Saturday Play

Thrillers, mysteries, love stories and detective fiction, as well as an occasional special series.

Episodes

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20061111

Devastated Areas

Adam Thorpe's play explores civilian grief during and after the Great War of 1914-1918 in three interweaving stories.

In Berlin, a sculptress is working on a memorial statue to the volunteers; in the valley of the Somme a glazier is repairing the blown-out windows of a church; and on the Berkshire Downs a gardener tends his roses.

Sofie ...... Eliza Langland

Ernst ...... Finlay Welsh

Monsieur le Curé ...... Gareth Thomas

Auguste ...... Jimmy Chisholm

Reg ...... Richard Greenwood

Mrs Lombard ...... Noreen Leighton

Colin ...... Matthew Pidgeon

Jess ...... Lucy Paterson

Pianist Leon Coates.

20061202

Killing the Butterfly

In Colin MacDonald's romantic thriller, two murder witnesses are put under police protection pending the High Court trial. But something goes badly wrong and they have to flee for their lives,

never knowing who it's safe to trust.

Barker ...... Simon Tait

Hannah ...... Vicki Liddelle

DCI Mulhall ...... Gayanne Potter

DS Whitton ...... James Bryce

Andrew ...... Kenny Blythe

Matthew ...... John Paul Hurley

Kayleigh ...... Laura Smales

Producer Patrick Rayner.

20081018

The Haverstock Hill Murder

By George R Sims, dramatised by Roger Danes.

Renowned Victorian lady detective Dorcas Dene is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. The problem is that the victim named her husband as the assailant with her dying breath.

Paul Dene ...... Greg Powrie

Dorcas Dene ...... Lucy Paterson

Mrs.Hannaford ...... Edith Macarthur

Inspector Swanage ...... Finlay McLean

PC Hargreaves ...... Mark McDonnell

Charles Hannaford ...... Nick Farr

Flash George ...... Terry Wale

Martha Drayson ...... Noreen Leighton

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Directed by David Ian Neville.

20081025

Adulteries of a Provincial Wife

By Stephen Wakelam. Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary was published 150 years ago. Who was the inspiration for Emma and how did his own life become embroiled in his writing?

With Daniel Evans, Robert Glenister, Anastasia Hillie, Jennie Stoller.

20081101

The Late Mr Shakespeare

By Robert Nye, dramatised by Jonathan Broadbent.

Pickleherring, a former boy actor in Shakespeare's company, reminisces from the vantage point of old age on his time spent with The Bard. As he finally finds love with a prostitute named Polly, the lessons he learned from Shakespeare finally start to become clear.

Pickleherring ...... Jim Broadbent

Boy ...... George Longworth

Polly ...... Jill Cardo

Pompey Bum ...... Dan Starkey

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

20081108

Von Ribbentrop's Watch

By Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

Wine shop owner Gerald desperately needs money: his business is failing and the landlord has raised the cost of the lease. When he inherits a watch that used to belong to wartime Nazi Joachim Von Ribbentrop he believes that his financial troubles are over. But it sparks conflict with his wife and brother, who question the ethics of the potential sale.

Gerald ...... Allan Corduner

Ruth ...... Harriet Walter

Lila ...... Miriam Margolyes

David ...... Nicholas Woodeson

Sasha ...... Sophie Winkleman.

20081122

Murder Every Monday

Mark Gatiss's adaptation of Pamela Branch's comedy.

Clifford Flush and the other members of the Asterisk Club are forced to leave London in a hurry, and take up residence in the dilapidated Dankry Manor, where they establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'. All goes well until someone is murdered on the premises.

Armitage/Paget ...... Simon Williams

Clifford Flush ...... John Castle

Mrs Barratt ...... Barbara Kirby

Colonel Quincey ...... Graham Crowden

Creaker ...... David Ryall

Cyril Revere ...... Mark Gatiss

Chloe Carlisle ...... Stephanie Beacham

Manelli ...... Mark Benton

Bill Thurlow ...... Ian Hallard

Dina Parrish ...... Cal Jaggers.

17/02/200720081226
1989: The Shape of the Table20091114
27/01/200720110723

Powerful combination of political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in the fictional northern town of Wyverdale.

