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Winner of the Silver Medal for Best Drama at the New York Radio Festival. For one British platoon the end of the Great War is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. John Fletcher 's haunting play tells the story of their epic journey to escape from the dark heart ot Russia.

With David Bannerman and Heather Barrett

Music: Barrington Pheloung Director Nigel Bryant.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930109]

Unknown: John Fletcher

Unknown: David Bannerman

Unknown: Heather Barrett

Director: Nigel Bryant.

Sergeant: Philip Davis

Corporal: David Holt

Cecil: Terry Pearson

Haskins: Jonathan Wyatt

Smith: Peter Meakin

Percival: Chris MacDonnell

Goddard: Richard Mitchley

Captain Symonds: Brett Usher

Grigoreyev: Peter Harlowe

General: Roger Hume

Russian Girl: Susan Mann

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930116]

One-Way Ticket to Palookaville by Michael Chaplin.

It's late summer 1990, and for shipyard welder Billy Hamsen it's a memorable one. Billy's a "traditional" working class "commie" and across the world there are serious changes to a system he has revered all his life.

Director Dave Sheasby

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930116]

Unknown: Michael Chaplin.

Unknown: Billy Hamsen

Director: Dave Sheasby

Billy Hamsen: Christian Rodska

Margaret Hamsen: Val McLane

Alexei: Karl Boyd

Rosa: Tracey Wilkinson

Jack: Rod Arthur

Ellis: John Graham Davies

Ivtmov: Christopher Campbell

Dad: Art Davies

Jimmy: James Thackwray

Gavin: Trevor Todd

Harry: Peter Wheeler

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930123]


Midwinter 1170. Thomas Becket is murdered at

Canterbury. Miracles occur at his shrine. But what became of his murderers? Peter Roberts 's play tells their story: an adventure that ranges across Europe to the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Director Nigel Bryant.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930123]

Unknown: Thomas Becket

Unknown: Peter Roberts

Director: Nigel Bryant.

Hugh de Morale: Michael Lumsden

Richard Brito: Stephen Tomlin

Reynald FitzUrse: Martin Head

William De Traci: Richard Hart

Thomas Becket: Graham Padden

Stephen de Garlande: Kim Wall

Jean D'Amiens: Bill Wallis

Alix: Sandra Berkin

Raymond of Tripoli: Christopher Scott

King Baldwin: David Holt

Reynold of Kerak: Peter Meakin

Odo: Jonathan Wyatt

Saladin: Nadim Sawalha

Saracen soldier: Avi Nassa

Monk: Simon Carter

Archbishop Hubert: Garard Green

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930130]

Operation Lightning Pegasus by Alick Rowe Starring Timothy West as Agamemnon, Geoffrey Bateman as Diomedes. What really happened at the Fall of Troy? Was the Episode of the Wooden

Horse as heroic as Homer would have it? Or was his Iliad a cover-up for what was a military fiasco?

Harpist Valerie Aldrich-Smith Director Shaun MacLoughlin

Stereo (First broadcast in 1981)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930130]

Unknown: Alick Rowe

Unknown: Timothy West

Unknown: Geoffrey Bateman

Harpist: Valerie Aldrich-Smith

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin

Paris: Tim Bentinck

Odysseus: Hugh Dickson

Menelaus: Sion Probert

Helen: Norma Ronald

Hector: Neil Stacy

Achilles: Henry Stamper

Andromache: Joy Harrison

Melops: Christian Rodska

Philicus: Ronald Herdman

Patroclus: Nicholas Courtney

Priam: Andrew Hilton

Cassandra: Rosalind Adams

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930206]

A Kind of Freedom

In Alan MacDonald 's play a thirst for revenge is so deep it destroys everything in its way.

With Eric Allan , Nigel Carrington , Peter Gunn , Charles Millham and Robert Portal

Director Clive Brill.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930206]

Unknown: Alan MacDonald

Unknown: Eric Allan

Unknown: Nigel Carrington

Unknown: Peter Gunn

Unknown: Charles Millham

Director: Clive Brill.

