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A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

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Modern classics, new works by leading writers and literature from around the world.

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Modern classics, new works by leading writers and literature from around the world.

19920526

THREE WEEKS PART 2

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 91DB2122

First broadcast on 1992-05-26

Recorded on 1991-12-21

Producer: M. BATH

Next in series: THREE WEEKS PART 3

Previous in series: REGENERATION

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26 May 1992 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

BOOK AT BEDTIME

REGENERATION

BBC Programme Number: 91DB2016

Recorded on 1991-12-01

Producer: C. GROVE

Next in series: THREE WEEKS PART 2

Previous in series: THREE WEEKS PART 1

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Written by Pat BARKER. Read by Alice ARNOLD. Produced by Claire GROVE. Part 7

26 May 1992 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Pat Barker (Author)

Claire Grove (Producer)

Alice Arnold (rdr)

20000526

ANIL'S GHOST, Episode 5 of 10

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 00FL0217

First broadcast on 2000-05-26

Recorded on 2000-03-24

Producer: DI SPEIRS

Next in series: ANIL'S GHOST, Episode 6 of 10

Previous in series: ANIL'S GHOST, Episode 4 of 10

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26 May 2000 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Elizabeth Bradbury (adap)

Michael Ondaatje (Author)

Di Speirs (Producer)

Paul Bhattacharjee (rdr)

20040419

Jane Eyre

Anne-Marie Duff reads Sally Marmion's 15-part adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic.

11/15. Jane must examine her conscience and decide on the right course, even if at the cost of her happiness, and her lovers.

20040420

12/15. Jane Eyre: Anne-Marie Duff reads Sally Marmion's adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. Alone and friendless, Jane has left Thornfield Hall. Can she make a new life for herself?

20040421

13/15. Jane Eyre: Anne-Marie Duff reads Sally Marmion's 15-part adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. Jane has a new home, a new school and new friends, but her heart is elsewhere.

20040422

Jane Eyre: Anne-Marie Duff reads Sally Marmion's 15-part adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. 14/15. Jane learns the fate of Thornfield and her master.

20040423

Jane Eyre: Anne-Marie Duff reads Sally Marmion's 15-part adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. 15/15. Jane finds happiness at last.

20040504

7/10. Mary Reilly: Valerie Martin's reworking of a Victorian classic. Mary finally meets Dr Jekyll's assistant Edward Hyde. The household hears a shocking revelation.

20040505

8/10. Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin: Mary Reilly is a servant in the household of Dr Henry Jekyll. Even though Hyde has disappeared, his shadow remains over the household.

20040506

9/10. Mary Railly: Valerie Martin's reworking of a Victorian classic, abridged by Sarah Lefanu. Dr Jekyll is very ill, and Mary's attempts to help lead her to a terrible suspicion.

20040507

Mary Reilly

Valerie Martin's imaginative reworking of a victorian classic, abridged in ten episodes by Sarah LeFanu. Read by Finty Williams.

10/10. Mary discovers the truth as the tragedy of Dr Jekyll reaches its conclusion.

20040510

1/10. Wide Sargasso Sea

Marking twenty five years since the death of Jean Rhys, Adjoa Andoh reads her most famous novel. Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway grows up on a beguiling Caribbean island where tensions escalate between her family and former slaves.

Abridger Margaret Busby

20040511

2/10. Wide Sargasso Sea: By Jean Rhys. Antoinette Cosway's mother marries an Englishman in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

20040512

3/10. Wide Sargasso Sea: By Jean Rhys. Having lost her brother and separated from her mother, Antoinette is sent away to school.

20040513

Wide Sargasso Sea. 4/10. Adjoa Andoh reads Jean Rhys's classic tale. Rochester, newly arrived from England, marries Creole heiress Antoinette and they escape to Dominica. Then News

20040514

Wide Sargasso Sea. 5/10. Adjoa Andoh reads Jean Rhys's classic tale. Antoinette and Rochester's honeymoon develops into an intense love affair on a beautiful estate in Dominica.

20040601

The Far Cry by Emma Smith

First published in 1949, this prize-winning first novel tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Teresa Digby who is whisked off to a barely known sister in India by her excitable, elderly father.

7/10. Life on a Tea-Garden

Teresa absorbs the sights and sounds of her new life at her sister's bungalow in Assam.

Read by Claudie Blakley.

20040602

The Far Cry

First published in 1949, this prize-winning first novel tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Teresa Digby who is whisked off to a barely known sister in India by her excitable, elderly father.

8/10. Picnic by the Naga Hills

Teresa is taken on a picnic and suddenly finds herself popular.

Read by Claudie Blakley

20040603

The Far Cry

First published in 1949, this prize-winning first novel tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Teresa Digby who is whisked off to a barely known sister in India by her excitable, elderly father.

9/10. Up in the Naga Hills

Teresa fleetingly finds her utopia before returning to the bungalow and some unwelcome news.

Read by Claudie Blakley

20040604

The Far Cry

First published in 1949, this prize-winning first novel tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Teresa Digby who is whisked off to a barely known sister in India by her excitable, elderly father.

10/10. An End and a Beginning

Ruth and Edwin quarrel over Teresa's future, and their own.

Read by Claudie Blakley

20040607

The Rainbow

by DH Lawrence

Written in 1915, D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow caused a public furore upon publication and the novel was subsequently banned for being sexually explicit. Abridged in ten parts for Radio 4, the novel explores the passionate lives of three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the 1840s to the early years of the twentieth century.

1/10. Following his father's death Tom Brangwen is left to run the family farm.

20040608

The Rainbow

by DH Lawrence

Written in 1915, D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow caused a public furore upon publication and the novel was subsequently banned for being sexually explicit. Abridged in ten parts for Radio 4, the novel explores the passionate lives of three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the 1840s to the early years of the twentieth century.

2/10. Tom, now married to Lydia, struggles to come to terms with married life and his new position as stepfather to his wife's wilful child, Anna.

Abridged by Linda Cracknell

Produced by Lu Kemp

20040609

The Rainbow

by DH Lawrence

Written in 1915, DH Lawrence's The Rainbow caused a public furore upon publication and the novel was subsequently banned for being sexually explicit. Abridged in ten parts for Radio 4, the novel explores the passionate lives of three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the 1840s to the early years of the twentieth century.

3/10. No longer a child, Anna longs to find an independence outside of her close knit family. The arrival of her cousin Will at the farm allows her to venture beyond her father's watchful eye. Meanwhile, Tom wonders at himself being already an old man as he sees his daughter move away from him towards another man.

20040610

The Rainbow

by DH Lawrence

Written in 1915, DH Lawrence's The Rainbow caused a public furore upon publication and the novel was subsequently banned for being sexually explicit. Abridged in ten parts for Radio 4, the novel explores the passionate lives of three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the 1840s to the early years of the twentieth century.

4/10. After an idyllic courtship and marriage, the early days of Anna's marriage to Will are a shock to them both. The birth of their first child - a girl - is a disappointment to Anna and a revelation to Will.

20040611

The Rainbow

by DH Lawrence

Abridged by Linda Cracknell

5/10. Ursula grows up, ever closer to her young father Will. Will himself is changing from the naïve man he used to be, and his behaviour rather than repulsing his wife draws them together.

20040614

The Rainbow: By DH Lawrence. Abridged by Linda Cracknell. 6/10. Tragedy shocks the family and brings the generations closer together.

20040622

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year-old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident, and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness.

2/5

Pascal's attraction to Louis' mother precipitates an extraordinary crisis.

Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine.

The readers are Andrew Hilton as Doctor Pascal Dannachet, and Jordan Waller as Louis Drax.

20040623

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year-old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident, and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness.

3/10

After Louis' extraordinary moment of apparent consciousness. Pascal can see no further sign of recovery.

Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine.

The readers are Andrew Hilton as Doctor Pascal Dannachet, and Jordan Waller as Louis Drax.

20040624

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year-old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident, and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness.

4/10

Pascal's approach to Louis' case begins to be affected by his feelings for Louis' vulnerable mother.

Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine.

The readers are Andrew Hilton as Dr Pascal Dannachet, with Jordan Waller as Louis Drax.

20040625

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year-old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident, and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness.

5/10

How can a boy in a deep coma have written letters to his mother and his doctor?

Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine.

The readers are Andrew Hilton as Dr Pascal Dannachet, with Jordan Waller as Louis Drax.

20040628

The Surgeon's Mate

By Patrick O'Brian

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch

1/10. In the early summer of 1812, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin arrive in Canada on HMS Shannon after escaping their American captors.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

Then News.

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year-old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident, and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness.

6/10.

The detectives investigating Louis' accident believe Louis' missing father may be behind the mysterious letters apparently signed by Louis.

Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine.

The readers are Andrew Hilton as Doctor Pascal Dannachet, and Jordan Waller as Louis Drax.

20040629

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. 7/10. Louis' mother confides in Pascal, but he has to face a dreadful truth about his own involvement in their lives.

20040630

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. After Louis' extraordinary moment of apparant consciousness, Pascal can see no further sign of recovery.

20040701

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness. Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine and read by Andrew Hilton.

9/10. Louis' grandmother drops a bombshell.

20040702

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen's tense psychological thriller about a nine year old boy in a profound coma after a mysterious accident and the neurologist who hopes to bring him back to consciousness. Abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine and read by Andrew Hilton.

10/10. A very bizarre experiment finally reveals the truth about Louis' mysterious accident.

20040726

Ripley's Game, by Patricia Highsmith, read by Stanley Tucci. 6/10. Gun and garrotte have done their business. So will life resume to type for Tom and Jonathan?

20040727

Ripley's Game, by Patricia Highsmith, read by Stanley Tucci. 7/10. Back home and all is quiet. Isn't it?

20040728

Ripley's Game, by Patricia Highsmith, read by Stanley Tucci. 8/10. Knock knockand some unwanted visitors at Belle Ombre.

20040729

Ripley's Game, by Patricia Highsmith, read by Stanley Tucci. 9/10. There is some cleaning up to do at Belle Ombre.

20040730

Ripley's Game, by Patricia Highsmith, read by Stanley Tucci. 10/10. Jonathan makes an unforgettable sacrifice.

20040802

The Ascent of Rum Doodle: 1/5. Terry Wale reads from WE Bowman's classic spoof mountaineering memoir, first published in 1956. After three months of preparation, the team assembles.

20040803

The Ascent of Rum Doodle: Terry Wale reads from W E Bowman's spoof mountaineering memoir. 2/5. The team is wild with excitement at the prospect of sighting the Atrocious Snowman.

20040804

The Ascent of Rum Doodle: Terry Wale reads from W E Bowman's classic spoof mountaineering memoir, first published in 1956. 3/5. The North Wall is proving more formidable than anticipated.

20040805

The Ascent of Rum Doodle. Terry Wale reads from W E Bowman's classic spoof mountaineering memoir, first published in 1956. 4/5. Not for the first time, the author doubts his sanity.

20040806

The Ascent of Rum Doodle: Terry Wale reads from WE Bowman's classic spoof mountaineering memoir, first published in 1956. 5/5. Will the mountain ever be climbed?

20040813

A Gathering Light: By Jennifer Donnelly, abridged by Penny Leicester. 5/5. The riddle of Grace Brown's death is solved, and Mattie makes her choice. Read by Vicki Simon.

20040816

The Black Pestilence

By Nina Berberova

The broadcast premiere of Nina Berberova's recently rediscovered novel concerning Russian emigres ensnared in the emotional tangle of expatriation.

1/5. The flaw in a pair of ear-rings which Evgeny Petrovich must sell in order to fund a new life begins to take on a sinister meaning. Who holds the key to his salvation? Alya in Paris, Ludmila in New York, or the mysterious Druzhin in Chicago?

Read by Martin Jarvis

Translated by Marian Schwartz

Then News

20040817

The Black Pestilence.

Nina Berberova's recently rediscovered novel.

2/5. Will Alya's money mean that Evgeny can now afford to leave Paris for New York?

Read by Martin Jarvis.

20040818

The Black Pestilence

Nina Berberova's recently rediscovered novel.

3/5. Evgeny finds himself drawn towards his new employer's daughter.

Read by Martin Jarvis.

20040819

The Black Pestilence

Nina Berberova's recently rediscovered novel.

4/5. Could a proposal from Ludmila provide the key to Evgeny's happiness?

Read by Martin Jarvis.

20040820

The Black Pestilence: Nina Berberova's novel, translated by Marian Schwartz. 5/5. Can Evgeny confront his own flaw and finally meet up with the mysterious Druzhin? Read by Martin Jarvis.

20040823

Mr Norris Changes Trains

By Christopher Isherwood

1/5. William Bradshaw, a young teacher of English in Berlin, gets caught up in the weird world of the enigmatic Mr Norris.

Abridged by Roy Apps.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Then News

20040824

Mr Norris Changes Trains

By Christopher Isherwood

2/5. William meets some of Comrade Norris's party friends and another sort of party is cancelled for lack of funds.

Abridged by Roy Apps.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20040825

Mr Norris Changes Trains

By Christopher Isherwood

3/5. William finds that Mr Norris has come to lodge in the same apartment as himself and meets a Baron whose interest in him is not entirely honourable.

Abridged by Roy Apps.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20040826

Mr Norris Changes Trains, by Christopher Isherwood. 4/5. Meeting Margot. Abridged by Roy Apps. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20040902

Night Windows

Psychological thriller written and abridged in ten parts by Jonathan Smith.

4/10.

Patrick's nemesis taunts him with cryptic clues in his pigeon hole at school.

Read by Christian Rodska.

20040903

Night Windows

Psychological thriller written and abridged in ten parts by Jonathan Smith

5/10

Patrick investigates the murky world of identity fraud.

Read by Christian Rodska.

20040906

Night Windows

Psychological thriller written and abridged by Jonathan Smith.

Patrick Balfour is a successful headmaster with a high media profile, but he faces ruin when he's framed as a thief and a paedophile. As Patrick tries desperately to work out who is responsible, the identity fraudster teases him with a series of literary clues from Kafka, Stevenson and Joseph Clark, a 17th century contortionist.

6/10.

Patrick's daughter reveals some surprising truths about his school.

Read by Christian Rodska.

20040908

Night Windows

Psychological thriller written and abridged by Jonathan Smith.

Patrick Balfour is a successful headmaster with a high media profile but he faces ruin when he's framed as a thief and a paedophile. As Patrick tries desperately to work out who is responsible the identity fraudster teases him with a series

of literary clues from Kafka, Stevenson and Joseph Clark, a 17th century contortionist.

8/10.

As the fraudster sends more literary cryptic clues, Patrick investigates the school library.

Read by Christian Rodska.

20040909

Night Windows

Psychological thriller written and abridged by Jonathan Smith.

Patrick Balfour is a successful headmaster with a high media profile but he faces ruin when he's framed as a thief and a paedophile. As Patrick tries desperately to work out who is responsible the identity fraudster teases him with a series

of literary clues from Kafka, Stevenson and Joseph Clark, a 17th century contortionist.

9/10.

A visit to see his daughter in the school play leads to a shocking revelation for Patrick.

Read by Christian Rodska.

20040910

Night Windows: Psychological thriller written and abridged by Jonathan Smith. 10/10. The fraudster makes one last deadly assault on Patrick's privacy. Read by Christian Rodska.

20040914

The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Pulitzer prize winning author's lyrical and compelling new novel about fate, family and identity.

2/10. Born in the USA to Bengali parents - and by a twist of fate given a Russian name, Gogol Ganguli's progress through life looks bound to be complicated.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Hari Dhillon.

20040916

The Namesake: Jhumpa Lahiri's compelling novel, abridged by Sally Marmion. 4/10. Can a change of name bring about Gogol's acceptance as an American? Read by Hari Dhillon.

20040917

The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Pulitzer prize winning author's lyrical and compelling new novel about fate, family and identity.

Born in the USA to Bengali parents - and by a twist of fate given a Russian name, Gogol Ganguli's progress through life looks bound to be complicated.

5/10. With a new name, Gogol's life is falling into place. At Yale he finds his vocation and love. But there is still much to learn.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Hari Dhillon.

20040920

The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Pulitzer prize winning author's lyrical and compelling new novel about fate, family and identity.

6/10. In New York, a whole new world, completely alien to that of his parents, opens up to Gogol.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Hari Dhillon.

20040928

The Third Man: 10-part adaptation of Graham Greene's atmospheric thriller set in postwar Vienna, read by Mark Strong.

20040929

The Third Man

By Graham Greene

3/10. Rollo Martins takes advantage of a case of mistaken identity and steps into the shoes of literary lion Benjamin Dexter. Read by Mark Strong.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20040930
20041001

The Third Man

By Graham Greene

5/10. Rollo makes a dangerous choice when he decides to interview Harry Lime's neighbour about his old friend's death.

Read by Mark Strong.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20041004

The Third Man

By Graham Greene

3/10. After a second death in Harry's neighbourhood, Rollo is no closer to uncovering the identity of the mysterious third man.

Read by Mark Strong.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20041005

The Third Man

By Graham Greene

Greene's classic atmospheric thriller set in postwar Vienna.

7/10. Rollo has news for the police: Harry Lime was murdered. But the police in their turn have news for Rollo

Read by Mark Strong.

Abridged and Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20041006

The Third Man

By Graham Greene

Read by Mark Strong

8/10. The scales have fallen from Rollo's eyes and he knows that Harry Lime died a criminal, but a greater shock is in store in the cold Viennese night.

20041007

The Third Man: 10-part adaptation of Graham Greene's thriller set in postwar Vienna, read by Mark Strong. 4/10. Rollo is beginning to ask questions about the death of Harry Lime.

20041008

The Third Man

By Graham Greene.

Read by Mark Strong.

10/10: The police bait their last trap for Harry Lime as Rollo waits at a café beside the hidden entrance to Vienna's great sewer. But surely Harry is too smart to come.

20041011

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

1/10. Vinnie Miner, a small, plain and unmarried Ivy League professor, is on her way to London for a six-month study leave. On the flight she is forced to share the company of Chuck Mumpson, a balky balding man in a tan western suit and rawhide tie, and as the plane touches down she hopes never to see him again.

20041012

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

2/10. Professor Vinnie Miner is happily established in London's literary society when her path crosses with young handsome colleague Fred Turner, also on a sabbatical, who has become involved with Rosemary Radley, an eccentric English actress.

20041013

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

3/10. By a chance meeting, Vinnie becomes re-acquainted with Chuck Mumpson and against her better instinct agrees to help him in a quest for his English ancestors. Meanwhile Fred, estranged from his wife in America, believes he is in love with Rosemary.

20041014

Foreign Affairs. Alison Lurie's Pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love. Read by Barbara Barnes. 4/10. Chuck arrives unannounced on Vinnie's doorstep for whisky and sympathy.

20041015

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

5/10. Fred, Vinnie and Chuck meet up at a drinks party given by Rosemary Radley. To Vinnie's surprise Chuck is an instant success with the other guests, but the evening ends in disaster for Fred.

20041018

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

6/10. Whilst Fred and Rosemary are estranged, a late night visit brings Vinnie and Chuck closer together.

20041019

Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes, and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

7/10

Vinnie and Fred are both suffering with pangs of guilt; Vinnie over her new relationship and Fred about Roo, the wife he has left behind in America.

Then News

20041020

Foreign Affairs.

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

8/10. Fred makes a shocking discovery when he tries for one last reconciliation with Rosemary Radley.

20041021

Foreign Affairs.

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

9/10. Prompted by thoughts of Chuck, Vinnie embarks upon an uncharacteristic mission of mercy.

20041022

Foreign Affairs: Alison Lurie's Pulitzer winning tale of loneliness and love. 10/10. Vinnie suspects that Chuck's affections have cooled, until a phone call turns her world upside down.

20041025

The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in 15 parts by Sally Marmion.

1/15

The Return of the Rotters

Jonathan Coe's new novel reveals what happens to the adolescents of the seventies once they grew up, got married, got divorced, got receding hairlines and got disillusioned. Against the glitzy but possibly insubstantial backdrop of Blair's Britain, the friends who once made up 'The Rotters' Club' are still striving to find the meaning of life.

Today, Claire begins a letter to her missing sister.

Read by Emma Fielding and Alex Jennings

Then News

20041026

The Closed Circle

By Jonathan Coe

2/15

A Letter to Miriam

Claire has returned to England from Italy, determined to find out at last what happened to her sister so long ago.

Emma Fielding reads part two of Jonathan Coe's new satire on life in Britain today.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Then News

20041027

The Closed Circle

By Jonathan Coe

3/15

Hurrah for the Millennium

As Britain enters a new century, the future's looking bright for Paul Trotter, youngest of Blair's new blood to be invited to the celebrations. His brother Benjamin can't say the same for himself.

Alex Jennings continues Jonathan Coe's biting appraisal of modern life.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Then News

20041028

The Closed Circle

By Jonathan Coe

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Alex Jennings reads Jonathan Coe's new satire on contemporary Britain.

4/15. Spin city

Malvina takes Paul Trotter's political profile in hand - despite unpromising material.

20041029

he Closed Circle

By Jonathan Coe

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Alex Jennings and Emma Fielding continue Jonathan Coe's new satire on contemporary Britain.

5/15. Echoes from the Past

With trouble at Longbridge and memories of Miriam the past suddenly doesn't seem so long ago.

20041105

The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in by Sally Marmion.

15/15. Closing the Circle

The next generation piece their parents' story together.

Read by Alex Jennings and Emma Fielding.

20041108

The Closed Circle

By Jonathan Coe

Carity in the Caribbean

Claire learns truths about both herself and her sister, as Alex Jennings and Emma Fielding continue reading Jonathan Coe's new satire on modern life and sequel to the Rotters' Club.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Then News

20041109

The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in 15 parts by Sally Marmion.

12/15. Style Over Content

Jonathan Coe's new novel reveals what happens to the adolescents of the seventies once they grew up, got married, got divorced, got receding hairlines and got disillusioned. Against the glitzy but possibly insubstantial backdrop of Blair's Britain, the friends who once made up 'The Rotters' Club' are still striving to find the meaning of life.

Today, at the party for Britain's 50 sharpest Men, Paul, number 49, comes face to face with his past, while in Birmingham an old friend goes in search of Benjamin.

Read by Alex Jennings.

20041110

The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in by Sally Marmion.

13/15. Momentous Times

Paul makes a critical decision and Claire finally discovers the truth.

Read by Alex Jennings and Emma Fielding.

20041111

The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in by Sally Marmion.

14/15. Finding Peace

Benjamin hits rock bottom and Paul finally makes a moral choice.

Read by Alex Jennings and Emma Fielding.

20041112
20041115

Fascination

Stories by William Boyd

Stories from the new collection by one of our most popular writers, abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

1/5

Adult Video

Slacking in Oxford, should he finish his doctorate, start the novel or simply get a grip on things

Read by Ben Miles

Then News

20041116

Fascination: Stories by William Boyd, and abridged by Neville Teller. 2/5. Varengville. His mother entertains every afternoon, so he leaves the house to cycle the lanes and meet people.

20041117

Fascination. Stories by William Boyd, abridged by Neville Teller. 3/5. Lunch. From a bundle of restaurant receipts, we piece together the diner's eventful days. Read by Bill Nighy.

20041118

Fasscination: Stories from the collection by William Boyd. 4/5. Fantasia on A Favourite Waltz: She works in Vienna and meets someone who will become famous. Read by Niamh Cusack.

20041119

Fascination. By William Boyd. 5/5. The Pigeon: Comedy and heartache on the estate, with echoes of that master storyteller, Anton Chekhov.

20041122

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

1/10. Just why does a wife, aged 64 and apparently content, suddenly plan to leave her highly successful author-husband of 40 years? The beginning of an acerbic and astonishing new novel.

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News

20041123

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

2/10. Joe and Joan journey to Finland, where Joe will be given recognition for his literary endeavours. But Joan plans to leave him. Today she recalls Joe's shambling in to teach a group of articulate, educated students.

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News

20041124

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer, and abridged by Sally Marmion.

3/10

Liza Ross continues a delightful and daring take on modern marriage. Today, the charismatic young Joe Castleman practices his seduction techniques on his most talented student, with predictable results.

Then News

20041125

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

4/10.

