ticket Lady....Sandy Walsh

Barman....Philip Fox

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20040820

Christopher Himself

David Suchet, Adam Godley, Bernard Cribbins and Sylvestra Le Touzel star in a new dramatisation of Prater Violet, Christopher Isherwood's novel about his creative coming of age in the movie world of the 1930s. To mark the 100th anniversary of Isherwood's birth, his former partner, Don Bachardy and scholar Kate Bucknell, explore the unique ways in which he used his own life-story in his fiction.

Written by Philip Glassboro, with music specially arranged and performed by Guy Meredith.

Then News

AP20040823

The Film Journal of Eve Arnold

By Elizabeth Lewis

Eve Arnold's photographs of the great Hollywood stars captured moments of intimacy and trust between subject and photographer and set a new style in photojournalism.

Dramatised scenes combined with archive interviews bring some of these sessions to life.

Eve....Lorelei King

Marlene Dietrich....Sian Phillips

Joan Crawford....Manon Edwards

Marilyn Monroe....Sara McGaughey

Clark Gable....Richard Elfyn

Juana....Alex Alderton

Directed by Alison Hindell.

AP20040824

Shopping For Happiness

By Gillian Clarke

While clearing the accumulated trinkets from the family home, Lowri has to reassess the reasons for her mother's obsession with shopping.

Angel....Annette Badland

Lowri....Nickie Rainsford

Young Lowri....Katy Owen

Waitress....Helen Griffin

Mummy....Bethan Morgan

Directed by Alison Hindell

AP20040825

So Great A Crime

By David Gooderson

The suicide of Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald in 1903 provoked a storm of controversy. Was he guilty of paedophilia? Or was he an innocent victim caught up in a web of lies and class prejudice? Based on the few known facts, David Gooderson's play weaves together fact and fiction to create the most likely scenario and thereby attempts to solve the mystery for the first time.

Hector MacDonald....Gary Lewis

Lord Roberts....Chris Briggs

Governor....John Rowe

Lady Ridgeway....Charlotte West-Oram

Hugh Phipps....Tom Roberts

Rev Neville Bayliss....Bertie Carvell

Vikram de Saram....Marcus Stephen Fernando

Christina MacDonald....Nicola Grier

Sergeant....Paul Wallis

Directed by Jenny Stephens

AP20040826

Every Eye. By Isobel English. Dramatised by Michelene Wandor.

A love story set in London and Ibiza between the wars, by a much underrated English novelist. Hatty is young and desperate to fall in love but she is self-conscious about her looks. Then she meets Cynthia, an older woman who encourages her to be confident and follow her heart, but Hatty takes her advice perhaps a little too literally...

Cyn....Jennie Stoller

Hatty....Alice Hart

Stephen....Bertie Carvel

Otway....John Rowe

Ted....Crispin Bonham-Carter

Mother....Joanna McCallum

Jasper....Philip Fox

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20040902

Signs and Wonders

By Frankie Bailey.

When Guy's wife leaves him, he flees to London where an encounter with an unusual young woman makes him question his whole life thus far.

Guy....Keith Barron

Jessica....Emily Woof

Elaine....Lizzie McInnerny

Student....Paul Panting

Old Man....David Shaw-Parker

Doctor....Beth Chalmers

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

AP20040903

Masks

By Jennie Buckman

In the church of Ospedale della Pietà, an idealistic young poet falls in love with beauty. But in Venice, 1735, nothing is what it seems.

Bella....Geraldine James

Guida....Raymond Coulthard

Emanuel....Geoffrey Whitehead

Prudencia....Katy Cavenagh

Enzo....Geoffrey Streatfeild

Soprano....Eliana Pretorian

Flute....Francesca Thompson

Directed by Marc Beeby

AP20040906

The Kamikaze Handbook

By Lavinia Greenlaw.

In occupied Japan at the end of the Second World War a 16 year old schoolgirl gets hold of a copy of the training manual for Kamikaze pilots. It teaches her how to avenge the death of her father and the occupation of her homeland.

Yumi Tatsuo....Annie Graham Brown

The Kamikaze Handbook....Bertie Carvel

Keiko....Sophie Tyrrell

The Mother....Mia Soteriou

Ritsu....Jacqueline Tong

The Veteran....John Telfer

Bobby....Stephen Perring

Ryuchi Katori....Philip McCormack

The GI / Teacher....Carl Prekopp

Spiteful Girl....Hannah Warmington

Produced by Jeremy Howe

AP20040907

The Detox

By Rebecca Saire

When gastronomes, Kate and Oliver embark on a 'cold turkey' detox, they little imagine that a few bodily improvements may be a poor reward for a deeply turbulent relationship.

Kate....Samantha Bond

Oliver....Roger Allam

Chloe....Rebecca Front

Lucy....Helen Atkinson Wood

Robert....Hugh Ross

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

AP20040908

A Journey Round My Room

By Xavier de Maistre

When the French aristocrat, Xavier de Maistre, is put under house arrest in Turin in 1790, he decides to travel in a new way.

Count Xavier de Maistre....Richard Coyle

Joanetti/Beggar....Iestyn Jones

Madame de Hautcastel/Maid....Sara McGaughey

Produced by Gilly Adams

Dramatised by Peter G Morgan.

AP20040909

McNaughton

By Steve Gooch.

1843. The cells beneath the Old Bailey. Daniel McNaughton awaits the verdict of his trial for the murder of the Prime Minister's Secretary. Writer Steve Gooch traces this true story, which made legal history, by letting Daniel, a humble wood-turner, tell us his side in his own words.

Daniel McNaugton....Ian Hogg

Other voices....Tom George

Directed by Penny Gold

AP20040910

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

1/4. The Daddy

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, takes on her first case - and a news secretary.

Mme Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Happy Bapetsi....Gbemisola Ikumelo

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mr Patel....Bhasker Patel

The Daddy....Ben Thomas

AP20040914

What is Missing from your Life?

About a year ago, writer Stephanie Dale wrote to 200 women living in Birmingham asking a single, simple question, "What is missing from your life?" Replies came back in the form of letters and emails from women of all ages and backgrounds, offering an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of women in Britain's second city.

Working in collaboration with documentary maker Sara Conkey and drama producer Peter Leslie Wild, Dale then created a drama which takes its cue from the women's letters, weaving around them and exploring some of the themes and issues they raise.

The result is a haunting tapestry blending drama and documentary, a journey into the longings of women in Birmingham today.

Margaret Jackman plays Irene, the elderly lady who remembers a letter written by herself some 50 years ago (her younger self is played by Catherine Skinner). The journalist researching Irene's obsession is played by Victoria Worsley, while her colleague Alan, himself coming to terms with an impending loss, is played by Tom Roberts

AP20040916

The Man Who Mistook His Life for an Organiser

by Mike Harris

A comic tale of what happens when technology takes over one man's life.

Cynthia....Emma Gregory

Della....Rebecca Saire

Nigel....Nicholas Murchie

Margot....Deborah Findlay

Pat....Rebecca Saire

Ralph....Philip Jackson

Produced by Clive Brill.

AP20040917

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

The second of four plays adapted from the first two books in Smiths enormously successful and popular series set in Botswana.

Episode 2: The Bone

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, sets out to discover the truth about Nandira Patels boyfriend and to solve the case of the mysterious bone.

Charlie Gotso....Jude Akuwudike

Mme Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Charlie's Assistant....Maynard Eziashi

Dr Gulubane....Peter Gevisser

Witchdoctor's Wife....Heather Mann

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mr Patel....Bhasker Patel

Nandira Patel....Tehmina Sacranie

Produced and Directed by Gaynor MacFarlane.

AP20040920

Far Country

By Kathryn Heyman.

A play about the differences between worlds, about misplaced intentions, and the difficulty of righting wrongs.

1974. In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Vanessa flies to Australia to work on an outback mission. Here she meets Helen, a young Aboriginal woman.

Far Country is the story of the deep and difficult friendship between these two women and of how much they have to learn from each other.

Peter....Robin Cameron

Pilot/Tim....Kerry Francis

Helen....Federay Holmes

Father Alan....Michael Siberry

Vanessa....Tracy Wiles

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20040928

Faith, Hope and Charity

Another chance to hear Michael Duke's widely-praised trilogy of interlinked plays.

1/3. Faith

Mairi lives in a top floor flat, mostly happily, always alone. Lately she listens to the man downstairs: Singing as he cooks lunch; arriving and leaving; showering.

She knows his CD collection; she hears him on the phone; she likes his laugh - but she's never actually seen him. Her friends begin to worry that she's developing an obsession. Mairi's losing it and she won't be saved. When she finally meets the man, she's certain that there's something between them - they laugh together, he invites her to dinner, and Mairi returns to her friends triumphant. She borrows clothes for the date, comes downstairs at the appointed time, and knocks on his door and it's now that Mairi's faith in the man existence begins to look like nothing more than pure folly...

Mairi....Julie Austin

Duncan....Gary Lewis

Tina....Julie Duncanson

Mr Ferguson....Peter Grimes

Mrs Ferguson....Deirdre Davis

Hilary....Eliza Langland

AP20040929

Faith, Hope and Charity

By Michael Duke.

2/3. Hope

Vincent's willingness to talk about his painful experience of the Troubles in Northern Ireland has made him a media celebrity but brought him no personal peace dividend. Julia has her own secret reasons for wanting to know what life is worth in the shadow of those who died. They seem, on the surface at least, to make a hopeless pair.

Vincent....Richard Dormer

Julia....Wendy Seager

Stewart....Steven McNicoll

Duncan....Gary Lewis

Interviewer....Peter Grimes

Father....James Bryce

Directed by Patrick Rayner.

AP20040930

Charity: Final part of a trilogy by Michael Duke. Robin's wife is fed up with his dull and unromantic nature. To save his marriage, he embarks upon a Good Samaritan mission.

AP20041001

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

4/4. Tears of the Giraffe

Mr JLB Matekoni has a surprise for Mma Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Meanwhile, the case of the missing American man has still to be solved.

Mma Potokwani....Janice Acquah

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mrs Curtin....Nancy Crane

Jeweller....Emmanuel Ighodaro

Motholeli/University Secretary....Gbemisola Ikumelo

Philemon....Chuk Iwuji

Dr Ranta....Willie Jonah

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Produced and Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

AP20041004

Macmorris

By John Morrison

In John Morrison's comic fantasy some of the minor characters in Shakespeare's cannon have decided that they want bigger and better parts. A rebellion is led by Captain Macmorris from Henry V, the only Irish character in the whole body of Shakespeare's work.

Macmorris....Gerard McSorley

Jamie....Gerard Kelly

Fluellen....Alan David

Gower....Jeremy Child

Shakespeare....David Schofield

His servant....David Holt

Iago....Philip Fox

Juliet's Nurse....Jillie Meers

Yorick....Jon Glover

Henry V....Damian Lynch

Directed by Tanya Nash.

AP20041005

Isabella and the Pot of Basil

By John Keats

Isabella loves Lorenzo but her brothers want him dead. Young love turns to gothic nightmare in this classic tale of passion, murder and a pot of basil. With original songs by David Chilton.

Narrator....Miriam Margolyes

Isabella....Janie Dee

Lorenzo....Rashan Stone

Brothers....Stephen Hogan and Nicolas Boulton

Original music composed and performed by David Chilton.

Directed by Claudine Toutoungi.

AP20041006

Selling Immortality

By Stephen Wakelam

It's only a small painting by a little known Renaissance master but it seems to have an uncanny power - and not just because of its beauty. Anyone who sells it dies soon after. But it also has the power to change lives for the better, as a young man finds out on a voyage to Italy.

Wygal....Alec McCowen

Neil....Adam Kotz

Vessey....James Hazeldine

James....Adam James

Paulo....Stephen Rashbrook

Directed by John Burgess

AP20041007

A Brief Interruption

For some time God has been meaning to speak directly to people and after some trial and error with various knobs he manages to break into the BBC Afternoon Play where he settles down with a cup of tea to try and resolve a few things.

His train of thought is interrupted by faxes (which he must not answer, he must not get directly involved), but one of them catches his eye and before he knows it he is telling us about what happened to a little girl and her cat that she never let out of her sight

Ben Steiner's first play for radio stars Tom Courtenay as God.

AP20041008

Casting Shadows: By Mark Burgess.

Three famous Brighton residents share some theatrical gossip - and a slice or two of fruit cake - on a summer's afternoon in 1962.

Max Miller....Roy Hudd

Laurence Olivier....Keith Drinkel

Terence Rattigan....David Collings

Vera....Jean Trend

Director David Blount.

AP20041011

Tell Jake To Sleep On The Roof

By Alison Joseph

In 1914 the great "Woman Rebel" and campaigner for birth control Margaret Sanger had a relationship with eminent Fabian and sexual campaigner Havelock Ellis. It was to shake his free-love marriage to Edith forever. Using their letters and autobiographies, the play recreates that year and asks, can history ever tell the truth?

Margaret Sanger....Briony Glassco

Havelock Ellis....David Collings

Edith Ellis....Richenda Carey

Comstock....Gavin Muir

Mother 1....Beth Chalmers

Mother 2....Alison Pettitt

Directed by Marion Nancarrow.

AP20041012

Well, That's One Way of Looking at It

By Brenda Gilhooly

A comedy of self deception, in which a wife, a husband and his mistress show just how differently three people can interpret the same situation.

Patricia....Brenda Gilhooly

Jane....Olivia Colman

John....Kevin Eldon

Other parts....Paul Panting and John Hasler

AP20041013

Solitary

By Tommy Rogan

When Jimmy Gordon decides to escape the pressures of his middle aged executive life, he takes up the ancient and noble profession of hermit. But his escape is short-lived as he becomes the centre of national and international media attention, and finds himself besieged in a remote coastal location.

Jimmy....David Shaw-Parker

Gavin....Stephen Critchlow

Rachel....Fiona Clarke

Carla....Bella Merlin

Inspector....Robert Lister

Policeman....Sean Connolly

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20041014

Bubble

By Andrea Porter and Fraser Grace

27 years ago poet Andrea Porter's life changed in a horrific car accident. This is the dramatised story of what happened using the poet's own verse.

Her....Helen Longworth

Him....Jason Hughes

Man/GP....Gerard McDermott

Hostess/Nurse....Sally Rogers

Mr Bridgeworth....Roy North

Boy....Alex Slater

Ben/Young Doctor....Nicholas Boulton

Dave/Consultant....Stephen Hogan

Beattie....Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Anastasia Tolstoy

AP20041015

Barbara Allen

By David Pownall.

The mystery of love's compelling power, explored in a drama based on one of the best-loved folk-songs of all time. The story of high-born Gemmy Grove's obsession with the beautiful artisan girl Barbara Allen.

John....Keith Barron

Jemmy....Benedict Sandiford

Barbara Allen....Honeysuckle Weeks

Silas....Adam Godley

Mrs Allen....Natasha Pyne

Mary....Jennie Stoller

Barnswell....Philip Joseph

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20041018

Slam-Bangin' Home Again

By Peter Hunter and David C Johnson.

Jimi is 28, unemployed and living with his mum in a falt in Bristol. Life looks up when Comet, caretaker by day and performance poet outside hours, introduces him to Kipling and to the world of poetry slamming. Before long Jimi's signed up for his debut slam.

Jimi....Matthew Thomas

Derek/Comet....Everal A walsh

Karen....Katherine Rogers

Shona....Susie Fugle

Slam Hosts....Peter Hunter and David C Johnson

With Guy Moseley, Mark O'Donovan and Ben Norman.

Produced by Sara Davies

AP20041019

Another Big Day: Simon Burt's gentle comedy about modern attitudes to marriage, love and the problematic meaning of forever. A small catering company serves up a feast at a countryside wedding.

Olive....Ann Beach

Marjorie....Colette O'Neil

Becky....Sarah Smart

Katy....Laura Doddington

Best man's speech....James Frost

Then News

AP20041020

The Church of the Cosmic Cheese

By Miles Gibson.

The true story of a sixteenth century Italian miller whose independent and inquiring mind led him to develop his own bizarre cosmology, in his own words:

"All was chaos, that is earth, air, water and fire were mixed together, and out of that bulk a mass formed - just as cheese is made out of milk - and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels. And the greatest of the worms was God. "

AP20041021

Till the Words Come Back

By Val Syms

Eleven year-old Liam is a bit of a lad, a joy to behold and a pain in the bum, depending on who you are. But everyone's agreed, he can't stop talking - until he gets run over by a bus, and everything changes.

Maria....Joy Blakeman

Phil....Phil Hearne

Liam....Greg Fossard

Katie....Leah Higginson

Joey....James Lacey

And:

Stephen Aintree

Sean Barrett

Heather Bleasdale

Lynda Thornhill

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20041022

Arthur, the Sword of the King

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

The first of six plays telling the story of Arthur, a powerful tribal leader, who for a time brings political stability to 5th century Britain but - because of a fatal human weakness - fails to deliver a golden age.

Morgan....Jane Lapotaire

Arthur....Ben Whishaw

Merlin....Ian McDiarmid

Young Morgan....Eve Best

Gaura....Pam Ferris

Ector....James Laurenson

Keir....Nicholas Boulton

Bryce....Christian Rodska

Kerwyn....Stephen Hogan

Soldiers....Damian Lynch, Robert Hastie and Jason Chan

Directed by Gordon House.

AP20041025

Benedict's Rule

by Alison Joseph

A lighthearted play about serious things.

Ex-monk Benedict is a leading light in Forest Path Management Training. Until now, he has held to great certainties, but he is beginning to harbour doubts.

Tom....Richard Conlon

Esther....Abigail Docherty

Benedict....John Kielty

Tamara....Joanna Tope

Fergus....Paul Young

Producer/Director....Gaynor Macfarlane

Then News

AP20041026

The Dream-workings and Brian-sayings of James Tilly Matthews

By Dylan Ritson

Bedlam, 1809. The extraordinary true story of the first man to believe his mind was being controlled by a machine.

James....Adrian Scarborough

Haslam....Henry Goodman

Anne....Anastasia Hille

Justina....Helen Longworth

Williams/Simmonds....Stephen Hogan

Monro....Nicholas Boulton

Directed by Rachel Stanton

Then News

AP20041027

1/2. I am David: By Ann Holm, dramatised by John Peacock. Escaping from the concentration camp where he has been raised, David embarks upon a courageous journey through Europe.

AP20041028

I Am David: By Ann Holm, dramatised by John Peacock. 2/2. Weary of travelling, David is close to despair before a meeting with the remarkable Signora Bang in Switzerland changes everything.

AP20041029

Arthur

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz

2/6. The Black Dog

Stable boy Arran has become Britain's King Arthur- but not without making powerful enemies. One warlord has promised never to rest until he sees Arthur's head on a fortress wall.

Morgan....Jane Lapotaire

Arthur....Ben Whishaw

Merlin....Ian McDiarmid

Bedvere....Shaun Dooley

Lot....Clive Russell

Bryce....Christian Rodska

Keir....Nicholas Boulton

Rhyannon....Emily Wachter

Young Morgan....Eve Best

Aidan....Phillip Joseph

Young Gwenfar....Alice Ford

Directed by Gordon House.

AP20041105

Arthur

4/6. The Moon Eats the Sun

By Steve May

Seven years have passed. Arthur is married to Gwenfar, and rules his kingdom from Camlot. But when Keir leads a raid into King Pellyn's land, Arthur is forced to make a dangerous journey.

Morgan....Jane Lapotaire

Arthur....Philip Glenister

Merlin....Ian McDiarmid

Young Morgan....Eve Best

Bedvere....Shaun Dooley

Gwenfar....Eve Myles

Vespan....Stephen Hogan

Keir....Nicholas Boulton

Maura....Alex Tregear

Bors....Robert Hastie

Lanslot....Andrew Scarborough

Elaine....Kaye Wragg

King Pellyn....Gerard McDermott

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20041108

Double Acts.

Series of 5 plays bringing new voices to radio drama.

2/5

The Cyhiraeth, by Ruth Jones and Debbie Moon.

In 1775, Elizabeth is seeing spirits and in 2004, Jess is hearing voices. As each girl's father tries to control their futures, an

alliance is forged across the centuries.

Elizabeth....Siriol Jenkins

Jess....Sian McDowall

Isaac....Matthew Morgan

Steven....Mike Hayward

Seth....James Thomas

Will....Iwan Tudor

Kirkhouse....Richard Mitchley

Directed by Alison Hindell

Then News

AP20041109

In Our Strange Gardens

Dramatised Sol B River, original work by Michel Quint, translated by Barbara Bray

A literary sensation in France, this tale is based on the true story of French Resistance fighter and the German soldier who befriended him. Sometimes humanity and truth are found where we least expect them.

Young Son....Daniel Hanbridge

Andre....Declan Wilson

Older Son /Bernhard....Will Tacey

Gaston....Craig Cheetham

Mother/Nicole....Donna Alexander

Directed by Polly Thomas

AP20041110

Cross My Heart and Hope to Fly

By Sarah Daniels.

Another chance to hear this award winning play for three voices. Lyn, Dave and Chris learn to recover from loss in quite unexpected ways.

Lyn....Pauline Collins

Dave....Jamie Foreman

Chris....Kerry Fox

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20041111

What We Did on Our Holidays

By Neil Rhodes

An attempt to make the annual holiday a more spontaneous affair takes Ed and his family to unexpected places.

Ed....Iestyn Jones

Julia....Clare Isaac

Corin....Meilyr Sion

Amy....Katy Owen

Directed by Gilly Adams.

AP20041112
AP20041115

Double Acts

Five dramas by writing duos bringing original new voices and talents to the airwaves.

3/5

The Distance Between

by Charlotte Goodwin and Pamela Wells

On the day of recording, a writer finds his radio play handed over to a producer who hasn't even had time to read it. As the actors in the studio give voice to his drama, the writer's obsession with his female protagonist rises to the surface, and the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred.

The Writer....Andy Hockley

The Producer....Julia Hills

The Actress....Polly Lister

The Actor....Jez Thomas

Directed in Birmingham by Jenny Stephens and Kate Chapman

Then News

AP20041116

The Dollie Mixtures

By Carol Freebairn

A charming new comedy from Carol Freebairn about a woman who finds it harder than she thought to leave her husband after 45 years of compromise. She sets him up on a date with her best friend, and then begins to rue the consequences.

Pat....Aine McCartney

Mita....Carole Nimmons

Betty....Olivia Nash

Robert....Des McAleer

Heather....Laura Hughes

George....James Ellis

Parking Attendant....Conor Grimes

Directed by Tanya Nash

Then News

AP20041117

Linen and Straw

In 18th century London, John is a 'strawboy', or professional witness. When he sees Sarah in the dock, a tentative

friendship begins which will lead to confessions from each of them.

Sarah....Lynne Seymour

Strawboy....Stuart McLoughlin

Judge....David Middleton

Clerk....Keiron Self

Robert....Simon Ludders

Poll....Clare Isaac

Girl....Siriol Jenkins

Directed by Alison Hindell

Then News

AP20041118

The Romantics

By Andy Barrett

After years as an unsuccessful Blues Brothers tribute act touring the Working Men's Clubs of Nottinghamshire, Brian and Danny decide it's time for a change. They turn to their unlikely local hero and create the Byron and Shelley show, 'The Romantics'.

Danny....Peter Meakin

Brian....Stephen Swift

Jim....Roger Bingham

Translator....Alex Nikitas

Directed in Birmingham by Jenny Stephens.

AP20041119

Arthur

5/6. The Grail. By Steve May.

Two young men arrived in Camlot. Merlin sees Gwenfar's closeness with Lanslot as being a root cause of the sickness in the land. Arthur sends Galhot on a quest to bring the Holy Grail to Camlot.

Morgan....Jane Lapotaire

Arthur....Philip Glenister

Merlin....Ian McDiarmid

Young Morgan....Eve Best

Gwenfar....Eve Myles

Lanslot....Andrew Scarborough

Bedvere....Shaun Dooley

Mordred....Stuart McLoughlin

Galhot....Liam Garrigan

Keir....Nicholas Boulton

Vespan....Stephen Hogan

Bors....Robert Hastie

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20041122

Double Acts: 4/5. Falling Up, by Helen East and Ruth Jones. After being mugged, an ex-dancer develops an unlikely friendship with the teenager responsible.

AP20041123

The Good Ship Esperanza

By David Constantine

The Esperanza has been round the world with its cargo of toxic waste more times than the Captain and his skeleton crew can remember. But are their circumnavigations about to end.

Greek Captain....Peter Polycarpou

Singing Cook....Mia Soteriou

Woman....Ann Mitchell

Astronaut....Paul Birchard

First Mate....Ryan McCluskey

Wireless Operator....Carl Prekopp

Canto of Alang Beach read by Helen Longworth

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

AP20041124

Protection

By Deborah Catesby.

Marion has started to attend a creative writing class in an attempt to tie down her rather over-active imagination. Paul is there because he wants to fall in love. They meet and, through their writing a rather bizarre friendship develops.

Paul....James Howard

Marion....Sonia Ritter

Teacher....Paul Milton

Directed by Jenny Stephens

Then News

AP20041125

Love

By Ian Curteis

May and Ferdy, as played by Barbara Leigh Hunt and Bernard Hepton, return for the first of three new plays.

The pair join forces with a young man who wants to save a hedgerow facing destruction as a result of the extension of the car park for the local bowls club. They come into full scale confilct with the treasurer of the bowls club - who also happens to be the local planning officer.

The next play in this series of three can be heard next Thursday at 2.15pm.

May....Barbara Leigh Hunt

Ferdy....Bernard Hepton

Edna....Jennie Stoller

Darren....Stuart McLoughlin

Rawlinson....Stephen Hogan

Archivist....Robert Hastie

Keltie....Nicholas Boulton

Parsons....John Rowe

Directed by Marc Beeby and Tracey Neale.

AP20041126

Arthur

6/6. The Last Battle. By Steve May.

Lanslot and Gwenfar have been sentenced to death, and an army of Saxon's is about to attack Camlot. Will Merlin be able to save his dream for Arthur's kingdom?

Morgan....Jane Lapotaire

Arthur....Philip Glenister

Merlin....Ian McDiarmid

Young Morgan....Eve Best

Lanslot....Andrew Scarborough

Gwenfar....Eve Myles

Bedvere....Shaun Dooley

Mordred....Stuart McLoughlin

Vespan....Stephen Hogan

Keir....Nicholas Boulton

Galhot....Liam Garrigan

Bors....Robert Hastie

Soldier....Jason Chan

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20041129

Double Acts

5/5. Scissors and Ribbon

By Hannah and Rachel McGill

Big conspiracy comes to a small town in this light-hearted comedy. The town's local hero hasn't stepped out of her house for years until Pedro arrives from Columbia determined to make a miracle happen in Mecklington.

Barry....Martin Hyder

Darren....Andrew Mayer

Pedro....David Sant

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20041130

The Resurrection of Miss Pym

By Jennifer Howarth

The true story of novelist Barbara Pym's disappearance from the literary scene of the swinging sixties and her subsequent triumphant rediscovery. The story is told through her own poignant journals and fascinating correspondence.

Barbara Pym....Penelope Wilton

Philip Larkin....Clive Merrison

with Bill Wallis, Kim Hicks, Brian Gear, Bonnie Hurren, John MacKay and Lisa Kay.

AP20041201

Even the Olives are Bleeding

By Jim O'Hanlon

A young Irish Poet, Charlie Donnelly, makes the decision to leave Ireland and take up the fight against Fascism in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

Charlie....Andrew Scott

Cora....Ruth Bradley

George....Pat Laffan

Jock....Stuart Sinclair Blyth

Ed....Luke Griffin

Reverend Hilliard....John Hewitt

Sammy....Simon Imrie

Rudolfo....Mike Massimi

Then News

AP20041202

Love

The second of three new plays by Ian Curteis in the popular series.

May and Ferdy find themselves disagreeing about how to help a local woman known as the Black Widow.

May....Barbara Leigh Hunt

Ferdy....Bernard Hepton

Simone....Ann Bell

Charles....Derek Waring

Merv....Phillip Joseph

Elizabeth....Helen Ayres

Edna....Jennie Stoller

Directed by Marc Beeby

Then News

AP20041203

Teddy and Toad

By Jerome Vincent.

The true story of how President 'Teddy' Roosevelt got The Wind in the Willows published in America, where it achieved its first success

Kenneth Grahame....Bill Paterson

Teddy Roosevelt....Vincent Marzello

Constance Smedley....Clare Corbett

Curtis Brown....Jonathan Tafler

Chief....John Evitts

Malloy....David Jarvis

Alistair....Alfred Chambers

Quentin....Spencer Hodge

Directed by David Blount.

AP20041206

Lifestyles of the Trapped and Cabbaged

By Roy Boulter

The story of two holidaying accountants who manage to get locked inside a Shanghai warehouse for days. Never have the social lives of the Cheshire set seemed so important.

Geoff....Paul Bown

Peter....Jeff Rawle

Dock Worker....Wai-Keat Lau

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20041207

The Laughter of Stafford Girls's High

By Carol Ann Duffy

This erotic poem tells a story of love and how an attack of hysterical laughter brings a girls' public school to its knees.

Read by Alexandra Galbraith, Joanna Lumley, Siobhan Redmond and Emily Woof.

AP20041228

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

By Goethe, adapted by Judith French

The magical story of the apprentice magician left alone in his master's workshop - and the disastrous results that follow.

Hexenmeister....Paul Rhys

Copernicus....Harry Towb

Peter....Zac Fox

Broom....Nicholas Boulton

Freda....Jennifer Veal

Clock....Emily Wachter

Music composed by David Pickvance.

Directed by Marc Beeby.

AP20041229

All Fingers and Thumbs

By Alan Stafford

A romantic comedy about communication. Sign language interpreter Marie wants more deaf people to enjoy the theatre. So does director Tom - but not if it involves a bothersome spot-lit woman waving her arms about on his stage.

Clive/Jamie/Gordon....Brian Bowles

Tom....Bill Nighy

Helen....Felicity Montagu

Marie....Susannah Doyle

Sal....Jenny Eclair

Michael....Steve Day

Paula....Fifi Garfield

Directed by Dirk Maggs.

AP20041230

The Disappearing Island

Nigel Richardson's lakeland fantasy about mid-life crisis and romantic imagination.

Tom Quincey....Mark Heap

Mr Wilson....Paul Copley

Catherine....Becky Hindley

Johnny/Gordon/Landlord....Daniel Ryan

Headmaster....Ian Masters

AA Reporter/Weatherman....Peter Jefferson

Himself....John Humphrys

AP20041231

Blue Veils and Golden Sands

By Martyn Wade

One of the most colourful and interesting composers of electronic music, Delia Derbyshire was at the forefront of the development of this form, starting with a 10 year 'attachment' to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where she is best remembered for her major part in realising the Doctor Who theme tune. This is the story of her remarkable years before her sadly early death.

Delia Derbyshire....Sophie Thompson

Peter Kember....Himself

Anthony Newley....Stephen Critchlow

Ron Grainer....Martin Hyder

Producer....Scott Brooksbank

Musical advisor, arranger and composer of original music: Elizabeth Parker

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20050103

The Lady Detectives

From the golden age of the crime short story, a series of four female sleuths to rival the great Holmes himself.

1/4. The Redhill Sisterhood

By Catherine Louisa Pirkis

In the autumn of 1897, undercover agent Loveday Brooke investigates a group of nuns who appear to have forsaken their vows and taken to burglary.

Miss Brooke....Gayanne Potter

Inspector Gunning....Paul Young

Sgt Blaine....Neil McKinven

Murray....Simon Tait

Sister Monica....Noreen Leighton

Sister Anna....Lucy Paterson

Dyer....Ralph Riach

White....John Paul Hurley

Davie....Frederick Forge

Directed by Patrick Rayner.

AP20050104

Roberta, Peter and Phyliss

Martin Jameson's sequel to E Nesbit's The Railway Children, set in 1919.

Most people are familiar with E. Nesbitt's much loved children's classic, The Railway Children. But what happened to the three once playful siblings Roberta, Peter and Phyllis? It is now 1919, just after the First World War.

Roberta....Fiona Clarke

Peter....James Alper

Phyliss....Emma Hughes-Jones

Perks....James Quinn

Dr Forrest/Wilf....Lloyd Peters

Mrs Jeffries/Clara Beeching....Lisa Moore

Richard Beeching....Ashley Margolis

AP20050105

The Perfect Wood, by Andy Barrett: Bill is looking forward to spending his autumn years indulging in the ancient pursuit of bowls - until the brash Matt and Jude move in next door.

AP20050107

A Song for Edmond Shakespeare

By Gary Bleasdale

London, 1607: a penniless actor rushes drunkenly through the streets lamenting the failure that is his life. A failure made more painful because he is the youngest brother of the rather more successful William Shakespeare.

Edmond Shakespeare....Paul Rhys

Anne....Helen Longworth

Ben....Stuart McLoughlin

Christopher....Stephen Hogan

Alice....Cherry Morris

Crooke....Nigel Barrett

Thomas....Robert Hastie

Rosetta....Emily Wachter

Gatekeeper....Hugh Dickson

AP20050110

The Lady Detectives

From the golden age of the crime short story, a series of four female sleuths to rival the great Holmes himself.

2/4. Mr Bovey's Unexpected Will

By L T Meade and Robert Eustace

Miss Florence Cusack, one of Victorian London's most clever and determined private consulting detectives, investigates a case where a man's fate depends on his weight in gold.

Miss Cusack....Elizabeth Conboy

Lonsdale....Crawford Logan

Inspector Schilling....Paul Young

Letty....Lucy Paterson

Higgins....Simon Tait

Graham....Richard Greenwood

Wimburne....Simon Donaldson

Directed by Patrick Rayner.

AP20050111

Letters to Fan Fan

By Deborah Davis.

At the Court of King Louis the Fifteenth, the reign of Madame de Pompadour, France's most celebrated Royal mistress, has come to an end with her death at the age of forty three. Her life at Versailles is told from an unexpected angle - that of the King's wife, Queen Marie Leczinzka.

Queen....Deborah FIndlay

Madame de Pompadour....Lisa Dillon

Louis XV....Adam Levy

Richelieu....Hugh Dickson

Henault....Nicholas Boulton

Duchess de Leynes....Susan Jameson

Lawyer/Master of Ceremonies....Robert Hastie

Maid....Alex Tregear

Directed by Tracy Neale

AP20050112

100% Human

By Patricia Calder

Natasha is twelve and loves the singer Pink. Saul her ten year old autistic brother loves Pinocchio. Jason, their dad, has been thrown out of the house by their mum Pam, and now Pam feels like her life is coming apart at the seams. It looks like Natasha will have to pick up the threads.

100% Human is a powerful and moving story about the harsh reality of coping with autism in a society ill-equipped to offer adequate support.

Natasha....Bianca Wilson

Pam....Juliet Ellis

Jason....Craig Cheetham

Saul....Alexander Slater

Directed by Katherine Beacon

AP20050113

The Honeybourne Tapes

By Michael Butt

A hypnotherapist can't persuade his lover of the value of his profession. Then, one of his patients starts to recall moments from history in startling, and very convincing, detail.

Robert....Nicholas Farrell

James....Jonathan Coy

Marie....Lynsey Baxter

Gilchrist....Stephen Critchlow

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

AP20050114

The Moon is Mine

By Angela Turvey

In seventeenth century Bristol a slave, Dinah Black, sues her mistress for the restoration of her liberty. Inspired by a true story.

Dinah Black....Amanda Gordon

Dorothy Smith....Clare Corbett

John Jackson....Paterson Joseph

Thomas Freke....Vincent Brimble

Alderman....Geoffrey Hutchings

Captain Reid....Charles Barnecut

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20050117

The Lady Detectives

From the golden age of the crime short story, a series of four female sleuths to rival the great Holmes himself.

3/4. The Golden Slipper

By Anna Katherine Green

The vivacious Miss Violet Strange shines in the best New York society but, unknown to her friends, she is also a professional agency detective. Here, in a case from 1910, she investigates The Inseparables - four rich young women suspected of a series of thefts.

Miss Strange....Teresa Gallagher

Alicia....Lesley Hart

Anna....Abigail Docherty

Caroline....Vicki Liddelle

Theresa....Gayanne Potter

Cameron....Angus MacInnes

Driscoll....Crawford Logan

Arthur....Simon Donaldson

Mrs Pratt....Eileen McCallum

Peter Strange....Simon Tait

Young Violet....Margot Clair

Young Arthur....Frederick Forge

Directed by Patrick Rayner

AP20050118

The Mystic Life

By Leila Aboulela.

Romance raises awkward questions about faith and commitment for Kassim and Dina, two Scots Muslims in Edinburgh.

Kassim decides to tell Dina a story about temptation. Will Satan come out on top? Will Dina be persuaded by Kassim's story?

Kassim....David Baker

Dina....Roxanna Pope

Basheer....Ali de Souza

Mother....Joanna Tope

Samia....Uzma Mir

Student....Richard Conlon

Lost Girl....Vicki Liddelle

Satan....Simon Tait

Directed by Bruce Young

AP20050119

War and Fish.

By Mark Illis.

An intriguing drama about love, loss and liberation, in which Helena finds she can only speak in questions. Something is wrong in her life. Could it be related to a secret which she is hiding?

Helena....Katherine Dow-Blyton

Gregory....Patrick Bridgeman

Sam....Russell Dixon

Zoe....Naomie Thompson

Dr Giles....Martin Reeve

AP20050120

The Language of Angels by Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

A snappy tale set in 1920's New York. An art dealer is all set to sell an ancient illustrated manuscript to a steel billionaire but his partner and the text have gone missing.

Betteridge....M Emmet Walsh

Devanovich....Brendan Coyle

Teller....Nicholas Boulton

Larry....Nathan Osgood

Jeanie....Helen Longworth

Lulu....Kate Harper

Ali....Jason Chan

AP20050121

Wonderfull Someone, by Colin Hough. 16-year-old Donna wants to be a Country and Western singer. The problem is that she doesn't have the tragic private life necessary for superstardom.

AP20050124

The Lady Detectives.

From the Golden Age of the crime short story, a series of four female sleuths to rival the great Sherlock himself. Dramatised by Roger Danes.

4: The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins.

From the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, the sensational, Gothic tale of Valeria Woodville's quest to clear her husband of murdering his first wife.

Valeria....Abigail Docherty

Eustace....Richard Conlon

Mrs Macallan....Eileen McCallum

Rev. Starkweather....Ralph Riach

Dexter....Steven McNicoll

Helena Beauly....Gayanne Potter

Sara Macallan....Laura Smales

Directed by Patrick Rayner.

AP20050125

My Love Must Wait

By Nick Warburton.

Jenny Agutter and Stuart Cox bring history to life in this drama about the British maritime explorer Matthew Flinders.

Leaving his newly-wed wife behind when he set sail around Australia in 1801, he didn't return for nearly a decade. Drawing on Flinders' actual letters, dramatist Nick Warburton imagines the consequences of Matthew's long absence for Ann, the wife he left behind.

AP20050126

The Beatification of Jaswant Singh

By Matthew Coombes.

It's 1982, the year of the Pope's visit to Britain, and 12 year old Jonathan Sweet's mother has left home.

His prayers for a miracle seem to have been answered when he meets Jaswant Singh at school.

However Jonathan learns that life is never straightforward in this humorous look at the strengths and frailties of faith and family.

Priest....Matthew Coombes

Karen....Jenny Coverack

Dad....Cornelius Garrett

Jaswant....Raman Goyal

Mum / Newsreader....Bonnie Hurren

Jonathan....Ben Norman

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

AP20050127

A Tribute to Finchie

Adapted from Jane Gardam's story The Tribute by Gabrielle Lloyd.

Three ex-diplomatic wives arrange a tribute to their old Nanny and discover that there is no such thing as a trouble-free lunch.

Fanny....Julia McKenzie

Nelly....Margaret Tyzack

Mabel....Gabrielle Lloyd

Norrie/Head Waiter....Jon Glover

Polly Knox....Rosalind Ayres

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

AP20050128

Fighting for Words

By Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Manchester 1953. A history teacher befriends a wayward pupil and the past and present unexpectedly collide.

Liza Chambers....Ellie Haddington

Thomas Moynihan....Samuel Barnett

Helen Sanding....Holly Grainger

Doris Price....Marlene Sidaway

Dr Goldstein....Rod Arthur

James Arkwright....Andrew Knott

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20050131

Down, Down, Down you Go

By Jill Hyem.

A beautiful but lonely part of Dartmoor is the setting for this psychological thriller about the past haunting the present as

a woman who has been involved in a sailing accident tries to come to terms with her feelings of guilt.

Abby....Helen Longworth

Jack....Jamie Glover

Lynn....Becky Hindley

Katy....Jessica Crossley

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20050201

The Truelove File

By Kate Clanchy.

Gillian, a successful thirty-something lawyer, has just been dumped. Her best friend makes her go speed dating, but secretly Gillian hopes she's already found true love. A moving and funny exploration of 21st century courtship.

Gillian....Helen Schlesinger

Tori....Annabelle Apsion

Sue....Susan Jameson

Speed Date Compere....Stephen Hogan

Speed daters....Gerard McDermott, Nicholas Boulton, Stuart Mcgloughlin, Jason Chan.

Directed by Mary Peate.

AP20050202

Legacy

By Samina Baig

Rahana's wedding exposes family tensions which have previously remained hidden, and its aftermath wrecks their fragile equilibrium.

