BBC World Drama [world Service]

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20070106

To Make the People Smile Again: Drama documentary about George Wheeler who in 1938 travelled from London to Spain to join the Republican Army and fight Fascism.

20070107
20070113

A Land to Die For: The story of Josimo, a campaigning Brazilian Priest, who in April 1986, survived a murder attempt, only to be shot and killed in May by a hired gunman.

20070114
20070120

The Concert: Castro has just unveiled a statue of John Lennon in Havana, but Johnny can recall when The Beatles were not so celebrated in Cuba.

20070121
20070127

Sagila: As the Incwala ceremony takes place, the murder of a powerful man shocks the Swazi kingdom. The victim's son helps hunt for the killer and surprising suspects are produced.

20070128
20070203

Beautiful Only at Night: A group of eleven young adults from Uganda created the play 'The Other Me' through a series of workshops, which was recorded on location in Nkokonjeru.

20070204
20070210

Feluda: The Golden Fortress: Bollywood stars Rahul Bose and Anupam Kher bring Satyajit Ray's detective play to the air. Recorded in Mumbai, it is part of the India Rising season.

20070211
20070217

My MS and Me: Jim Sweeney, actor, writer and comedian, delivers a candid, lively account of his experiences of living with multiple sclerosis.

20070218
20070224

1/2. Dead Souls: Dramatisation of Russian playwright Nikolai Gogal's comedy. Starring Michael Palin and Mark Heap.

20070225
20070303

2/2. Dead Souls: Dramatisation of Russian playwright Nikolai Gogal's comedy. Starring Michael Palin and Mark Heap.

20070304
20070310

Free Juice for All: To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Ghana's independence, seven African writers each produced a seven-minute play set in their own country.

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Drama about Iraq.

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Drama about Iraq.

20070318
20070324

A Gathering of Old Men, by Ernest J Gaines.

20070325
20070331

The Pledge, by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Inspector Matthai becomes obsessed with a horrific murder case and the dark world he discovers.

20070401
20070407

The Entertainer: John Osborne's classic play, with Bill Nighy as fading entertainer Archie Rice, whose life is falling apart.

20070408
20070421

Worldplay: Six dramas from broadcasters around the world. Obsession: A play by Georgia Fitch.

20070422
20070428

Straight Man: A comedy about family in the age of divorce. Tom's life is unsettled when his wife's ex-husband comes to stay. By Ken Duncum.

20070429
20070505

Fragments of Hong Kong: One of six dramas from broadcasters around the world, this week's play is by Katherine Thomson.

20070506
20070512

The Woman in the Window: John MacKenna's new play looks at the theme of obsession.

20070513
20070519

The Watts Towers Project: Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent 33 years building the Watts Towers only to abandon them. By Roger Guenveur Smith.

20070520
20070526

Early Newfoundland Errors: Worldplay - six dramas from broadcasters around the world. This week's play is by Edward Riche.

20070527
20070602

The Arab/Israeli Cookbook: Robin Soans' play uses verbatim accounts of Arab and Israeli lives to tell the story of daily Middle East life through cooking.

20070603
20070609

Twenty Cigarettes: As smoking is increasingly banned, our hero Oscar looks back at the 20 most significant cigarettes of his life. By Marcy Kahan.

20070610
20070616

1/2. The Wind in the Willows: An adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much-loved book.

20070617
20070623

2/2. The Wind in the Willows: An adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much-loved book.

20070624
20070630

Albert's Bridge: David Hitchinson directs Tom Stoppard's play to coincide with the writer's 70th birthday.

20070701
20070708

Lysistrata: Aristophanes' comedy. A group of Greek women decide to withhold sex from their husbands in a bid to end the Sparta-Athens war.

20070714

Talking to Strangers: A lonely man decides to spend a week talking to strangers on the beach. By Charlotte Jones.

20070715
20070721

John Walker's Blues: In embracing Islam, Belfast lad Sean finds a refuge but also antagonises his contemporaries and pushes his parents into revealing a well-kept family secret.

20070722
20070728

Zero: Adapted by Olivia Hetreed from a novel by Susan Schwartz Senstad.

20070729
20070804

Just Like Ronaldinho: Lucy is training to make the team for the Homeless Street Soccer World Cup, but meets and falls in love with another player.

20070805
20070811

1/2. Midnight's Children: An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's classic novel, which won the Booker of Bookers award in 1993.

20070812
20070818

2/2. Midnight's Children: An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's classic novel, which won the Booker of Bookers award in 1993.

20070819
20070825

Sad Girl: Samantha Spiro and Henry Goodman star in a detective story and bittersweet drama about what it means to be Jewish now.

20070826
20070901

Confetti for My Grandmother: John Hegley met his French grandmother only once. He travels to France to throw confetti in her memory at the Nice Carnival.

20070902
20070908

A Little Something Wrong about the Mouth: Written for the BBC by David Edgar, a love story told at the border between memory and fiction, trust and betrayal, East and West.

20070909
20070915

Solaris: 1/2. Hattie Naylor's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction classic.

20070916
20070922

Solaris: 2/2. Hattie Naylor's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science fiction classic.

20070923
20070929

The Birds: Melissa Murray's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's psychological thriller.

20070930
20071006

Aliens From Cyberspace: Gary Ogin's delightfully absurd comedy of intergalactic proportions in which a captivating alien shows Hollywood what quite matters.

20071007
20071013

The Story of the Stone: A Chinese saga charting the changing fortunes of the Jia family in eighteenth century China. By Cao Xueqin and Katie Hims.

20071014
20071027

Generation Next - Scene and Heard: In November 2006, BBC World Drama worked with children's theatre company Scene and Heard to create five short plays - all written by children.

20071028
20071103

Seeing in the Dark: Award-winning playwright Gordon Pengilly's work tells the story of a man returning to his family after being released from prison.

20071104
20071110

Nature Calls: Ngozi and Ibrahim meet and fall in love. When their affair becomes public, their parents predictably say Nay. By Bolaji Odofin.

20071111
20071117

Anansi Boys: Life starts to get interesting for Fat Charlie, with the arrival of a brother he never knew and the knowledge his dad was Anansi, the spider-god. Starring Lenny Henry.

20071118
20071124

The Internet Wants a Chat: A tragi-comic play about what would happen if the internet became conscious and made some radical changes. By Thomas Crowe.

20071125
20071201

The Rocking Horse: A story of lost hope and rekindled joy, based around a wooden rocking horse that sits in a window for years. By Arnold Wesker.

20071202
2007120820071209

A play by four writers including Marcy Kahan and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

2007120820071209

A play by four writers including Marcy Kahan and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

20071209
2007121520071216

The first and second prize winners in the 2007 African Performance Playwriting competition.

Featuring A Bull Man's Story by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and The Game Plan by Crystal Ading.

2007121520071216

The first and second prize winners in the 2007 African Performance Playwriting competition.

Featuring A Bull Man's Story by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and The Game Plan by Crystal Ading.

The first and second prize winners in the 2007 African Performance Playwriting competition. Featuring A Bull Man's Story by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and The Game Plan by Crystal Ading.

20071216
20071222

An Oak Tree: Tim Crouch plays a stage hypnotist who has lost his powers since he knocked down and killed a small girl in his car.