As Joan plans her escape from a loveless union, she looks back at the ties that have bound her.

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News

20041126

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

5/10. Joan finds that life in an artist's garret proves less romantic than she'd hoped. Now, she must rescue both Joe and herself from a catastrophe of their own making.

Read by Liza Ross.

20041129

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

6/10. On a plane on her way to Helsinki, Joan decides for certain that she is to leave her husband.

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News

20041130

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

7/10. The arrival of Joe's would-be biographer in Helsinki offers Joan a chance to tell her side of the story. But where do her loyalties lie?

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News

20041201

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer, and abridged by Sally Marmion.

8/10

The bitterness of betrayals. As the moment of her departure approaches, Joan recalls the years when Joe was predatory and she was simply acquiescent.

Liza Ross continues the story of a marriage made in the fifties but coming of age in the seventies.

Then News

20041202

The Wife: By Meg Wolitzer, abridged by Sally Marmion. 9/10. As the crowds cheer and the Finns raise their glasses, Joe takes centre stage. Joan is watching from the balcony.

20041203

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

10/10. For Joan, it is time to speak at last. But as she announces her decision, Joe has one more surprise for her.

Read by Liza Ross.

20041206

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

1/10. Frankenstein is the chilling story of a student whose attempts to discover the secrets of creating life have tragic consequences for himself and his loved ones.

Read by David Rintoul.

Then News

20041207

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

2/10. Rescued from the Arctic's icy wastes, Victor Frankenstein begins his extraordinary narrative.

Read by David Rintoul.

20041228

Stories by W Somerset Maugham. Anton Lesser reads stories with a sting in the tale. 2/5. Mr Know All: On board, all eyes settle on a string of pearls. Will an expert unearth the mystery?

20041229

Stories by W Somerset Maugham. Anton Lesser reads stories with a sting in the tale from a past master. 3/5. The Promise: His lunch date fails to show. But who is that sitting nearby?

20041230

Stories by W Somerset Maugham. Anton Lesser reads stories with a twist from a past master. 4/5. The Poet: The master wordsmith has a venerable reputation. But should he still be visited?

20041231

Stories by W Somerset Maugham. Anton Lesser reads stories with a twist from a past master. 5/5. Louise: She has a talent for marriage, many marriages. So what is her secret?

20050103

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 1/15. An introduction to the gentleman with a passion for ancient tales of chivalry.

20050104

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 2/15. Quixote is convinced that the roadside inn he is staying at is actually a castle.

20050105

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 3/15. We join the newly dubbed knight as he takes to the road in search of other knights to challenge.

20050106

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Andrew Sachs reads the classic tale. 4/15. Sancho Panza adjusts to his new role as a knight's squire, but his advice regarding windmills goes unheeded.

20050107

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 5/15. Our knight explains the importance of manifesting his madness - preferably naked.

20050110

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 6/15. Captured by his friends, Don Quixote is bought to La Mancha to recuperate and recover his wits.

20050111

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 7/15. The knight's housekeeper is let down by Sanson Carrasco, and Sancho experiences a crisis.

20050112

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 8/15. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza have a disconcerting adventure in a forest.

20050113

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 9/15. Evil enchanters continue to distort Don Quixote's sense of reality, while Sancho isn't so sure.

20050114

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 10/15. Some puppets tell a story - a tale of scepticism, fantasy and reality.

20050117

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 11/15. Don Quixote and his faithful squire become the guests of a duke and duchess.

20050118

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 12/15. The duchess is amused, whilst Sancho learns something to his disadvantage.

20050119

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 13/15. Once more, Sancho is the target for noble deceptions and practical jokes.

20050120

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 14/15. An enemy from the past seeks revenge on Don Quixote.

20050121

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Andrew Sachs reads the 400 year old tale. 15/15. Truth and fantasy find their resting place as the knight and his squire come home.

20050124

Passionate Encounters: A Selection Of Stories by Stefan Zweig.

Born in 1881, Stefan Zweig was of Austrian-Jewish origins. A great humanitarian, liberal thinker and prolific writer, he fled Nazism in 1934 but took his own life in a double suicide pact with his wife in 1942, consumed with despair by the events unfolding in Germany. Interested in psychoanalysis and deeply influenced by Freud, his stories and novellas recount intensely personal narratives that evoke the disintegrating world of Mittel-Europe in the early 20th century and have always attracted the interest of film-makers, including Max Ophuls, Stanley Kubrick and Andrew Birkin.

1/5. The Fowler Snared: Zweig poses the question who is the fowler and who is the snared in the story of a cultivated elderly gentleman who manipulates a young girl by imagining a suitor for her, sustaining and ratcheting up the intense fantasy by sending her anonymous notes.

20050125

Passionate Encounters

By Stefan Zweig.

Born in 1881, Stefan Zweig was of Austrian-Jewish origins. A great humanitarian, liberal thinker and prolific writer, he fled Nazism in 1934 but took his own life in a double suicide pact with his wife in 1942, consumed with despair by the events unfolding in Germany. Interested in psychoanalysis and deeply influenced by Freud, his stories and novellas recount intensely personal narratives that evoke the disintegrating world of Mittel-Europe in the early 20th century and have always attracted the interest of film-makers, including Max Ophuls, Stanley Kubrick and Andrew Birkin.

2/5. Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman, Part 1

The mysterious disappearance of two guests at a Riviera hotel shocks the clientele and reawakens disturbing memories for an English widow in her sixties.

Read by Kika Markham and Jonathan Cullen.

20050126

Passionate Encounters

By Stefan Zweig.

3/5. Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman, Part 2

The English widow, Mrs C, continues her story of the dramatic encounter with a suicidal young gambler, a meeting that takes her into uncharted and turbulent waters.

Read by Kika Markham and Jonathan Cullen.

20050127

Passionate Encounters

By Stefan Zweig.

4/5. Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman, Part 3

The English widow realises that she is more deeply involved than she thought with the desperate young gambler whose future seems to lie in her hands.

Read by Kika Markham and Jonathan Cullen.

20050128

Passionate Encounters

By Stefan Zweig.

5/5. The Invisible Collection

A story set in the desperate days of the late 1920s about an obsessive and parsimonious art collector.

Read by Corin Redgrave and Jonathan Cullen

20050131

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.

1/10. Mama has at last become pregnant, but Papa's violence erupts, and Kambili's ordered world starts to fall apart.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

20050201

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.

2/10. Kambili, distressed by her mother's miscarriage, is struggling to revise for exams, while a military coup threatens Papa's businesses.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

20050202

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.

3/10. Kambili and her brother are about to visit their grandfather and aunt at Christmas.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

20050203

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.

4/10. A visit to Aunty Ifeoma introduces Kambili and her brother Jaja to a life without fear - and to the rare purple hibiscus.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

20050204

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Read by Rakie Ayola

Sarah LeFanu's 10-part adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel set in Nigeria.

5/10

Kambili learns about her Grandfather's 'heathen' beliefs, and Father Amadi teaches her to smile.

Then News

20050207

6/10. Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Read by Rakie Ayola

This acclaimed first novel, shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize, is set in the political turmoil of Nigeria, where Kambili is growing up in a family dominated by her father's repressive religion and domestic violence.

Papa's 'heathen' father has died in Aunty Ifeoma's flat. Now Kambili and Jaja feel Papa's wrath.

20050214

Planet of the Apes.

By Pierre Boulle.

Michael Maloney reads the classic French novel which was a huge film hit in 1967.

1/5

It is the year 2500, and a team of French astronauts make the first interstellar journey to the star Betelguese, where they discover a planet very like the Earth, but with one or two surprises.

Abridged by Jane Purcell.

20050215

Planet of the Apes: Michael Maloney reads the classic French novel by Pierre Boulle, abridged by Jane Purcell. 2/5. Captured by the gorillas, Ulysse is being transported to a new life.

20050216

Planet of the Apes.

By Pierre Boulle.

Michael Maloney reads the classic French novel which was a huge film hit in 1967.

3/5. Ulysse has failed to persuade his monkey captors that he is anything other than another human, but there is some compensation. He is sharing his cell with the beautiful Nova. Will she be enough to keep him there?

Abridged by Jane Purcell.

20050217

Planet of the Apes

Michael Maloney reads the classic French novel by Pierre Boulle, abridged by Jane Purcell.

4/5

Ulysse has been recognised as an intelligent human from another planet, and is living happily amongst the monkeys. But there are shocks in store that will change all that forever.

Read by Michael Maloney

Then News

20050218

Planet of the Apes: Michael Maloney reads the classic novel by Pierre Boulle.

5/5

Ulysse is unaware of the forces grouping against him, but he is becoming a threat even to his friends. Events come to a head in the final part of the sci-fi thiller.

Read by Michael Maloney.

Then News

20050221

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

1/10. Today is that day that Juliet Judd is to be released from prison in the United States. For her retired parents in Cornwall, her sister at work in London and her brother who is driving from the airport to collect her, Juliet's conviction for art theft has had profound consequences.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050222

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

2/10. As Juliet Judd is released from prison in the United States. Her family in Britain try to come to terms with the return of the prodigal daughter.

Read By Nigel Anthony

20050223

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

3/10. Juliet Judd's conviction for art theft three years ago put a huge strain on her parents who couldn't understand how their lovely and talented daughter could have got mixed up in such a fraud.

Read By Nigel Anthony

20050224

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright

Read By Nigel Anthony

Episode 4

Juliet Judd's conviction for art theft three years has shaken her family to the core, but it seems that the explanation for her involvement in the crime is far from straightforward.

20050225

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright

Read by Nigel Anthony

5/10

As Juliet Judd gets ready to return to England after two years in an American prison, her father Charles is also busy laying a ghost from the past.

20050228

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

6/10. As Charlie Judd brings his sister home from America after her two year jail term for art fraud his pregnant fiancé tries to get to know her future family in England.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050301

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

7/10. As Charlie Judd brings his sister home from America after her two year jail term for art fraud their mother is planning his wedding in Cornwall.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050302

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

8/10. Juliet Judd's return from her prison sentence in America draws nearer, her family, all in their different ways, prepare to welcome her home.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050303

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

9/10. Juliet Judd is just about to fly home to England when a New York Times journalist brings her some startling news about her case.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050304

The Promise of Happiness

By Justin Cartwright.

10/10. As the Judd family reassemble in Cornwall for Charlie's wedding the ceremony also provides an opportunity to welcome home the prodigal daughter.

Read By Nigel Anthony.

20050307

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

1/10. A novel about emigrating, family history, sisterly rivalry, tractors - and the lure of a green satin brassiere.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050308

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

2/10. Despite the 48 years age difference, Nadia's widower father is determined to marry his new love, Valentina, thus rescuing her from a life of misery in their mutual homeland, the Ukraine.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050309

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

3/10. Nadia and Vera bury the hatchet and embark on plans to prevent their aged father marrying the voluptuous Valentina.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050310

A Short History of Tractors In Ukranian

By Marina Lweycka

'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee'

Sian Thomas begins Marina Lweycka's witty and tender first novel about emigrating and immigration, family history and sisterly rivalry, tractors - and the lure of a green satin brassiere.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

20050311

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

5/10. Everyone has a cunning plan, as this revealing portrait of a marriage of convenience shows.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050314

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

6/10. As Vera and Nadia plot to extract their aged father from an unsuitable and increasingly expensive marriage of convenience, the voluptuous Valentina is set to thwart them.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050315

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

7/10. Vera and Valentina come to blows and Nadia and her father celebrate their first step to freedom.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050316

8/10. Marina Lewycka's witty and tender first novel, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion. Where is Valentina? And who is the mystery man in the garden? Read by Sian Thomas.

20050317

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

9/10. Two women reveal their inner secrets.

Read by Sian Thomas.

20050318

Marina Lewycka's witty and tender first novel, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

10/10

Reconciliation and a new arrival as Nikolai prepares for the next phase of his long and chequered life.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

20050321

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

1/10. A day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne who is comfortable and happy with his London life until world events dictate otherwise. Suddenly he has to face a local danger too?

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050322

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

2/10. It?s a great day for Henry?s squash game. Isn't it?

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050323

Saturday

Alison Joseph's 10-part dramatisation of Ian McEwan's tale of a day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne.

3/10.

The accident makes Henry late for squash, and it means he meets Baxter.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050324

4/10. Saturday: Alison Joseph's 10-part dramatisation of Ian McEwan's tale of a day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne. Henry versus Jay Strauss and an epic game begins.

20050325

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

5/10. Game over and Henry goes food shopping for the reunion that night.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050328

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

6/10. Ian McEwan's new novel continues with Henry Perowne's poignant visit to his mother, and his difficult journey through the peace march.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050329

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

7/10. Henry returns from visiting his mother, then heads for an important date with the kitchen and his guests.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050330

Saturday

By Ian McEwan. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

8/10. Dinner is vividly interrupted with the arrival of Rosalind and others.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050331

9/10. Saturday: Alison Joseph's dramatisation of Ian McEwan's tale of a day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne. Baxter and Nige have gatecrashed and it is time to get rid of them.

20050401

10/10. Saturday: Alison Joseph's dramatisation of Ian McEwan's tale of a day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne. At the end of the day, Henry has a decision to make.

20050404

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

By Jules Verne. Abridged by Roy Apps.

1/5. In this classic of 19th century science fiction, Professor Aronnax goes in search of a giant sea-monster that has become a danger to shipping. He soon finds himself the guest of Captain Nemo, the master of the Nautilus.

Read by Nigel Anthony.

Then News.

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20050405

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. 2/5. Captain Nemo takes Professor Aronnax on a tour of the Nautilus. Read by Nigel Anthony. Then News.

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20050406

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. 3/5. A curious incident aboard the Nautilus results in a man's death. Read by Nigel Anthony. Then News.

"

20050407

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. 4/5. Nemo shows Aronnax the lost city of Atlantis, and the Nautilus visits the Antarctic. Read by Nigel Anthony. Then News.

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20050408

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. 5/5. Captain Nemo's hatred of humanity has terrible consequences. Read by Nigel Anthony. Then News.

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20050411

Old Filth, by Jane Gardam. 1/10. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life. Read by Martin Jarvis.

20050412

Old Filth: 2/10. Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life.

20050413

3/10. Old Filth: Martin Jarvis continues his reading of Jane Gardams compelling new novel. Abridged by Neville Teller.

20050414

4/10. Old Filth: Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's acclaimed novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life.

20050415

5/10. Old Filth: Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's acclaimed novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life.

20050418

Old Filth, by Jane Gardam. 6/10. Sir Edward Feathers has decided to reunite with his girl cousins. But will their shared secret ever be discussed? Read by Martin Jarvis.

20050419

Old Filth: 7/10. Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life.

20050420

8/10. Martin Jarvis continues his reading of Jane Gardams compelling new novel. Abridged by Neville Teller.

20050421

9/10. Old Filth: Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's acclaimed novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him for his whole life.

20050422

10/10. Old Filth: Martin Jarvis reads Jane Gardam's acclaimed novel. Sir Edward Feathers has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Far East bar. But a dark secret has haunted him all his life.

20050425

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 1/10. Delaney Mossbacher is driving to his affluent home in the hills above Los Angeles when he knocks over a Mexican pedestrian. Read by David Soul.

20050426

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 2/10. When Candido Rincon is knocked over by a car he fears not only for his own life but that of his wife, who is unequipped for the hostile suburbs of California.

20050427

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 3/10. Whilst his wife looks for work at the local labour exchange, Candido finds a place to camp in Topanga Creek, away from the prying eyes officials

20050428

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 4/10. As the number of itinerant workers increases in the Californian suburbs, the residents feel threatened and take matters into their own hands.

20050429

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 5/10. Whilst Delaney becomes increasingly concerned about the illegal campers in the National Park, his wife fears for the value of real estate.

20050502

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 6/10. On a summer evening in the hills above Los Angeles, as the memory of his accident fades from his mind, Delaney struggles with his conscience.

20050503

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 7/10. Forced out of the Californian hills by the closure of the local labour exchange, Candido and America go down to the city in search of work.

20050504

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 3/10. As Thanksgiving arrives, Delaney celebrates at a barbecue in the backyard of a neighbour's house and Candido gets an unexpected bonus.

20050505

The Tortilla Curtain, by T C Boyle. 4/10. As fire sweeps Topanga Canyon and the inhabitants are evacuated. Candidos wife goes into labour. Read by David Soul.

20050509

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

1/10. Today is the day that Sylvia Calvert takes early retirement from her job managing a seaside hotel, but though the elderly residents seem sad to see her go, they are not so sorry to see the back of her husband, Arthur.

20050510

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

2/10. Sylvia Calvert wakes to her first morning of retirement, but far from feeling relaxed she and her husband Arthur have to come to terms with living in their son's house and with having nothing in particular to do.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

20050511

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

3/10. After a few days living with her son and her grandchildren, Sylvia is gradually beginning to master all their electronic gadgets, but she feels it will take her far longer to come to terms with her son's house-rules and the new way of life in Carshall New Town.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

20050512

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

4/10. Sylvia's son throws a party to introduce his mother and father to his friends and neighbours in Carshall New Town, but Sylvia discovers that for a woman who likes to keep herself to herself, being the mother of the local secondary school headmaster has distinct disadvantages.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

20050513

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

5/10. Concerned that his mother is missing her job, Sylvia's son arranges for her to be occupied by a friend of his, doing good work for the community. But far from being grateful, his mother is indignant at his high-handed attitude.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

20050516

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

6/10. Disenchanted with all she has discovered about Carshall New Town and its inhabitants, Sylvia has retreated behind her son's front door to the television and her books. But her crusading son and his friends have other plans for her.

20050517

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

7/10. Sylvia is distressed to see her widowed son pushing his children further and further away from him. Powerless to do anything to help him, she continues to lose herself in her long walks in the countryside until a freak thunderstorm clears the air in more ways than one.

20050518

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

8/10. Sylvia has saved a little girl's life and her new friend's parents welcome her into the warmth of their home.

20050519

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

9/10. Sylvia's son is so wrapped up in his campaign to save a local meadow that he is losing sight of the traumas going on in his own family.

20050520

Late Call

By Angus Wilson.

Read by Tim Pigott Smith.

Angus Wilson's classic novel of life in 1960s Britain.

10/10. The stresses of recent weeks finally come to a head as Sylvia's son loses his campaign to save the local meadow. But Sylvia has far more important matters to deal with as her husband's death leaves her free to start a new life.

20050527

Mrs Sartoris

By Elke Schmitter, translated by Carol Janeway Brown and abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

Read by Stella Gonet.

5/5. Daughter is in trouble, mother will act.

20050530

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

1/10. 'Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.'

Warren Mitchell stars as Leo Gursky, who was once that boy, and who is now at the end of a life that turned out very differently from his dreams. Three lives are linked by a common thread across oceans, decades and emotions.

Read by Warren Mitchell and Sara Kestelman.

20050531

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

2/10. 'When I was born my mother named me Alma after every girl in a book my father gave her called The History of Love.' So begins the second strand of Nicole Krauss's ground-breaking and tender new novel. Vicki Simon tells the story of Alma Singer, 15, brave and determined to survive the loss of her father and her mother's consuming grief.

20050601

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

3/10. A Hundred Things can Change Your Life; A Letter Is One

An unexpected request to translate The History of Love, the book fifteen-year-old Alma was named for, leads Alma to hope she might yet find happiness for her mother. The third and vital thread in the history of The History of Love, begins to reveal its secrets.

20050602

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged by Sally Marmion.

4/10. Warren Mitchell stars as Leo Gursky, a man who has become invisible, a man who has lost everything, but a man who survives nonetheless.

20050603

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged by Sally Marmion.

5/10. Alma begins piecing together the clues surrounding the mystery of The History of Love and the identity of her namesake; and the only real friendship of Zvi Litvinoff's life reveals another part of the jigsaw.

20050606

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged by Sally Marmion.

6/10. How Did it Survive?

Leo Gursky receives an anonymous parcel, containing the novel he wrote over 60 years ago, no longer in Yiddish, but in English, with Spanish names! As Leo remembers the girl he has always loved, his lonely life comes in to focus. Warren Mitchell continues Nicole Krauss' intriguing and compassionate new novel of three interweaving stories all born from the same words.

20050607

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

7/10. Alma continues the hunt for Alma Mereminski, convinced that the character she was named for must have been real to inspire Zvi Litvinoff to write The History of Love. And Zvi finds a reason to write after all.

20050608

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

8/10. Leo goes to his son Issac's house at last and Alma traces Alma Mereminski, but there are some answers neither can find.

20050609

The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss, abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion.

9/10. Litvinoff leaves a clue and Alma comes close to finding the last and vital one, as the three strands of Nicole Krauss' new novel begin to intertwine.

20050613

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/10. When Sheba Hart first arrives at St George's, history teacher Barbara Covett senses a bond with her. But Sheba crosses a line when she becomes involved in a friendship with one of her students, the 15-year-old Steven Connolly.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then News.

"

20050614

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

2/10. Barbara has helped new teacher Sheba Hart to control her classes. Sheba finds herself thinking about Steven Connolly, a 15 year old student who has shown an interest in art.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then News.

"

20050615

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

3/10. Barbara is growing closer to fellow-teacher Sheba Hart. But she doesn't yet know that Sheba has been invited to an assignation on Hampstead Heath by a 15 year old student, Steven Connolly.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then News.

"

20050616

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

4/10. Sheba has begun a relationship with Steven Connolly, a 15 year old student at her school. She hasn't yet confided in Barbara, whose interest in Sheba is becoming more intense.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then News.

"

20050617

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

5/10. Sheba's relationship with Connolly, her 15 year old student, continues to obsess her. On an impulse, she invites fellow teacher Barbara to dinner.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then News.

"

20050620

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

6/10. Sheba has confided in Barbara about her affair with her 15 year old student, Connolly. But she hasn't told her the whole truth.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

20050621

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

7/10. During the summer vacation, Sheba meets up with her student lover, the 15 year old Connolly. But the relationship is not going well and Barbara has begun to realise how low she comes in Sheba's list of priorities.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

20050622

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

8/10. Barbara is furious now she's found out the truth about Sheba's affair with Connolly.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

20050623

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

9/10. Sheba's obsession with Connolly makes her callous towards Barbara. Barbara has taken her revenge by letting the secret slip to fellow teacher, Bangs.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

20050624

Notes on a Scandal

By Zoë Heller, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

10/10. The scandal has broken, and Barbara now takes Sheba under her wing.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

20050627

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

1/10. It's 1948 and the Boff Brothers have top billing at the Birmingham Welsh Club. Mam says "You're a good little pianist Cledwyn but that's all you'll ever amount to. Selwyn's a true performer, he gives his all".

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050628

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

2/10. When Selwyn collapses on stage, well-wishers raise money for a convalescent home in Abergele, 'He may have been sitting in the Land of our Fathers with a rug round his knees, but in his heart he was already on his way, to America'.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050629

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

3/10. The Boff Brothers get a job on board a cruise ship sailing to New York. 'Sel lay on his bunk like the Queen of Sheba, cucumber slices over his eyelids and curlers in his quiff'.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050630

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

4/10. On their second Atlantic crossing, Sel is spotted by a Los Angeles refrigeration tycoon. "Bring him out West, ask me, he can't fail Mr Starlight! and that was how he got his name".

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050701

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

5/10. As Mr Starlight becomes a huge hit in the States, Cledwyn, who feels left behind, decides to return to England. 'You telling all to the newspapers? I'll bet you got some weird stuff on him. He's not quite right is he?'

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050704

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

6/10. Cled settles for married life and a bed and breakfast in Llandudno. Out of the blue, Sel telephones Mam.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050705

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

7/10. At the top of his tree, when Sel returns home to Las Vegas, he takes Mam with him.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050706

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

8/10. Rumours surrounding Mr Starlight are fuelled by a failed engagement.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050707

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

9/10. Sel has fallen so far out of fashion that he comes back in as the new presenter of a daytime show, but when Cled joins him in Vegas he's concerned by his brother's appearance.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050708

Mr Starlight

By Laurie Graham.

A rags to riches showbiz saga.