Political and personal drama, set against the background of a riot in a northern town.

A Change in the Willows20110507

Toad is back on a spending spree and dismissive of his friends - until he needs their help for a rather irritating ghost problem! Ratty finds himself flooded out of his river side home by rising river levels.

Mole tries to understand the link between the pang in his stomach and the desire all animals have to be amongst their own kind. And good old Badger is upset that nobody listens to him and his friends take him for granted.

Cast:

Toad ..... Tim McInnerny

Mole ..... Stephen Mangan

Ratty ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt

Badger ...... Andrew Sachs

Dove ..... Issy van Randwyck

Sheep .....Ian Buchan

Mole 2 ..... Yolanda Kettle

Mole 3 ..... Ilker Kaleli

Mole 4 ..... Jonathan Sayer

Mole 5 ..... Natalie Carrington

Written by Ian Buchan

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Producer: Julian Stevens

An Artists Studio production for BBC Radio 4.

Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty embark on an all new adventure along the riverbank.

A Family Affair20091128
All Quiet on the Western Front20091107
An English Tragedy20100508
An Inspector Calls20100529
And Then There Were None20101113

Agatha Christie's famous detective story without a detective, adapted by Joy Wilkinson.

Ten guests are separately invited to an island by a person none of them knows very well, if at-all. When they arrive, it seems they have all been invited for different reasons. Nothing quite adds up.

An anonymous voice accuses each of them of having murdered someone. By the end of the first night, one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm and tormented by the nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Soldier Boys', the ten guests fear for their lives. Who is the killer? Is it one of them?

Cast in order of appearance

Vera Claythorne ..... Lyndsey Marshal

Cyril ..... Harry Child

Captain Lombard ..... Alex Wyndham

Emily Brent ..... Joanna Monro

Dr. Armstrong ..... Sean Baker

Mr. Justice Wargrave .... Geoffrey Whitehead

Anthony Marston ..... Lloyd Thomas

Mr. Blore ..... Sam Dale

Narracott ..... Adeel Akhtar

General Macarthur ..... John Rowe

Mr. Rogers ..... Wayne Foskett

Mrs. Rogers ..... Sally Orrock

Hugo ..... Henry Devas

Gramophone Voice ..... Jude Akuwudike

Directed by Mary Peate.

Ten guests are invited to an island. By the end of the first night, one of them is dead.

Avoid London...Area closed...Turn on Radio20100703

The story of a fictional Every Family, the Demerils, set against the real and terrible events of 7/7 2005 - how they coped with those events and how they set about rebuilding their lives.

On the 3rd July Radio 4 will present a Drama centring on the events of 7 July 2005 as experienced by the Demerils, a kind of fictional Every Family.

Our family, typical of so many in the capital that week, has the usual preoccupations; wayward children and aged parents, retirement and overwork, the near impossibility of life in the city, when suddenly a series of explosions throws everything into extreme and brutal perspective. Though fictional, this is all our stories and how we did or didn't manage to cope with those awful events.

The title - an ominous portent which caused many travellers to suspect the worst - refers to the many motorway signs which greeted commuters as they ground their way into central London on the morning of 7th July.

Cast includes: David Calder, Margot Leicester, Elizabeth Spriggs, Leanne Rowe.

Director - Eoin O'Callaghan.

Mike Walker's drama focuses on how a family coped with the terrible events of 7/7.

Bar Mitzvah Boy20111112

BAR MITZVAH BOY

by Jack Rosenthal, Adapted for radio by Amy Rosenthal

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a boy having his Bar Mitzvah - the ceremony in which a thirteen year old becomes a man in the Jewish faith.

At the tender age of thirteen Eliot Green is about to become a man - in the Jewish religion at least. In synagogue, in front of the whole congregation, he will read and sing in Hebrew from the Torah (the Hebrew scrolls) - this after a year of intensive tuition. Later he will enjoy receiving gifts from relatives and friends as he celebrates with them at his Bar Mitzvah party.

All eyes are on Eliot as he is called up in synagogue for his big moment! But is he ready to become a man?

This play along with many others established the late Jack Rosenthal as one of Britain's best loved television writers. A master at creating characters that you could recognise and empathise with, his plays were always sharp and finely tuned with a rich helping of humour.

