From Fact To Fiction

Series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

The form of the programme will be led by the subject matter so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

The breadth of approach will be echoed by the range of writers who will be invited to participate.

The return of the award-winning series From Fact To Fiction - in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

To complement Radio 4's news and current affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone piece of fiction created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

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Series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

The form of the programme will be led by the subject matter so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

The breadth of approach will be echoed by the range of writers who will be invited to participate.

The return of the award-winning series From Fact To Fiction - in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

To complement Radio 4's news and current affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone piece of fiction created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

0102Brave Faces2006050620060507

Celebrated playwright David Edgar takes a mischievous look behind the scenes at this week's local elections.

This piece imagines the soundbites you'll never hear as local candidates and senior politicians agonise over their speeches in anticipation of the judgment of the electorate.

Cast: Nicky Henson, David De Keyser, Nisha Nayar, Tracy Wiles, Bertie Carvel, Kim Wall, Elizabeth Bell, Gerard Mcdermott

01032006051320060514

Playwright Georgia Fitch takes us on the road to the FA Cup Final with a family of West Ham fans.

Once they hit problems, it's not long before some of the political battles that raged across Barking and Dagenham recently are being re-fought as they struggle to make it to Cardiff in time for the game.

Cast: Desmond McNamara, Nicola Walker, Damian Lynch, Jamie Kenna.

0104Cleaning The Pipes2006052020060521

Celebrated poets Michael Symmonds Roberts and Imtiaz Dharker combine with composer John Harle to create Cleaning the Pipes, a response to Britain's initiative to bring stability to the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The Commander of the Task Force described their role thus: "We are not here as a colonial force to come and sort out the problems.

Our role is to clean the pipes and get things flowing again".

01052006052720060528
01062006060320060604
01072006061020060611

Playwright Bettina Gracias provides a fictional response to a story in this week's news.

0108 LAST2006061720060618

Irish playwright Colin Teevan takes his inspiration for this short drama from a story in this week's news.

0201Just Another Tribe2006102120061022
02022006102820061029

This week John Reid announced immigration restrictions on the number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers entering the country once those countries have entered the EU in 2007.

Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson sets his drama, United! in a fictional Northern club where, coincidentally, a Romanian and Bulgarian footballer have just been signed.

However, problems soon arise when the East European superstars find personal reasons for refusing to play in the forthcoming Friday and Sunday games.

Cast includes Struan Rodger and Gerard Mcdermottt

02032006110420061105

This week's story is written by Alistair Beaton.

The year is 2012, the Kyoto treaty is about to expire and the eyes of the world are on the London Olympics.

But one junior minister is so frustrated by the International Community's failure to seriously address the Carbon Emissions crisis, that he decides that a spectacular environmental gesture wiill help focus attention on what really matters.

0204Donald's New Job2006111120061112

Guy Browning speculates on new employment for former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Writer: Guy Browning

Producer:

Jonquil Panting

02052006111820061119

This week's story is written by Lemn Sissay.

On Wednesday, the Queen's Speech outlined the Blair government's strategy for the year ahead.

But for Lemn, the speech is perhaps marked as much as by what the monarch was unable to say as by what was in the prescribed text.

0206Carry On Boozing And Cruising2006112520061126

By Harry Venning and Dave Ramsden.

They thought it was the end of the booze cruise, but how wrong can you be? Get onboard the celebratory booze cruise and carry on boozing!

Captain/Light....David Fleeshman

Number 2/Frankie....James Nickerson

Rose/Barmaid....Fiona Clarke

Jack/Barman....Mikey North

Bromhead....Lloyd Peters

Music by Robin Steadman.

Director Gary Brown

020720061202

In a week when Tony Blair expressed 'deep sorrow', for Britain's role in the Slave Trade, and the Mayor of London accused the black Chairman of the CRE of 'failing the victims of racism', Jazz Poet, Rommi Smith meditates on our legacy of Empire and why sorry always seems the hardest word.

0208 LAST2006120920061210
0301Completion2007051920070520

This edition features Completion, by playwright Colin Teevan.

With Dexter Fletcher and Noma Dumezweni

0302Authentic2007052620070527

This story, exploring whether constant surveillance makes us feel more or less secure, is by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Sandra....Lizzy Mcinnerney

Clive....Shaun Dooley

Frank/Man/Policeman....Lloyd Hutchinson

Gary/Manager....Stephen Critchlow

Lynne....Jasmine Callan

0303Forget Me Not2007060220070603

Featured author is playwright Sarah Daniels, who imagines the impact of death in action upon a typical soldier's family and its effect on a triangle of women who are left behind.

0304Draining The Pool2007061620070617

By Stewart Lee.

America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression while many parts of the world are suffering floods.

President Bush, however, is still non-committal in response to climate change.

Fervent Democrat Frank has retired to Arizona with his wife, but what is happening to his tranquil poolside lifestyle?

0305Gaza2007062320070624

By Philip Palmer.

This story imagines what it's like for ordinary people caught up in the violence and in-fighting in Gaza City, as well as the reactions of British nationals working in the region.

Featuring original composition from BBC Radio Drama composer-in-residence Nicolai Abrahamsen.

Iman and Alena....Jasmine Callan

Fatmah....Souad Faress

Billy....John Dougall

Daniel....Simon Treves

Hamir....Christoper Simon

0306Coming Home2007070720070708

by Sue Teddern.

In Yorkshire, Reg is coming home.

But what's left of his home to come back to?

0307 LASTThe Brownies Are Ready To Serve2007071420070715

by John Sergeant

0401Pundits2007111020071111

By Christopher William Hill.

As a London-based journalist responds to the state of emergency in Pakistan, she is influenced by the conspiracy theories of a friend in Washington.

But is the news from Islamabad darker than anybody dares to imagine?

Todd Hagan....Henry Goodman

Pippa Reynolds....Haydn Gwynne

Saba Iqbal....Priyanga Burford

Matt....Simon Treves

Zoe....Joannah Tincey

0402To The River2007111720071118

Poet Adrian Mitchell and singer Andy Roberts collaborate on To the River, a surreal journey into the depths of a curious underworld.

0403Fallen Into The Wrong Hands2007112420071125

by Thomas Crowe, takes an imaginative leap from Alistair Darling's reassurance that the mislaid Child Benefit information almost certainly hasn't been misappropriated.

