An Everyday Story Of Afghan Folk

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Wealthy landowner and warlord Akbar Khan welcomes his son's friend to his household.

A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no mobile phone signal. An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

In episode 1 we meet the wealthy, landowning family of Akbar Khan. A criminal and warlord, Akbar Khan welcomes his son's friend to his household. His good wife, Shah Bibi, fears that the lad is on the run and has asked for refuge. She hopes the visitor will keep his hands clean while he is staying but Akbar Khan is pleased to find someone who will help his criminal activities. Akbar Khan's elder son, Wisal, shares his mother's opinion of the guest. But he has other things on his mind - like the pretty young girl from the poorest family in the village who works in their household.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Music by Olivia Thomas

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mewa Gul and his son Taza Gul witness a murder.

A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no mobile phone signal. An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

In episode 2 we meet the poorest family in the village. Mewa Gul scrapes a living by farming the fields of the wealthy Akbar Khan - but he is always in debt to his landlord. When Mewa Gul and his son Taza Gul witness a murder, they know they risk losing everything if they reveal what they saw.

Mewa Gul's daughter has problems of her own. She works for Akbar Khan's family and is falling for his son, Wisal. And if she's old enough to fall in love, then she's too old to be working in someone else's house. Her mother Bakhtawara tries to take the situation in hand.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Music by Olivia Thomas

An Above theTitle production for BBC Radio 4.

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After years of marriage to Gulnara, village shopkeeper Sardar Aka has taken a second wife.

A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no mobile phone signal. An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

In episode 3 we share the tribulations of Sardar Aka, village shopkeeper, who after many years of marriage to Gulnara has taken a second wife, the young Sakina. It is clear to both women that Sakina is his preferred wife and Gulnara's resulting jealousy can make home unbearable. When a gold bangle goes missing, relations reach breaking point. But Sardar Aka is busy outside the home too - as a member of the jirga, the village justice committee, he is determined to find out who is responsible for last night's murder.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Music by Olivia Thomas

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mewa Gul and Taza Gul agonise over what to do with their knowledge of the recent murder.

A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no mobile phone signal. An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

In episode 4 we agonise with the village's poorest farmer, Mewa Gul, and his son, Taza Gul, over what to do with their knowledge of the recent murder. There's only one place for a good Muslim to take his problems, and that's the mosque.

Sardar Aka, the village shopkeeper, has his share of trouble too. The quarrel between his two wives reaches hideous proportions when the three of them decide to search for a missing bangle.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Music by Olivia Thomas

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

0105 LAST20120622

Akbar Khan lends money to his son to bet on their own dog Lucifer in a dogfight.

A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders, based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people.

In the final episode Akbar Khan lends money to his son to bet on their own dog Lucifer in a dogfight. Akbar Khan's other son, Wisal, is disappointed to learn that young Zarlakhta is being withdrawn from the household because she is too mature to work where there are young men.

Finally, there is a knock at the door. The jirga is here in pursuit of justice. They have questions for Akbar Khan about the recent murder in the village.

English listeners must leave An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk on this cliffhanger. But the programme is ongoing in Pashtun.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Music by Olivia Thomas

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Based on a Pashtun radio soap, a slice of family life without modern amenities, set in an Afghan village. Stars Sagar Arya.

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By Liz Rigbey. Stories from village life in the troubled and violent Pak-Afghan mountains.

The poorest farmer in the village, Mewa Gul, has a double crisis. A sick cow will cost money to replace, so he really needs his daughter's bridal money. But when there is astonishing news about her fiancé, the wedding seems in jeopardy. We also meet the wealthy, landowning Akbar Khan, who is violently opposed to the village's new school.

A slice of daily village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders - where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone, but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

020220130416

Sardar's older wife hears news which gives her reason to be jealous of his new young wife.

Shopkeeper Sardar Aka's older wife, Gulnara, hears some news which gives her good reason to be jealous of his new young wife. Meanwhile, in the house of the village warlord, the young, widowed Kashmala reveals to her mother-in-law that she is harbouring a secret and dangerous ambition.

A slice of daily village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders - where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone, but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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The poverty-stricken Mewa Gul tries to extract his family from his daughter Zarlakhta's engagement. But it won't be easy - or cheap. Meanwhile, in the landowner's house, young Wisal Khan continues to love Zarlakhta from afar.

