Original Shorts

Well-known authors have created an original short for this series, each story read by a leading actor.

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20050718

Well-known authors have created an original short for this series, each story read by a leading actor.

1/5. Pangbourne

By Jane Gardam.

The award-winning novelist's touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo.

Read by Dame Judi Dench.

20061001

Well known authors create an original short for this series, each story read by a leading actor.

1/5. Pangbourne

By Jane Gardam, read by Dame Judi Dench.

A touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo.

20061008

Well known authors create an original short for this series, each story read by a leading actor.

2/5. Families

By Christopher Matthew, read by Stephen Tomkinson.

A moving tale concerning a young man who suspects he has a sister that he has never met.

20061015

Well known authors create an original short for this series, each story read by a leading actor.

3/5. Dream Lovers

By Sean Carson, read by Michael Simkins.

Mark and Kate believe that two people could experience the same dream. But where might that leave their respective partners?

20061022

4/5. Billy: Actress Gemma Jones sets her new story in an English village during World War II, where a young boy and an old woman discover a fragile interdependence.

20061029

Short stories created by well-known authors. Bright Green Trainers: an academic research trip yields a surprising result in novelist Adam Thorpe's tale.

Read by Richard E Grant.

20080427

New short stories created by well-known authors.

1/5. The Milly Ming

Jane Gardam's beguiling account of a parish home for unmarried mothers.

Read by Sarah Badel.

20080504

New short stories created by well-known authors.

2/5. Snapshot

Clare George's devastating story of a female photo-journalist, recently wounded in Iraq, who is trying to regain her skills in Balham.

Read by Georgina Rich.

20080511

New short stories created by well-known authors.

3/5. Rainbow Warrior

Adam Thorpe's story takes an ironic look at an earnest conservationist dad whose family would rather just have fun on holiday.

Read by Martin Jarvis.

20080518

New short stories created by well-known authors.

4/5. Eggs and Salt Water

Claire Rayner's moving account of a child, evacuated to a rural village in the Second World War, who learns a surprising lesson in Jewish philosophy.

Read by Doreen Mantle.

20080525

New short stories created by well-known authors.

5/5. Only in Front of the Children

Christopher Matthew's witty tale of one-upmanship amongst well-heeled parents of children who attend the same home-counties prep school.

Read by Patricia Hodge.

01Dad's Chair20080121

Rob Green's compelling tale of an eccentric family bereavement.

Read by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

02Blue Afternoon20080122

Julia Stoneham's moving account of an uneasy sibling relationship, brought to an unusual conclusion in Manhattan.

Read by Martin Jarvis

03Sarah20080123

Actress Gemma Jones reads her own heartfelt story of an impoverished young 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

04Love Among The Lobelias20080124

Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy portrays Old Nick, the devil, in the guise of a romantic novelist.

Read by Mark Gatiss

05 LASTNot In Front Of Jack Hawkins20080125

Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale of past and present, in which memory plays tricks at a celebratory memorial service.

Read by Martin Jarvis

0101Pangbourne2005071820061001

The award-winning novelist's touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo.

  • by - Jane Gardam
  • read by dame Judi Dench

    by Jane Gardam, read by dame Judi Dench.

    a touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo

  • 0101Pangbourne2005071820061001

    The award-winning novelist's touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo.

  • by - Jane Gardam
  • read by dame Judi Dench

    by Jane Gardam, read by dame Judi Dench.

    a touching and witty tale of a woman's obsession with a gorilla in her local zoo

  • 0102Families2005071920061008

    Novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew's story concerns a young man who suspects he has a sister he's never met.

  • by - Christopher Matthew
  • read by Stephen Tomkinson

  • 0102Families2005071920061008

    Novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew's story concerns a young man who suspects he has a sister he's never met.

  • by - Christopher Matthew
  • read by Stephen Tomkinson

  • 0103Dream Lovers2005072020061015

    In Sean Carson's short story debut, Mark and Kate believe that two people could experience the same dream.

    But where might that leave their respective partners?