With Ewan Bailey

0404Cash Flow2007120120071202

Amanda Bullmore's Cash Flow explores some of the absurdities we face when we step into the labyrinthine world of finance.

With Julia Davis, Stuart Mcquarrie, Anne Rabbit, Simon Treves and Peter Marinker

0405Left2007120820071209

As a man suddenly reappears four years after being declared dead, director Jamie Harper and his team of actors create a drama Left, touching on the experience of those left behind when someone goes missing.

0406Girl Power2007121520071216

In a week that sees the return of the Spice Girls, Kate Mosse's dramatic piece centres on a young woman wanting to know what happened to Girl Power.

0407Christmas Recess2007122220071223

Jeremy Hardy and Paul B Davies create a comic play about a crisis of conscience for a backbench MP.

0408 LASTResolution2007122920071230

Ryan Craig's comically tender play Resolution reflects on a year of political upheaval and tells of a deal between two powerful men who clearly can't bear to be in the same room.

He asks what we want from the people who manage us and what we can expect from the year to come.

With Gerard Murphy, Robert Bathurst, Frances Jeater

0501The Ant And The Crocodile20080426

Bettina Gracias explores a personal story behind the vociferous protests around the Olympic torch and the situation in Tibet.

With Pik-sen Lim, Jonathan Chan-Pensley and Chooi Beh.

050220080503

This week's featured author is dramatist Marcy Kahan.

On election day, Artie has been given an ultimatum by his girlfriend Zoe.

Travelling through London to the polling station, he contemplates his love of both Zoe and the city.

With Stephen Mangan and Helen Longworth

0503A Change Of Heart2008051020080511

Christopher Reason's A Change of Heart is a comedy about a disappointed local councillor who has just lost her seat.

She wants to radically change her life so that she doesn't have to care any more.

With Siobhan Finneran, David Fleeshman, Graeme Hawley and Lloyd Peters

0504Polar Bear *2008051720080518

Sean Buckley's Polar Bear looks at the tragic consequences of crimes of violence perpetrated by young people.

With Sally Hawkins, Josef Altin and Joe Prospero.

0505Family Snaps * *2008052420080525

In a week when the Bank of England warned of a sharp rise in unemployment and reports of the debt crisis hitting the middle classes have made the headlines, writer Richard Monks looks at the personal cost of a national crisis.

0506A Thousand Times2008053120080601

Katie Hims's story A Thousand Times looks at the shattering effects of violence on everyone it touches.

0507The Orchard *2008060720080608

As world leaders meet in Rome for a UN-sponsored summit on the world food crisis, writer Lin Coghlan looks at the issues surrounding food shortages through the prism of a modern fairytale.

0508 LASTUp On The Roof *2008061420080615

In the light of rooftop protests and the Commons counter-terrorism vote, Colin Shindler takes a comic look at the politics and practicalities of direct action.

0601Ozymandias *2008101820081019

Mark Burton is first in the hotseat for the return of the series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

In a week that has seen global economic recession move even closer, Burton's Ozymandias takes a comic look at how the volatile stockmarket at home and in Russia has caused problems even for the oligarchs.

With Ewan Bailey and Annabelle Dowler

0602Magnificent Desolation2008102520081026

In the week that India launched its first mission to the Moon, Kim Revill discovers slices of life on earth that reveal the ambitions of aspiring superpowers and faltering confidence amongst the old order.

0603Transit2008110120081102

Writer and journalist PG Morgan goes behind the lines in the US presidential election

0604This Is Our Moment * *2008110820081109

The writer Kwame Kwei-armah creates a fictional response to the week's news.

The effects that Barack Obama's message of change message may have on our own communities.

0605Clear Your Desk2008111520081116

With UK house sales falling to a 30-year low and unemployment figures rising, comedy writer and actor Laura Solon examines the financial crisis through the eyes of two rival estate agents.

As their professional relationship turns personal, are they helping or hindering their risk of unemployment?

0606The Gulf *2008112220081123

Writer Katie Hims creates a fictional response to the week's news.

She imagines the trepidation onboard a cargo ship as it approaches the Gulf of Arden, the scene of many recent hijackings.

0607Pins And Needles *2008112920081130

Writer Jeff Young and musician Pete Wylie create a fictional response to the week's news.

0608 LAST2008120620081207

Will Self tells the story of the day Angela's family receive a visit from a social worker.

0701Coughs And Sneezes * *2009050220090503

Playwright Laura Wade creates a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

With a swine flu pandemic increasingly likely, the spotlight is thrown on an anxious couple newly returned from Mexico.

With Samuel West, Lucy Akhurst and Benjamin Askew.

0702* * * * *2009050920090510

Bonnie Greer imagines the impact on those involved in exhumating unknown WWI soldiers.

Series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

As experts begin the exhumation of up to 400 unknown WWI soldiers in the village of Fromelles, Bonnie Greer imagines the impact upon some of those involved.

With Nadine Marshall, Malcolm Tierney, Benjamin Askew.

0703* * * * *2009051620090517

John Fletcher creates a fictional response to the week's news.

0704* * * *2009052320090524

Comedian Robin Ince creates a fictional response to the week's news.

As more high-profile politicians lose their jobs because of the Westminster expenses scandal, the comedian Robin Ince tells the story of an ordinary man with no interest in freebies.

With Kevin Eldon, Jeremy Swift and Janice Acquah.

Comedian Robin Ince imagines a man with no interest in freebies.

0705Ghost Writing20090530
0705Parliament Of Rooks2009053020090531

Party leaders are promising to give power to the people, and scientists have discovered that rooks aren't so bird-brained.

With a nod to Chaucer, playwright Steve Waters takes us to the Parliament of Rooks, where the birds are having their own crisis of leadership.

With David Hargreaves, Alex Macqueen, Sophie Stanton and Paul Rider.

Dramatist Steve Waters creates a fictional response to the week's news.

0706I Dreamed A Dream2009060620090607

In a week where policies have taken a back seat and the elections became a fight for one man's survival, you may be somewhat disillusioned with British politics.

But if you think you feel that now, wait till you hear the greatest talent show on earth, hosted by Alistair Mcgowan and written by Patrick Neate.

Patrick Neate creates a fictional response to the week's news.

Starring Alistair Mcgowan

0707The Guilt Season20090613
0707The Underdog2009061320090614

Offbeat Poet Tim Key attempts to tackle the burning issues of the day, but gets distracted by England's World Cup qualifier with Andorra.