Robert: Robert Glenister

Alt: Joanna Myers

Mike: Mark Straker

Fee: Siobhan Redmond

Mother: Jenny Howe

Mum: Ann Windsor

Dad: Ronald Herdman

Newscaster: Ronald Herdman

Father: John Church

Peter: John Church

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930213]

Oates After His Fingers Steve Walker 's play shows Captain "Titus" Oates in the year 2065 alive and thawing out in the Antarctic. What will our old-fashioned explorer think of an England laid waste by drought and famine, where everyone has an American accent?

Director Peter Kavanagh

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930213]

Unknown: Steve Walker

Director: Peter Kavanagh

Oates: Stephen Dillane

Archie: Vincent Marzello

Europa: Lorelei King

Hendrix/Edward VII: David Graham

Ma: Pauline Letts

Lloyd George: Sam Dastor

Dr Coombs: Charles Millham

Scott/Manfred: Nigel Carrington

Dr Fitch: Peter Penry Jones

Strangler: Norman Jones

Jailer: Tom Watt

Parrot: David Bannerman

Hungry Fred: Colin McFarlane

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930220]

The Wild Swans by John Peacock.

Every moment of Queen

Margrethe's day was filled with hatred of her stepchildren. In her mind she planned their deaths, and realised that with magic she could make the thought the deed. But magic can be used for good as well as evil.

The Princes:


Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Music by Philip Thorby , played by Musica Antiqua of London Director Jane Morgan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930220]

Unknown: John Peacock.

Unknown: Jenny Lee

Story By: Hans Christian Andersen

Music By: Philip Thorby

Played By: Musica Antiqua

Director: Jane Morgan

Elise: Angela Pleasence

Nurse: Pauline Letts

King Arne: Stephen Thorne

Queen Margrethe: Valerie Sarruf

Arne: Andrew Seear

Elronde: Toby Hales

Kurt: John McAndrew

Erik: James Imber

Qaus: Michael Goodman

Peter: Toby Landau

Hans: Paul Bradbury

Johanne: Francis Wilford

Karl: Caspar Norman

Sven: Tristram Fetherstonhaugh

Kristien: Malcolm Ingram

Waldmaar: Philip Voss

kar: Anthony Hyde

Edrich: John Church

Jakob: John Bott

The Lamias: Diana Bishop,

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930227]

Short the Season by Mike McGrath.

Bert Boford refuses to give up his job as kennel huntsman despite intense pressure from his family. Then his wife precipitates a crisis for the hunt.

Director Michael Fox

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930227]

Unknown: Mike McGrath.

Unknown: Bert Boford

Director: Michael Fox

Bert Boford: James Laurenson

Olive Boford: Ann Rye

Hilda Sutton: Charmian May

Ted Boford: Colln Kerrigan

Devla Flannery: Saskia Downes

Flan: James Quinn

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930306]

Music and Silence Set in 17th-century

Denmark, Rose Tremain 's play is based on the passionate friendship between Leonora, daughter of King Christian, and her schoolfriend Moritz.

Music Colin Sell

Director Gordon House A World Service/Radio 4 production

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930306]

Unknown: Rose Tremain

King Christian IV: Timothy West

Leonora: Janet Maw

Sophie: Moir Leslie

Jonata: Julia Ford

Moritz: Mark Payton

William: Sam Cameron

Ulfeldt: Brett Usher

Musician: David Learner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930313]

Are Friends Electric

Lesley Davies's play, based on a real-life case, traces the last few weeks in the life of Ben Thurling, a 15-year-old boy bravely fighting to survive against the hereditary genetic disease, cystic fibrosis.

