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An English Tragedy20120413

Based on actual events at the end of World War Two, this play by Oscar winner Ronald Harwood stars Derek Jacobi.

May 1945: victory in Europe, and a Labour landslide. English traitor John Amery is arrested in Italy and brought back to London for trial. If convicted, he faces the death penalty. But his father is a senior politician; surely the Establishment will look after its own...

The play charts the weeks leading up to the execution, following John's arrest in Italy and trial in London. Like a real-life Sebastian Flyte, he clutches his teddy bear, lies, boasts and jokes as the day of execution draws inexorably nearer. Meanwhile his distraught parents try everything in their power to save him.

John Amery was the Harrow educated son of Churchill's Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery. His brother Julian was later to become a prominent Conservative MP. A troubled man, who had been expelled from Public School and bankrupted as a young entrepreneur, John became a passionate fascist. He broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda during World War 2 and ran a programme recruiting British POWs to fight for Germany on the Eastern Front. Unlike his brother Julian, John was a wild boy - bisexual, hedonistic and unstable. Why?

Ronald Harwood's work as a screen writer includes The Pianist, which won him an Oscar for Best Screenplay and his films The Dresser and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly also won Oscar nominations.

John Amery....Geoffrey Streatfield

Leopold Amery....Derek Jacobi

Bryddie Amery....Isla Blair

Warder/ Sergant....Christopher Knott

The Major / Judge....Pip Donaghy

Dr Rosemary Pimlott....Melanie Jessop

Written by Ronald Harwood

Adapted for Radio by Bert Coules

Directed by Philip Franks

The producer is Frank Stirling, and this is a Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

By Ronald Harwood. The true story of Second World War traitor John Amery.

Bad Memories20120427

In 2004, a successful architect and his family mysteriously disappear from their home. Six years later five bodies are found in the cellar of their house. They are identified as Jonathan and Imogen Blake and their son, Matthew; Philip Gibson, who was on the missing person's register and a woman, identity unknown. Forensics determine that not only were they murdered, but the time of death was1926. Can audio files found with the bodies solve the mystery?

Cast:

Rachel Weir....Nicola Walker

Jim Marquez....Rupert Graves

Phillip Gibson....Steven Mackintosh

Jonathan Blake....Anthony Calf

Imogen Blake....Jana Carpenter

Matthew Blake....Oscar Richardson

Mary Marston....Imogen MCCurdy

Boy 1....Ashley Cook

Boy 2....Marcus Webb

Written and directed by Julian Simpson.

Recorded by Lucinda Mason Brown and David Chilton at Stanmer House in Brighton.

Sound design by David Chilton

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

A house holds murderous secrets in Julian Simpson's supernatural thriller.

Blue Flu20120504

by Peter Bleksley

Blue Flu is a contemporary drama set in the near future. It explores the 'what if' scenario of a 'police strike' and the fall out of the strike across one day. We will follow three characters across the day of strike action: Mick Harley a dedicated frontline police officer; Jackie Raymond a senior member of the police federation who represent officers and Tom Dunkley, the junior minister who has inherited the responsibility of implementing cuts to a disaffected police service.

Mick Harley loves his job and is proud of his work as a 'response officer' but he resents the way cuts have put officers at risk. A colleague of his is injured on duty, for the police this is the true cost and consequence of government cuts. Mick decides to take a militant stand, by triggering 'blue flu' a coordinated action of officers calling in sick.

CAST

Mick Harley - Shaun Dooley

Jackie Raymond - Roberta Taylor

DAC Chad Parker - Ron Cook

Tom Dunkley - Don Gilet

Lisa Harley - Nina Sosnaya

Ian Marsh - Harry Livingstone

PC Darren Woolcraft - Philip Correia

Jack Benjamin - Peter Hamilton Dyer

Nurse Sharon - Tracy Wiles

DI Richard Jarrett - Peter Bleksley

Produced by Stephen Wright.

Contemporary drama exploring the 'what if' scenario of a police strike.