With Tom Basden

0708 LASTCounting * *2009062020090621

As Iran waits for election results to be recounted, and in Britain an inquiry is announced into the Iraq War, April De Angelis looks at secrecy in the region.

Playwright April De Angelis looks at secrecy in the Iran/Iraq region.

Playwright April De Angelis creates a fictional response to the week's news.

0801Motorway Man20100501

It's the last weekend before polling. The debates are over, and it's 'make your mind up time'. Across the country, barbeques are being primed, lawns are being mown and choices are being mulled over. Somewhere amidst the Home Counties marginals, Motorway Man - this election's successor to Worcestershire Woman and Mondeo Man - has been distracted from his task. By Tony Grounds.

Adam... Rhys Thomas

Mikey... Kenneth Cranham

Rochelle... Kellie Shirley

Ian... Jude Akuwudike

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

0801The Man In The Suit *2009110720091108

Playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz creates a fictional response to the week's news, prompted by Radovan Karadzic's first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

As Karadzic insisted that he needed more time to prepare his defence and claimed that his fundamental rights had been violated, there were many with other thoughts on their mind.

With Nigel Anthony, Annette Crosbie, Adam Kotz and Zoe Waites.

08022009111420091115

Playwright Annie Caulfield creates a fictional response to the week's news.

As the price of gold hit record levels this week, an Australian exploration company publicised its plans for full-scale production at Scotland's first goldmine in 2011.

0803Jam Today? *2009112120091122

Writer DJ Britton creates a fictional response to the week's news.

Series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

In the week in which Transparency International published their Corruption Perceptions Index, citing the MPs' expenses scandal as a key factor in the UK's lowest placing yet, DJ Britton tells the story of a young politician hoping to land a safe seat in the next election.

With Anne-marie Duff, Rory Kinnear and John Biggins

0804The Herald In The Sky * *2009112820091129

By Glyn Maxwell.

Two nurses tend to a man who has been in a coma for over 20 years.

Series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

Glyn Maxwell's story is set in a hospital room where two nurses tend to a man who has been in a coma for over 20 years.

With Claire Rushbrook, Nigel Hastings and Lydia Wilson.

0805*20091205

Jeremy Front creates a fictional response to the week's news.

0806What Is The Custom Of Your Grief? * *2009121220091213

Writer Timberlake Wertenbaker creates a fictional response to the week's news.

This week witnessed the death of the 100th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan this year, the 237th since 2002.

In What is the Custom of Your Grief? playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker imagines the correspondence between two young girls bereaved by the conflict.

Performed by Betsabeh Emran and Emerald O'Hanrahan.

0807* *2009121920091220

Writer Liz Jensen creates a fictional response to the week's news.

0808 LASTChocolate *2009122620091227

Katie Hims responds to the threatened takeover of British confectionary group Cadbury with a bittersweet love story.

With Christine Kavanagh and John Biggins

Directed by Abigail le Fleming.

Katie Hims responds to the threatened takeover of British confectionary group Cadbury.

0901Motorway Man20100501

It's the last weekend before polling.

The debates are over, and it's 'make your mind up time'.

Across the country, barbeques are being primed, lawns are being mown and choices are being mulled over.

Somewhere amidst the Home Counties marginals, Motorway Man - this election's successor to Worcestershire Woman and Mondeo Man - has been distracted from his task.

  • adam...Rhys Thomas
  • by Tony Grounds
  • directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
  • ian...Jude Akuwudike
  • mikey...Kenneth Cranham
  • rochelle...Kellie Shirley

  • 0902None Of The Above2010050820100509

    Comedy writer John Finnemore is in the hot seat.

    The election is over, and Frank Whitman, Member for Fitton West since 1987, is celebrating.

    It's been quite a week.

    Never mind the electorate, Frank's personal swingometer has resembled nothing so much as a metronome.

    Cast

    FRANK WHITMAN MP - James Fleet

    VERITY WHITMAN - Christine Kavanagh

    ADRIAN FOALE - John Finnemore

    MODERATOR - Vineeta Rishi

    QUESTIONER - Jude Akuwudike

    OMNES - David Seddon, Tony Bell

    Director: Jessica Dromgoole.

    John Finnemore is a comedy writer and actor.

    He has contributed to several successful radio comedy shows including Dead Ringers, and Safety Catch.

    He also writes and performs in the comedy Cabin Pressure.

    0903Double Dip2010051520100516

    Writer Neil Brand responds to the crisis in the Eurozone.

    As the Greek economic crisis risks plunging the entire eurozone into meltdown, an Athens family go to hilarious lengths to conceal their wealth from revenue-hungry tax authorities.

    Nicholas - Stephen Critchlow

    Sofia - Anna Savva

    Illiana - Lydia Leonard

    Joe - Lloyd Thomas

    Director: Peter Kavanagh.

    To complement Radio 4's news and current affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

    Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone piece of fiction created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

    The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Neil Brand responds to the crisis in the Eurozone.

    0904Menace2010052220100523

    By Kate Clanchy.

    With Warren Mitchell and Peter Marinker.

    When care home residents Dennis and Walter encounter a gang of young boys, they're reminded of their own tearaway youth.

    Cast

    Walter - Peter Marinker

    Dennis - Warren Mitchell

    Director: Emma Harding.

    Poet Kate Clanchy creates a fictional response to the week's news.

    0905Grounded2010052920100530

    Terence Blacker, novelist, biographer, and weekly commentator for The Independent, is in the hot seat.

    Mark is at Toulouse airport, usually a pleasant place to be, but the BA strike has caused disruption and he has to get home to Annie, or else! And, hold on, what is he doing there in the first place?

    Reader Paul Ritter

    Producer Duncan Minshull

    0906I Want My Life Back2010060520100606

    Award-winning Scottish author and stand-up comedian A L Kennedy takes up the challenge.

    As oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the cost of the clean-up soars, an office worker on the other side of the world watches BP's live images with mounting despair.

    Written and read by A L Kennedy.

    Produced by Justine Willett

    0907Fourteen Units A Week2010061220100613

    Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti creates a fictional response to the week's news.

    Continuing the series in which writers create a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

    This week's guest writer is award-winning playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

    This week, the Scottish parliament debated a bill that could impose a minimum price on units of alcohol by the end of year.

    Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's play traces a week in the life of Jessica, a woman becoming unhealthily interested in the drinking habits of her cleaner.

    Jessica....Doon Mackichan

    Kerry....Eliza Caitlin Parkes

    Felix....Sam Dale

    Director: Abigail le Fleming

    ******************************************************

    Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is an award-winning British Sikh writer and actress.

    She has written for the theatre, film, TV and radio.

    Her first play, Behsharam (Shameless), broke box office records when it played at Soho Theatre and the Birmingham Rep in 2001.

    Her play Behzti (Dishonour) was controversially cancelled by the Birmingham Rep after violent protests against the play.

    Her new play Behud (Beyond Belief) had a recent run at the Soho Theatre, London.

    0908 LASTSolitudinem Faciunt Et Pacem Appellant2010061920100620

    Continuing the series in which writers respond to the week's news.

    In a week that saw the publication of the Saville Report into the Bloody Sunday shootings and Israel announced the setting up of an inquiry into the raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, one family is undergoing its own form of truth and reconciliation.

    In a fictional country, a retelling of the Salome story by prize-winning author and historian, Marina Warner.

    Mother - Adjoa Andoh

    Father - Anthony Calf

    Jess - Eloise Secker

    Director: Gemma Jenkins

    Author and social historian Marina Warner creates a fictional response to the week's news.

    1001Octopus's Garden By The Sea2010103020101031

    "With a new brand of austerity on the horizon and the notion of "social cleansing" in the air, playwright Lavinia Murray takes a bizarre look into the future.".

    1/8 Series in which writers create an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    Producer - Pauline Harris.

    The return of the award-winning series FROM FACT TO FICTION - in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

    The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    This breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far.

    They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Lin Coghlan, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and A.L.

    Kennedy.

    FROM FACT TO FICTION presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession.

    Philip Glenister, Tracy-Ann Obermann, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Alistair McGowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Sally Hawkins and Kenneth Cranham.

    FROM FACT TO FICTION returns to the airwaves on Radio 4 from Saturday 30th October 2010.

    Playwright Lavinia Murray creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    1002Inside The Bonfire2010110620101107

    Poets Jo Shapcott and Paul Farley give an imaginative response to a story in the week's news

    The return of the award-winning series FROM FACT TO FICTION - in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news - producer Emma Harding.

    This week Poets Jo Shapcott and Paul Farley are in the hot seat.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

    The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    This breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far.

    They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April De Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Lin Coghlan, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and A.L.

    Kennedy.

    FROM FACT TO FICTION presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession.

    Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Obermann, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Alistair Mcgowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Sally Hawkins and Kenneth Cranham

    1003Reform2010111320101114

    In response to planned changes to welfare provision announced this week, playwright Nell Leyshon examines the extent to which a big society can fill the gaps.

    Two years ago Lyn and Tom adopted a vulnerable four year old boy, tonight they must look again at what it means to be a family.

    LYN....Claire Rushbrook

    TOM....Nicholas Gleason

    Produced by Jeremy Mortimer and Ellie Bury

    NELL LEYSHON (writer)

    Nell Leyshon is an award-winning playwright who has written for radio and the stage.

    Her most recent stage play, Bedlam, was produced at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, in summer 2010.

    Her play Sons was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2009.

    Playwright Nell Leyshon creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    1004House Arrest2010112020101121

    Novelist Will Self creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    "What could be nicer than to draw the nets, pull the curtains to, turn up the log effect fire, switch on the telly and relax since you're compelled to stay at home.

    But now I understand, it's under house arrest - not home arrest."

    In his monologue, HOUSE ARREST, the novelist Will Self responds to a week of news that has reported the release of various individuals after periods of imprisonment.

    The narrator is holed up somewhere that is both familiar and strange.

    And surely his release, poised to happen any moment, marks the end of it all?

    Not really.

    1005Carnival2010112720101128

    Writers respond to the week's news.

    1006The Galway Ghost20101204

    In the week of Ireland's bail out writer Lizzie Nunnery takes a look at how the economic dream turned sour.

    Declan Conway's life was good, spurred on by success he'd bought a stake in his very own horse -the Galway Ghost.

    Will Declan be a relic from his time or does he have a future?

    Declan Conway - Jonathan Forbes

    Producer - Pauline Harris

    10072010121120101212

    Linda Marshall Griffiths creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    The return of the award-winning series FROM FACT TO FICTION - in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

    This week playwright Linda Marshall Griffiths is in the hot seat.

    Producer - Gary Brown.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

    The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    This breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far.

    They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April De Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Lin Coghlan, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and A.L.

    Kennedy.

    FROM FACT TO FICTION presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession.

    Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Obermann, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Alistair Mcgowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Sally Hawkins and Kenneth Cranham

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    This week poet Ian Mcmillan is in the hot seat.

    Producer - Gary Brown.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news.

    The form and content is entirely led by the news topic so you can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry andf prose.

    Each week we broadcast a 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    This breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far.

    They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April De Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Lin Coghlan, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and A.L.

    Kennedy.

    FROM FACT TO FICTION presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession.

    Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Obermann, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Alistair Mcgowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Sally Hawkins and Kenneth Cranham

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    Rebecca Lenkiewicz's play looks at two lives affected by the launch of Endeavour this week from Cape Kennedy.

    It concerns Cal, an offbeat space afficionado (Toby Jones) who lives in the Mojave desert as the busy space programme there enters a new era.

    Cal communes with Nadezhda (Dina Korzun), a true-life woman Russian astronaut, and in his imagination a close friend.

    She knows what this new development will mean for the hard-working astronauts involved...

  • cal...Toby Jones
  • nadezhda...dina lorzun
  • directed by....peter kavanagh

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    By Hugh Costello.

    Paul Weeks is a "NO" man - he thinks AV is expensive and flawed and not the British way.

    In the week of Bin Laden's killing, he finds the AV referendum an embarrassing sideshow.

    But his wife, Sophie, has been actively campaigning for a YES vote, with a vigour that has surprised Paul.

    Now, as polling day arrives, and as the fault lines are exposed in the coalition's façade of unity, Paul and Sophie's marriage also starts to unravel.

    Does Sophie's passion for change have as much to do with their relationship as with electoral reform..?

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    by Christopher William Hill

    Kirsten and Patrick have very different opinions about how Osama Bin Laden should be represented in an exhibition.