This new version of Bar Mitzvah Boy is specially adapted for radio by Jack's daughter, the playwright Amy Rosenthal.

Eliot......................................HUGO RAINE

Rita.......................................TRACY-ANN OBERMAN

Victor.....................................DAVID HOROVITCH

Grandad.................................ANDREW SACHS

Lesley. . . . ............................SUSANNAH WISE

Harold......................................JONATHAN TAFLER

Rabbi Sherman ......................PETER MAJER

Denise...................................MAYA GERBER

Squidge.................................SAM CUMMINGS

Synagogue Cantor...................RABBI MARK L. SOLOMON

Produced and directed by David Ian Neville.

A radio version of Jack Rosenthal's award-winning television play about a Bar Mitzvah boy.

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel20101023

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel

by Gary Brown

In recently released secret documents it was revealed there was a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War. In this fictionalised account, East End market trader Harry becomes caught up in these events and quickly finds himself out of his depth as he comes under the spell of a mysterious visitor from Palestine.

Harry - Jonathan Tafler

Dov - Richard Katz

Thompson - Robert Lister

Sarah - Amy Shindler

Joey - Dan Crow

Avi - Stephen Greif

Len - Ben Crowe

DirectorPeter Leslie Wild.

By Gary Brown. A market trader becomes mixed up in a post-war terrorist plot.

Belle Amie20110813

By Frances Byrnes. Has age tamed the ruthless charmer Georges Duroy? A witty new sequel to Maupassant's 19th-century Bel Ami.

Frances Byrnes' witty new sequel to Maupassant's 19th-century Bel Ami.

Blithe Spirit20081213
Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry, part 220100612
Bora Bora20100821

By Lynne Truss. When a biographer joins a painting holiday organised by art historian Alec, his arrival disturbs the calm. Alec must face a terrible truth about his life.

By Lynne Truss. A painting holiday organised by an art historian is rudely disturbed.

Boscobel2008112920100828

Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

A tense and thrilling dramatisation of a real-life escape story from Ian Curteis, starring Simon Woods (Cranford, Rome) as King Charles II.

Defeated in battle following the execution of his father, the future Charles II must flee England or die.

Over a thrilling 40-day journey, young Charles has much to learn - how to live rough, how to evade capture and how to earn the kindness of strangers.

Ian Curteis is a prolific writer for radio and television. His most well known play is The Falklands Play, the story of how Margaret Thatcher's government went to war with Argentina, which was first broadcast on both Radio 4 and BBC 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Cast:

Charles II ..... Simon Woods

Derby/John Penderel ..... Kevin Eldon

Wilmot ..... Chris Larkin

George Penderel/Whitgreave ..... Simon Treves

Gifford/Woolf ..... Malcolm Brown

Carlis/Colonel ..... Stephen Carlile

Betty/Jane ..... Kate Sachs

Mrs Woolf/Cook ..... Jill Shilling

Director: Dirk Maggs

Writer: Ian Curteis

Producer: Rebecca Pinfield

An Above The Title production for BBC Radio 4.

Historical thriller that follows the future Charles II after his father's execution.

Bullitt20091024
Call for the Dead20090523
Cause Celebre20110625

The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Anne Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack.

2011 marks the centenary of Terence Rattigan's birth. Cause Celebre was originally a radio play, produced by the BBC in 1975. Rattigan was fascinated by a sensational murder trial at the Old Bailey in 1935 concerning an elderly architect allegedly killed by his much younger wife Alma and George, their handsome odd-job boy. The popular press had a field day - tales of sex, drugs, alcohol and gore were plastered across the papers. The play follows the course of the murder trial and its impact on Edith Davenport, the morally upright forewoman of the jury. Edith is forced to reconsider her initial condemnation of the life-affirming, morally relaxed Alma.

Terence Rattigan is one of Britain's most popular 20th century dramatists.