Rafiq....Shiv Grewal

Afroz....Sakuntala Ramanee

Raheela....Stephanie Street

Rahana....Harvey Virdi

Directed by Mary Peate.

AP20050203

Press the Hash Key Now

By Peter G Morgan.

Lorna has found messages from another woman on Joe's mobile and wants to dump him. Joe has other plans, but modern methods of communication keep letting him down.

Lorna....Ruth Jones

Joe....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Will....Bradley Freegard

Carla....Mali Harries

Joseph....Keith Woodason

Phil....Laurence Allan

Daksha....Shireen Shah

Directed by Alison Hindell.

AP20050204

Lessons for the Loveless

By Richard Cameron

Four disaffected teenagers and their drama teacher are trying to mount an improvised play around the Seven Ages of Man. They've done three and a half so far and there's only five days to go! A comic and moving play that delves into the lives of each character.

Rob....Robert Pickavance

Alison....Rachel Brogan

Gazza....Charlie Ryan

Ruth....Rhea Bailey

Spowage....Elliott Tittensor

Directed by Pauline Harris

Then News

AP20050207

Fruit Salad

By Llewella Gideon

Four black friends meet for what is meant to be a celebratory dinner, but as the wine flows and tongues loosen, prejudices and revelations ruin the party and the group disperses to deal with its repercussions.

Trudie....Josephine Melville

Audley....Sylvester Williams

Debbie....Yvette Rochester Duncan

Derrick....Neil Reidman

Agnes....Marcia Mantack

Director Liz Webb

AP20050214

My Life in Boxes

By Rhiannon Tise

Pippa has lost the majority of her possessions in a house fire. James is getting rid of everything he owns on e-bay. A refreshingly exploration of how we are shaped by the things in our lives, from Rhiannon Tise, winner of the Richard Imison Award for radio writing.

Pippa....Julia Ford

James....Lloyd Hutchinson

Erica....Tracy Wiles

Ben....Mark Bonnar

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20050215

Dido

By Karen McCarthy

It is 1779. The celebrated artist Zoffany comes to paint two beautiful young ladies who reside in Kenwood House. One is white, one is black.

Dido....Lit Eziefula

Hutchinson....Kerry Shale

Belle....Ndidi Del Fatti

Elizabeth....Victoria Brazier

Zoffany....Malcolm Raeburn

Directed by Gary Brown

Then News

AP20050216

Perfect Timing

By Jimmie Chinn.

Long-forgotten events involving a snake and a mysterious theatre fire become part of a heated argument following a fractious re-union of three music hall 'stars' on board a cruise ship.

Maisie....Dora Bryan

Gus....Bernard Cribbins

Dudley....Roy Barraclough

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20050217

Baldi IV

Series of murder mysteries.

David Threlfall returns as Paolo Baldi in the first of a new series of murder-mysteries.

1. Cross Purposes, by Simon Brett.

Paolo solves crossword-related murders in Dublin literary circles, with Father Troy proving a surprisingly adept ally.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Troy....T P McKenna

Iris....Sara Kestelman

Brenda....Pauline McLynn

Kieran....Kevin Flood

Tierney....Kieran Lagan

Davies/Meehan....Gordon Fulton

Then News

AP20050218

No 1 Devonshire Street

By Conal Creedon.

When Jerome and his girlfriend Audrey move into their first house together, it seems the only cloud on their horizon is Audrey's mother, who thinks Audrey should have stayed with golden boy Trevor. To prove his worth, Jerome embarks on an ambitious programme of DIY. But pretty soon he wishes he hadn't. Comedy set in Dublin.

Jerome....Alan Shortt

Audrey....Caroline Lennon

Mam....Doreen Keogh

Pascal....Del Henny

Plumber....James Scales

Directed by Jim Poyser

Then News

AP20050221

Callum

By F Todhunter.

A comedy-drama set in a vocational college for the disabled. Callum just wants to keep his head down and get his gardening qualification - but will Mr Gough, the irascible college manager let him?

Callum....Deka Walmsley

Tom....Mark Benton

Jamie....Jonathan Lewis

Mr Gough....James Quinn

Sara....Emma Hughes Jones

Debra....Fiona Clarke

Directed by Gary Brown.

AP20050222

Brain of Brighouse

By Lloyd Peters.

Danny Crossley, child prodigy, gameshow whizz-kid becomes convinced that TV gameshow host Mike Coster is his long lost dad.

We follow Danny's painful journey of self-discovery as he finds out that General Knowledge is not the same as Real Knowledge: Answers are easy - the right question, much harder.

Danny....Adam Paulden

Vince....Philip Jackson

Mike / Dad....Andrew Dunn

Joyce....Sue Jenkins

Rhoda....Rachel Spencer

Freda....Rita May

Joe....Gary Brown

Directed by Katherine Beacon

AP20050223

Something Cool

By Maurice Leitch.

In a Spanish bar, far out of the tourist season, Rose sits and waits for something to happen. As the happy hour draws to a close, two strangers appear and the scene is set for an intense and unexpected confrontation.

Rose....Linda Marlowe

Teddy....Jim Norton

Sam....Alyson Coote

Paco....Bruno Lastra

Commentator....Claudio Rojas

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20050224

Baldi IV

Series of murder mysteries.

David Threlfall returns as Paolo Baldi in the first of a new series of murder-mysteries.

2. The Devil's Eye, by Bill Murphy.

Paolo is confronted with old Gaelic, shipwrecks and a community's mysterious history on a remote island off the Atlantic coast.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Rynne....Owen Roe

McCairthaigh....Mark Lambert

Tadgh....Patrick O'Kane

Rosa....Aoife McMahon

Falconer....Jack Shepherd

McGahy....Sean McGinley

Forbach....John Moraitis

AP20050225

The Wendy House

By Tessa Hadley

Three close friends at a girls' school, Miranda, Jenny and Sarah, are working together in 1970 towards their examinations. They meet in the old Wendy House in Jenny's garden, revising and reading to one another from Chairman Mao's 'Little Red Book', imagining they are Communists, and plotting the overthrow of the grown-ups.

On her fiftieth birthday in 2005, Miranda has to disinter painful and buried memories of something that happened then to end the innocence of her childhood.

Miranda....Harriet Walter

Freddie....John Telfer

Young Miranda....Jasmine Hyde

Sarah....Vineeta Rishi

Jenny....Eleanor Tremain

Paul....Owen Teale

Directed by Tim Dee.

AP20050228

Immigrants

By John P Rooney

It's a cold, wet day in Belfast in the 1960s when three unemployed lads view their future with dismay. With employment prospects looking bleak the offer of a £10 passage to Australia looks tempting and they decide to go and seek their fortunes.

Fergie....Andy Moore

Jonty....Gerard Jordan

Tony....Joseph Rea

Clancy....Peter Ballance

Bridget....Sarah Kants

Martha....Susie Kelly

Ken....Alan McKee

Clerk....Julia Dearden

Directed by Pam Brighton

AP20050301

Red in Tooth and Claw

By Simon Bovey.

A dead sheep on a sheep farm may be an everyday occurrence, but when young Dan finds the body he sets out on a road that leads to family tragedy.

Jeff....Neil Dudgeon

Vince....Shaun Dooley

Dan....Alex Slater

Peter....John Rowe

Doug....Philip Fox

Directed by Marc Beeby

AP20050302

Turn in the Fall

By Linda Marshall Griffiths.

Rhyl 1936. Alison is in love with Morni but when she runs away to London in search of a better future, her sister Hannah is left to pick up the pieces.

Linda Marshall Griffiths' moving play explores the impact of losing your language and the pain of separation.

Hannah....Sara Lloyd

Alison....Mali Harries

Morni....Ifan Meredith

Nain....Meg Wynn Owen

Sarah....Jade Davis

Gwen/Mother....Kerry Peers

Directed by Nadia Molinari

AP20050303

Baldi

By Andrew Martin.

3/6. The Smoker

Paolo solves the murder of a politically incorrect, larger-than-life individual in the world of Dublin's pubs and publishing.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Rynne....Owen Roe

Mrs.Reid....Margaret D'Arcy

Quinn....Aidan McArdle

Duncannon....Niall Buggy

Moira....Ger Ryan

Fallon....Barry McGovern

Stuart....Christopher Routh

Bryant....Charlie Bonner

Lee....John Moraitis

AP20050304

A Million Different People

By Jennifer Farmer.

There is a mystery about the young woman in Room 512. Every week she checks out, but checks back in again under a different name. What is she hiding? Henry is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Josephine/Dee Dee/ Pepper-Ann....Sharlene Whyte

Henry....Paul Hunter

Stubby....Michael Wilson

Turan....Cosh Omar

Frank/ Tony....Stephen Hogan

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20050307

Scenes of Seduction

By Timberlake Wertenbaker.

A play about couples negotiating the rocky shoals of erotic contact, revealing themselves from eager adolescence to elegant old age. The humour and excitement crosses many barriers, including those of French and English.

Summer

Henry....Michael Maloney

Catherine....Harriet Walter

Catherine in Henry V....Jasmine Hyde

Spring

Sandra....Dushka Wertenbaker-Man

David....Pax Baldwin

Autumn

Mme Etcheberri....Jane Lapotaire

Mr Newman....Kenneth Cranham

Winter

Lisa....Judy Cornwell

Jean....Ronald Pickup

Martin....Bertie Carvel

Mary....Susan Jameson

Nick....Hugh Dickson

Out of Time

Leda....Lia Williams

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20050308

Driftwood Heart

By Aisha Khan.

Hanif and Anna meet by chance on the beach. He is looking for tokens of love from the sea, while she is looking for marine life in the rockpools. A play about losing love and accidentally finding it again and about a family learning to cope with grief.

Hanif....Vincent Ebrahim

Anna....Eileen O'Brien

Yasmin....Rina Mahoney

Nadeem....Rez Kempton

Directed by Katherine Beacon

AP20050309

My Sister Under the Skin

By Corin Redgrave.

Three years ago a famous actor received a letter from a woman unknown to him claiming a very special relationship. Not only did she claim a special relationship to him, but also to his even more famous father.

The actor, played by Corin Redgrave, decides to meet the woman, played by Kika Markham, and this moving story of an unlikely new relationship develops.

Jack Davies....Corin Redgrave

Sylvia Ellen Riley....Kika Markham

John Riley....David Westhead

Doctor....Chris Barnes

Directed by Annie Castledine.

AP20050310

Baldi IV

4/6. No Sin

by Martin Meenan.

A death at the local gym leads Paolo to make a connection between the fanatical pursuit of health and mediaeval theology.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Rynne....Owen Roe

Mrs.Reid....Margaret D'Arcy

Ralph....Andrew Scott

Daisy....Victoria Smurfit

Horse....Lloyd Hutchinson

Billy....Simon Delaney

Jack....Andy Moore

Produced by Lawrence Jackson

AP20050311

The Wedding Vortex

By Elizabeth Lewis.

When Esther starts to plan her wedding she doesn't realise how many choices are involved, nor how many other people want to make those choices for her.

Esther....Lisa Coleman

Evelina....Penny Downie

Miss Lovelace....Eiry Thomas

Beatrice....Manon Edwards

Kiki....Lesley Rooney

Katie....Sara McGaughey

Jack....Richard Mitchley

Paul....Richard Nicholls

AP20050314

Out of the Mould.

Series of drama-documentaries about famous sculptures.

1/3. Laocoon

By David Calcutt.

Bandinelli's sculpture depicting the death of the priest who foretold the dangers of the Trojan Horse was commissioned by the Vatican in the 1520s. Set on his dying day, the drama depicts a sculptor haunted by the myth, the work and his fierce rivalry with Michelangelo.

Bandinelli....John Rowe

Vasari....Simon Chandler

Giulio/Typhon....Timothy Watson

AP20050315

Out of the Mould

Series of drama-documentaries about famous sculptures.

2/3. Danaide

By Tim Jackson

Rodin's superb marble depicts the myth of the daughter of Danaus, condemned to live in Hades perpetually filling with water a vessel full of holes as a punishment for the murder of her husband. Highly controversial, the sculpture was hidden from public view for five years after its creation.

Rodin....Keith Drinkel

Young Jessie....Jasmine Hyde

Older Jessie....Janet Dale

Camille....Alex Tregear

William....Robert Lister

AP20050316

3/3. Jacob and the Angel

A series of drama-documentaries about famous sculptures. Written by Nicholas McInerny. Commentary by Antony Gormley and Richard Cork.

As the clouds of war gathered over London, Jacob Epstein was working on a dramatic depiction of the Old Testament story of Jacob wrestling with God.

The play imagines a meeting between Epstein's wife, his lover and himself, during which emotions run high and the artist reveals his motives behind the creation of the sculpture.

Contemporary sculptor Antony Gormley contributes to the commentary.

Epstein....Nicholas Le Prevost

Margaret....Janet Maw

Kathleen....Helen Longworth

AP20050317

Baldi

By John Murphy.

5/6. The Empty Vessel

The suspicious death of the leader of the university debating society leads Paolo to investigate the dead youth's close-knit group of friends.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Rynne....Owen Roe

Betsy....Dawn Bradfield

Mrs Nash....Frances Tomelty

Greta....Daniela Denby-Ashe

Max....Richard Dormer

Colin....Eamonn Owens

Dr Graham....Barry Cassin

AP20050318

You Had to be There

By Simon Brett.

Dan is, or was, a writer of sitcoms. His tendency to 'borrow' material from family life has put an end to his marriage. But now he has a new girl, and we join him as, full of anticipation, he packs up to move in with her.

Dan Carpenter....Stephen Moore

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20050321

The Pickle King

By Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis.

An East meets West tale of love and hope set in the faded glory of the New Zealand Empire Hotel, exploring the universal themes of love, death and what is worth preserving.

Jojo, the bellboy, is in fact a heart surgeon but, as a recent arrival from India, lives in a broom cupboard.

Ammachy runs the hotel with an iron fist and has one big problem: her niece Sasha will not get married. Sasha knows she must not marry because she is cursed ? everything she loves dies. And then one night Mr G Reaper checks into the Hotel and everything changes?

Sasha....Mina Anwar

Jojo....Paul Bhattacharjee

Ammachy....Leena Dhingra

George Reaper....David Fleeshman

Directed by Katherine Beacon.

AP20050322

1/2. Charlotte's Web

By E B White. Dramatised by Joe Robinette. Adapted for radio by Chris Wallis.

Wilbur the baby pig is rescued from an untimely death by farmer?s daughter Fern, only to discover that he?s being fattened up for the dinner table. Can his life be saved a second time?

The classic children?s story about the friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte, the spider who can write.

Sophie Thompson....Charlotte

Ken Campbell....Templeton

Dominic Cooper....Wilbur

Old Sheep....Angela Curran

Little Lamb....Dominic Curran

Goose....Colleen Prendergast

Narrator /John Arable....Peter Marinker

Fern Arable....Georgina Hagan

Mrs Arable....Laurel Lefkow

Avery Arable....Corbyn Thomas-Smith

Lurvy....Kerry Shale

Homer Zuckerman....John Chancer

Edith Zuckerman....Laurence Bouvard

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20050323

2/2. Charlotte's Web

By E B White

Dramatised by Joe Robinette

Adapted for radio by Chris Wallis

Charlotte's plan to save Wilbur seems to be working, but he may not win the blue ribbon if she doesn't go to the fair.

Sophie Thompson....Charlotte

Ken Campbell....Templeton

Dominic Cooper....Wilbur

Old Sheep....Angela Curran

Little Lamb....Dominic Curran

Goose....Colleen Prendergast

Narrator /John Arable....Peter Marinker

Fern Arable....Georgina Hagan

Mrs Arable....Laurel Lefkow

Avery Arable....Corbyn Thomas-Smith

Lurvy....Kerry Shale

Homer Zuckerman....John Chancer

Edith Zuckerman....Laurence Bouvard

Directed by Chris Wallis

AP20050324

6/6. Baldi IV. Shelter

By Francis Turnly

The murder of a homeless man leads Paolo to link a Dublin squat with the history of art.

Baldi....David Threlfall

Tina....Tina Kellegher

Rynne....Owen Roe

Troy....TP McKenna

Gerald....Alex Jennings

Kitty....Stella McCusker

Niamh....Shuna Snow

Ashlan....Richard Dormer

Damo....Chris Corrigan

Donal....Wesley Murphy

Brendan....Vincent Higgins

Deirdra/Maureen....Anne Byrne

Dr Graham....Barry Cassin

Produced by Lawrence Jackson.

AP20050325

The Man

Written and adapted by Raymond Briggs.

A boy wakes up to find a man - bearded, naked and a mere 18 centimetres high, standing on the bedside table, his demands out of all proportion to his physical size.

The Man....Bernard Cribbins

The Boy....Toby Parkes

The Mother....Sally Baxter

AP20050328

On Earth, in Heaven

By Martyn Wade.

Wandering around the bookstalls by the Thames in the late 19th century, two publishers discover some manuscripts containing prose and poetry of exquisite beauty. The author of these unpublished works turns out to be a young man living in the 17th century, whose life they become fascinated by.

Thomas Traherne....Jamie Glover

Susanna Hopton....Juliet Aubrey

Dobell....John Rowe

Brooke....Hugh Dickson

Young Thomas....Ben Tibber

Hopton....Martin Hyder

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20050329

Candy Floss Kisses

An atmospheric first play for radio by Simon Farquhar.

When 18-year-old Billy encounters feisty Isla, their shared summer turns out to be more of a rollercoaster ride than either of them expected.

An intriguing romance set amidst the hillsides, caves and beaches of a remote Scottish community.

Billy Hodges....Steven Geller

Mother....Gabrielle Lloyd

Father....Jon Glover

Isla....Frances Thorburn

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

AP20050330

Palm Therapy

By Sharon Shrubsall.

Simone is about to hit 30, and feels bleak about her future, her love life and her singing career. An unexpected botanical birthday present arrives which changes everything in the most delightful way, in this surprising musical comedy.

Simone....Jacqui Dankworth

Zamia....Mona Hammond

Steve....Fraser Ayers

Carol....Jacqueline Defferary

Christine....Tilly Vosburgh

Songs performed by Jacqui Dankworth and James Pearson.

AP20050331

Wooden Heart

By Hattie Naylor.

A powerful and disturbing drama based on the real-life scandal of Jenisch gypsy children who were forcibly removed from their parents by the Swiss authorities, a policy which continued in Switzerland until 1974.

Anna is Jenisch. She has lived in an orphanage since she was taken from her parents as a baby, but now her foster mother is waiting to collect her, to take her to work on a farm in a small Alpine village.

Anna....Juliet Aubrey

J....Lisa Hammond

Uta....Gerda Stevenson.

Doctor....Stephen Perry

Anna?s Sister....Jenny Coverack

Sister Margaret....Marlene Sidaway

AP20050401

Water Lens

By Dominique Moloney.

When Elaine, a young homeless girl, is befriended by the older and middle class Tara, she is at first suspicious ? unsure of her motives. But a genuine trust develops when Elaine discovers that it?s Tara and not she who is most in need of comfort and shelter from the world outside.

Elaine....Katy Gleadhill

Tara....Frances Tomelty

Georgina....Julia Dearden

Sinead....Eileen McCloskey

Kenny....Robert Patterson

Directed by Eoin O?Callaghan.

AP20050404

After Scarborough, by Rob John. Sandy's husband Baz is obsessed with winning the Quiz Elvis UK championships, which is rather sad. With Neil Dudgeon, Danny Webb, Ruth Gemmell. Then News.

"

AP20050405

Adrift

By Judy Upton.

The tale of one young woman's struggle to confront her past by reliving the day her mother decided to abandon her for her lover.

Daisy....Raquel Cassidy

Alan....Alan Williams

Freddie....Nicholas Boulton

Young Daisy....Jessica Crossley

Directed by Claudine Toutoungi.

AP20050406

Dolly's Mexican Wave

By Charlotte Jones.

Dolly is 90, difficult and nearing the end, but her love of football keeps her pulse racing.

Dolly....Patricia Routledge

Adeola....Dona Croll

Meals on wheels....Susan Jameson

Male nurse....Robert Hastie

Careworker....Ndidi del Fatti

Directed by Claire Grove.

Then News.

"

AP20050407

Daddy's Girl

By Bryony Phillips.

"The past is another country, they do things differently there" and that was never more true than in the Midlands in the 1950s, where Jenny is busy growing up and struggling to make sense of - practically everything.

Jenny....Imelda Staunton

Mum....Helen Baxendale

Dad....James Masters

Young Jenny 1....Holly Richardson

Grandma....Valerie Lilley

Young Jenny 2....Louise Shorthouse

Policewoman....Jackie Redgewell

Aunt....Heather Phoenix

Florence....Catherine Skinner

Flasher....David Bowen

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20050411

Soldiers' Loves and Soldiers' Lives

By Bill Jupe

Dramatised by Roy Apps

Stories of army lives and loves in 1920s Brighton, from the memoirs of Sargeant Bill Jupe.

Bill Jupe....Sean Gallagher

Nell....Ruth Jones

Soldier2 / Trumpeter....Samuel Collings

Old Dick / Sgt Major....Alan Leith

Blakey / Soldier 3....Paul Panting

Johnny/Officer....Roger May

Mary....Clare Corbett

May / Widow....Nicola Barber

Miss Pancake / Tart....Sara Markland

Padre / Sentry....David Collings

George....Alan Cox

Bert....Tom Bevan

Soldier 1....James Joyce

Soldier 4....Alex Hutchinson

Directed by Celia de Wolff

AP20050412

Missing

Told through a series of inter-cutting monologues by several family members, the story of the disappearance of a 19-year-old man gradually unfolds. Although entirely fictional, every word is in fact taken from extensive interviews with families whose lives have been affected by the heartache that follows when someone goes missing.

Father....Alan Williams

Mother....Jean Stevens

Sister....Kate McGeever

Husband....Shaun Dooley

With John Roger from the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service.

Created by writer Rhiannon Tise.

AP20050413

Digging

By Simon Stephens.

A surprising relationship develops between Roy, a retired English teacher, and Danny, a teenage boy with serious behavioural problems, as they struggle to get Danny through his English GCSE.

Roy Gray....Ewan Hooper

Danny Madden....Stuart Morris

Anne Gray....Amelda Brown

Lewis Anderson....Robert East

Gary Madden....Jake Wood

Joey Willis....Sid Mitchell

Directed by Mary Peate

AP20050414

Dolly Shepherd: The Edwardian Parachute Queen

By Rachel Bentham.

After thirty minutes training and for a fee of £2.10s, 17 year old Dolly Shepherd made her first jump 2000 feet through the air from a gas-filled balloon. In 1904 she became one of the most popular of the exclusive, daredevil band of parachutists who thrilled crowds at London's Alexandra Palace and throughout Britain. This drama documentary, adapted by Rachel Bentham, commemorates the 95th anniversary of Dolly Shepherd's daring mid-air rescue and includes an interview with her daughter Molly Sedgwick.

Dolly Shepherd....Eve Best

Captain Gaudron....Alain Bourgouin

Samuel Franklin Cody....David Brooks

Aunty Mariam....Bonnie Hurren

Louie May....Sally Cookson

With John Mackay, Chris Donnelly and Jonathan Nibbs

Directed by Kate McAll

AP20050415

Asha's World

By Bettina Gracias.

In this comedy Asha's controlling mother rings up from India to tell her shes arranged a date for her with a gorgeous Indian doctor. She refuses to go and her best friend Veronique goes instead, pretending to be Asha, setting in train a twisty romantic tale of mistaken identities.

Asha....Archie Panjabi

Mum....Leena Dingra

Veronique....Anushka Dahssi

Lisa....Jemma Elder

Raj....Ajay Chhabra

Directed by David Hunter

AP20050418

Little Pictures

By Mike Akers.

A serious comedy about three men on a night out, featuring love, loss and football.

Smithy....Ben Crowe

Dazzer....Jonathan Jones

Gal....Jim Sturgess

AP20050419

The Trial of Walter Ralegh

By Christopher Lee.

In November 1603 Sir Walter Ralegh was tried for treason. Was he guilty? Why was he refused a defence lawyer? Was the jury fixed? Ralegh's trial is one of the most bizarre courtroom dramas in British history. Michael York and Ian Ogilvy head an all-star cast in this powerful play.

Sir Walter Ralegh....Michael York

Bess Ralegh....Carolyn Seymour

Sir William Wade....Kenneth Danziger

Lord Chief Justice Popham....Morgan Sheppard

Lord Cecil....Christopher Neame

Sir Edmund Coke....Ian Ogilvy

Master Hele....Orlando Seale

Mary....Samantha Robson

Directed by Martin Jarvis

AP20050420

Like an Animal

By Meic Povey

Mair wants to move to a new bungalow to end her days, but Defi wants to stay in their mountain farmhouse. Neither choice will wipe out the tragedy in their past.

Mair....Sian Phillips

Defi....Glyn Houston

Oboe played by David Cowley

Directed by Alison Hindell

Then News

AP20050421

The Ancient Mariners Wife

by Paul B. Davies

Mrs Mariner is getting bored. The old man comes home after a hard day pestering people with his lurid seafaring yarns, and all he wants is his tea and the paper. Meanwhile, in another place and time, Laura Sparrow is fed up with her husbands obsession with Coleridge's poem and his philandering with female students. As characters from these narratives start to invade each others lives, the question is, who is writing the script?

Ancient Mariner....Kenneth Cranham

Mrs Mariner....Phyllida Nash

Ivan Sparrow....David Calder

Laura Sparrow....Amanda Root

Cathy....Rebecca Smart

Directed by Sara Davies.

AP20050422

Alias George Eliot

By Martyn Wade.

Marian Evans took the pseudonym George Eliot when she started her now famously successful career as a novelist. But she was dismayed to discover that someone else was claiming to have written her work. This is the story of her impostor, a certain Mr Joseph Liggins.

Marian Evans....Deborah Findlay

George Henry Lewes....Nicholas Le Prevost

Blackwood....John Bett

Liggins....Adrian Scarborough

Quirk....David Collings

Bracebridge....John Rowe

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

AP20050425

Travel Sick

By Trevor Lock and Sem Devillart.

A hypochondriac Englishman journeys across Peru in search of true love and himself. William Hart has his western mindset melted by the seemingly crazy, fuzzy logic and unpredictability of everyday life in Latin America.

AP20050426

The Beast Must Die

By Nicholas Blake, dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

1/2. When Felix Cairnes' only child is killed by a hit and run driver he makes a solemn vow to track the man down and kill him. The police may not be able to trace him, but he will.

Felix Cairnes....Jonathan Cullen

Lena Lawson....Lucy Whybrow

George Rattery....Andrew Woodall

Mrs Rattery....Jill Balcon

Violet....Deborah Berlin

Phil....Taylor Jefferson

Shepherd....Christopher Douglas

Callaghan....Ian Masters

Directed by Jane Morgan

AP20050427

The Beast Must Die

by Nicholas Blake, dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

2/2. Felix Cairnes failed in his plan to kill the man who'd run over his son, but then his intended victim is poisoned and the finger of suspicion points at Felix. No wonder he asks the amateur sleuth, Nigel Strangeways, for help.

Nigel Strangeways....Philip Franks

Georgia Strangeways....Rebecca Saire

Felix Cairnes....Jonathan Cullen

Lena Lawson....Lucy Whybrow

Mrs Rattery....Jill Balcon

Violet....Deborah Berlin

Phil....Taylor Jefferson

Inspector Blount....David Rintoul

Carfax....Sam Dale

Directed by Jane Morgan

AP20050428

Madonna's Plumber

By Christopher Matthew.

Robert Daws stars as Nigel Breezer, the self-styled plumber to the stars and star among plumbers. Nigel's tortuous trip to a film premiere in a courtesy limo gives him ample opportunity to give us the benefit of an insider's view of the famous and not-so-famous, as well as a few tricks of the trade. With Ted Robbins as chauffeur Tiny Stallybrass.

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20050429

The Little Queen of England

By Rob John.

Harriet wants to play and her dad wants to watch Norwich. Hat's mum, Rachel, is quite happy to create fantasies, but make-believe and lies are sometimes too close for comfort.

Harriet....Elana Binysh

Rachel....Victoria Hamilton

Colin....Lee Ross

AA Man/DJ....Jon Glover

Directed by Roland Jaquarello.

AP20050502

Arnold Darwin's Feeling Better

Written and performed by Michael Mears.

Always on the look-out for the slightest sign of infection, Arnold constantly feels unwell and his bathroom houses a filing cabinet crammed with medication. But he has a glimmer of hope, which is to be proved a descendant of Charles Darwin. The family connection would cheer him up considerably, because the great biologist was also what we know Arnold to be - a hypochondriac.

Directed by Enyd Williams.

AP20050503

You're Breaking Up

By Guy Slater.

The face of adultery has been changed forever by the invention of the mobile phone. Three adulterous affairs come to sad but comic conclusions.

Tony....Philip Jackson

Janet....Karen Archer

Ruth....Adjoa Andoh

Anna....Elaine Caxton

Oliver....Stephen Critchlow

Directed by Janet Whitaker

AP20050504

Ice Dreams

By Steve Sunderland.

It is 2120 and Matthew Cain is having a bad day at the office. His job is to select the people who will be revived from the cryogenic freezing programme.

Cain....Steve Edge

Michael....Malcolm Raeburn

Catherine....Barbara Marten

Alex....James Alper

Boss/Voice....Emma Clarke

Directed by Gary Brown.

AP20050505

The Murder of My Aunt

In the words of Oliver Goldsmith, to be sure aunts of all kinds are damned bad things. You can't help sympathising with Edward in his attempts to rid himself of his extremely annoying relation. Richard Hull's novel, written in the 1930s is freely adapted by John Peacock.

Mildred Powell....Marcia Warren

Edward Powell....Adam Godley

Dr Spencer....Hugh Dickson

Cook....Susan Jameson

Mary....Rachel Atkins

Produced by Gordon House

Directed by Jane Morgan

AP20050506

Stages of Sound: Reality Check

By Carol Leeming.

Carol Leeming developed her play in partnership with the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and a project working with young people in danger of offending or underachieving. The play tells the story of Shari, a teenager who has been labelled as difficult and lazy. As her problems come to a head, it becomes clear that she has been misunderstood.

Stages of Sound is a collaboration between the BBC and Arts Council England, linking theatres and community groups.

Shari....Ebony Feare

Irina....Natasha Godfrey

Miss French....Alison Carney

Kisha....Joanna Dyce

Nile....Robert Green

Michaela....Charlotte McKenzie

Directed by Kate Chapman and Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20050509

Find Me

By Matt Bloom.

Set in 2020. Mary has to travel to Sydney for her son's wedding, and reluctantly decides to use the new Matter Transportation machines that have overtaken aeroplanes as the main form of global transport. But an error occurs during the process, with terrifying consequences.

Mary....Julia Watson

All other parts played by James Nickerson, Emma Clarke, Ann Rye, Neil Bell, Mark Chatterton, and Stuart Richman.

AP20050510

I Love You Angela

By Danny Start.

Down by the railway embankment, the sounds of trains passing mark the beats of Jamie's heart. Angela's the new girl in school and she can't get on with the old poetry he loves. As their A levels loom, they study the metaphysical poets together. But as Jamie's headaches get worse, and he mistakes Angela's friendliness for something more, where will their relationship end?

Jamie....Kris Mochrie

Angela....Katy Lamont

Mrs Hampson....Sue Jenkins

Susan/Teacher....Helen Moon

Directed by Liz Leonard.

AP20050511

Moving Day

By Alexandra Campbell.

Two very different couples are moving on the same day. A mix up occurs and through discovering the other couple's belongings they rediscover some forgotten things about each other.

Simon Wilson....William Gaunt

Cherry Wilson....Joanna David

Ned Wilson....Alan Cox

Lauren Wilson....Daniela Nardini

Seamus....Sean Barrett

Dave....Roger Watkins

Directed by Celia De Wolff

AP20050512

Dreaming in Africa

By Mike Harris.

When a beautiful 17 year old girl marries a 40 year old colonial farmer and goes to live with him in Africa she expects difficulties: the remoteness, the strangeness of the local customs and the age difference between herself and her crusty monocled husband. What she doesn't expect is to find herself part of a strange love triangle with him and her own dead mother.

AP20050513

Stages of Sound: The Healing Pool

By Francesca Beard.

Francesca Beard's play is a warm, funny and unsettling story about exile, loneliness and friendship, developed in association with Hampstead Theatre and a London group for African women who are HIV positive.

Clem and Nora must attend meetings with Dr Charlotte Martin, who thinks these women would lead healthier, stress free lives back home in Africa.

Clem....Janice Aquah

Charlie....Rachel Atkins

Nora....Koi Kimani

Anthony....Damien Lynch

Other roles played by Richard Katz, Colleen Predegast, community actors and the cast.

Directed by Shabina Aslam.

AP20050516

A Breath from Other Planets

Marty Ross' play is based on events in the life of composer Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna in 1907. His wife Mathilde begins an affair with his closest friend Gerstl, which helps fire the composer into revolutionary musical creativity.

Schoenberg....Simon Tait

Mathilde....Gerda Stevenson

Gerstl....Grant O'Rourke

Webern....Matthew Pidgeon

Berg....John Kielty

Directed by Bruce Young.

AP20050517

The Giant's Cause

By David Rudkin.

Finn MacCoul, the Irish giant, labours to find out exactly what he is supposed to be building, to the despair of his long-suffering wife.

AP20050518

Waterloo Sunset

By Mervyn Stutter

Terry Collins first met Julie McTravers when he snapped her picture on the dance floor back in the summer of 1967. He was a working-class London boy, she was a nice girl from Woking. But their short-lived relationship came to an abrupt end one day when Julie went out to buy cigarettes, and never came back. 38 years later they meet again. But can the summer of love be revived?

Terry....Mervyn Stutter

Julie....Joanna McCallum

Dave....Michael Fenton-Stevens

Julie's father....Hugh Dickson

Directed by David Jackson Young

AP20050519

Little Lives

By Kate Atkinson.

A funny and moving monologue in which Alannah McKay from Edinburgh is retiring after 32 years of teaching.

Alannah McKay....Brigit Forsyth

Directed by Pauline Harris.

AP20050520

Stages of Sound: Not Quite Gospel

By Don Kinch.

Jodie Johnson is a teenager who sings in her local Gospel Choir but has ideas about moving into the big bad world of commercial music.

Jodie....Kaleigh Walters

Gloria....Andrea Davy

Janetta....Coral Chapman

Pastor....Delroy Brown

Tyrell....Dave Dickson

Sherelle....Aisha Samuel

Serena....Krystle McCalla

MC....Toyin Kinch

Gospel music sung by the Worship Team from the New Life Wesleyan Church in Birmingham.

Saxophone and Jodie's song - Soweto Kinch.

Jodie's singing voice - Rasiyah.

Urban Music - Stephen McCormack.

Directed by Jenny Stephens, assisted by Kate Chapman.

AP20050527

Forty Seven Roses

A dramatisation of Peter Sheridan's compassionate memoir of how he coped with his father's unexpected death, and the realisation that the English woman who spent summers with them in Dublin when he was a boy was actually having an affair with his father. This relationship lasted 47 years and was conducted mainly by letter. Even more surprising was the discovery that his mother knew all about it.

Peter....Liam Cunningham

Anna....Maria McDermottroe

Doris....Angela Pleasence

Dympna....Stella McCusker

Directed by Tanya Nash.

AP20050530

A Certain Justice

By PD James.

Venetia Aldridge, QC, is a distinguished criminal lawyer. When she secures the acquittal of a young man, Garry Ashe, from the charge of murdering his aunt, a series of bizarre events is set in train, starting with her own murder. Adam Dalgliesh takes charge of the case, which baffles him at first - but then step by step the cunning plot that lies behind the murder is brought to light.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh....Philip Franks

Venetia Aldridge....Geraldine James

Desmond Ulrick....Kenneth Cranham

Drysdale Laud....Michael Maloney

Simon Costello....Nicholas Boulton

Det Insp Kate Miskin....Susannah Doyle

Janet Carpenter....Susan Jameson

Octavia Aldridge....Tracy Wiles

Garry Ashe....Harry Myers

Edmund Froggett....James Taylor

Produced and directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20050531

Floral Facts and Fictions

By Abigail Docherty.

A journey across London in which a young man, desperate to win back his girlfriend, grapples with the language of flowers. Recorded on location with the contributions of Londoners.

Man....Carl Prekopp

Flower seller....Susan Jameson

AP20050601

Exiled From Paradise

By Anita Sullivan

When her first love arrives in the country, Lisette Andre struggles to put the past behind her. The story is inspired by the true stories of the Diego Garcian community, who were removed from their island in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s.

Lisette....Adjoa Andoh

Serg....Jude Akuwudike

Gabrielle....Clarke Peters

Roznay....Jane Lapotaire

Kizzy....Charlotte Corman

Allen Vincatassin....Himself

Sarah/Reporter....Colleen Prendergast

Newscaster/Interviewer....Richard Katz

Original music composed and performed by Silvio Lynx

Directed by Claudine Toutoungi

AP20050602

Afternoon Romancers

By Nick McCarty.

A man and a younger woman embark on an affair which they promise each other will not end in love, until they discover that life cannot be so simply constructed.

Liz, who has had an unhappy affair with a married man, meets a solo classical musician, Paul, in the foyer of a concert hall after she has been performing. He invites her to audition for a new quartet. He finds her attractive but to prevent any commitment he invents a story that he is married. At the same time she also says she is married.

AP20050603

The Fast Girl

By Jerome Vincent.

In 1906 Dorothy Levitt became the fastest woman on Earth when she drove a car at 91 mph. Jerome Vincent's play explores life in the fast lane for the pioneers of motoring.

Dorothy Levitt....Rachel Atkins

Selwyn Edge....Kim Wall

Octave Mirbeau....John Evitts

Monty Napier....David Timson

Lady Montagu/Vandra....Clare Corbett

Chambers/Father....Peter Mair

Directed by David Blount.

AP20050606

Jellybelly

By Catherine Smith.

Having an imaginary friend is great fun when you're six, but at 46 it can lead to trouble.

Tim....Brian Bowles

Jellybelly....Paul Kissaun

Karen....Joan Walker

Tasha....Charlie Hill

Lorraine....Eve Dallas

Steve....Chris Stanton

Teacher....Nicola Barber

Young Tim....Robbie Winters

Young Jellybelly....Alfred Chambers

Michael....Sam Yeomans

Directed by David Blount.

AP20050607

Grief

By Ellen Dryden.

Simon's despair at the sudden death of his wife, Sarah, is only too clear to everyone. Their perfect marriage was legendary, but their best friend Nick is tormented by his sense of loss, and there is no one he can share it with. Especially not with his partner, Isabel.

Nick....Michael Pennington

Sarah....Isla Blair

Isabel....Abigail Thaw

Simon....Michael N Harbour

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20050608

Talking to Sticky

By Christine Marshall.

Jean lives with her best friend and confidante, the ever faithful dog, Sticky. The week's highlight is going up the crematorium on Tuesdays to tag onto funerals with Jean's pal, Ida. Life is blissful, but Sticky is old, 120 in dog years. Then, one day, Sticky dies.

Jean....Tina Gray

Ida....Ann Rye

Sandra....Rachel Priest

Directed by Jenny Stephens.

AP20050609

Canned

By Carina Rodney.

Troubled teenager, Gary, takes his alcoholic Uncle Robert camping to try and help him dry out. The uncle is rationed to six cans of beer a day. Welcome to the North West's version of The Betty Ford Clinic. The holiday is the catalyst for dark truths to emerge about the teenager's turbulent upbringing.

Gary....Gerard Kearns

Kirsty....Rachel Brogan

Uncle Robert....Peter Armitage

Tracey....Jo-Anne Knowles

AP20050613

The Lost Child

By Gillian Richmond.

It's 1799 and a child, the son and heir to the Bridgeman Estate, disappears at a country fair. Is he lost or has he been snatched to settle an old score? Someone knows but isn't telling. A true story of greed and revenge.

Sarah....Amanda Root

Rachel....Julia Hills

Andrew....Tom George

Martin....Paul Basson

Richard....Stephen Tomlin

Directed by Sue Wilson.

Then News.

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AP20050614

Voices Through the Wall

By David Varela.

A darkly comic coming-of-age drama about two boys dealing with their parents separation. Nobody tells the boys anything, so they work out what's going on through what they overhear.

Steven....Matthew Barker

Alastair....Majid Mehdizadeh

Directed by Mary Peate.

Then News.

"

AP20050615

The All-Colour Vegetarian Cookbook

By Chris Dunkley.

Jez, a socially incompetent clerk, has an antagonistic relationship with the woman in the next door office. On discovering her dead at her desk, he thinks that the cleaners, or IT, or someone, anyone else, will find her and.. deal with it. They don't. A dark, comic satire about technology and romance.

Jez....Chris Moran

Elaine....Katherine Igoe

Mag....Marcella Riordan

Damien....Dominic Cooper

Polly....Kate Colgrove Pope

Viv....Natasha Pyne

Bill/Barman/Driver....Karl Johnson

Directed by Lu Kemp.

Then News.

"

AP20050616

The National Theatre of Brent's Complete and Utter History of The Mona Lisa

The National Theatre of Brent is honoured to have been selected by BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of The Mona Lisa which is of course the most famous work of art in the whole world.