    Kirsten - Madeleine Potter

    Patrick - Christopher Naylor

    Akif - Adeel Akhtar

    Director: Mary Peate

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    In the week that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the IMF - following his arrest on sexual assault charges - award-winning novelist Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin, So Much For That) imagines the reaction of a Brussels-based bureaucrat - and his no-nonsense wife.

    "Belgian Waffle" by Lionel Shriver

    Cast:

    Rupert...

    Alex Jennings

    Fiona...

    Anna Chancellor

    Produced by Emma Harding

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    In the week that the controversy over super-injunctions reached absurdist heights, comedian and writer David Baddiel, takes a satirical look at privacy, press freedom and the power of the internet.

    'Superinjunctions' charts the whirlwind of events that's unleashed by one man's attempts to protect his privacy.

    Performed by:...

  • james robinson
  • lucy montgomery, peter polycarpou, sean baker, alan raglan, susie riddell and David Baddiel
  • directed by....:

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    With the governance of international football being so much in the news this week, Ed Jones takes a look at how morality plays out at a more local level.

    Two football dads meet over a pint and discuss their lads.

    Jonah....Greg Wood

    Robbie...Will Ash

    Director Gary Brown

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    In the week that the Prime Minister said that he would welcome cross-party talks on funding care for the elderly, playwright Nick Payne looks at the preparations taking place this weekend for a very special birthday party.

    Cast:

    Donald - John Rowe

    Robin - Carl Prekopp

    Amy - Alex Tregear

    Mum - Elaine Claxton

    Dad - Gerard McDermott

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

    Production Co-ordinators: Emma Hearn and Matilda James

    Studio Managers: Mike Etherden and Victoria Kent

    Editor: Mike Etherden

    Executive Producer: Sally Avens

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    The return of the award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. Snoo Wilson begins with a topical drama inspired by a story making the headlines.

    Produced by Peter Kavanagh

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    This week award winning writer Peter Souter takes on the headlines and tackles the devolution debate.

    We view Scotland's fight for independence from the perspective of two new and rather unusual Edinburgh residents.

    Sweetie....Juliet Stevenson

    Sunshine....Tim McInnerny

    Producer - Helen Perry

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    In his tale, Mongrel, the novelist Adam Thorpe takes as his starting point the story of two dogs that have shot to prominence this last week. One dog is bound for international stardom and one is on a decidedly different course, aided and abetted by his hopeful owner, Fay. Then, in the world at large, men and women in suits gather in Switzerland to discuss our current economic hardships...

    The reader is Hannah Waterman

    Producer Duncan Minshull

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    John Godber creates a fictional response to the news in this award-winning series.

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    by Lou Ramsden

    In a week which has seen bookings of Greek holidays soar despite the unstable financial situation, writer Lou Ramsden takes a humorous look at how up-tight Euan Clarke tries to turn a cheap holiday to Kos to his advantage by proposing to his unsuspecting girlfriend.

    Performed by:... Stephen Hoyle, Sarah McDonald Hughes and Jon Lolis. With music performed by Dimitri Vatikiotis and Paschal Paschalis.

    Directed by... Charlotte Riches.

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    Andrew Martin writes a fictional response to this week's news

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    Eoin McNamee's drama responds to clashes both on and off the pitch in the Euro 2012 championship.

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    Novelist and playwright Deborah Levy responds to the week's news with a new drama.

    The return of the award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. A 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch during the week.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    Now in it's seventh year the sheer breadth of approach is reflected in the range of writers who have participated so far. They include: Lou Ramsden, Andrew Martin, Lionel Shriver, David Baddiel, David Edgar, Amelia Bulmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, A.L.Kennedy and Lyn Coghlan.

    From Fact to Fiction presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession. Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Oberman, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Anne-marie Duff, Alistair McGowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Ken Cranham, Brendan Coyle, Haydn Gwynne and Sally Hawkins are just some of the names who have featured so far.

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    Oliver Emanuel creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news.

    Playwright Oliver Emanuel creates an imaginative response to a story from this week's news as the award-winning series returns.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic.

    From Fact to Fiction presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    Playwright Oliver Emanuel explores the dramatic impact of the election of Mohammed Mursi on an Egyptian family.

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    Lemn Sissay, one of the official poets at the London Olympics, responds to the recent banking scandal with a short drama about two bankers trying to enjoy a day out at Wimbledon.

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    Poets W N Herbert and Clare Pollard respond to this week's news story about the residents of a London tower block, who lost their High Court battle to prevent missiles being stationed on their roof.

    Poets W N Herbert and Clare Pollard react in verse to a recent story, as part of the series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

    Produced by Emma Harding

    About the authors: W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee and writes both in English and Scots. His collections include 'Forked Tongue', 'Cabaret McGonagall', 'Bad Shaman Blues' and 'Omnesia' (all published by Bloodaxe). He has recently co-edited 'Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry' (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) with Yang Lian. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

    Clare Pollard was born in Bolton and has published four collections with Bloodaxe: 'The Heavy-Petting Zoo', which she wrote while still at school, 'Bedtime', 'Look, Clare! Look!' and most recently, 'Changeling', which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her first play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premièred at the Royal Court Theatre. Her documentary for radio, My Male Muse (2007), was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year, and she is a Royal Literary Fund Literary Fellow at Essex University.

    Continuing the series in which writers make an imaginative response to a story that’s been making the headlines.

    In the week in which residents of a London tower block lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on their roof, two poets – W N Herbert and Clare Pollard imagine the residents of a fictional tower block, with a missile on the roof.

    A soldier sent to man the missile considers his role in defending all that the Olympics stand for.

    CAST

    The Soldier....Sam Troughton

    The Student/ Somalian Woman....Amaka Okafor

    The Cockney/ The Pensioner/ Mr Nutler....Robert Blythe

    The Mother....Christine Absalom

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    Kate Clanchy imagines one child's remarkable school report.

    Writer Kate Clanchy creates a fictional response to the week's news.