Cast:

Joan Webster ..... Lucy Black

Francis Rattenbury .... Timothy Carlton

John Davenport .... Simon Chandler

Croom-Johnson ..... Richard Clifford

Christopher .... Oliver Coopersmith

Edith Davenport .... Niamh Cusack

Alma Rattenbury ..... Anne-Marie Duff

Montagu ..... Rory Fleck-Byrne

Tony Davenport .... Freddie Fox

Irene Riggs .... Jenny Galloway

Judge ...... Patrick Godfrey

O'Connor .... Nicholas Jones

George Wood .......Tommy McDonnell

Stella Morrison ....... Lucy Robinson

Clerk of the court .....Tristan Shepherd

Casswell ....... Richard Teverson

Wardress ....... Sarah Waddell

Sergeant Bagwell ....... Michael Webber

Coroner ....... Tristram Wymark

The play was directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by Polly Thomas for Sparklab, from the recent production by the Old Vic Theatre

Assistant director: Eleanor While

Original music: Adrian Johnston

Executive producer: Melanie Harris

Producer: Polly Thomas

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama.

Choice of Straws20090919
Confessions of a Medium20100313
Deep Down and Dirty Rock 'n' Roll2011051420120113

By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs stars in a drama set in the music industry. Once Carl was the tragic suicidal poet of the band Lost Youth. Fourteen years earlier Carl feigned a mysterious disappearance. If he comes out of hiding now Lost Youth are history.

Ed...Suggs

Carl...Burn Gorman

Tanya...Philippa Stanton

Sophie...Alex Tregear

Doreen...Joanna Monro

Olly...Stuart McLoughlin

Miss Brookes...Jane Whittenshaw

Phil...Brian Bowles

Music composed by Dave Gale

Directed by Claire Grove

Ed (SUGGS) and Carl (BURN GORMAN) are two musicians in mid-life meltdown, who've been friends and rivals since primary school. Carl, the supposedly dead or missing poet of the band Lost Youth, has been in hiding for fourteen years. But with Lost Youth's comeback tour and new album imminent maybe he's about to be outed. Ed has been living the rock and roll life and he's in serious debt. If Carl comes out of hiding Lost Youth are history, and so is he.

SUGGS was a founder member of Madness, the ska revivalists who erupted out of Camden Town in the late '70's and became one of the greatest pop groups of the '80s. He presents a music show on Radio 2.

BURN GORMAN is best known for Torchwood. He also played Bill Sykes in Oliver in the West End

Mark Davies Markham writes hugely entertaining scripts for TV, theatre and radio. 'Taboo' the West End musical he wrote for Boy George was nominated for an Olivier Award . 'Eric' his recent play for the Liverpool Everyman was also about the music industry.

By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs and Burn Gorman star as musicians in mid-life meltdown.

By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs stars in a drama set in the music industry. Once Carl was the tragic suicidal poet of the band Lost Youth. Fourteen years earlier Carl feigned a mysterious disappearance. If he comes out of hiding now Lost Youth are history.

Ed...Suggs

Carl...Burn Gorman

Tanya...Philippa Stanton

Sophie...Alex Tregear

Doreen...Joanna Monro

Olly...Stuart McLoughlin

Miss Brookes...Jane Whittenshaw

Phil...Brian Bowles

Music composed by Dave Gale

Directed by Claire Grove

Ed (SUGGS) and Carl (BURN GORMAN) are two musicians in mid-life meltdown, who've been friends and rivals since primary school. Carl, the supposedly dead or missing poet of the band Lost Youth, has been in hiding for fourteen years. But with Lost Youth's comeback tour and new album imminent maybe he's about to be outed. Ed has been living the rock and roll life and he's in serious debt. If Carl comes out of hiding Lost Youth are history, and so is he.

SUGGS was a founder member of Madness, the ska revivalists who erupted out of Camden Town in the late '70's and became one of the greatest pop groups of the '80s. He presents a music show on Radio 2.

BURN GORMAN is best known for Torchwood. He also played Bill Sykes in Oliver in the West End

Mark Davies Markham writes hugely entertaining scripts for TV, theatre and radio. 'Taboo' the West End musical he wrote for Boy George was nominated for an Olivier Award . 'Eric' his recent play for the Liverpool Everyman was also about the music industry.

By Mark Davies Markham. Suggs and Burn Gorman star as musicians in mid-life meltdown.