With Desmond Olivier Dingle starring as Leonardo da Vinci and his entire company and Raymond Box as the Mona Lisa, this award-winning drama is in our opinion almost without doubt the most dramatic, intensely moving, historically accurate and revolutionary Afternoon Play that has ever been presented on any radio station in the world ever.

Art-lovers might like to note this is the very first time an historic work of art has actually been re-created on radio exactly as it would have been done at the time. Please note: Doing the Mona Lisa at home should not be attempted by listeners unless under expert guidance.

Desmond Olivier Dingle....Patrick Barlow

Raymond Box....John Ramm

Directed by Martin Duncan.

Then News.

"

AP20050617

Nought Happens Twice Thus

By Adam Thorpe.

It is July 1921, and a production company has descended on Max Gate, Thomas Hardy's house near Dorchester, to make a film of The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Hardy wants his second wife Florence to come and watch the actors at work. But Florence, worn down by caring for a man who is not only twice her age but who has also spent much of their marriage writing the greatest love poems of the century to his dead first wife, cannot share his enthusiasm.

Hardy has 45 minutes to try to change her mind.

Then News.

"

AP20050620

Olivia's Line

By David Varela.

Rome 1962, and the biggest, most expensive movie ever made is in production: Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The film is terribly delayed, massively over budget and the co-stars are causing a terrific scandal. Meanwhile Gil, the production meteorologist, has his eye on Olivia, one of Cleopatra's handmaidens, but she's definitely not interested.

Gil....Andrew Scott

Olivia....Kelly Reilly

Steve....John Schwab

Mankiewicz....John Guerrasio

Simpson....Ryan McCluskey

Gianfranco....Vincenzo Nicoli

Charlotte/ Taylor....Helen Longworth

Burton....Tim Treloar

Directed by Mary Peate

AP20050621

Flowers for the Living

By William Ingram.

Gwyn is trying to move on after the death of his father, but a visit home shows him why Mam is stuck in the past.

Mam....Margaret John

Gwyn....Giles Thomas

Thomas....Howell Evans

Iestyn....Iestyn Jones

Phil....Laurence Allan

Directed by Alison Hindell.

AP20050622

Return to Killroe

By John P Rooney.

Exiled in London for more than 50 years, Paddo is persuaded to make one final trip to his native Ireland, only to find the country changed and his one remaining relative unwilling to accept him.

Paddo....TP McKenna

Ann....Eleanor Methven

Rory....John Hewitt

Mary....Lizzy McInnerny

Dumper....Kevin Flood

Sean....Neal McWilliams

Roisin....Sarah Gordon

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20050623

Word from Cupid

By Louise Oliver

Lorraine Mellor, known as Lolly, talks to her parrot Cupid, morning, noon and night but the problem is, he doesn't talk back. Lolly talks to Cupid a lot more than to her husband Jim, who seems to spend most of his time at the local library. The truth is they haven't really communicated properly for 27 years.

Lolly....Alison Steadman

Jim....George Costigan

With original music by Clive Bell.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

AP20050624

Inside Out

A documentary drama about young offenders on a pre-release camping trip to the Devon Moors, devised and developed by writer Caspar Walsh through a series of workshops with a group of young offenders in Bristol whose voices accompany the drama.

When Josh decides to do a runner, it's left to his friend Mickey and a stranger on the moors to try and stop him making a big mistake.

Josh....Carl Prekopp

Mickey....Mohammed George

Karen....Lisa Coleman

Bryan....Stephen Perring

Gabe....Peter Clifford

Amir....Nish Patel

Layton....Terry Tunstall

Josh's Mum....Dee Sadler

AP20050627

Love's Executioner

Adapted from the case notes of Dr Irvin Yalom by Rachel Joyce.

Thelma is in love. She's 70 years old and the man she's in love with is 24 years her junior. They had a brief affair eight years ago and Thelma still can't get him out of her mind. She's spent the past eight years raking over this hopeless love affair. Can psychotherapy cure her magnificent obsession? What is this thing called love?

Thelma....Katherine Helmond

Therapist....Harry Hamlin

Matthew....Kevin Kilner

Directed by Kate McAll

AP20050628

Teacher's Pet

By Robert Shearman.

20 years ago, a teenager develops what could perhaps be described as a crush on Stephanie Townsend, a female teacher at his school, and determines to win her. The story of how Peter attempts to accomplish this is interspersed with present-day actuality. He, now a teacher himself, is approached by Stephanie all these years later. In the past, because of what happens (and horrified at the compromising situation in which she finds herself) she rejects him. In a fit of pique, young Peter ensures the school is informed that he's had an inappropriate liaison. We learn that Mrs Townsend was forced to resign quietly because of the hint of scandal. Her marriage, already rocky, founders.

Now, in the present-day, it becomes increasingly ambiguous as to exactly why Mrs Townsend has sought Peter out. Does she in fact want something more? Revenge?

Stephanie....Carolyn Seymour

Peter....Simon Templeman

Young Peter/Philip....Steven Geller

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

AP20050629

Letters from Africa

The story of Karen Blixen's years in Africa dramatised by Sheila Hannon from her vivid and revealing letters home, which describe with humour, intelligence and the eye of a born storyteller her deep love of the country in which she settled, the disintegration of her marriage and her long and passionate love affair.

Karen Blixen....Eleanor Bron

Dr Burkitt....Ian McElhinney

Mrs Irwinhunt....Bonnie Hurren

Mrs Hickford....Phyllida Nash

Lady Macmillan....Jacqueline Tong

Young Karen....Sophia NassÚ

Father....James Anderson

Directed by Sara Davies.

AP20050630

Clapham Junction

By Rebecca Saire.

Laura Harris, a successful City banker discovers that her exact double is accompanying her on the train to work each day. The more Laura sees this woman the more she feels sure that she is the harbinger of some dreadful news. Naturally her husband and friends advise rest and psychiatric help, but Laura knows she will have to tackle this problem head on if she has to have any peace of mind.

Laura....Emma Fielding

Ian....Stephen Boxer

Hilary....Hilary Maclean

Eve....Rebecca Saire

Therapist....Charlie Simpson

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20050701

Stamp Collecting with Legs

By Alan Francis.

Over 30,000 little Tupperware boxes are buried all over Dartmoor, each containing a specially designed printable stamp and ink-pad, the locations of the boxes are listed in a large book of clues. Enthusiasts scour the moor for them, in a hobby called 'letterboxing'. Comic Alan Francis plays a character who, in order to get out of doing DIY, has lied to his girlfriend for six months by saying he is letterboxing every Sunday, when he is really lazing about with his mate Pete. When his lie threatens to be exposed he rushes to the moor to try to actually find some stamps to try to get a prized 100 club stamp.

Alan....Alan Francis

Pete....Barnaby Power

All other voices....Dartmoor Letterboxers

AP20050704

Dr Brighton and Mr Harding

By Stephen Wyatt.

An insight into the personal demons that tormented TV's first superstar, the outspoken, irascible but much-loved broadcaster of the 1950s, Gilbert Harding, who became famous for his unpredictable appearances on panel games such as What's My Line? Twenty Questions and Round Britain Quiz.

Gilbert Harding....Roger Allam

Derek....Ben Crowe

Roger....Keith Drinkel

Philip....Carl Prekopp

Nancy Spain....Jenny Funnell

Psychiatrist....Ian Masters

Female fan....Jean Trend

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20050705

Talk

By Mark Wilson.

It is 1854. In the Criminal Wing of Bethlem Hospital for the Insane, painter Richard Dadd and poet Emily Clayton are caught in the middle, as two rival doctors seek to reform the treatment of the mentally ill.

Emily Clayton....Alison Pettitt

Richard Dadd....Nigel Anthony

George Haydon....Jonathan Tafler

Charles Hood....Jonathan Keeble

Ward Sister Grey....Joan Walker

Directed by David Blount.

AP20050706

The Perfect Husband

By Anji Loman Field.

Joan is the new office assistant at Bridlington Brides. After many lonely years living as her mother's carer Joan is eager to please and desperate to fit in, but the lunchtime culture in the bridal shop revolves around talking about men. Sadly Joan's one attempt at romance was cunningly stopped by her controlling mother and she soon discovers that her colleagues can be very unkind to those who have never made a trip up the alter. Rather than be ostracized by the staff in the bridal shop, Joan invents Charlie her loving husband.

Joan....Penelope Wilton

Charlie....Philip Fox

Beverley....Elizabeth Bell

Margaret....Noreen Kershaw

Melody....Cherie Taylor-Battiste

Directed by Pam Fraser Solomon.

AP20050707

Kaleido

By Jeff Young.

It's Liverpool in 1973. Kid, 16, and his best mate Skeeter crash through the streets, bumping into the city's street characters - a host of lost heroes, glimpsed through a toy kaleidoscope nicked from a shop.

Kid....Mark Rice-Oxley

Skeeter....Andrew Whyment

Cocky Watchman....Vince Earl

Dad....Andrew Schofield

Carol Stookey....Katy Lamont

Directed by Susan Roberts.

Then News.

A Journey from the New World: This gentle play with music chronicles a train journey that Antonin Dvorák and his family made from New York City to Spillville Iowa in 1893.

AP20050708

Trueman

By Brian B Thompson.

A student has been found shot dead next to a bag of cocaine. But is it a routine drugland killing or something more sinister? The Chief Super needs an outsider she can trust. And you can't get much more of an outsider than Trueman.

Trueman....Robert Daws

Riley....Duncan Preston

Professor Creighton....Richard Lintern

Amy....Katy Cavanagh

Alison Knight....Polly Hemingway

The Psychologist....Sandra Clark

Directed by Toby Swift

AP20050711

Rain on the Just

By Jimmie Chinn.

Dark family secrets have led to murder - or have they? Has Stan killed his long lost brother? What else may be revealed and who may be the next victim?

Stan....Bernard Cribbins

Charlie....Roy Barraclough

Beryl....Joan Kempson

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20050712

Mapping the Soul

By Lucy Gough.

A scientist believes he has proved once and for all that there's no such thing as the soul. Meanwhile, an anatomist sets out to prove to his audience that the soul is a physical presence within the brain. But both are being watched by a mysterious figure in the shadows who knows more than either of them can imagine. A poetic and haunting play which asks fundamental questions about the nature of humanity.

Soul....Emily Bruni

Anatomist....Michael Elwyn

Assistant....Oliver Ryan

Adam....Timothy Watson

Eve....Bella Merlin

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

AP20050713

Interviews

By Nick Warburton.

A year in the life of three children at a primary school seen through the eyes of their teacher and their parents.

Miss Salmon....Tracey Childs

Mr Zagorski....Henry Goodman

Steph....Kate Fleetwood

Frank....Richard Katz

Paula....Laura Elphinstone

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20050714

The Best Snow for Skiing

By Linda Cracknell.

It is 1978 and Valda Trevlyn Greive, the second wife of the great Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid, is reassessing her life following her husband's death. A young student arrives at her door during a snow storm determined to pay his respects his deceased hero's memory. Valda, irritated by the youngster's intrusion and pious reverence, does her best to shatter his illusions. The story unravels over the two days this odd couple spend in each other's company while snowed in at Brownsbank Cottage.

Recorded on location at Brownsbank Cottage, Valda Grieve and Hugh MacDiarmid's former home.

Valda....Colette O'Neil

Andrew....Iain Robertson

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20050715

Trueman: Angel Heights

By Brian B Thompson.

A young stable jockey has been killed by a horse in what appears to have been an accident. When Trueman and Riley come sniffing round, they discover a corner of the horse racing world riddled with double-dealing: a trainer who deliberately runs horses over the wrong distance to bring down their handicap before landing a betting coup when they go over the right trip; a telephone tipster who gives one tip on his recorded message and a different one to his special clients; stable lads prepared to give inside information in return for favours.

Can Trueman penetrate this closed world and discover the truth behind Emma Slater's death?

Trueman....Robert Daws

Riley....Duncan Preston

Sir James Huntley....Michael Cochrane

Helen Turner....Sammy Dobson

Keith Fletcher....Gerard McDermott

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20050718

Hooked

By Nick Darke.

Nick Darke, one of Cornwall's most celebrated and idiosyncratic writers, died last month. This is the second of two programmes celebrating his work - a drama documentary recorded on the beach where he lived in Cornwall. It's about a Cornish couple who are asked advice by a Londoner on how to fish for sea bass, one of the most elusive, beautiful and tasty fish in the Atlantic.

The Fanatic....Mark Bazeley

Peter....Charlie Barnecut

Myrna....Diana Berriman

Produced by Jeremy Howe.

AP20050719

Silt

By Jim Burke.

When a man is seen falling into a lake, a ghoulish vigil builds up as crowds gather waiting for the body to surface. But when it does, is anyone ready for the revelations it brings?

The Drowned Man....Jeff Hordley

Price....Sam Kelly

Constable....Nicholas Gleaves

Mary....Deborah McAndrew

Avril....Kaye Wragg

Henry....James Nickerson

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

AP20050720

Chacabuco

By Nigel Richardson.

Travel writer Dan Miller is writing a piece on the Atacama Desert in Chile, but he is jaded by years of travelling and remains untouched by the country's spectacular beauty. Until that is, his tour guide takes him off the tourist trail.

Dan Miller....Ewan Bailey

Jorge....Alan Turner

Judy....Susannah Corbett

Pedros....Arturo Venegas

AP20050721

The little photographer

By Daphne Du Maurier. Dramatised by Michelene Wandor.

The young Madame la Marquise is away on holiday alone and bored. But then she meets the local photographer and feels the thrill of being looked at. This is classic Du Maurier territory, an illicit and slow-burning passion, With a surprise twist in the tail.

Madame....Sian Thomas

Photographer....John McAndrew

Elise/Mdm Paul....Nickie Rainsford

Edouard/Manager....Robert Harper

Miss Clay....Pauline Whitaker

Celeste....Alice Ford

Directed by Geni Hall-Kenny.

AP20050722

Trueman: The Road to Hull

By Brian B Thompson.

Trueman and Riley are unhappy at the opening of Club Paradiso, a new lap dancing club in Hull. It's run by Cockney criminal Terry Stuart who has moved north to try his entrepreneurial hand on the Humber and join brother Frank who had already moved to the city. The Stuart brothers were well known as career criminals - GBH, ABH, theft and fraud were just a few of the things that they had been convicted of. Not the sort of businessmen Trueman and Riley want on their patch. But Frank now appears to have turned over a new leaf, found God and is working as a bus driver.

Trueman....Robert Daws

Riley....Duncan Preston

Frank Stuart....Henry Goodman

Terry Stuart....Harry Myers

Annabelle....Jo Theaker

Directed by Jenny Stephens.

AP20050725

Atomic Lunch

In January 1950 two men meet for lunch in an Oxfordshire pub. One is the Head of Physics at Harwell Research Laboratory. The other is a senior MI5 investigator. One of the most important spy stories of the cold war is about to be revealed. By Michael Butt.

Klaus Fuchs....Henry Goodman

Jim Skardon....Matthew Marsh

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20050726

Portrait

Tom Kelly's play features Patrick, a confused 15 year old desperately trying to navigate the minefield of 21st Century masculinity. Unfortunately his only role models are Billy, his terribly reasonable and politically correct father and Phil his eccentric, photographer grandfather who has taken Billy's portrait every two weeks for 40 years.

Patrick....Simon Trinder

Billy....Nicholas Gleaves

Phil....David Hargreaves

Julie....Colleen Prendergast

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20050727

The Spaceman

The first manned space flight was on 12th April 1961 when Russian Cosmonaut Flight Major Yuri Gagarin completed a single orbit of the earth in 89.34 minutes. Later that year, he made a triumphant visit to Great Britain. Back on Earth, 11 year old children all over England were sitting the 11 plus exam, and awaiting decisions which would alter the course of their lives.

Rob John's play is the story of one of those children; Michael, and how his own story and that of Yuri Gagarin, become briefly linked.

Michael....Danny Turner

Maggie....Victoria O'Donnell

Valerie....Lily Power

Trev....Chris Overton

Father....Jon Glover

Mother....Ruth Gemmell

Miss Green....Phillipa Peak

Mr Spencer....Nigel Anthony

AP20050728

Ink

By Shelley Silas.

Two linked stories: a prison inmate in the 21st century is determined to learn how to write, and the man who created the first commercially available ink in 1832 because he wanted something to write with.

Inspired by Stephens' artefacts and ink recipes at Avenue House, Finchley.

Henry Stephens....Paul Rhys

George....Don Gilet

Jackie....Nina Sosanya

John Keats....Paul Bazely

Mackreth....Andrew Harrison

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20050729

Trueman: High Windows

A film crew are in Hull, making a bio-pic of Philip Larkin, but they are being plagued by pranks and petty thefts. Events are overshadowed by the mysterious death of a local car thief? Could there be a connection?

Trueman....Robert Daws

Riley....Duncan Preston

Jimmy McEwan....Gerard Kelly

Kate Saunders....Susan Penhaligon

Phoebe Beresford....Naomi Kerbel

Directed by Jenny Stephens.

AP20050801

Car 5

By Mark Catley.

It seems that every fare that John, a taxi driver, picks up today confirms that relationships just don't work out, but will his third fare change his mind?

A real time story about love set in a mini-cab in Leeds.

John....Nicky Evans

Controller....Catherine Breeze

Tina....Kelli Hollis

Joan....Eileen O'Brien

Darby....Geoffrey Wilkinson

Shelly....Sally Walsh

With original music by Rob Julian.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

AP20050802

I Enjoyed Myself Today

By Eryl Maynard.

Freya's diaries reflect the world around her in the 1960s: the Vietnam War, whether to dye her hair. But when her menopausal self discovers them, lyrical with hormonal pubescence, she has things to say in return.

The Woman....Samantha Bond

The Girl....Alex Tregear

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

AP20050803

The Pilgrim's Way

By Niall Casserly.

In this spirited comedy, Tordujo is haunted by the demands of the past. A failed pilgrim on the path to Santiago de Compostela, he pesters travellers with Leonard Cohen songs and requests for cigarettes.

Enter Tara, an Englishwoman with needs of her own.

Directed by D J Britton.

AP20050804

Encore for Stalin

By Robin Glendinning.

One evening Radio Moscow broadcast a Mozart concerto which Stalin demands to hear again. Too afraid to tell Stalin no recording exists the orchestra have until daybreak to recreate it.

Maria Yudina....Imogen Stubbs

Ludmilla....Gillian Kearney

Anton....Peter Hanly

Smirnov....Gerard Murphy

Girin....Leo Bill

Manager....James Greene

Pavlik....Darragh Kelly

Directed by Gemma McMullan.

AP20050805

Atlantis

By Dan Anthony.

The peace of a seaside caravan site is jangled by the arrival of a Mysterious stranger - and dangerous emotions surface in the apparently civilised community.

Dr Lewis....Philip Madoc

Leighton....John Sparkes

Alex....Robert Chase

Christine....Christine Pritchard

Sally....Nickie Rainsford

Andrew....Simon Ludders

Geoff....Robert Chase

Darren....Gareth Piper

Directed by Jane Dauncey.

AP20050808

The Glasswright

By Liz Kuti.

A commission for a commemorative window saves a Glasswright from ruin. But when the recently dead subject begins dictating the style of the work, he is forced to reconsider.

The Glasswright....Tim McInnerny

Sarah....Amy Marston

The Priest....Nickolas Grace

The Merchant....Robert Price

Alice....Jasmine Hyde

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20050809

Eenie Meenie Macka Racka

By Julia Copus.

Ten year old Jess masks the unhappiness of her broken home through a fantasy world of magic and film. But her childish daydreams are punctured when she starts learning the truth about the adults who surround her.

Jess....Poppy Rush

Mr Khan....Vincent Ebrahim

Alice....Rosie Fleeshman

Mum....Sian Reeves

Directed by Jim Poyser.

AP20050810

The Malingerer's Manual

By Gary Ogin.

Is there ever anything you wish you could get out of? A meeting at work? Dinner with the in-laws? A party where you know all the guests are rubbish?

Rupert needs to get out of his wedding. With the aid of the Malingerer's Manual he learns how to get stuck in traffic, develop a cold and invent every excuse in the book and still feel guilt free. Not that it helps him.

Rupert....Andy Taylor

Jemima....Katherine Heath

George, the best Best Man....Rupert Vansittart

Dr Larry Hausmann....Christian Rodska

The Excuseline....Melanie Hudson

Dr Hans Grimchuk....Paul Humpoletz

Deep Voice....Paul Dodgson

Mrs Brahms....Phyllida Nash

Directed by Jeremy Howe.

AP20050811

Dumb Heads

By Neil Warhurst.

In this comedy set in mediaeval Wales, two incompetent English soldiers hiding from battle accidentally slay the rebellious Prince of Wales. There's a price on his head. But how can they get the odiferous organ back to London?

Peter....Phil Daniels

Stephen....Ray Coulthard

Abbot/Edward....Trevor Cooper

Lisbie....Colleen Prendergast

Llewelyn/Sir Robert....Alex Lowe

Physician/Innkeeper....Harry Myers

Joanna....Susan Jameson

Sam/William....Richard Katz

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20050812

The Love Saboteur

By Lana Citron.

Brefni's attempts at playing Cupid for her spinster aunt have an unexpected but not altogether undesirable outcome.

Brefni....Laura Murphy

Rhona....Marion O'Dwyer

Padraig....Gerard Murphy

Sheila....Aine McCartney

Shay....Neal McWilliams

Donal....Kevin Flood

Jonah....Niall Cusack

Nicky....Lana Citron

Herself....Jenni Murray

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20050815

Boy Steals Train

By Jude Domski and the Paper Hat Ensemble.

The true and extraordinary story of Darius McCollum, whose life-long obsession with New York Subway trains has resulted in more than 20 arrests.

Darius....Ron Simons

Young Darius....Kashif Harris

With Beresford Bennett, Alberto Bonilla, Misty De Berry, Gigi Jhong and Michael Warner.

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20050816

A Fine and Private Place

By Theresa Heskins.

Uncle Frank, at the great age of 104, is edging his way out of life. But not without posing a teaser to his surviving relatives - who is the Rose he keeps asking for in the hospital? When Mike discovers he has been left a dilapidated Shropshire cottage by his uncle, he and his wife Viv begin a trail of discovery leading them to the unexpected truth about this mysterious Rose.

Mike....Kim Wall

Viv....Deborah McAndrew

Rose....Alex Tregear

Frank....John Rowe

Young Frank....Oliver Hembrough

Kathleen....Sunny Ormonde

Simon....Miles Davies

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20050817

Cleopatra's Nose

By Simon Brett. Every man has a special fantasy. James has a lifelong obsession with Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, especially her nose.

Adult James....Benjamin Whitrow

Cleopatra....Susan Jameson

James as a child....Ben Tibber

Mr Nugent....Nick Boulton

James as a teenager....Stuart McLoughlin

Charmian/Jill/Alison....Emily Wachter

Mrs Christiansen....Kristin Milward

Anna/Jenny....Alex Tregear

Christiansen/Liebermann....Jonathan Bee

Chambers....Steven Roberts

Rugeley....Pax Baldwin

Terry....Robert Hastie

Hilary/Matron....Helen Longworth

Susan....Ndidi Del Fatti

AP20050818

Behind Closed Doors

By Lekha Desai Morrison.

In the course of one night, three women reel from the shock of the sudden death of six-month-old Rosie. Tara, Rosie's mother, has shut herself in Rosie's bedroom having formally accused her mother-in-law Savita of being responsible for Rosie's death. Terrified for her future, Savita awaits questioning at the police station, while her daughter Neela paces the corridors outside waiting for news.

Tara....Rina Mahoney

Savita....Shelley King

Neela....Pooja Ghai

Raj....Pushpinder Chani

Directed by Kate Chapman.

AP20050819

Hard Frosts in Florence

By David Pownall. In this play, specially written for Paul Scofield, a deeply-troubled Michelangelo returns to Florence to view his statue of the boy David - 'Flesh caught in stone' - for the last time.

Michelangelo....Paul Scofield

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20050822

Fog and Shifting Pebbles

By Dawn Lowe-Watson

An atmospheric emotional drama set on Romney Marsh, about the relationship between an impressionable teenage girl who has run away from home to be with a sculptor who was her mother's past boyfriend, and who she feels much closer to than her real father.

Owen....Paul Rhys

Nina....Colleen Prendergast

Monica....Patience Tomlinson

Vic/Young Thomas....Gerard McDermott

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20050823

A Home of Their Own

By Martyn Wade

Kenneth is determined that the only way to remove his children from the far-too-comfortable family nest is to seriously downgrade the size of it. But, when he moves them to a much smaller place, the lack of space is not the only problem.

He and his wife encounter a number of 'visitors' that the previous owner had forgotten to tell them about. In fact, she had failed to tell them that she was moving at all...

Kenneth....David Troughton

Clare....Barbara Flynn

Mrs Hooper....Margaret Tyzack

Miss Grainger-Taylor....Richenda Carey

Mr Norton....Jonathan Keeble

Maurice....Wayne Foskett

George/Melvyn....Harry Myers

Jill/Emily/Jane....Colleen Prendergast

Directed by Cherry Cookson

AP20050824

Tree Splitting

By Louise Ramsden.

'If a child is ill, split a sapling longitudinally, pass the baby through the cleft three times, and then seal up the tree. The tree will absorb the child's illness and the child will remain well as long as the tree is sealed'. So says the ancient Warwickshire custom of tree splitting. There are still some trees in the county which show evidence of having been split in such a way.

A father who is worried about the health of his child happens upon the custom in a book he has borrowed from the library. When conventional medicine fails him, he cuts a nearby tree and passes the child through it, and won't allow anyone near him or the tree until it is healed.

Rich....Alex Jones

Sasha....Alex Kelly

Polly....Polly Lister

Tree....Elizabeth Wofford

Consultant....Alison Belbin

AP20050825

Flee as a Bird to the Mountain

By Don Taylor.

A group of male friends in their 60s revive the schoolboy New Orleans Jazz band that expressed their purist youthful idealism. Youth and its high ideals have a brief musical re-flowering, until tragedy strikes.

Dave....Jack Shepherd

Colin....Philip Jackson

Derek....Trevor Cooper

Dick....Thomas Arnold

Bob....Philip Joseph

Jenny....Elizabeth Bell

Chris....Martin Hyder

Music by Bob Dwyers Hot Six.

AP20050826

Bottled Up

By Nick Day.

What do you do when the love of your life dies? Gavin finds comfort in a small bottle of blue fluid.

Gavin....Charles Dale

Original music composed by Andrew Green and performed by Andrew Green and Justin Pearson.

Directed by Janet Hampson.

AP20050829

Hell and High Water

By Marianne Carey.

Marlene encourages her best friend, Kay, to spend a weekend at a spiritual health centre in the country. They're doing it to help Bianca - she needs a full course to make her career change a success - but what do Marlene and Kay need? Will self-exploration and soul searching help them ring changes in their lives?

Kay....Fletcher Mathers

Marlene....Irene MacDougall

Julian....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Rose....Sheila Donald

Bianca....Monica Gibb

Dennis....Steven McNicoll

Directed by David Ian Neville.

AP20050830

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and Dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

1/4. The Chief Justice of Beauty

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, is worried about her fiancÚ, Mr J L B Matekoni. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi takes on a case for the Chief Justice of Beauty.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mr J L B Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Motlamedi Matluli....Noma Dumezweni

Charlie....Maynard Eziashi

Dr Moffat....William Gaminara

Principal/Mother....Aicha Kossoko

Chief Justice of Beauty....Don Warrington

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20050831

Soldier Boy

By Nell Leyshon.

John returns a day early from Iraq on leave to his pregnant wife, young son and their home in army barracks. Claire soon realises that something is wrong. As their two worlds, of isolated domesticity and major violent events, collide, John also begins to resent the time Claire spends with Adam, a young paraplegic she cares for.

Claire....Gillian Kearney

John....Jack Ryder

Adam....James Nickerson

Lewis....Carter Dowland

With specially composed music by Steve Brooke.

Directed by Susan Roberts.

AP20050901

Still Life

By Christopher Harris.

Alice is shocked to see an old friend begging on the high street. Mark was always the centre of the art student crowd. He has changed beyond recognition, but so has she.

Alice....Julia Ford

Mark....Lloyd Hutchinson

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20050902

The Receptionist

By Ali Smith.

Radio Play is a programme that plays in Colin's head. It's a particularly interesting programme about the history of the mouth organ. When Colin meets Beth - the new receptionist at the doctor's surgery, she seems to be able to hear Colin's radio programme too.

The problem is Beth doesn't hear quite the same things as he does. She's quite certain the programme is about the balalaika. Is this, as Doctor Proctor suspects, an extraordinary phenomenon in modern psychology or is there something more universal at work?

Colin....John Paul Hurley

Receptionist....Claire Knight

Announcer....Mark McDonnell

Dr Proctor....Candida Benson

Mrs Newage....Joanna Tope

Gerda/Tiffany....Gabriel Quigley

Dr Snow....Jimmy Chisholm

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20050905

Tango

By Hazel Marshall.

Maria hopes tango classes will help breathe new life into her marriage, Rose is searching for new love and Connor is about to discover something that could change his life forever. A play about passion, fun, love, and friendship, set in a tango class.

Rose....Juliet Cadzow

Abbie....Louise Ironside

Angel....John Kazek

Hugh....Crawford Logan

Connor....Grant O'Rourke

Maria....Alison Peebles

Andrew....Simon Tait

Directed by David Ian Neville.

AP20050906

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and Dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

2/4. The Confession

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, has to find two women wronged in the past by her client, Mr Molefelo.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mr J L B Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Clerk....Emmanuel Ighodaro

Mr Molefelo....Ben Onwukwe

Mma Seipone....Alibe Parsons

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20050907

Missing Olga

Paul Morrison's magical drama draws upon his grandfather Abram Moskovitch's passionate love letters, written 100 years ago, to the girl he left behind in Odessa. Will he persuade his lover, Olga, to come and join him in London? And will he help Paul find the key to his own sense of belonging?

Old Abram....Andrew Sachs

Young Abram....Daniel Hart

Olga....Janet Suzman

Clippie....Nia Roberts

Paul Morrison....himself

Directed by Mark Smalley.

AP20050908

Stranger Faces

By Charlotte Thompson.

Rosie, a Leicester teenager, becomes convinced that Max, a Cameroonian ex-journalist is the father she has been searching for.

Rosie's mother Debs has always been vague about the identity of her father but when Rosie discovers an old photograph, her longing to find him intensifies. Elsewhere in Leicester, Max, a Cameroonian ex-journalist is yearning for a daughter he was once forced to leave behind. When a fight erupts between Rosie and her school friend Mina in the market one day, Max intervenes and Rosie is convinced that his face fits. One thing is certain: her life will never be the same again.

Rosie....Ebony Feare

Max....Ben Onwukwe

Debs....Sara Poyzer

Mehmet....Nadim Sawalha

Mina....Rakhee Thakrar

Man....Delroy Brown

Woman....Natasha Godfrey

Girl....Sali Jones

Directed by Kate Chapman.

AP20050909

Temperatures Rising

By Simon Warne.

Family holidays can be a curse at the best of times. But when the Framptons book into their hotel in Tunisia, little do they know they're in for a holiday from hell.

Dorothy....Marcia Warren

Sonia....Susan Tully

Kevin....Stephen Beresford

Rick....Ben Crowe

Wendy....Liza Sadovy

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20050912

Violence and the Big Male Voice

By Gwyn Thomas. Dramatised by Alick Rowe.

A comic tale of passion, ballroom dancing and male voice choirs set in South Wales in the 1930s.

Marty sings like a baritone angel in the local male voice choir where his friends, Handel Hughes the Flues and Willie Silcox, sage and philosopher, try to keep him on the straight and narrow. However, Marty is not just big and strong but fatally naïve so he ignores their advice and succumbs to the blandishments of Ursula Thowley.

Marty Moore....Jonathan Floyd

Ursula Thowley....Mali Harries

Peveril Pearce....Matthew Rhys

Handel Hughes....Brian Hibbard

Willie Silcox....Dorien Thomas

Lucknow Lewis....Russell Gomer

Directed by Gilly Adams.

AP20050913

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and Dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

3/4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, discovers that the agency has competition, and Mma Makutsi embarks on an entrepreneurial enterprise.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mr J L B Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Bernard Selelipeng....Paterson Joseph

Mr Molefelo....Ben Onwukwe

Mma Seipone....Alibe Parsons

Cephas Buthelezi....Danny Sapani

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20050914

The Egyptian Collection

By Kate Pullinger.

London, 1916. A schoolgirl believes she is related to the Egyptian Pharoah Seti. So obsessed does she become that she bunks off school to spend time in the British Museum studying texts and artifacts of the era, quickly becoming an authority. But the war with Germany is at its height. The museum authorities try to ban her on safety grounds. But, ironically during an air attack it is she who saves a major manuscript and the career of a curator who acknowledges her insights.

Dorothy....Ellie Beaven

Mrs Brackett....Sylvia Syms

Mr Budge....Jonathan Coy

Museum Director....Ian Masters

Pharaoh Sety/Dr Ross....Harry Myers

Caroline Eady....Susan Jameson

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20050915

The Fossilist

By Fiona Mackie.

In 1847, Mary Anning lies dying at the age of 42. Alone in the world, she is surrounded only by her fossils.

In 2005, Jodie is playing truant from school, and has escaped to a deserted part of the beach. But she hasn't thought about the tide.

She has been spotted. Mags realises that the young teenager she saw further down the beach has not returned. She goes to warn her but by the time she manages to get Jodie to follow her, it's too late.

The play links all three women's doubts, fears and obsessions over the centuries.

Mags....Susan Jameson

Jodie....Ella Smith

Mary Anning....Gillian Bevan

Young Mary....Catherine Butler

Young Mary's Father....Gerard McDermott

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20050916

Wimmy Road

By Faisal Qureshi.

Its Eid and everyone's showing off their cars, but will Atif take it a step too far?

A drama documentary exploring the annual tradition of racing in and around Manchester on Eid. A powerful narrative interwoven with the voices of young Muslim men talking about their passion for cars and racing.

Atif....Asif Khan

Jamal....Dharmesh Patel

Baby G....Naithan Ariane

Saba....Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi

Amjad....Ash Tandon

Shabaz....Parvez Qadir

Interviews by Shazia Khan.

Original music composed by Ivan Stott.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

AP20050919

The Sundowner

By Aileen Ritchie.

Following a suspected stroke, Betty finds herself condemned to live out the rest of her days in the least appealing possible way. With, she feels, all her faculties in order, it's ludicrous that she should be expected to eat tea at five and be in bed by eight. And sharing a room with a 92-year-old knitting fanatic is not her perfect relationship.

So she fights.

Care-worker Farai is charged with softening her up. Slowly he begins to win Betty's confidence but just as he thinks he's getting there he finds Betty has other cards up her sleeve. Ones that Farai is none too happy about.

When Farai discovers his application for asylum in Britain has been refused and he is to be returned to Zimbabwe, his survival depends on disentangling himself from Betty.

Betty....Una Mclean

Margaret....Wendy Seager

Farai....Manu Kurewa

Eva....Lesley Hart

Brian....Chris Young

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20050920

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Written and Dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.

4/4. The Admirer

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, makes an unhappy discovery and Mma Makutsi finds an admirer at the Kalahari Typing School for Men.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mr J L B Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mma Selelipeng....Ndidi Ama

Dr Moffat....William Gaminara

Motheleli....Gbemisola Ikumelo

Bernard Selelipeng....Paterson Joseph

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20050921

A double bill of two J M Barrie short plays.

Seven Women

In this piece about childhood reunion and eccentric womanhood, Mr and Mrs Tovey are a 'pleasant couple of agreeable age'. The play precedes a dinner party at their Chelsea home. Captain Rattrey (Inky Paws) arrives early and engages in banter with his old school friend Tovey (Bobbin) about which women are coming to the party. Tovey says that one of them is a murderess, and challenges old Inky Paws to work out which one.

J M Barrie....Bill Paterson

Tovey....Benedict Cumberbatch

Mrs Tovey....Diana Quick

Rattray....Alexander Armstrong

Leonora....Harriet Walter

The Twelve Pound Look

In this play about a man confronting his past, it is the evening before Harry Sims is to receive his knighthood, and he has hired a typist to answer his congratulatory letters. Unbeknownst to him, the secretary is his ex-wife, who left him suddenly years ago. Sims uses the opportunity to find out who she left him for, but ends up being forced to confront himself.

Lady Sims....Joanna David

Harry Sims....Anton Rodgers

Tombes....Colin Haigh

Kate....Maureen Lipman

Both plays directed and adapted by Julia McKenzie.

AP20050922

Kaleido

By Jeff Young.

Its 1973. Liverpool. Kid, 16, and his best mate Skeeter crash through the streets, bumping into the city's street characters - a host of lost heroes, glimpsed through a toy kaleidoscope nicked from a shop. A portrait of a friendship, funny and poignant, which may or may not stand the test of time.

Kid....Mark Rice -Oxley

Skeeter....Andrew Whyment

Cocky Watchman....Vince Earl

Dad....Andrew Schofield

Carol Stookey....Katy Lamont

Directed by Susan Roberts.

AP20050923

The Man of Letters

By Tim Sanders.

Ruined by the Depression, inventor Alfred Butts set about trying to persuade America that his game, Scrabble, could elevate both the mind and the spirit, with mixed results.

Alfred Butts....Nathan Osgood

Nina Butts....Laurel Lefkow

James Brunot....Colin Stinton

Nancy....Julie Jupp

Marion Stringer....Lorelei King

Tony....Eric Loren

Eddie....Stuart Milligan

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

AP20050926

The Recall Man

The first of three new cases for forensic psychologist Joe Aston as he continues his work with the Teesside police.

1/3. Taken By Surprise

By David Napthine.

A financial adviser is abducted and only released when his employer pays the ransom. Joe resorts to unorthodox methods to secure a positive identification of the main suspect.

Dr Joe Aston....Jeremy Swift

DC Geoff Patten....Paul Brennen

DI Anne Reynolds....Janet Dibley

Bill Pierce....Andrew Dunn

Tony Calderwood....Gerard McDermott

Moira Pierce....Susan Jameson

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20050927

The Torture Warrant

By Jonathan Myerson, based on true events that occurred in 2002.

The man the police have in custody refuses to divulge the whereabouts of his kidnap victim, a boy probably now dying from starvation and exposure. But the clock is ticking. Under such circumstances, is torture warranted?

Magnus Gaefgen....Ben Silverstone

Superintendent Wolfgang Daschner....John Castle

Katha....Antonia Bernath

Policeman Ennigkeit....Tim Woodward

Policeman Vogel....George Anton

Voice....Jon Glover

AP20050928

Saint Lucy

Written by and starring Corin Redgrave.

The distinguished actor and occasional playwright Corin Redgrave has written a moving and disturbing drama based on the true story of a 58- year-old man wrestling with prostate cancer.

Top specialists explain he is a rare case within a common condition and his operation fails. Later, the treatment is more successful but leaves him impotent. However, an empathetic hospital nurse suggests the power of prayer. Her sceptical patient is not impressed, until one day...

Directed by Richard Wortley.

AP20050929

The Making of the English Landscape, by Jonathan Davidson, inspired by WG Hoskins' book. How might the land itself feel through centuries of being ploughed up, deep-mined and built on?

AP20050930

An Insurance Inspector Calls

By Justin Moorhouse.

A comedy drama, with a cheeky nod to JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls, from award winning Manchester comedian, Justin Moorhouse.

The story involves a seaside guesthouse, a dysfunctional family, a Judy Garland tribute act, a mysterious bleach incident, and an insurance inspector who is not all that he seems

Maureen....Sarah Parks

Brian....Roy Hudd

Inspector....Roy Barraclough

Nathaniel....Jeff Hordley

AP20051003

The Recall Man

2/3. Can't See for Looking

By David Napthine.

A witness to an arson attack thinks she saw a rhinoceros throwing a petrol bomb. Dr Joe Aston, an expert in recovered memory, tries to discover what she really saw.

Dr Joe Aston....Jeremy Swift

D C Geoff Patten....Paul Brennen

D I Anne Reynolds....Janet Dibley

Donna....Sharon Percy

Billy....Michael Imerson

Alison....Colleen Prendergast

Steve....Wayne Foskett

Asif....Shiv Grewal

Mickey....Michael Hodgson

Director Mary Peate

AP20051004

Mr Sweet Talk

By Nick Drake.

The story of Shiraz, a young Iranian man; Jane, an air-hostess who buys flowers from his roadside pitch, and Susan, her hospitalised mother who she buys them for. Shiraz is a born story-teller, and Jane is amazed and entranced by the way he just walks into her life. Soon they are lovers. Jane takes him to meet her mother Susan, who is recovering from a stroke in hospital. At first Susan is shocked, but soon she too is charmed by his sweet talk.

Jane....Claire Rushbrook

Susan....Amanda Boxer

Shiraz....Christopher Simon

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20051005

Close Your Eyes, Raise Your Arms

By Ewa Banasckiewicz.

When Elsa goes on holiday with her mum, it's meant to be a new beginning, but the past soon catches up with them.

Elsa....Kate Ashfield

Chrissy....Annabelle Apsion

Gustav....Andy Henderson

Barman....Chris Pavlo

Anthony....Nick Sayce

Waitress....Sophie Roberts

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20051006

The House at World's End

A tale of the supernatural, by Stephen Sheridan.

What terrible secret lies hidden in the library at Cranleigh Hall, and why is old Uncle Magnus so afraid of the night?

