Dog Days

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through five doggy books.

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01The Call Of The Wild20130715
01The Call Of The Wild2013071520141227 (R4)

, by Jack London. Is every dog a wolf in dog's clothing?

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Is every pooch a wolf in dog's clothing? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem the border terrier and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

01The Call Of The Wild20130715

01The Call Of The Wild20130715

by Jack London. Is every dog a wolf in dog's clothing? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Gem the border terrier and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

02Flush20130716

02Flush2013071620141230 (R4)

Flush, by Virginia Woolf. Robert Hanks asks if a pedigree overrated.

02Flush2013071620141230 (R4)

Flush, by Virginia Woolf. Robert Hanks asks if a pedigree overrated.

02Flush20130716

02Flush2013071620141230 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. Flush by Virginia Woolf. Is a pedigree over-rated? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

02Flush2013071620141230 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. Flush by Virginia Woolf. Is a pedigree over-rated? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

02Flush20130716

by Virginia Woolf. Is a pedigree overrated? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Gem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

03Sirius20130717

03Sirius2013071720141231 (R4)

Sirius, by Olaf Stapledon. Robert Hanks asks if a man can be a dog.

03Sirius2013071720141231 (R4)

Sirius, by Olaf Stapledon. Robert Hanks asks if a man can be a dog.

03Sirius20130717

03Sirius2013071720141231 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. Sirius by Olaf Stapledon. Can a man be a dog? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

03Sirius2013071720141231 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. Sirius by Olaf Stapledon. Can a man be a dog? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

03Sirius20130717

by Olaf Stapledon. Can a man be a dog? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Gem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim.

04Niki20130718

04Niki2013071820150101 (R4)

, by Tibor Dery. Robert Hanks asks, if a dog could vote, would it?

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through four doggy books. Niki by Tibor Dery. If a dog could vote, would it? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

04Niki20130718

04Niki20130718

by Tibor Dery. If a dog could vote, would it? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Gem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee

05My Dog Tulip20130719

05My Dog Tulip2013071920150102 (R4)

My Dog Tulip, by JR Ackerley. The messy stuff - how do we live with it?

05My Dog Tulip2013071920150102 (R4)

My Dog Tulip, by JR Ackerley. The messy stuff - how do we live with it?

05My Dog Tulip20130719

05My Dog Tulip2013071920150102 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through five doggy books. My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley. The messy stuff - how do we live with it? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

05My Dog Tulip2013071920150102 (R4)

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through five doggy books. My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley. The messy stuff - how do we live with it? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Jem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

05 LASTMy Dog Tulip20130719

Robert Hanks tells of a human obsession through five doggy books. My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley. The messy stuff - how do we live with it? With Prill Barrett, John Bradshaw and Ian Bruce Miller and Gem, the border terrier, and Timmy the whippet. Producer: Tim Dee.

AD20140610

By Justin Hopper

Set in the world of independent greyhound racing ('flapping'), Justin Hopper's poignant drama tells of three generations of men all connected with the sport.

Teenager Carl and his grandfather Eric dream of one day breeding a winning greyhound and in Angelfish they believe they might have a star. At the track, Angelfish surpasses all expectations and wins her first race. But Carl's euphoria is cut short when he comes face-to-face with his father Mick, who left without a trace years previously. Although Carl can barely remember him, Mick is desperate to be given a second-chance. But Eric has heard it all before; his son has an ominous track record of letting everyone down and he can't bear to see it happen to Carl again. Has Mick really changed his ways or is this return just part of another ruse?

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

In the UK there are two types of greyhound racing; registered racing, which is regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain; and 'flapping', which exists independently. Although it's not illegal, flapping requires no licensing and there's no code of practice. For some, it's just about the sport and the dogs. For others, it's all about the gambling - and with that come shady characters, dangerous criminality and foul play. Our drama is a compelling story about fathers and sons which opens up this little-known world to the listener.

Justin Hopper graduated from the National School of Film and Television in 2001. His credits since then include Number 13 (BBC4), The Hanged Man (BBC4) and How To Make a Million in Slavery (BBC1). His first radio play, The Greater Good, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009, and his second play The Weighing Room in 2010.