Devastated Areas20090606
Dover and the Sleeping Beauty20111203

Comedy thriller by Paul Mendelson, set in the 1960s, featuring Scotland Yard's most unwanted man, Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, and his long-suffering gofer, Sergeant McGregor. A young woman, Isabel Slatcher, has been in an irreversible coma for months after being shot outside her local church in a small northern town. Now she has been smothered - murdered. Who killed her? Was it the person that shot her and why have they waited until now to complete their evil crime?

Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

Sergeant McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

Chief Constable Muckle ...... Philip Whitchurch

Mrs Muckle ...... Colleen Prendergast

Reverend Bonnington ...... Shaun Prendergast

Mrs Horsley ...... Geraldine McNulty

Violet ...... Debbie Arnold

Freddie Gash ...... Ross Adams

Muckle ...... Cesca Bonetti

Other parts played by the cast.

Directed by David Ian Neville.

By Paul Mendelson. Inspector Dover investigates when a girl in a coma is finally murdered.

Dover And The Sleeping Beauty20100116
Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All20111126

Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 1970s, dramatised by Paul Mendelson.

Chief Inspector Dover's annual seaside break becomes a busman's holiday with the death of a local policeman. Was it suicide and was it linked to the recent murder of a well-known gangster? It's another strange case for Scotland Yard's laziest detective.

Chief Inspector Dover ...... Kenneth Cranham

Sgt McGregor ...... Stuart McQuarrie

Chief Constable ...... Philip Madoc

Mrs Dover ...... Carolyn Pickles

Sgt Rhys-Smith ...... Gareth Armstrong

Joey the Jock ...... Ben Crowe

Miss Ffiske ...... Jennifer Hill

Sandra Pugh ...... Siwan Morris

Directed by David Ian Neville.

Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, set in the 70s, featuring Scotland Yard's laziest sleuth.

Dover Beats the Band20091205
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde20090725
Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Crime: A for Assassin20100130
Dr No20110806

Hugh Whitemore's dramatisation of Ian Fleming's 1958 novel. Bond is sent to investigate a strange disappearance on the island of Jamaica.

Hugh Whitemore's dramatisation of Ian Fleming's novel.

Educating Rita20091226
Emil and the Detectives2009101720110522

Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

Country boy Emil Tischbein, up from Neustadt for the first time, enlists the aid of hundreds of Berlin street boys to help him catch a thief.

Emil ...... Joshua Swinney

Kaestner ...... Bruce Alexander

Grundeis ...... Ewan Hooper

Gustav ...... Daniel Cooper

Professor ...... Neil Reynolds

Traut ...... Bertie Gilbert

Peters ...... Josh Robinson

Tuesday ...... Harry Child

Pony ...... Agnes Bateman

Mrs Tischbein ...... Melissa Advani

Cashier ...... Tessa Nicholson

Jeschke ...... John Biggins

Guard ...... Rhys Jennings

Taxi Driver ...... Joseph Cohen-Cole

Grandma ...... Kate Layden

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

Adaptation of the comic children's detective novel by Erich Kaestner.

Five Days in May2010110620110521

Written by Matthew Solon. A dramatised reconstruction of the tense negotiation that followed the 2010 general election leading to the country's first post war coalition.

Based on interviews with those who were at the meetings, political journalists and on published material - and using actors to play all the key characters - this is a fictionalised reconstruction of those five momentous days in May.

Under extreme pressure and suffering from lack of sleep, the politicians argued and negotiated. There was nothing inevitable about a Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition. Revealing key moments of the negotiations, the drama unpicks what went on behind closed doors and shows how an allegiance between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat gradually formed, and how it withstood the resignation of Gordon Brown.

Based on pain-staking research, this is a must-listen 60-minutes - a compelling and entertaining account by award-winning writer Matthew Solon of the most extraordinary British election outcome in 70 years.

Cast:

David Cameron ..... Samuel West

Nick Clegg ..... Nicholas Boulton

Gordon Brown ..... Gerard Kelly

Peter Mandelson ..... Henry Goodman

Ed Balls ..... John Sessions

William Hague ..... Philip Jackson

Douglas Alexander ..... Emun Elliot

David Laws ..... Anthony Calf

Chris Huhne ..... Rupert Frazer

George Osborne ..... Ian Hughes

Harriet Harman ..... Charlotte Longfield

Ed Milliband ..... John Sessions

Producer/Director: John Dryden

A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4.