MR James....John Rowe

Young James....Jonathan Keeble

Henry Gilbert....Charles Simpson

Dr De Lacey....David Collings

Uncle Magnus....John Evitts

Mrs Turner....Jean Trend

Dawlish....James Durrant

Lincoln....Alex Hutchinson

Landlord....Trevor Nichols

Director David Blount.

AP20051007

Brought to Book

By Joan Bakewell.

Lucy Arbiter has just been appointed chair of the judging panel for the Widmerpool Prize for Fiction. In spite of being a busy mother of two, she is determined to do a good job and award the prize to the very best book.

But many pitfalls lie in Lucy's way. The jury meet in the autumn and concentrating on reading isn't easy on a holiday with two kids bored and resentful that she has her head in a book all day long. And even abroad, she has to endure phone calls from a confused, rather brainless telly celeb invited on the panel to provide some glamour.

Sensing compromise, Lucy enlists another of the judges, an old college tutor and former lover, to help to push her favourite book. But the tutor is coming under pressure to promote a different book, written by a client of his lover, a psychiatric counsellor.

Lucy is horrified at her friend's veniality, until she too comes under pressure from her film-producer husband to promote a book he thinks he can get the film rights for. Lucy struggles, but the pressure intensifies as bankruptcy looms and the family's welfare is at risk.

Gervase....Roger Allam

Lucy....Geraldine James

Adrian/Josh....Robert Bathurst

Hugo/Paul....Richard Katz

Miranda/Millie....Colleen Prendergast

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20051010

The Recall Man: Best Forgotten

By Steven Chambers

Forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston uncovers some information about an unsolved robbery case in 1952. The problem is that it's Joe's elderly uncle Tom and his friend who are implicated.

Dr Joe Aston....Jeremy Swift

DC Geoff Patten....Paul Brennen

DI Anne Reynolds....Janet Dibley

Tom....Colin MacLachlan

Frankie....Maurice Roeves

Sue....Sheila Tait

AP20051011

The Sound of Solitary Waves

By Charlotte Jones.

Does a solitary wave really exist? Or does each breaking wave contain within its sound the echo of the last wave and the promise of the next?

Nigel....Toby Jones

Kwame....Shaun Parkes

Libby....Claire Rushbrook

Leo....Ben Crowe

Yoga Teacher....Jemma Churchill

Kim....Li-Leng Au

Directed by Claire Grove

AP20051012

The Ugly American,

Written and performed by Mike Daisey.

An American student is desperate to absorb the British theatrical tradition, but instead falls into shady fringe theatre.

AP20051013

The Insecurity Guard.

A black comedy by Cynthia Hamilton.

In this black comedy, architect Jessie Bruce develops an unusual eating disorder in the face of personal and professional crisis - she takes to eating the bedroom wall. But the hole in the wall starts talking back...

Virginia....Nancy Crane

Glynn....Nick Farr

The Hole/Weston Pike....Steven McNicoll

Jessie Bruce....Alexandra Mathie

Hans Vermeulen....Nick Underwood

Directed by Gaynor MacFarlane

AP20051014

The Ballad of Frankie Banks.

By Rachel Taylor

Frankie Banks is a seventeen year old whose mother has died and whose father, a truck driver has no time for her. She has taken refuge with Badger who found her on a beach apparently contemplating suicide. Badger, his camper van and his free spirit/buck the system philosophy has become the focus of her life. However, a recent addition to Badgers little clan is Ellie who is a younger, thicker skinned and more dangerous fifteen year old. A fierce rivalry flares up between Ellie and Frankie.

Frankie....Alinka Wright

Badger....Paul Kaye

Ellie....Akiva Henry

Frank....John Flitcroft

Directed by Kate Chapman

AP20051017

Clinging to Lord Nelson

By Emma Reeves.

Part of a series of programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Lord Nelson finds that he has got company on his Column.

Jim....Richard Mitchley

Alice....Elizabeth Ann O'Brien

Lazarus....Jonathan Floyd

Pericles....Laurence Allan

Lord Nelson....Nigel Watson

Producer/director Gilly Adams.

AP20051018

It's Aug 8th 1974 - the day of President Nixon's resignation. Martha Mitchell, wife of former Attorney General John Mitchell, is alone with her books of press clippings, her dog and her whisky.

She tape records her testimony, makes calls to journalists and remembers how the administration forcibly tried to silence her when she spoke out about Nixon's role in the Watergate burglary

and cover-up.

Martha Mitchell....Judith Ivey

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

AP20051018

It's Aug 8th 1974 - the day of President Nixon's resignation.

Martha Mitchell, wife of former Attorney General John Mitchell, is alone with her books of press clippings, her dog and her whisky.

She tape records her testimony, makes calls to journalists and remembers how the administration forcibly tried to silence her when she spoke out about Nixon's role in the Watergate burglary

and cover-up.

Martha Mitchell....Judith Ivey

Directed by Eoin O'callaghan

AP20051019

12 Shares.

By Dennis Kelly.

Kate is just beginning to enjoy herself for the first time in her life. It's the little things that she can appreciate. She discovers how it feels to celebrate her youngest son Ryan's 16th birthday and is about to embark on the world of dating.

Told over the course of 12 weeks we see how Kate strives to keep her head above water as she struggles with problems that develop at home. A story about going through a crisis of faith when faith is the only thing keeping you alive, and coming out the other side.

Kate....Sophie Stanton

AP20051020

Getting the Joke

By Neil Brand.

For 60 years Donald McGill created some of the most popular seaside postcards in the land. In July 1954, shortly after his 80th birthday, he was arrested on obscene publication charges.

Donald McGill....John Wood

Molly....Ann Beach

Durand....Malcolm Sinclair

Wells....Gerard McDermott

Mary....Carolyn Pickles

Sgt Evison....Wayne Foskett

Constable Hiley....Nick Sayle

Counsel....John Cummins

Judge....Delroy Brown

Postcards....Ella Smith, Sophie Roberts, Ayesha Antoine

AP20051021

Trafalgar

Docudrama written and directed by Lisa Osborne.

On 21 October 1805, England engaged in a massive sea battle against Napoleon's navy. It was the definitive naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars and it established Britannia's position as ruler of the seas for the following century and a half. It is a genuine turning point in our island's history for if Britain had lost, it would have been impossible to prevent Napoleon's full-scale invasion of the British Isles.

But what really happened at Trafalgar? Britain won, Nelson died, and he may or may not have said "Kiss me, Hardy". But do we know what really happened? Why was it fought? What did it mean? What did it sound like? How did it feel during the six hours it took for the gentle breezes to waft the two fleets together slower than a man could swim?

The anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar is commemorated through this gripping docu-drama based on eye-witness accounts of the action from a range of perspectives.

AP20051024

Duckie

By Roger Williams.

Ivor Novello, matinee idol and celebrated composer, tries to come to terms with being sent to prison at the height of his fame. Will his career be shattered by this scandal, or will his admirers keep the home fires burning?

Ivor Novello....Michael Fenton Stevens

Bobbie Andrews....Martyn Ellis

Dora Constable....Alex Alderton

Minie Raynor....Nickie Rainsford

Noel Coward/Eddie....David Holt

Heywood/Barry....Robert Harper

Milss/Rev Williams....Dorien Thomas

Director Geni Hall-Kenny.

AP20051025

Molière Imaginaire

By DJ Britton.

When Harriet and Gwyn buy their dream property in the Languedoc, everything goes wrong. But this is Molière country, where present-day solutions can be found in the spirit of the past.

Poquelin....Bill Wallis

Madeleine....Rachel Atkins

Rupert....James Loye

Sioned....Mared Swain

Harriet....Melanie Walters

Gwyn....Iestyn Jones

Mayor....Richard Nichols

Directed by Alison Hindell.

AP20051026

Dreams of a Working Man

By Glyn Hughes.

Self-educated builder Brian Ackroyd's life is on the skids. His business partner has run off with his wife, plus he is bankrupt and homeless. He throws a mattress into the back of his old van, and takes to the roads across the Pennines, desperate to tell the story of his life to anyone who will listen.

Brian....Keith Drinkel

Primrose....Jaimi Barbakoff

Joe....John Flitcroft

Janice....Fiona Clarke

Brenda....Siobhan Finneran

Man....Harry Myers

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20051027

Murder by the Book

By Stephen Sheridan.

A gentle comic murder mystery. The sleepy market town of Langston has had a public library since the nineteenth century. When a corpse is found in the crime section of the library, two elderly librarians decide to emulate their favourite fictional sleuth, Miss Marple, and attempt to solve the crime themselves.

Dorothy....Mary Wimbush

Margaret....Doreen Mantle

Mr Pepper....John Evitts

Colin....Leighton Pugh

Robin....Alex Hutchinson

Mrs Shelton....Elizabeth Morgan

Insp Cornish....Trevor Nichols

Sgt McBride....Chris Stanton

Director David Blount.

AP20051028

Twelve Means I Love You

By Regina Kaiser and Uwe Karlstedt, dramatised for radio by Tracy Spottiswoode.

Regina Kaiser fears the worst when, in April 1981, she is arrested at her flat in Berlin and taken to Stasi headquarters for questioning. Uwe Karlstedt, a tall, blond, 26-year- old Stasi officer is charged with interrogating her and compiling the report that will send her to prison.

As they face each other across the table for the first time, Regina and Uwe both feel an unexpected attraction. This strange meeting will have a profound effect on both

their lives.

Regina....Eiry Thomas

Uwe....Steffan Rhodri

Ludmilla....Sara McGaughey

Adler....Paul Humpoletz

Ellen....Clare Isaac

Photographer....Simon Ludders

Son of Uwe....Gareth Pierce

Director Kate McAll.

AP20051031

High Noon at the Sad Cafe

By Val Symes.

When John's new wife Marj runs off with all his money and Hughie from 'Condiments of Distinction', the Happy Oasis cafe turns into something more like the Slough of Despond, a transformation not even the arrival of his long lost mother seems able to reverse.

Belle....Thelma Barlow

John....Phil Hearne

Stan....Paul Broughton

Damien....Stephen Fletcher

MD....Rod Arthur

Giles....Philip Cotterill

Rita....Angela Walsh

Arthur....Stephen Aintree

Maisie....Genevieve Walsh

Dawn....Lynda Thornhill

Director Chris Wallis.

AP20051101

Beast

By Nick Warburton.

Somewhere near a small fishing village a creature is pulled out of the sea. No one knows what it is - or what it wants. Does it belong to the sea, or the land? Is it harmless or does it represent some kind of threat?

Two of the villagers, Clay and Rowena, must decide what to do about it. Whatever they do, it seems certain to change their lives.

Clay....James Fleet

Rowena....Eve Best

Digby....Struan Rodger

Father Anthony....Gerard McDermott

The Soldier....David Goodfellow

Music by David Pickvance.

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20051102

Mixed Blood.

By Nazrin Choudhury.

When Sharmila finds some letters in her late mother's belongings, she uncovers her mother's affair with a man called Peter while she was at university. More importantly, Sharmila discovers that she may be the product of that affair.

Outraged that her mother betrayed her and father for so long, Sharmila decides to track Peter down, and face the man who could be her father

Sharmila....Shelley Islam

Malik....Paul Bhattacharjee

Dan....Shaun Dooley

Peter....Gerard McDermott

Nisha....Nisha Nayar

Nasima....Vineeta Rishi

AP20051103

The Waterloo Model

By Peter Roberts.

In the years after Waterloo, an obscure lieutenant is commissioned to make a model of the Battle. But when his account of the events begins to differ from that of the Duke of Wellington, he finds his funding dries up and he becomes enmeshed in a bureaucratic struggle.

This is a witty, fictionalised account of the true story of the model which is still on display at the National Army Museum.

Narrator....David Hargreaves

Soborne....David Birrell

Helen....Julia Hills

Vivian....Michael Elwyn

Somerset....Robert Lister

Wellington....Jon Glover

Ellice....Paul Clarkson

Blythe....Harry Myers

Director Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20051104

Cut Me and I Bleed Elvis

By Louise Wallinger.

Sarah has 48 hours before she has to give up her favourite pastime of collecting voices on tape. A promise to her sister and an agreement with her therapist propels her on a quest around the country to meet other collectors to see what drives people towards obsession. But will she be able to get the hints?

Sarah....Jo McInnes

Michael....James Fleet

Alison....Emma Amos

Mum....Ann Beach

Sharon....Susan Jameson

Singing girls....Anna Powell and Rebecca Dadey

Directed by Pam Marshall.

AP20051107

City of Dreams

Written by members of the Mind Arts Project in Stockport (now known as ARC), and based on first hand accounts of mental ill health.

In a city where stolen dreams are being dealt on street corners, washed up private detective Jack Mackenzie tries to find a missing person and gets more than he bargained for.

Jack Mackenzie....Michael Begley

Liz Weaver....Emma Cunniffe

Lenny....Kulvinder Ghir

Walter/Alan....Russell Dixon

The Neighbour....Noreen Kershaw

The Passenger/Regular Joe....Chris Jack

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20051108

From Paradise to Heaven

By Natalia Power.

The Poet Laureate John Masefield is often remembered for the poem he liked least - Sea Fever. In this account of his life, we learn about his pains and sorrows, joys

and triumphs as he travels from his spiritual home in the Herefordshire countryside to many other parts of the world and back again - to a curious but not totally unsuccessful marriage.

John Masefield....Adrian Scarborough

Constance....Jennie Stoller

Isabel....Susan Jameson

Enid....Colleen Prendergast

Arnold....Wayne Foskett

Young John Masefield....Steven Williams

Director Cherry Cookson.

AP20051109

Letters to Emily

By Roger Danes.

Chris and Frances should be celebrating their Silver Wedding. Instead they are flying home with their daughter's body. Their world has turned upside down - so how can it be righted by an unbelievable contact from the past?

Chris....Wayne Foskett

Frances....Helena Breck

Producer/director Tracey Neale.

AP20051110

A Bird, A Heart, A Bicycle

By Peter Roberts.

In December 1903, The Wright Brothers were the first men to achieve powered flight when their primitive plane took off over the dunes at Kitty Hawk. Or were they? Could it be that a lesser-known English aristocrat, one Sidney Mangot Walsh, actually launched a plane just weeks before the Wright Brothers' more famous flight? Peter Roberts' comedy takes a sideways look at the race to achieve powered flight at the end of the 19th Century.

Sydney Walsh....Richard Derrington

Elspeth Walsh....Alison Pettitt

Old Elspeth....June Barrie

Ernest....Alex Jones

Maxim/Lilienthal....Andrew Wincott

AP20051111

Billy Mason From Gloucester

By Sian James, dramatised by Rachel Joyce.

West Wales,1918. Hetty's life is changed when she meets a young soldier unexpectedly.

Hetty....Manon Edwards

Mrs Evans....Cler Stephens

Billy....Oliver J Hembrough

Producer/Director Gilly Adams.

AP20051114

The Andy Warhol Syndrome

By Jenny Eclair and Julie Balloo.

What happens when your 15 minutes of fame is up? Plucky market trader Carol Fletcher's dreams come true when she inadvertently shoots to fame in a reality TV show. She starts to mix with the stars and a quest to lose weight is followed by the nation. But how much will fame actually cost the 43-year-old?

Carol....Jenny Eclair

With Ewan Bailey, Jan Goodman, Gerard McDermott, Harry Myers and Ronni Ancona.

Producer Liz Webb.

AP20051115

Ibiana Dreams

By Howard Belgard and Jeff Young.

In the 1960s and 70s, thousands of patients at asylums throughout the country were given massive doses of the hallucinogenic LSD. It was thought the drug could act as a shortcut to psychotherapy - unlocking the mind quicker. It soon became clear the controversial treatment didn't work and what's more, had a number of alarming side effects.

This piece blends drama with interview to explore the legacy of that controversial therapy.

Molly....Marcia Warren

Graham....Peter Wight

Carol....Rachel Davies

Music composed by The Bu.

Producer Jeff Young.

AP20051116

Rebrov

By David Szalay. Who was Rebrov? Why was he found dead wearing 52 pieces of clothing? And can Will Morrow uncover the truth?

Will....Benedict Sandiford

Nadia....Larissa Kouznetsova

Russian Rebrov....Michael Poole

English Rebrov....Stephen Critchlow

Katerina....Madlena Nedeva

Mayor....Boris Isarov

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20051117

Best of Luck, Phyllis Diller

By Jenny McDade.

In 1960s London, lonely June struggles to cope with her mother's temper. But June has a hobby that helps her to escape family life - she runs a fan club with her cousin Suzy, and they start getting letters and gifts from a Hollywood legend, the comedienne Phyllis Diller.

Starring Natasha Pyne, Lorelei King and Rachel Atkins.

AP20051118

Carmella's Island

By Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

A play set on the mystical and fictional Caribbean island of Maracou - a place where the power of the ritual, masquerade, can even reach Carmella, an unhappy school teacher who has given up on her dreams.

Carmella....Martina Laird

Mr Potter....George Harris

Adele....Ayesha Antoine

Papa Shanti....Delroy Brown

Storyteller....Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Music by Nana Tsiboe, with drummers Richmond Kesse and Delroy Brown.

Directed by Pam Fraser Solomon.

AP20051121

Severn Sea

By Simon Bovey.

A stirring tale of adventure, betrayal, love and loss set during the War of the Roses.

Bonneville....Adrian Lukis

Fox....Scott Handy

Susanna....Colleen Prendergast

Ness....Philip Joseph

Georges....Oliver Breuils

Tom....Gerard McDermott

Woebegone....Nick Sayce

Young Woman....Sophie Roberts

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20051122

The Day Daniel O'Donnell Got Married. Rebecca Bartlett's touching drama about two women who share a passion for Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell and his music.

AP20051123

The Waterbucks

By Adrian Penketh

Hong Kong, 1997. Justin has been riding out the last few months of British rule before the handover to China. This is not the only change he is forced to confront over the course of a tense 24 hours that will turn his life upside down forever.

Justin....Geoffrey Streatfeild

Fiona....Tracy Wiles

Piers....Mike Sengelow

Lucy....Hannah Storey

Old Man....Chooi Beh

Justin as a boy....Matthew Paris

Director Toby Swift.

AP20051124

The Smallest Man in Christendom

By Robin Brooks.

This Christmas entertainment tells the true story of Jeffrey Hudson whose extraordinary adventures are celebrated in a masque. His presentation in a pie to King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, his daring exploits in the Civil War, and his astonishing fate, are acted out by a motley cast in Radio Drama's virtual theatre. A treat for family members of all sizes.

Commentator....Lucy Robinson

Jeffrey Hudson....David Holt

Will Evans....Desmond Barrit

Master of Ceremonies....Alan Cox

King Charles I....Charlie Simpson

Queen Henrietta Maria....Julie Cox

Michael Malarkey/Tom....John McAndrew

Pirate/Wherryman....Terry Smith

Young Jeffrey....Felix Still

Young Sam....Tom Raphael Eaves

Director Fiona McAlpine.

AP20051125

Mirabelle and Me

By Mike Scott.

Edwin Simms is a well-meaning 59 year-old struggling with redundancy and widowhood, when a case of mistaken identity brings Connie and Mirabelle into his life. Connie is a no-nonsense beef farmer, Mirabelle is a bullock destined for the abattoir and Edwin wants to settle down with them both.

Edwin....Philip Jackson

Connie....Alison Steadman

DC Boone....Graham Turner

Humpty....Rupert Degas

Mr Pickering....Toby Longworth

Miss Cattermole....Gwyneth Powell

AP20051205

The Bringer of Sweets

By Clare Bayley.

Two sisters are separated by tragic, but commonplace, events after the First World War. Many years later, they find each other again, but the reunion does not bring the moment of sweetness each might have expected.

Kathleen....Maggie Steed

Maggie....Marion Bailey

Frank....Henry Goodman

Train Conductor....David Shaw-Parker

Young Michael....Steven France

Little Maggie....Poppy Friar

Young Kathleen....Lauren Stroud

Director Deborah Bruce.

AP20051206

The Glass Man

By Martin Sorrell.

A powerful drama documentary about a young man who believes his body is turning to glass. When student Tim learns suddenly that he is adopted, his life seems to fall apart - and he develops what was once known as the Glass Delusion, a state of profound anxiety now associated with severe depression. His journey into despair, and his family's attempts to help him, are woven through with interviews and music.

Tim....Carl Prekopp

Rachel....Saskia Reeves

Mother....Barbara Flynn

Andrew....Stephen Perring

Jo Foster....Peter Clifford

Interviews with writer Andrew Solomon and glassmakers Mark and Patricia Tranter.

Music by Neil Sorrell.

Director/Producer Sara Davies.

AP20051207

Catching the Fly

By Ali White.

In 1932, Ernest Walton was facing intense international competition in the race to split the atom. But, it now appears that a primary inspiration for his momentous breakthrough was Freda Wilson, the young woman he eventually married.

Ernest Walton....Lloyd Hutchinson

Freda Wilson....Michelle Fairley

John Cockroft....Nick Dunning

Ernest Rutherford....Owen Roe

Chadwick....Miche Doherty

Gamow....Luke Griffin

Edie McCutcheon....Laura Hughes

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20051208

Unimaginable

by Ray Connolly

An unusual and highly personal look at a murder that shocked the world. When John Lennon was shot outside his New York apartment the world's press were desperate for interviews in order to feed the world's insatiable demand for anything related to the dead singer. This presented Ray Connolly with something of a dilemma. The very day Lennon was murdered, Connolly was scheduled to fly out to interview him. This would have been Lennon's first interview with a British journalist for something like 10 years. Although a journalist, Connolly was also Lennon's friend and this is why Lennon had agreed to be interviewed after such a long silence. It would have provided Connolly with a major coup. Instead he finds himself besieged by his fellow journalists. The play focuses on Connolly's reaction to the singers death and the conflict within his own mind between the Lennon's public image and his private lifestyle. He could clearly sense the creation of the many myths and legends that have subsequently come to surround the former Beatle.

Ray Connolly....Robert Glenister

Plum....Jenny Funnell

Louise....Clare Corbett

Dominic....Nicholas Carter

Keiron....Thomas Helm

Sociologist....Ian Masters

Musicologist....Alan Leith

US DJ....Tim Flavin

Taxi driver....Richard Tate

Reporter....Sidney Sloane

Director Martin Jenkins.

AP20051209

The Elizabethan Beauty Law

By Lizzie Hopley.

England 1587, a year before the Spanish Armada. Nervous new bride Florence Whitsheet is terrified that she won't live up to her husband's idealised image of her and has prepared for the wedding night. But when the love-blind (and highly superstitious) Alistair discovers her fake hairpiece, intimate padding, several layers of face-paint and built-up shoes, he collapses in shock, calling for her arrest.

The devastated Flo is visited in jail by the Queen's Secretary, Lord Burghley. Due to a need to curb Spanish influence in the country and control the escalating trend in female adornment, a new Beauty Law has been introduced. Under this law, any woman who traps a man of the realm into marriage via sorcery of self-embellishment will be tried under the Witchcraft Act and if found guilty, sentenced to death.

Burghley/Landlord....John Rowe

Alistair....Tom Burke

Florence....Amanda Root

Albery/Sergeant....Toby Longworth

Wells....Alan Cox

Hollis....Lisa Moore

Elizabeth....Annette Badland

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20051212

I'll Tell You About Love

By Anthony Cropper.

When new parents Jack and Sal invite friends Paula and Bob over for dinner it's not just the chilli that's hot. We eavesdrop on both the table conversations and the private thoughts of those around it, until emotions reach fever pitch and a human car crash unfolds before our ears.

This very real play about contemporary relationships shows how people can react when love goes wrong.

Jack....Ian Puleston-Davies

Sal....Zoe Henry

Paula....Joanna Riding

Bob....James Nickerson

Director James Nickerson.

AP20051213

Diamond Lil

By Linda Wilkinson

The story of Diamond Lil and Maisie, an outrageous real life transvestite double act who delighted audiences in pubs all over the East End during the 40s, and were accepted by the local community at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

Lil....Harry Myers

Maisie....Ben Crowe

Misfitz....Simon Trinder

Lena (Old)....Ann Beach

Lena (Young)....Beth Chalmers

Ivy (Old)....Tricia Deighton

Ivy (Young)....Kellie Bright

George/Joe....Carl Prekopp

Fred....Gerard McDermott

Arnie....Wayne Foskett

Pianist....Dai Watts

AP20051214

The Clapham Shuffle.

By Peter Lydon

Love, sex, deception... and coffee in London SW4.

Frank loves Elaine, but Elaine loves Giles. Jon loves Clare who loves Frank. A group of thirty-somethings get their priorities tangled in this urban comedy of manners set in cosmopolitan Clapham.

AP20051215

My Difficult Second Album

By Stephen Keyworth.

For as long as he can remember Tom has had two dreams: to fall in love with the right girl and live happily ever after; and to make the perfect album - ten perfect songs that take you on a emotional roller-coaster, that stretch, touch, shake and inspire you. In short, the kind of record that provided Tom with his dreams and made him the man he is today.

When Tom met Charlotte he thought that he had succeeded in one of the two. He never became a musician, becoming a music teacher instead. But he had found the right woman, and music sound-tracked his and Charlotte's lives together. They had their songs, and everything seemed right.

But Tom finds himself single again in his early thirties, without Charlotte and now unable to listen to a music collection which brings back too many memories.

Worse still, he seems to have entirely lost the ability to inspire his pupils.

And then Tom meets Harper.

My Difficult Second Album asks how you can achieve being a romantic success twice over.

Robbie....Corey J Smith

Tom....Adrian Bower

Harper....Catherine Shepherd

Charlotte....Olivia Colman

Sash/Cashier....Kate Colgrove Pope

Guitar played by David Hale

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20051216

Chance Acquaintances

By Colette, adapted for radio by Deborah Levy.

The story of the pre-war summer in which the famous, Bohemian and charming French writer, Colette, became an accidental resident in an Alpine Spa accompanied only by her beloved striped cat. Amidst the mountains, the sulphur and the sick, she is befriended by an apparently conventional bourgeois couple and finds herself unwittingly and unwillingly embroiled in their lives.

Colette....Barbara Flynn

Madame Antoinette Haume....Emma Fielding

Monsieur Gerard Haume....Paul McGann

Lucette....Clare Corbett

Georges Wague....Philip Fox

Producer Di Speirs.

AP20051219

Fear and Loathing in Crouch End

By Malcolm Burgess.

Estonian au pair Monika comes to London to share the wonderful middle class life she knows we all live in Britain. But the Markham family show her that paradise might not be in Crouch End, especially in the lead up to Christmas!

Recorded in Estonia and London, the drama unfolds through letters, emails and notes, as Monika struggles to understand our priorities in life.

Monika....Evelin Pang

Bella....Nichola McAuliffe

Tom, Sven....David Holt

Cressida....Sandra James-Young

Mrs Awale....Abiodun Olufemi-Ogidan

Sophie....Elly Brindle

Fay....Holly Gibbs

Theo....Nathaniel Gleed

Ahmed....Patrick Nyanhi

Director Turan Ali.

AP20051220

Mangosteen Mania

By Charlotte Cory.

On board a ship from Bombay to Southampton in 1901, a rare mangosteen plant travels by Royal Appointment from Queen Victoria herself.

A fictional story of one man's attempt to win a prize and how others attempted to cash in on it.

Anna....Romy Baskerville

Harriet....Emma Cunniffe

George....Russell Dixon

Steward....Stephen Hogan

Frank....Ifan Meredith

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20051221

Harry in the Underworld

By Michael Butt.

Richard E Grant plays Harry, a novelist who writes large letters on the tree of life. Sadly, no-one's buying his tree any more. Harry knows nothing about life itself, and needs to get in touch with the real world if his books are to sell. Then his luck changes. Into his flat walk two actual, hardened criminals.

Harry....Richard E Grant

Digby....John Rowe

Cheryl....Lesley Sharp

Kenny/Marcus....Andy Linden

Ray....Danny Webb

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20051222

The True and Inspirational Life of St Nicholas

By Caroline and David Stafford.

A travelling show performs a knock-about version of the story of Santa Claus, in front of a street audience.

St Nicholas the Wonderworker - the original Santa Claus - was a 4th Century Superman who deployed his muscular miracles in the cause of Truth, Justice and the Early Christian Way. After his death Nicholas joins the communion of saints where he's offered various jobs: from patron saint of pawnbrokers, through patron saint of thieves, to the top job of being patron saint of children. He tries to refuse this last offer. He's not worthy. He's got something big on his conscience. Eventually we discover what plagues him.

AP20051223

The Woman Who Would Be Cook

By Neil Cargill.

A comic recipe derived from disaster as would-be TV chef Tilly Kitchiner struggles to cook the perfect Christmas dinner - with the help of her celebrity guardian angels.

Tilly Kitchiner's life has been ruled and ruined by food. She always yearned to cook exotic dishes, but her husband, Alfred, was only ever interested in eating mashed potato. It was drummed into her during her childhood and now in marriage that food as anything other than ballast is sinful. But all the while in her head, Tilly has been concocting the most exquisite miracles of nourishment and comfort and passion.

With Alfred's death, Tilly becomes a new woman. She jumps at the chance to experiment in the kitchen, and with the help of celebrity chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Aldo Zilli (who appear as themselves) she attempts to cook the perfect Christmas dinner.

With Thelma Barlow as Tilly Kitchiner.

Director David Blount.

AP20051226

The Master and Mrs Tucker

By Roy Apps.

Drama based on the story of the friendship between Noel Coward and E Nesbit.

Noel Coward....Guy Henry

E Nesbit....Ann Bell

Mrs Coward....Rosemary Leach

Mr Cook....Niall Buggy

Mrs Cook....Sylvestra Le Touzel

The Skipper....Michael Jayston

Hotel Manager....Ian Masters

Beatrice....Nicola Barber

Songs sung by Thomas Spencer Wortley

Music played by Mike Sykes

Director Celia De Wolff.

AP20051227

The Singing Butler

By Alexis Zegerman and Ron Butlin.

Vettriano's famous image of a man and a woman dancing on a windswept beach, while their butler and maid do their best to shield the pair from the elements, has captured the imagination of the British public. This drama interweaves the responses of two artists to that painting: dramatist Alexis Zegerman, who tells the story behind the moment, and Scottish poet Ron Butlin whose poem suggests the process of the artist as he builds the picture.

Tom....Jon Glover

Kitty....Natasha Little

Charles....Robert Portal

Phyllis....Rachel Atkins

Poem read by Ewan Stewart

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20051228

The Guest Before You

By Peter Morgan.

Anything can happen in a hotel room - promotion, demolition, romance, heartbreak, commerce and con-tricks. Eavesdrop on a week in the life of Room 331.

Rick....Jason Hughes

Lucy....Mali Harries

Nick....Simon Ludders

Louise....Sara McGaughey

James....John Labanowski

Laura....Lynne Seymour

Bill....Brendan Charleson

Sonia....Alex Alderton

AP20051229

East Coast Girls Are Hip

By Ian McMillan.

What would have happened if Grimsby, not Liverpool was the cradle of pop music in the 1960s? This play is a light hearted comedy about why the Humber Sound didn't quite take off.

John....Fine Time Fontayne

Janice....Sue Kelly

Tommy....Gerard Fletcher

Olive....Eileen O'Brien

Norman....Davis Fleeshman

Original songs by Big George Webley

Director/Producer Gary Brown.

AP20051230

Ex Libris

By Nicholas McInerny.

An Oxford lecturer and expert on the Romantic poets dies leaving everything, including a cottage in Oxfordshire, to her distant relative Jennifer. Jennifer knows very little about her, but as she begins her search through her belongings she discovers a great deal more than she expects.

For a start, there's a bundle of passionate letters from an undergraduate, written to her when she was already in her forties, along with a series of notes scribbled in the margins of poetry books. The notes read almost like replies to the letters.

As Jennifer sorts through the library and the letters, she leaves messages on the answering machine for her own partner, and increasingly desperate emails which are not returned. And through conversations with her neighbour, Carol, Jennifer begins to understand that Lavinia may be speaking to her far more directly than she had realised.

Jennifer....Saskia Reeves

Lavinia....Janet Maw

Gabriel....Nick Sayce

Director Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20060102

Abel's Law

By Hugh Costello.

Following a series of deadly smallpox epidemics in the 19th century, the British Government introduced mandatory vaccination for infants under six months. It was only partly successful: in 1871, a smallpox epidemic killed 40,000 people. Moreover, vaccination carried its own agonising risks - not all babies were strong enough to survive the shock to their immune systems.

1874 Bicester, Oxfordshire. Abel Ryder, shopkeeper and pillar of the community, is imprisoned because he has refused to submit his newborn son Edward to a compulsory smallpox vaccination. Already two of his sons had died following vaccination, and he decides to take a stand. Abel's Law dramatises the story of his stand, his defiance of the law, the court case and the moral dilemma that Abel Ryder's decision has put him in.

The Magistrate....James Laurenson

Abel Ryder....Mark Meadows

Sophia Ryder....Kate Byers

Adelaide Ryder....Femke Witney.

Daniel Burnham of The Times....David Leonard

Doctor Howard....Carl Prekopp

Margery Smithson....Hayley Doherty

Delane, the Editor of The Times....David Collins

Bicester townspeople....Kim Hicks, Chris Garner and Amy Clifton

Director Jeremy Howe.

AP20060103

Steve O'Something

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

Galen, a talented and successful choreographer, likes order in her life. But then one day Galen's world is turned upside down. She meets the man of her dreams at a party but when she starts to ask about him no-one knows who he is. Does this Steve O'Something exist or is he a phantom? Galen is determined to find out.

Galen....Nicola Walker

Rowan....Patricia Kerrigan

Cal....Chris Moran

Steve O....Tom Brooke

Carol....Ayesha Antoine

Chloe....Ella Smith

Steve Olsen....Delroy Brown

Producer/Director Tracey Neale.

AP20060104

Jadoo

By Amit Gupta.

When mother died, she left her famous recipe book to her two sons who run the family Indian restaurant. One does her fabulous starters, the other her magnificent main courses. Now they've fallen out, torn the book in half and got separate restaurants.

So customers have their starters in one establishment, then troop across the road to finish their meal in the other. How can son Jay cure the rift?

Jagi....Saeed Jaffrey

Raja....Vincent Ebrahim

Jay....Marc Elliot

Saru....Siddiqua Akhtar

Prav....Amit Gupta

Customer....Philip Fox

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20060105

A Summertime

By Don Haworth.

A warm and gently humorous tale about unforeseen happiness and its passing, set on the Lancashire moors in 1939.

Hetty....Rachel Ibbotson

Jane....Julia Rounthwaite

Frank....Glenn Cunningham

Pickup....Stephen Thorne

Clarissa....Christine Brennan

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060106

It's Too Late Now

By Brian Sibley.

A play by to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of A.A Milne on the 31st January 1956. Best known as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne would have preferred to have been remembered as a dramatist or essayist, rather than an author who wrote for children alone.

Milne is recovering from a stroke the year before his death. Through his memories we are taken back to his early life, his marriage, the childhood of his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and we explore his hopes and ambitions, failures and successes.

Needless to say, there are some un-whimsical interpolations and interruptions by Pooh, Rabbit and his friends, as well as both the imagined Christopher Robin and the real-life model.

Director John Tydeman.

AP20060109

A Clown on God's Stage

By Judith French.

A celebration of the life of Woodbine Willie - aka Reverend Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, the inspirational preacher and poet who became an icon during the First World War. God gave him the gift of words. But was anybody listening?

Studdert Kennedy....Conleth Hill

With Helen Ayres, Carolyn Pickles, Jonathan Guy Lewis, Jon Glover and Stuart McLoughlin.

AP20060110

Another Part of the Wood

By Steve Jacobi.

Bob and Pat move to rural France to get away from the rat race and live the good life. For a while everything is fine. But then Bob meets local beauty Sylvie, whose husband, Benoit, is both jealous and armed.

Pat....Christine Cox

Bob....Malcolm Scates

Sylvie....Caroline Preller

Brian....Alexander Delamere

Benoit....Eric Potts

AP20060111

Dinner in the Iguanadon

By Chrissie Gittins.

On New Year's Eve 1854, 21 leading scientists sat down to a sumptuous seven course banquet - served in the plastercast mould of a prehistoric beast! They were there to celebrate the creation of 33 life-size dinosaurs in the new Crystal Palace Park - a place where those same monsters still roam today.

Mary Anning....Suzanna Hamilton

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins....Philip Franks

Professor Richard Owen....Christian Rodska

Mrs King....Tina Gray

Francis Fuller....Chris Serle

Connie....Sarah Counsell

Jack....Alex Maclaren

AP20060112

Dear Dr Goebbels

By Neville Smith.

Fitting Dr Goebbels with his surgical boots, and sharing nuts with the Führer, do not appear to be auspicious beginnings to a young Jew's career. Philip Morgenstern, however, is a resourceful lad...

Philip Morgenstern....Ben Meyjes

Clara Popp/Galina....Jenny Funnell

Harrison....Paul Jesson

Boxall/Emil....Christopher Douglas

Dr Goebbels....Jasper Britton

Adolf Hitler....Gerard Murphy

Magda Goebbels....Joanne Pearce

Stalin/Churchill....William Hootkins

AP20060113

From Father with Love

By Mark Burgess.

While convalescing in a Hove hotel, celebrated James Bond author Ian Fleming takes the opportunity to write a book for his son, called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ian....Simon Williams

Ann....Lucy Fleming

Michael....John Evitts

Zborowski....Jonathan Tafler

Bill....Trevor Littledale

Janet....Alison Pettitt

Paul....Jamie Hogarth

Ian (as a boy)....Thomas Helm

Director David Blount.

AP20060116

Talking Latin

By Carolyn Bonnyman.

One night five years ago, Karen ran away from her husband and found herself a job in a burger van at the seaside. Five years later Steve turns up at the van and asks for a hotdog. It's the moment Karen's been dreading, and rehearsing, ever since she made her escape from their relationship

Karen....Julie Duncanson

Steve....Billy McElhaney

Davy....Liam Brennan

Sal....Alec Heggie

Francesca....Eileen McCallum

Director/Producer David Jackson Young.

AP20060117

Once a Friend

By Stephen Phelps.

Leo and John spent their childhood together. Leo has been increasingly troubled by the circumstances of their parting and desperately needs to deal with the guilt that is gnawing away inside him. But John has left the events of the past behind. To go back now is to re-open long-healed wounds. When they meet for the first time in over 30 years, will they able to move on or will they be sucked back into the whirlpool of the past?

Leo has contacted John after hearing that a man, Harry Roberts, jailed for killing three policemen on a West London common in 1966 has applied for release. Aged 11, Leo and John were on the common that day.

Leo now works as a teacher. He has always felt that John is a soul mate. John works in freight transport.

They meet in a bar.

John....Jamie Foreman

Leo....Gerard McDermott

Young John....Joseph Tremain

Young Leo....Steven Williams

Ellie....Ella Smith

Director Toby Swift.

AP20060118

The Ballad of Shane O'Neill

By Jimmy McAleavey.

Irreverent historical fantasy about doomed Irish warlord Shane ONeill. It's 1558 and Shane has the whole of Ulster in his power - until he's drawn away from Ireland by Elizabeth I's invitation to court.

Shane ONeill....Andrew Scott

The Bard....Gerard Murphy

Sidney....David Harewood

Sussex....Geoffrey Streatfeild

Elizabeth I....Helen Longworth

Matthew/Sorley Boy....Stephen Hogan

Conn/Sorleys Bard....James Ellis

First Lady....Emily Wachter

Dudley....Nick Sayce

Director Carol Bayne.

AP20060119

The Eve of St Agnes

By John Keats.

Keats' atmospheric poem telling the story of the lovers Porphyro and Madeline and their secret meeting on St Agnes Eve - introduced by the poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

Madeline is desperate on that bitterly cold night for a vision of her dearly loved Porphyro who is neither of her place nor of her race. The relations between their families are so hostile that Porphyro's arrival at the castle of the wealthy sire of Madeline is considered taboo.

Angela, the Beldame, takes pity and hides Porphyro in Madeline's bed chamber so the two can meet. The tense and tricky Angela quite literally holds the key to the couple's fulfillment of love.

Narrator....Samuel West

Porphyro....Daniel Evans

Madeline....Zoe Henry

Dame....Ann Rye

With music composed by Gary Yershon.

Lute....Jacob Heringman

Flute....Catherine Greenwood

Director Susan Roberts.

AP20060120

Todtnauberg

By John Banville.

A fictional drama inspired by the meeting between the poet and holocaust survivor, Paul Celan, with the Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger, at Heidegger's mountain retreat in 1967. No record was kept of this momentous meeting in the mountains, and the only mention is an obscure poem by Celan, "Todtnauberg", which is the name of Heidegger's place.

It troubled Celan that the man he saw as one of the greatest of modern thinkers, so close to his own work, was a Nazi. One cannot even say 'had been a Nazi' because he never said anything that amounted to a renunciation. Late in life, Heidegger became interested in Celan's work. He attended public readings given by the poet, and in 1967 invited him to his famous Black Forest retreat at Todtnauberg.

Heidegger....Joss Ackland

Paul Celan....Nicholas Farrell

Hannah Arendt....Jemma Redgrave

Gerhart Baumann....James Greene

Karl Jaspers....Gerard Murphy

Secretary....Michelle Simms

Producer/Director Gemma Mcmullan.