Blue Flu20120504

by Peter Bleksley

Blue Flu is a contemporary drama set in the near future. It explores the 'what if' scenario of a 'police strike' and the fall out of the strike across one day. We will follow three characters across the day of strike action: Mick Harley a dedicated frontline police officer; Jackie Raymond a senior member of the police federation who represent officers and Tom Dunkley, the junior minister who has inherited the responsibility of implementing cuts to a disaffected police service.

Mick Harley loves his job and is proud of his work as a 'response officer' but he resents the way cuts have put officers at risk. A colleague of his is injured on duty, for the police this is the true cost and consequence of government cuts. Mick decides to take a militant stand, by triggering 'blue flu' a coordinated action of officers calling in sick.

CAST

Mick Harley - Shaun Dooley

Jackie Raymond - Roberta Taylor

DAC Chad Parker - Ron Cook

Tom Dunkley - Don Gilet

Lisa Harley - Nina Sosnaya

Ian Marsh - Harry Livingstone

PC Darren Woolcraft - Philip Correia

Jack Benjamin - Peter Hamilton Dyer

Nurse Sharon - Tracy Wiles

DI Richard Jarrett - Peter Bleksley

Produced by Stephen Wright.

Contemporary drama exploring the 'what if' scenario of a police strike.

Blue Flu by Peter Bleksley

God's President: Mugabe of Zimbabwe20171202

By Kwame Kwei-Armah. The story of how Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe.

Kwame Kwei-Armah's drama tells the story of the tense negotiations around the Lancaster House Conference, and the road to Zimbabwe's Independence.

On 4th March 1980 the Shona majority in Rhodesia was decisive in electing Robert Mugabe to head the first post-independence government as Prime Minister. Six weeks later, on April 18th, Zimbabwe celebrated its first Independence Day.

On the 21st December 1979, following three months of talks, the Lancaster House Agreement finally brought independence to Rhodesia following Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965.

Margaret Thatcher's government had invited Bishop Muzorewa and Ian Smith, and the leaders of the Patriotic Front, led by Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe to participate in a Constitutional Conference at Lancaster House in London, to be chaired by the foreign secretary, Lord Carrington.

The purpose of the Conference was to discuss and reach agreement on the terms of an Independence Constitution, and to ensure that elections should be supervised under British authority to enable Rhodesia to proceed to legal independence and the parties to settle their differences by political means.

Robert Mugabe .... Lucian Msamati
Edgar Tekere ..... Danny Sapani
Bishop Muzorewa ..... Chuk Iwuji
Lord Carrington ..... Richard Cordery
Robin Renwick ..... Tony Bell
Joshua Nkomo ..... Jude Akuwudike
Ian Smith ..... William Gaminara
Sir Shridath Ramphal ..... Kwame Kwei-Armah
Kenneth Kaunda ..... Ben Onwukwe
Bob Marley ..... Lloyd Thomas
With Sean Baker, David Seddon, Alison Pettit

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

Greed All About It20120511

It is 1986 and Alice longs to be taken seriously as a proper journalist. So when Greg 'from management' takes a shine to her and mentions that he is involved in setting up a new newspaper in a high tech office in Wapping, she senses an opportunity.

A sharp, satirical look at the Wapping dispute by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Part of the Eighties season on TV and Radio.

Alice....Sally Hawkins

Ted....Ron Cook

Greg....Richard Dillane

Harry....Clive Russell

Eileen....Marion Bailey

Andy....Freddie White

Charles....Nigel Hastings

Graham....John Biggins

Reporter....Keely Beresford

Producer Gary Brown.

By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Satirical look at the Wapping dispute.

Rio Story20120316

Written by Chris Thorpe.

Corrupt ex-cop Marcelo (Charles Paraventi) keeps pregnant teenager Liza (Julia Bernat) in this apartment. Rafael (Matheus Oliveira) an idealistic street-kid wants to rescue her and take her far away.

Set in one of Rio de Janeiro's most crowded favelas, this ambitious ensemble drama by Chris Thorpe is part love-story and part thriller revolving around a single day in the lives of a couple of thieves, a crooked policeman, a charity worker, a priest, a blind revolutionary and a pregnant teenager.