Dramatised reconstruction of the tense negotiation following the 2010 General Election.

Written by Matthew Solon. Play telling the story of the tense negotiation that followed the 2010 general election leading to the country's first post war coalition.

Based on interviews with those who were at the meetings, political journalists and on published material - and using actors to play all the key characters - this is a compelling account of those five momentous days in May.

Under extreme pressure and suffering from lack of sleep, the politicians argued and negotiated. There was nothing inevitable about a Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition. Revealing key moments of the negotiations, the drama unpicks what went on behind closed doors and shows how an alliance between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat gradually formed, and how it withstood the resignation of Gordon Brown.

Based on pain-staking research, this is a must-listen 60-minute play - a compelling and entertaining account by award-winning writer Matthew Solon of the most extraordinary British election outcome in 70 years.

Cast:

David Cameron ..... Samuel West

Nick Clegg ..... Nicholas Boulton

Gordon Brown ..... Gerard Kelly

Peter Mandelson ..... Henry Goodman

Ed Balls ..... John Sessions

William Hague ..... Philip Jackson

Danny Alexander ..... Emun Elliot

David Laws ..... Anthony Calf

Chris Huhne ..... Rupert Frazer

George Osborne ..... Ian Hughes

Other parts are played by Charlotte Longfield, Wilf Gilmour and members of the cast

Producer/Director: John Dryden

A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4.

Play about the tense negotiation following the 2010 General Election.

Going to Ground20100710

by Simon Passmore

1940, Kent. England is on full alert in anticipation of a German invasion. As church bells sound the alarm, a secret resistance unit springs into action. Whatever happens, none of them expects to see their families again.

Shrubb ..... Ivan Kaye

Turle ..... Anthony Flanagan

Pye ..... Rupert Evans

Jarvis ..... Guy Henry

Davie ..... Joshua Jenkin

Ann ..... Alison Pettitt

Lucy Pye ..... Christine Kavanagh

Station Master ..... Sam Dale

Directed by Toby Swift

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This wartime drama features the exploits of an English guerrilla unit trained to make things as difficult as possible for the German invasion force.

The existence of the covert Auxiliary Units during World War II only became widely known in the 1990s. They were patrols of 4 to 8 men with orders to disappear as soon as the bells sounded. Southern England was dotted with dozens of secret underground bunkers which served as their bases. Trained and equipped with the best guerrilla weapons available, their orders were to sabotage and snipe at the invading army; to gather information on troop movements. Completely cut off by design, they operated in total secrecy and isolation. Their life expectancy was calculated officially at 14 days.

World War II drama by Simon Passmore. It is 1940 and England fears a German invasion.

Goldfinger2010040320111224

Ian Fleming's 1959 novel faithfully dramatised by Archie Scottney and directed by Martin Jarvis. Toby Stephens returns as 007, and a glittering cast is led by Ian McKellen in the title role. With cameo roles by top actors - all delighted to contribute to this remarkable Fleming adventure. Rosamund Pike plays wacky gang-boss Pussy Galore and Lisa Dillon is the vengeful Tilly Masterton. John Standing returns as 'M'. Tom Hollander, Tim Pigott-Smith and American star Hector Elizondo as New York City mobsters. Bond and Goldfinger are joined in the famous golf game by Alistair McGowan as the caddie, Hawker. Henry Goodman, Ian Ogilvy and Lloyd Owen contribute to the excitement. And Jon David Yu throws his bowler-hat with deadly effect as 'Oddjob'.

Auric Goldfinger is not only a cheat at canasta and golf, he's also an international criminal on a massive scale. His obsession: gold. James Bond is charged by the Bank of England and MI5 to discover what Goldfinger is actually doing with his vast hoards of gold. Is he somehow connected with SMERSH - the feared soviet spy-killing organisation? When 007 becomes an undercover member of Goldfinger's team he soon learns that the madman's plans are more grandiose than even 'M' could possibly have imagined. Amazingly, robbing Fort Knox is on the agenda - and mass murder...