A slice of daily village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders - where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone, but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

020420130418

Shopkeeper Sardar Aka's elder wife of is suddenly ill. Or is she just sick with jealousy?

The elder wife of shopkeeper Sardar Aka is suddenly ill. Or is she just sick with jealousy of his younger wife? The doctor will know. However, the couple are on their way to the doctor's clinic down the mountain when an event shakes the whole village.

A slice of daily village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders - where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone, but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

0205 LAST20130419

The villagers are horrified to learn what has caused their mountain to shake.

The villagers are horrified to learn the cause of the terrifying event which has shaken their mountain. In the landowner's house, Shah Bibi, wife of the shady Akbar Khan, fears that his activities mean it could happen again, and even closer to home. Meanwhile, Mewa Gul and his son go to the jirga - the village justice panel - to explain why the family wants to break Zarlakhta's engagement. But will the jirga agree and free Zarlakhta to marry another?

UK listeners must leave an Everyday Story of Afghan Folk on this cliffhanger. But the programme is ongoing in Pashtun. An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Stories from the troubled Pakistan-Afghan mountains.

Stories from the troubled Pakistan-Afghan mountains. Drones fly overhead, while below family life unfolds. With Meera Syal

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Wisal, the son of the wealthy and powerful village warlord, would like to marry Zarlakhta.

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Wisal, the son of the wealthy and powerful village warlord, would like to marry Zarlakhta. But she is already betrothed to her cousin and the marriage will go ahead if his heroin addiction is cured. Wisal is horrified that his own brother has been hired to keep the bridegroom off heroin until after the wedding - an event Zarlakhta's mother is determined will take place for financial reasons.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Wisal, the son of the wealthy and powerful village warlord, would like to marry Zarlakhta.

Wisal, the son of the wealthy and powerful village warlord, would like to marry Zarlakhta. But she is already betrothed to her cousin and the marriage will go ahead if his heroin addiction is cured. Wisal is horrified that his own brother has been hired to keep the bridegroom off heroin until after the wedding - an event Zarlakhta's mother is determined will take place for financial reasons.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Shopkeeper Sardar Aka has two wives at war. Now his new young wife is about to give birth.

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Village shopkeeper Sardar Aka has two wives at war. Now his new young wife is about to give birth, tensions are heightened. Sardar Aka is praying for a boy. Meanwhile his eldest daughter, Kashmala, who must live with her late husband's family, is unhappy because her father-in-law forbids her to teach at the new school. She asks her parents about the wartorn village near Jalalabad which they fled to make their home in the mountains.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Shopkeeper Sardar Aka has two wives at war. Now his new young wife is about to give birth.

Village shopkeeper Sardar Aka has two wives at war. Now his new young wife is about to give birth, tensions are heightened. Sardar Aka is praying for a boy. Meanwhile his eldest daughter, Kashmala, who must live with her late husband's family, is unhappy because her father-in-law forbids her to teach at the new school. She asks her parents about the wartorn village near Jalalabad which they fled to make their home in the mountains.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Now that Zarlakhta's heroin-addicted bride groom has fled, her family face a rocky future.

Now that Zarlakhta's heroin-addicted bride groom has fled, her family face a rocky financial future. Her brother even suggests they should return to the lowland village they left to escape the fighting - at least they own a little land there.

Little does the family know that the wealthy landowner's son, Wisal, is keen to persuade his mother, Shah Bibi, to approach Zarlakhta's mother with a marriage proposal. When she does so, Bakhtawara's pride nearly destroys her daughter's marriage chance.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Kashmala, the young widow, is very unhappy living in the household of her late husband.

Kashmala, the young widow, is very unhappy living in the household of her late husband. Her wealthy father-in-law Akbar Khan forbids her to teach at the local school. She tells her parents, Sardar Aka and Gulnara, that she would like to live and teach elsewhere - a scandal so great that it could endanger the whole family.

But Kashmala's troubles are forgotten when Sardar Aka's second wife goes into labour.

A slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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We learn whether Sardar Aka has that longed-for son or another daughter.

Over in the Khan household, Akbar Khan is tired of the behaviour of Kashmala, his son's young widow. He and his mother suspect she is teaching in secret and so they develop a plan to keep her busy.

There seems to be good news, though, for Akbar Khan's elder son, Wisal, who is in love with Zarlakhta, the poorest girl in the village.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area. It's a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.