    Read by Michael Simkins

  • by - Sean Carson

  • 0103Dream Lovers2005072020061015

    In Sean Carson's short story debut, Mark and Kate believe that two people could experience the same dream.

    But where might that leave their respective partners?

    Read by Michael Simkins

  • by - Sean Carson

  • 0104Billy2005072120061022

    Actress Gemma Jones sets her new story in an English village during the Second World War, where a young boy and an old woman discover a fragile interdependence

  • written and read by Gemma Jones

  • 0104Billy2005072120061022

    Actress Gemma Jones sets her new story in an English village during the Second World War, where a young boy and an old woman discover a fragile interdependence

  • written and read by Gemma Jones

  • 0105 LASTBright Green Trainers2005072220061029

    An academic research trip yields a surprising result in novelist Adam Thorpe's brand new story.

  • read by Richard E Grant

  • 0105 LASTBright Green Trainers2005072220061029

    An academic research trip yields a surprising result in novelist Adam Thorpe's brand new story.

  • read by Richard E Grant

  • 0201The Milly Ming2006073120080427

    by Jane Gardam.

    A beguiling account of a parish home for unmarried mothers.

    Read by Sarah Badel

    0201The Milly Ming2006073120080427

    by Jane Gardam.

    A beguiling account of a parish home for unmarried mothers.

    Read by Sarah Badel

    0202Snapshot2006080120080504

    Clare George's devastating story of a female photo-journalist, recently wounded in Iraq, who is trying to regain her skills in Balham.

    Read by Georgina Rich.

    0202Snapshot2006080120080504

    Clare George's devastating story of a female photo-journalist, recently wounded in Iraq, who is trying to regain her skills in Balham.

    Read by Georgina Rich.

    0203Rainbow Warrior2006080220080511

    By Adam Thorpe, read by Martin Jarvis.

    An ironic look at an earnest conservationist dad whose family, on holiday, would rather just have fun.

    0203Rainbow Warrior2006080220080511

    By Adam Thorpe, read by Martin Jarvis.

    An ironic look at an earnest conservationist dad whose family, on holiday, would rather just have fun.

    0204Eggs And Salt Water2006080320080518

    By Claire Rayner, read by Doreen Mantle.

    A moving account of a child - evacuated to a rural village in the Second World War - who learns a surprising lesson in Jewish philosophy.

    0204Eggs And Salt Water2006080320080518

    By Claire Rayner, read by Doreen Mantle.

    A moving account of a child - evacuated to a rural village in the Second World War - who learns a surprising lesson in Jewish philosophy.

    0205 LASTOnly In Front Of The Children2006080420080525

    By Christopher Matthew, read by Patricia Hodge.

    A witty tale of one-upmanship among well-heeled parents of children who attend the same home-counties prep school.

    0205 LASTOnly In Front Of The Children2006080420080525

    By Christopher Matthew, read by Patricia Hodge.

    A witty tale of one-upmanship among well-heeled parents of children who attend the same home-counties prep school.

    0301Dad's Chair20091108

    Rob Green's compelling tale of an eccentric family bereavement.

    0301Dad's Chair *2008012120091108

    Rob Green's compelling tale of an eccentric family bereavement.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Read by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0301Dad's Chair *2008012120091108

    Rob Green's compelling tale of an eccentric family bereavement.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Read by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0302Blue Afternoon2008012220091115

    Julia Stoneham's tale of an uneasy sibling relationship which comes to an odd conclusion.

    Julia Stoneham's tale of an uneasy sibling relationship which comes to an odd conclusion.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Julia Stoneham's moving account of an uneasy sibling relationship, brought to an unusual conclusion in Manhattan.

    Read by Martin Jarvis.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0302Blue Afternoon2008012220091115

    Julia Stoneham's tale of an uneasy sibling relationship which comes to an odd conclusion.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Julia Stoneham's moving account of an uneasy sibling relationship, brought to an unusual conclusion in Manhattan.