AP20060123

To Serve Them All My Days

By RF Delderfield, dramatised by Shaun McKenna.

1/5. It is 1918, and Davy Powlett Jones, invalided out of the trenches, faces a new start in life.

Davy Powlett-Jones....Oliver Milburn

Algy Herries....John Wood

Howarth....John Rowe

Carter....Anthony Calf

Beth....Alison Pettitt

Guard/conductor....Delroy Brown

Nipper Shawe/Youings....Josh Freeborn

Chad Boyer....Steven Williams

Briarley....Steven Roberts

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060124

To Serve Them All My Days

By RF Delderfield, dramatised by Shaun McKenna.

It is 1920. Despite his clashes with science master Carter, Davy has settled in well to school life at Bamfylde. And his wife Beth is expecting twins any day.

Davy Powlett-Jones....Oliver Milburn

Algy Herries....John Wood

Howarth....John Rowe

Carter....Anthony Calf

Beth....Alison Pettitt

Julia Darbyshire....Juliet Aubrey

Keith Blades....John Cummins

Spats Winterbourne....Anthony Glennon

Chad Boyer....Nick Sayce

Skidmore....Josh Freeborn

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060125

To Serve Them All My Days

By RF Delderfield, dramatised by Shaun McKenna.

3/5. It is 1926. Davy has buried himself in school life to try to forget the death of his wife, Beth, and their eldest daughter Joan. What spare time he has is spent working on the book Beth urged him to write.

Davy Powlett-Jones....Oliver Milburn

Algy Herries....John Wood

Howarth....John Rowe

Carter....Anthony Calf

Julia Darbyshire....Juliet Aubrey

Brigadier Cooper....Gerard McDermott

Alderman Blunt/McNaughton....John Cummins

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060126

To Serve Them All My Days

By RF Delderfield, dramatised by Shaun McKenna.

4/5. It is 1927. Having failed to be appointed the new Headmaster at Bamfylde, Davy is determined to give the new Head, Alcock, his full support. But Alcock isn't about to make that an easy prospect.

Davy Powlett-Jones....Oliver Milburn

Algy Herries....John Wood

Howarth....John Rowe

Carter....Anthony Calf

Alcock....Clive Merrison

Christine....Kate Buffery

Barnaby....Gerard McDermott

Ewart....Nick Sayce

Director Cherry Cookson.

AP20060127

To Serve Them All My Days

By RF Delderfield, dramatised by Shaun McKenna.

5/5. It is 1929. Davy Powlett Jones is about to face his greatest challenge yet at Bamfylde School. There's conflict with the new Headmaster, Alcock, and it is clear the two men cannot work together. One of them will have to go.

Davy Powlett-Jones....Oliver Milburn

Algy Herries....John Wood

Howarth....John Rowe

Carter....Anthony Calf

Alcock....Clive Merrison

Christine....Kate Buffery

Barnaby/Rigby....Gerard McDermott

Grace....Alison Pettitt

Director Cherry Cookson.

AP20060130

Master and Man

By Leo Tolstoy, dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

Landowner Brekhunov sets off with his man Nikita to close his purchase of a neighbouring coppice. The pair hit an impenetrable blizzard; their sledge is stuck. Can they survive a night in this cold and is either ready to meet his Maker?

Vasilii Andreich....Roger Allam

Nikita....Conleth Hill

Vasilii's wife....Colleen Prendergast

Isai....Gerard McDermott

Peasant 1....Richard Katz

Peasant 2....Harry Myers

Petrukha....Carl Prekopp

Old Man....Harry Towb

Marfa....Susan Jameson

Director Anastasia Tolstoy.

AP20060131

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

A woman is taken to the country by her doctor husband in order to cure her of an unnamed illness - post-natal depression - after the birth of a child. Instructed to have total rest and emptiness of mind and avoid stimulating company, the woman sinks into a still-deeper depression.

Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.

Jane....Charlotte Emerson

Director Susan Roberts.

AP20060201

Markheim

By Robert Louis Stevenson, dramatised by John Taylor.

On Christmas Day 1886 with London shrouded in fog, a man shadows a girl across Blackfriars Bridge towards the back streets of Holborn. His name is Markheim and his intentions are unremittingly dark.

Markheim....Jack Klaff

Visitor....Anton Rodgers

Crispin....Anthony Jackson

Girl....Abigail Hollick

Tommy....Mark Straker

Director John Taylor.

AP20060202

Ties

By Amber Lone.

When an old school acquaintance becomes a regular fare in Yasser's cab, a friendship develops between them. But a violent incident outside a pub forces them to face each other and ask themselves what they really have in common.

Yasser....Pushpinder Chani

Dave....Graeme Rose

Jan/News Reporter....Cheryl Stott

Director Naylah Ahmed.

AP20060203

The Withered Arm.

Thomas Hardy's classic short story,dramatised by Louise Doughty.

This classic short story is a masterful drama of psychological suspense that tells the highly charged tale of two women, in the grip of passions beyond their control.

Gertrude Lodge....Victoria Hamilton

Rhoda Brook....Susan Jameson

James Lodge....Ewan Bailey

Edward....Nick Sayce

Mr Mason....Nick Brimble

Ida....Ella Smith

Dairy Man....John Cummins

Hangman....Gerard McDermott

Landlord....Wayne Foskett

Serving Girl....Ayesha Antoine

Director Claudine Toutoungi.

AP20060206

The Fortunestown Kid

By Dermot Bolger.

Young Dubliner Shane has longed to play for his dream football club in the Premiere League. So when he is spotted by English scouts he makes the decision at a very young age to leave his family home in Dublin to follow his goal. Will he make it in the cut-throat world of professional football?

Shane....Paul Reid

Coach....Danny Webb

Father....Gerry O'Brien

Mother....Marion O'Dwyer

Eddie....Pat Laffan

Mrs Williams....Lynda Baron

Liam....Michael Rawley

Sharon....Ailish Symons

Michael....Brian Roche

Irish Youth Manager....Sean Crummey

Commentator....Austin O'Callaghan

Producer/Director Gemma McMullan.

AP20060207

Under the Loofah Tree

This new production of a play first broadcast in 1958 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Giles Cooper, one of radio's most original and imaginative dramatists.

A man is having a bath. Every imaginative device is used to expose his life, aspirations and will to survive.

Edward Thwaite....Michael Maloney

Muriel....Jenny Funnell

Rory....Thomas Helm

Compere/ Judkin....Sam Kelly

Traveller/ Sgt....Bernard Cribbins

Head/ Father....Ian Masters

Mother....Sandy Walsh

Director Martin Jenkins.

AP20060208

The Discourse of Two Once Young Women

By Jane Beeson.

Ida, Daisy and Gerald all knew each other during the Second World War, when they were boarders at a Jewish school in the country. They have completely lost touch

with each other but out of the blue, Daisy hears from Gerald, who then puts her in touch with Ida.

Gerald....Oliver Ford Davies

Ida....Eleanor Bron

Daisy....Lynn Farleigh

AP20060209

Michael

A radio version of the William Wordsworth poem, with new dramatised scenes by Nell Leyshon. Starring Tom Courtenay as the Narrator.

The story of Cumbrian sheepfarmer Michael and his only son Luke, who is forced to leave the family farm in search of financial help.

Narrator....Tom Courtenay

Young Luke....Dean Petre

Old Luke....Billy Walker

Michael....Tom Coulthard

Isabel....Jackie Fielding

AP20060210

Pips

By Stevie Davies.

It's Monday morning in Mrs Roberts' Dental Surgery in Swansea. As cavities are filled, gums numbed and molars polished, one patient is nervous and grieving, another preoccupied with her own fertility, while the receptionist waits for the call that could change her life. As they observe each other across the waiting room, appearances prove deceptive.

Professor Gwyn Humphreys....Glyn Houston

Mrs Lilian Rhys....Olwen Rees

Ceri Jones....Eirlys Bellin

Dr Eliza Powell....Siriol Jenkins

Aneirin....Luke McAuliffe

Magdalena....Ella McAuliffe

Mrs Roberts....Helen Griffin

Director Kate McAll.

AP20060213

A Nice Little Trip to Spain

By Don Taylor.

The story of Great Uncle Jack's heroic death in the Spanish Civil War is family folklore. But when the unmarked graves begin to be opened, there are as many secrets dug up as bodies - and George gets a shock.

George....Jack Shepherd

Jeremy....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Father Tomaso....Daniel Evans

Ramon....John Grillo

The Old Woman....Patricia Leventon

Luiz....Ed Weeks

Conchita....Morag Cross

Director Ellen Dryden.

AP20060214

One Foot in the Cuckoo's Nest

By Ian Macpherson and Magi Gibson.

For more than two decades, Theo Sheridan and his colleague Bill, have enjoyed a leisurely existence as the Edinburgh-based correspondents of the Irish Mail. But the two men's comfortable lives are shattered by the arrival of their new editor, Lotte Swift. The Mail's going tabloid and so are their lives!

Theo Sheridan....Ian MacPherson

Bill....Sean Scanlan

Lotte....Siobhan Redmond

Sigmund....Arnold Brown

Doctor....Lucy Paterson

Producer/director David Ian Neville.

AP20060215

Curry Tales

By Rani Moorthy.

Cooks share their recipe secrets, including mood fusion curries for New Delhi Society; a grandmother's legacy in Malaysia and an accountant's egg curry in London.

Dimple....Rani Moorthy

Ah Liang....Pik-Sen Lim

Kalvinder....Rina Mahoney

Stephanie....Liz Sutherland

David....Kim Wall

Producer/director Shabina Aslam.

AP20060216

The Powder

By Adam Thorpe.

In 1946, a young soldier returns from the war to the family farm in Derbyshire, only to find that things have changed and not, in his view, for the better. There is now a secretive tenant on part of the land.

Jack....Jason Done

Ted....David Fleeshman

Liz....Angela Curran

Mr Petlow....David Thorpe

Richler....Nicholas Murchie

Mavis....Imogen Rands

Young Jack....Dominic Curran

Director Chris Wallis.

AP20060217

Life is a Dream

By Shelagh Stephenson.

Sam Lazarus awakens to find himself in a parallel reality, in which he is married to his childhood sweetheart and Hillary Clinton is US President. He thinks he's died and gone to heaven - but has he?

Sam....Nathan Osgood

Patricia....Kristin Marks

Hope....Lorelei King

Dr Greenblatt....John Guerassio

Jim....John Chancer

The hooker....Larissa Murray

Nat....Tom Raphael Eaves

Phoebe....Amanda Gordon

AP20060220

Cast in Stone

By Rachel Bentham.

A young woman is caught between old pagan ways and the new Christianity when she is taken from her forest home to model for the stonemasons, who are building a great cathedral at Wells.

Rachel Bentham's atmospheric drama is set in Wells at the end of the 12th Century where a great cathedral is being built. Elfrede, 15, becomes a model for the carvings there - both for the overtly sexual and pagan gargoyles and a statue of the virgin to rival Our Lady of Walsingham. Taken from her woodland home to lodge in the town with a Christian family, Elfrede resorts to the old pagan spells in revenge for a shocking act of violence.

Elfrede....Hannah Bates

Adam....Chris Donnelly

Guy....Mark Meadows

Margaret....Lisa Coleman

Anneys....Amy Clifton

With Paul Dodgson, Chris Serle and Chris Yapp.

AP20060221

The Female Husband

By Sheila Hannon.

The true story of Mary Hamilton, who was tried and punished by flogging in 1746 for marrying as a man, and who achieved notoriety in a pamphlet published by Henry Fielding.

Mary Hamilton....Sandy Toksvig

Henry Fielding....Adam Kotz

Mary Price....Devon Black

John Masters....Alan Moore

Henry Gould....John Telfer

Hannah Iredell....Alison Reid

Producer Sara Davies.

AP20060222

The Passion of Plum Duff

Alastair Jessiman's comedy about the clash of spiritual and human yearning, as an overweight Glasgow minister faces a mid-life crisis.

When the 23-stone Reverend Plum Duff is suspected of having an affair with both the son and the wife of his session clerk, he turns to drink and his ukelele for support.

Plum....Steven McNicoll

Colin....Nick Underwood

Janet....Eileen McCallum

Ross....John Buick

Uncle Frank....Alec Heggie

Man in park... John Paul Hurley

Producer/director Bruce Young.

AP20060223

Einstein in Cromer

By Mark Burgess.

In the summer of 1933, Professor Albert Einstein - arguably the greatest scientist of the 20th century - stepped off the ferry at Dover carrying one bag and a battered violin case. He was to spend a month's 'cheerful exile' in Cromer.

Albert Einstein....David Suchet

Douglas....Robert Harper

Mrs Rose....Jean Trend

Commander Locker-Lampson....John Evitts

Inspector Hutchinson....Trevor Nichols

Father/Harry Herbert....Trevor Littledale

Pianist David Angus

Violinist Chris Phipps

Director David Blount.

AP20060224

A Bit of a Hole

By Christine Marshall.

Cissie Weaver doesn't feel very neighbourly towards her arch enemy next door, Nora Siddall. But when the two warring septuagenarians decide to argue things out they find themselves in a right pickle without a cheese sandwich.

Cissie Weaver....Tina Gray

Nora Siddall....Ann Rye

Michael/Fireman....Robin Simpson

Director Jenny Stephens.

AP20060227

Rapture

By Carol Ann Duffy, read by Fiona Shaw.

The winner of the TS Eliot prize 2006 is a set of love poems that provides a startling, coherent and passionate view about how love is an extremity rivalled only by death.

It is adapted for radio by the poet herself. Some of the poems are set to music by singer Eliana Tomkins.

Karen Street (accordion/digital accordion)

Guy Barker (trumpet/flumpet)

Dominic Ashworth (guitar)

Nic France (percussion)

Songs by singer Eliana Tomkins.

Producer Graham Frost.

AP20060228

Bumps and Bruises

By Ben Edwards and Rachael New.

The brave, well-meaning, unqualified Hillary struggles against hilarious odds to run the world's most chaotic ante-natal class.

Hillary....Penelope Wilton

Isobel....Tamsin Greig

Geoff....Peter Meakin

Lorraine....Joanna Stride

Steve....David Holt

Stella....Lucy Tregear

Holly....Emily Blunt

Alan....Brett Usher

Celia....Annette Badland

Director Nigel Bryant.

Producer Clelia Mountford.

AP20060301

The Cold Mann

By Tom McGrath, who writes about Nobel prize-winner Thomas Mann.

The author of Dr Faustus and Death in Venice led a life just as full of mystery as his novels. But would fleeing pre-war Germany help him overcome his troubled relationship with his eldest son and his lifelong struggle with his secret passions? And would his international reputation survive if his secrets came out?

Thomas Mann....Anton Rodgers

Katya Mann....Julia McKenzie

Klaus Mann....Mark Straker

Erika Mann....Rachel Atkins

Krull....David Holt

Director Turan Ali.

AP20060302

Money with Menaces

By Patrick Hamilton.

The modern production of the radio classic first broadcast in 1937, which was made to celebrate the centenary two years ago of the acclaimed novelist and playwright Patrick Hamilton.

Stephen Thorne stars as the Fleet Street tycoon who finds himself under telephone threat of blackmail. David Collings plays the strange Mr Poland.

Mr Carruthers....Stephen Thorne

Mr Poland....David Collings

McPherson....Joe Dunlop

Miss Rough....Rachel Atkins

Mrs Carruthers....Gwyneth Powell

Bank clerk....Ben Crowe

Hilliard....Ioan Meredith

Director Richard Wortley.

AP20060303

Daphnis and Chloe

By Longus, adapted for radio by Hattie Naylor.

This virtuoso story of two naive young lovers, beset by pirates but aided by supernatural forces and the power of love, was first translated from Greek over 500 years ago.

Longus....Adrian Scarborough

Chloe....Lyndsey Marshal

Daphnis....Ben McKay

Lamo/Megacles....Kim Wall

Myrtale/Lycaenium....Tracy Wiles

Philetas/Dionyosophanes....Geoffrey Beevers

Love/Astylus....Simon Trinder

Dryas/Gnatho/Lampis....Anthony Glennon

Producer/director Jeremy Mortimer.

AP20060306

Dan Quixote

By John Morrison.

Following a personal trauma, Dan McAughtry arrives back from Spain claiming he is Don Quixote. He may of course be insane, but at least he's proof that the Age of Chivalry is not yet dead.

Dan McAughtry....Gerard Murphy

Dolores Tobin....Brid Brennan

Sandy Palmer....John Hewitt

Emily McAughtry....Katy Gleadhill

McGlade....BJ Hogg

Eamonn Rogers....Miche Doherty

Tommy/vagrant....Alan McKee

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20060307

The Domino Man of Lancashire

By Nick Leather.

Reclusive middle-aged Arthur Allen has never got on with his brassy neighbour, Annie Sweetlove. When his mother dies, he rebuffs Annie's overtures of friendship, instead buying a limitless supply of dominoes with his inheritance and setting out to break the world record for domino toppling.

Arthur....Tom Courtenay

Annie....Denise Welch

Pete....Craig Cheetham

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060308

The Promise

By Pat Davis.

Friendship and fidelity, funerals and flat-pack coffins mark Helen's emotional journey after she receives a letter from an estranged friend.

Helen....Penelope Wilton

Karen....Joanne Froggatt

Jenny....Barbara Flynn

Postmistress....Joanna McCallum

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060309

Time after Time

By Gerry Jones. A new production of the play which was first broadcast in 1979. The award-winning dramatist died last year.

Two men enter a nightmare world, trapped in a seemingly endless sequence of events.

Paul....Michael Maloney

Carter....Anton Lesser

Porter....Andy Taylor

Mother....Helena Breck

Manager....Kim Wall

Ann....Teresa Gallagher

Doctor....Geoffrey Beevers

Barman....Anthony Glennon

Director Martin Jenkins.

AP20060310

Alice in Paris

By Elizabeth Lewis.

Alice is frightened of the reality of marriage to a Welsh asparagus farmer, and so runs away from her wedding to Paris - still wearing her white dress and veil. She books herself into Hotel la Louisiane, once the haunt of Simone de Beauvoir.

At first, Paris is exactly what she imagined it would be - romantic, artistic, bohemian. But the dream men are all a bit tarnished. Will Alice come back down to earth or will she float off in her fantasy, like a Chagall painting?

Alice Arden....Caroline Harker

Simone de Beauvoir....Ana-Luisa De Cavilla

Ieuan, the asparagus farmer....Iestyn Jones

The Ubiquitous Frenchman....Richard Elfyn

Stallholder....Iwan Tudor

Genevieve....Sheila Ballantine

Agnes....Alex Alderton

Mireille....Phyllida Nash

Director Kate McAll.

AP20060313

The Bride's Chamber

Adapted for radio by Michael Eaton, from Charles Dickens' The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices.

A ghost story which Dickens relates while on a walking tour in the north with Wilkie Collins.

Wilkie Collins/Young Man....Alan Cox

Dickens....Gawn Grainger

Landlord....John Tams

Merchant....Sebastian Graham-Jones

Hardman/Men in Black....Jack Shepherd

Mrs Pinchbeck....Lynn Farleigh

The Bride....Lucy Davenport

ProducerNicholas Newton.

Director Sebastian Graham-Jones.

AP20060314

Amy's Spaghetti

By Colin Hough, a comedy about love, sex, parenthood and dressing up as Sonny and Cher.

Newly-widowed Eddie Beattie begins a desperate search for a woman to re-fill his freezer, wash his socks and help fulfil his dream of winning the karaoke cup final.

Eddie....Finlay Welsh

Ailis....Una McLean

Kenny....Sean Scanlan

Josie....Ann Scott-Jones

Compere....Simon Tait

Director Patrick Rayner.

AP20060315

The Midnight House

By Jonathan Hall.

A period ghost story mixing fact and fiction set in the Welsh tin quarries that housed the nation's treasures during the Second World War.

With specially commissioned music from Sony-nominated composer, Christopher Madin.

Ian Hanson....Roger Morlidge

Ruth Paget....Caroline John

Nigel Collins....James Nickerson

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060316

How I Wonder What You Are

By Richard Hurford.

When Alison comes home to an empty house and finds all the star charts gone, she knows her husband Neil has left for Egypt on the trail of a desperate obsession, which threatens their marriage. As she journeys down the Nile in pursuit, she is forced to confront emotions that she has buried for the past year, but will she find Neil in time?

Neil....Steve Huison

Alison....Deborah McAndrew

Suzanne....Katherine Dow Blyton

Gamal....Raad Rawi

Ralph....Wyllie Longmore

Sandra....Eileen O'Brien

Tom....Ashley Margolis

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20060317

Blind Eye

By Sharon Oakes.

Carl is a policeman who is about to get a medal for bravery. Yet he is troubled: he can't go near his wife and he avoids all physical confrontations. Has he lost his bottle? Is he now afraid of violence? Or is it something deeper?

Carl....Shaun Dooley

Trish....Sue Kelly

Phil....Deka Walmsley

Niamh....Sinead Douglas

Lorna....Lois Taylor

Callum....Jack Hanson

Micky/Jim....Russell Shaw

Darren....Greg Milburn

Charlie/Craig....Geoffrey Wilkinson

Original music composed and performed by Tom Kirkpatrick.

Director Gary Brown.

AP20060320

The Big Bow Mystery

By Israel Zangwill, dramatised by Robert Messik.

1892: A man is found dead in a locked room. The windows and door are locked and bolted from the inside, the only way into the room is a chimney into which even a small child couldn't squeeze. But it's not suicide.

A seemingly inexplicable murder brings London to a standstill and pits the city's two greatest detectives against each other.

Inspector Grodman....John Woodvine

Inspector Wimp....David Holt

Mrs Drabdump....Carolyn Pickles

Mortlake....David Thorpe

Cantercot....Chris Moran

Coroner/Prosecutor....Stephen Critchlow

Producer/Director David Ian Neville.

AP20060321

The Cenci Family

By Lizzie Hopley.

Rome, 1599. A young girl, Beatrice Cenci, stands trial for the murder of her father Francesco Cenci, the first godfather of the Italian mafia.

Guido Reni....Daniel Evans

Beatrice Cenci....Sally Hawkins

Cardinal Savella....Gerrard McArthur

Pope Clement VIII....Ronald Pickup

Bishop Camillo....Owen Teale

Bernardo....Peter Innes

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20060322

A Tiny Light in the Darkness

By Ursula Rani Sarma.

In late August 2005, a group of strangers find themselves thrown together when their tube carriage is plunged into darkness.

Karim....Tarun Iyer

Annemarie....Katherin Igoe

Kaseb....Kulvinder Ghir

Sumi....Meneka Das

Fred....Garrick Hagon

Janice....Liza Ross

Daniel....Mark Bonnar

Michael....Ifan Meredith

Alysha....Sarah Okeze

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20060323

Ronnie Gecko

By Alexis Zegerman.

Alice spends her day recording animal sounds. Ronnie spends his caring for reptiles. When will they each start showing an interest in fellow human beings?

Alice's mum is gravely ill, aggravating the 30-something's worries about her own future. Alice catalogues animal sounds for a sound effects library: not what you'd call a sociable job.

Ronnie owns a reptile shop full of creatures so repellent that customers have stopped coming in and the shop is on the brink of receivership. On the personal front, he's not a hugely attractive specimen himself. Things aren't looking good.

Then Alice arrives in the shop with her mother's tortoise. She and Ronnie really don't hit it off. She hates reptiles and loves fish. He likes his fish battered and served with chips and tells her so.

But then a common cause and Ronnie's wily assistant, bring the two together.

Ron....Toby Jones

Alice....Rachel Atkins

Tim....Simon Every

Nature Commentary....Ben Crowe

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20060324

Fiona and the Hetty Closet

By Char March.

Fiona just wants to be herself, but this is proving very difficult, especially as everyone is pressuring her to be who they want her to be. As a life-long lesbian, Fiona has a dreadful secret: she now fancies men. And her friends and family are less than thrilled when the secret gets out.

A comedy about coming-out (again) when you're nearly 40.

Elspeth....Claire Knight

Margaret Ann/Sophia....Gabriel Quigley

Morag....Barbara Rafferty

Cameron/Sandy....Ralph Riach

Uncle Alec/Tearlach....Sean Scanlan

Fiona....Wendy Seager

AP20060327

The Man who Built Tunnels

By Natalia Power.

Alec McCowen and Emma Fielding star in a haunting play of unrequited love - in which the 79-year-old Duke of Portland receives a visitation from a once-famous opera singer.

The Duke....Alec McCowen

Adelaide....Emma Fielding

John Hargreaves....Anthony Glennon

Lodge-Keeper....Stephen Critchlow

Wheatley....Kim Wall

Maisie....Ella Smith

Director Martin Jenkins.

AP20060328

The Room

By Paul Brennen.

Rash and Doxa can't get into the room. Inside, people are gathered; outside the two men struggle with the door and their own demons as they try to gain entry. What's happening in the room and what's preventing them from getting in?

Doxa....Mark Benton

Rash....Ron Cook

The Mother....Joyce Gibbs

Additional Music Pippa Murphy.

Director Philip Howard.

AP20060329

Run for Home

By Carol Willis.

Recently widowed Marie and her estranged daughter Joni decide to train for the Run for Life. Marie has no idea that the good cause she is supporting will become so directly relevant to her and her loved ones.

Marie....Brigit Forsyth

Joni....Jill Halfpenny

Luke....Rod Matthew

Jack....Kevin Doyle

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060330

Elevenses with Twiggy

Twiggy stars as herself in Simon Farquhar's poignant new play.

'There's folk going to the moon and I can't even shift myself as far as Aberdeen'. The 1960s are nearly over and young Jackie Addison is running out of time if he's going to make it south to Swinging London.

Jackie....Barry McGee

Joesy....Stephen McGill

Morag/Laura Ann....Meg Faragher

Father....Iain Macrae

Mrs Cowie/receptionist....Aline Mowat

Kenny/Tailor....Jon Glover

Samuel Daish/Ritz security man....Simon Day

Director Rosalind Ayres.

AP20060331

To Be a Pilgrim

By Rachel Joyce.

Maureen believes Harold hasn't got up out of the chair since he retired six months earlier. But one day, the tired man opens a letter - and everything changes.

Harold....Anton Rodgers

Maureen....Anna Massey

Queenie....Niamh Cusack

Producer/Director Tracey Neale.

AP20060407

The Mecklington Miracle

By Hannah and Rachael McGill.

A big conspiracy comes to a small town in this light-hearted comedy. The town's local hero hasn't stepped out of her house for years until Pedro arrives from Columbia determined to make a miracle happen in Mecklington.

Lisa....Christine Bottomley

Jessica/Maria....Charlie Hayes

Barry....Martin Hyder

Darren....Andrew Mayer

Pedro....David Sant

Director Lu Kemp

AP20060410

McLevy

By David Ashton.

Adventures from the casebook of Victorian Edinburgh's most idiosyncratic detective.

2/4. The Sea Change

The fair is in town, and the star attraction is undoubtedly the strange and beautiful Little Mermaid. Even McLevy is not immune to her watery charms, but he can't rid himself

of the feeling that somewhere, somehow, misdeeds are afoot.

McLevy....Brian Cox

Collette....Shirley Henderson

Renny....Steven McNicoll

Jean Brash....Siobhan Redmond

Mulholland....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Roach....David Ashton

Hannah....Colette O'Neil

Mattie....Wendy Seager

Telfer....Simon Tait

Director Patrick Rayner.

AP20060411

Mustard Seed

By Nick Warburton.

A traveller passing through a remote village finds himself at the centre of a desperate request. A deserted mother implores him to cure her only son.

A beautiful, touching story based on a Buddhist fable.

The Traveller....Jim Norton

Katherine....Emma Fielding

Robert....Stephen Hogan

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20060412

Stan

By Neil Brand.

Set in August 1957, Tom Courtenay takes on the role of Stan Laurel in a poignant and powerful farewell to Oliver Hardy.

As death finally threatens to separate the greatest double act in film comedy, Stan tries to say the things which have been left unsaid.

Stan....Tom Courtenay

Ollie....Ewan Bailey

Woman....Barbara Barnes

Uncle Cecil....Ed Bishop

Director Ned Chaillet.

AP20060413

Sam O'Bedlam

By Mark Burgess.

On the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth, this play offers an insight into the great playwright's inspiration for Waiting for Godot, as we find Beckett celebrating his 70th birthday.

Samuel Beckett....Jim Norton

Geoffrey Thompson....Dermot Crowley

Younger Beckett....Stephen Hogan

Younger Thompson....Andrew Scott

Ursula....Alison Pettitt

Michael....Grant Jones

Director David Blount.

AP20060414

Talking to Ted

By Tim Clark, adapted for radio by Dave Cohen.

One evening, stand-up comic Ray Richards finds himself alone in a Manchester hotel room before a gig, talking to the teddy bear which his daughter has left in his car. As the drama unfolds, we discover how Ray juggles his two lives and his two lovers and how he finally deals with his demons.

Ray....Les Dennis

Linda....Doon Mackichan

Brian....Simon Bligh

Lavinia....Mel Hudson

Bronwen....Emma Kennedy

Marvin....Matthew Holness

Adam....Tim Clark

Announcer....Geoff Mcgivern

Charlie....Felix Still

Molly....Julia Dunn

Producer Simon Nicholls.

AP20060417

McLevy

By David Ashton.

Adventures from the casebook of Victorian Edinburgh's most idiosyncratic detective.

3/4. Sins of the Fathers

A runaway bridegroom and a vicious blackmailer bring double trouble for McLevy and deadly danger for Constable Mulholland. Meanwhile, over at Edinburgh's premier bawdy house, Jean Brash is about to receive a visitor who will turn her life upside down.

McLevy....Brian Cox

Marshall....Tom Fleming

Jean Brash....Siobhan Redmond

Mulholland....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Roach....David Ashton

Hannah....Colette O'Neil

Bellamy....Ron Donachie

Mrs Sheridan....Eliza Langland

Sheridan....Jim Webster-Stewart

Director Patrick Rayner.

AP20060418

Just One More Day

By Pat Davis.

An atmospheric, magical play about family, resentment and love in which a woman is briefly reunited with her late mother.

Grace....Barbara Jefford

Sally....Cheryl Campbell

Emma....Emma Wachter

Young Gracie....Ellen Howard

Woman/nurse....Elizabeth Bell

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060419

Odd

By Robert Shearman.

Michael Harris feels he's been wasting all his precious words writing commercials. Then at breakfast, his wife asks him to pass the spanner.

Overnight every word in the English language seems to have changed its meaning and soon there's only one person left in the world who understands him: his secretary.

A fable about words and the tricks they can play.

Michael....Michael Simkins

Heather....Finty Williams

Priscilla....Serena Evans

Policeman....Jon Glover

Director Rosalind Ayres.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

AP20060420

May Child

By Elizabeth Kuti.

On Margaret's 67th birthday, an uninvited guest calls who shares the same birthday. The teenager, May, seems to know more about Margaret's life than she should. So who is she and what does she really want?

Margaret....Patricia Routledge

May....Emily Fleeshman

Ron....Roy Hudd

Producer/director Tanya Nash.

AP20060421

Signs and Wonders

By Frankie Bailey.

When Guy's wife leaves him, he flees to London, where an encounter with an unusual young woman makes him question his whole life so far.

Guy....Keith Barron

Jessica....Emily Woof

Elaine....Lizzie McInnerny

Student....Paul Panting

Old Man....David Shaw-Parker

Doctor....Beth Chalmers

AP20060424

McLevy

By David Ashton.

Adventures from the casebook of Victorian Edinburgh's most idiosyncratic detective.

4/4. The Devil's Disguise

Leith is facing an outbreak of street robbery, with wallets being plundered at razor-point. It is also Hallowe'en and as the Devil comes-a-calling, McLevy has to face one of the hardest decisions of his life.

McLevy....Brian Cox

Marshall....Tom Fleming

Jean Brash....Siobhan Redmond

Mulholland....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Roach....David Ashton

Hannah....Colette O'Neil

Carne....Paul Young

Paton....Simon Donaldson

Beth....Laura Smales

Director Patrick Rayner.

AP20060425

How to Live

Performance artist Bobby Baker invites us to join her in the consulting room, where with the help of a patient, she guides us through her self-help therapies.

Music and patient participation is provided by Jocelyn Pook, with Melanie Pappenheim, Harvey Brough and Will Gressford.

AP20060426

Teddy and Toad

By Jerome Vincent.

The true story of how President 'Teddy' Roosevelt got The Wind in the Willows published in America - where it achieved initial success.

Kenneth Grahame....Bill Paterson

'Teddy' Roosevelt....Vincent Marzello

Constance Smedley....Clare Corbett

Curtis Brown....Jonathan Tafler

Chief....John Evitts

Questor....Chris Stanton

Malloy....David Jarvis

Alistair....Alfred Chambers

Quentin....Spencer Hodge

Director David Blount.

AP20060427

Mind Out

By Jonathan Myerson.

You don't have to be mad to go into therapy - but it helps.

A whole family are undergoing self-help cognitive therapy; without admitting it to each other. Dad is back on the wagon, Mum seems to be sliding into depression and Daughter is becoming ever more anxious.

But will the therapist inside their head take over their lives?

Voice....Lucy Robinson

The Father....Philip Jackson

The Mother....Maggie O'Neil

The Daughter....Beverly Rudd

Director Clive Brill.

AP20060428

Norman

By Mike Stott, starring Johnny Vegas.

Norman is a man who has learned how to live on the margins of society, without bitterness, pride or a single direct debit.

Director Bruce Hyman.

AP20060501

Nine Days in May

By Robin Glendinning.

Recalling the turbulent events within the fledgling British Broadcasting Company, led by John Reith, during the nine days of the General Strike in May 1926.

John Reith....Stuart McQuarrie

Stanley Baldwin....Bill Wallis

Winston Churchill....Alex Jennings

Peter Eckersley....Adam Levy

JCC Davidson....Nicholas Boulton

Archbishop of Canterbury....Geoffrey Whitehead

Newsreel Voice....Sam Kelly

BBC Newsreader....Peter Donaldson

Ramsay MacDonald....Christian Rodska

Muriel Reith....Alison Reid

Producer Gordon House.

AP20060502

The Nature of the Beast

By Richard Hurford.

In the middle of a besieged city, a zoo faces a death sentence. As the enemy closes in, Nat has orders to destroy the few remaining animals. But when they begin to speak to him, can he bring himself to do it?

Nat....Robert Pickavance

Pushkin/Len....Deka Walmsley

Rosa/Jess....Kerry Peers

Butterball/Ava....Holly Nichol

Bert/Zoo Director....Russell Dixon

Gordon/Father....Geoffrey Wilkinson

Original music by Andy Burton.

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20060503

A Brief Interruption

By Ben Steiner, starring Tom Courtenay as God.

A rather neglected, weary and careworn God bemoans some of the day to day frustrations of being The Supreme Being. For some time God has been meaning to speak directly to people and after some trial and error with various knobs, he manages to break into the BBC Afternoon Play where he settles down with a cup of tea to try to resolve a few things.

His train of thought is interrupted by faxes, and one of them catches his eye. Before he knows it, he is telling us about what happened to a little girl and her cat that she never let out of her sight.

AP20060504

Harpo Goes to Leningrad

By Lee Pressman.

Based on the true story of Harpo Marx's 1933 tour of Russia. Misunderstood as a comic, arrested as a terrorist, and enlisted as a spy, Harpo finds himself alone in a strange country, with only his burly female minder for company.

Harpo....Garrick Hagon

Woollcott....Philip Voss

Bullitt....William Hope

Malekinov....Sarah Badel

Captain/Vasiliev....Ian Masters

Director/Chico....Simon Treves

Groucho/Colonel....Keith Drinkel

Reporter/Agent 2....Ian Shaw

Inspector/Bukin/Agent 1....Sam Dale

Dorothy Parker/Ponomarkenko....Rachel Atkins

Director Celia De Wolff.

AP20060505

Resurrecting Schubert

Drama documentary by Nicholas McInerny, with commentary by Levon Chilingirian.

As a young girl, Katarina nursed the dying Schubert. On his deathbed, he asked to hear Beethoven's String Quartet in C sharp m. A Quartet duly arrived and played this mysterious music at the foot of his bed. Schubert died five days later, but for Katarina, the memory of the music lived on.

Schubert....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Katarina....Barbara Flynn

Matthias....Simon Chandler

Young Katarina....Cathy Sara

Music played by the Coull String Quartet.

Director Rosie Boulton.

AP20060508

Macmorris

By John Morrison.

Comic fantasy, in which some of the minor characters in Shakespeare's canon have decided that they want bigger and better parts. A rebellion is led by Capt Macmorris from Henry V, the only Irish character in the whole body of Shakespeare's work.

Macmorris....Gerard McSorley

Jamie....Gerard Kelly

Fluellen....Alan David

Gower....Jeremy Child

Shakespeare....David Schofield

His servant....David Holt

Iago....Philip Fox

Juliet's Nurse....Jillie Meers

Yorick....Jon Glover

Henry V....Damian Lynch

Director Tanya Nash.

AP20060509

Connecting

A series of plays about the impact of communication and information technology on our lives.

2/4. Call Waiting

By Katie Hims.

Carol is worried. Her husband Phil has been sent to Uzbekistan by his company - a communications technology firm based in Reading - and she can't get in touch with him.

What has happened to him? What exactly is the nature of the job he's doing in Uzbekistan, and how much does his company know about his disappearance? Is the government representative telling her the truth? When Carol does finally hear from Phil, in a text message, all it says is 'Help me'.

As Carol desperately tries to find answers, it seems that instant communication across the world is simply a cruel illusion.

AP20060510

Connecting

A series of plays about the impact of communication and information technology on our lives.

3/4. Last Call

By Mike Walker.

Sara is head of PR, in line for a directorship if she can prove herself with the company's plans to expand in Africa. But first she's got to handle a problem with the firm's contract in Uzbekistan. Sara begins to suspect the company could be involved in some sinister ways of using its technological know-how. She has to decide where her loyalties lie.

Sara....Su-Lin Looi

Gray....Patrick Bridgman

Tim....Oliver J Hembrough

Richard....Mark Meadows

Carol....Lisa Coleman

Patrick....Robert Gwilym

Herrenvolk....Paul Humpoletz

Director Mary Ward Lowery.

AP20060511

Connecting

A series of plays about the impact of communication and information technology on our lives.

4/4. Network Failure

By Sarah Woods.

Ian is on his first trip to Africa, his work in IT is sending him as a trainer to a media-centre in a village outside Maputo in Mozambique. He is keen to help, but not really prepared for what he finds.

Ian....David Birrell

Martha....Sonia Pateguana Pinto Romao

Orlando....Jorge Clemente

Matilde....Denise de Castro

Sebastio....Higino Octavio

Sara....Su-Lin Looi

Ndindazi....Nathemba Sambo

Young man....Fred Ezekiel Dias

Director Tim Dee.

AP20060512

Migrant Memory

By Samina Baig.

An autobiographical play following the writer's journey to the heart of grief and remembrance after the loss of her older sister. Compelled by the shock of death, Samina searches through her memories of sisterhood, her dreams and family photographs, to give a moving account of life and death in her community in Britain.

Samina....Nina Wadia

Sabiha....Shaheen Khan

Mum....Leena Dhingra

Dad....Paul Bhattacharjee

Uncle....Kriss Dosanjh

Martyn....Kim Wall

Photographer....Anthony Glennon

Maxine....Tracy Wiles

Mrs Roberts....Elizabeth Bell

Samina, child....Sara Velmi-Gardner

Shela, child....Anisha Patel

Director Pam Fraser-Solomon.

AP20060515

Cemetery Confessions

Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris was opened 200 years ago this month, and to mark the anniversary, five of its most illustrious residents make their confessions to Father Lachaise, who has his own confession to make.

Sarah Bernhardt....Eleanor Bron (by Louise Welsh)

Guillaume Apollinaire....Michael Fenton Stevens (by Martin Sorrell)

Abelard and Heloise....Hugh Dickson and Anna Massey (by Paul Bailey)

Colette....Zoe Wanamaker (by Michele Roberts)

Jim Morrison....Demetri Goritsas (by Geoff Dyer)

Pere Lachaise....Bill Nighy (by Martin Sorrell)

Director Sara Davies.

AP20060516

Columbus, the Bones of the Story

By Robin Glendinning.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus, an imaginative look at this great historical figure told from the perspective of his bones, which are believed to have been moved five times after the Great Admiral's burial.

Head....Nickolas Grace

Knee....Geoffrey Beevers

Big Toe....Keith Allen

Queen Isabella....Joanna David

Historian....Gary Waldhorn

Anacaona....Jacey Salles

Confessor....Miche Doherty

Captain....Simon Imrie

Officer....Kevin Jackson

Producer/director Gemma McMullan.

AP20060517

The Child that Books Built

By Francis Spufford.

Francis Spufford recalls his voracious childhood reading habit and the poignant family drama that lay behind it. In this adaptation of his acclaimed memoir, he hears again the stories that once filled his head and helped to build his character.

Mother....Sylvestra Le Touzel

Father....Jonathan Keeble

Young Francis....Harry Blumenau

Teenage Francis....Jack Blumenau

Sister....Brooke Theis

AP20060518

An Interlude of Men

By Lesley Bruce.

Bren and Hilly have been lifelong friends, so when Hilly breaks her wrist, Bren comes to help her out. They both anticipate the pleasure of long days together - comfortably trashing the years they were apart, that interlude of men - but their friendship is not that simple.