Director Cherry Cookson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930313]

Director: Cherry Cookson

Ben: Richard Pearce

Ann: Jennie Linden

David: John Rowe

Gene: Peter Whitman

Barry: Mark Straker

Rick: David Learner

Janice: Joanna Myers

Chas: Owen Booth

Alex: Siriol Jenkins

Consultant: Peter Penryjones

Family Doctor: Jonathan Adams

Claire: Melanie Hudson

Pokceman: John Webb

Cal: Emlyn Booth

Dr Chater: John Church

Nurse: Theresa Streatfeild

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930320]

Tristram Shandy A dramatisation of Laurence Sterne 's novel. Tristram Shandy endeavours to tell the story of his life, but is much hampered by his delight in irrelevant anecdote and his love of humorous serendipity.

Dramatised by Peter Buckman Music by James Walker , played by Roger Hellyer and Julia Vorhalik Director Penny Gold

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930320]

Unknown: Tristram Shandy

Unknown: Laurence Sterne

Dramatised By: Peter Buckman

Music By: James Walker

Played By: Roger Hellyer

Played By: Julia Vorhalik

Tristram Shandy: Nigel Hawthorne

Uncle Toby: Robert Lang

Mr Shandy: Richard Hurndall

Widow Wadman: Vivian Pickles

Mrs Shandy: Jean Trend

Dr Slop: Peter Woodthorpe

Corporal Trim: William Nighy

Bridget: Frances Jeater

Susannah: Theresa Streatfeild

Obadiah: James Kerry

Curate: Simon Hewitt

Midwife: Katherine Parr

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930327]

The Snatch

In Gillian Richmond 's play Kate and Tina are both expecting babies.

Complete strangers and living in different parts of the country, their lives will soon be linked and changed forever.

Director Sue Wilson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930327]

Unknown: Gillian Richmond

Director: Sue Wilson

Kate: Kate Buffery

Tina: Siriol Jenkins

Nick: Mark Straker

Phil: Andy Hockley

Softy: Sunny Ormonde

Annette: Joanna Wake

paul: John Webb

Fay: Jilly Bond

Photographer/Newsreader: Keith Drinkel

Newscaster: Peter Penry Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930403]

A View of the City from Westminster Bridge

In Manny Draycott-Lai s play, recorded on location in London, Louise, a young idealist "architect", is commissioned to design a huge site development near the Thames. It is a make-or-break career move. with Crawford Logan , David Learner , Melanie Hudson , Eric Allan and Siriol Jenkins

Director Cherry Cookson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930403]

Unknown: Manny Draycott-Lai

Unknown: Crawford Logan

Unknown: David Learner

Unknown: Melanie Hudson

Unknown: Eric Allan

lsambard: Roger Allam

Louise: Suzanna Hamilton

Tom: Ralph Fiennes

Damien: Hugh Ross

Earlham: Stuart Milligan

Kilmartin: Michael Tudor Barnes

Hennessey: John Webb

Nancy: Melinda Walker

Politician: John Church

Boardman: Jonathan Adams

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930410]

Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist.

The story of the thief who was freed in the place of Christ tells of Barabbas's stumbling journey into faith, from the Crucifixion to his own misjudged martyrdom.

The original novel won

Lagerkvist the 1951 Nobel Prize for Literature. with Paul Copley ,

Gary Dunnington. Dominic Letts , John Baddeley , John Fleming ,

John Evitts , James Telfer. David Holt , Philip Anthony , Rachel Atkins ,

Mia Soteriou and Barbara Durkin Dramatised by Eivor Martinus Music: Mia Soteriou Director Ned Chaillet

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930410]

Unknown: Paul Copley

Unknown: Gary Dunnington.

Unknown: Dominic Letts

Unknown: John Baddeley

Unknown: John Fleming

Unknown: John Evitts

Unknown: James Telfer.