    Read by Martin Jarvis.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0303Sarah20091122

    Gemma Jones' story of an impoverished 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

    0303Sarah2008012320080129
    20091122 (R4)

    Gemma Jones' story of an impoverished 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Actress Gemma Jones reads her own heartfelt story of an impoverished young 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

    0303Sarah2008012320080129
    20091122 (R4)

    Gemma Jones' story of an impoverished 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Actress Gemma Jones reads her own heartfelt story of an impoverished young 1880s farm girl who lives a surprising fantasy life.

    0304Love Among The Lobelias20091129

    Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy depicts the devil in the guise of a romantic novelist

    0304Love Among The Lobelias *2008012420080205
    20091129 (R4)

    Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy depicts the devil in the guise of a romantic novelist

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy portrays Old Nick, the devil, in the guise of a romantic novelist.

    Read by Mark Gatiss.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0304Love Among The Lobelias *2008012420080205
    20091129 (R4)

    Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy depicts the devil in the guise of a romantic novelist

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Robert Shearman's persuasive fantasy portrays Old Nick, the devil, in the guise of a romantic novelist.

    Read by Mark Gatiss.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0305Not In Front Of Jack Hawkins20080131

    0305 LASTNot In Front Of Jack Hawkins2008012520091206

    Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale in which memory plays tricks at a memorial service.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale of past and present, in which memory plays tricks at a celebratory memorial service.

    Read by Martin Jarvis.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    0305 LASTNot In Front Of Jack Hawkins2008012520091206

    Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale in which memory plays tricks at a memorial service.

    Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale in which memory plays tricks at a memorial service.

    New short stories by well-known authors.

    Christopher Matthew's perceptive tale of past and present, in which memory plays tricks at a celebratory memorial service.

    Read by Martin Jarvis.

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    040120101028

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry.

    Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life. Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Read by Martin Jarvis

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby. Or was he? Written by Christopher Matthew.

    0401Angels20101026 (BBC7)
    20141120 (BBC7)
    20141121 (BBC7)

    By Adam Thorpe. Dominique dreams of an angel. Is it a vision, or merely indigestion?

    Adam Thorpe's intriguing story, specially written for Original Shorts, is set within a monastery in the French Alps. Brother Dominique wakes from a powerful dream - almost certain he has had a vision of an angel.

    Those wings seemed very persuasive as they descended, beating in a golden blur. But when the local blacksmith and his son come up the mountain to repair the great oak cross that stands at the top of the pasture, the monk begins to have doubts.

    What was the real meaning of his dream? Did it represent something more worrying? The answer is surprising and, in Adam Godley's heartfelt reading, strangely moving.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    0401Angels20101026

    Adam Thorpe's intriguing story, specially written for Original Shorts, is set within a monastery in the French Alps. Brother Dominique wakes from a powerful dream - almost certain he has had a vision of an angel.

    Those wings seemed very persuasive as they descended, beating in a golden blur. But when the local blacksmith and his son come up the mountain to repair the great oak cross that stands at the top of the pasture, the monk begins to have doubts.

    What was the real meaning of his dream? Did it represent something more worrying? The answer is surprising and, in Adam Godley's heartfelt reading, strangely moving.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Adam Godley reads Adam Thorpe's story set within a monastery in the French Alps.

    Adam Thorpe's intriguing story, specially written for Original Shorts, is set within a monastery in the French Alps.

    Brother Dominique wakes from a powerful dream - almost certain he has had a vision of an angel.

    Those wings seemed very persuasive as they descended, beating in a golden blur.

    But when the local blacksmith and his son come up the mountain to repair the great oak cross that stands at the top of the pasture, the monk begins to have doubts.

    What was the real meaning of his dream? Did it represent something more worrying? The answer is surprising and, in Adam Godley's heartfelt reading, strangely moving.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Adam Godley reads Adam Thorpe's story set within a monastery in the French Alps.

    0401Angels20101026

    Adam Thorpe's intriguing story, specially written for Original Shorts, is set within a monastery in the French Alps.

    Brother Dominique wakes from a powerful dream - almost certain he has had a vision of an angel.

    Those wings seemed very persuasive as they descended, beating in a golden blur.

    But when the local blacksmith and his son come up the mountain to repair the great oak cross that stands at the top of the pasture, the monk begins to have doubts.