20071223
20071229

Dracula. 1/2: David Suchet stars as the legendary vampire in a new version of Bram Stoker's chilling novel, adapted by Liz Lochhead.

20071230
20080112

Bare Branches: Simon Wu and Dino Mahoney's comedy about the crisis in gender balance in China, where 40 million men may not be able to find wives.

20080113
20080126

The Elephant God: Acclaimed film-maker Satyajit Ray's famous Bengali sleuth, Feluda, returns in this drama recorded in Mumbai, India.

20080127
20080202

The Estate: The patriarch of a clothing business is dead. His family gather for the funeral at their estate in Lagos. By Oladipo Agboluaje.

20080203
20080209

Small Talk, Big Picture: Five international writers explore personal experience in their own society in relation to global events.

20080210
20080216

Kim's Game: Interactive collaboration with magazine programme Outlook, which asks listeners to create a play. Created by Jonathan Myerson.

20080217
20080223

Birthing Stories: Prose, poetry, drama and documentary combine to form a soundscape that reflects just what coming into the world can mean.

20080224
20080301

To Make the People Smile Again: A drama documentary about George Wheeler, an ordinary man who fought in the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

20080302
20080308

My Front Line: In Sasha Hails's play a female war correspondent at the top of her game both suppresses and exploits her femininity to succeed and have a baby.

20080309
20080315

The Arab/Israeli Cookbook: Robin Soans's play uses verbatim accounts of Arab and Israeli lives to tell the story of daily Middle Eastern life through cooking.

20080316
20080322

Beautiful: Three writers from across the world offer snapshots of beauty through their characters' lives, plus interviews with people who tell us what beauty means to them.

20080323
20080329

Zazie dans le Metro: Raymond Queneau's 1959 novel dramatised and updated by Steve Walker. With original music by Guy Barker.

20080330
20080809

The Tiger's Tail: Stories from Burmese writers and how they feel now to mark the 20th anniversary of the democratic uprising in Burma on 8th August 1988.

20080810
20080920

The Good Doctor: A drama-documentary by Mike Walker about the notorious General Practitioner who murdered 200 of his patients.

20080921
20080927

The Good Doctor: A drama-documentary by Mike Walker about serial killer Harold Shipman. The Shipman Inquiry concluded that the GP was likely to have killed more than 200 patients.

20081018

Cigarettes and Chocolate: Another chance to hear the late Anthony Minghella's Giles Cooper Award-winning radio play Cigarettes and Chocolate, first broadcast 20 years ago.

20081019
20091114
20091121
20100320
20101016

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi, to mark 50 years of independence.

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi.

2010112720101128

Damon Galgut's acclaimed story of a medical gradute, whose idealism wreaks havoc in a h.

2010112720101128

Damon Galgut's acclaimed story of a medical gradute, whose idealism wreaks havoc in a h.

Recorded on location in Cape Town, The Good Doctor is Damon Galgut's acclaimed story of a medical gradute, whose idealism wreaks havoc in a hospital in post-apartheid South Africa.

Damon Galgut will be discussing his novel, The Good Doctor in World Book Club on 4 December 2010.

Cast: Graham Weir, Andrew Laubscher, Faniswa Yisa, Chi Mhende, Cindy Mkaza, Mdu Kweyama, Erica Wessels, Wiseman Sithole, Deon Lotz

Directed by Marion Nancarrow

Damon Galgut's acclaimed story of a medical gradute, whose idealism wreaks havoc in a h.

2011112620111127

Dorothy, a widow in Africa, begins to realise her community is slowly being devastated by things no-one will talk about.

Dorothy, a widow in Africa, begins to realise her community is slowly being devastated.

2011112620111127

Dorothy, a widow in Africa, begins to realise her community is slowly being devastated by things no-one will talk about.

Dorothy, a widow in Africa, begins to realise her community is slowly being devastated.

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Jake, a serial entrepreneur who has yet to succeed with a start-up company and Subash a technical whiz from India - who Jake studied with at college - decide to combine Subash's ideas and technical know-how with Jake's entrepreneurial flair, and go into business together.

They have a vision for an internet venture which they believe will change the world.

Fuelled by the track record of other small home-grown businesses that have made their mark in Silicon Valley and become billon dollar businesses, they believe they can do the same.

A documentary drama reflecting the true stories of the trials and tribulations of setti.

Jake, a serial entrepreneur who has yet to succeed with a start-up company and Subash a technical whiz from India - who Jake studied with at college - decide to combine Subash's ideas and technical know-how with Jake's entrepreneurial flair, and go into business together.

They have a vision for an internet venture which they believe will change the world.

Fuelled by the track record of other small home-grown businesses that have made their mark in Silicon Valley and become billon dollar businesses, they believe they can do the same.

A documentary drama reflecting the true stories of the trials and tribulations of setti.

14/11/200920091115

The Chancellor of an unnamed state is leaving office. But does he have to leave the sta.

16/10/2010

16/10/201020101017

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi.

20/03/201020100321

A documentary drama reflecting the true stories of the trials and tribulations of setti.

21/11/200920091122

Sisters Lena and Chels are awaiting the arrival of Chels baby. But Lena falls in love w.

26/11/201120111127

Dorothy, a widow in Africa, begins to realise her community is slowly being devastated.

27/11/201020101128

Damon Galgut's acclaimed story of a medical gradute, whose idealism wreaks havoc in a h...

A Cook's Tour Of Communism, Episode 120081122

Carey Harrison's comedy about cooking and the demise of Soviet Communism with 2 old com.

A Cook's Tour Of Communism, Episode 120081123
An Enemy Of The People20100327
Being Brave2010021320100214

This unusual and inspiring drama-documentary by award-winning writer Tina Pepler (Song of the Forest; Sisters), looks at the way in which horses are being used to help change lives – from corporate clients to troubled teenagers.

Based around an interview with renowned horse whisperer, Andrew Froggatt - who works on New Zealand's beautiful Kapiti Coast - the drama focuses on Greg and Alice.

Greg is struggling in the current recession to keep his business afloat and alienating his work colleagues and his family in the process.

Alice can't relate to her step-parents after her mother's death.

Neither believes horse-whispering has anything to offer them.

But they've yet to meet Rob and each other.

The cast includes Barnaby Kay (Conspiracy, Shakespeare in Love); Nicola Miles-Wildin (The Glass Menagerie); Ivan Kaye (Cold Comfort Farm; The Bill); Nigel Hastings (The Changeling); Farzana Dua Elahe (Eastenders); Sally Orrock (The Gods Weep) and Lisa Stevenson (The Football Factory).

Director: Marion Nancarrow

Tina Pepler's inspiring drama documentary looks at how horse whispering can change lives.

But they've yet to meet Rob.

And each other.

Being Brave2010021320100214

This unusual and inspiring drama-documentary by award-winning writer Tina Pepler (Song of the Forest; Sisters), looks at the way in which horses are being used to help change lives – from corporate clients to troubled teenagers.

Based around an interview with renowned horse whisperer, Andrew Froggatt - who works on New Zealand's beautiful Kapiti Coast - the drama focuses on Greg and Alice.

Greg is struggling in the current recession to keep his business afloat and alienating his work colleagues and his family in the process.