10/10. Despite his illness Selwyn launches a new high-octane diamond-studded season at the Flamingo Lounge.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

20050711

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

1/10. Nawja, born into a life of privilege in Sudan, only ever dreamed of creating a loving family like her own. Now 40 and alone in London, she has come down in the world.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

20050712

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

2/10. Privileged, pretty, part of an international set in Khartoum, only Nawja's love for an unsuitably left-wing fellow student threatens to upset her happiness, until outside events overtake her.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

20050713

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her, but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

3/10. After the Coup, Nawja begins a new life in London but the ground is shifting.

20050714

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

4/10. Nawja settles into a routine with a new family and visits what remains of her own.

20050715

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

5/10. Increasingly alone in London, Nawja is becoming invisible and powerless.

20050718

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

6/10. Nawja, born into a life of privilege in Sudan, only ever dreamed of creating a loving family like her own. Now 40 and alone in London, she has come down in the world.She remembers when a letter from her first love promised a new future.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

20050719

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

7/10. Anwar's pursuit of Nawja propels her to the brink and to something new.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

20050720

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

8/10. The strength of their faith is drawing Nawja ever closer to her employer's younger brother, Tamer.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

20050721

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

9/10. Nawja remembers her first encounter at the mosque.

20050722

Minaret

By Leila Aboulela, abridged by Sally Marmion.

A revealing and compassionate account of a woman who loses everything most dear to her but finds new and sustaining solace in her faith.

10/10. Doctor Zeinab makes an offer and Nawja makes a choice.

20050725

The Prelude

1/5. Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

20050726

The Prelude

2/5. Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

20050727

The Prelude

3/5. Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

20050728

The Prelude

Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

20050729

The Prelude

Sir Ian McKellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

20050801

Animal Farm

By George Orwell.

1/5. The old pig, Major, speaks to his fellow animals, and the animals take over the farm.

Read by Bill Nighy.

20050802

Animal Farm

By George Orwell.

2/5. The halcyon days of animalism and the Battle of the Cowshed.

Read by Bill Nighy.

20050803

Animal Farm

By George Orwell.

3/5. With Snowball gone, Napoleon cements his position and re-writes history.

Read by Bill Nighy.

20050804

Animal Farm

By George Orwell.

4/5. 'No animal shall kill any another animal'.

Read by Bill Nighy.

20050805

Animal Farm

By George Orwell.

5/5. 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others'.

Read by Bill Nighy.

20050808

The Thirty First of June

By J B Priestley.

1/5. Sam Penty, artist, of Wallaby, Dimmock, Paly and Tooks, Advertising Agents, falls in love with Princess Melicent, daughter of King Meliot, of Peradore, although he has never met her.

Read by Nicky Henson.

20050809

The Thirty First of June

By J B Priestley.

2/5. Sam experiences dungeon life and decides that it's not for him.

Read by Nicky Henson.

20050810

The Thirty First of June

By J B Priestley.

3/5. The plot thickens.

Read by Nicky Henson.

20050811

The Thirty First of June

By J B Priestley.

4/5. There is the small matter of a tournament.

Read by Nicky Henson.

20050812

The Thirty First of June

By J B Priestley.

5/5. Everything ends happily ever after, dragon permitting.

Read by Nicky Henson.

20050815

The Hole in the Wall

By Arthur Morrison, abridged by Neil Cargill.

1/5. Stephen's Tale

Michael Jayston reads Arthur Morrison's story of greed and betrayal set in the London docklands of the 1850s, described by VS Pritchett as 'one of the minor masterpieces of this century'.

20050816

The Hole in the Wall

By Arthur Morrison, abridged by Neil Cargill and read by Michael Jayston.

2/5: The Pocket Watch

'My grandfather was a publican - and a sinner too, as you will see'.

20050817

The Hole in the Wall

By Arthur Morrison, abridged by Neil Cargill and read by Michael Jayston.

3/5: The Pocket Book.

A murder takes place on the very doorstep of Grandfather Nat's inn.

20050818

The Hole in the Wall

By Arthur Morrison, abridged by Neil Cargill and read by Michael Jayston.

4/5: The Letter.

'Sunk on purpose. Viney has murdered your father'.

20050819

The Hole in the Wall

By Arthur Morrison, abridged by Neil Cargill and read by Michael Jayston.

5/5: Retribution.

Grandfather Nat is determined to avenge his son's murder.

20050822

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

1/10. Set in the aftermath of World War Two, three Americans set out to travel in North Africa. But the journey into the desert is to have a devastating effect on their lives. Read by John Sharian.

20050823

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

2/10. Port fails to return to the hotel until morning and Tunners presence complicates matters for Kit. Read by John Sharian.

20050824

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by John Sharian.

3/10. The Americans meet an eccentric English duo whose offer of a lift serves to increase the tensions between them.

20050825

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by John Sharian.

4/10. The Americans travel inland to Boussif, where Port and Kit experience the immensity of the desert.

20050826

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by John Sharian.

5/10. Port and Kit travel on to Bou Noura while Tunner is driven to Messad by the Lyles.

20050829

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

6/10. Set in the aftermath of the Second World War, three Americans set out to travel in North Africa. But the journey into the desert is to have a devastating effect on their lives.

The Moresbys leave Bou Noura for El Ga'a but Port's state of health is steadily worsening.

Read by John Sharian.

20050830

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

7/10. Port has a terrible fever from typhoid, and Kit is beginning to be very afraid.

Read by John Sharian.

20050831

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

8/10. In a state of shock, Kit flees into the desert, where she embarks on an extraordinary journey.

Read by John Sharian.

20050901

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

9/10. A long journey across the desert has taken a now very fragile Kit to the house of Belquassim.

Read by John Sharian.

20050902

The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles, abridged by Alison Joseph.

10/10. Arrangements are made for Kit, now in a state of complete breakdown, to be flown back north to Oran.

Read by John Sharian.

20050905

Corduroy

By Adrian Bell. Abridged by Roy Apps.

Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of 20th century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy. Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.

Times were hard, the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.

1/5. Starting work in Suffolk - cutting marigolds and learning to milk.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050906

Corduroy

By Adrian Bell. Abridged by Roy Apps.

Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of 20th century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy. Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.

Times were hard, the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.

2/5. The young farm apprentice gets himself properly shod at the village shop and takes a farmhorse to the blacksmith.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050907

Corduroy

By Adrian Bell. Abridged by Roy Apps.

Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of 20th century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy. Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.

Times were hard, the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.

3/5. Ploughing, threshing and the winter months on the farm.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050908

Corduroy

By Adrian Bell. Abridged by Roy Apps.

Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of 20th century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy. Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.

Times were hard and the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.

4/5. The climax of the farming year, mowing the hay and harvesting the corn.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050909

Corduroy

By Adrian Bell. Abridged by Roy Apps.

Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of twentieth century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy. Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.

Times were hard, the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.

5/5. With his year's apprenticeship coming to an end, the young man sets about getting a farm of his own.

Read by Robert Glenister.

20050912

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

1/10. Amongst the residents in a Parisian boarding house are an old corn merchant fallen on hard times, and a young student with bounding ambition, whose lives are destined to inter-twine.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050913

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

2/10. Eugene de Rastignac sets out to conquer Parisian society and gets a glimpse into Old Goriot's heart.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050914

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

3/10. Eugene de Rastignac makes a faux-pas and a vital friendship; and learns the truth about Goriot's relationship to the young women who visit him.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050915

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

4/10. Temptation threatens to undermine Eugene's more virtuous plans to seduce a rich woman.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050916

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

5/10. The friendship between Old Goriot and the student Eugene de Rastigac deepens, and Eugene's romantic plans advance.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050919

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

6/10. As Eugene's relationship with Goriot's daughter, Madame de Nucingen, deepens, temptations are all around him.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050920

Le Pere Goriot

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

7/10. An extraordinary day at Madame Vauquer's as Vautrin's cover is blown.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050921

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

8/10. As Eugene's prospects brighten further, Goriot's unconditional love for his daughters is once more put to the test.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050922

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

9/10. Goriot's heart is strained to breaking point.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050923

By Honore de Balzac. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.

10/10. Eugene understands the real nature of Paris and the society which he is determined to conquer.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

20050926

Paradise Lost

By John Milton. Ian McDiarmid reads an extract from the First Book - with an introduction from Philip Pullman.

We meet Satan and the Rebel Angels as they are vanquished on the burning lake in Hell and hear of their determined resolution to fight back.

20050927

Paradise Lost by John Milton

2/5. Ian McDiarmid reads an extract from the Second Book, with an introduction from Philip Pullman.

The Rebel Angels debate their course of action and decide to take their revenge on God by seducing the new race called Man to their party. A cunning Satan volunteers for the task.

20050928

Paradise Lost

By John Milton.

3/5. Ian McDiarmid reads an extract from the Fourth Book, with an introduction from Philip Pullman.

We have our first glimpse of the happy innocence of Adam and Eve, the newly created beings Satan has travelled all this way to tempt and seduce.

20050929

Paradise Lost

Ian McDiarmid reads an extract from the Seventh Book of John Milton's epic, with an introduction from Philip Pullman.

4/5. The Angel Raphael describes to Adam and Eve the creation of the luscious earth and all its creatures.

20050930

Paradise Lost

By John Milton.

4/5. Ian McDiarmid reads an extract from the Ninth Book, with an introduction from Philip Pullman.

Perhaps the greatest literary seduction scene? Satan's temptation of Eve and her first taste of the forbidden fruit.

20051003

No Man's Land

By Graham Greene. Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Intrigue and topicality in this re-discovered story featuring love and micro-film in Cold War Germany.

1/5. Brown sits in the restaurant every day, waiting for something to happen. Then something does.

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051004

No Man's Land

By Graham Greene. Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Intrigue and topicality in this re-discovered story featuring love and micro-film in Cold War Germany.

2/5. Brown has made it to the other side. Here, someone in a Mercedes will change his life for ever.

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051005

No Man's Land

By Graham Greene. Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Intrigue and topicality in this re-discovered story featuring love and micro-film in Cold War Germany.

3/5. Starhov rescues Brown from further interrogation and they strike up an interesting friendship based on the novels of Turgenyev.

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051006

No Man's Land

By Graham Greene. Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Intrigue and topicality in this re-discovered story featuring love and micro-film in Cold War Germany.

4/5. Clara comes to Brown in the night and plans are made for the future - which mean betraying Starhov.

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051007

No Man's Land

By Graham Greene. Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Intrigue and topicality in this re-discovered story featuring love and micro-film in Cold War Germany.

5/5. Clara and Brown evade the guards, then stumble across the man in the Homburg hat. Who shoots first?

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051010

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

1/10: The true story of how the creator of one of literatures most enduring fictional detectives became the champion of a young solicitor who was the victim of an appalling miscarriage of justice.

The novel is nominated for the Booker Prize, the winner of which is announced today.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051011

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

2/10: Strange goings-on at the Vicarage are the subject of an unsympathetic police investigation. The young Conan Doyle gets married.

The novel is nominated for the Booker Prize, the winner of which is announced this week.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051012

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

3/10: Arthur puts an end to Sherlock Holmes whilst troubling and mysterious events continue to dominate George's world.

The novel is nominated for the Booker Prize, the winner of which is announced this week.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051013

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

4/10: The Chief Constable puts pressure on his men to solve the series of attacks on livestock. The vicar's son is in his sights.

The novel is nominated for the Booker Prize, the winner of which is announced this week.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051014

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

5/10: Both Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji find themselves in challenging and bewildering situations.

The novel is nominated for the Booker Prize, the winner of which is announced this week.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051017

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

6/10: Arthur Conan Doyle is struggling with his chivalric ideals - he is in love with another woman but determined to remain faithful to his dying wife. George Edalji, meanwhile, is free but disgraced - and in need of a champion.

Read by Clive Merrison.

20051018

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes. Abridged by Katrin Williams.

7/10: Arthur embarks upon his investigations.

The novel was nominated for this year's Booker Prize.

Read by Clive Merrison.

Then News

20051019

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes.

8/10. The creator of Sherlock Holmes confronts the Chief Constable.

Read by Clive Merrison.

20051020

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes.

9/10. Arthur's investigations are conducted with an enthusiasm that leaves George feeling uneasy about their outcome.

Read by Clive Merrison.

20051021

Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes.

10/10. Arthur's last words are witnessed by George.

Read by Clive Merrison.

20051024

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

1/10. Suspicions are aroused when three mysterious young men check in to a charming yet discreet hotel in the fashionable south of France. Perhaps royalty has come in disguise? An adventure begins for Albert Campion.

20051025

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

2/10. Returned from France, Campion and his friends are on the trail of the Pontisbright mystery. Where better to start than the ancestral Pontisbright lands in Suffolk?

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051026

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

3/10. Strange goings on in Pontisbright leave Campion and his friends determined to unravel the mystery. For who was the shrouded corpse, with pennies on his eyes, laid out on the heath at midnight?

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051027

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

4/10. Clues are coming thick and fast. A riddle carved on an old oak tree is the key to all, but what can it possibly mean?

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051028

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

5/10. Events take a sinister turn when the village doctor warns Campion and his friends to leave Pontisbright with all possible speed. Why should the friendly medic look so scared?

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051031

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

6/10. Events have taken a nasty turn in the village of Pontisbright. Campion has disappeared - possibly Shanghaied by the villainous Savanake - and his friends are at a loss.

Read by Nikolas Grace.

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051101

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

7/10. In Campion's absence his friends are getting closer to the mysterious proofs of the Pontisbright inheritance. They are only moments away from reclaiming the Malplaquet drum.

Read by Nikolas Grace.

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051102

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

8/10. Campion returns to the game just in time to reveal the whereabouts of the Crown of Averna.

Read by Nikolas Grace.

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051103

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

9/10. The sinister Dr Galley returns to play his part in the drama unfolding in the village of Pontisbright. Campion must hurry if he is to save his friends.

Read by Nikolas Grace.

Producer Lisa Osborne.

20051104

Sweet Danger

By Margery Allingham, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

10/10. The proofs are at hand, the drum and crown are safe, and Hal Fitton is revealed to be the rightful Earl of Pontisbright. All that remains is the Metternich receipt.

Produced by Lisa Osborne.

20051107

White Ghost Girls

By Alice Greenway, abridged by Jules Wilkinson and read by Vicki Simon.

1/5. A tale of two sisters and the summer that ends their childhood, set in 1960s Hong Kong and told through the eyes of a 12-year-old.

20051108

White Ghost Girls

By Alice Greenway, abridged by Jules Wilkinson and read by Vicki Simon.

2/5. Kate and Frankie receive tapes from their father who is taking photographs of the war in Vietnam. Then a day trip to a temple on Lantau Island turns into a journey so terrifying, that both girls instinctively keep silent about their experiences.

20051109

White Ghost Girls

By Alice Greenway, abridged by Jules Wilkinson and read by Vicki Simon.

3/5. Frankie puts out for men in a defiant attempt to draw her parents to her.

20051110

White Ghost Girls

By Alice Greenway, abridged by Jules Wilkinson and read by Vicki Simon.

4/5. On her 13th birthday, Kate has a chance to try to tell her father the terrible secrets she keeps.

20051111

White Ghost Girls

By Alice Greenway, abridged by Jules Wilkinson and read by Vicki Simon.

5/5. Frankie is about to be taken from Hong Kong to boarding school in America, but is determined to be reunited with her father before she goes.

20051114

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

1/10. The story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double act. One is in remission from lung cancer and looking for a quiet place to die, the other hiding away from his once promising academic career and life in general.

Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion, set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051115

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

2/10. Disturbing Revelations

All is not as it seems at Brightman's attic. After a surprise visit from his schizophrenic daughter, Tom's boss Harry reveals all.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051116

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

3/10. The Queen of Brooklyn

Tom tells Nathan about his missing sister, and his love for an unattainable woman.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051117

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

4/10. Dinners and Dreams

Tom, Harry and Nathan meet for dinner, and explore the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and human folly.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051118

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

5/10. Our Girl, or Coke is it

Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, arrives on Tom's doorstep - changing his life forever.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051121

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

6/10. Dream Days at the Hotel Existence

Tom, Nathan and Lucy find themselves stuck at the Chowder Inn while Harry continues his business.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051122

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

7/10. Double Cross and Counter Attack

Harry is dead. Tom and Nathan return to Brooklyn with their dreams shattered.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051123

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

8/10. Further Developments

Nathan has discovered Harry's Will.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051124

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

9/10. The Laughing Girl

Aurora has re-surfaced briefly, only to vanish again within 30 seconds. Tom and Nathan's darkest anxieties have been confirmed, and Nathan sets off to find her.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051125

Brooklyn Follies

By Paul Auster, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths and read by Garrick Hagon.

10/10. A New Life

Nathan discovers romance in an unexpected quarter, in more ways than one.

Producer Louise Armitage.

20051205

By Anthony Powell

1/10. Zouch has been invited to stay at Passenger Court, country home of the Passenger family, by the youngest daughter, Mary. But his beard, and his profession as a portrait painter which afford him a certain cachet in town, are seen as a distinct handicap amongst the unsophisticated country set.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051206

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell, abridged by Jane Marshall.

2/10. Arthur Zouch is staying at Passenger Court at the invitation of Mary Passenger. But though she is rather taken with her bohemian friend, her father is far less persuaded of his charms, her mother barely registers him and her sister is sure she remembers coming across him in a dubious club in Soho.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Producer Jane Marshall.

20051207

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell, abridged by Jane Marshall.

3/10. Whilst staying at Passenger Court at the invitation of Mary Passenger Zouch has been introduced to Joanna Brandon and rather inconveniently finds himself attracted to this friend of his hostess' family.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Producer Jane Marshall.

20051208

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell, abridged by Jane Marshall.

4/10. As the locals gather to rehearse the forthcoming pageant, Zouch takes the opportunity to find out more about the history of the Passengers and their neighbours, and, under the nose of his hostess, to further his acquaintance with Joanna Brandon.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Producer Jane Marshall.

20051209

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell, abridged by Jane Marshall.

5/10. Zouch sneaks away from Passenger Court to visit Joanna Brandon, and is embarrassed to be spotted in the town by Mr Passenger.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Producer Jane Marshall.

20051212

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell.

6/10. Zouch has decided that Mary Passenger is the key to a new life in which uncomfortable memories of his former existence in London will become a thing of the past. But he still he can't quite shake off his interest in Joanna Brandon.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051213

By Anthony Powell

7/10. Zouch finds that his activities have put him in a difficult position that requires some delicate handling.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051214

By Anthony Powell

8/10. Mr Passenger is irritated to discover that his younger daughter has become engaged to Zouch. But, remembering that his opposition to his elder daughter's marriage had the opposite effect to the one he intended, he decides on a different strategy this time round.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051215

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell

9/10. Zouch has returned to Passenger Court from London but this time he feels less an unwelcome guest and more a prospective-son-in-law. Mr Passenger, however, has other matters on his mind.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051216

From a View to a Death

By Anthony Powell.

10/10. As Zouch seems determined to make himself a part of the Passenger family, Mr Passenger decides to test his suitability for life in the country and offers him a ride on one of the horses in his stable.

Read by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Produced and abridged by Jane Marshall.

20051219

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

1/10. Landlord Eric has plans to fill his inn over Christmas.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051220

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

2/10. Having advertised his inn as a place where people can get away from it all over Christmas, Eric is now preparing for the guests.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051221

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

3/10. The five guests have arrived at the inn.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051222

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

4/10. Harry sits in his room trying to work on his biography of General Gordon.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051223

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

5/10. Jessica has become a little concerned about Jon's odd behaviour - and the way he claims to know her when she can barely remember ever having met him.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051226

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

6/10. It is Christmas Eve, and half the party are continuing the festivities at the Professor's cottage.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051227

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Based on the tempting notion of opting out of Christmas, The Inn at the Edge of the World is a joyfully malicious ghost story set on a remote Scottish island.

7/10. It is Christmas Day and Jon's behaviour towards Jessica has become more disturbing

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051228

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Based on the tempting notion of opting out of Christmas, The Inn at the Edge of the World is a joyfully malicious ghost story set on a remote Scottish island.

8/10. The guests are at lunch. Harry has thwarted Jon's attempt to push Jessica into the sea.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051229

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Based on the tempting notion of opting out of Christmas, The Inn at the Edge of the World is a joyfully malicious ghost story set on a remote Scottish island.

9/10. The guests are beginning their last day at the inn.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20051230

The Inn at the Edge of the World

By Alice Thomas Ellis, abridged by Alison Joseph and read by Alexandra Mathie.

Five guests are drawn to a remote Scottish island, all seeking an escape over the festive season. However, the island isn't the idyllic haven they had hoped for.

10/10. Everyone is trying to come to terms with the day's events in the aftermath of the terrible storm.

Producer Eilidh McCreadie.

20060102

Constitutional

By Helen Simpson, abridged by Katrin Williams.

1/5. The Year's Midnight

Her enjoyable swim at the pool is interrupted by a wailing child. Where is mother?

Read by Niamh Cusack.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

20060103

Constitutional

By Helen Simpson, abridged by Katrin Williams.

2/5. The Tree

His mother is on the phone again, saying something about trouble in the garden.

Read by David Horovitch.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

20060104

Constitutional

By Helen Simpson, abridged by Katrin Williams, read by Niamh Cusack.

3/5. The Door

After the death of her boyfriend, a new door for the flat should mean security. Malcolm comes round to install it.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

20060105

Constitutional. A week of new stories by Helen Simpson. 4/5. If I'm Spared. Part One: The slick foreign correspondent is dealt some bad news. Is it time to change his ways?

20060106

Constitutional. New stories by Helen Simpson. 5/5. If I'm Spared, Part Two: After a second consultation, the correspondent's world is turned upside-down again. Read by David Horovitch.

20060109

A Passage to India

By EM Forster.

Read by Samuel West and abridged by Sally Marmion.

1/15. A surprise encounter in a mosque opens Forster's much loved classic novel. As West meets East, an enduring friendship commences.

20060110

A Passage to India

By EM Forster.

Read by Samuel West and abridged by Sally Marmion.

2/15. Adela and Mrs Moore begin their quest to see the 'real' India at The Collector's Bridge Party.

20060111

A Passage to India

By EM Forster.

Read by Samuel West and abridged by Sally Marmion.

3/15. An unconventional party. Fielding's invitation to tea brings East and West together, and precipitates an ill-considered invitation.

20060112

A Passage to India

By EM Forster.

Read by Samuel West and abridged by Sally Marmion.

4/15. Being awfully British. Adela's thorough talk with Ronny is thrown off course by an accident on the Marabar Road.

20060113

A Passage to India

By EM Forster.

Read by Samuel West and abridged by Sally Marmion.

5/15. An Englishman at his best. A remarkable gesture cements the friendship between Dr Aziz and Mr Fielding.

20060116

A Passage to India

By E M Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

6/15. Aziz's hospitality knows no bounds as he transports his English guests to a picnic at the Marabar Caves.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060117

A Passage to India

By E M Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

7/15. Aziz's triumphant expedition to the Marabar caves ends in despair and disaster.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060118

A Passage to India

By E M Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

8/15. Fielding must take sides as Anglo-India rallies behind Adela.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060119

A Passage to India

By E M Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

9/15. A confrontation at the club brings the first signs of doubt.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060120

A Passage to India

By E M Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

10/15. Mrs Moore will offer Adela no words of comfort as the trial approaches.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060123

A Passage to India

By EM Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

11/15. Adela's accusation works to its inevitable end and she faces Aziz across a crowded court room.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060124

A Passage to India

By EM Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

12/15. New allegiances and sad tidings, as Chandrapore absorbs the collapse of Aziz's trial.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060125

A Passage to India

By EM Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

13/15. Friendships are mourned, made and tested by misunderstanding.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060126

A Passage to India

By EM Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

14/15. Two years after the incident in Chandrapore, Aziz comes face to face with his old English friend once more.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060127

A Passage to India

By EM Forster, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Samuel West.

15/15. Reconciliation and acceptance mark a poignant conclusion.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060130

The Sea

Jim Norton reads from John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

1/5. Art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday, both to escape a recent loss and confront a distant trauma.

20060131

The Sea.

Jim Norton reads from John Banville's Man Booker Prize winning novel.

2/5. Recently widowed Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday a holiday which would change his life forever.

20060201

The Sea

Jim Norton reads from John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

3/5. Recently widowed Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday and met a family who changed his life forever.

20060202

The Sea.