    What was the real meaning of his dream? Did it represent something more worrying? The answer is surprising and, in Adam Godley's heartfelt reading, strangely moving.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Adam Godley reads Adam Thorpe's story set within a monastery in the French Alps.

    0402Keeping Mum20101027 (BBC7)
    20141121 (BBC7)
    20141122 (BBC7)

    By Rob Green. In spite of her mother, kindly Brenda is still hoping to find her Rock.

    Jill Gascoine gives a funny and touching performance as Brenda, in Rob Green's specially written short story.

    Brenda is a kind, careworn woman of uncertain years who has been caring for her demanding old Mother for most of her life. But Brenda's a romantic and she's still hoping that her own life might begin sometime, somehow.

    She'd love to find her 'Rock'. Perhaps Tom, a porter from the local hospital, could fit the bill? Not if Mum has anything to do with it. Hang on, though, does Mum have a hidden agenda?

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    0402Keeping Mum20101027

    Jill Gascoine gives a funny and touching performance as Brenda, in Rob Green's specially written short story.

    Brenda is a kind, careworn woman of uncertain years who has been caring for her demanding old Mother for most of her life. But Brenda's a romantic and she's still hoping that her own life might begin sometime, somehow.

    She'd love to find her 'Rock'. Perhaps Tom, a porter from the local hospital, could fit the bill? Not if Mum has anything to do with it. Hang on, though, does Mum have a hidden agenda?

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Jill Gascoine reads Rob Green's story about a kindly woman hoping to find her Rock.

    Jill Gascoine gives a funny and touching performance as Brenda, in Rob Green's specially written short story.

    Brenda is a kind, careworn woman of uncertain years who has been caring for her demanding old Mother for most of her life.

    But Brenda's a romantic and she's still hoping that her own life might begin sometime, somehow.

    She'd love to find her 'Rock'.

    Perhaps Tom, a porter from the local hospital, could fit the bill? Not if Mum has anything to do with it.

    Hang on, though, does Mum have a hidden agenda?

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Jill Gascoine reads Rob Green's story about a kindly woman hoping to find her Rock.

    0402Keeping Mum20101027

    Jill Gascoine gives a funny and touching performance as Brenda, in Rob Green's specially written short story.

    Brenda is a kind, careworn woman of uncertain years who has been caring for her demanding old Mother for most of her life.

    But Brenda's a romantic and she's still hoping that her own life might begin sometime, somehow.

    She'd love to find her 'Rock'.

    Perhaps Tom, a porter from the local hospital, could fit the bill? Not if Mum has anything to do with it.

    Hang on, though, does Mum have a hidden agenda?

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Jill Gascoine reads Rob Green's story about a kindly woman hoping to find her Rock.

    04032010102820120812

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry. Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life. Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Producer: : Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby. Or was he? Written by Christopher Matthew.

    04032010102820120812

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry. Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life. Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Producer: : Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby. Or was he? Written by Christopher Matthew.

    0403Middle Swine20101028 (BBC7)
    20141124 (BBC7)
    20141125 (BBC7)

    By Christopher Matthew. John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby. Or was he?

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry. Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life. Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Producer: : Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    0403 LAST20101028

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry.

    Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life.

    Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Read by Martin Jarvis

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby.

    Or was he? Written by Christopher Matthew

    0403 LAST20101028

    Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's specially written story of old school rivalry.

    Why should John Small pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby? And why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

    Christopher Matthew's witty take on what could happen when so-called old school friends meet in later life.

    Can we ever leave our schooldays totally behind? There's a possible answer in the story's surprising climax.

    Read by Martin Jarvis

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    John Small was at school with Tim Slingsby.

    Or was he? Written by Christopher Matthew

    41

    41Angels

    42Keeping Mum

    0501Under My Skin2012031620150621 (R4)

    Martin Jarvis directs award-winning American star Calista Flockhart in Christine Conrad's devastating new tale of friendship gone awry. Two creative women in New York find they have much in common. But when gregarious, entrepreneurial Julie commandeers her less outgoing friend's new novel and announces it as her own film project, the relationship is inevitably dislocated. Julie is quoted as saying: 'A wonderful treatment has been written and my brilliant team and I are moving forward with great excitement and (Julie's favourite word) passion.'