Alice can't relate to her step-parents after her mother's death.

Neither believes horse-whispering has anything to offer them.

But they've yet to meet Rob and each other.

The cast includes Barnaby Kay (Conspiracy, Shakespeare in Love); Nicola Miles-Wildin (The Glass Menagerie); Ivan Kaye (Cold Comfort Farm; The Bill); Nigel Hastings (The Changeling); Farzana Dua Elahe (Eastenders); Sally Orrock (The Gods Weep) and Lisa Stevenson (The Football Factory).

Director: Marion Nancarrow

Tina Pepler's inspiring drama documentary looks at how horse whispering can change lives.

But they've yet to meet Rob.

And each other.

Being Brave20100214

Tina Pepler's inspiring drama documentary looks at how horse whispering can change lives.

Blasphemy And The Governor Of Punjab20121028

A documentary drama set in Pakistan about the assassination of the Governor of Punjab.

On 4 January 2011, self-made millionaire businessman and governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer, was gunned down in a parking lot of a popular Islamabad market. He had been leading a campaign to amend Pakistan's blasphemy laws, after an illiterate 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, from a village in his district had been sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Within hours of his death, a Facebook fan page for the assassin Mumtaz Qadri had over 2000 members, before site administrators shut it down. When Qadri was transferred to jail, he was garlanded with roses by a crowd of lawyers offering to take on his case for free. President Asif Ali Zardari, an old friend of Taseer's, didn't go to the funeral for fear of inflaming public opinion. Leaders of state-funded mosques refused to say funeral prayers for the slain governor. The Interior Minister even gave an impromptu press conference announcing that he to would kill any blasphemer "with his own hands".

Using his extensive contacts in Pakistan, presenter Owen Bennett-Jones has interviewed Taseer's family and friends and the family of the assassin. He has also secured access to court documents including the killer's confession.

The programme includes both interview material and dramatic reconstructions.

Presenter: Owen Bennett-Jones

Executive Producer: Jeremy Skeet

Director: John Dryden

Sound Design: Steve Bond

A Goldhawk Production for BBC World Service

(Image: Pakistani civil society activists light candles in front of a portrait of the slain governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer. Credit: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Blasphemy And The Governor Of Punjab20121028

A documentary drama set in Pakistan about the assassination of the Governor of Punjab.

On 4 January 2011, self-made millionaire businessman and governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer, was gunned down in a parking lot of a popular Islamabad market. He had been leading a campaign to amend Pakistan's blasphemy laws, after an illiterate 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, from a village in his district had been sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Within hours of his death, a Facebook fan page for the assassin Mumtaz Qadri had over 2000 members, before site administrators shut it down. When Qadri was transferred to jail, he was garlanded with roses by a crowd of lawyers offering to take on his case for free. President Asif Ali Zardari, an old friend of Taseer's, didn't go to the funeral for fear of inflaming public opinion. Leaders of state-funded mosques refused to say funeral prayers for the slain governor. The Interior Minister even gave an impromptu press conference announcing that he to would kill any blasphemer "with his own hands".

Using his extensive contacts in Pakistan, presenter Owen Bennett-Jones has interviewed Taseer's family and friends and the family of the assassin. He has also secured access to court documents including the killer's confession.

The programme includes both interview material and dramatic reconstructions.

Presenter: Owen Bennett-Jones

Executive Producer: Jeremy Skeet

Director: John Dryden

Sound Design: Steve Bond

A Goldhawk Production for BBC World Service

(Image: Pakistani civil society activists light candles in front of a portrait of the slain governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer. Credit: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaving By Vaclav Havel2009111420091115

A drama about a chancellor who might have lost more than his job.

As part of a season of programmes celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, World Drama presents Vaclav Havel's Leaving.

The chancellor of an unnamed state is leaving office.

But does he have to leave the state villa as well?

Starring David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill) and Simon Russell Beale (Sam Mendes' The Winters Tale).

Translated by Paul Wilson and adapted for Radio by Jeremy Front.

Directed by Marion Nancarrow.

But does he have to leave the state villa as well? By Vaclav Havel.

But does he have to leave the sta.

Leaving By Vaclav Havel2009111420091115

A drama about a chancellor who might have lost more than his job.

As part of a season of programmes celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, World Drama presents Vaclav Havel's Leaving.

The chancellor of an unnamed state is leaving office.

But does he have to leave the state villa as well?

Starring David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill) and Simon Russell Beale (Sam Mendes' The Winters Tale).

Translated by Paul Wilson and adapted for Radio by Jeremy Front.

Directed by Marion Nancarrow.

But does he have to leave the state villa as well? By Vaclav Havel.

But does he have to leave the sta.

Leaving By Vaclav Havel20091115

A drama about a chancellor who might have lost more than his job.

Life After Life20110827

Miranda was undergoing what should have been a routine operation.

Now she finds herself 'on the other side', but whatever notions of what the future might hold beyond her life on Earth Miranda may have had, they were certainly not like this.

It's not even her afterlife, it's Toby's and he's in control.

Inspired by the ways that internet users are increasingly responding to death online, Frank Cottrell Boyce's comic drama follows Miranda as she tries to make sense of the strange cyberworld she has been sucked into.

Intercut with the drama are extracts from interviews in which a number of thinkers - both religious and secular - share their beliefs on the nature and existence of the whole concept of a life after death.

Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote extensively for television before turning to movies, including 24 Hour Party People, Welcome to Sarajevo and novels.

His first book Millions, won the Carnegie Medal in 2004. Framed was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal.

Director by Toby Swift

Produced by Mohini Patel

A drama documentary about the afterlife and what it means around the world.

Life After Life20110828

A drama documentary about the afterlife and what it means around the world.

On The Edge Of The Earth2011031920110320

In September 2010 a 100-year old sailing boat, the Noorderlicht, set sail for the Arctic as part of the Cape Farewell project.

On board was the award-winning Russian playwright, Mikhail Durnenkov.

He was one of a number of artists and scientists who, for three weeks, lived and worked on the ship, exploring and debating climate change.

BBC World Service linked to Mikhail throughout the voyage and, on his return, he wrote On the Edge of the Earth, a play inspired by his experiences there.

This is the first World Drama to be written in the Arctic (in 2005, Ian Mcewan was one of the artists who took part in the Cape Farewell project, it inspired him to write the novel Solar).

Starring, Tom Goodman-Hill, Indira Varma, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Farrell, Ewan Bailey, Carl Prekopp, Helen Longworth, Gerard McDermott, Rachel Davies and Joanna Monro.

Director: Rosalynd Ward

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year with the Cape Farewell project

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell project, a play inspired by that experience

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell pr.

On The Edge Of The Earth2011031920110320

In September 2010 a 100-year old sailing boat, the Noorderlicht, set sail for the Arctic as part of the Cape Farewell project.

On board was the award-winning Russian playwright, Mikhail Durnenkov.

He was one of a number of artists and scientists who, for three weeks, lived and worked on the ship, exploring and debating climate change.

BBC World Service linked to Mikhail throughout the voyage and, on his return, he wrote On the Edge of the Earth, a play inspired by his experiences there.

This is the first World Drama to be written in the Arctic (in 2005, Ian McEwan was one of the artists who took part in the Cape Farewell project, it inspired him to write the novel Solar).