    As well as being one of Britain's leading contemporary poets whose collections SAMARKAND, SLATTERN and NEWBORN have won numerous literary awards, Kate Clanchy won the BBC National Short Story Competition in 2009, with THE NOT-DEAD AND THE SAVED, and has written ten plays for radio, most recently the mordant ICED, A NURSERY TALE, MENACE, OTHER MOTHERS and a new adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's MONEY, directed by Samuel West. Her political memoir ANTIGONA AND ME was dramatised on radio as WHAT IS SHE DOING HERE?, and she presented CHILDREN OF THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS with the poet Paul Farley for Radio 3. Her novel, MEETING THE ENGLISH, will be published in 2013 by Picador.

    Writer Kate Clanchy imagines one child's remarkable school report.

    In a week when the school year ends, and the government's Troubled Families Team reports on funding for interventions with problem families, the award-winning writer Kate Clanchy imagines one child's last day of term.

    The Deputy Head - Philip Jackson

    The Teacher - Sarah Smart

    The Teaching Assistant - Tina Gray

    Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

    As well as being one of Britain's leading contemporary poets, Kate Clanchy has won the BBC National Short Story Competition, and written ten plays for radio. Her political memoir 'Antigona and Me' was dramatised on radio as 'What Is She Doing Here?', and her novel, 'Meeting The English', will be published in 2013.

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    Topical drama by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor.

    Topical drama by award-winning playwright, Ali Taylor, marks the return of the series in which writers respond to a major story from the week's news.

    Producer: Gemma Jenkins

    In the week the government announced plans to legislate on same-sex marriages, Lyn and Steff embark on an audacious undertaking to pledge their love for each other.

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    Topical drama. In a week in which the world has been trying to come to terms with events in Connecticut, writer Joe Dunthorne gives the perspective of a family in South Wales.

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    By John Godber. Two gravediggers contemplate the year's news. Are we in for a triple dip?

    Gravediggers Keith and Hugo (Dicken Ashworth and Freddie Fox) return to contemplate money, and the lack of it, in John Godber's drama 'Dead End'.

    Are we in for a triple dip? And what about the fiscal cliff? How to bridge the north/south divide? The conversation takes a philosophical turn as two gravediggers labour with their spades in a graveyard not far from the Humber Bridge.

    Hugo may be from Windsor but he has to work through his Christmas break from Hull University to earn enough money to keep him in chicken and pesto bagels. Keith has been grave-digging for years. He's a plain cheese and pickle man and he doesn't think much of the southern softie who's just here for the holidays. But they have more in common than they think.

    Background: John Godber is one of the most performed playwrights in English and has won many awards for his work on stage, film and television. He revisits the characters and setting he first created for 'From Fact to Fiction' in February 2012, when the new 'Sun on Sunday' newspaper was about to launch.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession. Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Oberman, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Anne-marie Duff, Alistair McGowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Ken Cranham, Brendan Coyle, Haydn Gwynne and Sally Hawkins are just some of the names who have featured so far.

    Writer...John Godber

    Keith...Dicken Ashworth

    Hugo...Freddie Fox

    Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

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    Playwright Louise Ironside creates an imaginative response to a story from this week's news as the award-winning series continues.

    In a week when trust is under scrutiny - from Lance Armstrong baring his soul to Oprah, our relationship with Europe, and working out which weather forecast to believe, - a self-employed psychic needs to finish her tax return before the deadline.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic.

    From Fact to Fiction presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    Snow and Mirrors

    by Louise Ironside

    Cast:

    Angela....Claire Knight

    David....Jimmy Chisolm

    Producer/Director....David Ian Neville.

    Topical drama by Louise Ironside. In a week when trust is under scrutiny - Lance Armstrong, Europe, weather forecasts - a self-employed psychic needs to finish her tax return.

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    by Cath Staincliffe

    In a week where heavy snow has reportedly heightened the threat of a triple dip recession and the BBC launches a season of programmes celebrating the work of George Orwell, Cath Staincliffe's thriller imagines an alternative world where the snow never stops.

    Sarah Belcher

    Stephen Hoyle

    Kate Coogan

    Directed by Sharon Sephton.

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    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced her abdication this week. Novelist Terence Blacker imagines how another monarch might respond to this news.

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    As tensions again simmer over Europe, Sandi Toksvig imagines the effect on one UK family.

    In the week in which the Eurovision Song Contest returns to its spiritual home in Sweden, and tensions simmer once again over Britain's future role in Europe, Sandi Toksvig imagines the fight for independence within one UK family.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, this award-winning weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. Writers who have participated so far include: Lionel Shriver, David Edgar, Amelia Bulmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, A. L. Kennedy and Lyn Coghlan.

    Performed by Sheila Hancock

    Directed by Justine Willett

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    Writer Sebastian Baczkiewicz gives an imaginative response to a story in this week's news.

    This week playwright Sebastian Baczkiewicz is in the hot seat. He'll give a fictional response to a story from the week's news.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Writers who have participated so far include: Lionel Shriver, David Edgar, Amelia Bulmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, A.L. Kennedy and Lyn Coghlan.

    Producer: Helen Perry

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    Chris Dolan creates a 15-minute standalone drama in response to the week's news.

    Playwright and novelist Chris Dolan creates an imaginative response to a story from this week's news as the award-winning series returns.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic.

    From Fact to Fiction presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

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    Writer and actress Katy Wix creates a fictional response to a story from the week's news.

    Writer and actress Katy Wix creates a fictional response to the week's news. A 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch during the week.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

    The breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far. They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpeet Kaur Bhatti, A.L. Kennedy and Lin Coghlan.

    FF2F presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

    The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession. Philip Glenister, Tracy-ann Oberman, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Anne-marie Duff, Alistair McGowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Ken Cranham, Brendan Coyle, Haydn Gwynne and Sally Hawkins are just some of the names who have featured so far.

    Comedy actress Katy Wix is probably best known as Tim Vine's ditzy girlfriend Daisy in BBC One sitcom, Not Going Out, or as Rhiannon Davies in Torchwood. She was also a regular cast member in Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder for ITV, and has appeared in Extras, Time Trumpet and Miranda. Katy is also in a surreal double-act with Anna Crilly, originally called Penny Spubb, but now simply Anna And Katy. They have performed at Edinburgh three times, and made a pilot for Radio 2. Anna and Katy was commissioned a series by Channel 4 and was first broadcast March 2013.

    Producer: Polly Thomas

    Production Co-ordinator: Scott Handcock

    BBC Radio Drama, Wales/Cymru.

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    Is there a spy in your laptop? Edson Burton's thriller explores the use of Prism.