    As far as her erstwhile friend, the actual author of the book, is concerned 'The train had left the station and nobody had bothered to mention it to me!' The gradual realisation that they really aren't 'sisters under the skin', is movingly told. 'Under My Skin' is specially written for Original Shorts by American novelist and screen writer Christine Conrad (Junior, Mademoiselle Benoit, Ties That Bind.) And perceptively performed by Calista Flockhart - star of TV series Ally McBeal and Kitty McCallister in Brothers and Sisters.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

    Calista Flockhart reads Christine Conrad's devastating new tale of friendship gone awry.

    0502Judgement20120323

    0502Judgement2012032320150628 (R4)

    Courtroom tale by Olly Jarvis. A case of conscience for aging defence barrister Harry Fox.

    0502Judgement2012032320150628 (R4)

    The jurors in this case plainly disapprove of aging defence barrister Harry Fox as he shambles into court in his torn gown. He believes 'better a hundred guilty men go free, than one innocent man be convicted.' But this case may be different.

    As Fox defends his client, he can see the jurors' hearts going out to the fragile-looking victim in the case. They stare at Fox as if to say - how can you defend a rapist? Have you no conscience? But then, something curious come to light in the courtroom. Will old Harry have to exercise his own 'judgement'? The denouement is unexpected and rather shocking. Successful barrister and novelist Olly Jarvis has written this brand-new story

    especially for Original Shorts. It's given a masterly performance by Tim Pigott-Smith.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    0502Judgement20120323

    The jurors in this case plainly disapprove of aging defence barrister Harry Fox as he shambles into court in his torn gown. He believes 'better a hundred guilty men go free, than one innocent man be convicted.' But this case may be different.

    As Fox defends his client, he can see the jurors' hearts going out to the fragile-looking victim in the case. They stare at Fox as if to say - how can you defend a rapist? Have you no conscience? But then, something curious come to light in the courtroom. Will old Harry have to exercise his own 'judgement'? The denouement is unexpected and rather shocking. Successful barrister and novelist Olly Jarvis has written this brand-new story

    especially for Original Shorts. It's given a masterly performance by Tim Pigott-Smith.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Courtroom tale by Olly Jarvis. A case of conscience for aging defence barrister Harry Fox.

    0502Judgement2012032320150628 (R4)

    The jurors in this case plainly disapprove of aging defence barrister Harry Fox as he shambles into court in his torn gown. He believes 'better a hundred guilty men go free, than one innocent man be convicted.' But this case may be different.

    As Fox defends his client, he can see the jurors' hearts going out to the fragile-looking victim in the case. They stare at Fox as if to say - how can you defend a rapist? Have you no conscience? But then, something curious come to light in the courtroom. Will old Harry have to exercise his own 'judgement'? The denouement is unexpected and rather shocking. Successful barrister and novelist Olly Jarvis has written this brand-new story

    especially for Original Shorts. It's given a masterly performance by Tim Pigott-Smith.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Courtroom tale by Olly Jarvis. A case of conscience for aging defence barrister Harry Fox.

    The jurors in this case plainly disapprove of aging defence barrister Harry Fox as he shambles into court in his torn gown. He believes 'better a hundred guilty men go free, than one innocent man be convicted.' But this case may be different.

    As Fox defends his client, he can see the jurors' hearts going out to the fragile-looking victim in the case. They stare at Fox as if to say - how can you defend a rapist? Have you no conscience? But then, something curious come to light in the courtroom. Will old Harry have to exercise his own 'judgement'? The denouement is unexpected and rather shocking. Successful barrister and novelist Olly Jarvis has written this brand-new story

    especially for Original Shorts. It's given a masterly performance by Tim Pigott-Smith.

    Director: Martin Jarvis

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Courtroom tale by Olly Jarvis. A case of conscience for aging defence barrister Harry Fox.