Starring, Tom Goodman-Hill, Indira Varma, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Farrell, Ewan Bailey, Carl Prekopp, Helen Longworth, Gerard McDermott, Rachel Davies and Joanna Monro.

Director: Rosalynd Ward

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year with the Cape Farewell project

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell project, a play inspired by that experience

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell pr.

In September 2010 a 100-year old sailing boat, the Noorderlicht, set sail for the Arctic as part of the Cape Farewell project.

On board was the award-winning Russian playwright, Mikhail Durnenkov.

He was one of a number of artists and scientists who, for three weeks, lived and worked on the ship, exploring and debating climate change.

BBC World Service linked to Mikhail throughout the voyage and, on his return, he wrote On the Edge of the Earth, a play inspired by his experiences there.

This is the first World Drama to be written in the Arctic (in 2005, Ian McEwan was one of the artists who took part in the Cape Farewell project, it inspired him to write the novel Solar).

Starring, Tom Goodman-Hill, Indira Varma, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Farrell, Ewan Bailey, Carl Prekopp, Helen Longworth, Gerard McDermott, Rachel Davies and Joanna Monro.

Director: Rosalynd Ward

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year with the Cape Farewell project

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell project, a play inspired by that experience

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell pr...

On The Edge Of The Earth20110320

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year with the Cape Farewell project

From Mikhail Durnekov, who went to the Arctic last year as part of the Cape Farewell pr.

Playing With Fire2017021820170219 (WS)

Winner of the English as a 1st language prize in the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016. Judy and Arnold can’t stop fighting, even though it’s affecting their teenage son Daniel badly. Daniel has learning difficulties and the tensions between his parents are tearing him apart. Set in the 1990s in a rural community engulfed by a forest fire, the play explores a marriage in disintegration.

Joanne Gutknecht’s powerful play from Canada won the 25th International Playwriting Competition.

Stages of Independence - A celebration of 50 years of African drama20101016

Stages Of Independence - A Celebration Of 50 Years Of African Drama2010101620101017

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi, to mark 50 years of independence.

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi.

Stages Of Independence - A Celebration Of 50 Years Of African Drama2010101620101017

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi, to mark 50 years of independence.

An evening of African theatre in conjunction with African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi.

Stages of Independence - A celebration of 50 years of African drama20101017

Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence By Angella Emurwon2013033020130331 (WS)

Why the best things can be hidden behind an unwelcome exterior.

Sunflowers Behind A Dirty Fence is the first of the two winning plays in the 23rd International Playwriting Competition which is run by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers.

The winner of English as a second language category, Angella Emurwon’s play, was described by the judges as "a touching, purposeful adventure in which the characters jumped straight off the page".

Young Yakobo has never been in trouble before – but now he's lost his grandfather's favourite photo and, in his desperation to make things right, he decides to take an ill-advised trip to the big city of Kampala.

Yakobo's never been away from the comforts of home before and has no idea about many things. Reluctantly joining forces with the street urchin, Tonnie, together they topple in and out of bizarre adventures and discover why good people sometimes do bad things. Like sunflowers behind a dirty fence, the two friends are to find that sometimes the best things can be hidden behind an unwelcome exterior.

With Arnold Oceng as Yakobo, Vanessa Babirye as Tonnie, Jude Akuwudike as Boss, Cyril Nri as Grandpa, Chike Okonkwo as Askari and Angela Wynter as Mamma and the Cook.

Director: Rosalynd Ward

The Ballad of Africa

The Ballad Of Africa2010100920101010

is a compelling and thought-provoking examination of the highs and lows of the continent's post-independence history through the eyes of Africans.

In a specially commissioned programme marking the 50th anniversary of the independence of many African countries, this self-narrating Ballad explores through words and music issues that have dominated African mindsets for the past half-century.

These include post-colonial development and self-rule, building an African future based on economic growth and political stability; overcoming apartheid, rebuilding after genocide and aiming for self-sufficiency.

But one theme running throughout the programme is of independence and freedom, with some contributors wondering whether Africa really IS free, despite half a century of independence.

Music is the irrepressible common bond, the heartbeat that unites all African nations, and The Ballad of Africa offers real insight into their thinking, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

The music comes from outspoken Malian singers Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare and Benin's Angelique Kidjo with specially commissioned performances by Cameroonian singer and guitarist Muntu Valdo and Rwandan inanga player Sophie Nzayisanga.

Throughout the Ballad, Africans discuss their lives, history and thoughts on the future despite the negative chapters in the continent's recent history.

The Ballad considers Africa's progress since independence from European powers, and what resources the continent needs to flourish for the next fifty years.

In a continent rich with minerals and astonishing human resources, one speaker sums up Africa's post-colonial history of coups, natural disasters and bad leaders as "a struggle in paradise" but stresses that Africa needs to become stable to be a driving force for the world.

A tapestry of words and music exploring issues that have dominated the African mindset.

The Ballad Of Africa2010100920101010

is a compelling and thought-provoking examination of the highs and lows of the continent's post-independence history through the eyes of Africans.

In a specially commissioned programme marking the 50th anniversary of the independence of many African countries, this self-narrating Ballad explores through words and music issues that have dominated African mindsets for the past half-century.

These include post-colonial development and self-rule, building an African future based on economic growth and political stability; overcoming apartheid, rebuilding after genocide and aiming for self-sufficiency.

But one theme running throughout the programme is of independence and freedom, with some contributors wondering whether Africa really IS free, despite half a century of independence.

Music is the irrepressible common bond, the heartbeat that unites all African nations, and The Ballad of Africa offers real insight into their thinking, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

The music comes from outspoken Malian singers Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare and Benin's Angelique Kidjo with specially commissioned performances by Cameroonian singer and guitarist Muntu Valdo and Rwandan inanga player Sophie Nzayisanga.

Throughout the Ballad, Africans discuss their lives, history and thoughts on the future despite the negative chapters in the continent's recent history.

The Ballad considers Africa's progress since independence from European powers, and what resources the continent needs to flourish for the next fifty years.

In a continent rich with minerals and astonishing human resources, one speaker sums up Africa's post-colonial history of coups, natural disasters and bad leaders as "a struggle in paradise" but stresses that Africa needs to become stable to be a driving force for the world.

A tapestry of words and music exploring issues that have dominated the African mindset.

The Ballad of Africa is a compelling and thought-provoking examination of the highs and lows of the continent's post-independence history through the eyes of Africans.

In a specially commissioned programme marking the 50th anniversary of the independence of many African countries, this self-narrating Ballad explores through words and music issues that have dominated African mindsets for the past half-century.

These include post-colonial development and self-rule, building an African future based on economic growth and political stability; overcoming apartheid, rebuilding after genocide and aiming for self-sufficiency.

But one theme running throughout the programme is of independence and freedom, with some contributors wondering whether Africa really IS free, despite half a century of independence.

Music is the irrepressible common bond, the heartbeat that unites all African nations, and The Ballad of Africa offers real insight into their thinking, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

The music comes from outspoken Malian singers Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare and Benin's Angelique Kidjo with specially commissioned performances by Cameroonian singer and guitarist Muntu Valdo and Rwandan inanga player Sophie Nzayisanga.