Bren....Deborah Findlay

Hilly....Barbara Flynn

Director Steven Canny.

Producer Claire Grove.

AP20060519

Daunt and Dervish

Comedy thrillers by Guy Meredith.

1/5. In Questionable Shape

London 1947, and the Daunt and Dervish detective agency is back in business. As the lights come on again in London's theatreland, a visit to the Old Vic sets off a mystery to rival what's happening on stage.

Josephine Daunt....Anna Massey

Susan Dervish....Frances Barber

Bill Mackie....Sean Scanlan

Ronald Calloway....Geoffrey Whitehead

Noel Coward....Nicholas Boulton

'Waterloo' Eddie Reed....Kim Wall

Kate Renshaw....Tracy Wiles

Magdalena Pearce....Elizabeth Bell

Inspector Braithwaite....Thomas Wheatley

Director Colin Guthrie.

AP20060522

Bringing Eddie Home

By John Peacock, based on a true story.

In 1965, an East End couple receive a telegram telling them that their soldier son, Eddie, has been killed in a swimming accident in Aden. This was the start of a chain of events leading to changes in the law, which would affect all families of the British armed forces.

Edna Wallace....Edna Dore

Young Edna....Tilly Vosburgh

Jack Wallace....Bill Treacher

Young Jack....Todd Carty

Eddie....Joe Absolom

Martin Wallace/Merlyn Rees....Sam Dale

Tony Wallace/Colin....Mark Homer

Val Wallace/Dorothy Fine....Nicola Barber

Aunty Ivy/Carolyn....Jane Whittenshaw

Major Ashton....Anton Lesser

Priest/Newsreader....Ian Masters

Director Celia de Wolff.

AP20060523

Duty

By Michael Butt. A play to mark the 100th anniversary of Ibsen's death.

Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen fears he may have written his last play, until he receives a mysterious letter from a young woman.

Henrik Ibsen....Geoffrey Whitehead

Susannah Ibsen....Elizabeth Bell

Sigurd Ibsen....Bertie Carvel

Dr Evard....John Rowe

Emilie Bardach....Tracy Wiles

Bergliot/Anna....Emily Wachter

Boy....Tom Fisher

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060524

Four Steps to Heaven

By Lloyd Peters.

Mild mannered actor Chris Batty wonders whether he can convert to Judaism and win the love of his girlfriend's parents without being circumcised.The answer is probably not but, as Chris discovers, there are deeper wounds to endure than the ultimate threat to his manhood, as family secrets and repressed emotions are unleashed.

AP20060525

A Long Time Dead

By Sheila Goff.

Despite a minor hitch in the proceedings, careful Kath carries on with her planned girlie weekend in Paris with bossy Beatrice. Now she feels free to live a little and really let her hair down.

Kath....Marion Bailey

Beatrice....Linda Marlowe

Geoff....Tony Selby

Malcolm....Stephen Hogan

Mum....Emily Wachter

AP20060526

Daunt and Dervish

Comedy thrillers by Guy Meredith.

2/5. Que Reste-t'il de Nos Amours?

When asked to act as agents to bid for a Monet at auction, Daunt and Dervish little suspect it will lead them on a trail across the channel and open up some painful memories.

Josephine Daunt....Anna Massey

Susan Dervish....Frances Barber

Bill Mackie....Sean Scanlan

Vivienne Brionne....Sian Thomas

Hugh Langridge....Roger Hammond

Marcel....Harry Myers

Andrew White-Evans....Thomas Wheatley

Beryl....Elizabeth Bell

Leclerc....Kim Wall

Director Colin Guthrie.

AP20060529

The Wendy House

By Tessa Hadley.

Three close friends at a girls' school, Miranda, Jenny and Sarah, are working together in 1970 towards their exams. They meet in the old Wendy House in Jenny's garden, revising and reading to one another from Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, imagining they are Communists, and plotting the overthrow of the grown-ups.

In 2005, On her 50th birthday, Miranda has to relive painful and buried memories of something that happened at that time, which ended the innocence of her childhood.

Miranda....Harriet Walter

Freddie....John Telfer

Young Miranda....Jasmine Hyde

Sarah....Vineeta Rishi

Jenny....Eleanor Tremain

Paul....Owen Teale

Director Tim Dee.

AP20060530

Duce's Bonce

By Robin Brooks.

By 1956, the Hon Violet Gibson has been in an asylum for over 20 years - and she seems finally to have lost touch with reality. Half the time she doesn't know who the Prime Minister is, and she has this mad idea that she shot Benito Mussolini.

Based on a true story.

Violet....Catherine McCormack

Maggie....Maureen Beattie

Dr Francis Shelton....Adrian Rawlins

William Joyce....Nicholas Woodeson

The Queen of Bohemia....Sarah Eedle

Producer/director Fiona McAlpine.

AP20060531

The Lodsell Cod

By Dan Jamieson.

A magical and moving story of two brothers in love with the same girl in 1950s Devon.

Granfer....Geoffrey Hutchings

Tom....Stuart McLoughlin

Ed....Carl Grose

Jo....Clare Corbett

Den....Jonathan Keeble

Knocker....Steve Bennett

George....Zac Fox

Miss Dewhurst....Helen Longworth

Forecaster/Priest....Hugh Dickson

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060601

The Disappearing Island

By Nigel Richardson.

A lakeland fantasy about mid-life crisis and romantic imagination.

Tom Quincey....Mark Heap

Mr Wilson....Paul Copley

Catherine....Becky Hindley

Johnny, Gordon, Landlord....Daniel Ryan

Headmaster....Ian Masters

AA reporter/Weatherman....Peter Jefferson

John Humphrys....John Humphrys

Producer Karen Rose.

AP20060602

Daunt and Dervish

Comedy thrillers by Guy Meredith.

3/5. Some Commandment or Other

Daunt and Dervish are asked by a leading divorce lawyer to investigate his wife, but a simple surveillance operation turns into something altogether more sinister.

Josephine Daunt....Anna Massey

Susan Dervish....Frances Barber

Bill Mackie....Sean Scanlan

Phillip da Souza....Michael N Harbour

Jennifer da Souza....Tracy Wiles

Sir Bernard Allardice....Ewan Bailey

Inspector Blakemore....Kim Wall

Dr Phelps....Thomas Wheatley

Director Colin Guthrie.

AP20060605

Llama Lashes and Grumpy Old Gits

Devised by Anne Edyvean and Jonathan Myerson.

What do a gay bell-ringer, a beer-loving engineer, a Canadian health-care worker and a Muslim family man have in common?

Verbatim extracts from real blogs tell the story of how isolated individuals found each other on-line and laughed, and raged, and cried together through the highs and lows of treatment for the potentially life-threatening virus, Hepatitis C.

Ron....Kenneth Jay

Lu....Tracy Wiles

Jonathan....Nicholas Boulton

Martin....Gerard McDermott

Sue....Barbara Barnes

Wendy....Christine Ellerbeck

Paul....Kim Wall

Ijaz....Harmage Singh Kalirai

Newspaper voice....David Holt

AP20060606

Lucky Lonny

By Mike Stott.

Lonny is a man who has never done a decent days work in his life - or at least claims not to have. He would pretend to work, of course, but since his back injury, sustained during a frenzied session of Swedish speed weeding, life's been a doddle.

Lonny doesn't care for money or status; he is happy to live in his motor home and avoid a hoard of ex wives and a clutch of children.

Everything is lucky for Lonny until he wins £6,000,000 on the National Lottery and local reporter Kimberley Plumb enters his life. Then his luck turns... Or does it?

Lonny....Johnny Vegas

Kimberley Plumb....Lyndsey Marshal

AP20060607

The Sun at Midnight

By Melissa Murray.

A voluntary worker at a mental hospital reads the patients a poem and one of them claims that he wrote it. It's an encounter which has astonishing results.

David Gascoyne....Struan Rodger

Judy....Emma Gregory

Young David....Henry Pettigrew

Toni....Elizabeth Bell

Marion....Rachel Atkins

Daniel/Chemist....Kim Wall

Children....Conor Garnett-Comerford and Alex Barnett

Director Jane Morgan.

AP20060608

The Man.

Raymond Briggs's own dramatisation of another of his celebrated books.

A boy wakes up to find a man - bearded, naked and a mere 18 centimetres high - standing on the bedside table.

The Man....Bernard Cribbins

The Boy....Toby Parkes

The Mother....Sally Baxter

AP20060609

Daunt and Dervish

Comedy thrillers by Guy Meredith.

4/5. A Farewell to Ingleby

Daunt is delighted to receive a surprise invitation to spend the weekend at an old friend's country house, but the weekend does not go quite as planned.

Josephine Daunt....Anna Massey

Susan Dervish....Frances Barber

Bill Mackie....Sean Scanlan

Sir Gerald Collingham-Brown....Nigel Anthony

Prince Ravani....Amerjit Deu

Chandra....Leena Dhingra

Manny Lehmann....Harry Landis

Penny....Tracy Wiles

Richard Venlow....Kim Wall

Dodders....Thomas Wheatley

Bodyguard....Simon Nahal

Director Colin Guthrie.

AP20060612

Lifestyles of the Trapped and Cabbaged

By Roy Boulter.

1/2. Two holidaying accountants leave their wives in the lurch when they manage to get trapped in a Shanghai warehouse for days.

The accompanying drama - Headwrecked, Shanghaied and Shipless - can be heard on Tuesday's Afternoon Play.

Geoff....Paul Bown

Peter....Jeff Rawle

Dock Worker....Wai-Keat Lau

Director Toby Swift.

AP20060613

Headwrecked, Shanghaied and Shipless

By Roy Boulter.

2/2. Two holidaying Cheshire housewives hit Shanghai and come off second best. Will they ever be reunited with their husbands? And where are they anyway?

The accompanying drama to Lifestyles of the Trapped and Cabbaged.

Pam....Gabrielle Glaister

Carol....Katherine Dow Blyton

Su Lin/Li Moon....Liz Sutherland

Ticket Inspector....Wai-Keat Lau

Director Toby Swift.

AP20060614

Let's Make a Festival

By Michael Bakewell.

Charting the early years of the Aldeburgh Festival, viewed through the eyes of the women who helped create it, and Benjamin Britten.

Benjamin Britten....Nicholas Farrell

Beth Britten....Sarah Badel

EM Forster....David Collings

Margery Spring Rice....Judy Parfitt

Elizabeth Sweeting....Sylvestra Le Touzel

Fidelity Cranbrook....Lizzy McInnerny

Mary Potter....Teresa Gallagher

Imogen Holst....Amanda Root

Anne Wood....Rachel Atkins

Music performed by Oakfield Preparatory School Choir, The Minims.

Director Celia De Wolff.

AP20060615

The Captured Enemy

By Edward Marriott.

Based on the actual diaries of American freedom fighters in British jails during the US War of Independence.

It's the story of Thomas Will and his son Caleb who leave their family and farm in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1777 to fight the British. Captured at sea, they are sentenced on charges of piracy and high treason and sent to a brutal prison in the south of England. From here they plan a daring escape.

Thomas Will....Philip Jackson

Caleb Will....Steven Geller

Josiah Bradstreet....Qarie Marshall

Cowdray....Jonathan Firth

Franklin....Robert Whitelock

Director John Dryden.

AP20060616

Daunt and Dervish

Comedy thrillers by Guy Meredith.

5/5. Base Metal

Daunt and Dervish are surprised when Mackie recognises the description of their charming American thief.

Josephine Daunt....Anna Massey

Susan Dervish....Frances Barber

Bill Mackie....Sean Scanlan

Mike 'Marzipan' Marsley....Nathan Osgood

Benedict Malgrave....Geoffrey Bayldon

Argentine Sailor....Harry Myers

Woollerton....Thomas Wheatley

Beryl....Elizabeth Bell

Barman....Kim Wall

Director Colin Guthrie.

AP20060619

River's Up

By Alex Jones.

Tom and Sally Millington live next to the River Severn, and it floods. Soon they find themselves rowing to France in search of dry land and croissants.

Tom....Peter Corey

Sally....Annette Badland

Director Jenny Stephens.

AP20060703

Madam Butterfly's Child

By Lesley Ross.

Puccini's famous opera, told from the point of view of the second Japanese villager from the left. This is the story of David, an opera extra, as he leaps from one crisis to the next during a performance of Madam Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall.

David....Paul Bazely

Lila....Carolyn Pickles

Robbie....Damian Lynch

Gareth....Tim Treloar

Abby....Tracy Wiles

Jason....Connor Garnett-Comerford

Producer/Director Gemma Jenkins.

Then News.

AP20060704

The Small Print

A comedy by Jerome Vincent in which an ordinary man fights back against the oppressive small print that dominates our lives.

Colin Mellish....Kim Wall

The Small Print....David Timson

Weadle....Geoffrey Whitehead

Clara....Clare Corbett

Prof Theocharis....John Evitts

Michelle....Emma Paterson

Ben Crowe....Oz

Director David Blount.

Then News.

AP20060705

Rumpole and the Vanishing Juror

By John Mortimer.

Rumpole's admiration for the integrity of the Old Bailey jury is legendary, but in this story he encounters a juror in a murder trial who has a very personal and very dramatic agenda.

Horace Rumpole....Timothy West

Hilda....Prunella Scales

Bonny Bernard....Bruce Alexander

Luci Gribble....Sophie Thompson

Marcia Brewster....Marlene Sidaway

Neville J Skeate....David Holt

Adrian Hodinott....Sean Baker

Mr Parkin....Ewan Bailey

Justice Sloper....Ian Masters

Mr Phelps....David Shaw-Parker

Christine....Hetty Baynes

Director Marilyn Imrie.

Then News.

AP20060706

Hush Little Baby

By Esther Wilson.

An unusual and beguiling play about a girl who has stopped speaking to adults. Beth Armson has a condition known as selective mutism and has not spoken to an adult for almost two years. She's now facing a terrible dilemma: in a couple of days time her family will mark a special day, her beloved brother's 18th birthday. Does this mean the end of Beth's relationship with her brother once he's an adult?

Beth Armson....Rebecca Ryan

Patrick Armson....Paul Simpson

Louise Armson....Siobhan Finneran

Greg Armson....Kevin Doyle

Spike....Michael Ryan

Mrs McGuire....Jane Hogarth

Kelly/Chloe....O'Malley

Guitarist....Colin Warhurst

Director Pauline Harris.

Then News.

AP20060707

Church Ladies

By Aileen Gonsalves.

The church ladies do everything - polish the candlesticks, iron the vestements, arrange the flowers. So when their favourite choirmaster is sacked by the new priest, they are less than impressed. They down tools and go on strike, determined to get Mr Dibfield reinstated.

But Father Nick is equally determined to keep him away, favouring the guitar playing Lorraine as a replacement. A fierce battle, testing loyalties as well as vocal chords, ensues.

Doreen....Kate Binchy

Audrey....Rita Davies

Mabel....Leena Dhingra

Lorraine....Aileen Gonsalves

Mr Dibfield/Bishop....Edward Halsted

Gloria....Jamilla Massey

Joan....Vivienne Moore

Father Nick....Andrew Westfield

Director/producer Elizabeth Freestone.

Then News.

AP20060710

Belongings

By Dominique Moloney.

Two brothers breaking and entering face an awkward dilemma when they find the wife of their intended victim dead, with a suicide note by her side.

Michael....Conleth Hill

Gerry....Nick Danan

Audrey....Cathy Belton

Carl....Mark Lambert

AP20060711

Star Man

By Alastair Jessiman.

On a visit home to Glasgow for his father's funeral, Tom's thoughts go back to 1974. As a 15-year-old schoolboy, he was fascinated by stars - astronomical stars in the night sky, glamorous rock-stars like David Bowie, and would-be local stars like the charismatic and sexually ambiguous Danny, who he meets one day on the bus.

Tom (40)....Paul Young

Tom (15)....William Barlow

Tom's father....Finlay Welsh

Tom's mother....Carol Ann Crawford

Danny....John Kielty

Steve....Michael Stewart

Pork....Steven Cree

AP20060712

Rumpole Redeemed

By John Mortimer.

Horace Rumpole solves the conundrum of an ex con who seems to have been redeemed, and one who evidently hasn't. In passing, he also bestows redemption on several of his associates who, in various preposterous ways, are in dire need of it.

Horace Rumpole....Timothy West

Hilda....Prunella Scales

Luci Gribble....Sophie Thompson

Bonny Bernard....Bruce Alexander

Claude Erskine-Brown....Nigel Anthony

Archie Prosser/Lord Crane....Nicholas Le Prevost

Brian Skidmore....Karl Howman

Chirpy Molloy....Stephen Critchlow

Brenda Heygate....Frances Jeater

Lady Sloper....Richenda Carey

Director Marilyn Imrie.

AP20060713

Heft Like the Herdwick

By Red Sky Writers.

When Katie is forced to return home to deal with a family crisis, she is unprepared for the life changing discoveries that await her - and embarks on an uncomfortable journey to discover who she is and where she really belongs.

Katie....Emma Atkins

Thomas....David Hargreaves

Bridget....Denise Black

Rob....Neil Ashton

Sally....Emma Rydal

AP20060714

Kaffir Lilies

By Sue Eckstein.

When the dashing young Charles Middleton arrives in Nigeria in 1929, he strikes up an immediate friendship with Louisa, a married woman. Louisa begins to believe that Charles must be in love with her - but his diary entries reveal a different story.

Charles....Matthew Pidgeon

Young Louisa....Candida Benson

Old Louisa....Edith Macarthur

Edward....Michael Mackenzie

Musa....Damian Lynch

Vera....Joanna Tope

Producer/director Bruce Young.

AP20060725

You Shouldn't Have Come

By Meic Povey, based on a true story.

When electricity pylons start to go up across the valley, traditional Welsh village life is bound to change. But then a stranger appears, amid reports of an escalating nuclear threat. No one will be untouched by the events that follow.

Edgar....Iestyn Jones

Gwyneth....Mali Harries

Boynton....Christian Rodska

Ifan Defi....Laurence Allan

Policeman/Reporter....Richard Elfyn

Bessie....Victoria Pugh

AP20060726

Rumpole and the Right to Privacy

By John Mortimer.

Rumpole leaves the Old Bailey to defend a civil case - the editor of a local newspaper is accused of breaching a successful businessman's right to privacy.

Horace Rumpole....Timothy West

Hilda....Prunella Scales

Mr Rankin....David Shaw-Parker

Claude Erskine-Brown....Nigel Anthony

Liz Probert....Elaine Claxton

Hugo Winterton....Anton Rodgers

Gervase Johnson....Stephen Critchlow

Sir Mike Smedley....Kim Durham

Mrs Justice Erskine-Brown....Joanna David

AP20060727

Darling Alicia

Steve hasn't so much as held hands with the beautiful, sparky Alicia when he starts writing to her but, over the course of a two-year correspondence ranging from Delhi to Buenos Aires to London, he comes to realise that she has become his Darling Alicia. Based on 160 unpublished letters from the 1960s. With the real voices of Alicia and Steve Merrett.

Alicia....Celia Meiras

Steve....Carl Prekopp

AP20060728

Auguste Levasseur - Chef de Claqueurs

By Mike Harris.

In the world of 19th-century Parisian Opera, the claqueurs can make or break a performance. Pay them well - and your opera receives tumultuous applause. Deny them - and the theatre will ring with cat-calls.

Victor....Stuart Laing

Jacques....Robert Glenister

Auguste Levasseur....Kenneth Cranham

Josette....Ayesha Antoine

Veron....Jonathan Tafler

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)

Yuval Zoran (pianist)

Director Clive Brill.

AP20060801

Parting

By Tanika Gupta.

When four men miss their train, they find themselves spending the evening in the station bar. Sam the bartender becomes a confidante as each man explains why he wanted to be on that particular train.

AP20060802

Thrift

By Rebecca Trick-Walker.

Gwen sits on a cliff-top in Pembrokeshire, trying to do a watercolour painting of the flower Thrift. Instead, she finds herself thinking about her 40-year marriage and its recent end, and how her story mirrors that of Morwen, the Maiden of the Sea.

Gwen....Sian Phillips

Richard....Richard Mitchley

Jack....William Thomas

Storyteller....Dorien Thomas

Producer/director Kate McAll.

AP20060803

Callum

Comedy drama by F Todhunter, set in a vocational college for the disabled.

Callum just wants to keep his head down and get his gardening qualification, but will Mr Gough, the irascible college manager, let him?

Callum....Deka Walmsley

Tom....Mark Benton

Jamie....Jonathan Lewis

Mr Gough....James Quinn

Sara....Emma Hughes Jones

Debra....Fiona Clarke

Director Gary Brown.

AP20060804

Hands

By Courttia Newland.

We probe Anissa Marie's world as she struggles to claim her ancestral gift, the power to heal with her hands.

Anissa Marie....Seroca Davies

Milan....Michael Obioro

Kavita Madhabuti....Pooja Ghai

Mum....Nadine Marshall

Dad....Neil Reidman

Jackie....Ayesha Antoine

Director Shabina Aslam.

AP20060807

The Memory Experience

The Dolls Tea Set

By Sue Glover

Cara is four years old when her mother disappears. She is left playing in the garden sandpit with her new dolls tea set. Years later, when her foster mother digs up the little cups and dishes, the reality of that day's events comes flooding back.

Davie....Liam Brennan

Arnie....Jimmy Chisholm

Ritchie....Simon Donaldson

Cara....Claire Knight

Neil....Grant O'Rourke

Police Officer....Gayanne Potter

Mairi....Wendy Seager

Producer/Director....Gaynor Macfarlane

AP20060808

A Field of Hay

By Gillian Clarke.

Starring Fiona Shaw as the voice of the Field.

A poetic celebration of rural summertime, set against the revelation of a family secret, concealed until now by respectability, religion, embarrassment and fear.

The Voice of the Field....Fiona Shaw

Dafyfdd Evans....Oliver Ryan

Sue....Mali Harries

Annie Evans....Margaret John

Postman....Morgan Hopkins

Produced and directed in Wales by Kate McAll.

AP20060809

Stages of Sound is a collaboration between the BBC and Arts Council England, linking theatres and community groups.

AP20060810

House Rules

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz

Burnt out gambler Spike just wants a quiet life. But when his own son comes to him a proposition for one last big stakes game, how can he refuse? Even if the game is with the devil.

Spike....Jamie Foreman

Harry....Roy Marsden

Jack....Stuart McLoughlin

Donal....Christopher Fox

Monique....Tracy Wiles

Lance/Edward....Kim Wall

Director Marc Beeby.

AP20060811

The Sensitive

Offbeat thriller by Alastair Jessiman. Police call in a psychic to help find a missing woman. Thomas Soutar is adept at solving crimes - but is his extraordinary gift a blessing or a curse?

Thomas....Jimmy Chisholm

Mrs Soutar....Sheila Donald

DC Sharon Webb....Julie Austin

Mrs Allsop....Mary Riggans

Mhairi....Kathryn Howden

Calum....Chris Young

Duncan/Attendant....James Bryce

Bruce Young Producer/Director.

AP20060814

The Recall Man - Taken by Surprise

By David Napthine.

Dr Joe Aston is a forensic psychologist, working in the controversial field of recovered memory, on attachment to the police in Teeside. A man is abducted and only released when his employer pays the ransom. Joe resorts to unorthodox methods to secure a positive identification of the main suspect.

Dr Joe Aston....Jeremy Swift

DC Geoff Patten....Paul Brennen

DI Anne Reynolds....Janet Dibley

Bill Pierce....Andrew Dunn

Tony Calderwood....Gerard McDermott

Moira Pierce....Susan Jameson

Director Toby Swift.

Part of Radio 4's The Memory Experience Season.

AP20060815

This Cold August Light

By Jerome Vincent.

1816 was known as 'the year without a summer'. Snow fell and crops failed across Europe and North America - but the sunsets were amazing. Jerome Vincent's play explores the effects these extraordinary climactic conditions had on artists and writers working at the time.

Edgar Allan Poe....Kerry Shale

Young Poe....Michael Beveridge

Maunder....David Timson

Lily/Edith....Alison Pettitt

Laura/Mary Shelley....Rachel Atkins

Turner/Mellish....Harry Myers

Polidori/Farthing....Chris Stanton

Taylor....Robin Toller

Director David Blount.

AP20060816

Stages of Sound: Silver Grey

By Vincent Cleghorne.

The generation gap explored with sharp wit and wisdom in the unusual setting of an older peoples' tea club in Bootle.

Martha....Sylvie Gatrill

Dee....Eithne Browne

Charlotte....Eileen OBrien

Merlin....Paul Regan

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060817

Black Out

By Damian Barr and Laura Lockington.

Dan and Lucy are about to compete for the same job, but are in denial about a recent one night stand. Then they get stuck in a lift together. Can things get any worse? It would seem so.

Dan....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Lucy....Nicola Walker

Presenter....David Holt

Taxi Driver 1....Stephen Critchlow

Taxi Driver 2....Shiv Grewal

AP20060818

The Book of Love

By Mark Illis.

Tom is only 26 and he's slept with 53 women. Then he finds a mysterious book which has an odd effect on him - he starts falling in love, for the first time. He is changing discovering his feminine sideliterally.

Fairfax/The Book....Olwen May

Alice....Zoe Henry

Tom....Graeme Hawley

Micky....Kevin Harvey

With original music composed and performed by Sally Doherty.

Liz Hanks (cello)

Director Polly Thomas.

AP20060821

The Recall Man - Can't See For Looking

By David Napthine.

A witness to an arson attack thinks she saw a rhinoceros throwing the petrol bomb. Forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston, an expert in recovered memory, tries to discover what she really saw.

Dr Joe Aston....Jeremy Swift

DC Geoff Patten....Paul Brennen

DI Anne Reynolds....Janet Dibley

Donna....Sharon Percy

Billy....Michael Imerson

Alison....Colleen Prendergast

Steve....Wayne Foskett

Asif....Shiv Grewal

Mickey....Michael Hodgson

Director Mary Peate.

Part of Radio 4's The Memory Experience Season.

AP20060822

London Pride

By Adrian Middleton.

On the May 11, 1941, during the Blitz, a high explosive bomb blasted The Admiral Duncan Pub in Old Compton Street. Then 58 years later, a nail bomb exploded in the same pub, now a popular gay venue.

These historical and bitterly ironic facts - both the work of right wing extremists - provide the backdrop for this intimate drama about a family in crisis.

Jean....Anne Reid

Jack....Tom Georgeson

Keith....Kenny Doughty

Marcus....David Oyelowo

Steve....David Holt

Maggie....Tina Gray

Dr Prasad....Shiv Grewal

Aunty May....Becky Hindley

AP20060823

Stages of Sound - The Armour of Immanuel

By Edson Burton.

Winnie's son Immanuel was murdered six months ago in a road rage incident. Today her grandson is coming to visit for the first time since the funeral. Immanuel was a good son but he had secrets, just like his mother. And today Winnie is going to find out the truth about his life - and his death.

Winnie....Lorna Easy

James....Andre Gottshalk

Rebecca....Devon Black

Bredren....Damian Lynch

Mr Powell....Geff Francis

Michael....Andre McMiller

Director Mary Ward-Lowery.

AP20060824

The Tank Man

By Julia Stoneham.

The remarkable story of Ken Small, a hairdresser from Hull, who settled in south Devon and became dedicated to the creation of a permanent memorial to the victims of Exercise Tiger, one of the worst fiascos of the Second World War.

Ken Small....Shaun Prendergast

Devonian Woman....Stephanie Cole

Devonian Man....Bill Wallis

With William Hope, Laurence Bouvard, Mark Meadows, Martin T Sherman, Jacob Gaffney, Steven Beckingham and Peter Brooke.

AP20060825

The January Wedding

By Beatrice Colin.

In 1969 a landmark court case was brought in the UK. A young Polish woman petitioned for her marriage to an elderly Warsaw academic to be annulled. The annulment was granted on the basis that the marriage had taken place under duress. He had married her to save her from imprisonment under the Polish communist regime.

Szymon....Karl Johnson

Nina....Cressida Trew

The Face....Richard Katz

Mother/Karla....Susan Engel

Registrar/ Father/Judge/Witness....Sam Dale

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20060829

Keeping the Score

By Martyn Wade.

Gerald owns a score box at his village cricket ground, but it's put to most use in the winter months - something his wife has never found out. Gerald is determined she never shall.

Gerald....David Troughton

Derek....Sam Kelly

Director Jane Morgan.

AP20060830

Long Road to Iona

By Janette Walkinshaw.

Jean, a feisty, elderly widow, decides to escape the oppressive good intentions of her son and daughter-in-law by leaving home and hitting the road. Is she walking to Iona? Should a 62-year-old woman be walking the highways and byways of Scotland alone? And why isn't she answering her mobile? It's time for Jean to get her life back.

Jean....Ann Scott-Jones

Ian/minister....Finlay Welsh

Karen/librarian....Susan Coyle

Tom/solicitor....Jimmy Chisholm

George/Clergyman....James Bryce

Policeman/Smudge....Jim Webster-Stewart

AP20060831

Darkness

By DJ Britton.

After a breakdown brought on by a tour of duty in Iraq, surgeon Dan Walsh takes up a medical research post. He falls in love with the Voice, a radio newsreader, but when he learns that he has inherited macular degeneration from his mother, Dan decides that he needs to know what living in the dark is going to be like - and volunteers for a dangerous experiment.

Dan....Steffan Rhodri

Caroline....Beth Chalmers

Mike....Simon Ludders

Steve....Nathan Sussex

Dry Cleaning Asst....Dick Bradnum

Reporter....Claire Cage

Director Kate McAll.

AP20060901

The Little Queen of England

By Rob John.

Harriet wants to play fantastic games but her parents can't quite hit the balance. Her dad is clueless at pretending and while her mum Rachel is adept at creating imaginary worlds, in her hands make-believe and lies are in danger of becoming confused.

Harriet....Elana Binysh

Rachel....Victoria Hamilton

Colin....Lee Ross

AA Man/DJ....Jon Glover

AP20060904

Hole

In June 2002, Welsh businessman Peter Shaw was kidnapped in Tbilisi. Peter had been working in Georgia for six years but was due to return to Wales the next day. He left his office at the Agro-business Bank to drive home and moments later he was snatched from his car at gunpoint in broad daylight.

For four months he was kept in total darkness, chained to the wall in a hole in the ground. His skull was fractured, his body was covered in sores and he didn't think he would ever see daylight again. But against all the odds, Peter survived. Ed Talfan's play tells the story of how he did it.

Peter Shaw....Ifan Huw Dafydd

Kidnapper 1....David Papava

Kidnapper 2....Andrew Byron

Lena....Marina Blake

Rose....Eirlys Bellin

AP20060905

The Mironov Legacy

By Helen Dunmore.

Dame Helen Mirren stars in a play that explores her Russian ancestry. Mirren's grandfather, Pyotr Mironov, was a Tsarist officer who, after the Russian Revolution, became an exile in England - losing his home, family, language, career and social standing.

Lena....Helen Mirren

Pyotr....Geoffrey Whitehead

Basil....Stuart Fox

Gruzinov....Iain Mitchell

Lenkipop....Susanna Dye

Trinie....Sophie Ford

Music arranged and played by Adrian Zolotuhin.

Producer/Director Mark Smalley.

AP20060906

Teacher's Pet

By Robert Shearman.

Peter has just bumped into his old French mistress, Mrs Townsend. It seems that both teacher and pupil have had a remarkable influence on each other's lives - is this meeting really just a coincidence?

Stephanie....Carolyn Seymour

Peter....Simon Templeman

Young Peter/Philip....Steven Geller

AP20060907

The Psychology of Dangerous Roads

By Gul Y Davis, adapted for radio by David Calcutt.

Peter is a writer with obsessive compulsive disorder - if he travels in a car, he is terrified that he will run over a child; and has to keep stopping constantly to check that there is nothing caught under the wheels.

It is the day of his last meeting with his Spanish psychiatrist Llaya. He is determined to drive to the meeting but gives in to his fear and arrives for his appointment soaking wet from walking through the rain. At the end of the session, Llaya offers to drive him home - can Peter confront his worst nightmare and accept her proposition?

Peter....Pal Aron

Mel....John Flitcroft

Llaya....Nuria Benet

Maria....Joanne Moseley

Aethra....Helen Monks

Thomas....Jacob Lloyd

Director Kate Chapman.

AP20060908

Soldiers' Loves and Soldiers' Lives

By Bill Jupe.

Stories of army lives and loves in 1920s peacetime Brighton, dramatised from the memoirs of Sgt Bill Jupe.

Bill Jupe....Sean Gallagher

Nell....Ruth Jones

Soldier 2/Trumpeter....Samuel Collings

Old Dick/Sgt Major....Alan Leith

Blakey/Soldier 3....Paul Panting

Johnny/Officer....Roger May

Mary....Clare Corbett

May/widow....Nicola Barber

Miss Pancake/Tart....Sara Markland

AP20060911

Blue Moon Over Poplar

By Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

It's 1955, and Teddy Girls and Teddy Boys are on the streets. Five girls and one guy experience love, lust and heartache against a backdrop of bombsites, coffee bars and rock'n'roll.

Judy Lawrence....Becky Smith Williams

Peter Lawrence....Mark Finbow

Betty O'Hanlon....Laura Sykes

Shirley Dawes....Jo Cassidy

Pat Larkin....Daisy Lewis

Margaret Shore....Zawe Ashton

Directed for the NYT by Paul Roseby.

Produced by Steven Canny.

AP20060912

Mike and Muriel are Getting Married

By Nicholas Meiklejohn.

Andy and Rebecca decide that their respective best mates, Mike and Muriel, are not suited. The problem is - they are getting married. Furthermore, despite a disastrous blind date, a tentative friendship develops between Andy and Rebecca which threatens, despite their best efforts, to evolve into something more.

Andy....Billy Boyd

Rebecca....Gabriel Quigley

Mike....Steven Cartwright

Liza/Julie....Claire Knight

Oz....Grant O'Rourke

Producer/director Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20060913

The Lost Boys

By Andrew Birkin.

JM Barrie biographer Andrew Birkin tells the haunting story of Barrie's relationship with the Llewelyn Davies boys, the inspiration behind Peter Pan. He reveals how his own experience across a 30-year association with the author has thrown up tragic parallels.

Poetry by Anno Birkin. Read by Ian Holm, Bee Gilbert, Alice Coulthard and Daniel Evans.

Music by Kicks Joy Darkness and Molly Nyman.

AP20060914

Monkeyface

By Linda Marshall Griffiths.

Siddy, eight, and his big sister Frannie decide to find their father - armed only with a newspaper cutting of him at a peace demonstration and a memory of a trip to a beach in Scarborough. Do they have any hope of tracking him down?

Siddy....Aidan Parsons

Frannie....Rachel Brogan

Mother....Siobhan Finneran

Mr Sandman....Craig Cheetham

Nicky/Dave....Charlie Ryan

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20060915

Kind Hearts

By Andy Rashleigh.

On the set of the Ealing comedy classic, Kind Hearts and Coronets, a producer, a director and three actors try to cope with their personal demons as they create movie history.

Robert Hamer....Anton Lesser

Denis Price....Adam Godley

Joan Greenwood....Rebecca Saire

Michael Balcon....Nick Sampson

Alec Guinness....Jo Stone-Fewings

AP20060918

Travel Sick

By Trevor Lock and Sem Devillart.

A hypochondriac Englishman journeys across Peru in search of true love and himself. William Hart (Trevor Lock) has his western mindset melted by the seemingly crazy, fuzzy logic and unpredictability of everyday life in Latin America.

AP20060919

So Long, Sleeping Beauty

By Isobel Mahon.

Recently widowed Glynis finds a collection of love letters in her husband's desk - and discovers he shared a passion for amateur operatics with a dapper gentleman's outfitter called Neville.

Glynis....Sarah Collier

Neville....Billy Riddoch

AP20060920

Uncovering Iran: The Interview

By Arash Aryan and Ava Mandan.

Like all Iranian career women, Roxana's job depends on passing her annual interview - an assessment of how Islamic she is. This year, however, she has little idea how much is really at stake.

Roxana....Badria Timimi

Fatima....Roxana Pope

Mahjid....Mozaffar Shafeie

Kourosh....Bijan Daneshmand

Maryam....Souad Farress

Nasrin....Zolfa Zahedi

Mullah....George Savvides

Security guard....Betsabeh Emran

Security clerk....Saikat Ahamed

AP20060921

The Glass Man

By Martin Sorrell.

When Tim suddenly learns that he is adopted, his life falls apart and he develops a condition that was once known as the 'Glass Delusion'. His journey into despair and his family's attempts to help him are woven through with interviews and music.

Tim....Carl Prekopp

Rachel....Saskia Reeves

Mother....Barbara Flynn

Andrew....Steven Perring

Jo....Peter Clifford

Music by Neil Sorrell.

AP20060922

Angelophany

By Miles Gibson.

Henry Cuthbertson is vicar of St Gilberts - where the congregation consists of six old ladies and a man who thinks his dog is possessed by demons. Henry finds a vagrant in the Crouchback chapel, who says he is an angel.

AP20060925

Moving Day

By Alexandra Campbell.

Two very different couples are moving on the same day. A mix-up occurs and when each couple discovers the other's belongings, they rediscover some forgotten things about each other.

Simon....William Gaunt

Cherry....Joanna David

Ned....Alan Cox

Lauren....Daniela Nardini

Seamus....Sean Barrett

Dave....Roger Watkins

Director Celia de Wolff.

AP20060926

Water Lens

By Dominique Moloney.

When Elaine, a young homeless girl, is befriended by the older and middle class Tara, she is at first suspicious. But a genuine trust develops, when Elaine discovers that it's Tara and not she who is most in need of comfort and shelter from the world outside.

Elaine....Katy Gleadhill

Tara....Frances Tomelty

Georgina....Julia Dearden

Sinead....Eileen McCloskey

Kenny....Robert Patterson

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20060927

Baguettes and Barms

By Christine Marshall.

Anne has just started as a volunteer at a shelter for the homeless. She's also organising the big 'Do' to celebrate her husband's inauguration as the Worshipful Master of his lodge. Where does she feel most comfortable? Overseeing the smoked salmon and roulades? Or the soup and tinned beans?

Anne/Jill....Becky Hindley

Geoff/Victor....Glenn Cunningham

Enid/Sheila/Waitress....Denice Hope

Jamie/Gobbo....Mikey North

Paul/Man at door/Bob Hat....Phil Rowson

Sally....Peta Lord

Director/Producer Gary Brown.

AP20060928

Mum

Ronnie Barker's tragi-comic tale of Alison, a secretive loner whose life changes forever when the spirits of her dead father and boyfriend suddenly materialise in her room.

Alison....Maxine Peake

Dad....Sam Kelly

Bob....Peter Cutler

Adapted and directed by Neil Cargill.

AP20060929

The Last Days of Gordon Springer

By Richard Stevens.

Gordon Springer has an almost God-like power over the office network. He can tap into any of his colleagues' personal secrets whenever he likes - because he is the IT manager.

Hyacinth....Alicya Eyo

Rachel....Regina Freedman

Camilla....Lara Haworth

Frank....David Horovitch

Linda....Jasmine Hyde

Dave....Stephen Mangan

Debbie....Catherine Shepherd

Gordon....Karl Theobald

AP20061002

The Inextinguishable Fire

By Zosia Wand.

In July 1914, Joseph Conrad travelled to Poland with his wife Jessie and their two young sons. It was a country on the brink of war and one which held painful memories for Conrad. The visit brought unexpected personal struggles and insights for Conrad.

Conrad....Henry Goodman

Jessie....Denise Black

Borys....Adam Paulden

Jack....Ashley Margolis

Apollo....Oliver Cotton

Tadek....Christopher Rozycki

Retinger....Adam Kotz

Mr Buszinski....Tomek Bork

Tola/Mrs Buszinska....Izabela Slominska

Director Nadia Molinari.

AP20061003

Palm Therapy

By Sharon Shrubsall.

Simone is about to hit 30, and feels bleak about her future, her love life and her singing career. But the arrival of an unexpected botanical birthday present changes everything.

Simone....Jacqui Dankworth

Zamia....Mona Hammond

Steve....Fraser Ayres

Carol....Jacqueline Defferary

Christine....Tilly Vosburgh

Songs performed by Jacqui Dankworth and James Pearson.

Producer Marilyn Imrie.

Director Roxana Silbert.

AP20061004

Dreaming in Africa

By Mike Harris.

The story of Stewart Gore Brown, the only white man to receive a state funeral in a black African country - and the women he loved.

Gore Brown....Louise Hilyer

Lorna....Sian Brooke

Henry....Nonso Anazie

Audrey....Mathilda Ziegler

Sgt/ Porter....Charlie Simpson

George/ Servant....Femi Ognus

AP20061005

Mrs Boston

By Alan Drury.

When Andrew's wife lies dying in hospital, the one person whom Andrew can talk to is Mrs Boston - an absolute stranger, who doesn't even appear to talk much sense. It's an unlikely relationship, and one which Andrew's children dislike.

Mrs Boston....Zoë Wanamaker

Andrew....Peter Wight

Peter....John McAndrew

Caroline....Monica Dolan

Francis....John Milroy

Mr Boston....Peter Acre

Director Jane Morgan.

AP20061006

A Woman in Dark Times

Hannah Arendt, born 100 years ago this year, was among the most influential political thinkers of the 20th Century. As a young German Jew, she fled to America in 1941 with her husband Heinrich. Yet her name is historically entwined with a man who became a Nazi - Martin Heidegger.