Unknown: David Holt

Unknown: Philip Anthony

Unknown: Rachel Atkins

Unknown: Mia Soteriou

Unknown: Barbara Durkin

Dramatised By: Eivor Martinus

Director: Ned Chaillet

Narrator: Simon Callow

Barabbas: Barrie Rutter

Sahak: Eric Allan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930417]

The Active Citizen

Michael Duke 's political comedy is set in an illegal organisation's "safe house", where there may be a "mole" in the bedroom.

Director Patrick Rayner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930417]

Unknown: Michael Duke

Director: Patrick Rayner

Callaghan: Stuart McQuarrie

Carmel: Allson Peebles

Taylor: Finlay Welsh

Chief: Ralph Riach

Ross: Sandy Welch

Derek: Robert Paterson

Doreen: Barbara Rafferty

Norris: Jim Twaddale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930424]

Going Under by Lydia Chukovskaya. A remarkable love story set in Stalinist Russia. Two writers discover much about themselves and the system under which they live.

Dramatised by Ken Whitmore Director Martin Jenkins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930424]

Unknown: Lydia Chukovskaya.

Dramatised By: Ken Whitmore

Director: Martin Jenkins

Nina: Annette Crosbie

Bilibin: Graham Crowden

Matron: Tessa Worsley

Sablin: John Webb

Veksler: Cyril Shaps

Klokovl: Brett Usher

Finnish Girl: Melanie Hudson

Official: John Church

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930522]

The New Party by Martyn Wade.

In the early 1930s,

Oswald Mosley and his friend

Harold Nicolson joined forces to launch a political oarty which they hoped would resolve the country s economic and financial problems. But Mosley's extreme views were to jeopardise both their political and personal alliance..

Director Cherry Cookson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930522]

Unknown: Martyn Wade.

Unknown: Oswald Mosley

Unknown: Harold Nicolson

Director: Cherry Cookson

Harold Nicolson: Christopher Cazenove

Oswald Mosley: Roger Allam

Vita: Kate Buffery

Cimmie: Joanna David

Christopher: Alan Barker

Bewerbrook: Paul Maxwell

Strachey: Brett Usher

Cheyney: Eric Allan

y om: Charles Millham

Salmon: Mark Straker

Sarfatti: Ann Windsor

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930529]

Opening Up by Jeremy Paul.

"This is not a morbid story. Nobody dies. At least not yet. I'm here to tell you the tale of a patient and his surgeon, the virtuoso of the gastrointestinal unit."

Director Matthew Walters

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930529]

Unknown: Jeremy Paul.

Director: Matthew Walters

Roche: Daniel Massey

Neteky-Burden: Oliver Ford Davies

Francesca: Sasha Paul

Heather: Amanda Garwood

Hardisty: Gordon Reid

Vellacott: Peter Penry Jones

Colin: Jonathan Adams

Alex: Matthew Morgan

Ann: Melinda Walker

Moira: Joanna Wake

fc: Michelle Joseph

Lucy: Siriol Jenkins

Making Love, War And Peace19980110

By David Pownall.

As Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia embark on perhaps the greatest novel ever written, there rages between them a tumultuous and, at times, tyrannical, love affair - their own personal war and peace.

With Gerard Murphy, Tracy Ann Oberman and Iwan Thomas.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

Mr Bolfry19980103

By James Bridie, adapted for radio by Donald Campbell.

It is August 1943.

In a manse in the north-west of SCOTLAND, three young people, bored by the Scottish Sabbath, decide to raise hell - literally.

With Richard Greenwood, Ian Sexon and Vari Sylvester.

Director Hamish Wilson.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Faro's Daughter19950204

Producer: D.


Next in series: THE SILK WORM

Previous in series: FRIDAY'S CHILD


Another in Radio 4's Romance Season.

By Georgette HEYER.

Deborah Grantham's position in a gaming house makes her utterly unsuitable as a wife for a nob- leman, and Max Ravenscar determines to rescue his cousin from a gamester...