Cast:

Goldfinger ...... Ian McKellen

James Bond .....Toby Stephens

'M'..... John Standing

Col.Smithers ..... Ian Ogilvy

Pussy Galore ......Rosamund Pike

Tilly Masterton ..... Lisa Dillon

Johnny Solo .....Tim Pigott-Smith

Mr Strap .....Tom Hollander

Du Pont .....Henry Goodman

Hawker ..... Alistair McGowan

Helmut Springer .....Hector Elizondo

Felix Leiter ..... Lloyd Owen

Jed Midnight .....Nigel Anthony

Jill Masterton ..... Anna Louise Plowman

Oddjob ..... Jon David Yu

Alfred .....Alan Shearman

Nigel .....Matthew Wolf

Fleming .....Martin Jarvis

Doctors & Pilot .....Kyle Stoller

Nurse .....Tracy Pattin

Dramatised by Archie Scottney.

Music composed by Mark Holden and Sam Barbour.

Producer: Rosalind Ayres

Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

Bond is Back. Toby Stephens returns as 007 with a glittering cast led by Ian McKellen.

In Praise of Love20110618

A number of Terence Rattigan's plays e.g. The Winslow Boy, Separate Tables, The Deep Blue Sea, Cause Celebre were triggered by real incidents - and In Praise of Love is no exception. In the mid-1950s his friend, Rex Harrison, told him that his wife, the talented Kay Kendall, was dying of leukaemia, but she but she didn't know and he would never tell her.

Twenty years later Rattigan wrote this, his very last stage play, which was produced in 1973 and subsequently on Broadway, with Rex Harrison himself in the lead, triggered by this true event.

The play is precisely what the title says it is - but it doesn't praise youthful passion; it praises mature, spiritual love and devotion.

Within the play a character says that the English vice is never to show emotion. Each of the two middle-aged spouses withhold information from the other to protect their partner. But each knows the truth - Lydia, the wife, is dying of an incurable disease and only an American friend is told the true facts by both of them. Of course we, the audience, know their secrets too, and therein lie our tears. The critic Harold Hobson called it "the most moving expression of love that I have ever seen on a stage...a compact heart-breaking masterpiece".

Cast:

Lydia Cruttwell ..... Sarah Badel

Sebastian Cruttwell ..... Martin Jarvis

Mark Walters ..... Kerry Shale

Joey Cruttwell ..... James Joyce

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

A successful novelist knows his wife's secret, but she doesn't know that he knows.

J'Accuse20090613
Joan of Arc, and How She Became a Saint20090214
Journey into Space - The Host20090627
Just Between Ourselves20100109
Killing the Butterfly20090620
Lambeth Palace20090404
Landfall20110319

Five misfits travel to a mysterious planet to recover ore left by a mining operation and encounter a truly extraordinary intelligence. An original Science Fiction adventure by Mike Walker.

Cally ... Nicola Miles-Wilden

Intaba ... Cyril Nri

Hudson ... Clare Perkins

JD ... Alex Tregear

Hussam ... Adeel Akhtar

Sound design by Pete Ringrose and Colin Guthrie

The director is Marc Beeby

When five lost souls, recruited by the Company travel to an abandoned planet, all they know is that they are to retrieve the only known sample of an ore left over from an old mining operation. But their task becomes considerably more complicated when one of their party has a close encounter with the indigenous plant life - plant life which seems to have some very odd, very powerful properties. Soon they are battling not only to stay alive, but to hang on to the very things that make them human.

Five misfits travel to a mysterious planet. A Science Fiction adventure by Mike Walker.

Last Night, Another Soldier20090801
Leverage20110326

By Simon Passmore.

A city banker is found dead in an opulent apartment. At the funeral, his former girlfriend Helen is unexpectedly questioned about when she last saw him. Did he mention computer files, or give her anything as a keepsake? Helen's suspicions mount as she retraces his last movements. Her discoveries put her in the firing line. A fast-paced, psychological thriller.