Throughout the Ballad, Africans discuss their lives, history and thoughts on the future despite the negative chapters in the continent's recent history.

The Ballad considers Africa's progress since independence from European powers, and what resources the continent needs to flourish for the next fifty years. In a continent rich with minerals and astonishing human resources, one speaker sums up Africa's post-colonial history of coups, natural disasters and bad leaders as "a struggle in paradise" but stresses that Africa needs to become stable to be a driving force for the world.

A tapestry of words and music exploring issues that have dominated the African mindset.

The Ballad Of Africa20101010

A tapestry of words and music exploring issues that have dominated the African mindset.

The Bid20111210

After five years of planning and an 18 month campaign to win votes costing more than £15m, England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup ended in humiliation in front of millions of TV viewers around the world.

Exactly a year after Fifa President Sepp Blatter walked onto the stage at the Messe Centre in Zurich and revealed that Russia would be hosting the 2018 World Cup, this drama tells the behind-the-scenes story of what happened in Zurich in the days leading up to the announcement on 2 December 2010.

Focusing on the England bid team - which included David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham - the drama is based on interviews with many of those who were there, and on published material, and uses actors to play all the key characters.

The England bid team arrived in Zurich with high hopes.

They were well organised, had a strong technical bid and their formal presentation to the Fifa voting executives went without a hitch - it was heartfelt, passionate and had the biggest A-list celebrities.

But behind England's super-confident presentation, a desperate struggle was taking place in hotel rooms and the corridors of Fifa's HQ in Zurich as England jostled with other countries, courting Fifa executive members, lobbying for votes and making deals.

This is a gripping story of hope, broken promises and disappointment - a compelling and entertaining insight into the business behind the game.

(Image: England footballers David Beckham (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) pose during a photocall to launch The England 2018/2022 World Cup. Credit: Getty Images)

Dramatised account by Matthew Solon of England's failed bid to host the Fifa World Cup.

The Bid20111211

Dramatised account by Matthew Solon of England's failed bid to host the Fifa World Cup.

The Day Dad Stole A Bus2017012120170122 (WS)

The winning play in the English as a 2nd language category of the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016.

Cast

Dad ….. Stephen Tompkinson

Nayara ….. Wunmi Mosaku

Josef Sudek ….. Matthew Marsh

Mr Augusto ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer

Ze Ribeiro ….. Don Gilet

Mum ….. Alison Belbin

Young Julio ….. Kai O’Loughlin

Original music composed and performed by Raiomond Mirza

Péricles Silveira’s magical play from Brazil, winner of the 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition.

The Day Dad Stole A Bus20171014

Written by Péricles Silveira; winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Nayara’s Dad wants her to see her Grandmother’s house in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, years after a dam disaster destroyed the village. But why has he stolen a bus to take her there? And why do things keep disappearing?

As this year’s International Playwriting Competition is launched, here’s another chance to hear the winning play in the English as a second language category of last year’s Competition by Pericles Silveira from Brazil

Cast
Dad ….. Stephen Tompkinson
Nayara ….. Wunmi Mosaku
Josef Sudek ….. Matthew Marsh
Mr Augusto ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer
Ze Ribeiro ….. Don Gilet
Mum ….. Alison Belbin
Young Julio ….. Kai O’Loughlin
Original music composed and performed by Raiomond Mirza

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow
Co-produced with The Open University

Written by Péricles Silveira; winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Nayara’s Dad wants her to see her Grandmother’s house in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, years after a dam disaster destroyed the village. But why has he stolen a bus to take her there? And why do things keep disappearing?

The winning play in the English as a 2nd language category of the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016.

Author: Pericles Silveira (Brazil)

Cast
Dad ….. Stephen Tompkinson
Nayara ….. Wunmi Mosaku
Josef Sudek ….. Matthew Marsh
Mr Augusto ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer
Ze Ribeiro ….. Don Gilet
Mum ….. Alison Belbin
Young Julio ….. Kai O’Loughlin
Original music composed and performed by Raiomond Mirza

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow
Co-produced with The Open University

Nayara’s Dad wants her to see her Grandmother’s house in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, years after a dam disaster destroyed the village. But why has he stolen a bus to take her there? And why do things keep disappearing?

As this year’s International Playwriting Competition is launched, here’s another chance to hear the winning play in the English as a second language category of last year’s Competition by Pericles Silveira from Brazil

Cast
Dad ….. Stephen Tompkinson
Nayara ….. Wunmi Mosaku
Josef Sudek ….. Matthew Marsh
Mr Augusto ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer
Ze Ribeiro ….. Don Gilet
Mum ….. Alison Belbin
Young Julio ….. Kai O’Loughlin
Original music composed and performed by Raiomond Mirza

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow
Co-produced with The Open University

Written by Péricles Silveira; winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Nayara’s Dad wants her to see her Grandmother’s house in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, years after a dam disaster destroyed the village. But why has he stolen a bus to take her there? And why do things keep disappearing?

As this year’s International Playwriting Competition is launched, here’s another chance to hear the winning play in the English as a second language category of last year’s Competition by Pericles Silveira from Brazil

Cast
Dad ….. Stephen Tompkinson
Nayara ….. Wunmi Mosaku
Josef Sudek ….. Matthew Marsh
Mr Augusto ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer
Ze Ribeiro ….. Don Gilet
Mum ….. Alison Belbin
Young Julio ….. Kai O’Loughlin
Original music composed and performed by Raiomond Mirza

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow
Co-produced with The Open University

The Day That Lehman Died2009090520090906

, by Matthew Solon.

A drama charting the collapse of one of the oldest and largest investment banks in the world, which sparked the beginnings of the global recession.

Recorded for World Drama in New York.

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history.

It sent the already unstable markets into an uncontrollable tailspin.

How did the 'big beasts' of Wall Street make this critical decision? They held in their hands the future, not just of a bank, but the stability of the global financial system.

Starring: John Shea, John Rothman, Rob Campbell and Mark La Mara.

Directed by John Dryden, Goldhawk Productions.

The Day That Lehman Died: a World Drama by Matthew Solon

Specially recorded for World Drama in New York.

On September 15 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history.

The Day That Lehman Died2009090520090906

, by Matthew Solon.

A drama charting the collapse of one of the oldest and largest investment banks in the world, which sparked the beginnings of the global recession.

Recorded for World Drama in New York.

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history.

It sent the already unstable markets into an uncontrollable tailspin.

How did the 'big beasts' of Wall Street make this critical decision? They held in their hands the future, not just of a bank, but the stability of the global financial system.

Starring: John Shea, John Rothman, Rob Campbell and Mark La Mara.

Directed by John Dryden, Goldhawk Productions.

The Day That Lehman Died: a World Drama by Matthew Solon

Specially recorded for World Drama in New York.

On September 15 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history.

The Day That Lehman Died20090906

: a World Drama by Matthew Solon.

The Day That Lehman Died a World Drama by Matthew Solon.

The Fisherman20131020
The Fisherman20131020

Another chance to hear a winner of the 2012 International Playwriting Competition

The Fisherman20131020

Another chance to hear a winner of the 2012 International Playwriting Competition

The winner of English as a first language category, Janet Morrison's play, The Fisherman, was described by the judges as "an ambitious story, which came to life instantly - a real thriller".