    050320120330

    05032012033020150705 (R4)

    Nature takes her own stand against petty bureaucracy in this canny tale of revenge.

    Edward is fond of the little oak tree that stands near the 15th tee of his local golf course. But there are club-members who view the tree with less friendly eyes. Chief among them is the club captain. There have been complaints, he says: some branches hang far too low over the tee - the oak should be cut down. So how

    can the situation be resolved happily for the club and its members?

    Over the months, Edward wonders whether Nature herself is becoming involved. And, he recalls, didn't Wordsworth have something to say about all nature being alive, and possessed with a presence that disturbs him with the joy of elevated thoughts? He continues to observe, and witnesses a surprising conclusion.

    Broadcaster, novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew has written this story especially for Original Shorts.

    Martin Jarvis reads this wry tale of Nature versus petty bureaucracy.

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    05032012033020150705 (R4)

    Nature takes her own stand against petty bureaucracy in this canny tale of revenge.

    Edward is fond of the little oak tree that stands near the 15th tee of his local golf course. But there are club-members who view the tree with less friendly eyes. Chief among them is the club captain. There have been complaints, he says: some branches hang far too low over the tee - the oak should be cut down. So how

    can the situation be resolved happily for the club and its members?

    Over the months, Edward wonders whether Nature herself is becoming involved. And, he recalls, didn't Wordsworth have something to say about all nature being alive, and possessed with a presence that disturbs him with the joy of elevated thoughts? He continues to observe, and witnesses a surprising conclusion.

    Broadcaster, novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew has written this story especially for Original Shorts.

    Martin Jarvis reads this wry tale of Nature versus petty bureaucracy.

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    0503 LAST20120330

    Edward is fond of the little oak tree that stands near the 15th tee of his local golf course. But there are club-members who view the tree with less friendly eyes. Chief among them is the club captain. There have been complaints, he says: some branches hang far too low over the tee - the oak should be cut down. So how

    can the situation be resolved happily for the club and its members?

    Over the months, Edward wonders whether Nature herself is becoming involved. And, he recalls, didn't Wordsworth have something to say about all nature being alive, and possessed with a presence that disturbs him with the joy of elevated thoughts? He continues to observe, and witnesses a surprising conclusion.

    Broadcaster, novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew has written this story especially for Original Shorts.

    Martin Jarvis reads this wry tale of Nature versus petty bureaucracy.

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Nature takes her own stand against petty bureaucracy in this canny tale of revenge.

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    Edward is fond of the little oak tree that stands near the 15th tee of his local golf course. But there are club-members who view the tree with less friendly eyes. Chief among them is the club captain. There have been complaints, he says: some branches hang far too low over the tee - the oak should be cut down. So how

    can the situation be resolved happily for the club and its members?

    Over the months, Edward wonders whether Nature herself is becoming involved. And, he recalls, didn't Wordsworth have something to say about all nature being alive, and possessed with a presence that disturbs him with the joy of elevated thoughts? He continues to observe, and witnesses a surprising conclusion.

    Broadcaster, novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew has written this story especially for Original Shorts.

    Martin Jarvis reads this wry tale of Nature versus petty bureaucracy.

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Nature takes her own stand against petty bureaucracy in this canny tale of revenge.

    Edward is fond of the little oak tree that stands near the 15th tee of his local golf course. But there are club-members who view the tree with less friendly eyes. Chief among them is the club captain. There have been complaints, he says: some branches hang far too low over the tee - the oak should be cut down. So how

    can the situation be resolved happily for the club and its members?

    Over the months, Edward wonders whether Nature herself is becoming involved. And, he recalls, didn't Wordsworth have something to say about all nature being alive, and possessed with a presence that disturbs him with the joy of elevated thoughts? He continues to observe, and witnesses a surprising conclusion.

    Broadcaster, novelist and humorist Christopher Matthew has written this story especially for Original Shorts.

    Martin Jarvis reads this wry tale of Nature versus petty bureaucracy.

    Director: Rosalind Ayres

    A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

    Nature takes her own stand against petty bureaucracy in this canny tale of revenge.