Parlez-vous British?

New and classic tales that reveal the best and worst aspects of the British abroad.

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AR01Finding Dad2008111020100704

By Rob Green.

A Londoner suspects that his real father may not be the one he has known all his life.

Could he, indeed, be a foreigner?

Read by Jack Davenport

A Londoner suspects that he might find his real father in Paris.

The first in a series of intriguing stories revealing the best and worst of the Nation abroad.

In Finding Dad, a Londoner suspects that his real father may not be the one he has known all his life.

A trip

to Paris seems indicated - after all, no man is an island.

But try telling that to Dad.

Jack Davenport reads Rob Green's specially written story.

Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

AR02The Taipan2008111120100718

Somerset Maugham's disturbing tale of a smug businessman, set in 1922 Hong Kong.

Part of a series of stories revealing the best - and worst - of the Nation's behaviour on foreign soil.

Martin Jarvis reads Somerset Maugham's classic 1922 story The Taipan.

A self-satisfied business man lives and works in Hong Kong, where his lifestyle far exceeds anything he could have achieved at home in the UK.

But in the Far East, inexplicable - even frightening - things can happen.

Director: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

By W Somerset Maugham.

A British businessman's lifestyle in Hong Kong is far superior to anything he could have achieved at home.

But, in the Far East, inexplicable things can happen.

Read by Martin Jarvis

AR03Lispeth2008111220100711

An Indian child brought up by a missionary couple plans to marry an English naturalist.

A witty tale by Rudyard Kipling, read by Rosalind Ayres.

An Indian child, brought up by a Missionary couple, becomes a strikingly beautiful, independent young woman.

Her announcement that she will marry an English naturalist she has 'found' in the mountains results in some unexpected British behaviour.

Producer: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Rudyard Kipling.

Her announcement that she will marry an English naturalist that she has 'found' in the mountains results in some very British betrayals.

Read by Rosalind Ayres

AR04Shooting An Elephant2008111320100725

By George Orwell.

A young English policeman in colonial Burma is faced with the task of shooting a rogue elephant.

Read by Matthew Wolf.

A young policeman in colonial Burma is tasked with shooting an elephant.

A moving story by George Orwell, set in Colonial Burma.

A young English policeman is faced with the task of shooting a rogue elephant.

How important is loss of face?

Reader: Matthew Wolf.

Producer: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

AR05 LASTOverseas Membership2008111420100801

This new story by Christopher Matthew, set in occupied France, is based on real events.

Specially written for the series, this story by Christopher Matthew is set in occupied France.

Based on actuality with an imaginative, literary twist.

Read by Martin Jarvis.

Producer: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.