Jim Norton reads from John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

4/5. Recently widowed Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday - and met his first love.

20060203

The Sea.

Jim Norton reads from John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

5/5. Recently widowed Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday. He recalls the discovery of a secret and a tragic event.

20060206

This Thing of Darkness.

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

1/10. Rio de Janeiro, November 13, 1828

The Beagle begins a two year mission to map the waters and coasts of South America.

20060207

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

2/10. Dungeness Point, Patagonia, April 1, 1829

The crew of the Beagle encounter giant Indians who paint themselves in red and white crosses.

20060208

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

3/10. Tierra del Fuego, December 1829

Fitzroy and his crew discover the natives have an uncanny ability to mimic English.

20060209

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

4/10. Desolate Bay, Tierra del Fuego, February 1830

The Natives attack the crew and steal The Beagle's whaleboat.

20060210

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

5/10. York Minster, Tierra del Fuego, 3 March 1830

The Beagle picks up some unexpected passengers.

20060213

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by James Robertson.

6/10. Rio de Janeiro, August 1, 1830

As The Beagle nears the end of her mission, the ship picks up four native Fuegians.

20060214

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by James Robertson.

7/10. Plymouth, October, 1830

The Beagle arrives back in England and the four Fuegians are sent to school.

20060215

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by James Robertson.

8/10. London, August, 1831

As The Beagle prepares for her second voyage, a young Charles Darwin applies for the post of Ship's Naturalist.

20060216

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by James Robertson.

9/10. London, August, 1831

Captain Fitzroy and the Fuegians are granted an audience at St James' Palace with King William and Queen Adelaide.

20060217

This Thing of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by James Robertson.

10/10. Plymouth, December, 1831

Charles Darwin is shocked to discover some of the more brutal realities of life at sea.

20060220

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

1/10. An eminent rabbi passes away in Hendon and his estranged daughter is compelled to return home.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060221

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

2/10. Ronit prepares for her father's orthodox funeral in Hendon. She also steels herself to confront the community she left behind years before.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060222

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

3/10. Ronit's return home leads to some shocking revelations.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060223

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

4/10. Tensions are running high at a dinner party, where Ronit reveals that she has lost none of her youthful rebelliousness.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060224

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

5/10. Old desires are rekindled when Esti and Ronit set out for an evening walk.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060227

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

6/10. Ronit and a shameful suspicion are at the heart of hushed and whispered conversations.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060228

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

7/10. Esti makes a discovery, and Hartog has a proposition for Ronit.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060301

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

8/10. Old memories lead Ronit to disobey her inner voice, and David is confronted by a startling revelation.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060302

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

9/10. The repercussions of Ronit's actions take shape in Esti and Dovid's household.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060303

Disobedience

By Naomi Alderman, abridged by Sally Marmion. Read by Sara Kestelman and Tracey-Ann Oberman.

10/10. At Rav Krushka's memorial service, Ronit takes refuge in silence while Esti prepares to speak out.

Producer Elizabeth Allard.

20060306

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

1/10. A disparate group of Parisians are caught up in the events of June 1940, as they flee their city before the enemy advances.

20060307

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer, who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

2/10. June 1940. German forces are approaching the outskirts of Paris, and rich and poor alike have finally realised the inevitability of their city's fate. From the Boulevards to the banks, Parisians are preparing to flee.

20060308

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer - who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s - set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She had completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters before finally becoming a French bestseller.

3/10. As the Germans reach Paris, the chaos and confusion mounts. With the train stations packed and no space in the cars, there is little choice left for those without means, but to walk.

20060309

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer, who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years, the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

4/10. June 1940. Convoys are strafed by German aircraft, bombs are dropped on refugees. As Nemirovsky's disparate characters make their weary way out of Paris, are they any safer? Civilised behaviour begins to break down as chaos takes its toll.

20060310

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer, who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years, the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

5/10. While Gabriel Corte tries to save his own skin, Hubert Pericand has a greater ideal in mind.

20060313

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

6/10. Mme Pericand tries to get her brood to Nimes. Hubert, her second son, takes another step towards adulthood.

20060314

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

7/10. Scattered across France, dispersed by the invading enemy, Charles Langelet, old Monsieur Pericand and Jean-Marie Michaud are all finding their own ways to deal with the upheaval that has swept their country.

20060315

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

8/10. Violence and consolation as the Pericand family suffer the after-shocks of the invasion.

20060316

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

9/10. War may be a leveller; peace brings dividends, but not for all. The Michauds and Gabriel Corte experience the aftermath of the Armistice.

20060317

Suite Francaise, Storm in June

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by Sian Thomas, translated by Sandra Smith and abridged by Sally Marmion.

In 1941, a notable Ukrainian Jewish writer who had sought sanctuary in France in the 1920s, set out to pen a five-part opus about France under German occupation. She completed two novels before her arrest and subsequent death in Auschwitz. For 40 years the manuscripts lay undiscovered in a suitcase kept by her daughters, before finally becoming a French bestseller.

10/10. An accidental death and a promise of life.

20060320

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.

1/10. When an Oxford academic is anonymously gifted a volume inscribed with the mark of Vlad Drakulya, there begins a terrifying and increasingly desperate quest for the monster's last recorded resting place.

Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

20060321

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.

2/10. The discovery of a book inscribed with the mark of Drakulya, is followed by an anonymous warning and a gruesome death in an Oxford College.

Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

20060322

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.

3/10. The letters which Professor Rossi bequeaths to Paul convinces him that Drakulya is still alive. But to Paul's surprise, he is not the only one on the monster's trail.

Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

20060323

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.

4/10. Helen shocks Paul by revealing that she is Professor Rossi's daughter, and that Rossi met her mother whilst searching for Dracula, in Romania.

Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

20060324

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.

5/10. Convinced that her father has gone in search of Dracula, Elizabeth absconds from school in Amsterdam, determined to catch up with him. But someone is following her.

Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

20060327

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

6/10. Helen takes Paul to meet her mother in Romania, and discovers that Helen is herself descended from the long and evil line of Vlad Drakulya.

20060328

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

7/10. Paul and Helen's pursuit of Drakulya takes them first to Istanbul, until the discovery of a 15th-Century manuscript points the way to Bulgaria.

20060329

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

8/10. Paul's joy at discovering a new lead in their pursuit of Drakulya ends abruptly, when the unthinkable befalls Helen.

20060330

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

9/10. Whilst staying at a hilltop monastery, Helen is bitten for the second time by a vampire. It is now more urgent than ever that they discover the source of this evil.

20060331

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller. Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.

10/10. In a crypt at Sveti Georgi, Helen and Paul at last track down the source of absolute evil - Vlad Tepes or Drakulya. There remains only one course open to them.

20060407

Tamburlaine Must Die

An Elizabethan thriller by Louise Welsh, read by Dexter Fletcher.

5/5. A death and a fragment of black linen lead Christopher Marlowe to the impostor, Tamburlaine, in the final part of this Elizabethan thriller read by Dexter Fletcher.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20060410

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

1/15. The Second World War has ended but its after-shocks linger.

20060411

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

2/15. London 1947. Duncan encounters an old friend, Helen and Julia have an uneasy picnic in Regent's Park and Viv spends the afternoon in the countryside with Reggie.

20060412

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

3/15. London 1947. Viv Pearce spots Kay outside the Tivoli cinema. Viv's brother Duncan spends an embarrassing evening and Kay visits her old ambulance friend Mickey.

20060413

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

4/15. Helen tries to talk to Viv about Julia. Viv's behaviour is rather puzzling to her brother's wartime friend Robert Fraser.

20060414

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

5/15. London, 1947. Helen is becoming obsessive about Julia's new friendship. Duncan behaves eccentrically late at night and Kay wonders about the packet she's been handed by Viv.

20060417

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

6/15. In 1947, Viv Pearce was having an affair with Reggie and had a secret concerning a gold ring. Helen and writer Julia were living uneasily together. And Viv's brother Duncan was living with Mr Mundy. But what were they all doing three years before? The story moves back to 1944.

20060418

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

7/15. London, 1944. Kay Langrish works as an ambulance driver in wartime London and lives with Helen, who is about to meet Julia. Viv Pearce's brother Duncan is in prison for a mysterious offence. Viv has worries of her own.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060419

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

8/15. Ambulance driver Kay Langrish is devoted to Helen. But Helen has become fascinated by Julia.

20060420

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

9/15. London, 1944. Viv Pearce confides in her office friend, Betty. Helen is feeling stifled by Kay's gallant devotion.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060421

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

10/15. London, 1944. Viv Pearce and her father continue to visit Duncan in prison. After Kay goes off to the ambulance station, Helen decides to make a secret nocturnal visit.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060424

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

11/15. It's 1944. Helen and Julia take a night-time walk, which Kay doesn't know about. Pretty typist Viv Pearce makes an emotional telephone call to Reggie at his unit.

Abridged and produced by Martin Jarvis.

20060425

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

12/15. London, 1944. A horrific time for Viv - and Reggie doesn't behave well.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060426

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

13/15. London, 1944. Helen and Julia can hear the sirens from Mecklenburgh Square. Duncan and Robert hear them too, from their prison cell. And Kay races back home, full of fear for Helen.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060427

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

14/15. The story now unravels backwards in time - to 1941. Pretty Viv Pearce meets an attractive soldier on a train to London. Her younger brother Duncan has problems dealing with his best friend Alec.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060428

The Night Watch

By Sarah Waters, read by Rosalind Ayres.

The moving story of three women and their love affairs, set in 1940s London.

15/15. It's the London blitz, 1941. Viv Pearce's 17-year-old brother Duncan has just been given frightening news. Ambulance driver Kay Langrish meets the love of her life.

Producer Martin Jarvis.

20060501

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

1/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is called to a murder in Gorky Park. Three bodies lie under a crust of ice, their identities erased with chilling precision.

20060502

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

2/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is faced with three unidentified bodies and no apparent motive for the crime. Plus, his old adversary from the KGB, Major Pribluda, is showing a disquieting interest in the Gorky Park case.

20060503

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

3/10. Arkady Renko is beginning to make headway in his investigation into the triple murder in Gorky Park. Not only does he suspect that one of the victims is an American, but he has tracked down the owner of the ice skates worn by one of the others.

20060505

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

4/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko has acquired the KGB surveillance tapes for all foreigners visiting Moscow during the month preceding the murders in Gorky Park. Not only is he convinced that there is an American connection, but there appears to be a German tourist involved as well.

20060506

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

5/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko has finally begun to make a breakthrough in his investigation into the murders in Gorky Park. But when he sends his friend Detective Pavlovich to pick up a suspect religious chest from the apartment of a known ikon dealer, both the dealer and his colleague are shot dead.

20060508

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

6/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko believes he finally knows the identity of the murder victims discovered in Gorky Park. But he is convinced that the KGB are setting him up to fail in cracking the case, because it involves an American fur trader with whom they do business. All he has to do is prove it.

20060509

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

7/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is harbouring Irina Asanova from both the KGB and the American furrier he suspects of the murders in Gorky Park. But while she still believes her friends escaped over the border, she won't tell him any of the things she knows about Osborne.

20060510

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

8/10. Chief Investigator Arkady Renko takes Irina Asanova to the cabin where her dead friends were hiding out, in order to shock her into admitting what business a rich American furrier had with three ordinary Siberians.

20060511

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

9/10. Arkady Renko has had to let Osborne catch his flight back to the safety of the United States in exchange for the information about where Irina has been taken, in order to save her life.

20060512

Gorky Park

By Martin Cruz Smith, read by Tim Pigott Smith.

10/10. After months of questioning by the Russian authorities, Arkady Renko can't quite believe that he's still alive. But what he hasn't realised is that the KGB need him to help them by flying to the United States.

20060515

Canvey Island

The story of changing times in post-war Britain over 40 years, concentrating on one family, beginning with the epic floods of 1953.

1/5. Martin and his mother struggle for survival in the huge Canvey Island floods of 1953. And everything changes.

Violet....Leslie Ash

George....Charles Cork

Len....Christopher Ettridge

Claire....Emma Gregory

Martin....Stuart Laing

Linda....Jessie Wallace

This is the first Book at Bedtime to use a multi-voiced reading.

Producer Clive Brill.

20060516

Canvey Island

The story of changing times in post-war Britain over 40 years, concentrating on one family.

2/5. As University looms, Martin is forced to break up with Linda - his one great love. But Cambridge proves an eye-opening experience.

Violet....Leslie Ash

George....Charles Cork

Len....Christopher Ettridge

Claire....Emma Gregory

Martin....Stuart Laing

Linda....Jessie Wallace

The first Book at Bedtime to use a multi-voiced reading.

Producer Clive Brill.

20060517

Canvey Island

The story of changing times in post-war Britain over 40 years, concentrating on one family, beginning with the epic floods of 1953.

3/5. With her marriage already under strain, Claire leaves with her daughter Lucy to join the protestors on Greenham Common.

Violet....Leslie Ash

George....Charles Cork

Len....Christopher Ettridge

Claire....Emma Gregory

Martin....Stuart Laing

Linda....Jessie Wallace

Producer Clive Brill.

20060518

Canvey Island

The story of changing times in post-war Britain over 40 years, concentrating on one family.

4/5. While Claire is at Greenham Common, Martin revisits Canvey Island and finds it impossible to avoid seeing Linda - his first true love. He prays that Claire will not find out.

Violet....Leslie Ash

George....Charles Cork

Len....Christopher Ettridge

Claire....Emma Gregory

Martin....Stuart Laing

Linda....Jessie Wallace

Producer Clive Brill.

20060519

Canvey Island

The story of changing times in post-war Britain over 40 years, concentrating on one family.

5/5. Martin begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his often distant father. He also hopes to learn the truth about Len's relationship with Violet.

Violet....Leslie Ash

George....Charles Cork

Len....Christopher Ettridge

Claire....Emma Gregory

Martin....Stuart Laing

Linda....Jessie Wallace

Producer Clive Brill.

20060522

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

1/10. January Man

Jason Taylor is a 13-year-old facing the usual adolescent problems of family tensions, school bullies and the mysteries of girls. He's also a stammerer and secret poet.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060523

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

2/10. Hangman

13 year-old Jason has developed many strategies for hiding his stammer from his schoolmates, but now he's facing an ordeal he can't duck.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060524

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

3/10. Bridlepath

Fed up with family tensions and school bullying, 13-year-old Jason sets off to discover a lost tunnel through the Malvern Hills.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060525

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

4/10. Dawn

Thirteen year-old Jason's expedition to the hills ends in an unexpected and unsettling encounter with a classmate.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060526

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

5/10. A Country at War

Jason is keeping a scrapbook about the war in the Falklands, but his adolescent enthusiasm for the fighting disappears when news comes through of one of the village's own young soldiers.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060529

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, read by Stuart McLoughlin, and abridged by Roger Pine.

6/10. Knife Grinder

Jason Taylor is a 13-year-old facing the usual adolescent problems. Now the village is uniting against a gypsy encampment and Jason's loyalties are tested.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060530

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, read by Stuart McLoughlin, and abridged by Roger Pine.

7/10. Spy

Jason Taylor is a 13-year-old facing the usual adolescent problems. He makes an unplanned excursion to the local gypsy encampment.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060531

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

8/10. Goose Fair

When Jason finds a wallet stuffed with notes belonging to his nemesis the bully Ross Wilcox at the annual Goose Fair, hes faced with one of the biggest dilemmas of his adolescent life.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060601

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

9/10. Revenge

After months of bullying, 13 year-old Jason, secret poet and stammerer, takes sweet revenge on his enemies. Read by Stuart McLoughlin.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060602

Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell, abridged by Roger Pine, read by Stuart McLoughlin.

10/10. Jason's year ends with the Black Swan Green annual disco, where he spends his last few hours as someone who had never kissed a girl. Back at home, he finds out the cause of the family tensions.

Producer Sara Davies.

20060605

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

1/10. A novel about belonging and ownership, which tells the story of a London boatman, William Thornhill, transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life in 1806. In this strange, unfathomable land he determines to carve out a new life for his family on the banks of the Hawksbury River - a place that captures his heart but has been home to another people for thousands of years.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060606

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

2/10. Life in London for young Will Thornhill is sweet - a wife and a wherry of his own and a rosy future ahead - until fate intervenes.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060607

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

3/10. In 1806, William Thornhill, a convict and former lighter-man from the Thames, sets foot in another world - where he must carve out a new life for his benighted family.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060608

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion, read by Ron Cook.

4/10. A Place Out of a Dream

Will Thornhill makes his first trip up the Hawksbury River and sees a piece of land.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060609

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion, read by Ron Cook.

5/10. Adam in Paradise

Thornhill sets his foot on Thornhill's Point, and digs the earth to stake his claim. But other people have a claim, too.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060612

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

6/10. A Crowd of Neighbours

Will and Sal meet their fellow river dwellers, white - and black.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060613

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

7/10. Give a Little, Take a Little

With an encampment appeared around the point, the Thornhills must find a way to live alongside their black neighbours.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060614

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

8/10. A Time of Fear

Tensions between the white farmers and the Aboriginals are escalating daily.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060615

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion.

9/10. It Is Just Like Mine

The struggle between white settlers and Aboriginals for ownership of the Hawksbury riverbanks in 1813 continues.

Read by Ron Cook.

20060616

The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion, read by Ron Cook.

10/10. A New Emptiness

William Thornhill makes his choice and reaps his reward.

Producer Di Speirs.

20060619

The Other Side of You

By Salley Vickers, read by Paul Rhys.

1/10. The story of psychiatrist David McBride, whose encounter with an intriguing patient will change his life forever.

20060703
20060703

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

1/5.

Ann Goodman returns from living with her cousins in Wales to look after her sick mother across the border.

Her fiance, Gabriel, an English shepherd, gives her a diary so that she can keep an account for him of everyone she meets.

But Gabriel soon flies into a rage when he learns of Ann's encounters with the parson, and her father's master, the ill-tempered but charismatic Evan ap Evans.

20060703

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

1/5.

Ann Goodman returns from living with her cousins in Wales to look after her sick mother across the border.

Her fiance, Gabriel, an English shepherd, gives her a diary so that she can keep an account for him of everyone she meets.

But Gabriel soon flies into a rage when he learns of Ann's encounters with the parson, and her father's master, the ill-tempered but charismatic Evan ap Evans.

20060703

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

1/5. Ann Goodman returns from living with her cousins in Wales to look after her sick mother across the border. Her fiance, Gabriel, an English shepherd, gives her a diary so that she can keep an account for him of everyone she meets. But Gabriel soon flies into a rage when he learns of Ann's encounters with the parson, and her father's master, the ill-tempered but charismatic Evan ap Evans.

Then News.

20060704

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

2/5. Summer comes and the sheep shearing begins. Evan ap Evans tells Ann he will find Gabriel and tell him there is nothing between them but Ann hears no news of it. When her mother dies, her father tells her he's sending her back across the border to Wales.

Then News.

20060705
20060705

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

3/5.

Ann accompanies her mother's body back to Wales for burial.

It is there she learns about the meeting of Gabriel and the Master, and how they fought.

Gabriel is her sweetheart again and proposes marriage.

20060705

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

3/5.

Ann accompanies her mother's body back to Wales for burial.

It is there she learns about the meeting of Gabriel and the Master, and how they fought.

Gabriel is her sweetheart again and proposes marriage.

20060705

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

3/5. Ann accompanies her mother's body back to Wales for burial. It is there she learns about the meeting of Gabriel and the Master, and how they fought. Gabriel is her sweetheart again and proposes marriage.

Then News.

20060706
20060706

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

4/5.

At the Pentredwr sheep trials Gabriel wins the cup and is triumphant.

But the mood changes when he discovers Ann and Evan talking in the cowshed, and a violent fight ensues.

20060706

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

4/5.

At the Pentredwr sheep trials Gabriel wins the cup and is triumphant.

But the mood changes when he discovers Ann and Evan talking in the cowshed, and a violent fight ensues.

20060706

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

4/5. At the Pentredwr sheep trials Gabriel wins the cup and is triumphant. But the mood changes when he discovers Ann and Evan talking in the cowshed, and a violent fight ensues.

Then News.

20060707
20060707

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

5/5.

Ann is still caught between jealous, brooding Gabriel and Evan ap Evans, her father's powerful and clever Master.

Soon her father's failing health draws Ann back to the Border country, and the conclusion of her doomed love.

20060707

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

5/5.

Ann is still caught between jealous, brooding Gabriel and Evan ap Evans, her father's powerful and clever Master.

Soon her father's failing health draws Ann back to the Border country, and the conclusion of her doomed love.

20060707

Country Dance

By Margiad Evans, abridged by Arnold Evans, read by Siriol Jenkins.

A tale of passion, jealousy and revenge set in the Border Country between England and Wales.

5/5. Ann is still caught between jealous, brooding Gabriel and Evan ap Evans, her father's powerful and clever Master. Soon her father's failing health draws Ann back to the Border country, and the conclusion of her doomed love.

Then News.

20060710

Candide, by Voltaire. 1/5. Michael Fenton Stevens reads the first episode in Voltaire's classic satire on naïve optimism. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20060711

Candide, by Voltaire. 2/5. Voltaire's naïve hero endures a series of darkly comic abuses in the belief that all is for the best. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20060712

Candide, by Voltaire. 3/5. Voltaire's naïve hero endures a series of darkly comic abuses in the belief that all is for the best. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20060713

Candide, by Voltaire. 4/5. Voltaire's naïve hero endures a series of darkly comic abuses in the belief that all is for the best. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20060714

Candide, by Voltaire. 5/5. Michael Fenton Stevens reads the final episode of Voltaire's darkly comic satire. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20060724

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Martin T Sherman reads from Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War classic, abridged by Miranda Davies.

6/10. A cavalry patrol approaches the guerrillas' hiding place.

Producer Amber Barnfather.

20060725

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Martin T Sherman reads from Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War classic, abridged by Miranda Davies.

7/10. On the night before his mission, Robert thinks about killing, cowardice and love.

Producer Amber Barnfather.

20060726

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Martin T Sherman reads from Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War classic, abridged by Miranda Davies.

8/10. Robert sends the young and loyal Andres through enemy lines - his mission to find General Golz and to pass on the message that the attack needs to be called off.

Producer Amber Barnfather.

20060727

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Martin T Sherman reads from Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War classic, abridged by Miranda Davies.

9/10. As he waits for a possible attack, Robert is filled with anger and despair. He has a last conversation with Maria.

Producer Amber Barnfather.

20060728

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Martin T Sherman reads from Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War classic, abridged by Miranda Davies.

10/10. Robert and the guerrillas get ready to blow up the bridge, though they fear the attack may be futile.

Producer Amber Barnfather.

20060731

Algernon Blackwood, Ghost Stories

1/5. The Willows

Two travellers camped in the wilderness encounter malevolent forces beyond their understanding.

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Reader: Hugh Ross

Director Clive Brill

20060801

Algernon Blackwood, Ghost Stories

2/5. The Empty House

An aunt and her nephew attempt to spend the night in a haunted house.

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Reader: Hugh Ross

Director Clive Brill

20060802

Algernon Blackwood, Ghost Stories

3/5. Ancient Sorceries

An Englishman staying in a sleepy French town makes a terrifying discovery.

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Reader: Hugh Ross

Director Clive Brill

20060803

Algernon Blackwood, Ghost Stories: 4/5. Smith - an episode in a Lodging House. When his fellow lodger comes to borrow a book, a student his caught up in powerful rituals. Read by Hugh Ross.

20060804

Algernon Blackwood, Ghost Stories: 5/5. The Glamour of the Snow: A tourist at a mountain ski resort becomes captivated by a mysterious young woman. Read by Hugh Ross.

20060807

Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote:

1/5. Grady McNeill, a privileged teenager in post-war New York, sees off her parents, who are taking a cruise to Europe. This will be her first summer alone in Manhattan and she's keeping her plans to herself.

Abridged by Alison Joseph

Read by Pandora Colin

20060808

Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote: 2/5. With her parents finally on their way to France, Grady can spend the summer with her secret boyfriend Clyde.

20060809

Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote: 3/5. All is well until Clyde's unexpected confession takes his relationship with Grady to a new level.

20060810

Summer Crossing. 4/5. Clyde presents Grady to his family as his wife. The fallout leads to a separation for the newly-married couple.