In a sleepy Jamaican fishing village, Grandma and Grandpa find themselves unexpectedly having to bring up their teenage grandchildren, Jevaughan and Latoya, after their only daughter has left the island. The teenagers feel out of place in their new quiet surroundings, but whilst Jevaughan is more or less resigned to his fate, his wilder sister Latoya has a plan to escape. Her rebellion, however, is to trigger a series of horrifying events, as she goes missing, leaving her family to search for her. Their lives become embroiled in the growing sex trade industry which has engulfed the northeast coast of the island - a blot on the district which, until now, most people have tried to ignore. As the village fishermen rise to the occasion in an effort to protect their community, it becomes clear that not everyone can be trusted. The results of their attempt are to change the teenagers - and the village - forever.

With Petra Letang as Latoya, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Jevaughn, Angela Wynter as Grandma, Ram John Holder as Grandpa, Don Gilet as Stanley and Nina Sosanya as Dahlia.

The winner of English as a first language category, Janet Morrison's play, The Fisherman, was described by the judges as "an ambitious story, which came to life instantly - a real thriller".

In a sleepy Jamaican fishing village, Grandma and Grandpa find themselves unexpectedly having to bring up their teenage grandchildren, Jevaughan and Latoya, after their only daughter has left the island. The teenagers feel out of place in their new quiet surroundings, but whilst Jevaughan is more or less resigned to his fate, his wilder sister Latoya has a plan to escape. Her rebellion, however, is to trigger a series of horrifying events, as she goes missing, leaving her family to search for her. Their lives become embroiled in the growing sex trade industry which has engulfed the northeast coast of the island - a blot on the district which, until now, most people have tried to ignore. As the village fishermen rise to the occasion in an effort to protect their community, it becomes clear that not everyone can be trusted. The results of their attempt are to change the teenagers - and the village - forever.

With Petra Letang as Latoya, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Jevaughn, Angela Wynter as Grandma, Ram John Holder as Grandpa, Don Gilet as Stanley and Nina Sosanya as Dahlia.

The Fisherman20131020

The winner of English as a first language category, Janet Morrison's play, The Fisherman, was described by the judges as "an ambitious story, which came to life instantly - a real thriller".

In a sleepy Jamaican fishing village, Grandma and Grandpa find themselves unexpectedly having to bring up their teenage grandchildren, Jevaughan and Latoya, after their only daughter has left the island. The teenagers feel out of place in their new quiet surroundings, but whilst Jevaughan is more or less resigned to his fate, his wilder sister Latoya has a plan to escape. Her rebellion, however, is to trigger a series of horrifying events, as she goes missing, leaving her family to search for her. Their lives become embroiled in the growing sex trade industry which has engulfed the northeast coast of the island - a blot on the district which, until now, most people have tried to ignore. As the village fishermen rise to the occasion in an effort to protect their community, it becomes clear that not everyone can be trusted. The results of their attempt are to change the teenagers - and the village - forever.

With Petra Letang as Latoya, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Jevaughn, Angela Wynter as Grandma, Ram John Holder as Grandpa, Don Gilet as Stanley and Nina Sosanya as Dahlia.

The Fisherman By Janet Morrison20130414

The Fisherman is the second of the two winning plays in the 23rd International Playwriting Competition which is run by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers.

The winner of English as a first language category, Janet Morrison's play, The Fisherman, was described by the judges as "an ambitious story, which came to life instantly - a real thriller".

In a sleepy Jamaican fishing village, Grandma and Grandpa find themselves unexpectedly having to bring up their teenage grandchildren, Jevaughan and Latoya, after their only daughter has left the island. The teenagers feel out of place in their new quiet surroundings, but whilst Jevaughan is more or less resigned to his fate, his wilder sister Latoya has a plan to escape. Her rebellion, however, is to trigger a series of horrifying events, as she goes missing, leaving her family to search for her. Their lives become embroiled in the growing sex trade industry which has engulfed the northeast coast of the island - a blot on the district which, until now, most people have tried to ignore. As the village fishermen rise to the occasion in an effort to protect their community, it becomes clear that not everyone can be trusted. The results of their attempt are to change the teenagers - and the village - forever.

With Petra Letang as Latoya, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Jevaughn, Angela Wynter as Grandma, Ram John Holder as Grandpa, Don Gilet as Stanley and Nina Sosanya as Dahlia.

Director: Helen Perry

(Image: A fisherman dragging his net on a beach. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

A sleepy Jamaican fishing village is changed forever when dark forces come in from the sea

The Great Charter2015060720151223 (WS)

This innovative drama charts the fight for rights and freedoms in the 21st Century’s supra-state - the Internet - to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. It powerfully re-imagines the conflict which gave birth to the original Magna Carta in a fictional future to explore the current debate around digital rights.

In 2025 the most powerful men and women in the world gather for a summit at Runnymede. Their purpose, to discuss a possible fusion of the G20 with the i5 - the world’s largest internet companies controlling the planet’s data and digital access. But a communications system failure signals the start of an escalating cyber attack that will sow panic and disorder across the globe. This is zero-day vulnerability.

Chief Information Engineer Jed Baron and his team are charged with restoring the system before the meltdown becomes irreversible. But the attack also provides an opportunity for those intent on guaranteeing digital rights and freedoms for billions of users by creating The Great Charter.

Written by Matthew Solon.

Marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta through the debate on digital rights

The Great Charter2015060720151223 (WS)

This innovative drama charts the fight for rights and freedoms in the 21st Century’s supra-state - the Internet - to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. It powerfully re-imagines the conflict which gave birth to the original Magna Carta in a fictional future to explore the current debate around digital rights.

In 2025 the most powerful men and women in the world gather for a summit at Runnymede. Their purpose, to discuss a possible fusion of the G20 with the i5 - the world’s largest internet companies controlling the planet’s data and digital access. But a communications system failure signals the start of an escalating cyber attack that will sow panic and disorder across the globe. This is zero-day vulnerability.

Chief Information Engineer Jed Baron and his team are charged with restoring the system before the meltdown becomes irreversible. But the attack also provides an opportunity for those intent on guaranteeing digital rights and freedoms for billions of users by creating The Great Charter.

Written by Matthew Solon.

Marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta through the debate on digital rights

The Navigator20111231

Rostom is content with his regular office routine, safe on the fifteenth floor.

But when he's made to drive to inspect construction sites - and with a sat nav - his life begins to take a entirely unexpected course.

A comedy about love, redemption and the surprising effects of in-car technology.

Lasha Bugadze from Georgia won the English as a first language category in this year's international playwriting competition, for his dark comedy The Navigator, translated by Maya Kiasashvili.

The judges thought this play was "enchanting," "authentic" and that it cleverly turns the subject of loneliness into "joyous listening."

The Navigator20120101

A comedy about love, redemption and the surprising effects of in-car technology.

The Navigator20120428

Another chance to hear the 2011 International Playwriting Competition winner: The Navigator by Lasha Bugadze

Another chance to hear the 2011 International Playwriting Competition winner: The Navig.

The Navigator20120429

Another chance to hear the 2011 International Playwriting Competition winner: The Navig.