Recorded in Brazil it was made with the help of the Nós do Morro theatre in Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro.

Cast:

Luis....Julio Adriao

Sidney.... Danilo Moraes

Fabricio....Andre Cursino

Pastor John....Tatsu Carvalho

Marcelo....Charles Paraventi

Luciano....Renan Monteiro

Angela....Olivia Emes

Rafael....Matheus Oliveira

Liza....Julia Bernat

Felipe....Fernando Arze

Other parts....Tecca Ferreira

Casting: Ana Dias Carter and Estela Albani

Production coordinator: Jazmin Castillo

Sound design: Steve Bond

Producer in Brazil: Jan Roldanus

Producer/Director: John Dryden

A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fast-paced thriller by Chris Thorpe, set in one of Rio de Janeiro's most crowded favelas.

Scream20120406

Written by Boz Temple-Morris and Kris Hollington.

A crime caper telling the extraordinary but true story behind the theft of Edvard Munch's expressionist masterpiece from an Oslo museum in 2004.

Oslo police are closing in on the criminal mastermind behind an audacious cash robbery when two incompetent criminals burst into the Munch Museum and ask for directions to Norway's most famous painting. Amazingly, they emerge with two paintings, The Scream and The Madonna. So begins a high profile and often bizarre game of cat and mouse as police attempt to track down these national treasures and arrest those behind the robbery.

Could it be that the criminal mastermind, David Toska, has commissioned the theft of the Scream simply to divert police resources from the investigation into his cash robbery? So believes Iver Steinback, Norway's no 1 detective.

Even after Toska's arrest the police seem no closer to recovering the painting but police develop a bizarre negotiating tactic after Toska develops a voracious appetite for - chocolate.

Scream is made in collaboration with investigative journalist Kris Hollington and recorded entirely on location in Olso with Norway's leading actors.

Cast:

Kjell....Christian Rubeck

Inspector Steinbeck....Jargen Langhelle

Thomson....Mats Eldaen

Siegried....Henrik Horge

Petter....Stig-Henrik Hoff

Karl....Aksel Hennie

Elina....Ingrid Bolsa Berdal

Paal Enger and David Toska....Eric Madsen

Other parts were played by

Siri Ingul, Catherine Gram, Lars Engebretsen,

Endre Haukland, Josefine Coward, Bettina Fleischer and Axel Aubert.

Sound and music by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques.

Director: Boz Temple-Morris

A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4.

Crime caper based on the extraordinary story behind the theft of Edvard Munch's painting.

Siege20120420

Peter and Veronica Pleasance are residents of Skylarks Residential Home for the Elderly. They haven't spoken to their high-flying son - Managing Director of Trixel Technologies - for over twenty years. When one of his employees, Oludayo Akano is kidnapped in Nigeria, son Jerome Akano decides it is time for some action.

Along with his friends Damien (trying to make a name for himself as an activist) and Chalky (along for the ride), they attack the residential home in order to hold Peter and Veronica Pleasance ransom in the name of Akano.

Siege - which came from an idea by writer Francesca Joseph, was developed through a series of improvisation workshops with the cast, who provided the dialogue for the piece.

This fast-moving tragi-comic piece hurtles towards a surprising climax.

Siege by Francesca Joseph, improvised by the cast.

Peter....Karl Johnson

Veronica....Marlene Sidaway

Jack....David Hargreaves

Leo....Peter Martin

Tracy....Christine Brennan

Jerome....Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Damien....Danny Dalton

Chalky....Stefan Gumbs

PC Singh....Muzz Khan

Director Susan Roberts.

Tragi-comic drama about a hostage siege at a residential care home.

The White Man's Burden20171105

Adaptation of Paul Theroux's stage play about Rudyard Kipling's final months in America.

A radio adaptation of Paul Theroux's stage play about the young Rudyard Kipling's humiliating final months as an American resident. The great English writer plans to settle in Vermont with his American wife, but a clash with his brother-in-law results in death threats, a court case and public scandal. Will Kipling manage to keep his head when all about are losing theirs?

Written by Paul Theroux
Adapted and directed by Emma Harding.