This drama documentary, through private letters and interviews, tells the story of the 50-year relationship between the teacher and the student. That Heidegger was her lover came as a shock to many; that she agreed to a reconciliation after the war still raises questions today.

Hannah Arendt....Sian Thomas

Heinrich Blücher....David Horovitch

Martin Heidegger....John Rowe

Director/Producer: Penny Leicester and Emma Harding.

AP20061009

A Tiger for Malgudi

By RK Narayan, dramatised by Ronald Frame.

The companion of a Sadu, an ageing tiger, looks back on his life. This comic narrative views human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal.

Deputy/Zoo Keeper/Captain/Jaddu....Paul Bazely

Teacher....Meneka Das

Alphonse/Mandan....Kulvinder Ghir

Shekar....Raman Goyal

Wife....Indira Joshi

Raja, the Tiger....Raad Rawi

The Master....Nadim Sawalha

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20061010

Paul and Yolande

By Linda Grant.

A play that dramatises what may have happened to Yolande Jackson after the end of her relationship with Paul Robeson.

On the Cote d'Azur in the 1950s, a penniless upperclass woman cannot forget the man she could never marry.

Yolande....Deborah Findlay

Paul....Colin McFarlane

Mr Jackson....David Collings

Peggy....Jenny Funnell

Prince....Andrew Branch

AP20061011

Eight Frames a Second

By Gary Bleasdale.

A pivotal week in the life of William Friese-Greene, Britain's claim for the inventor of moving pictures.

William Friese-Greene....Nick Sidi

Helena....Juliet Aubrey

James Tooley....Mark Straker

Le Prince....Olivier Breuils

Ethel....Sophie Bleasdale

Vass....Desmond McNamara

Vendor/Mr Bains....Joseph Kloska

Knipe/Mr Guest....Gerard McDermott

Comedian/Mr Humphries/Judge....Sam Dale

Miss Scott....Bethan Walker

Auctioneer/Prison Officer....Paul Richard Biggin

Produced by Steven Canny.

AP20061012

Afternoon Romancers

By Nick McCarty.

A man and a younger woman embark on an affair, one which they promise each other will not end in love.

Liz....Sally Hawkins

Paul....Ewan Stewart

Alan....Sean Chapman

Mary....Claire Cox

ProducerNicholas Newton.

Director John Burgess.

AP20061013

Coelocanth. Ben Moor stars in his own play about a man involved in competitive tree-climbing; who finds love, loses it, but keeps on growing. Music composed by Simon Oakes.

AP20061016

Like an Animal

By Meic Povey.

Mair wants to move to a new bungalow to end her days but Defi wants to stay in their mountain farmhouse. Neither choice will wipe out the tragedy in their past.

Mair....Sian Phillips

Defi....Glyn Houston

Oboe played by David Cowley

Director Alison Hindell.

AP20061017

Cats and Monkeys

By Catherine Shepherd.

Eve has travelled to India following the recent death of her parents who married at an ashram in the 1970s. Whilst everyone around her seeks enlightenment, Eve is only after legal documentation which will allow probate on her parents estate to be granted. A comedy about one woman's unsolicited spiritual journey.

Vivanti....Anna Carteret

Eve....Madeleine Brolly

Piturbaba....Jack Shepherd

Mette....Catherine Shepherd

Xavier....Ben Lewis

Daniel....Paddy Anderson

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20061018

It's Not You

By Simon Burt.

It's a perfect holiday romance. Until they meet again. In the wrong place. And they are the wrong people.

Tobes is not who Jo thinks he is, and Jo is not who Tobes thinks she is. So who, then, have they each fallen in love with? A tragi-comedy of misconceptions.

Jo....Jessica Harris

Tobes....John Paul Hurley

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20061019

Books

By Tessa Hadley.

Distinguished novelist Paul Sand died 20 years ago and now his wife has died, too. At their seaside home, her daughter and a university researcher meet. She needs to sell up and clear out; he wants to see what papers the great man has left behind.

Mr Lascelles....David Collins

Paul Sand....Philip Madoc

Chris Elliott....Adam Levy

Terry Untermeyer....Niamh Cusack

Music composed by Geoff Nichols.

AP20061023

Beast

By Nick Warburton

Somewhere near a small fishing village a creature is pulled out of the sea. No one knows whether it belongs to the sea, or the land. Or whether it's harmless or represents some kind of threat. But two villagers realise that whatever they do about it, it will change their lives.

Tinniswood Award for Best Original Radio Play 05-06.

Clay....James Fleet

Rowena....Eve Best

Digby....Struan Rodger

Father Anthony....Gerard McDermott

And introducing David Goodfellow as the Solider

The music was written by David Pickvance

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

AP20061024

Mixed Blood

By Nazrin Choudhury

Nazrin Choudhury's play, which recently won the Richard Imison Award for the best play by a writer new to radio, tells the story of a young British Asian woman whose life begins to unravel when she's faced with the possibility that her real father may actually be white.

When Sharmila finds some letters in her late mother's belongings, she uncovers her mother's affair with a man called Peter while she was at university. More importantly, Sharmila discovers that

she may be the product of that affair. Outraged that her mother betrayed her and father for so long, Sharmila decides to track Peter down, and face the man who could be her father.

Sharmila....Shelley Islam

Malik....Paul Bhattacharjee

Dan....Shaun Dooley

Peter....Gerard McDermott

Nisha....Nisha Nayar

Nasima....Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Naylah Ahmed

AP20061025

My Blue Heaven

Written and Directed by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

Graham's life is not going the way he wants it to and he really starts to worry when he realies he's being interviewed for a job by his imaginary friend from childhood all grown up.

Graham....Chris Langham

Griselda....Rebecca Front

Dottie....Phyllida Law

Laz....Toby Longworth

Violet....Polly Frame

Dr Bloom....Jo Brookes

AP20061026

Born For War

By David Pownall.

The Suez crisis exposes deep divisions within a Liverpool family - already haunted by the loss of too many young men.

Dennis....Mark Arends

Mavis....Maureen O'Brien

Job....Sam Kelly

Flower....Annabelle Dowler

Vivien....Clare Corbett

Guy....Paul Bazely

Director Martin Jenkins.

AP20061102

Over Night

By Gary Owen.

A chance encounter between two divorced fortysomethings leads to a cab and then a bedroom. Then things go wrong and they wonder what they were thinking. He calls a taxi to make a swift escape but there is a lengthy wait. So they start talking.

With Richard Elfyn, Siriol Jenkins.

Director Kate McAll

AP20061103

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Toby Young's comic saga of his disastrous sojourn in New York is a blistering and hilarious attack on celebrity culture.

A job in Vanity Fair promises to deliver the Big Apple and its high society right into the young columnist's palm. But a series of catastrophes and run-ins with the magazine's redoubtable editor ensure that things fail to entirely go to plan.

With Al Murray, Kerry Shale, Lydia Leonard, Thomas Wheatley.

AP20061106

Mummies and Daddies

By Rony Robinson.

With original songs by Sally Goldsmith.

Based on research about the experience of being a teenage parent, told through song and drama. The singers involved are from the local community in Yorkshire and are all non-professionals.

Chloe....Katie Griffiths

Jacko....Matthew Hall

Sue....Gaynor Faye

Jane....Becky Hindley

AP20061107

Side Effects

By Louise Gooding.

Joe's wife Marianne hasn't let him see his kids for months. He's desperate, so he holds a rooftop protest. How did a happy marriage end up like this? Is anyone to blame?

Joe....Reece Dinsdale

Security Guard....Liam Fox

Marianne....Caroline Fitzgerald

Lauren....Lucy Worrall

Sam....Matthew McGuire

Karen....Peta Lord

Ray....Russell Dixon

Director Gary Brown.

AP20061108

Dr Brighton and Mr Harding

Stephen Wyatt's play explores the personal demons that tormented Gilbert Harding, the outspoken, irascible but much-loved broadcaster of the fifties who became famous for his unpredictable appearances on panel games such as Twenty Questions, Round Britain Quiz and What's My Line?

Gilbert Harding....Roger Allam

Derek....Ben Crowe

Roger....Keith Drinkel

Philip....Carl Prekopp

Nancy....Jenny Funnell

Psychiatrist....Ian Masters

Female fan....Jean Trend

Directed by Martin Jenkins.

AP20061109

Esterhazy

By Peter Nichols.

In the Hertfordshire village of Harpenden, the Count de Voilement was a mysterious figure. Only after he died in 1923 was his true identity revealed. This story of his last days, based on his letters and newspaper reports, takes listeners into the mind of the man who was dubbed by one newspaper as The Wickedest Man in the World.

Count de Voilement....Philip Voss

Alsace....Emma Fielding

Doctor Fish....James Fleet

Doctor Clamp....Will Keen

Arthur Welch/Mr Dees....John Rowe

Walter....Bill Maynard

Mrs Gresham/Mrs Fanshawe....Beverley Klein

Mr Church/Mr Garrett....Ian Ashpitel

Mrs Bell....Valerie Griffiths

Mr Warren....Robert Vahey

Director Teresa Grimes.

AP20061113

Return to Killroe

By John P Rooney.

Exiled in London for more than 50 years, Paddo is persuaded to make one final trip to his native Ireland, only to find the country changed and his one remaining relative unwilling to accept him.

Paddo....TP McKenna

Ann....Eleanor Methven

Rory....John Hewitt

Mary....Lizzy McInnerny

Dumper....Kevin Flood

Sean....Neal McWilliams

Roisin....Sarah Gordon

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20061114

Upside Down

Lance Woodman's play is set in 1913.

A young man sets out to make a living as a travelling photographer in the Worcestershire countryside. He meets a variety of characters including a pioneering aviator, a newspaper proprietor and a little girl who teaches him a great deal about the true nature of photography.

Sam Evans....Oliver Le Sueur

Thomas Evans....Richard Derrington

Florence Shaw....Alex Kelly

Dilly Irons....Helen Monks

Lady Partington....Elizabeth Bell

Gerald Fanshawe....Kim Wall

Alfred Parkin....Dan Crow

Bert Clapham....Alex Jones

Director Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20061115

The Word Man

Chris Harrald's vivid and imaginative play about Henry Fowler, the creator of the Concise Oxford Dictionary and Fowler's Modern English Usage. Celebrating the beauty of language, the joy of words and the wonder of finding love later in life, this is a witty and erudite comic romance.

Henry Fowler....John Sessions

Frank Fowler....Toby Jones

Jessie Wills....Stella Gonet

Woodsman/Churchill....Ewan Bailey

Young Paskin?Nicholas Brown

Mr Newland....John Cummins

AP20061116

Donna and the Debonair Diner

By Cathy Feeny.

A sparky 16-year-old waitress and a jaded restaurant critic unwittingly transform each other's eating habits, thus changing the course of both their lives.

Donna....Jaimi Barbakoff

Clement....Geoffrey Whitehead

Wayne....Damian Lynch

Florence....Sara Markland

Miles....Ian Masters

Giraldo....Ian Shaw

Director Celia De Wolff.

AP20061117

A Breath from Other Planets

By Marty Ross.

The drama is based on real events in the life of composer Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna in 1907. Schoenberg's wife Mathilde begins an affair with his closest friend Gerstl, which inspires him to a revolutionary period of creativity.

Schoenberg....Simon Tait

Mathilde....Gerda Stevenson

Gerstl....Grant O'Rourke

Webern....Matthew Pidgeon

Berg....John Kielty

Director Bruce Young.

AP20061120

McNaughton

By Steve Gooch.

Based on a true story that made legal history in 1843.

In the cells beneath the Old Bailey, Daniel McNaughton, a humble wood-turner, awaits the verdict at the end of his trial for the murder of the Prime Minister's Secretary.

AP20061121

Motel Texel

By Marjolein Bierens.

A poetic evocation of a woman alone on a windswept beach. A young woman flees Iran with her husband and children. They settle into a hostel for refugees in a Dutch seaside town and all seems well. Then one day she returns to their motel and finds he has fled with their little ones.

Narrated by Betsabeh Emran.

Translated by Joan Poort.

Music composed and performed by David Pickvance.

Director Peter Kavanagh.

AP20061122

Forever Mine

By Robert Shearman.

A comedy of relationships. Mary and David, formerly happily married for a long time, meet unexpectedly after three years. But what will Fiona say? And who exactly is Angela?

Mary....Pauline Collins

Angela....Janie Dee

David....Richard Briers

Fiona....Jane Goddard

Director Martin Jarvis.

AP20061123

None of the Above

Three linked plays by Christopher Green about people born neither female or male but somewhere in the middle, and those who believe that they have been assigned to the wrong sex altogether.

Jo....Christopher Green

Anil....Paul Bhattacharjee

Jenny....Becky Hindley

John....John Rowe

Margaret....Edna Dore

Director Claire Grove.

AP20061124

Old Man Goya

By Penny Gold, based on Julia Blackburn's book.

A severe illness leaves the famous painter stone deaf. By force of iron will he manages to battle his demons and produce some of his greatest work.

With Sean Barrett, Maggie McCarthy, Clare Cathcart, Teresa Gallagher.

Directed by Richard Wortley.

AP20061127

Out of Season

By Anne-Marie O'Connor.

Four Blackpool residents seek refuge from the biting wind in an empty promenade cafe. Their thoughts reveal what brought them to, and what keeps them in, a tourist town that has lost its sparkle. Each of them will be forced to make decisions that will change their lives forever.

Linda....Denise Black

George....David Hargreaves

Mandy....Hayley Doherty

Carly....Tracy Wiles

AP20061128

Lost Love of Phoebe Miles

By Bernard Kops.

Bernard Kops's new play evokes the resilience and passions of wartime London and embarks on a journey through heartache and abandonment, while offering a promise of ultimate contentment and the exorcism of ghosts.

Phoebe....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Joe....David de Keyser

Fay....Heather Coombs

Paul....Qarie Marshall

Sylvie....Lucy Middleweek

Maisie....Miranda Keeling

AP20061129

Cut Out

By Colleen Muldoon-Taylor.

Victimised by his schoolmates because his parents are a lesbian couple, 14-year-old Sebastian secretly uses cut outs from celebrity magazines to create a fantasy family for himself.

He is increasingly drawn into fights thanks to taunts about his family at school, but his loving parents Rudy and Geraldine take different views of the warning signs: Geraldine worries about him but Rudy, robust and direct, refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem.

Sebastian Eccles-French....Jacob Lloyd

Geraldine Eccles....Bharti Patel

Rudy French....Janice McKenzie

Receptionist/Shop Assistant....Naomi Taylor

Doctor/Mr Mackley....Delroy Brown

Barber....Lawrence Saywood

Sergeant/Workmate....Matthew Brown

Directed by Kate Chapman.

AP20061130

The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican

By Robin Glendinning.

Drama exploring the remarkable post-war friendship that developed between Nazi war criminal Herbert Kappler and Vatican priest, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty - the man Kappler had so often tried to assassinate during the war.

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty....John Lynch

Herbert Keppler....Wolf Kahler

AP20061201

Wooden Heart

Hattie Naylor's drama is based on the true stories of Jenisch gypsy children who were forcibly removed from their parents by the Swiss authorities.

Anna has lived in an orphanage since being taken away from her parents as a baby, but her foster mother is now waiting to collect her to work on a small Alpine village farm.

Anna....Juliet Aubrey

J....Lisa Hammond

Uta....Gerda Stevenson

Doctor....Stephen Perry

Anna's Sister....Jenny Coverack

Sister Margaret....Malene Sidaway

AP20061204

Regressed

By Chris Sussman and Dan Hine.

During his third therapy session Leonard is regressed back to his childhood. Unfortunately, his therapist dies of a heart attack before he has a chance to bring Leonard back...

Leo....David Armand

Mike....Philip Jackson

Linda....Alison Newman

Anne....Burunka O'Shuaghnessy

Tom....Fergus Craig

Rita....Anna Crilly

Dr Schweinsteiger....Colin Hoult

AP20061205

Every Book in the World

A Victorian road movie, Nick Warburton?s play is a study in obsession.

The real-life Victorian bibliomaniac, Sir Thomas Phillipps, aimed to own a copy of every book in the world. But his mania came at a price.

Sir Thomas Phillipps....Benjamin Whitrow

Elizabeth Phillipps....Lia Williams

Herbert....Peter Gunn

AP20061206

The Malingerer's Manual

By Gary Ogin.

Rupert needs to get out of his wedding. With the aid of the Malingerer's Manual he learns how to get stuck in traffic, develop a cold and invent every excuse in the book and still feel guilt free. Not that it helps him.

Rupert....Andy Taylor

Jemima....Katherine Heath

George....Rupert Vansittart

Dr Hausman....Christian Rodska

The Excuseline....Melanie Hudson

Dr Grimchuk....Paul Humpoletz

Deep voice....Paul Dodgson

Mrs Brahms....Phyllida Nash

Directed by Jeremy Howe.

AP20061207

Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

1/2. One morning, Hercule Poirot's mail includes a distressing letter from an elderly spinster seeking his help, but fails to say why. What intrigues him most, is that the message was written two months ago. He tells Captain Hastings that they should investigate immediately.

Poirot....John Moffatt

Hastings....Simon Williams

Miss Lawson....Joanna David

Miss Peabody....Rosalind Knight

Ellen....Elizabeth Proud

Theresa....Tracy Wiles

Charles....Ifan Meredith

Bella....Becky Hindley

Dr Tanios....Sam Dale

Chemist....Damian Lynch

Bob the Dog....Richard Beadsmore

Director Enyd Williams.

AP20061208

Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

2/2. Dramatised by Michael Bakewell. Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are now on the trail of a murderer and a little wire-haired terrier is proving helpful in their deliberations.

Poirot....John Moffatt

Hastings....Simon Williams

Miss Lawson....Joanna David

Miss Peabody....Rosalind Knight

Ellen....Elizabeth Proud

Theresa....Tracy Wiles

Charles....Ifan Meredith

Bella....Becky Hindley

Dr Tanios....Sam Dale

Chemist....Damian Lynch

Bob the Dog....Richard Beadsmore

Director Enyd Williams.

AP20061211

Mother Spy

A drama documentary which tells the story and explores the dilemmas of Janet Chisholm, one of the most unlikely spies in the history of espionage.

She was a British Embassy wife and mother in Moscow and was persuaded to use her young children and their trips to the park as cover in handling the Cold War's most influential informant at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

AP20061212

Reans Girls

Adapted by Kaite O'Reilly.

In 1973, with Enoch Powell's speech still resounding through the Black Country, Jacinta arrives in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, from Chile - shocked, disorientated and needing somewhere to live. Her husband has been thrown out of their country for political reasons: she has a young son and no references.

Her search brings her into contact with a network of other women who have come to Whitmore Reans from all around the world. They all have stories to tell and they have all found a way to survive in a forbidding new town, not least by getting together at the public baths for a long soak.

Jacinta....Donna Heaslip

Minaxi....Bharti Patel

Margot....Frances Land

Lou....Lorna Laidlaw

Sinead....Joanne Moseley

Naomi....Wreh-Asha Walton

Winston....Delroy Brown

voice of Enoch Powell....Kim Wall

AP20061213

Chocolate Frigates

By Juliet Ace.

While Jack prepares a triumphant leaving dinner for his Captain - a magnificent fleet of 12 chocolate frigates - his son is in the thick of action in Iraq. When your son is away at war how can your life just carry on as normal? Jack thinks it can and must, but his wife and son aren't so sure.

Jack....Todd Carty

Ella....Lindsey Coulson

Eliot....Jamie Kenna

Austin....Nick Sayce

Cheryl....Emma Noakes

Captain....Sam Dale

Visiting Officer/Steward....Dan Starkey

Announcer/Newsreader/Padre....Peter Donaldson

Produced and directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20061214

Heart Transplant

Story of the operation that saw 50-year-old ex-boxer Louis Washkansky receive the heart of a young woman, when Christiaan Barnard and his team of surgeons performed the first human heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa, in December 1967.

Written by Jonathan Holloway and narrated by Rosie Goldsmith.

1/2. Trauma

Prof Barnard....Miles Anderson

Louis....Ian McNeice

Dr Venter....Stephen Cirtchlow

Dr Ozinsky....Carl Oatley

Rodney....Chris Porter

Marius....Robert Portal

Sister Peggy....Eva Haddon

Rose....Charlie Simpson

Mrs Washkansky....Rowena Cooper

Dr Botha....John Teifer

Philip....Paul Humpoletz

Mrs Blaiberg....Eva Haddon

AP20061215

Heart Transplant

Story of the operation that saw 50-year-old ex-boxer Louis Washkansky receive the heart of a young woman, when Christiaan Barnard and his team of surgeons performed the first human heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa, in December 1967. Written by Jonathan Holloway and narrated by Rosie Goldsmith.

2/2. The Whites of its Eyes

Now that the operation has been completed, all the team have to do is to keep the patient alive.

Prof Barnard....Miles Anderson

Louis....Ian McNeice

Dr Venter....Stephen Cirtchlow

Dr Ozinsky....Carl Oatley

Rodney....Chris Porter

Marius....Robert Portal

Sister Peggy....Eva Haddon

Rose....Charlie Simpson

Mrs Washkansky....Rowena Cooper

Dr Botha....John Teifer

Philip....Paul Humpoletz

Mrs Blaiberg....Eva Haddon

AP20061218

This is My Car Park

By Mark Tuohy.

Luke's brush with the big time has left him bruised and sleeping rough in a scruffy London car park. But why does he refuse to set foot outside it? Two locals strike up a friendship with him, but is it enough to restore his faith in humanity?

Luke....Adam Kotz

Sarah....Pippa Haywood

Zoe....Emma Noakes

Milkman....Steve Edwards

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20061219

Martha My Dear

By Annie McCartney.

Martha has always been an Agony Aunt for her wayward friends, but the publication of a steamy bestseller casts doubt on dear Martha's confidentiality.

Martha....Marcella Riordan

Robert....Mark Lambert

Zelda....Ali White

Gillian....Lizzie McInnerny

Jeff....Robert Patterson

Ella....Katy Gleadhill

Fidelma....Aine McCartney

Archie....Nathan McCann

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20061220

Standing Sideways

Award-winning playwright Matt Charman's compelling psychological drama stars Claire Skinner as Nancy, a woman dealing with a real-life condition known as Personal Space Phobia.

Nancy....Claire Skinner

Michael....John Lightbody

Sue....Zoë Telford

Bandle....Stuart McQuarrie

Directed by Claudine Toutoungi.

AP20061221

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

A new translation of the famous poem by Simon Armitage, narrated by Ian McKellen.

Set in Arthurian Britain at Christmas time with the knights of the Round Table, whose festivities at Camelot are disrupted by the appearance of a green knight. The stranger has come to lay down a challenge - a test of courage and heart, which Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew accepts.

Sir Gawain....Samuel West

The Green Knight/Sir Bertilak....David Fleeshman

Bertilak's wife....Deborah McAndrew

Arthur/Servant....Conrad Nelson

With specially composed music by Gary Yershon.

AP20061222

Fly Girls

By DJ Britton.

Comic fiction and real voices from Britain's New Circus movement intertwine, as apathetic law student Chaz sinks hopelessly into the sofa, to the despair of her better disciplined friend. Enter one stripy-socked plate-spinner...

Chaz....Mared Swain

Holly....Mali Harries

Tom....Jonathan Floyd

Director DJ Britton.

AP20061225

McLevy

By David Ashton.

Brian Cox stars in a special seasonal case for Victorian Edinburgh's most idiosyncratic policeman. McLevy is hardly a natural Yuletide reveller. So as the good citizens prepare to make merry, it comes as a relief to the Inspector to find that a supernatural thief is haunting the city.

Jean Brash....Siobhan Redmond

Mulholland....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Roach....David Ashton

Hannah....Colette O'Neil

Marcus Crowe....Matthew Pidgeon

Donald McIver....Andrew Neil

Margaret Beaton....Helen McAlpine

Percy Bierce....Stuart McQuarrie

Simone....Tracy Wiles

Finlay Hodge....Robert McIntosh

Lafferty....Mark Bonnar

Daniel....Dominic Di Rollo

Child....Anna McPhail

AP20061227

Edward Alleyn's Devil

By Nicola Baldwin.

London, 1605. Edward Alleyn was the most famous actor of the Jacobean stage. At the height of his fame, he believed he saw a devil on stage. This snowy, sparkling play investigates what really happened and looks at the consequences that still influence us today.

Edward Alleyn....Richard McCabe

William Grogan....Brian McCardie

Philip Henslowe....Philip Jackson

Fardinandoo Black....Desmond McNamara

Joan Alleyn....Christine Kavanagh

Sir Francis Calton....Sam Dale

John Pyg....Joe Prospero

Robert Shaa....Joseph Kloska

Miss Wills....Bethan Walker

Isack Shackerley....Paul Richard Biggin

AP20061228

The Autiobiography of a Nobody

By Ian Kershaw.

It's that dead time between Christmas and New Year and Rob is writing his autobiography. Except he can't think of anything interesting to put in it. He's also assembling a Mini in the kitchen. And why does he hide under the table when his best friend calls round for the rent? A bitter sweet comedy about lonely people at Christmas.

Rob....Steve Edge

Jim....Jason Manford

Sally....Danielle Henry

AP20061229

Late

By Dan Sefton.

A comedy drama about an ordinary marriage that takes place over 20 years, and four very special New Year's Eves.

Patricia....Caroline Quentin

Michael....James Fleet

Hannah....Tracy Wiles

Mark....Paul Richard Biggin

AP20070101

Attlee Confidential

A unique drama-documentary insight into the workings of the post war Labour Governments of Clement Attlee. Journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler, together with a star cast, helps re-create the mood of those often highly divided Cabinet meetings, using the original notebooks of the then cabinet secretary Norman Brook.

We hear, in their own words, the disputes over nationalisation policy and the setting up of the NHS, the Atom bomb and Indian independence.

AP20070102

Jim and Tonic

By Dan Jamieson.

A magical modern version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice about a trainee gin distiller and his unrequited love.

Jim....Stuart McLoughlin

Melissa....Clare Corbett

Martine....Amanda Lawrence

Mr Wonnacott....Vincent Brimble

Mum....Christine Kavanagh

Dad....Jonathan Keeble

Girl No 5....Miranda Keeling

AP20070103

All Fingers and Thumbs.

Romantic comedy by Alan Stafford. Sign language interpreter Marie wants more deaf people to enjoy the theatre. So does director Tom - but not if it involves a bothersome spot-lit woman waving her arms about on his stage.

Clive/Jamie/Gordon....Brian Bowles

Tom....Bill Nighy

Helen....Felicity Montagu

Marie....Susannah Doyle

Sal....Jenny Eclair

Michael....Steve Day

Paula....Fifi Garfield

Directed by Dirk Maggs.

AP20070104

A Place in the World

By Harriet O'Carroll.

Following the Thirty Years War, Clara and Tobi flee their native Germany for the promise of a better life in Ireland. But what they find there is far from the Promised Land.

Tobi....Paul Rhys

Clara....Lia Williams

Marianne....Sarah Dillon

Walter....Richard Howard

Sunderland....Miche Doherty

Aunt Mags....Stella McCusker

Donal....Luke Griffin

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20070105

Be Prepared

By Andy Rashleigh.

Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement, looks back upon a life embodying the spirit of imperial adventure. From the balcony of his home, he regrets, he gives thanks, and he wonders if he has at last found something like harmony and peace.

Robert Baden-Powell....Ian McKellen

Olave....Zoe Waites

Boy McLaren....Nicholas Boulton

Manning....Jon Glover

Wolseley....John Rowe

Proudfoot....Philip Fox

Peter....George Hammond

Nurse....Alice Hart

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20070108

The Church of the Cosmic Cheese

The true story of a 16th century Italian miller whose independent and inquiring mind led him to develop his own bizarre cosmology.

Menocchio....Hugh Denis

The Narrator/Judge....Leslie Philips

The Inquisitor....Jonathan Hyde

Mrs Menocchio/Angel....Melissa Sinden

Trapolla....Michael Eaves

Father Odorico....David Thorpe

Luigi....Nicholas Collett

Galvani....Rod Arthur

The Sheriff....Harry Myers

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20070109

Not a Games Person

An enhanced reading of Julie Myerson's poignant, funny memoir, capturing the dread experienced by any schoolgirl who's not at their best on the games field. Starring Claire Skinner and Nina Sosanya.

AP20070110

Beryl du Jour

By Jane Purcell.

On the eve of her 50th birthday, Beryl has a deep sense of lack of fulfilment, which even her new job as a volunteer telephone counsellor cannot fix. But then she discovers what the salon is used for in the evening.

Beryl....Sharon Duce

Mim....Alison Dowling

Mrs H....Ann Beach

Tilly....Mia Soteriou

Harvey....Brian Capron

Freddie....Ben Crowe

Lucien....Peter Forbes

Mr Bannister....Roger Sloman

Director Chris Wallis.

AP20070111

The House That Eileen Built

By Alexandra Parsons.

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was a groundbreaking designer with a unique vision. Her restless talent found its most sublime outlet in the house she built for her lover, arousing the destructive attentions of architect Le Corbusier.

Eileen Gray....Sian Thomas

Louise....Jennifer Hill

Young Louise....Caitlin Richards

Gaby....Alex Alderton

Jean Badovici....Francois Pandolfo

Le Corbusier....Brendan Charleson

Doucet....Richard Mitchley

Producer Kate McAll.

AP20070112

Adrian Mole and the Blair-Mole Project

By Sue Townsend.

Adrian Mole, as a 'representative voice from Middle England', is commissioned to present a feature on Tony Blair's 10 years as Prime Minister. Adrian, not surprisingly, has a somewhat idiosyncratic view on the Blair legacy.

Adrian....Pierce Quigley

Tony....Rory Bremner

Cherie....Harriet Walter

Pandora....Jenny Funnell

Producer Gordon House.

AP20070115

Immigrants

By John P Rooney.

On a cold, wet day in Belfast in the 1960s, three unemployed lads view their future with dismay. With employment prospects looking bleak, the offer of a passage to Australia looks tempting.

Fergie....Andy Moore

Jonty....Gerard Jordan

Tony....Joseph Rea

Clancy....Peter Balance

Bridget....Sarah Kants

Martha....Susie Kelly

Ken....Alan McKee

Clerk....Julia Dearden

Director Pam Brighton.

AP20070116

The Waiting Room

The writer Julia Darling began a web diary in 2002 to chart her journey through breast cancer. Poignant, honest, funny - and filled with everyday life events like looking after teenagers, staying in hotels, living in Newcastle - the web also charts the ups and downs of being ill, until her death three years later.

Featuring poems set to music. Performed by Tim Dalling, Pete Challower and Charlie Harwick, and contributions from Bev Robinson. The log was edited by Jackie Kay and directed by Susan Roberts.

AP20070117

21 Conversations with a Hairdresser

By Carolyn Scott Jeffs.

On a wet day in 1991, Laura arrives in David's hairdressing salon looking like a drowned rat, hoping to be transformed into Jerry Hall. Things don't work out quite like that as we eavesdrop on 21 conversations between a woman and her stylist over the next 15 years. A delightfully comic look at a classic relationship.

Laura....Eleanor Tremain

David....Joseph Kloska

Director Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20070118

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith. A series of plays adapted from the fifth and sixth books in Smith's hugely popular series set in Botswana.

1/4. How to Handle Men Through the Application of Psychology

Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, sets out to release her fiancÚ, Mr JLB Matekoni, from a terrifying obligation. Meanwhile, a new case comes into the agency and the ladies find themselves on a love quest.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Mma Hologna....Adjoa Andoh

Motholeli/Kokotso....Gbemisola Ikumelo

Charlie / Spokes Spokesi....Chuk Iwuji

Puso....Kedar Williams-Stirling

AP20070119

My Blue Piano

Jerusalem, 1945. When eccentric German poet Else Lasker-Schüler is evicted by her landlady, she is forced to wander the city's troubled streets. In a series of strange encounters, she meets the angel Gabriel and the ghost of a chimpanzee murdered in a Nazi concentration camp. Tragi-comic drama by Marty Ross.

Lasker-Schüle....Ida Schuster

Muhsam....Paul Young

Dressmaker....Joanna Tope

Moskewitch....Simon Tait

Miss Levi....Gowan Calder

Private....Nick Underwood

Sgt Major/Gabriel....Mark McDonnell

Rabbi....John Shedden

AP20070122

The Running Lady

By Eryl Maynard.

Two women run for widely different reasons. Geraldine runs in the middle of the night, partially to maintain her sanity and selfhood in a tempestuous marriage, and partially because of Susan Hyland.

She remembers from childhood how Susan used run to the station each day to meet a husband who never turned up.

Geri....Juliet Aubrey

Sam....Amy Marston

Don....Richard Howard

Hugh....Ian Bartholomew

Susan....Rachel Atkins

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20070123

My Sister under the Skin

By Corin Redgrave.

A famous actor receives a letter from a woman unknown to him claiming a very special relationship, not only to him but also to his even more famous father. When they meet, an unlikely new relationship develops.

Jack Davies....Corin Redgrave

Sylvia....Kika Markham

John....David Westhead

Doctor....Chris Barnes

Directed by Annie Castledine.

AP20070124

The Bringer of Peace

Martyn Wade's drama explores the life of Gustav Holst and the astrological inspiration behind the Planets Suite, his most famous work.

The story covers twenty years of this extraordinary composer's life, his relationship with his family, his friends, his teaching and composing and his constant solitary walking and travelling.

Gustav Holst....Adrian Scarborough

Isobel Holst....Amanda Root

Ralph Vaughan Williams....Michael Maloney

Imogen Holst....Georgina Osen

Constable....Mark Straker

Reporter....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hitchinson.

AP20070125

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular series set in Botswana.

2/4. House of Hope

Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi visit some bad girls in their quest to find a husband for their client. But Mma Ramotswe has some marriage problems of her own. When her fiance seems no closer to setting a date for their wedding, she seeks the advice of a crafty friend.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Mr Bobologo....Jude Akuwudike

Mma Seeonyana....Noma Dumezweni

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

AP20070126

Daybreak

By Tom Ray.

A week after his wife and teenage sweetheart of 14 years has left him, Phil wakes up one morning to find that the sun has not risen. When she comes back with a van to collect her cherished wardrobe, he is forced to reveal his extraordinary secret.

Phil....Marshall Lancaster

Lisa....Lorraine Coady

Directed by Kate Chapman.

AP20070129

The Wedding Vortex

By Elizabeth Lewis.

When Esther starts to plan her wedding, she doesn't realise how many choices are involved, nor how many other people want to make those choices for her.

Esther....Lisa Coleman

Evelina....Penny Downie

Miss Lovelace....Eiry Thomas

Beatrice....Manon Edwards

Kiki....Lesley Rooney

Katie....Sara McGaughey

Jack....Richard Mitchley

Paul....Richard Nichols

Director Alison Hindell.

AP20070130

Even Song

By Art Tanner

Charles Latimer takes his place for choral evensong. But the beauty of the music and the setting do not necessarily lead to serene thoughts.

Charles Latimer....Oliver Ford Davies

Rosemary....Christine Kavanagh

Charles as a young man....Joseph Kloska

Charles as a boy....Josh Freeborn

Wilkinson....Steven Williams

Bancroft....Pax Baldwin

Head Master....Sam Dale

Master....Mark Straker

Hugh....Paul Richard Biggin

Ursula....Bathan Walker

Sylvie....Emma Noakes

Matthew....Tom George

Debbie....Miranda Keeling

Director Colin Guthrie

AP20070131

Candy Floss Kisses

An atmospheric first play for radio by Simon Farquhar, set amid the hillsides, caves and beaches of a remote Scottish community.

When 18-year-old Londoner Billy encounters feisty Isla, their shared summer turns out to be more of a rollercoaster than either of them expected.

Billy....Steven Geller

Mother....Gabrielle Lloyd

Father....Jon Glover

Isla....Frances Thorburn.

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

AP20070201

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular series set in Botswana.

3/4. The Return of Note

Mma Ramotswe finds herself in a compromising situation when her past catches up with her. But things are looking brighter for her assistant, Mma Makutsi, when she takes up ballroom dancing.

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Phuti Radiphuti....Jude Akuwudike

Mma Hologna....Adjoa Andoh

Charlie....Chuk Iwuji

Mma Mokoti....Alibe Parsons

Note Mokoti....Danny Sapani

Mr Fanope....Ben Thomas

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

AP20070202

Hide

By Paul Farley.

Two bird watchers are peering through the slats of a hide and talking as they watch the mud and marshes in front of them. Then something rare turns up outside and a visitor joins them inside.

With David Bamber, Russell Boulter, Rafe Spall.

AP20070205

Talk

Mark Wilson's play, set in 1854. In the Criminal Wing of Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane, painter Richard Dadd and poet Emily Clayton are caught in the middle as two rival doctors seek to reform the treatment of the mentally ill.

Emily Clayton....Alison Pettitt

Richard Dadd....Nigel Anthony

George Haydon....Jonathan Tafler

Charles Hood....Jonathan Keeble

Ward Sister Grey....Joan Walker

Directed by David Blount.

AP20070206

Imagining Them

A triple bill of coming of age stories as three New Yorkers imagine people who they would have liked to know better.

Whether it's friends who never got to grow up, a father who died before his daughter could say 'daddy' or a role model celebrity who was next door but beyond reach, all are imagined presences who become familiar, funny and touching.

Written and performed by Wendy Spero, Meg Wolitzer and David Cale.

AP20070207

What We Did on our Holidays

By Neil Rhodes.

An attempt to make the annual holiday a more spontaneous affair takes Ed and his family to unexpected places.

Ed....Iestyn Jones

Julia....Claire Isaac

Corin....Meilyr Sion

Amy....Katy Owen

Director Gilly Adams.

AP20070208

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular series set in Botswana.

4/4. With her agency work under control, Mma Ramotswe has time at last to take care of her own problems. Can she release her fiance, Mr JLB Matekoni, from his rash undertaking to do a charity parachute jump? And will the return of an old love jeopardise her plan to spring a romantic surprise on her husband-to-be?

Mma Ramotswe....Claire Benedict

Mma Makutsi....Nadine Marshall

Mr JLB Matekoni....Joseph Marcell

Mma Potokwane....Janice Acquah

Phuti Radiphuti....Jude Akuwudike

Violet/Shebeen Queen....Nikki Amuka-Bird

Bishop Mwamba/Mr Radiphuti....Patrice Naiambana

Note Mokoti....Danny Sapani

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

AP20070209

Heads You Win, Tails I Lose

A drama of risks and probabilities by Peter Kesterton.

Nigel has plans but is trapped in a dead-end job. He meets Kat, who spins coins to decide what she should do with her life. Should he stay or should he go?

Nigel....Carl Prekopp

Kat....Hayley Doherty

Dave....John Telfer

Sheldon....Christian Rodska

With Jo Armstrong, Amy Clifton, Paul Dodgson

Directed by Tim Dee

AP20070212

Hell and High Water

By Marianne Carey.

Marlene encourages her best friend Kay to spend a weekend at a spiritual health centre in the country. They are doing it to help Bianca, who needs a full course to make her career change a success, but what do Marlene and Kay need?

Will self-exploration and soul searching help them ring changes in their lives?

Kay....Fletcher Mathers

Marlene....Irene MacDougall

Julian....Michael Perceval-Maxwell

Rose....Sheila Donald

Bianca....Monica Gibb

Dennis....Steven McNicoll

AP20070213

The Night Manager

By Dermot Bolger.

When a particular guest checks into Finbar's Hotel on the last night of Johnny Farrell's management, his past life comes back to confront him.

Johnny....Sean Campion

Alfie....Garrett Keogh

Simon....Tom Hickey

Helena....Alison McKenna

Taxi driver/chef....Sean Kearns

Dr Gorman....John Hewitt

Receptionist....Nikki Doherty

Barman/Waiter....Conor McGreevey

Woman Guest....Bronagh Taylor

Colm....Michael Ritchie

AP20070214

DEIA

By Martin Jameson.

Two couples go on holiday to a small guesthouse in the beautiful Balearic village of Deia in Northern Majorca and an intriguing puzzle begins to unfold. Is there a rational explanation or do ghosts really exist?

Nick....Neil Pearson

Rachel....Katy Cavanagh

Nettie....Poppy Lee Friar

Celia....Haydn Gwynne

Hal....Sam Dale

Jordi....Nickolas Grace

Joaquima....Montserrat Gili

Mel....Tracy Wiles

Producer/Director Tracey Neale.

AP20070215

The Places In Between

By Benjamin Yeoh.

In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban. Surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers, this dramatisation tells the story of this epic journey.

Rory....Greg Wise

Qasim/Tajik Soldier....Mido Hamada

Abdul Haq....Omar Berdouni

Yuzufi/ Checkpoint Soldier....Nayef Rashed

Dr Habibullah/Mullah....Nitin Ganatra

Bushire/Security Soldier....Emun Elliot

Nasir/Haji Mumtaz....Tahmoures Tehrani

AP20070216

Rosie's Beauty

By Annamaria Murphy.

Rosie runs a beauty parlour in her village. Most of her clients come to talk and Rosie is invited to share some of the dark secrets that make up the community in which she lives.