20060811

Summer Crossing. 5/5. Clyde brings Grady back to New York from East Hampton, where she has been staying with her sister.

20060814

Gilead

By Marilynne Robinson, abridged by Elizabeth Reeder. Read by Garrick Hagon.

1/5. Towards the end of his life, the Rev John Ames begins a letter to his young son. To be read posthumously, the letter is an account of himself and his forebears and an intimate expression of paternal love.

20060815

Gilead

By Marilynne Robinson, abridged by Elizabeth Reeder. Read by Garrick Hagon.

2/5. The Rev John Ames' quiet life is disturbed by the reappearance of a figure from the past.

20060816

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, abridged by Elizabeth Reeder. 3/5. The Rev John Ames struggles to come to terms with the return of a prodigal son. Read by Garrick Hagon.

20060817

Gilead

By Marilynne Robinson, abridged by Elizabeth Reeder. Read by Garrick Hagon.

4/5. Jack Boughton reveals the reason for his return to Gilead.

20060818

Gilead

By Marilynne Robinson, abridged by Elizabeth Reeder. Read by Garrick Hagon.

5/5. The Rev Ames puts things right between himself and Jack Boughton.

20060821

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

1/10. A dark and gripping contemporary psychological thriller about Scottish drifter, Jack McCall - that takes us from the ski slopes of France to a Spanish wilderness.

20060822

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

2/10. Whilst Anna's experiencing a bout of broodiness, Jack's beginning to see the cracks in their relationship.

20060823

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

3/10. Jack's life takes an unexpected turn as he prepares to leave France and settle down with Anna in Edinburgh.

20060824

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

4/10. Jack and Therese meet up with some friends in the Spanish wilderness and take a trip to 'paradise'.

20060825

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

5/10. Jack begins to see a different side of Therese through a series of uncomfortable revelations.

20060828

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

6/10. Jack confronts Therese about her secret liaison.

20060829

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

7/10. After a devastating turn of events in the Spanish wilderness, Jack is beginning to get back to normal - when his past catches up with him.

20060830

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

8/10. Jack and Anna move into 'paradise', where she makes a darkly seductive proposition.

20060831

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

9/10. Despite Jack's efforts, Anna is about to find out that he came to the Spanish wilderness with another woman.

20060901

Belonging

Written and abridged by Ron Butlin, read by Simon Donaldson.

10/10. Jack finds that he is scared to confront his fears about Anna.

20060904

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

1/10. In Republican Rome, a young lawyer named Marcus Cicero takes on a hopeless case.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060905

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

2/10. Cicero is required to choose between powerful men. Will he throw in his lot with Pompey or Crassus?

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060906

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

3/10. Cicero has received a setback to his political ambitions. Pompey will not support his run for aedile. Time to take his future into his own hands.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060907

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

4/10. Cicero has won the right to prosecute Gaius Verres for corruption. Now he must journey to Sicily in the depths of a cold winter to find his evidence.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060908

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

5/10. Cicero returns from Sicily with boxes of evidence against Gaius Verres. The scene is set for one of the great courtroom dramas of the ancient world.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060911

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

6/10. Two years after Cicero's landmark victory in the case against Gaius Verres, Rome is under attack by pirates.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060912

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

7/10. With the city under attack, Cicero works to secure the supreme command for Pompey the Great.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060913

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

8/10. Cicero is climbing the political ladder in Rome, but he has powerful enemies determined to stop his run for consul.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060914

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

9/10. Cicero's enemies are bribing their way to the consulship. He may be the best lawyer in Rome, but has he any chance against the forces of corruption?

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060915

Imperium

By Robert Harris, read by Douglas Hodge.

10/10. Cicero has uncovered a plot against the state, which he must overturn if he is to keep his own political ambitions intact.

Abridged and produced by Lisa Osborne.

20060918

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

1/10. George Hall feels that the secret of contentment is to ignore some things completely. However, certain things simply cannot be ignored.

20060919

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

2/10. George does not have cancer. He has eczema, but has Dr Barghoutian got it wrong? His wife Jean is oblivious to George's state of mind, partly because she has other things on her mind.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060920

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

3/10. Katie is having doubts about her forthcoming marriage to Ray. Her brother Jamie is trying to decide whether or not to take his boyfriend to the wedding and their father George is still blissfully unaware that his wife is having an affair.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060921

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

4/10. Things are not going well for the Hall family. Katie has told Ray that the wedding is off, and now regrets it, and her brother Jamie has split up with his boyfriend, Tony. Meanwhile, their parents have problems, too - George has discovered that Jean is having an affair.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060922

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

5/10. George Hall thinks he is going mad. His wife, Jean, finds this rather inconvenient given her feelings for David Symmonds. Meanwhile, their children have relationship problems of their own.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060925

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme and read by Nathaniel Parker.

6/10. Jamie Hall awakes with a hangover to discover his father is having a nervous breakdown, his sister has cancelled her wedding and his mother is having an affair. Everyone meets up at the hospital where tempers flare.

20060926

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

7/10. George is clearly still having problems, but his wife Jean does not realise quite how serious they are. Katie decides to marry Ray after all, and Jamie tries desperately to persuade Tony to come to the wedding.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060927

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

8/10. George decides that he is not going to his daughter Katie's wedding and plans to escape. Meanwhile, the marquee is flooded, and Jean's evangelical sister arrives to make matters worse.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060928

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

9/10. George is obliged to return home where he overdoses on valium and feels much better. Katie and Ray finally get married, and Jamie and Tony are reunited just in time to hear the wedding toasts.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20060929

A Spot of Bother

By Mark Haddon, abridged by Carolanne Lyme.

10/10. George reveals that he has known David was Jean's lover for some time. Fortunately, Jamie and Tony are on hand to save the wedding day.

Read by Nathaniel Parker.

20061002

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

1/10. Salvo, a professional interpreter of minority African languages, becomes involved in the planning stages of a covert operation to take over the Eastern Congo.

20061003

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

2/10. Salvo meets the love of his life, and his African conscience is re-awakened.

20061004

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

3/10. Salvo is flown to a no-name island in the North Sea and briefed on the task ahead.

20061005

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

4/10. The meeting begins between the Western financiers and East Congolese warlords.

20061006

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

5/10. Salvo learns the truth behind the Syndicate's plans for the Eastern Congo.

20061009

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

6/10. The contract is signed and Salvo is flown home. But his bag contains damning evidence of the terrible events on the island.

20061010

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

7/10. Salvo plays the stolen tapes to Hannah, and visits the home of Lord Brinkley.

20061011

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

8/10. Hannah and Salvo seek the help of trusted friends.

20061012

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

9/10. Hannah goes missing and Salvo realises he must give himself up.

20061013

The Mission Song

By John le Carre, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Paterson Joseph.

10/10. Salvo writes to Hannah's son Noah, and receives unexpected letters from two old acquaintances.

20061016

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

The extraordinary and horrifying story of a young girl who defied the strict conventions of her class and time.

1/10. It begins with two girls at a dance. One sits on a chair, opening and shutting a dance-card with gloved fingers. The other stands beside her, watching the dance unfold: the circling couples, the bounce of the floor. It begins here. The haunting story of a terrible family secret and a life stolen.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

20061017

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

The extraordinary and horrifying story of a young girl who defied the strict conventions of her class and time.

2/10. 'You've got a visitor'. For 60 years Esme Lennox has been confined to a Psychiatric hospital. Her great-niece Iris has only just learnt of her existence.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

20061018

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

The extraordinary and horrifying story of a young girl who defied the strict conventions of her class and time.

3/10. Daughters who just don't listen. Just why was Esme incarcerated in an asylum 61 years ago? Iris, her great-neice, goes in search of answers, and reveals a shameful past.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

20061019

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

The extraordinary and horrifying story of a young girl who defied the strict conventions of her class and time.

4/10. The grand-daughter of an advocate. As Esme gets her first taste of freedom after 61 years in an institution, forgotten memories of her privileged past are stirred up. Meanwhile Iris must find her a home.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

20061023

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox: By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion. 6/10: Iris has rescued her great aunt from the institution, but Esme's past remains elusive.

20061024

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox: By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion. 7/10: To her family's surprise, Esme has a highly desirable suitor, but she has other ambitions.

20061025

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox: By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion. 8/10: Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh.

20061026

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

9/10. Kitty and Esme's memories collide.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

20061030

The Trumpet Major

By Thomas Hardy, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

1/10. A company of dragoons enlivens a quiet Wessex village in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20061102

The Trumpet Major

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged in 10 parts by Lisa Osborne.

4/10. Bob Loveday is home from the sea and has quite forgotten his old sweetheart.

20061103

The Trumpet Major

5/10. The mill at Overcombe awakes to find that the honoured guest has vanished in the night.

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

20061106

The Trumpet Major

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

6/10. John has fallen from favour just as his regiment is ordered away, while Bob is pining for Matilda.

20061107

The Trumpet Major: Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne. 7/10. The village is startled by the night-time arrival of the 'arch enemy of mankind'.

20061108

The Trumpet Major

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

8/10. Bob renounces his love for his brother?s sake and returns to the sea to fight for his country.

20061109

The Trumpet Major

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

9/10. Broken-hearted Anne waits for Bob and gradually realises that there is another, more faithful, brother close to hand.

20061110

The Trumpet Major: Julian Rhind-Tutt reads from Thomas Hardy's classic, abridged by Lisa Osborne. 10/10. True love at last at Overcombe Mill, but which brother has won the heart of the maiden?

20061114

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

2/10. In hospital for tests, Dilly's mind wanders back to when she left home for America as a girl, and the terrible sea-voyage travelling in steerage class.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061115

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

3/10: In Brooklyn, Dilly gets her first job as maid to wealthy Irish Americans. She becomes firm friends with a Swedish girl named Solveig.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061116

The Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

4/10. Dismissed from her first job as a maid by a jealous mistress in Brooklyn, Dilly moves to Ma Sullivan's, where she meets Gabriel.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061117

The Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

5/10. In her hospital bed, Dilly recalls her untimely return to Ireland and her slide into marriage to Cornelius. But it is her daughter Eleanora who now most concerns her.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061120

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

6/10. Dilly's daughter Eleanora has begun a fledgling literary career, but her husband finds her ambition a threat to their marriage.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061121

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

7/10. Eleanora's marriage to Herman is all but over, but her mother, Dilly expresses her fierce disapproval.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061122

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

8/10. Bedridden Dilly yearns for a visit from her daughter Eleanora, whom she wishes to make the beneficiary of her will.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061123

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

9/10. Abandoned by Eleanora, the ailing Dilly determines to quit the hospital and see to the changing of her will herself.

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061124

Light of Evening

By Edna O'Brien, abridged by Neville Teller.

10/10. At Dilly's funeral, Eleanora realises that her mother must have read her unforgiving journal. Is it now too late to make her peace?

Read by Tina Kellegher.

20061127

The Kite Runner

Dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

1/10. Amir spends his childhood in Kabul, playing in the garden of his father?s house with Hassan, the son of the Hazara servant. Together they climb the hill to the pomegranate tree, read stories in its shade, and fly kites in the streets.

But this is Afghanistan before the Russian tanks rolled in and before the day of the kite-fighting tournament, the day that changed Amir?s life forever.

20061128

Ten-part dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel.

2/10. The morning after the coup that made the monarchy a thing of the past in Kabul, Amir and Hassan climb the hill to their favourite tree. But on the way they meet Assef, the neighbourhood bully, famous for his dreaded brass knuckles.

Read by Kulvinder Ghir.

20061129

The Kite Runner: Dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel. 3/10. Amir is ecstatic when he manages to win a kite-flying tournament.

20061130

The Kite Runner: 4/10. After his victory in the neighbourhood kite tournament, Amir's father throws an enormous party for his thirteenth birthday.

20061201

The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

5/10. After the Russian tanks rolled into Afghanistan, Amir and his father escaped from Kabul and have started a new life in America. But though life in the new world is full of opportunities for Amir, Baba misses the old ways of Kabul.

20061204

By Khaled Hosseini, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

6/10. Amir has embraced his new life in America and has been married for 15 years, when he receives a call from an old friend of his father's now living in Pakistan. And the conversation brings back all the painful memories he thought he had left behind in Afghanistan.

20061205

The Kite Runner

Dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

7/10. On learning the shocking news that his childhood companion has been killed by the Taliban, Amir has been persuaded to return to Kabul to search for his orphaned son.

20061206

The Kite Runner

Dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

8/10. Shocked by the transformation of Kabul under the Taliban regime, Amir has nevertheless been forced to set up a meeting with a powerful Talib in the course of his search for Hassan's orphaned son.

20061207

The Kite Runner

Dramatisation of Khaled Hosseini's novel, read by Kulvinder Ghir.

9/10. Amir has found Hassan's son and escaped with him to Islamabad. Concerned that the Taliban might be searching for them, he resolves to take him to America.

20061208

The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini.

10/10. After all the traumas he has faced in his young life, Hassan's son has withdrawn into himself. Amir is desperate to help him regain some sense of his childhood and finds the beginning of an answer flying high in the sky over a Californian park.

Read by Kulvinder Ghir.

20061211

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

1/10. The beautiful Lady Brenda seems content in her hideous country house, but the arrival of an uninvited guest is about to undermine her certainties.

Oliver Milburn begins one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061212

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

2/10. Lady Brenda makes an heroic effort to entertain an unexpected house guest, Mr Beaver - and finds herself unexpectedly rewarded.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061213

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

3/10. Brenda goes up to town - and stays there.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061214

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

4/10. Tony's decision to surprise his beloved Brenda in town backfires spectacularly.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061215

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

5/10. Princess Abdul Akbar arrives at Hetton - but only John Andrew is bewitched. The attractions of the Pigstanton hunt prove even more beguiling and dangerous.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061218

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

6/10. News of John Andrew's death in a hunting accident is finally relayed to Brenda - and prompts her to a fateful decision.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061219

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

7/10. And Three's a Crowd: The appearance of wan-faced Winnie with her mother compromises Tony's effort to produce evidence of infidelity at the seaside.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061220

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

8/10. Tony goes in search of solace and a lost city in the jungles of Brazil.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061221

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

9/10. As Tony vanishes further into the jungle, Brenda's London life is losing its glamour.

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061222

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh's classic portrait of a society marriage brought low by a tawdry affair, abridged by Sally Marmion.

10/10. Alone and fevered in the Brazilian jungle, Tony's salvation lies in Mr Todd - a man who loves Dickens...

Oliver Milburn continues one of Evelyn Waugh's wittiest and most devastating novels.

20061225

Christmas with the Savages

By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.

1/5. Just before the First World War, eight-year-old Evelyn was sent, with only her French nursery maid for company, to spend Christmas in a grand house. This is her hilarious memoir of that time, in what is now a lost world.

Abridged and Produced by Chris Wallis.

20061226

Christmas with the Savages

By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.

Just before the Fist World War, eight-year-old Evelyn was sent, with only her French nursery maid for company, to spend Christmas in a grand house. This is her hilarious memoir of that time, in what is now a lost world.

2/5. In which Evelyn introduces us to the Savages, the Glens and the Howliboos, and the mysteries of nursery life.

Abridged and Produced by Chris Wallis.

20061227

Christmas with the Savages

By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.

3/5. It's Christmas Eve, and all the rituals have to be observed - dressing the tree in the ballroom, handing out meat to the servants and frightening the life out of the nannies.

Abridged by Chris Wallis.

20061228

Christmas with the Savages

By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.

4/5. Post Christmas boredom has set in, but a small experiment with a fire extinguisher soon livens things up, and Evelyn finds herself Lionel's heroine at last.

Abridged and Produced by Chris Wallis.

20061229

Christmas with the Savages

By Mary Clive, read by Patience Tomlinson.

5/5. Evelyn has the chance to get her own back on Lionel and all the Savages, and she grasps it firmly with both hands. But their vengeance is terrible. Will Evelyn be rescued in the nick of time? Or not?

Abridged and Produced by Chris Wallis.

20070101

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

1/10. A Spray of Bittersweet

Cynnie reluctantly arrives at her older sister's for a Thanksgiving family reunion.

20070102

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

2/10. A Mollusc in a Blue Blazer

Cynnie and Frances collect their elderly, long-estranged father from his young, second wife who is divorcing him

20070103

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

3/10. Blue Willow China

Frances clucks with excitement as their father crosses her threshold for the first time in 25 years. Cynnie however can only recall his dereliction

20070104

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

4/10. Dad's Favourite

Cynnie talks to her wayward niece about the family's dark past.

20070105

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

5/10. A Special Bond

After their mother's death when they were teenagers, Frances and Cynnie became 'closer than most sisters', but they still cling to contradictory versions of the past.

20070108

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

6/10. Twenty-Seven Pounds of Solid Ice

Farce and friction on Thanksgiving Morning.

20070109

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

7/10. Two Kinds of Stuffing

Frances painstakingly creates the old-fashioned family Thanksgiving Dinner she's longed for. But after the pumpkin pie, Cynnie angrily refuses to play happy families.

20070110

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

8/10. An Unforgivable Thing

When Frances' husband takes Cynnie's hand, Cynnie seeks revenge against her older sister.

20070111

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

9/10. A Smoking Mess.

Thanksgiving is over and the sisters continue to struggle with different versions of their shared past.

20070112

The Ghost at the Table

Suzanne Berne's wry and poignant story of how childhood memories can haunt and destroy, and how we gloss the past to suit our own needs. Read by Debora Weston and abridged by Doreen Estall.

10/10. The Unreliability of Memory

Cynnie lies down beside her dying father.

20070115

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's famous horror story, read by Andrew Sachs, is a haunting parable on the human reaction to suffering.

1/5. Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

20070116

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's famous horror story, read by Andrew Sachs, is a haunting parable on the human reaction to suffering.

2/5. Gregor Samsa is horrified to discover one morning that he has changed overnight into a gigantic insect. His instinct is to hide away, but with his family and his employer clamouring at his bedroom door, he has no choice but to show himself.

20070117

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's famous horror story, read by Andrew Sachs, is a haunting parable on the human reaction to suffering.

3/5. Gregor Samsa has been transformed into a gigantic insect but even though before his metamorphosis he was providing for the entire family, when he most needs their help his father treats him with hostility and his mother is overcome with horror. Only his sister seems sympathetic as she takes on the role of his sole caretaker.

20070118

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's famous horror story, read by Andrew Sachs, is a haunting parable on the human reaction to suffering.

4/5. Since Gregor Samsa has been transformed into a gigantic insect, he can no longer go to work to provide for his family. So his parents and his sister have found themselves employment, but when they got home in the evening they are too tired to care for their troubled son.

20070119

Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's famous horror story, read by Andrew Sachs, is a haunting parable on the human reaction to suffering.

5/5. After Gregor's transformation into a giant insect, the Samsa family have taken in lodgers to boost their paltry income. One evening as his sister plays the violin to their new housemates, Gregor is drawn to the music and comes out of hiding.

20070122

Mothers and Sons

A selection of stories from Colm Tóibín's latest collection.

1/5. Famous Blue Raincoat

Uncomfortable memories are triggered when Lisa's son shows an interest in her earlier career as a singer in a folk band.

Read by Frances Tomelty, abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20070123

Mothers and Sons

A selection of stories from Colm Tóibín's latest collection.

2/5. A Priest in the Family

Unexpected and disturbing news tests the bond between Molly and her son Frank.

Read by Kate Binchy, abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20070124

Mothers and Sons

A selection of stories from Colm Tóibín's latest collection.

3/5. The Name of the Game, part 1

The legacy of debt led by Nancy's late husband seems insurmountable - until a business idea is presented to her.

Read by Niamh Cusack, abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20070125

Mothers and Sons

A selection of stories from Colm Tóibín's latest collection.

4/5. The Name of the Game, part 2

Nancy is unsettled by her son's reaction to her new business venture and takes a difficult decision.

Read by Niamh Cusack, abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20070126

Mothers and Sons

A selection of stories from Colm Tóibín's latest collection.

5/5. A Song

Poignant memories are triggered by a song about treacherous love.

Read by Cillian Murphy, abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20070129

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

1/10. Dan Dong, an unemployed factory worker, discovers that by posing as a journalist, he can get access to the many promotional banquets held in Beijing every day, getting a fabulous meal and a months wages into the bargain.

But life as a journalist, even for a 'banquet bug', has its downside, bringing him into contact with the corruption endemic in modern China, and tempting him to do something about it.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omnipresence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070130

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

2/10. Banquet bug Dan Dong sets off to attend another banquet, but this one will change his life.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omnipresence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070131

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

3/10. Dan's career as a fake journalist seems to be picking up steam, but he would much rather just be a banquet bug. Why can't they leave him alone to enjoy his meals in peace?

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omnipresence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070201

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

4/10. Dan's worst fears may be about to come true, but life as a banquet bug couldn't last forever, could it?

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omnipresence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070202

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

5/10. Dan has decided it's time his wife, Little Plum, has a go at a banquet. But while she's grappling with the shark's fin soup, Dan's reputation as the peasants' champion turns up to bite him.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omnipresence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070205

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

6/10. Dan Dong's career as a fake journalist and banquet bug has taken a strange turn. He is writing articles, and has a reputation as an expert on peasant farmers. Perhaps he will become a real journalist, unless taking his wife Little Plum to a banquet yesterday was a fatal mistake.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omniprescence and corruption of the Communist Party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070206

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

7/10. The cull of banquet bugs begins - what chance Dan Dong? And is this any time for a driving lesson?

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omniprescence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070207

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

8/10. Everyone seems to see Dan as an honest man, which is odd considering he's a fake. But when Ocean Chen calls, Dan feels obliged to go.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omniprescence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070208

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

9/10. Dan is at breaking point. The moral demands everyone is making of his non-existent journalistic skills are more than he can bear. But a new career beckons, one he seems very suited for; requiring no moral judgement and no skill whatever - film extra.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omniprescence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070209

The Uninvited

By Geling Yan, read by Neil Dudgeon.

10/10. The Nudity Banquet beckons, and Dan sets off with a light and curious heart - but there are surprises in store.

This first novel in English by a Chinese journalist is an extraordinary evocation of modern Chinese life, the apparently booming economy, the huge gap between rich and poor, and the omniprescence and corruption of the party.

Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

20070212

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

1/10. A delightful comic novel which gently mocks the machinations of government and spin whilst shedding a little light on the question of belief. Presented in the form of evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry, it charts the adventures of a humble fisheries scientist, Dr Alfred Jones, through a series of extracts from emails, memos and diaries.

20070213

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

2/10. The Whitehall spin machine swings into action and Dr Alfred Jones is sent to meet the glamorous Ms Harriet Chetwode-Talbot.

20070214

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

3/10. Alfred is beginning to be seduced by the notion of salmon swimming their way up the wadis of the Yemen, but he has yet to meet the prime mover behind the project.

20070215

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

4/10. Following their trip to the Sheikh's residence in Scotland, Alfred and Harriet embark on 'the project'.

20070216

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

5/10. The novel in the form of a government report continues with evidence from No 10's communications director - describing how the PM became enthused by the 'Salmon/Yemen' project.

20070219

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

6/10. Dr Alfred Jones and Harriet Chetwode-Talbot have witnessed an attempt to assassinate the sheikh whilst he was fishing on his estate in Scotland. Now news of these events is filtering down to Westminster.

20070220

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

7/10. The sheikh's dream of sharing the peacable joys of salmon fishing with his fellow countrymen is under threat from those who believe it is dangerously un-Islamic.

20070221

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

8/10. Harriet and Arthur are now in the Yemen as preparations and building work proceed apace. But the activity is not enough to distract Harriet from worrying about her fiancé who is missing in Iraq.

20070222

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

9/10. Peter Maxwell has a bright idea to do with fishing and democracy.

20070223

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By Paul Torday, read by Michael Sheen.

10/10. The evidence for the official report into the Yemen Salmon project is concluded.