    Is there a spy in your laptop? Edson Burton's thriller explores how national security agencies and terrorists might exploit an information system like Prism.

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    In the week when world leaders at the G8 pledged to make international tax affairs more transparent, performance poets Kate Fox and Salena Godden take a satirical look at that stuff which makes the world go around.

    Kate Fox is a Northern poet and performer who is used to speedy turnarounds for commissions. She's about to be online Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival and has also been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and regularly for Radio 4's Saturday Live since 2007. Her one woman comedy "Good Breeding" about the choice not to have children will be at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. She's performed previous one woman shows about the news, autism and running, at events including South Bank's Imagine Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival and the National Autistic Society Professional Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Radio 3's The Verb, BBC 2's Daily Politics Show, Radio 2's Grimm Up North and many others. Her new and selected poetry collection "Fox Populi" was published earlier this year by Smokestack Books. She originally trained as a radio journalist and her first story to be broadcast nationally involved a dead frog found trapped in a bag of lettuce in Whitley Bay...

    Salena Godden is described as 'The doyenne of the spoken word scene' (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3's The Verb); 'The Mae West madam of the salon' (The Sunday Times) and as 'everything the Daily Mail is terrified of' (Kerrang! Magazine). She writes and performs poetry, fiction, memoir, radio drama and lyrics. Her most recent book of poems, "Under the Pier", was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. She's also known as The General of The Book Club Boutique, London's louchest literary salon, and as lead singer and lyricist of SaltPeter, alongside composer Peter Coyte.

    She has appeared on radio as a guest on Woman's Hour, The Verb, Bespoken Word and resident poet on R4's Saturday Live. Most recently she wrote and presented a documentary, "Stir it Up! - 50 Years of Writing Jamaica" for BBC Radio 4 in 2012 with award-winning producer Rebecca Maxted. This programme included excerpts from Salena's literary memoir "Springfield Road", which is being published by Unbound (it's crowd funded publishing, please visit unbound.co.uk).

    Performed by Kate Fox, Salena Godden and David Seddon

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    Disgraced managers and corrupt executives face their retribution in a reality TV show.

    by Martin Jameson

    With recent allegations of institutional corruption and cover-ups, Martin Jameson creates a parallel world set in the near future, in which disgraced managers and executives face their retribution in a reality tv show. Tonight, however, Paul has escaped and is hiding in Kylie's house.

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    Fast turn-around drama by writer and broadcaster, Hardeep Singh Kohli. This award-winning series sees writers create a fictional response to a major story from the week's news.

    Topical drama by writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli

    A down-at-heel journalist gets a lucky break when he bonds with a fellow traveller.

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    A fictional response to a story in the week's news.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, this award-winning weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. Writers who have participated so far include: Lionel Shriver, David Edgar, Amelia Bulmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, A. L. Kennedy and Sandi Toksvig.

    Produced by Tracey Neale.

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    Writers create a fictional response to a major story from the week's news.

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    Fiona Evans takes us back to primary school, and to four new school council candidates.

    From Fact to Fiction -

    Sorry for Nothing

    by Fiona Evans

    A dramatic response to a story in the week's news. After a week in which the Lib-Dem's internal dispute over Lord Rennard's refusal to apologise for misconducts has spiralled, writer Fiona Evans takes us back to primary school, and to four newly elected candidates of the school council.

    Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

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    Topical drama by dramatist and author Steve Waters.

    Fast turn-around drama by dramatist and author, Steve Waters. This award-winning series sees writers create a fictional response to a major story from the week's news.

    Produced by Gemma Jenkins

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    Writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

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    Writer Clara Glynn creates a dramatic response to a story in the week's news.

    Ara's desperate to swot up on what it means to be British, to pass the citizenship test but the village library has been closed down and she has no access to a computer. Help is on hand thanks to Lady Rose, but is this a random act of kindness or does she have another agenda?

    Producer: David Ian Neville.

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    By Lloyd Peters. What will young British competitor Chris find in the new Russia?

    From Fact to Fiction

    The award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. This week comedy writer Lloyd Peters gives his take on the Winter Olympics.

    Sochi - Living the Dream by Lloyd Peters

    Chris is a young British competitor in the Sochi Winter Olympics. She is mega excited to be there and experience the new Russia. But what will she find there?

    Director/Producer Gary Brown.

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    By Lucy Caldwell. An elderly woman finds herself considering what her life is really worth

    The award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. In a week which has seen debate around a possible 'fair innings approach' to the allocation of drugs to patients dependent on criteria of 'wider social benefit', and in which scientists warned that loneliness in old age is twice as bad for your health as obesity, Lucy Caldwell takes a look at the things we value most in life and how we in turn are valued.

    The Lonely Passion of Judith McCrudden

    By Lucy Caldwell

    An elderly woman finds herself considering what her life is really worth.

    Novelist and dramatist, Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, 'Where They Were Missed' (2006), 'The Meeting Point' (2011), which was awarded the Dylan Thomas Prize, and 'All the Beggars Riding' (2013), chosen for Belfast's and Derry's One City One Book initiative. Lucy's stage plays ('Leaves', 'Guardians', 'Notes to Future Self') and radio dramas ('Girl From Mars', 'Avenues of Eternal Peace', 'Witch Week', 'The Watcher on the Wall') have won awards including the George Devine Award and the Imison Award. In 2011 she was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her body of work to date.

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    David Schneider responds to mounting criticism of the confrontational style of the PMQs.

    The award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. In a week which has seen mounting criticism of the childish and confrontational behaviour exhibited on Prime Minister's Questions, writer David Schneider considers whether politicians are just giving the public what they want, and whether they should in fact escalate their confrontational tactics...

    Prime Minister's Questions is moved to a prime time slot and the new speaker develops a game show format which goes all out for ratings.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    David Schneider is a comedy writer and performer who has written and appeared in some of the most iconic programmes of recent years. He wrote and appeared in Alan Partridge; Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Day Today and Friday Night Armistice. David featured in films as varied as Mission Impossible and Horrid Henry. The second series of his sitcom Births, Deaths and Marriages in which he starred, recently aired on Radio 4.

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    By Glyn Maxwell. A fictional response to a story in the week's news.

    Directed by Emma Harding

    The writer: Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism. His nine volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

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    By Liam Williams

    The 27th December has always been a day for doing nothing, until now. This year it's been re-branded as Purple Saturday and it's all about shopping.