Rosie Craze....Mary Woodvine

Martha Taper....Barbara Jefford

Lily Harvey....Amanda Lawrence

Ellen Hosken....Mandy Simons

Michael Harvey....Stephen Hall

Irish Reilly....Charles Barnecut

Directed by Claire Grove.

AP20070219

Lessons for the Loveless

By Richard Cameron.

Four disaffected teenagers and their drama teacher are trying to mount an improvised play around the Seven Ages of Man. Time, however, is not on their side.

Rob....Robert Pickavance

Alison....Rachel Brogan

Gazza....Charlie Ryan

Ruth....Rhea Bailey

Spowage....Elliott Tittensor

AP20070220

Tiaan

By Rupi Dharmi and Annalisa Hounsome.

Two sisters are travelling across the globe to be reunited with their mother in rural India for the festival of Tiaan, a tradition which celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters. But Rani, the youngest, has a secret and is dreading the moment when her mother discovers the truth.

Amerjit....Ayesha Dharker

Rani....Maya Sondhi

Mumbi....Jamila Massey

Taj....Catherine Morgan

Sandy....Kate Dyer

Jindi....Renu Brindle

All male roles....Ashvin-Kumar Joshi

AP20070221

The Influence

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

What would happen in Britain if Avian Flu, H5N1, mutated and was passed from human to human? What would happen where you live? What is the government doing? This bold drama takes us to the centre of an outbreak.

Sergeant Wiseman....Nigel Barrett

Baxter....Jason Merrells

Captain Sykes....Tom Ward

Sally Grant....Lucy Akhurst

Diana Hart....Sanchia McCormack

Molly Jones....Chrissie Furness

Dan Jones....Peter Harding

Frank Parsons....Peter Ellis

Larry Feldman....Richard Katz

Dr Richards....Kim Wall

Laura Dickinson....Tracy Wiles

AP20070222

Gunshot Wedding

By Katie Hims.

Aidan, 14, tells us the story of Leila Jones, the skinny girl from across the road. Her mum's fallen for a cowboy at line-dancing, except he's really a telephone engineer. Then she finds a gun in her brother's bedroom.

Aidan....Louis Dunsford

Leila....Ashley Madekwe

Julie....Tanya Franks

Michael....Freddy White

Niall....Ralph Ineson

AP20070223

Heifers and Bulls

By Elizabeth Lewis.

Resting Actress Honeysuckle Spriggs arrives in a remote Welsh village to set up a matchmaking agency for lonely, isolated Welsh hill farmers. She sets up shop in the disused chapel where Sian Jones, the local schoolmistress holds choir practice.

Sian Jones....Ruth Jones

Honeysuckle Spriggs....Joanna David

Rhys Edwards....Richard Elfyn

Ieuan Edwards....Ben Merchant

Irwel Jones....Howell Evans

Huw Thomas....Sion Tudor Owen

Abel Morgan....Matthew Morgan

Rhodri Evans....Robert Blythe

Alys Griffiths....Jennifer Hill

AP20070226

First Bite of the Air

By Stephanie Dale.

Kerseley Colliery in Coventry was one of the biggest in the Midlands until its closure more than 10 years ago.

In this drama-documentary, the people of Kerseley talk about their lives both then and now, alongside the magical and haunting drama of one boy's reunion with his long-dead grandfather.

Toby....Robert Wilkinson

Young Toby....Ben Smith

Grandfather....Terrence Hardiman

AP20070227

And the Rain My Drink

By Han Suyin, adapted for radio by Kevin Wong.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Malaysia's independence, this is an adaptation of the celebrated novel telling the story of the years leading up to the end of British rule. A tale of love, war and the end of empire, this is a touching account which looks at the personal cost of political struggle.

Han Suyin....Pik-Sen Lim

Ah Mei....Jennifer Lim

Luke Davis....Dominic Rowan

Betty Tam....Su-Lin Looi

Che Ahmad....Benedict Wong

Ah Sen....Jonathan Chan-Pensley

Ah Pak....Tom Wu

AP20070228

How to Remember the Dead

By Jemma Kennedy.

When an old Polish man drops dead in the street, John's life is thrown out of kilter. Trying to make sense of it all raises major questions about his own life.

John....William Ash

Sophie....Christine Brennan

Jan....Janusz Sheagall

Jen....Danielle Henry

AP20070301

Venus to Go

By Fiona Mackie.

When cutbacks happen in Portsmouth's corset industry and redundancies loom, three machinists choose to face the future in very different ways.

Eileen....Ellie Haddington

Shirley....Julie Peasgood

Ada/Dot....Ann Beach

Val....Maggie McCarthy

Brenda....Ruth Sheen

Jim....Sam Dale

Gary....Saikat Ahamed

AP20070302

Murder in the Afternoon: The Fall and Rise of Danny Clark

By Andrew Chappell.

A gangster thriller. After his dad dies doing a job for gangland boss Frankie Weems, young Danny Clark vows never to get involved in crime. But now Frankie comes knocking on his door, wanting his help. And Frankie's not a man you say no to...

Danny....Robert Boulter

Sharon....Emma Noakes

Gramps....Desmond McNamara

Inspector Hedges....Sam Dale

AP20070305

What is Missing from Your Life - The Men

By Stephanie Dale.

Two years ago, writer Stephanie Dale asked the women of Birmingham to answer the simple question, 'What is missing from your life?' She turned the resulting letters into a drama-documentary for Radio 4. Now she asks the same question of the men of Birmingham, weaving their answers around the myth of Birmingham's Anglo-Saxon origins.

The City....Zoe Waites

Beorma....John Rowe

Gregory....John Flitcroft

Cabbie/Man....Jack Whitam

AP20070306

The Girl Who Touched the Stars

By Mahesh Dattani.

While growing up, Bhavna has a dream: she wants to fly to the moon and touch the stars. Her dreams do come true: it is 2025, she is an astronaut and soon to be the first Indian woman to fly to Mars. But her childhood is about to come back and haunt her in the most unexpected way.

Bhavna....Nina Wadia

Young Bhavna....Nita Mistry

Mother....Sakuntala Ramanee

Father....Amerjit Deu

Ground Control/Reporter....Sam Dale

Astronaut 1/Journalist 3....John Dougall

Astrounaut2/Journalist 1....Anthony Glennon

Journalist 2....Christine Kavanagh

Director Tracey Neale.

AP20070307

Time Breathes

By Rhiannon Tise.

Insomnia can affect anyone. Gemma is in love with a man who never calls her. Teenager Kris is losing touch with his mates. Their story is inter-cut with advice from a real-life sleep expert, Dr Adrian Williams from Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London.

Gemma....Claire Rushbrook

Kris....Michael Obiora

Stacey....Noma Dumezweni

Al....Sam Dale

Dinah....Rachel Bavidge

Director Claire Grove.

AP20070308

Accolades

By Christopher William Hill.

In 1973, Oxford academic AL Rowse published the work that would establish his name internationally - Shakespeare The Man, in which he claimed to have decoded Shakespeare's sonnets and finally discovered the identity of the playwright's mysterious Dark Lady. But was his 'discovery' based on a simple misreading?

AL Rowse....Ian Richardson

Alex Laing....Joseph Kloska

Professor Burnett....Nigel Anthony

Gillian Lawrence....Stella Gonet

Prosser....Sean Barrett

AP20070309

Murder in the Afternoon: Mixed Messages

By Yvonne Antrobus.

A compromising message left on the wrong answerphone stirs up ghosts from the past, with tragic, and deadly, results.

Gina....Lia Williams

Morag....Alison Pettitt

Jamie....John Dougall

DS Holt....Anthony Glennon

WPC Patel....Rachel Bavidge

George....Sam Dale

Girl....Jasmine Callan

AP20070312

In Form

Drama-documentaries taking musical form as their starting point.

1/2. Rondo

Musicologist David Huckvale explores the shape of Saint-Saens's Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin, while Louise Ramsden's drama reflects the playfulness of the music.

Sandwich bar proprietor Stella, although jilted by her fiance, is determined to fulfil her wedding day commitment. Her confidant, Spanish dreamer Carlos, fixes her up with a series of dates which prove disastrous, but eventually helps her to find not only the secret of love but also the perfect sandwich.

Stella....Miranda Keeling

Carlos....Antonio Gil-Martinez

Robin....David Holt

Andras....Greg Hobbs

Les....Dan Crow

AP20070313

The Hands of Cheryl Boyd

By Maurice Leitch.

A young woman in a wheelchair falls foul of the law, but unbeknownst to her an overzealous pastor lays plans for her salvation.

Cheryl Boyd....Zara Turner

Harold Duff....Gerard Murphy

Cheryl's Aunt....Stella McCusker

Mrs Greer....Laura Hughes

The Prosecutor....Dan Gordon

Mr Arthur....Miche Doherty

Magistrate....Derek Bailey

Natalie....Sarah Gordon

Young Girl....Hannah R Gordon

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20070314

My Brother's Keeper

Nichola McAuliffe's play is based on a true story. In 2006, journalist Don Mackay gained access to Rawalpindi's death row in order to meet Tahir Hussain, who had already spent half his life condemned to hang for a much-disputed murder. With time running out, a close bond developed as Don and his wife became deeply and crucially involved.

Don Mackay....Bill Paterson

Nichola McAuliffe....Herself

Amjad Hussain....Bhasker Patel

Tahir Hussain....Pal Aron

Taxi Driver's Mother....Rashmi Amin

Prison Governor....Badi Uzzaman

News Editor....Sam Dale

High Commission Official....Christine Kavanagh

Narrator....Peter Donaldson

Directed by Enyd Williams.

AP20070315

The Invention of Dr Cake

By Andrew Motion. Adapted from the novel by Jonathan Holloway.

Essex in the 1840s: Dr Tabor goes to visit Dr Cake to talk about ways of alleviating consumption and diseases of poverty. Dr Cake has had some successes in his village. But he is sick himself and has other things on his mind that he would like to talk to Dr Tabor about. Both doctors seem to have been poets in their youth. Dr Tabor grows less and less certain as to who is actually in front of him. Could Dr Cake be John Keats?

Dr Tabor....Patrick Malahide

Dr Cake....Richard McCabe

Mrs Reilly....Clare Higgins

Director Tim Dee.

AP20070316

Murder in the Afternoon: The Longest Journey

By Peter Whalley.

A man picks up a female hitch-hiker. They are both concealing a secret. A murder has been committed, but who is the victim and who is the murderer?

John....Ian Puleston-Davies

Amy....Emma Atkins

Barnes....Martin Reeve

George....Anthony Flanagan

Don....Seamus O'Neill

Directed by Pauline Harris.

AP20070319

In Form

Drama-documentaries taking musical form as their starting point.

2/2. Variations

Pianist John Lill explores the shape of Beethoven's extraordinary set of Variations at the end of his Sonata in E, Op 109, while Tim Jackson's drama reflects the beauty and pathos of the music.

Alex....Alex Jennings

Kirsty....Anna Madeley

Maximiliane....Alex Kelly

Juliet....Christine Kavanagh

Young Maxi....Olivia Coldicutt

Director Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20070320

The Comedian

By Joseph O'Connor, dramatised by Shane Connaughton.

Paddy Plunkett thinks he is Dublin's finest comedian, if only his 10-year-old son would agree. In a story of childhood both funny and sad, a family learn to cope when their world is turned upside down.

Paddy Plunkett....Sean McGinley

Paddy Junior....Johnny Brennan

Helen....Ailish Symons

Agnes....Rosaleen Linehan

Rita....Tina Kellegher

Priest....Miche Doherty

Policeman....Darragh Kelly

Girl....Hannah Mills

AP20070321

Fire of the Dragon

By Meic Povey.

Holed up in Harlech Castle, the bowed but unbeaten Owain Glyndwr determines to fight Henry IV to the last drop of Welsh blood. But Huw ap Dafydd, a reluctant recruit, has ideas of his own.

Huw....Sion Pritchard

Elin....Rhian Blythe

Owain....Huw Ceredig

Catrin....Victoria Pugh

Brother Ieuan....Rhys Parry Jones

Modlen....Sera Cracroft

Madog....Richard Elfyn

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20070322

Country Life

Shelagh Delaney's play is set on a smallholding during the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001. Three people all want to change the world but don't know how.

Rose....Barbara Marten

Boris....Thomas Sangster

Eddie....Nick Sidi

Jim....Richard Oldham

Piano played by Steven Reynolds.

AP20070323

Sunbathing in the Rain

Gwyneth Lewis's adaptation of her book, a down-to-earth, courageous and entertaining chronicle of her own experience of a severe episode of depression, how she struggled to find ways of coping and ultimately survive.

Gwyneth....Siriol Jenkins

Leighton....Robert Pugh

Doctor....Hywel Emrys

Surfer....Steven Meo

Shop Assistant....Claire Cage

Director Kate McAll.

AP20070326

Expand This

By Mark Lawson.

When Alex and Gemma are alerted to a picture of their daughter performing a sex act posted on the internet, they unite in adversity. But far worse is yet to come.

Alex Spring....Alex Jennings

Gemma Spring....Haydn Gwynne

Rachel Spring....Lynne Seymour

Robbie Spring....Matthew Barry

Ted....Iestyn Jones

Ollie....Ben McKay

School Chairman....Richard Mitchley

The Lawyer....Victoria Pugh

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

AP20070327

Velvet Love

By Simon Macallum.

A tacky Scottish nightclub is about to close. Charlie the cloakroom attendant has known many customers over the years, and on this last night he has to face his past.

Charlie....Tam Dean Burn

Kat....Lisa Gardner

DJ....Tom Urie

Conroy....Simon Macallum

Directed by Alison Peebles.

AP20070328

Going for Broke

A comic morality tale for the consumer generation by Mike Yeaman.

With debts rising and their pension scheme in meltdown, Colin and Marion set out to milk the system for all it's worth. But will the price they pay be more than they bargained for?

Colin....Les Dennis

Marion....Felicity Montagu

The Official Receiver....Sam Dale

The Judge....Christine Kavanagh

The Clerk....Jasmine Callan

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20070329

A Fire in the Sun

By Robin Mukherjee.

A woman visits her elderly parents in Spain after a fire which has destroyed their retirement home and hospitalised her mother. She discovers that her perceptions of her family's history are not the full story.

Esmee....Haydn Gwynne

Mother....Angela Pleasence

Father....David Calder

Joje....David Sant

AP20070330

Envy

Dark social comedy, written and directed by Anita Sullivan.

One day on the beach, Clare impulsively steals the handbag of a glamorous executive and sets about stealing her dream life. But there is a fine line between a dream and a nightmare.

Clare....Claire Rushbrook

Matt....Paul Ritter

Lance....Shaun Dooley

Midge....Jo McInnes

Carolyn....Nina Wadia

Paula/Sophie....Carolyn Backhouse

Chris/Dex/Boss/TV presenter....Paul Panting

Checkout girl/Mother....Serena Costello

AP20070403

Fear and Loathing in Crouch End

Comedy drama by Malcolm Burgess.

Estonian au pair Monika comes to London for the wonderful middle-class life she knows we all live in Britain. The Markham family, however, show her that paradise might not be in Crouch End, especially in the days before Christmas.

With Evelin Pang, Nichola McAuliffe, David Holt, Sandra James-Young.

Directed by Turan Ali.

AP20070404

Ying Tong: A Walk with the Goons

Roy Smiles' play about Spike Milligan's last days with the Goons and his complex and often fractious relationship with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

SpikeMilligan....James Clyde

Harry Secombe....Kai Owen

Peter Sellers....Toby Longworth

Wal Greenslade....Benedick Blythe

AP20070405

From Paradise to Heaven

Natalia Power's account of the life of former Poet Laureate John Masefield.

Pain and sorrow alternate with joy and triumph as he travels from his spiritual home in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside to many other parts of the world and back again to a curious but not totally unsuccessful marriage.

John Masefield....Adrian Scarborough

Constance....Jennie Stoller

Isabel....Susan Jameson

Enid....Colleen Prendergast

Arnold....Wayne Foskett

Young John Masefield....Steven Williams

Directed by Cherry Cookson.

AP20070406

The Magician's Daughter

Comedy drama by Adam Beeson, set in 19th-century Europe.

A celebrated magician is shot on stage. With his dying breaths, he passes on the secrets of his spectacular act to his daughter. Fearing pursuit by jealous rivals, she disappears.

Kronos....James Bryce

Great Visado....Paul Young

Katya....Lucy Paterson

Richardson....Richard Conlon

Cameron....Nick Underwood

Chisnok....Mark McDonnell

Zontik....Simon Donaldson

Directed by Bruce Young.

AP20070409

Close Your Eyes, Raise Your Arms

By Ewa Banasckiewicz.

Elsa goes on holiday with her mum for what is intended to be a new beginning. But the past soon catches up with them.

Elsa....Kate Ashfield

Chrissy....Annabelle Apsion

Gustav....Andy Henderson

Barman....Chris Pavlo

Anthony....Nick Sayce

Waitress....Sophie Roberts

Directed by Sally Avens.

AP20070410

Three Large Beers

By David Nobbs.

Three men are curious to discover why they all separately visit the same Indian takeaway on the third Thursday of every month.

Clive....Tim McInnnerny

Bernard....James Fleet

Owen....Jeremy Swift

Ali....Kulvinder Ghir

Helen....Christine Kavanagh

Miss Buttered Chapati....Rachel Bavidge

Young Woman....Jasmine Callan

AP20070411

Joseph and Joseph

By Oliver Emanuel.

Identity theft is something that happens to other people, but the person who stole Joseph's life seems to be having a lot more fun with it than he is.

Joseph....Shaun Dooley

Sonia....Helen Longworth

Marie....Christine Kavanagh

The old man....Sam Dale

Mathers....John Dougall

Christophe....Philippe Smolikowski

Hotel manager....Mark Straker

Croupier....Rachel Bavidge

Directed by Colin Guthrie.

AP20070412

The Andy Warhol Syndrome

By Jenny Eclair and Julie Balloo.

Plucky market trader Carol Fletcher's dreams come true when she finds fame in a reality TV show. But how much will her celebrity status cost her?

With Jenny Eclair, Ewan Bailey, Jan Goodman, Gerard McDermott, Harry Myers, Ronni Ancona.

AP20070413

The Strange Desire of Ms Small

By Debbie Jones.

Lois has all but forgotten the flamboyant mischief of her past until, in the drab surrounding of a high street bank, she meets Elsie, a disillusioned clerk 40 years her junior and exquisitely desirable.

Lois....Sheila Donald

Violet....Jan Moffat

Elsie....Pauline Lockhart

Joseph....Phil McKee

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20070416

Carmella's Island

Lyrical drama by Jean Binta Breeze, set on the Caribbean island of Maracou, a place where the power of masquerade can even reach Carmella, an unhappy schoolteacher who has given up on her dreams.

Storyteller....Jean Binta Breeze

Carmella....Martina Laird

Mr Potter....George Harris

Adele....Ayesha Antoine

Papa Shanti....Delroy Brown

Directed by Pam Fraser Solomon.

AP20070417

Chloe

A darkly comic tour-de-force by Mike Stott, starring Alison Steadman.

From the cell where she stays at Her Majesty's pleasure, Chloe Temple-Carstairs shares the story of how she became one of the world's most renowned artists, and the sacrifices she and others have made for her art.

Directed by Dirk Maggs.

AP20070418

Diamond Lil

Linda Wilkinson's play is based on the story of Diamond Lil and Maisie, an outrageous real-life transvestite double act who delighted audiences in pubs all over the East End during the 40s, and were accepted by the local community at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

Lil....Harry Myers

Maisie....Ben Crowe

Misfitz....Simon Trinder

Lena old....Ann Beach

Lena young....Beth Chalmers

Ivy old....Tricia Deighton

Ivy young....Kellie Bright

George/Joe....Carl Prekopp

Fred....Gerard McDermott

Arnie....Wayne Foskett

Pianist....Dai Watts

AP20070419

The Price of a Fish Supper

By Catherine Czerkawska.

Rab is a fisherman, like his father and grandfather before him. The decline of the Scottish fishing industry and the loss of his brother at sea have hit him hard.

Rab....Paul Morrow

Directed by Gerda Stevenson.

AP20070420

12 Shares

By Dennis Kelly.

Kate is just beginning to enjoy herself for the first time in her life. Each week she checks in with a support group to tell them how things are going for a recovering alcoholic.

With Sophie Stanton, Heshima Thompson.

Directed by Pam Marshall.

AP20070423

Fred Rimble

By John B Keane, dramatised by Kerry Lee Crabbe.

The charming story of Jim Conlon's fervent attempts to cure his hypochondriac mother.

Jim Conlon....Ardal O'Hanlon

Maggie Conlon....Doreen Keogh

Nice Nualla....Tina Kellegher

Doc....Frank Kelly

Fr Fogarty....Jim Norton

Matt....Pat Laffan

Paddy....Don Wycherley

AP20070424

The Insecurity Guard

Black comedy by Cynthia Hamilton.

Architect Jessie Bruce develops an unusual eating disorder in the face of personal and professional crisis. She takes to eating the bedroom wall but the hole in the wall starts talking back.

Virginia....Nancy Crane

Glynn....Nick Farr

The Hole/Weston Pike....Steven McNicoll

Jessie Bruce....Alexandra Mathie

Hans Vermeulen....Nick Underwood

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20070425

The Aquatic Ape

By Joy Wilkinson.

Pippa and Barney's second honeymoon has only made them realise how much they can't stand each other. Luckily, the opportunity to watch deadly great white sharks at play gives them both a murderous idea, and only one will make it back to the surface.

Barney....Matthew Kelly

Pippa....Carolyn Pickles

Stewardess....Margaret Cabourn Smith

Directed by Sam Hoyle.

AP20070426

Giselle

Hattie Naylor's reworking of the ballet, a story of hidden identities, thwarted love and deceased brides who dance men to death.

Albrecht....Daniel Goode

Berthe....Hannah Gordon

Myrtha....Lisa Hammond

Utta....Jasmine Hyde

Hilarion....Jamie MacPhee

Giselle....Clare McCarron

Wilfred....Tim McMullan

Wilis 1....Sally Orrock

Directed by Paul Dodgson.

AP20070427

The Wrong Hero?

By Mark Burgess.

In 1943 a commercial airliner carrying film star Leslie Howard was shot down with the death of all on board. Was he the intended target or was it a strange case of mistaken identity?

Leslie Howard....Simon Williams

Alfred Chenhalls....Kenneth Cranham

Dora....Doreen Mantle

Derek....John Evitts

Wilfrid Israel....Jonathan Tafler

George West....Roger Alborough

Fr Holmes....Trevor Littledale

Young Dora....Clare Corbett

Young Derek....Dylan Jackson Yates

Boarding Officer....Chris Stanton

Airport Announcer....Mariana Polizzi

Directed by David Blount.

AP20070430

My Difficult Second Album

By Stephen Keyworth.

Tom has constructed the perfect soundtrack to his life. But when his perfect relationship falls through, the music has to change. Then he meets Harper.

Robbie....Corey J Smith

Tom....Adrian Bower

Harper....Catherine Shepherd

Charlotte....Olivia Colman

Sash/Cashier....Kate Colgrove Pope

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20070501

Delayed Departures

Matthew Solon's story of lost love and broken promises.

When a flight to Dubrovnik is delayed the passengers are forced to wait, first in the departure lounge and later in an airport hotel. Among them is Laura Clarke, a doctor stuck in the past.

Laura....Samantha Bond

Alex....Matthew Solon

Glynn....Robert Gwylim

Other parts played by Charlotte Melia, Hana Bachankova and Lois Tucker.

Directed by John Dryden.

AP20070502

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

1/6. Railway Kings

By Mike Walker.

Chief Correspondent Jack Marshall investigates the causes of a tragic railway accident, a difficult task since the owner of the railway is a shareholder in the paper and his daughter is in charge of petty cash.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Jack....Freddy White

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Howerd....Sam Dale

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Bristol Jenny....Alex Tregear

Widow....Rachel Bavidge

Navvy....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20070503

Nothing Happened

Romantic comedy by Shelley Silas and Luke Sorba about a friendship that never goes any further.

Jenny....Julia Ford

Simon....Stephen Tompkinson

Neil....Gerard McDermott

Louise....Colleen Prendergast

Nick....Nick Sayce

Barman....Luke Sorba

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

AP20070504

The Master and Mrs Tucker

Roy Apps' play is based on the story of the friendship between Noel Coward and Edith Nesbit.

Noel Coward....Guy Henry

Edith Nesbit....Ann Bell

Mrs Coward....Rosemary Leach

Mr Cook....Niall Buggy

Mrs Cook....Sylvestra Le Touzel

Skipper....Michael Jayston

Hotel manager....Ian Masters

Beatrice....Nicola Barber

Directed by Celia De Wolff.

AP20070507

Getting the Joke

Neil Brand's play is based on the story of Donald McGill, who created some of Britain's most popular seaside postcards for 60 years. In July 1954, shortly after his 80th birthday, he was arrested on obscene publication charges.

Donald McGill....John Wood

Molly....Ann Beach

Durand....Malcolm Sinclair

Wells....Gerard McDermott

Mary....Carolyn Pickles

Sgt Evison....Wayne Foskett

Constable Hiley....Nick Sayle

Counsel....John Cummins

Judge....Delroy Brown

Postcards....Ella Smith, Sophie Roberts, Ayesha Antoine

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20070508

The Alibi

Vanessa Rosenthal's dramatisation, based on Daphne du Maurier's short story.

Charles Fenton feels trapped in both his job and his marriage. Perhaps a little random murder could help him to escape the stultifying routine?

Charles Fenton....Michael Maloney

Anna Kauffman....Lia Williams

Edna Fenton....Joanna Wake

DI Cooper....Richard Heap

Sgt Wilson....Ben Crowe

Jack Alhuson....Nicholas Collett

Mabel Alhuson....Jane Purcell

Directed by Chris Wallis.

AP20070509

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

2/4. Darker than you Think

By Mike Walker.

A serial killer is at large. Chief Correspondent Jack is sent to investigate, but Agnes seems rather more interested in her new beau, a pioneering and seemingly philanthropic doctor, than following the progress of his leads.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Henry Jenks....Nicholas Boulton

Inspector Leavett....Harry Myers

Scottish convict....John Dougall

London convict....Sam Dale

Warder....Anthony Glennon

Directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20070510

Violence and the Big Male Voice

Alick Rowe's dramatisation of Gwyn Thomas' comic tale of passion, ballroom dancing and male voice choirs, set in South Wales in the 1930s.

Marty Moore....Jonathan Floyd

Ursula Thowley....Mali Harries

Peveril Pearce....Matthew Rhys

Handel Hughes....Brian Hibbard

Willie Silcox....Dorien Thomas

Lucknow Lewis....Russell Gomer

AP20070511

Dave, the Dead Lefty

By Mervyn Stutter.

The surviving members of a radical 1970s theatre group are reunited at the funeral of their former roadie. Old loves are rekindled, old wounds reopened and old secrets exhumed.

Muzo....Mervyn Stutter

Ingrid....Stella Forge

Topsy....Laura Doddington

Tim/Vicar....Nick Farr

Mears/Barman....Kenny Blyth

Derek....Finlay McLean

Directed by David Ian Neville.

AP20070514

The Ugly American

Written and performed by Mike Daisey, an American college exchange student in London who is desperate to absorb the British theatrical tradition, but instead falls into shady fringe theatre and an even shadier love affair.

With appearances by students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Directed by Judith Kampfner.

AP20070515

Henry's Girls

Alan Stafford's reconstruction of the first performance of an English opera.

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas received its premiere at a girls' boarding school in Chelsea in 1689. So why did one of England's most popular composers choose to write his greatest masterpiece for a gaggle of unruly schoolgirls rather than the professional theatre?

Henry Purcell....Robert Glenister

Mrs Purcell....Chloe Annett

Josias Priest....Robert Duncan

Mrs Priest....Nichola McAuliffe

Charlotte's Father....Brian Bowles

Charlotte....Naoko Mori

Jenny....Catherine Shepherd

Molly....Butler

Directed by Dirk Maggs.

AP20070516

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

3/6. High Society

By Deborah Davis.

Attending the opening of Parliament by the new young Queen Victoria, Dickens finds himself rubbing shoulders with the great and the good, in particular the alluring Lady Kames. Will this elevation compromise his editorial judgment, especially when a scandalous story emerges?

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Jack....Freddy White

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Lord Henry Kames....Robert Bathurst

Lady Belinda Kames....Juliet Aubrey

William Percy....Bertie Carvel

Robert....John Dougall

James....Sam Dale

Mrs Slingsby....Melinda Walker

Directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20070517

The Singing Butler

Alexis Zegerman and Ron Butlin's dramatisation of the story behind Jack Vettriano's famous image of a man and a woman dancing on a windswept beach, while their butler and maid do their best to shield the pair from the elements.

Tom....Jon Glover

KItty....Natasha Little

Charles....Robert Portal

Phyllis....Rachel Atkins

Directed by Lu Kemp.

AP20070518

Poppy Seeds

By Rachel McGill.

An aid worker in Afghanistan decides that the fight to contain the opium trade is not working and that a fresh approach is needed. She starts buying opium direct from the farmers, ensuring not only that they obtain a fair price for their crop but also that the product is not bought by drug cartels.

Katherine....Haydn Gwynne

Syed....Sharif Dorani

Jamila....Nathalie Armin

Emma....Lynsey Pow

Naseer....Jeff Mirza

Poet....Hemi Yeroham

Afghan woman....Zolfa Zahedi

Directed by Graham Frost.

AP20070521

Well, That's One Way of Looking at It

Brenda Gilhooly's comedy of self-deception.

A wife, a husband and his mistress show just how differently three people can interpret the same situation.

Patricia....Brenda Gilhooly

Jane....Olivia Colman

John....Kevin Eldon

Other parts....Paul Panting, John Hasler

AP20070522

The Veldt

Adapted from the stage play by Mike Walker, based on Ray Bradbury's classic story.

A playroom with special powers draws two children into secret deadly adventures.

TV Announcer....David Rapkin

Peter....Michael Wachter

Wendy....Reyna Shaskan

Lydia....Jennifer Van Dyck

George....David Slavin

Ms Kim....Nancy Wu

The Room....John Henry Cox

David MacLean....Richmond Hoxie

Directed by Judith Kampfner.

AP20070523

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

4/6. Captain Swing

By Annie Caulfield.

Staying at her father's country residence, Agnes finds herself at the centre of a story when her father's beloved steam plough is destroyed. Dickens begins an investigation but Agnes realises that there is much more at stake than broken and burnt property.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Patty....Jasmine Callan

Tom....Anthony Glennon

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mrs Drake....Ann Beach

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20070525

The Laughter of Stafford Girls' High

Carol Ann Duffy's amazing and erotic poem tells a story of love and an attack of hysterical laughter which brings a girls' public school to its knees.

Read by an all-star cast including Joanna Lumley, Siobhan Redmond, Emily Woof and Alexandra Gilbreath.

AP20070528

Keep Your Pantheon

David Mamet's comedy of ancient Roman manners.

An impoverished actor-manager and his troupe struggle to survive under an absurdly autocratic military regime.

Strabo....Martin Jarvis

Lupus Albus....Lloyd Owen

Philius....Darren Richardson

Pelargon....Simon Templeman

Ramus....Morgan Sheppard

Quintus Magnus....Christopher Neame

Titus....Kenneth Danziger

Servant/1st Centurion/Armourer/Priest....Alan Shearman

Messenger/2nd Centurion Guard....Matthew Wolf

Directed by Rosalind Ayres

AP20070529

Excluded

By Michael Stewart

The headmaster of a failing comprehensive is flapping during inspection week. He comes up with a great idea to hide the problem by getting all the bad pupils out of school and into the dales. Unfortunately, the teacher he asks to lead the expedition has enough problems of his own.

Nick....Leigh Symonds

Ashley....Mikey North

Khalid....Sascha Dhawan

Becky....Lucy-Jo Hudson

David....Howard Chadwick

Directed by Gary Brown.

AP20070530

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

5/6. Foundry

By Mike Walker.

Dickens asks Jack to investigate the death of a young boy at an iron foundry. But the story feels uncomfortably close to home for Dickens and he begins to question his motives. He is also still unaware of Agnes's involvement with the paper.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Mr Fell....Jonathan Keeble

Widow....Charlie Brooks

Billy....Harry Eden

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Factory Owner....Sam Dale

Directed by Tracey Neale.

AP20070531

Jack's Love

By Michael Hastings.

Duncan views his teenage son Jack as a loser and good-for-nothing. Jack has got into trouble and spent time in a youth detention centre, but is Duncan himself without blame?

With David Troughton, Jane Birtish, Nicholas Holt, Dipika Guha.

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20070601

Jane and Tom: The Real Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Lewis's dramatisation, based on letters sent by Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, tells the story of the author's love for the young Irishman Tom Lefroy.

Jane....Jasmine Hyde

Tom....Andrew Scott

Mrs Austen....Penny Downie

Mrs Lefroy....Jane Whittenshaw

Anne Lefroy....Rachel Atkins

Cassandra....Lynne Seymour

John Warren....Keiron Self

Ellen....Manon Edwards

Director Celia De Wolff.

AP20070604

How Not to Run a Foreign Policy

Political comedy by John Fletcher, set in 1937.

Neville Chamberlain is determined to return Britain to her rightful place in the world. However, he needs to come to an accommodation with Hitler and Mussolini, and Anthony Eden is sure to object. Spin doctor Joseph Ball gets to work with a judicious combination of leaks, innuendo and a spot of blackmail involving Guy Burgess.

Neville Chamberlain....Clive Merrison

Joseph Ball....Michael Fenton Stevens

Guy Burgess....Laurence Fox

Rex Leeper/Niccoli....Richard Dillane

Litzi/Lady Chamberlain....Patience Tomlinson

Count Grandi/Reporter....David Holt

AP20070605

Clear Air Turbulence

By Dana Fainaru.

Mel's idyllic existence is turned upside-down when she suddenly stops sleeping. As the sprawling nights become filled in increasingly risky fashion, a would-be accomplice demands to join in the nocturnal adventures.

Mel....Tara Fitzgerald

Nick....Aidan McArdle

Stephen....David Thorpe

Saskia....Ashley Madekwe

Dad....Ian Masters

Nurse Tika....Sandra James-Young

Other parts played by Rachel Bavidge, John Dougall, Jasmine Callan and Anthony Glennon.

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20070606

Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

6/6. Innocence

By Mike Walker.

Through a chance encounter with a young woman of the night, Dickens embroils the paper in another dangerous investigation. Drawn into the murky world of prostitution and opium, Agnes and Jack encounter a formidable adversary from the past.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Catherine....Charlotte Emmerson

Colonel Corbett....Clive Swift

Pimp....Gerard Murphy

Hawker....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hunter.

AP20070607

Looking for Dad

By Michael Butt.

Charlie's attempts at reconciliation with his estranged father are threatened by his wife's fierce but unexplained hostility to a man whom she has only ever met once in her life.

Charlie....Henry Goodman

Ray....Rob Jarvis

Juliet....Lesley Sharp

Matron....Richenda Carey

Young Ray....Jarvis

AP20070608

One Foot in the Cuckoo's Nest

By Ian Macpherson and Magi Gibson.

For more than two decades, Theo Sheridan and his colleague Bill have enjoyed a leisurely existence as the Edinburgh-based correspondents of the Irish Mail. But their comfortable lives are shattered by the arrival of a new editor.

Theo....Ian Macpherson

Bill....Sean Scanlan

Lotte Swift....Siobhan Redmond

Sigmund....Arnold Brown

Doctor....Lucy Paterson

Directed by David Ian Neville.

AP20070611

Smoke and Mirrors

Paul B Davies's black comedy is based on real events.

The Great Kalanag, Adolf Hitler's favourite conjuror, is touring the US during the 50s when he is confronted by his dubious past in Nazi Germany. Has he used the skills of a magician, in particular the techniques of misdirection, to create an illusion of his entire career?

Kalanag....Geoffrey Durham

AP20070612

Brought to Book

By Joan Bakewell.

Lucy has been appointed chair of the Widmerpool Prize for Fiction. She is determined to find the very best novel amid the mountain of submissions. But as both literary and personal pressures grow, can she maintain her high ideals against dreaded compromise?

Gervase Crawford....Roger Allam

Lucy Arbiter....Geraldine James

Adrian/Josh....Robert Bathurst

Hugo/Paul....Richard Katz

Miranda/Millie....Colleen Prendergast

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

AP20070613

A Man Cut in Slices

By Adrian Penketh.

Paul Tate goes for a job interview and finds himself on front pages and TV screens across the world. He is unwittingly cast as the symbol of Londoners' defiance in the face of terrorism after an office block is blown up.

Paul....Raymond Coulthard

Andy Salkin....John Guerrasio

The Man....John Dougall

Bob Brenner/Caller....Colin Stinton

Jim O'Grady....Tom Clarke-Hill

Paul Shapiro....Walter Lewis

Caroline/Julia Richards....Bonnie Engstrom

Jane....Jasmine Callan

TV journalist....Anthony Glennon

Policewoman....Rachel Bavidge

Directed by Toby Swift.

AP20070614

Ex Libris

By Nicholas McInerny.

Oxford lecturer Lavinia Whitelaw dies, leaving everything to her distant relative Jennifer. When she arrives at Lavinia's cottage, Jennifer knows very little about her, but as she begins her search through her belongings she discovers a great deal more than she expects.

Jennifer....Saskia Reeves

Lavinia....Janet Maw

Gabriel....Nick Sayce

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

AP20070615

Jump

Alexis Zegerman's drama is inspired by Event Horizon, Antony Gormley's current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.

Gormley's army of lonely figures stand poised on the edges of buildings across the South Bank. A young free runner, jumping and vaulting his way across his familiar stamping ground, lands face-to-face with one of these iron men.

Jack....Danny Worters

Director Lu Kemp.

AP20070618

The Murder of My Aunt

John Peacock's adaptation of Richard Hull's novel, written in the 1930s.

Edward attempts to rid himself of his extremely annoying relation.

With Marcia Warren, Adam Godley, Hugh Dickson, Susan Jameson.

Director Jane Morgan.

AP20070619

Brief Lives

Series by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly, set in a Manchester legal practice.

1/4. When Dee Dee's estranged son is arrested for shoplifting, only his stepfather Frank Twist can come to the rescue.

Frank....David Schofield

DeeDee....Denise Welch

Ben....Kwame Kwei Armah

James....Mikey North

Johnny....Andrew Schofield

McGregor/Milo....Rod Matthew

DC Highton....James Quinn

DC Price....Deborah McAndrew

AP20070620

Abel's Law

Hugh Costello's play is based on the story of Abel Ryder, a prosperous Oxfordshire shopkeeper who in 1875 broke the law and refused to have his child vaccinated against smallpox. His stand led to his arrest, trial and a public uproar that helped change the compulsory vaccination law.

The Magistrate....James Laurenson

Abel Ryder....Mark Meadows

Sophia Ryder....Kate Byers

Adelaide Ryder....Femke Witney

Daniel Burnham of The Times....David Leonard

Doctor Howard....Carl Prekopp

Margery Smithson....Hayley Doherty

Delane, Editor of The Times....David Collins

Bicester townspeople....Kim Hicks, Chris Garner, Amy Clifton

Director Jeremy Howe.

AP20070621

Curry Tales

By Rani Moorthy.

Four cooks share their secrets. The stories include mood fusion curries for New Delhi society, a grandmother's legacy in Malaysia, and an accountant's egg curry in London.

With Rani Moorthy, Pik-Sen Lim, Rina Mahoney, Liz Sutherland.

Director Shabina Aslam.

AP20070622

The Boy Fathers

By Peter Hunter and David Johnson, developed with the Teenage Parents Project in Bristol.

Lying in a hospital bed, desperate to recover in time to get to the birth of his child, Richie composes rap lyrics, a soundtrack to his life.

Richie....Sean Verey

Sian....Amber Rogers

Trevor....Chris Harris

Marie....Louise Howells

Maureen....Katharine Rogers

Mike....Russell Bright

Kev....Chris Green

Liam....Jonathan Hares

Music by Mike Lovell and Shane Winter with Marco Pagnotto.

Interviews with members of the Teenage Parents Project, Hartcliffe.

Produced and directed by Sara Davies.

AP20070625

The Female Husband

Sheila Hamilton's dramatisation of the true story of Mary Hamilton, who in 1746 was tried and punished by flogging for marrying as a man. She achieved notoriety in a pamphlet published by Henry Fielding.

Mary Hamilton....Sandi Toksvig

Henry Fielding....Adam Kotz

Mary Price....Devon Black

John Masters....Alan Moore

Henry Gould....John Telfer

Hannah Iredell....Alison Reid

AP20070626

Brief Lives

Series by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly, set in a Manchester legal practice.

2/4. When new recruit Debbie joins the team, she ruffles more than a few feathers.

Frank....David Schofield

DeeDee....Denise Welch

Ben....Kwame Kwei Armah

James....Mikey North

Sarah....Gina Bellman

Debbie....Emma Atkins

Jackie Hargreaves....Leanne Best

Inspector Bryant....Kevin Harvey

Music by Carl Harms.

AP20070627

Daphnis and Chloe

By Longus, adapted by Hattie Naylor.

The story of two naive young lovers beset by pirates, aided by supernatural forces and the power of love, has been a popular read since it was first translated from the Greek over 500 years ago.

Longus....Adrian Scarborough

Chloe....Lyndsey Marshal

Daphnis....Ben McKay

Lamo/Megacles..