Subject Categories

historical drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

04 Feb 1995 14:30-16:00 (RADIO 4)

25 Nov 1995 19:50-21:20 (RADIO 4)


Sean Barrett (Actor)

Anna Massey (Actor)

Edward de Souza (Actor)

Gavin Muir (Actor)

Jonathan Keeble (Actor)

Becky Hindley (Actor)

Tessa Worsley (Actor)

Sylvestra Le Touzel (Actor)

Marcia Warren (Actor)

Deborah Berlin (Actor)

Peter Yapp (Actor)

Nathaniel Parker (Actor)

Oliver Senton (Actor)

Mark Payton (Actor)

Kitty Black (adap)

Georgette Heyer (Author)

Trevor Davies (Composer)

Jane Morgan (Producer)

Recorded on 1994-12-14.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Friday's Child19950128

Producer: N.


Next in series: FARO'S DAUGHTER

Previous in series: THE LUCAN FILE


Georgette HEYER's Regency romance begins a season of love affairs on Radio 4.

'I'm going back to London and I'm going to marry the first woman I see!' is the cry of young Lord Sheringham when his proposal is rejected by Isabella...

Subject Categories

historical drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

28 Jan 1995 14:30-16:00 (RADIO 4)

17 Feb 1996 19:50-21:20 (RADIO 4)


Mary Wimbush (Actor)

Eva Stuart (Actor)

Susan Sheridan (Actor)

David Bannerman (Actor)

Tessa Worsley (Actor)

Nicholas Boulton (Actor)

Simon Beale (Actor)

Julian Rhind-tutt (Actor)

Ian Hughes (Actor)

Jilly Bond (Actor)

Paul Panting (Actor)

Cathy Sara (Actor)

Peter Kenny (Actor)

David Antrobus (Actor)

Annabel Mullion (Actor)

James Frain (Actor)

Elli Garnett (Actor)

John Peacock (adap)

Georgette Heyer (Author)

Trevor Davies (Composer)

Ned Chaillet (Producer)

Recorded on 1995-01-05.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Friday's Child19960217

First broadcast on 1995-01-28

Producer: N.


Next in series: FARO'S DAUGHTER

Previous in series: THE LUCAN FILE


Georgette HEYER's Regency romance begins a season of love affairs on Radio 4.

'I'm going back to London and I'm going to marry the first woman I see!' is the cry of young Lord Sheringham when his proposal is rejected by Isabella...

Subject Categories

historical drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

28 Jan 1995 14:30-16:00 (RADIO 4)

17 Feb 1996 19:50-21:20 (RADIO 4)


Mary Wimbush (Actor)

Eva Stuart (Actor)

Susan Sheridan (Actor)

David Bannerman (Actor)

Tessa Worsley (Actor)

Nicholas Boulton (Actor)

Simon Beale (Actor)

Julian Rhind-tutt (Actor)

Ian Hughes (Actor)

Jilly Bond (Actor)

Paul Panting (Actor)

Cathy Sara (Actor)

Peter Kenny (Actor)

David Antrobus (Actor)

Annabel Mullion (Actor)

James Frain (Actor)

Elli Garnett (Actor)

John Peacock (adap)

Georgette Heyer (Author)

Trevor Davies (Composer)

Ned Chaillet (Producer)

Recorded on 1995-01-05.

The Affair At Grover Station19971227

A classic American ghost story by Jonathan Holloway, based on a short story by Willa Cather.

`Terrapin' Rodgers recounts to his old college acquaintance Will Carter how he solved the riddle of his friend's death last New Year's Eve.

His storytelling draws Carter into a terrifying experience that will haunt him for ever.

With Kerry Shale, Stuart Milligan and Nancy Crane.

Director David Hunter

The Sevenfold Crown19980117

By Barry Letts.

Blake's 7 are back to fight their biggest battle yet.

If Servalan gets hold of the Sevenfold Crown before Avon does, the Federation is in her control.

With Paul Darrow, Michael Keating and Steven Pacey.

Director Brian Lighthill.