The Porlock Poisoner2011081320110814

Five global do-gooders descend upon the tranquil village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to.

Miriam Margolyes, Fenella Woolgar and Kevin Eldon star in The Porlock Poisoner by the award-winning playwright Marcy Kahan - a comedy whodunnit in which five global do-gooders - a genetic engineer, a feminist activist, an environmental analyst, an economics guru and a world poverty campaigner - descend upon the tranquil harbour village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to compete for a £25m grant.

But during a visit to the smallest parish church in England, one of the group suffers a gruesome fate - and a weekend dedicated to world affairs turns into a murder mystery.

Fortunately there is a gifted amateur detective present: Tina Paganini, a statuesque blonde with a photographic memory, a misleadingly air-headed manner and the wrong shoes for an English Country Walk.

Cast:

Tina Paganini...Fenella Woolgar

Ben Huxley...Kevin Eldon

Evelyn Carleton Shellminsky...

Miriam Margolyes

Kasha McLennan...Mel Giedroyc

Vikram Alexander...Paul Bhattacharjee

Samuel Gondo...Nyasha Hatendi

Otto Hans Magnus Hauptman...Stephen Hogan

Detective Inspector Holroyd...Brian Bowles

Directed by Dirk Maggs

The Porlock Poisoner2011081320110814

Five global do-gooders descend upon the tranquil village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to.

Miriam Margolyes, Fenella Woolgar and Kevin Eldon star in The Porlock Poisoner by the award-winning playwright Marcy Kahan - a comedy whodunnit in which five global do-gooders - a genetic engineer, a feminist activist, an environmental analyst, an economics guru and a world poverty campaigner - descend upon the tranquil harbour village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to compete for a £25m grant.

But during a visit to the smallest parish church in England, one of the group suffers a gruesome fate - and a weekend dedicated to world affairs turns into a murder mystery.

Fortunately there is a gifted amateur detective present: Tina Paganini, a statuesque blonde with a photographic memory, a misleadingly air-headed manner and the wrong shoes for an English Country Walk.

Cast:

Tina Paganini...Fenella Woolgar

Ben Huxley...Kevin Eldon

Evelyn Carleton Shellminsky...

Miriam Margolyes

Kasha McLennan...Mel Giedroyc

Vikram Alexander...Paul Bhattacharjee

Samuel Gondo...Nyasha Hatendi

Otto Hans Magnus Hauptman...Stephen Hogan

Detective Inspector Holroyd...Brian Bowles

Directed by Dirk Maggs

Five global do-gooders descend upon the tranquil village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to...

Miriam Margolyes, Fenella Woolgar and Kevin Eldon star in The Porlock Poisoner by the award-winning playwright Marcy Kahan - a comedy whodunnit in which five global do-gooders - a genetic engineer, a feminist activist, an environmental analyst, an economics guru and a world poverty campaigner - descend upon the tranquil harbour village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to compete for a £25m grant. But during a visit to the smallest parish church in England, one of the group suffers a gruesome fate - and a weekend dedicated to world affairs turns into a murder mystery. Fortunately there is a gifted amateur detective present: Tina Paganini, a statuesque blonde with a photographic memory, a misleadingly air-headed manner and the wrong shoes for an English Country Walk.

Cast:

Tina Paganini...Fenella Woolgar

Ben Huxley...Kevin Eldon

Evelyn Carleton Shellminsky...

Miriam Margolyes

Kasha McLennan...Mel Giedroyc

Vikram Alexander...Paul Bhattacharjee

Samuel Gondo...Nyasha Hatendi

Otto Hans Magnus Hauptman...Stephen Hogan

Detective Inspector Holroyd...Brian Bowles

Directed by Dirk Maggs

The Porlock Poisoner20110814

Five global do-gooders descend upon the tranquil village of Porlock Weir in Somerset to.

The Prison Graduates By Efo Kodjo Mawugbe20091128
The Prison Graduates By Efo Kodjo Mawugbe20091129

Winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

The Prison Graduates by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, International Radio Playwriting winner 2009.

The Ravens20150425

The Ravens2015042520151003 (WS)

A play by Alana Valentine, winner of the English as a First Language prize in the BBC World Service/British Council International Playwriting Competition.

In the red-light district of Sydney, Australia, a young woman tries to escape an abusive relationship and her life as a sex worker. But freedom comes at a price and her old life is not so easy to leave behind.

Cast:

Kira - Sophie Ross

Nina - Vivien Carter

Mark - Ben Lewis

Nancy - Josie Taylor

Lynette - Vanessa Hehir

Heather - Elaine Claxton

Producer/director - Rosalynd Ward

A co-production with The Open University

The Ravens2015042520151003 (WS)
20151004 (WS)

Kira tries to leave her life as a sex worker in Sydney but freedom comes at a price

A play by Alana Valentine, winner of the English as a First Language prize in the BBC World Service/British Council International Playwriting Competition.

In the red-light district of Sydney, Australia, a young woman tries to escape an abusive relationship and her life as a sex worker. But freedom comes at a price and her old life is not so easy to leave behind.

Cast:

Kira - Sophie Ross

Nina - Vivien Carter

Mark - Ben Lewis

Nancy - Josie Taylor

Lynette - Vanessa Hehir

Heather - Elaine Claxton

Producer/director - Rosalynd Ward

A co-production with The Open University

The Ravens2015042520151004 (WS)

Kira tries to leave her life as a sex worker in Sydney but freedom comes at a price

The Wild Neighbour And The Willing Coward2011121720111218

Being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing, as Avi is about to find out.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

The judges described her play as "full of wonderful surprise," "poignant" and a "deep play done with a beautiful light touch."

Why being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category in this year's international playwriting competition for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

(Image: A jaguar.

Credit: Getty)

The Wild Neighbour And The Willing Coward2011121720111218

Being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing, as Avi is about to find out.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

The judges described her play as "full of wonderful surprise," "poignant" and a "deep play done with a beautiful light touch."

Why being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category in this year's international playwriting competition for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

(Image: A jaguar.

Credit: Getty)

Being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing, as Avi is about to find out.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

The judges described her play as "full of wonderful surprise," "poignant" and a "deep play done with a beautiful light touch."

Why being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing.

The Wild Neighbour And The Willing Coward20111218

Being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing, as Avi is about to find out.

Fernanda Jaber from China won the English as a second language category in this year's international playwriting competition for her moral fable about community, fear and the love of a big cat.

The judges described her play as "full of wonderful surprise," "poignant" and a "deep play done with a beautiful light touch."

(Image: A jaguar. Credit: Getty)

Why being a good man and a good neighbour is not always the same thing.

Their Eyes Were Watching God2011021920110220

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking 1937 novel, dramatised by award-winning writer Patrica Cumper.

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking 1937 novel, dramatised by award-winning writer Patr.

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking novel, dramatised by Patrica Cumper

By Zora Neale Hurston, dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

This ground-breaking novel of 1937 was the first publication of an African-American female author.

When Nanny catches her 16-year-old granddaughter Janie, kissing Johnny Taylor, she wastes no time in speedily marrying her off to an old, wealthy landowner.

It will take Janie three marriages and many years to find the love and freedom she craves.

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking 1937 novel, dramatised by award-winning writer Patrica Cumper.