20070226

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

1/10. Pathologist Quirke stumbles upon his brother-in-law in the morgue, altering the post-mortem file of a mysterious young woman.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070227

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

2/10. Quirke is convinced that there is more to Christine's death than meets the eye.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070228

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

3/10. Quirke knows if he is to discover the truth about Christine, he must delve further into the night of her death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070301

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

4/10. Inspector Hackett is suspicious that Quirke is not revealing the whole truth about Dolly's death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070302

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

5/10. Little Christine has been adopted in Boston, but Andy is finding it hard to adapt to parenthood.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070305

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

6/10. Quirke's investigations into Christine's death spark an unwelcome visit.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070306

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

7/10. Quirke is stunned when Sarah makes a shocking revelation.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070307

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

8/10. In Boston, Andy and Claire Stafford must explain 'Little Christine's' death to the orphanage.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070308

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

9/10. Quirke is forced to confront the past and tell Phoebe the truth.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070309

A new thriller by the Man-Booker Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

10/10. Quirke finally uncovers the truth about Christine Falls.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall.

20070312

1/10. A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

Set in Bangladesh during the War of Independence of 1971, this is the story of a mother's attempts to protect her son and daughter as the country is torn apart.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070313

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

2/10. Shona

As tensions rise in her adopted country of East Pakistan and her children are drawn further into the independence movement, Rehana recalls how she protected them when they were taken away from her a decade ago.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070314

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam

3/10. Operation Searchlight

As Mrs Chowdhury hosts an engagement party for Silvi and Sabeer, tanks roll into Dhaka. The onset of war forces Sohail to make a difficult choice.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070315

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

4/10. Wooden Weapons

As Sohail sets off to join the Bengali freedom fighters, Maya challenges her mother's loyalty to her adopted country. Rehana realises that she also must take sides.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070316

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam, read by Sudha Bhuchar.

5/10. An Unexpected Guest

From the guerrillas' headquarters in Dhaka, Sohail and his friends set out on their first operation. They return with a casualty.

20070319

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

6/10. Rehana's Secret

As Rehana continues to nurse the Major, the time has come to unburden her own conscience.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070320

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

7/10. Something You Can Do

News that Silvi's husband Sabeer has been captured by the army brings Sohail to Dhaka to beg his mother for help.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070321

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam.

8/10. A Red-Tipped Bird

Rehana risks everything as she sets out with her brother-in-law to rescue Sabeer.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070322

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam, read by Sudha Bhuchar.

9/10. Salt Lake

Fearful for her safety in Dhaka, Rehana joins Maya in Calcutta. Amid the teeming crowds of refugees, she sees a familiar face.

20070323

A Golden Age

By Tahmina Anam

10/10. Take My Affliction

The end of the war is in sight, but Sohail and his friends have one last mission to carry out and Rehana has a terrible choice to make.

Read by Sudha Bhuchar.

20070326

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name

By Vendela Vida, read by Teresa Gallagher and abridged by Kath Davies.

1/5. Clarissa was raised by her father after her mother disappeared when she was 14. On his death, he learns that he wasn't her father. Determined to find out the truth, she embarks upon a journey which takes her to the Arctic Circle.

20070327

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name

By Vendela Vida, read by Teresa Gallagher and abridged by Kath Davies.

2/5. Clarissa is unsettled by a shocking revelation as she continues the search for her father in wintry Finland.

20070328

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name

By Vendela Vida, read by Teresa Gallagher and abridged by Kath Davies.

3/5. A painful memory takes Clarissa further north into Lapland, where she develops a high fever and is taken in by a healer.

20070329

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name

By Vendela Vida, read by Teresa Gallagher and abridged by Kath Davies.

4/5. Anna Kristine's secret begins to unravel, and there is unexpected news about Clarissa's mother.

20070330

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name

By Vendela Vida, read by Teresa Gallagher and abridged by Kath Davies.

5/5. In the wilderness of Lapland, Clarissa confronts her past.

20070402

On Chesil Beach

By Ian McEwan, read by Alex Jennings.

20070403

On Chesil Beach

By Ian McEwan. Read by Alex Jennings.

20070404
20070405
20070406
20070409

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

1/15. Sigmund Freud arrives in New York in 1909 just as a beautiful socialite is found dead in her apartment. Freud and his American disciple Stratham Younger are soon drawn into a police investigation that reveals vice and corruption behind the elegant facade of Manhattan's elite society.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070410

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

2/15. When a young heiress is the victim of a vicious attack, Freud and Younger are called in to help.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070411

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

3/15. Coroner Hugel and Detective Littlemore are shocked when they inspect the body of the murder victim.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070412

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

4/15. Nora Acton tells Younger an unsettling story about her family background.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070413

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

5/15. A man descends into one of the Manhattan Bridge caissons to hide a large trunk.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070416

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

6/15. Sigmund Freud and his American disciple Stratham Younger are treating the victim of a sado-masochistic attack. The girl has lost all memory of the incident, but the police believe the details of her case are almost identical to the murder of beautiful socialite Elizabeth Riverford.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070417

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

7/15. Detective Littlemore finds a body hidden in a trunk in Chinatown.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070418

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

8/15. Nora Acton is attacked again, but this time she knows who her assailant is.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070419

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

9/15. Stratham Younger meets the beautiful Clara Banwell, wife of the prime murder suspect.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070420

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

10/15. Younger is falling in love with his patient as Detective Littlemore follows a trail to the Manhattan Bridge.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070423

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

11/15. The police now know the identity of the killer.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070424

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

12/15. Littlemore and Younger descend into one of the Manhattan Bridge caissons, deep below the East River.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070425

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

13/15. The prime suspect has a cast-iron alibi and sexual scandal threatens to wreck Freud's lecture tour.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070426

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

14/15. The murder investigation is stopped in its tracks by a stunning revelation.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070427

The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld, abridged by Chris Dolan.

15/15. Littlemore and Younger discover how to interpret the death of Elizabeth Riverford.

Read by William Hope and Martin T Sherman.

20070430

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

1/15. The story begins on the morning after the 1997 Labour election victory, and follows the hopes and sometimes shattered dreams of its five protagonists, whose lives are linked by blood and love as well as friendship, over the next five years.

20070501

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th century.

2/15. Libby Raven has a difficult meeting at the ad agency whilst Anthea Hurt, a local authority Tree Officer, is nervously anticipating an encounter with her boss.

20070502

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

3/15. Harry and his former teacher Nat meet for one of their regular lunches, this time to toast the Labour election victory. But Harry has other things on his mind.

20070503

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

4/15. As Harry returns from his lunch with his old friend Nat, he is still uncomfortable about the idea of giant foxes roaming around south London. Nat's Uncle Jack, Master of Foxhounds, is taking his customary Friday afternoon walk through the Suffolk heathland.

20070504

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

5/15. Anthea is at home alone, anxious about her decision to send her stories to her former tutor Nat Raven. Nat's uncle Jack is lost in the Suffolk countryside but in no hurry to get home.

20070507

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

6/15. Over a year has passed since Tony Blair swept to power. Jack Raven is dealing with the life changes of that fateful day in May when he rang home to speak to his wife and the phone was answered by a worried friend.

20070508

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th century.

7/15. Harry becomes obsessed with urban foxes. Nat continues to focus on his former student Anthea.

20070509

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th century.

8/15. As the Millennium draws to a close, major changes have taken place in the lives of Nat, Libby, Harry, Anthea and Jack.

20070510

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

9/15. Harry faces up to fatherhood, but finds himself distracted by the hunt for a missing child.

20070511

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

10/15. The story of the missing toddler continues to obsess Harry. Anthea struggles with Nat's dependence on her.

20070514

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

11/15. Libby has just come back from visiting her dying mother and Damian has some news for her.

20070515

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

12/15. Nat feels abandoned, Harry's son Stephen gets into trouble and Jack has a dinner date.

20070516

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

13/15. Fresh off the plane from visiting her dying mother, Libby finds herself cooking for a dinner party at Damian's flat.

20070517

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th Century.

14/15. Libby has Uncle Jack to stay. Harry has learned of a breakthrough in the case of the missing child and Nat has some news.

20070518

South of the River

Douglas Hodge reads from Blake Morrison's multi-stranded tale of English life at the end of the 20th century.

15/15. At a party on a May evening in 2002, Libby has brought Nat's Uncle Jack but both Nat and Harry have news to share with her.

20070521

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

1/10. The honest and hard-working Clutter family are going about their business, tragically unaware that this is the last day of their lives.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070522

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

2/10. Herb Clutter signs an insurance policy and his daughter Nancy spends the evening with her boyfriend. The two murderers Perry and Smith eat a huge meal in preparation for the night's work ahead.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070523

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

3/10. The bodies of the Clutter family are found lying where they were shot. The whole town of Holcomb is in a state of shock.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070524

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

4/10. Detective Alvin Dewey heads up the case in Holcomb whilst the murderers go on a spending spree using dud cheques.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070525

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

5/10. The murderers Dick and Perry have escaped to Mexico and are livng the high life. But their money is quickly running out.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070528

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

6/10. The detectives get their first lead when a former prison cell mate hears a radio broadcast about the murders and makes a connection.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070529
20070529

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

7/10. Dick and Perry return to Kansas in the hope of committing further robberies. Despite being spotted, they elude capture, but their luck is about to run out.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070530
20070530

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

8/10. The murderers are picked up and the lengthy interview process begins. Finally, a vital clue emerges.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070531
20070531

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

9/10. The detectives play their trump card and pressurise Dick and Perry in the hope of obtaining a confession.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070601
20070601

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true account of a vicious multiple killing, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

10/10. Dick and Perry are sentenced to death. Their last days are spent in the Kansas State execution wing.

Read by Kerry Shale and Ed Stoppard.

20070604

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

1/10. At his mother's funeral, retired bank manager Henry Pulling meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in 50 years. Accompanying her back to her flat, he is introduced to her very unconventional menage.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070605

Travels with my Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

2/10. Henry's dull suburban life is rudely interrupted when detectives reveal that his dead mother's urn has been used to hide drugs. Henry's first feelings of anarchy stir within him as his aunt suggests they go abroad.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070606

Travels with my Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

3/10. Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure. 3: Aunt Augusta and Henry fly to Paris with a mysterious and very heavy red suitcase, which Henry is obliged to to carry through customs for her. They catch the Orient Express and before long Henry finds himself trying out pot with a woman half his age.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070607

Travels with my Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

4/10. In Istanbul, Aunt Augusta is visited by a colonel of the local police, who is on the trail of a Mr Visconti. She successfully avoids his amorous attentions, but she and Henry are deported for their pains.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070608

Travels with my Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

5/10. Henry suggests that he and Aunt Augusta go to Boulogne to see his father's grave. They meet a Miss Paterson, who reveals an unexpected interest in the deceased.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070611

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

6/10. Aunt Augusta leaves England and entrusts Henry with the keys to her flat. Henry doesn't hear from her for several months. When he visits the flat, detectives follow him in.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070612

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

7/10. Out of the blue, Henry receives a summons to meet his aunt in Paraguay and bring with him a photograph. Henry duly complies.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070613

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

8/10. Wordsworth meets Henry to take delivery of the framed photograph requested by Aunt Augusta. Henry finds her in an empty villa, awaiting the imminent arrival of Mr Visconti.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070614

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

9/10. Henry ends up in jail for inadvertently blowing his nose on the Paraguayan national flag. He finally meets the notorious Mr Visconti and is fully inducted into his criminal enterprises.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070615

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene's classic comedy adventure.

10/10. Henry must choose between returning to his quiet suburban existence or throwing in his lot with Augusta. But life in Paraguay brings potentially fatal dangers.

Read by Anna Massey and Robert Glenister.

20070618

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

1/10. When TV chatshow host Jack Harris dies, his childhood friend Dave is commissioned to write an authorised biography. But Dave finds himself incapable of writing a sanitised version of Jack's life. He wants to tell the truth.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070619

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

2/10. Dave and Jack grow up together in a North London Jewish suburb. It seems that Dave is the one destined for great things.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070620

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

3/10. At school, Dave is a bright pupil. But Jack, who is bottom of the class, has the sort of charisma that can't be taught. At fifteen, he already behaves like a celebrity, exuding a supreme self-confidence.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070621

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

4/10. During the school cross-country race, Jack lures Dave up a tree to take drugs. But when they are caught, the headmaster punishes the wastrel Jack and the star pupil Dave in very different ways.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070622

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

5/10. Dave is a Cambridge graduate living in a squat, while Jack runs his own jewellery business. He calls on Dave to help him lure an American soap star into wearing one of his rings. It's Jack's first encounter with a famous person, and though the meeting is a disaster, a seed of greatness is sown.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070625

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

6/10. Dave takes Jack to a comedy night at the Holloway Tavern.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070626

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

7/10. Jack, now a famous TV star, visits Dave and his artist girlfriend Jess in their tiny Suffolk cottage. Wanting to help them, Jack commissions Jess to paint his portrait.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070627

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

8/10. When Dave is abandoned by his girlfriend Jess, Jack invites him for a night out in London to cheer him up. The night turns into a week as Jack takes Dave home to the Buckinghamshire mansion he shares with his scary wife Rita and their adopted son Eric.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070628

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

9/10. Caught up in sleaze, Jack loses his TV chatshow. Dave decides to sell photos of Jack with prostitutes to a Sunday newspaper. Somehow, Dave convinces himself this will solve all of Jack's problems, not to mention his own.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070629

Seeds of Greatness

By Jon Canter, abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

10/10. Dave hasn't written a word of his biography of Jack, and his publisher wants the manuscript. Dave gets away with it and wins back his girlfriend Jess, but the happy ending has a price.

Read by Stephen Mangan.

20070702

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

1/10. Beginning his second year at university, Mike Engleby finds himself utterly captivated by fellow student Jennifer Arkland.

20070703

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

2/10. Still fascinated by Jennifer, Mike reflects on his anguished years at public school.

20070704

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

3/10. Mike finds himself getting closer to Jennifer, but then disaster strikes.

20070705

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

4/10. The police investigation into Jennifer's disappearance gathers pace.

20070706

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks' novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

5/10. Mike, still obsessively interested in Jennifer, finds new ways to deal with her disappearance.

20070709

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks' novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

6/10. Mike's unversity years are behind him, and his career as a journalist is about to begin. But will Jennifer's memory begin to fade?

20070710

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

7/10. Mike is making a success of his personal life, when a recollection reveals another, and unsettling, side to him.

20070711

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

8/10. The past begins to rush in on Mike when he returns to the streets where he last saw Jennifer. The recollections are disturbing.

20070712

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks's novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

9/10. Mike's world begins to disintegrate when 14 years after her disappearance, Jennifer's body is finally discovered, and the police investigation reopens.

20070713

Engleby

Douglas Hodge reads from Sebastian Faulks' novel, abridged by Miranda Davies.

10/10. Mike adapts to life in a new institution, where he evaluates a troubling past, and contemplates his future.

20070716

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

1/10. When Lorna and Matt meet by chance, they begin, as lovers do, a story with consequences.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070717

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

2/10. Tucked away in their Somerset idyll, Matt and Lorna's happiness is about to be complete.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070718

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

3/10. But the year is 1939 and even Matt and Lorna's remote Somerset cottage and burgeoning happiness is not immune to events on the other side of the Channel.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070719

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

4/10. The war has changed everything, but amid the bombed out buildings of London, Lorna finds a way to begin again.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070720

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

5/10. Molly takes the 'Lit and Phil' by storm and finds a champion.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070723

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

6/10. Molly has been dismissed, but her next job will have far-reaching consequences.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070724

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

7/10. As the winter of discontent gives way to her daughter's A-Level summer, Molly wonders whether the most compelling of life's experiences has passed her by.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070725

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

8/10. For Molly, life begins anew at the age of 43. But fate still has some tricks to play.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070726

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

9/10. The end of her marriage sends Ruth on a journey to Crete, and to Matt's gravestone. It is time to take stock and move on.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070727

Consequences

By Penelope Lively.

10/10. Fate has one more surprise in store for Ruth as she finally visits the cottage where her mother was born.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Penelope Wilton.

20070730

Winter's Bone

Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.

1/5. Jessop is in and out of prison for cooking crystal meths. His 16-year-old daughter Ree tries to keep the family together in his absence, looking after her two young brothers and a mother who has lost her mind.

Read by Kerry Shale.

20070731

Winter's Bone

Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.

2/5. When Ree discovers that her father has put their house up for bond, and it doesn't look as if he'll be making his latest court date, she sets out to find him.

Read by Kerry Shale.

20070801

Winter's Bone

Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.

3/5. Ree is horrified to discover that the family could lose their home if her father doesn't make his latest court hearing. But it seems that nobody is prepared to talk to her, let alone help her to find Jessop.

Read by Kerry Shale.

20070802

Winter's Bone

Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.

4/5. Suspicious at the ominous silence surrounding her father's disappearance, Ree suspects that he is dead. But she still has to prove it in order to release her family from the threat of losing their house, which has been put up as a bail bond. She decides to go and see the feared Thump Milton.

Read by Kerry Shale.

20070803

Winter's Bone

Daniel Woodrell's tale, set deep in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, tells the story of the Dolly clan.

5/5. Appalled by her treatment at the hands of the Milton women, Ree's Uncle Teardrop has finally offered to help her, though he makes her promise not to tell him the identity of the man who killed his brother if she finds out.

Read by Kerry Shale.

20070806

Ascent

Jed Merurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

1/10. In Korea in 1952, a young jet pilot dreams of glory.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070807

Ascent

Jed Merurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

2/10. Jet pilot Yefgenii is desperate to prove his skill in the skies above Korea.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070808

Ascent

Jed Merurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

3/10. Yefgenii is seeing action almost every day but his dream of becoming a jet ace remains unfulfilled.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070809

Ascent

Jed Merurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

4/10. Yefgenii has beome an ace, but the hunger isn't satisfied and something is driving him on to greater things.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070810

Ascent

Jed Merurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

5/10. Yefgenii's exploits in the skies above Korea have earned him the nickname Ivan the Terrible, but is he flying too close to the sun?

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070813

Ascent

Jed Mercurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

6/10. As Yuri Gagarin flies into space, disgraced jet pilot Yefgenii Yeremin is exiled to the far north of the Soviet Union to serve out his days.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070814

Ascent

Jed Mercurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

8/10. After eight years in exile, Yefgenii has given up hope of writing his name into the history books. Then a stranger from Moscow arrives.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070815

Ascent

Jed Mercurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

8/10. Russia is falling behind in the space race. Only an act of insane bravery can put them back in the lead.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070816

Ascent

Jed Mercurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

9/10. After 24 hours in space, Yefgenii wakes to the biggest challenge he has ever faced.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070817

Ascent

Jed Mercurio's epic novel of exploration and endurance, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

10/10. Alone and sick, Yefgenii Yeremin drifts towards the dark side of the moon.

Read by Ben Daniels.

20070820

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

1/10. A handwritten manuscript found in the Highlands reveals the strange story of a Church of Scotland minister who has lost his faith and found the Devil.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070821

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

2/10. Gideon reflects on his childhood and the trouble unleashed when a TV is introduced to the family home.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070822

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

3/10. Gideon's eyes are opened when he goes to university and falls in love.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070823

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

4/10. Despite his lack of faith, Gideon finds himself training for the ministry. He also discovers that married life is not as easy as he first expected.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070824

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

5/10. Tragedy strikes the small Scottish town of Monimaskit and Gideon finds himself embroiled in a clandestine liaison.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070827

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

6/10. A standing stone mysteriously appears in Gideon's path and his life is placed in danger.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070828

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

7/10. Gideon wakes up in a hospital bed, having apparently survived three days under a waterfall. Then he remembers how he actually passed that time.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070829

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

8/10. Gideon's convalescence in the care of the Devil comes to an end, but the experience continues to consume him.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070830

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

9/10. Gideon decides it is time to tell the town what has really been going on in his life.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070831

The Testament of Gideon Mack

By James Robertson.

10/10. Gideon's revelations begin to have some serious repercussions but he remains preoccupied by the Devil.

Read by Stuart McQuarrie.

20070903

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

1/10. Frank and April Wheeler are a young couple whose boredom, love affairs, and dashed hopes are turning the American dream to ashes.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070904

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

2/10. Following the disastrous performance of the play and their fight afterwards, Frank and April's marriage is struggling.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070905

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

3/10. Struggling with an unhappy marriage and a hopelessly dull job, Frank finds solace in the arms of secretary Maureen Grube.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070906

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

4/10. Frank has started an affair with a secretary at work. But April has come up with an idea to change their lives.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070907

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

5/10. Frank and April have hit on a plan of escaping to Europe with their children. Now they must break the news to their neighbours and friends.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070910

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

6/10. Frank and April Wheeler plan to go and live in Paris, but April's news puts an end to their dream of escape.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070911

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

7/10. April discovers she is pregnant. Frank is shocked by her proposed solution.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070912

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

8/10. The Wheelers have to tell everyone that they are not forsaking the New York suburbs after all.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070913

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

9/10. Frank ends his affair with Maureen and decides to confess all to April.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070914

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel paints a vivid picture of the postwar generation of Americans trying to adjust to family life in the 1950s.

10/10. The morning after Frank's confession, all is calm in the Wheeler household until the tragic horror of April's plan unfolds.

Read by Trevor White and abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

20070917

Damage

Josephine Hart's dark novel about the obsessive sexual relationship between a fifty-year-old politician and his son's thirty-year-old fiancee.

1/5.

Read by Ciaran Hinds.

20070918

Damage

Josephine Hart's dark novel about the obsessive sexual relationship between a fifty-year-old politician and his son's thirty-year-old fiancee.

2/5. Stephen is haunted by the memory of his accidental first meeting with Anna. Now she has been to dinner and colluded in the secret.

Read by Ciaran Hinds.

20070919

Damage

Josephine Hart's dark novel about the obsessive sexual relationship between a fifty-year-old politician and his son's thirty-year-old fiancee.

3/5. Stephen's attraction to Anna has turned into an obsession that threatens to destroy his marriage.

Read by Ciaran Hinds.

20070920

Damage

Josephine Hart's dark novel about the obsessive sexual relationship between a fifty-year-old politician and his son's thirty-year-old fiancee.

4/5. Martyn's imminent proposal has shaken Stephen to the core, but Anna is determined that nothing will alter the course of either relationship.

Read by Ciaran Hinds.

20070921

Damage

Josephine Hart's dark novel about the obsessive sexual relationship between a fifty-year-old politician and his son's thirty-year-old fiancee.

5/5. Anna plans to spend the evening before her wedding with Stephen, with unforeseen disastrous consequences.

Read by Ciaran Hinds.

20070924

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

1/10. Two women, whose lives collide under the brutal Taliban regime, develop an unlikely friendship characterised by fierce loyalty and profound affection.

20070925

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

2/10. After the death of her mother, Mariam is taken to stay at her father's house. The reality of living with his three wives and her half-brothers and sisters is far from the dream existence she had always imagined.

20070926

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

3/10. Fifteen-year-old Mariam has been forcibly married to a shoemaker from Kabul, 30 years her senior. She begins her new life 650 miles from home.

20070927

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

4/10. A few houses down the street from where Mariam lives with her husband, nine-year-old Laila is pining for her playmate Tariq, who has gone to stay with his uncle in Ghazni. Her mother pines for her sons, who are fighting with the Mujahideen.

20070928

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

5/10. Soviet troops leave Kabul and the Mujahideen prepare to leave the mountains and reclaim their city. Laila's heart is filled only with thoughts of Tariq.

20071001

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

6/10. Laila's house is turned to rubble by a rocket attack and both her parents are killed. Rasheed brings her home to be looked after by Mariam.

20071002

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

7/10. After the pain of having to share her husband with Laila, Mariam is devastated to discover the girl is pregnant. But when the new parents return home with their baby, Rasheed is barely speaking to his young wife.

20071003

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

8/10. As the Taliban take over Kabul, Laila is relieved that her father is no longer alive to witness the devastation. The oppressive regime is mirrored at home as Rasheed's sour temper is only lightened by the presence of his long-awaited son.

20071004

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

9/10. As poverty spreads throughout Kabul, Laila has been forced by Tariq to take her daughter to an orphanage. Returning home from visiting her one day, she finds Tariq on her doorstep.

20071005

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

10/10. Laila and Tariq have escaped to Pakistan with the children. Laila realises that although in many ways she has the life she once dreamt of, it has been at an unbearable price. As the Taliban are forced out of Afghanistan, she longs to return home to take part in her country's reconstruction.

20071008

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky, read by David Horovitch.

1/5. Approaching the end of his life, a man returns to his home village in search of peace.