    As a couple get caught up in the havoc of the post-Christmas sales, they try to make sense of this new tradition, discover where it came from and find out if there's any festive spirit left.

    Directed by James Robinson

    A BBC Cymru/Wales Production.

    Topical drama. Writers create a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    Novelist Will Self creates a fictional response to a story in this week's news.

    In light of elections this week for the European parliament and for a Ukrainian president, novelist Will Self imagines a country called Anhedonia, where its new First Minister is about to address citizens on the vexing questions of neighbours Diplopia and Beluga, and on matters of culture, tradition and the country's sense of 'pride'.

    First Minister - Will Self

    Producer Duncan Minshull.

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    Topical drama. Writers create a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    Shelley Silas responds to developments in Boko Haram's kidnap of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.

    In the week in which four schoolgirls escaped the Boko Haram kidnap, Shelley Silas responds to developments in Nigeria's remote north-eastern province.

    Musa - Obi Abili

    Comfort - Gbemisola Ikumelo

    Guard - Damian Lynch

    Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

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    The Other Woman

    By Christopher Reason

    Award winning series in which a writer creates an imaginative response to a story from the week's news

    With allegations of corruption in the Qatar bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, Christopher Reason responds with a light hearted drama about a man has to go for psychiatric treatment to overcome his obsession with football, or lose the girl. But it's the run up to the World Cup, and so in promising his girlfriend he'll do his utmost to reform, he devises a way to deceive her.

    The award-winning series in which writers are asked to create a fictional response to a story making the headlines in the week of broadcast.

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    Playwright DC Jackson creates a dramatic response to a story from this week's news.

    Playwright D.C. Jackson creates an imaginative response to a story from this week's news as the award-winning series returns.

    To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic.

    From Fact to Fiction presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

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    By John Godber. A pair of Yorkshire gravediggers discuss a story in this week's news.

    by John Godber. Two Yorkshire gravediggers discuss a story in this week's news. Starring Dicken Ashworth.

    Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

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    By Amanda Whittington. After Je suis Charlie, is it any easier to speak the truth?

    The All-Clear

    by Amanda Whittington

    After 'Je Suis Charlie', is it any easier to speak the truth? Two women fight their deepest fear in order to do so.

    A story about how to live in the face of death.

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    Novelist and journalist Peter Bradshaw creates a fictional response to a story in this week's news:

    King Henry VIII is time-transported to England, arriving in late January 2015. He isn't impressed by our passion for Wolf Hall on the 'tele- vision', but Greece and the new Bishop of Stockport enthrall him..

    Produced by Duncan Minshull.

    Satirist and journalist Peter Bradshaw creates a fictional response to an item in this week's news:

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    A fictional response to a story in the week's news from playwright Georgia Fitch.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Writers who have participated so far include: Lionel Shriver, David Edgar, Amelia Bulmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Sandi Toksvig, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, A.L. Kennedy and Lyn Coghlan.

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    Sarah McDonald Hughes's fictional response to an extension of the right-to-buy scheme.

    From Fact to Fiction

    The award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news. In the first of a new series of dramas, Sarah McDonald Hughes takes a look at the government's proposed extension of the right-to-buy housing scheme.

    Beth and Sam have just bought the house they previously rented from a housing association. They have big plans for the property, but is Dave the handyman up to the job?

    A Roof Over Our Heads by Sarah McDonald Hughes

    With sound FX and vocal percussion from Carl Orza aka UK Beatboxer Soundbytz

    Directed by Charlotte Riches.

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    As the Fifa Women's World Cup begins, the players have more than football to think about.

    The FIFA Women's World Cup begins this weekend as Sepp Blatter resigns and accusations of corruption in the world governing body rumble on.

    The England players and their coach are in Canada, psyching up for the opening festivities and the media circus: waving and smiling for the photo-shoot and fielding questions about the shortness of their shorts. How do they feel about being guinea-pigs for artificial playing surfaces and who should take over from Blatter?

    But you can put up with anything for the sake of the beautiful game.

    Helen Cross writes this lightly surreal comedy.

    Director...Mary Ward-Lowery

    'From Fact to Fiction' is a reactive drama, which makes a fictional response to events in the week's news.

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    Topical drama. Writers create a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    Meera Syal creates a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose. This week's writer is Meera Syal.

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    Drama inspired by the reaction of a Charleston church elder to the shooting at his church.

    From Fact to Fiction

    The award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

    This week, Julia Pascal's drama is inspired by the Charleston Church Elder who compared the tragic shooting at his church to the devil trying to take charge.

    Escaping from an argument at home, Loren seeks refuge in her church. Here she meets an enigmatic young man who has an interesting proposal for her.

    Revelations by Julia Pascal

    With additional choir members Ibianga Evans, Emma Belfield and Kathryn Woods.

    Directed by Charlotte Riches

    Fact to Fiction - Revelations.

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    Poet Glyn Maxwell responds to the Greek debt crisis. To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama comes in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

    Directed by Toby Swift

    Produced by Emma Harding.

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    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

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    To complement Radio Four's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content are entirely lead by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

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    Writer Chris Dolan creates a dramatic response to a story in the week's news.

    Producer/director: David Ian Neville.

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    Hardeep Singh Kohli creates a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    Topical drama. Writers create a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    A fictional response to a story in the week's news. In the week that saw Google executives face a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee over their UK tax deal, Katherine Jakeways tells the story of a student who makes a controversial fiscal arrangement of her own.

    Directed by Emma Harding.

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    A writer creates a fictional response to a story in the week's news.

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    Shami Chakrabarti's dramatic response to news about the migrant crisis.

    From Fact to Fiction is an award-winning series in which writers create a fictional response to the week's news.

    In a week that saw politicians debate the conditions in migrant camps and the treatment of Asylum Seekers in UK , Shami Chakrabarti takes us to an imagined future.

    It is 2041. A mother and son argue about his plan to leave the country without permission. She is a settled refugee in her adopted state; the place of his birth. He is a radical; angry at his life of injustice and caught up in his plans to flee, yet he knows very little about his mother's own tale of escape.

    Mother....Julie Hesmondhalgh

    Son....Nico Mirallegro

    Director....Nadia Molinari.

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    Four contemporary British plays responding to the news of the week, including Rain, Cleaning the Pipes, I was John Prescott's Butler and World Justice.