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking 1937 novel, dramatised by award-winning writer Patr...

Their Eyes Were Watching God20110220

By Zora Neale Hurston, dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

This ground-breaking novel of 1937 was the first publication of an African-American female author.

When Nanny catches her 16-year-old granddaughter Janie, kissing Johnny Taylor, she wastes no time in speedily marrying her off to an old, wealthy landowner.

It will take Janie three marriages and many years to find the love and freedom she craves.

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking novel, dramatised by Patrica Cumper

Zora Neale Hurstons ground-breaking 1937 novel, dramatised by award-winning writer Patr.

Trying By Erin Browne2009112120091122

Winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

This is the winning play from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009 for English as a first language.

Erin Browne's play was described by the judges as “exquisite”, “human” and “spare”, and is a tender three-hander about co-dependency and moving on.

Sisters Lena and Chels are getting by just fine, awaiting the arrival of Chels' baby.

Then Lena has to go and fall in love with the girl in the bookshop.

Directed by Marion Nancarrow, an all-American cast stars Melanie Bond (Quantum of Solace), Sarah Goldberg (A Prayer for Owen Meany, Radio 4) and Sasha Pick (The Road to Guantanamo).

Twelve-thousand scripts were received in the 2009 competition, which awards two first prizes: for the best play with English as a first language and English as a second language.

Both winners came to London to see the recording of their play and the prize-giving ceremony was held at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the 13th October.

The distinguished panel of judges included writer Kwame Kwei-armah and actor Vincent Ebrahim.

The Prison Graduates, which won first prize for English as a second language, will be broadcast at the same time next week.

Sisters Lena and Chels are awaiting the arrival of Chels baby.

But Lena falls in love with a girl in a bookshop.

By Erin Browne.

But Lena falls in love w.

Trying By Erin Browne2009112120091122

Winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

This is the winning play from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009 for English as a first language.

Erin Browne's play was described by the judges as “exquisite”, “human” and “spare”, and is a tender three-hander about co-dependency and moving on.

Sisters Lena and Chels are getting by just fine, awaiting the arrival of Chels' baby.

Then Lena has to go and fall in love with the girl in the bookshop.

Directed by Marion Nancarrow, an all-American cast stars Melanie Bond (Quantum of Solace), Sarah Goldberg (A Prayer for Owen Meany, Radio 4) and Sasha Pick (The Road to Guantanamo).

Twelve-thousand scripts were received in the 2009 competition, which awards two first prizes: for the best play with English as a first language and English as a second language.

Both winners came to London to see the recording of their play and the prize-giving ceremony was held at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the 13th October.

The distinguished panel of judges included writer Kwame Kwei-armah and actor Vincent Ebrahim.

The Prison Graduates, which won first prize for English as a second language, will be broadcast at the same time next week.

Sisters Lena and Chels are awaiting the arrival of Chels baby.

But Lena falls in love with a girl in a bookshop.

By Erin Browne.

But Lena falls in love w.

Trying By Erin Browne20091122

Winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

Washington Nine Eleven2011091020110911

A drama telling how US President Bush and Vice President Cheney responded in the first few hours after the 9/11 attacks.

A drama telling how US President Bush and Vice President Cheney responded in the first.

Washington Nine Eleven2011091020110911

A drama telling how US President Bush and Vice President Cheney responded in the first few hours after the 9/11 attacks.

A drama telling how US President Bush and Vice President Cheney responded in the first.

Washington Nine Eleven20110911

A drama telling how US President Bush and Vice President Cheney responded in the first.

Why Is The Sky So Blue?2011031220110313

Why is the Sky So Blue by award winning playwright, Katie Hims, draws together the personal testimonies of seemingly ordinary people in Africa coming to terms with their own and their community’s problems.

It centres around the story of Dorothy, a widow, who begins to realise how her district is being devastated by the very things no one is prepared to talk about.

As she comes to terms with her own story, she uncovers the answer to the many questions which have troubled her and her family – not least why the sky is blue.

Starring Tanya Moodie, Ellen Thomas, Demi Oyediran and Isaac Ajala.

By award winning playwright, Katie Hims, Starring Tanya Moodie and Ellen Thomas.

Why Is The Sky So Blue?2011031220110313

Why is the Sky So Blue by award winning playwright, Katie Hims, draws together the personal testimonies of seemingly ordinary people in Africa coming to terms with their own and their community’s problems.

It centres around the story of Dorothy, a widow, who begins to realise how her district is being devastated by the very things no one is prepared to talk about.

As she comes to terms with her own story, she uncovers the answer to the many questions which have troubled her and her family – not least why the sky is blue.

Starring Tanya Moodie, Ellen Thomas, Demi Oyediran and Isaac Ajala.

By award winning playwright, Katie Hims, Starring Tanya Moodie and Ellen Thomas.

Why is the Sky So Blue by award winning playwright, Katie Hims, draws together the personal testimonies of seemingly ordinary people in Africa coming to terms with their own and their community’s problems. It centres around the story of Dorothy, a widow, who begins to realise how her district is being devastated by the very things no one is prepared to talk about. As she comes to terms with her own story, she uncovers the answer to the many questions which have troubled her and her family – not least why the sky is blue. Starring Tanya Moodie, Ellen Thomas, Demi Oyediran and Isaac Ajala.

By award winning playwright, Katie Hims, Starring Tanya Moodie and Ellen Thomas.

Why Is The Sky So Blue?20110313

By award winning playwright, Katie Hims, Starring Tanya Moodie and Ellen Thomas.

01The Inheritance Of Loss20091212
01The Inheritance Of Loss20091213

The first ever dramatisation of Kiran Desai's prize-winning novel set in the Himalayas.

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Seven Arab writers have collaborated to produce a drama for the BBC World Service, Al A.

Seven Arab writers have collaborated to produce a drama for the BBC World Service, Al Amwaj, or The Waves.

01 LASTAl Amwaj2009032120090322

Seven Arab writers have collaborated to produce a drama for the BBC World Service, Al A.

Seven Arab writers have collaborated to produce a drama for the BBC World Service, Al Amwaj, or The Waves.

01 LASTAl Amwaj20090322

Seven Arab writers have collaborated to produce a drama for the BBC World Service, Al A.

01 LASTLike Confessing A Murder20090214

Drama based on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, showing a very different man from the popular image.

Drama based on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, showing a v.

01 LASTLike Confessing A Murder20090214

Drama based on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, showing a very different man from the popular image.

Drama based on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, showing a v.

01 LASTLike Confessing A Murder20090215

Drama based on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, showing a v.

01 LASTMy Dark Places20090124
01 LASTMy Dark Places20090125

A production of James Ellroy's extraordinary book, charting his search for the murderer.

01 LASTThe View From Here2009022820090301

Four writers in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia wrote radio dramas inspired by thei.

Four writers in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia wrote radio dramas inspired by their location, titled The View From Here.

01 LASTThe View From Here2009022820090301

Four writers in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia wrote radio dramas inspired by thei.

Four writers in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia wrote radio dramas inspired by their location, titled The View From Here.

01 LASTThe View From Here20090301

Four writers in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia wrote radio dramas inspired by thei.

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02 LASTThe Inheritance Of Loss20091220