20071009

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky.

2/5. Sylvestre is determined to live alone and mind his own business. However, he finds himself caught up in events as a witness.

Read by David Horovitch.

20071010

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky.

3/5. Sylvestre finds himself drawn into the centre of the storm as two young women are widowed and rumours abound.

Read by David Horovitch.

20071011

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky.

4/5. Afraid of breaking her parents' hearts, Colette begs Sylvestre to plead for her.

Read by David Horovitch.

20071012

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky.

5/5. As Colette's folly is exposed, Sylvestre admits his own youthful mistakes.

Read by David Horovitch.

20071015

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill, read by Nigel Anthony.

1/5. Oliver returns to Cambridge to visit his elderly tutor. Over a late night whisky, he is told the disturbing story behind the painting of a Venetian carnival scene.

20071016

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill, read by Nigel Anthony.

2/5. After leaving his old tutor, Oliver takes a late night stroll around Cambridge. He cannot shake off the feeling of unease he has about the Venetian painting hanging in the don's rooms.

20071017

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill.

3/5. When Theo Parmitter bought the Venetian picture, he knew that somebody else had a keen interest in owning it. So when he was invited to a stately home in Yorkshire to meet an elderly Countess he accepted, curious to learn her story.

Read by Nigel Anthony.

20071018

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill.

4/5. The Countess of Hawdon is disturbed to discover that the likeness of her recently deceased father-in-law has unaccountably appeared in a picture of a Venetian carnival painted hundreds of years earlier.

Read by Nigel Anthony.

20071019

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill.

5/5. As the Venetian picture appears to claim yet another victim, Oliver and his new wife set off for a honeymoon in Venice.

Read by Nigel Anthony and Imogen Stubbs.

20071029

The Ghost

Robert Harris's thriller about a professional ghost writer who takes on an assignment to write the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang.

6/10. Full of foreboding about the fate of his predecessor, the ghost writer cycles down to the beach where the body was found and learns something that makes the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end.

Read by Douglas Hodge.

20071030

The Ghost

Robert Harris's thriller about a professional ghost writer who takes on an assignment to write the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang.

7/10. The ghost writer wakes up in the arms of his client's wife.

Read by Douglas Hodge.

20071031

The Ghost

Robert Harris's thriller about a professional ghost writer who takes on an assignment to write the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang.

8/10. The ghost writer tracks down a figure from Adam Lang's past and finds himself caught up in a world of Harvard academics, CIA agents and professional hard men.

Read by Douglas Hodge.

20071101

The Ghost

Robert Harris's thriller about a professional ghost writer who takes on an assignment to write the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang.

9/10. The ghost writer is caught between a rock and a hard place. Behind him lies the full apparatus of the secret state, in front of him a single-minded man bent on destroying Adam Lang.

Read by Douglas Hodge.

20071102

The Ghost

Robert Harris's thriller about a professional ghost writer who takes on an assignment to write the memoirs of former Prime Minister Adam Lang.

10/10. The ghost writer returns to London to finish the book. His journey through high politics and personal vengeance is by no means over.

Read by Douglas Hodge.

20071105

Augustus Carp - Continued

Terry Wale reads extracts from the classic spoof memoir by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford.

1/5. Carp hastens to enrol himself in the Peckham branch of the Non-Smokers' League.

20071106

Augustus Carp - Continued

Terry Wale reads extracts from the classic spoof memoir by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford.

2/5. To his horror Augustus encounters a colleague in the street, drunk and incapable.

20071107

Augustus Carp - Continued

Terry Wale reads extracts from the classic spoof memoir by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford.

3/5. Augustus attempts to enlist an attractive young actress in the Anti-Dramatic League.

20071108

Augustus Carp - Continued

Terry Wale reads extracts from the classic spoof memoir by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford.

4/5. Mary Moonbeam introduces Augustus to the pleasures of drinking Portugalade.

20071109

Augustus Carp - Continued

Terry Wale reads extracts from the classic spoof memoir by Sir Henry Howarth Bashford.

5/5. Augustus struggles to recover from deliberate port poisoning, but will he keep his job?

20071112

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

1/10. The story begins on a snowbound evening outside Paddington station.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071113

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

2/10. After his unexpected encounter, Abe heads home to the house he shares with his sister Kirsty.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071114

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

3/10. The ripples spread out from the encounter at Paddington station. Abe remains oblivious.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071115

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

4/10. Vivienne Epworth is worried about her husband. Richard reflects on a youthful affair.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071116

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

5/10. Richard is struggling to forget his night with Abe, but memories of his first love Jamie come flooding back.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071119

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

6/10. In early summer, the emotional consequences of the night that Richard Epworth spent with Abe Rivers in January are still affecting his suburban family routine.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071120

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

7/10. Vivienne Epworth has found the unusual business card with a feather on it which Abe Rivers had given to her husband. But she remains unsure what to do about it, or how to explain Richard's strangely forgetful behaviour.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071121

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

8/10. Gripped by fear, Vivienne has noted the phone number she found in Richard's wallet. She is beginning to suspect that his business dinners may involve another woman.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071122

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

9/10. Abe confronts Kirsty with the consequences of her actions. Richard remains oblivious of the meeting between his wife and Abe.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071123

The Taxi Queue

Janet Davey's subtle and moving study of repressed desire and its effect on suburban lives.

10/10. Vivienne lies awake in a country cottage waiting for her husband to join the rest of the family. Richard retraces his steps towards Paddington station, just as he did on the night that he met Abe Rivers in the taxi queue.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

20071126

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

1/10. The Kellaway family, having arrived from Dorset to make a new life in Lambeth, find themselves living next door to the unconventional poet William Blake.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071127

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

2/10. Jem and Maisie Kellaway and their new friend Maggie cross Westminster bridge to see the sights of London. They have two strange encounters with their new neighbour William Blake.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071128

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

3/10. Jem and Maggie engineer a visit to the Blakes, where they are fascinated to find a full-size printing press on which the poet produces his own books.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071129

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

4/10. When William Blake's mother dies, the children decide it would be a great adventure to follow the funeral party to Bunhill Fields burial ground.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071130

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

5/10. After the funeral, the night closes in. Jem, Maggie and Maisie find themselves wet, lost and frightened in a maze of unfamiliar streets.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071203

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

6/10. Maisie has taken a shine to John Astley, the local circus owner's son. A chance encounter leads the innocent girl into danger.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071204

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

7/10. Maisie has been seduced by John Astley but Maggie enlists the help of the Blakes to save her from utter ruin.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071205

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

8/10. When Lambeth holds a public meeting to demonstrate loyalty to King and Country, Maggie and Jem join forces to warn Mr Blake that he is to be targeted as a revolutionary.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071206

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

9/10. Maggie confesses her guilty secret to Jem. Despite their growing closeness, when the Kellaways decide to return to Dorset he goes with them.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071207

Burning Bright

Tracy Chevalier's novel, abridged in 10 parts by Jane Greenwood, is set in London in 1792.

10/10. Maggie discovers that the pregnant Maisie has stayed behind and is being cared for by the Blakes. She takes charge of the situation and soon both girls are on the road to Dorset.

Read by Jenny Coverack.

20071210

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

1/10. Appointed Mother Superior in a remote Irish nunnery, Mere Helene realises she has to save her star student from the regime she herself has until now espoused.

20071211

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

2/10. As three postulant nuns receive the veil at the school of Sainte Famille, the Reverend Mother recalls how at 18 she herself had turned her back on the world.

20071212

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

3/10. As six-year-old Anna Murphy comes to terms with her first few weeks at the convent school, the Reverend Mother begins a letter of resignation to the Mere Generale.

20071213

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

4/10. The Reverend Mother has found remarkable qualities in Anna Murphy, her newest and youngest pupil, that remind her of herself when young.

20071214

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

5/10. Young Anna discovers that the school is rife with gossip, snobbery and vindictiveness.

20071217

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

6/10. On the night that she learns that her father is dying, Reverend Mother recalls the event that drove her to turn her back on the world.

20071218

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

7/10. Summer holidays have arrived at last, but financial imprudence has begun to take its toll on Anna's parents' marriage.

20071219

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

8/10. On the annual family holiday in the summer of 1913, Anna's brother Charlie is drowned in the local harbour.

20071220

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

9/10. Anna's formidable grandmother wants her to forego her hard-won scholarship and work in a bank. Mere Helene has other ideas.

20071221

The Land of Spices

Kate O'Brien's novel is set in an enclosed convent.

10/10. A telegram from the Mother House in Brussels presents Reverend Mother with the biggest challenge of her life.

20071224

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

1/10. Lord Peter Wimsey and his faithful manservant Bunter find themselves stranded in a remote East Anglian villlage on New Year's Eve. A chance encounter draws them into investigating a 20-year-old mystery.

20071225

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

2/10. Lord Peter Wimsey finds himself helping the locals to ring in the new year. At breakfast the following morning, tales of an unsolved jewellery theft arouse his curiosity.

20071226

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

3/10. Lord Peter Wimsey returns to the village following the discoveries of a strange cipher in the belfry and a corpse in the wrong grave.

20071227

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

4/10. Lord Peter Wimsey goes fishing in a well for clues and finds the ramblings of dim-witted Potty Peake more revealing than most.

20071228

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

5/10. Lord Peter Wimsey's manservant Bunter charms some vital information out of the postmistress. It seems that the clue to the identity of the dead man may be found in France.

20071231

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

6/10. An enlightening trip to France reveals the identity of the mutilated corpse. Potty Peake's bizarre ravings seem to put a local bellringer in the frame.

20080101

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

7/10. A parrot's unwelcome comments and a beer bottle in the belfry add to the confusion. With the vicar's help, Wimsey seems to have cracked the cipher.

20080102

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

8/10. When gentlemen thief and prime suspect Nobby Cranton is brought to ground, he reveals a hair-raising story. The Thoday brothers seem to know more than they are saying.

20080103

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

9/10. An interview with the Thoday brothers clears up some loose ends, but Wimsey is still none the wiser about how the victim met his death.

20080104

The Nine Tailors

Alex Jennings reads from Dorothy L Sayers's classic mystery.

10/10. As the weather turns nasty and the floodwater rises, Wimsey finally discovers who killed the man in Lady Thorpe's grave.

20080114

The Egg and I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

6/10. Betty gets to know Paw and Maw Kettle and their 15 children.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

20080115

The Egg and I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

7/10. Life in the wilderness depends on door-to-door salesmen, who ask the most embarassing questions.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

20080116

The Egg and I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

8/10. Betty and Bob receive visits from not altogether friendly wildlife.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

20080117

The Egg and I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

9/10. Mrs Kettle dismisses Betty's childcare pamphlets as a sinister government conspiracy.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

20080118

The Egg and I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

10/10. Paw Kettle fills the hay mow with wet hay, causing what he believes to be spontaneous combustion.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

20080128

The Truth Commissioner

By David Park.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

6/10. The Truth Commissioner discovers that a government minister and an ex-policeman may be implicated in the disappearance of a boy years earlier.

Read by Gerard Murphy.

20080129

The Truth Commissioner

By David Park.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

7/10. The investigation into the disappearance of Connor Walshe has reached across the Atlantic. Michael Madden, in hiding in America, is visited by two men who hand him an envelope.

Read by Gerard Murphy.

20080130

The Truth Commissioner

By David Park.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

8/10. As the hearing of the Connor Walshe case draws to a close, the main players come under pressure from external forces.

Read by Gerard Murphy.

20080131

The Truth Commissioner

By David Park.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

9/10. The disappearance of Connor Walshe comes before the Commission, but pressure has been put on each of the main protagonists to reveal only as much of the truth as is convenient.

Read by Gerard Murphy.

20080201

The Truth Commissioner

By David Park.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

10/10. Despite efforts to protect Gilroy, a Minister in the new Assembly, Madden names him as the murderer of Connor Walshe. Stanfield summons Gilroy to the hearing.

Read by Gerard Murphy.

20080204

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

1/15. Lucy Honeychurch and her cousin Miss Bartlett take their first tentative steps into a foreign land as they settle into the Pension Bertolini in Florence.

20080205

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

2/15. Lucy loses both Miss Lavish and her Baedeker, but finds altogether different company in Santa Croce.

20080206

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

3/15. After an afternoon of Beethoven, Lucy ventures into Florence alone. Beneath the loggia, an incident occurs.

20080207

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

4/15. Having witnessed a murder, Lucy finds herself the centre of unwelcome attention. However, her mind is on other things.

20080208

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

5/15. Above the village of Fiesole, Lucy finds a hillside of violets.

20080211

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

6/15. Returning from Fiesole, Lucy finds her emotions in turmoil. Miss Bartlett, as always, is on hand.

20080212

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

7/15. Lucy has returned to her former life at Windy Corner. Although Florence is far away, the Surrey Weald is about to play host to romance.

20080213

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

8/15. Lucy and her fiance Cecil commence the expected rounds of Surrey society, not always harmoniously.

20080214

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

9/15. News of the new tenants at Cissie Villa comes as an unexpected shock.

20080215

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

10/15. Unaware of the potential social pitfalls, Freddy Honeychurch calls on his new neighbours.

20080218

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

11/15. Miss Bartlett's arrival at Windy Corner resurrects more Italian ghosts for Lucy. Cecil is struggling with Surrey society.

20080219

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

12/15. A description of a view, read aloud under the Surrey skies, sets a chain of events in motion.

20080220

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

13/15. Lucy banishes George from Windy Corner and experiences a moment of revelation.

20080221

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

14/15. Lucy's change of heart has repercussions as she makes a bid for freedom.

20080222

A Room with a View

Juliet Stevenson reads from EM Forster's classic romance.

15/15. Lucy has a life-changing conversation.

20080225

Taking Pictures

Short stories from Anne Enright's latest collection.

1/5. What You Want

An opera house cleaner muses on her relationship with her high-flying son.

Read by Kate Binchy.

20080226

Taking Pictures

Short stories from Anne Enright's latest collection.

2/5. Pale Hands I Loved, beside the Shalamar

A young woman is bothered by her feelings for her troubled flatmate, who has the most beautiful pair of hands in the world.

Read by Bronagh Gallagher.

20080227

Taking Pictures

Short stories from Anne Enright's latest collection.

3/5. Here's to Love

An Irish expat living in Paris reflects on the life choices she has made when she is visited by an old flame.

Read by Dervla Kirwan.

20080228

Taking Pictures

Short stories from Anne Enright's latest collection.

4/5. Until the Girl Died

A car accident in Italy forces a middle-aged woman to confront the fact that her husband has been having an affair.

Read by Frances Tomelty.

20080229

Taking Pictures

Short stories from Anne Enright's latest collection.

5/5. Della

She has not spoken to her irritating next-door neighbour for decades, but when she realises that he is going blind she tentatively re-establishes contact.

Read by Kate Binchy.

20080303

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

1/10. Arabella Tallant, daughter of a Yorkshire vicar, is invited by her godmother Lady Bridlington to London for the season.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080304

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

2/10. The stagecoach journey to London proves more eventful than the travellers expect.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080305

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

3/10. Mr Beaumaris's supper may be hot and delicious, but his manner is cold.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080306

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

4/10. Arabella's excitement at reaching London is tempered by her duty to find a rich husband.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080307

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

5/10. Mr Beaumaris's interest in Arabella has developed beyond amusement, but the arrival of the climbing boy presents a new possibility.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080310

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

6/10. Mr Beaumaris's interest in Arabella has developed into a serious pursuit, but she doesn't seem to be impressed.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080311

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

7/10. Mr Bertram Tallant has arrived in town, but this doesn't stop Mr Beaumaris from making his move.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080312

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

8/10. Bertram's adventures have got him into hot water. Can Arabella save him?

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080313

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

9/10. Arabella's proposition spurs Beaumaris into action.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080314

Arabella

Georgette Heyer's comic romance set in the Regency period.

10/10. As the plans for the elopement swing into action, Arabella wonders whether this can really be happening.

Read by Celia Imrie.

20080317

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

1/10. Homecomings

In 1957 a 19-year-old boy is released from jail. Twelve years earlier his father returns from the war to pick up the threads of domestic life.

20080318

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

2/10. The River

It is 1947 and Gilbert has been home from the war for two years. Home from prep school, Lewis's idyllic summer of bicycle rides and escapist expeditions with his beloved mother Elizabeth is about to come to a sudden and shocking end.

20080319

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

3/10. The Introduction.

Five months after witnessing his mother's drowning, Lewis is still raw with grief when Gilbert suggests he come up to London to meet the woman he has asked to become his second wife.

20080320

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

4/10. Soho

Home again for the holidays, in a house where he is unwelcome, Lewis finds his anger and hurt hard to control. An explosive moment ends in flight.

20080321

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

5/10. Desecration

Increasingly alone and at odds with his world, Lewis is driven to a dramatic and decisive gesture of despair.

20080324

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

6/10. Rehabilitation

After two years, 19-year-old Lewis is home from prison. Can Waterford accept him again?

20080325

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

7/10. Sunday

Any hopes of a brave new beginning for Lewis have already been dashed. Tensions at home are mounting and only Kit and Tamsin, in their different ways, want to listen.

20080326

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

8/10. Temptation

As Lewis tries to work out what Tamsin wants, their relationship reaches a crisis. Realising the danger Lewis is in, Kit comes up with a bold but dangerous plan to provide him with an alibi.

20080327

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

9/10. Revelations

Fleeing from her father, Kit confronts Lewis and they both learn the other's dark secret. Spurred on by what he has witnessed, Lewis finds a reason to live.

20080328

The Outcast

Emma Fielding reads from Sadie Jones's compelling novel about transgression and redemption.

10/10. Resolution

Lewis has fled his home and hidden in the woods for two days, working out a plan to save Kit from further brutality. As he waits and watches, he knows what he must do.

20080331

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

1/10. On a South Pacific island threatened by uprising, Matilda and her classmates find their lives intertwined with those of Mr Dickens and a boy called Pip.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080401

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

2/10. Mr Watts has promised to introduce the children to Mr Dickens. This comes as some surprise, for they had thought that Mr Watts was the only white person on the island.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080402

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

3/10. As the blockade of the island starts to grip, the children seek refuge in the imaginary world of Mr Dickens.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080403

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

4/10. As news of reprisals reaches the village, Matilda's mother turns to prayer.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080404

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

5/10. The dreaded redskin soldiers appear in the village. Matilda's teacher is mistaken for Mr Dickens.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080407

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

6/10. Despite the tensions on the island and his wife's illness, Mr Watts continues with his commitment to teach the children.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080408

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

7/10. After his wife's death, Mr Watts continues with his project to help the children save their fragments of Pip's story.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080409

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

8/10. When the rebel fighters arrive in the village, Mr Watts draws them into the wonderful world of storytelling.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080410

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

9/10. The Rambos have left in the night, leaving the village to wonder what spooked them.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080411

Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones.

10/10. Matilda has escaped from the war-torn island and is on her way home to her father in Australia.

Read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

20080414

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

1/10. The story centres on a friendship between two seemingly happily married couples and the web of deception woven around a long-standing affair.

20080415

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

2/10. Dowell recalls his first encounter with the Ashburnhams, a couple who will eventually rip his quiet life apart.

20080416

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

3/10. The first crack appears in the friendship between the Dowells and the Ashburnhams.

20080417

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

4/10. The first tragedy caused by Ashburnham's infidelity comes to light.

20080418

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

5/10. Dowell reveals his wife's devious nature.

20080421

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

6/10. Dowell discovers that, rather than dying of a heart condition, his wife poisoned herself.

20080422

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

7/10. Dowell reflects on the devastating impact of Leonora's teenage ward.

20080423

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

8/10. Dowell unlocks the story behind the Ashburnhams' seemingly happy marriage.

20080424

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

9/10. Dowell finds himself in an unnerving situation.

20080425

The Good Soldier

Toby Stephens reads Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit, set in Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

10/10. Dowell recounts the final events in the life of Edward Ashburnham.

20080428

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

1/10. Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future at the soon to be closed Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. Her only solace is her psychiatrist Dr Grene, with whom she has an intense and increasingly complicated relationship.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080429

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

2/10. Roseanne has been a patient in Roscommon Mental Hospital for many years. Dr Grene has begun investigating whether any of his patients were originally incarcerated for social, rather than medical, reasons.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080430

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

3/10. Roseanne, an elderly patient in a mental hospital, is writing her life story. Her psychiatrist is astounded at what she recounts.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080501

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

4/10. Roseanne, a long-time patient in a mental hospital, is writing her traumatic yet colourful life story. Dr Grene, the senior psychiatrist at the hospital, is keeping his own record.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080502

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

5/10. Dr Grene has found a document claiming that Roseanne's father was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary and was killed by the IRA. But this is totally at odds with her own memories of her father and the way he died.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080505

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

6/10. Roseanne is remembering her time as a waitress in the Cafe Cairo, where she first met Tom McNulty and his brother Jack. Though mourning the death of his wife, Dr Grene continues his own search for Roseanne's life story.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080506

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

7/10. Roseanne remembers that shortly after marrying Tom McNulty, she found herself keeping a sort of rendezvous with the renegade John Lavelle. Meanwhile, Dr Grene continues to study Father Gaunt's deposition about Roseanne's history.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080507

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

8/10. Roseanne remembers how her husband Tom walked out on her after Father Gaunt discovered her with John Lavelle on the mountainside.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080508

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

9/10. Father Gaunt's deposition refers to a baby Roseanne had, long after her marriage had been nullified. Roseanne recalls the day that Tom's brother Eneas suddenly appeared in Sligo, even though there was a price on his head.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080509

The Secret Scripture

By Sebastian Barry, abridged by Neville Teller.

10/10. Dr Grene is trying to establish the truth about Roseanne's child. The nun at Nazareth House in Sligo tells him to visit the order's house in Bexhill-on-Sea in England.

Read by Doreen Keogh and Alex Jennings.

20080512

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

1/10. From her window at the crumbling Victorian folly that she rarely leaves, lepidopterist Ginny watches and waits for her beloved sister Vivi to return for the first time in 40 years.

20080513

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

2/10. Ginny's sister Vivien has come back for the first time in 40 years, a homecoming that is both delightful and disturbing for Ginny.

20080514

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

3/10. Ginny looks back on how her childhood fascination with moths developed into a professional partnership with her obsessive father.

20080515

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

4/10. Ginny's sister Vivien has come home after 40 years, but Ginny is increasingly anxious about what she wants in the house.

20080516

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

5/10. Vivien's return after 40 years brings back disturbing memories of the past and of their mother's erratic behaviour.

20080519

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

6/10. Ginny's beloved sister Vivien has returned home for the first time in 40 years, bringing back memories of the traumatic events of the past and an extraordinary request.

20080520

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

7/10. Forty years on, Ginny remembers the part she was asked to play in her sister Vivien's marriage.

20080521

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

8/10. Ginny recalls her mother's shocking death 40 years ago, the day on which her sister Vivien left home.

20080522

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

9/10. Vivien finally decides to confront Ginny with the painful truth about the past.

20080523

The Behaviour of Moths

Stephanie Cole reads from Poppy Adams's powerful novel about family secrets and loss.

10/10. After 40 years, Vivien has confronted Ginny with a revelation that leads to a shocking decision.

20080526

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/10. Celia Fox and her stunningly pretty young daughter Rachel are living in amicable poverty in a smart suburb of Toronto. What they don't know is that Rachel is being stalked, and that both their lives are about to change dramatically.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080527

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

2/10. Celia and her nine-year-old daughter Rachel are unaware of Ron's dangerous obsession with the young girl.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080528

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

3/10. Ron's obsession with nine-year-old Rachel is growing.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080529

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

4/10. During the chaos of a city-wide power cut, Ron has abducted nine-year-old Rachel and installed her in his basement.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080530

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

5/10. The police start to look for Rachel.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080602
20080602

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

6/10. Nine-year-old Rachel, held in a basement by her abductor Ron, tries to reach the outside world through his girlfriend Nancy.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080603
20080603

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

7/10. Both Ron and Nancy are struggling to cope with the reality of what they have done.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080604
20080604

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

8/10. Nancy starts to face the facts about Ron.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080605
20080605

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

9/10. Ron finally has some time alone with Rachel.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080606
20080606

Helpless

By Barbara Gowdy, abridged for radio by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

10/10. Rachel's detainment ends in a dramatic crisis.

Read by Kathryn Akin.

20080609

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

1/10. The story begins in a Nigerian village.

20080610

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

2/10. Okonkwo was ashamed of his father, an idler and a debtor, and he was determined not to follow in his footsteps but to earn respect in the clan.

20080611

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

3/10. Okonkwo has become a great man in his clan, a fierce warrior and successful farmer, but his determination makes him an unforgiving father and husband.

20080612

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

4/10. Okonkwo's determination not to appear weak has led him to take part in the killing of the young boy who has lived with his family for the last three years. He cannot shake it out of his mind.

20080613

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

5/10. The spirits of the ancestors are abroad as the clan gathers for a ceremony.

20080616

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

6/10. Okonkwo joins his friend Obierika to celebrate his daughter's wedding.

20080617

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

7/10. Forced into exile, Okonkwo returns to his mother's clan with his three wives and eleven children.

20080618

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

8/10. Missionaries arrive in the village and ask for land on which to build a church.

20080619

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

9/10. The seven years of exile are at an end and Okonkwo prepares to return to his clan.

20080620

Things Fall Apart

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

10/10. The new church has been destroyed and the elders of the clan are summoned before the District Commissioner.

20080623

Breath: Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence in Australia. 1/10: An emergency callout in the suburbs takes a middle-aged paramedic back to his own youth.

20080624

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

2/10. Pikelet and Loonie begin to test the boundaries. Unable to resist the lure of the waves and the beauty of the men who dance upon them, the boys begin to learn to surf, testing their limits further every time. They are intrigued by the older lone surfer who only appears when the waves are at their highest.

20080625

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

3/10. As Pikelet and Loonie begin to surf the bigger waves at the Point, they catch the attention of the lone surfer. When Sando takes the boys under his wing, the parameters begin to change.

20080626

Breath: Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence in Australia. 4/10: Pikelet and Loonie discover something of Sando's past. He shows them a secret location.

20080627

Breath: Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence in Australia. 5/10: Pikelet and Loonie's friendship begins to fracture when Pikelet takes on a new challenge.

20080630

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

6/10. Pikelet's existence is becoming increasingly estranged from normality. A close encounter with death does nothing to dampen his fascination with his guru Sando, but now Sando is beginning to hint at something even Pikelet may find too much.

20080701

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

7/10. As Sando pushes the boundaries further, Pikelet is getting out of his depth. Increasingly the odd one out in the trio, facing the awe-inspiring Nautilus, a wave that breaks over a bare reef, is his last chance to remain part of this exclusive, dangerous band of three.

20080702

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

8/10. Humiliated and furious at his failure at the Nautilus, Pikelet takes on Old Smokey alone, and the consequences are far-reaching.

20080703

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

9/10. Pikelet leaves the dangers of the surf behind and finds himself in far more terrifying territory. Sando's wife Eva proves even more testing than her husband.

20080704

Breath

Richard Roxburgh reads from Tim Winton's tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Western fringe of Australia.

10/10. Bruce Pike looks back on his fractured youth and reflects on the man he has become, and how, despite everything, the surf retains its irresistible allure and ability to let a man dance.

20080707

The Night of the Mi'raj

Gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, by Zoe Ferraris. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

When Nouf ash-Shrawi, the spirited young daughter of a wealthy Saudi dynasty, is found murdered in the desert her family asks Nayir, a Palestinian-born desert guide, to investigate. As his inquiries progress, Nayir struggles with loyalties he has never before questioned: to old friends, to his faith and to a culture in which women take their secrets to the grave.

Read by Zubin Varla and Sirine Saba.

20080708

The Night of the Mi'raj

Gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, by Zoe Ferraris. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

2/10: Nayir makes a shocking discovery at Nouf's funeral. Read by Zubin Varla.

20080709

The Night of the Mi'raj

Gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, by Zoe Ferraris. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

3/10: Coroner's assistant Katya Hijazi continues her surreptitious investigation into Nouf's death. Nayir, accompanied by a Bedouin tracker, scours the desert crime scene for clues.

Read by Sirine Saba and Zubin Varla.

20080710

The Night of the Mi'raj

Gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, by Zoe Ferraris. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

4/10: Nouf's brother Othman reveals his own suspicions about what lay behind her murder.

Read by Zubin Varla.

20080711

The Night of the Mi'raj

Gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, by Zoe Ferraris. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

5/10: Putting pressure on Nouf's driver pays off, when Nayir learns that the murdered girl harboured a dark secret.

Read by Zubin Varla.

20080714

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris's gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, abridged by Alison Joseph.

6/10. Nayir's murder investigation leads to an uncomfortable encounter at an American compound.

Read by Zubin Varla.

20080715

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris's gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, abridged by Alison Joseph.

7/10. DNA evidence leads Katya and Nayir to reconsider their theory about the murderer.

Read by Sirine Saba and Zubin Varla.

20080716

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris's gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, abridged by Alison Joseph.

8/10. Continuing the search for Nouf's murderer, Katya and Nayir turn their attention closer to home.

Read by Sirine Saba and Zubin Varla.

20080717

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris's gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, abridged by Alison Joseph.

9/10. A dreadful truth is revealed.

Read by Zubin Varla.

20080718

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris's gripping crime novel set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, abridged by Alison Joseph.

10/10. The case comes to a shocking denouement.

Read by Zubin Varla.

20080721

The Island of Dr Moreau

Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells's classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

1/5. Edward Prendick is the only survivor of a shipwreck. He is picked up by a passing boat containing a strange cargo of unusual animals and even stranger humans.

20080722

The Island of Dr Moreau

Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells's classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

2/5. Prendick is grudgingly allowed to stay on Moreau's island on condition that he doesn't pry. But he is tormented by cries in the night that sound like creatures in great pain.

20080723

The Island of Dr Moreau

Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells's classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

3/5. Fearing that he might become one of Moreau's victims, Prendick attempts to escape - only to stumble across greater horrors in the island's depths.

20080724

The Island of Dr Moreau

Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells's classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

4/5. The creatures of Moreau's island begin to revolt and attempt a terrible revenge.

20080725

The Island of Dr Moreau

Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells's classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation.

5/5. The creatures revert to the wild. Moreau is dead and it seems only a matter of time before Prendick faces a similar fate.

20080728

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

1/10. Sam watches the arrival of a new family from London as they move into the farmhouse next door. His attention is particularly caught by the young daughter. Despite his parents' warnings, Sam can only keep his distance for so long.

20080729

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

2/10. Sam's first attempt to make the acquaintance of his new neighbours ends in disaster when he forgets to warn them to check his gift of wild mushrooms for maggots. He is also worried that they will find out about about his troubled past, in particular about the incident with Katie Carmichael. But a chance meeting renews his hopes of friendship with the daughter.

20080730

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

3/10. When his father sells his favourite pup Sal, Sam has no choice in the matter. Farmers can't afford to be sentimental about their animals. But the girl from a neighbouring farmhouse persuades him that together they can steal Sal back.

20080731

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

4/10. Sam and the girl next door have stolen back his favourite pup Sal. Given Sam's past, which includes an alleged attempt to rape a schoolmate, his parents are concerned about the friendship developing between the two teenagers. But Sam's attentions are more preoccupied with the arrival on the scene of the girl's new boyfriend.

20080801

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

5/10. The landscape Sam loves is changing rapidly with new housing developments, delicatessens and chain pubs to cater for the latest incomers from the city. But Sam is more preoccupied with his developing relationship with the rebellious teenage girl from a neighbouring farm. Luckily, nobody has told her about Sam's troubled past and the incident with Katie Carmichael.

20080804

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

6/10. Sam's parents have been concerned at his growing friendship with the daughter of the family who have recently moved into the neighbouring farmhouse. When the rebellious teenage girl asks Sam to help her run away from home, he doesn't hesitate and the two of them set out across the moors.

20080805

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

7/10. What starts out as an exciting adventure soon turns into something more disturbing as Sam's mind descends into a state of dangerous delusion.

20080806

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

8/10. The adventure started to turn sour when the two runaways stole food from a village store and Sam smashed the shop window. The girl is beginning to regret her decision and wants to turn back, but Sam is having none of it. Now entertaining dangerous delusions about the nature of their relationship, he starts planning for their future together.

20080807

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

9/10. Sam has seen a newspaper reporting his apparent abduction of the girl. With the police on their trail, he knows he needs to keep the girl closer than ever to him. What began as an adventure has now become something much darker as Sam continues to entertain dangerous delusions about the nature of their relationship.

20080808

Matt Smith reads from Ross Raisin's compelling and disturbing tale of adolescence on the edge, set on the Yorkshire Moors.

10/10. To prevent her from running away, Sam has tied the girl up in a sea cave near Whitby. He continues to entertain dangerous delusions about the nature of their relationship.

20080811

The Good Plain Cook

Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts's novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

1/5. Kitty, a young woman with very little domestic experience, applies for her first job as cook at Willow Cottage. The bohemian household consists of Ellen, a wealthy patron of the arts, her 11-year-old daughter Geenie and Ellen's lover George Crane, a poet who is writing a great novel.

20080812

The Good Plain Cook

Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts's novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

2/5. Ellen is convinced that George, despite his political convictions, wants her to be domesticated. She asks Kitty to help to turn her into the perfect wife and mother.

20080813

The Good Plain Cook

Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts's novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

3/5. Kitty is asked out dancing, but tensions are growing at Willow Cottage. Despite the help of Silvester's Sensible Cookery, Ellen's first foray into the kitchen doesn't go well.

20080814

The Good Plain Cook

Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts's novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

4/5. In the heat of the summer, the family is falling apart. Much to everyone's amazement, Ellen announces that there will be an addition to the family. Then George makes an announcement of his own.

20080815

The Good Plain Cook

Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts's novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.

5/5. Geenie and Diana put on a play in an attempt to frame Kitty, but Geenie has a change of heart at the critical moment. Ellen's lie is exposed, but this is not the only thing she is ready to confess.

20080818

Addition

Toni Jordan's touching story about a woman learning to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder and whose world is ruled by numbers.

1/5. Grace Vandenburg has a chance encounter with a man after she steals a banana from his supermarket trolley in a concerted effort to make sure her purchase comes to ten.

Read by Federay Holmes.

20080819

Addition

Toni Jordan's touching story about a woman learning to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder and whose world is ruled by numbers.

2/5. Seamus asks Grace out to dinner, but she seems destined to be thwarted by the number of bristles on a toothbrush.

Read by Federay Holmes.

20080820

Addition

Toni Jordan's touching story about a woman learning to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder and whose world is ruled by numbers.

3/5. As Grace's feelings for Seamus grow, she agrees to see a therapist in the hope that her addiction to numbers can be cured.

Read by Federay Holmes.

20080821

Addition

Toni Jordan's touching story about a woman learning to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder and whose world is ruled by numbers.

4/5. Grace is experimenting with a new drug suggested by her therapist, but it makes her feel as if she has two brains.

Read by Federay Holmes.

20080822

Addition

Toni Jordan's touching story about a woman learning to cope with obsessive compulsive disorder and whose world is ruled by numbers.

5/5. Grace has split with Seamus as she fights the debilitating affect of her medication. But as the drugs wear off, her mind clears.

Read by Federay Holmes.

20080825

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

1/10. Nick Roker was a talented young TV director until an accident on location destroyed his career and his memory.

20080826

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

2/10. Puzzled by the similarity between a photo of a long dead terrorist and a man he interviewed recently, Nick Roker consults a friend.

20080827

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

3/10. Nick seems not to be the only person who has an interest in the two sets of photographs.

20080828

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

4/10. Determined to find out the truth about what happened in Sri Lanka and the identical twin terrorists, Nick seeks out his old boss.

20080829

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

5/10. Nick has tracked down the man who sent him on his last fateful job, but other forces are on the same trail.

20080901

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

6/10. A supposedly long dead terrorist is still alive. Nick Roker has stumbled on the secret, and now people around him are dying to keep it a secret. It can only be a matter of time before the killers catch up with Nick.

20080902

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

7/10. Nick Roker is in pursuit of the truth about his past. He needs some new friends - all the old ones have been murdered.

20080903

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

8/10. Nick goes back to Sri Lanka in an attempt to uncover the truth.

20080904

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

9/10. Nick's return to Sri Lanka has rekindled more memories than he had bargained for.

20080905

Perfect Night

Jamie Glover reads from Peter Grimsdale's political thriller.

10/10. With the end comes a new beginning, at a price.

20080908

Someone at a Distance

Deborah Findlay reads from Dorothy Whipple's 1953 novel, abridged by Jill Waters.

1/10. The North family's comfortable life on the edge of a small country town is about to be disrupted by the arrival of a stranger.

20080909

Someone at a Distance

Deborah Findlay reads from Dorothy Whipple's 1953 novel, abridged by Jill Waters.

2/10. Louise Lanier comes to England to act as a companion to old Mrs North over the summer. Louise has her own personal reasons for wanting to absent herself from the small town of Amigny where she grew up.

20080910

Someone at a Distance

Deborah Findlay reads from Dorothy Whipple's 1953 novel, abridged by Jill Waters.

3/10. On her return from England, Louise discovers the extent of her mother's social climbing on her behalf. She has committed Louise to assisting the wife of her former lover Paul Devoisy at a charity fete.

20080911

Someone at a Distance

Deborah Findlay reads from Dorothy Whipple's 1953 novel, abridged by Jill Waters.

4/10. Having been summoned once more to Mrs North's side, Louise has returned to her parents' home, resigned to making a provincial marriage. But fate is to intervene in the form of a letter from England.

20080912

Someone at a Distance

Deborah Findlay reads from Dorothy Whipple's 1953 novel, abridged by Jill Waters.

5/10. Ellen and Avery North were happy enough for Louise to return to them in order to collect her legacy from Avery's mother, but Louise is now outstaying her welcome and her presence in the house is causing tensions.

20080922

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

1/10. Manda is driven to confronting her stalker on a lonely mountainside in Scotland. But what brought her to this moment?

20080923

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

2/10. Manda is desolate when Gareth, her lover of ten years, leaves her for another woman. He introduced her to bird-watching, a hobby which provides Manda with an escape from her troubled past. But she is unsettled by the attentions of David, another twitcher.

20080924

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

3/10. David seems to know more about Manda than he ought to and his attentions are becoming unsettling

20080925

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

4/10. Someone is hacking into Manda's computer and David is stepping up the harassment. When Tom invites Manda down to Kent to check out the sighting of a firecrest, it seems a perfect escape.

20080926

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

5/10. Events in Manda's life take a sinister turn and memories of her troubled childhood return to haunt her. The university gives her time off work on condition that she seeks help for her depression.

20080929

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

6/10. Manda's life is unravelling, and she goes to her favourite haunt to clear her head. But someone else has got there first.

20080930

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

7/10. When she sees someone moving about in her house Manda flees and takes refuge at Tom's cottage in the woods. From there she plans a new start, but will she choose safety or freedom?

20081001

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

8/10. When Manda reaches Norfolk her van becomes the focus of renewed and furious attacks. Driving north - or driven north - she hopes to regroup in Scotland.

20081002

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

9/10. David is dead, but how will the police react given Manda's history? Should she run or should she hide?

20081003

Out of a Clear Sky

Nicola Walker reads from Sally Hinchcliffe's psychological thriller.

10/10. The discovery of new evidence relating to David's death provides the last piece of the puzzle, and Manda tries to save Zannah before it is too late.

20081006

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings begins reading from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

1/15. Young law student Frederic Moreau meets Mme Arnoux for the first time.

20081007

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

2/15. Frederic gets his first taste of political unrest and succeeds in meeting Mme Arnoux again.

20081008

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

3/15. Frederic fails his exams and fails to understand the subtleties of society, but his devotion to Mme Arnoux increases.

20081009

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

4/15. Despite his ambitions for love and career, Frederic finds it hard not to sink into the provincial comforts of his mother's home.

20081010

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

5/15. Frederic gets his first taste of the Parisian 'demi monde' and meets the luscious Rose-Annette for the first time.

20081013

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

6/15. Frederic is torn between his love for his friend's wife, Mme Arnoux, and his increasing interest in the charming Rosanette.

20081014

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

7/15. Frederic is drawn into the tensions of the Arnoux household and comes to the rescue when the bailiffs threaten them.

20081015

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

8/15. A day at the races with Rosanette leaves Frederic compromised and an insult to a lady leads to fighting talk.

20081016

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

9/15. Frederic's fortunes go into sharp decline. Will returning home to Nogent and the girl next door bring him solace?

20081017

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

10/15. Revolution is in the air, but Frederic only has eyes for Mme Arnoux.

20081020

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

11/15. As the 1848 revolution gathers strength, Frederic and his friend Hussonet find themselves caught up in the melee, and Frederic begins to harbour political ambitions.

20081021

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

12/15. Frederic briefly escapes Paris with Rosanette, but news that Dussadier has been wounded draws him back, where he is surprised to find Louise waiting for him.

20081022

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

13/15. Despite his efforts to forget Mme Arnoux, Frederic cannot help but fall in love with her again. Meanwhile, Rosanette has some dramatic news

20081023

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-19th century Parisian high society.

14/15. Frederic is torn between the demands of two women but is still prepared to sacrifice everything for a third, Mme Arnoux.

20081024

Sentimental Education

Alex Jennings reads from Flaubert's novel, set amid the turbulence and glamour of mid-nineteenth century Parisian high society.

15/15. Frederic sees his amorous ambitions fall apart, but there is one more significant meeting to come.

20081027

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

1/10. July 1303: Edward I embarks on a military campaign to subdue Scotland. At home, his son Ned shows little appetite for kingship, instead directing his attentions towards the Gascon knight Piers Gaveston.

20081028

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

2/10. Edward I struggles to persuade his son to give up his unhealthy obsession with Gaveston.

20081029

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

3/10. The king is furious when young Edward begs to be allowed to give away some of his lands to Gaveston.

20081030

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

4/10. An encounter with a holy man at York Cathedral causes the king unexpected distress.

20081031

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

5/10. Following the death of his father, the newly-crowned Edward II wastes no time in ennobling his lover, Gaveston.

20081103

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

6/10. The newly-crowned Edward II's relationship with Gaveston causes consternation amongst the Church and the nobility.

20081104

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

7/10. Edward's enemies prepare to bring the new King to heel.

20081105

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

7/10. Gaveston settles some old scores.

20081106

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

9/10. Edward and Gaveston contravene a pact drawn up with the Kingdom's most powerful families.

20081107

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

10/10. Gaveston is exiled to Bruges, but Edward cannot do without him.

20081110

A Kestrel for a Knave

As part of Radio 4's 1968 season, James Anthony Pearson reads from Barry Hines's novel, which was the inspiration for the film Kes.

1/5. Unhappy teenager Billy Casper is struggling at school and not valued at home. But his discovery of a kestrel chick promises to change everything.

20081111

A Kestrel for a Knave

As part of Radio 4's 1968 season, James Anthony Pearson reads from Barry Hines's novel, which was the inspiration for the film Kes.

2/5. Billy impresses his English class.

20081112

A Kestrel for a Knave

As part of Radio 4's 1968 season, James Anthony Pearson reads from Barry Hines's novel, which was the inspiration for the film Kes.

3/5. Billy is in trouble at school but manages to impress one of his teachers.

20081113

A Kestrel for a Knave

As part of Radio 4's 1968 season, James Anthony Pearson reads from Barry Hines's novel, which was the inspiration for the film Kes.

4/5. Billy makes a decision that will have dreadful consequences.

20081114

A Kestrel for a Knave

As part of Radio 4's 1968 season, James Anthony Pearson reads from Barry Hines's novel, which was the inspiration for the film Kes.

5/5. Billy finds out what his brother has done.

20081117

On the Black Hill

Iestyn Jones reads from Bruce Chatwin's novel about the lives of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their farm in the Welsh Marches.

1/5. The courtship and marriage of the brothers' parents: Mary, their literate and well-travelled mother, and their ill-tempered, inarticulate father Amos.

20081118

On the Black Hill

Iestyn Jones reads from Bruce Chatwin's novel about the lives of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their farm in the Welsh Marches.

2/5. From earliest childhood, the twins seem to feel each other's happiness and pain, and often speak in a private language. By adolescence, differences begin to emerge but the brothers' bond is stronger than ever.

20081119

On the Black Hill

Iestyn Jones reads from Bruce Chatwin's novel about the lives of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their farm in the Welsh Marches.

3/5. Benjamin is called up to fight in WWI and Lewis is drawn to young Rosie Fifield, but neither love nor war can separate the boys for long.

20081120

On the Black Hill

Iestyn Jones reads from Bruce Chatwin's novel about the lives of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their farm in the Welsh Marches.

4/5. After the war the twins turn their attention even more towards each other and their home. But tension erupts when Lewis has an encounter with Joy Lambert, the wife of a local artist.

20081121

On the Black Hill

Iestyn Jones reads from Bruce Chatwin's novel about the lives of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their farm in the Welsh Marches.

5/5. The twins continue to enjoy farm life, shunning modernity and sharing their parents' bed. Then Mrs Redpath arrives with news that will change everything.

20081124

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

1/10. Genteelly impoverished Evelyn embarks on a trip as chaperone to her sister and pompous fiance. But when a man dies, horrifically, before them, a charming Sinhalese stranger takes control.

20081125

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

2/10. Evelyn, still shaken by her encounter with the charming Emil, returns home to her family. As the conversation turns to the imminent independence of Ceylon, the bigotry of her mother's English lodgers finally shocks her into action.

20081126
20081126

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

3/10.

As her family's return to England looms, Evelyn receives an unexpected proposal from the eminently suitable Tommy.

20081126

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

3/10.

As her family's return to England looms, Evelyn receives an unexpected proposal from the eminently suitable Tommy.

20081126

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

3/10. As her family's return to England looms, Evelyn receives an unexpected proposal from the eminently suitable Tommy.

20081127

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

4/10. Evelyn cannot wait to start her new life as she and her young son, Milton, sail into London.

20081128

Black Orchids

Amanda Root reads from Gillian Slovo's love story, set in 1950s Ceylon and London.

5/10. Despite her life of luxury with Emil, Evelyn is bruised by the snobbery and prejudice of 1950s England.

0120070226

Pathologist Quirke stumbles upon his brother-in-law in the morgue, altering the post-mortem file of a mysterious young woman.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0120070226

Pathologist Quirke stumbles upon his brother-in-law in the morgue, altering the post-mortem file of a mysterious young woman.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0220070227

Quirke is convinced that there is more to Christine's death than meets the eye.

0220070227

Quirke is convinced that there is more to Christine's death than meets the eye.

0320070228

3/10.

Quirke knows if he is to discover the truth about Christine, he must delve further into the night of her death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0320070228

3/10.

Quirke knows if he is to discover the truth about Christine, he must delve further into the night of her death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0420070301

4/10.

Inspector Hackett is suspicious that Quirke is not revealing the whole truth about Dolly's death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0420070301

4/10.

Inspector Hackett is suspicious that Quirke is not revealing the whole truth about Dolly's death.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0520070302

5/10.

Little Christine has been adopted in Boston, but Andy is finding it hard to adapt to parenthood.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0520070302

5/10.

Little Christine has been adopted in Boston, but Andy is finding it hard to adapt to parenthood.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0620070305

6/10.

Quirke's investigations into Christine's death spark an unwelcome visit.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0620070305

6/10.

Quirke's investigations into Christine's death spark an unwelcome visit.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0720070306

7/10.

Quirke is stunned when Sarah makes a shocking revelation.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0720070306

7/10.

Quirke is stunned when Sarah makes a shocking revelation.

Read by Jim Norton and abridged by Doreen Estall

0820070307

In Boston, Andy and Claire Stafford must explain 'Little Christine's' death to the orphanage.

0820070307

In Boston, Andy and Claire Stafford must explain 'Little Christine's' death to the orphanage.

0920070308

Quirke is forced to confront the past and tell Phoebe the truth.

0920070308

Quirke is forced to confront the past and tell Phoebe the truth.

10 LAST20070309

Quirke finally uncovers the truth about Christine Falls.

10 LAST20070309

Quirke finally uncovers the truth about Christine Falls.