Cast:

Helen . . . . . Claire Foy

David . . . . . Blake Ritson

Mark . . . . . Charlie Cox

Kendra . . . . . Sally Orrock

Clare . . . . . Joanna Monro

Jamie . . . . . Nyasha Hatendi

Ray . . . . . Sean Baker

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

A taut, character-driven conspiracy thriller by one of radio's leading writers of thrillers. Like the television hit State of Play, Simon Passmore has created an intelligent plot for grown-ups: writhing with twists and heavy on menace. This will be compelling Saturday afternoon entertainment.

David and Helen, a professional couple in their mid-twenties, are shocked when Jamie, an old friend from university, dies unexpectedly. At the funeral, they meet Mark, another mutual friend. Mark implies that he works for Special Services, and tells them that Jamie, a high-flying investment banker, may have killed himself - and that his bank has been under investigation. Did Jamie contact the couple before he died? As Mark teases out information, Helen begins to suspect he is not entirely innocent. Mark's questions turn into threats, and people start getting hurt. David and Helen find they must expose a murder before it's too late.

The lead roles are played by three top young British actors.

Claire Foy is Helen. Claire's recent TV credits include lead roles in The Promise (Channel 4) and Little Dorrit (BBC).

Charlie Cox is Mark. Charlie's credits include lead roles in the films Stardust, Moby Dick and The Merchant of Venice, and TV roles include the Duke of Crowborough in Downton Abbey.

Blake Ritson plays David. Blake's recently starred in Roger Michell's production of Rope at the Almeida; on TV in Emma (BBC), Upstairs Downstairs (BBC), and Romantics (Company Pictures). He has been playing the lead in Radio 4's four-week serial The Far Pavilions (Feb 2011).

Writer Simon Passmore has had a string of recent successes on radio with Accomplices, Offshore and Going To Ground. As a TV drama producer, he has a track-record of making top quality TV drama for the BBC and Channel 4.

Simon Passmore's fast-paced psychological thriller. Starring Claire Foy.

Life and Fate: Fortress Stalingrad20110924

Life and Fate: Fortress Stalingrad

By Vasily Grossman

As the Russian tanks encircle Stalingrad, the commanders of the German 6th Army realise that the end is in sight but Hitler will not permit a surrender. Spiridonov abandons the power station to join his daughter, Vera, and her new baby on a barge frozen into the Volga. As the citizens of Stalingrad start to reclaim their wrecked city, the family begin to make plans for the future.

Dramatised for radio by Jonathan Myerson

Stepan Spiridonov ..... Kenneth Cranham

Vera Spiridonova ..... Morven Christie

Pavel Andreyev ..... Malcolm Tierney

General Von Paulus ..... Matthew Marsh

General Schmidt ..... Elliot Cowan

Colonel Adam ..... Jonathan Cullen

Lieutenant Peter Bach ..... Geoffrey Streatfeild

Sergeant Eisenaug ..... Michael Shelford

Zina ..... Jessica Raine

Major Byerozkin ..... Sam Dale

Alexandra Vladimirovna ..... Ann Mitchell

Natalya ..... Alison Pettit

Sergeyevna ..... Christine Kavanagh

Hitler's Orderly ..... David Seddon

Stalin's secretary ..... Tony Bell

Petenkoffer ..... Lloyd Thomas

Driver ..... Jude Akuwudike

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead

Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

Set against the ferocious Battle of Stalingrad, Life and Fate charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war and is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the manuscript itself was arrested. Grossman died in 1964, never knowing that his book would be smuggled to the West and eventually published in 1980.

Next programme: Life and Fate: Viktor and Lyuda [link]

Tomorrow: Life and Fate: Viktor and the Academy [link].

Vasily Grossman's epic tale of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia.

Little Platoons20110604Platoons (Little)

by Steve Waters

Separated from her partner, Martin, and disillusioned with teaching at the west London comprehensive which their son Sam attends, Rachel's looking for an outlet for her evangelical zeal. More out of curiosity than conviction, she goes to a pilot meeting of a free-school initiative headed by middle-class Nick and Lara. Only to find herself embroiled in a mix of private and public rows that exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we can best educate our children.

Rachel de Witt ..... Claire Price

Martin ..... Richard Henders

Nick Orme ..... Andrew Woodall

Lara Orme ..... Susannah Harker

Parvez Akhtar ..... Christopher Simpson

Polly Tyneham ..... Joanne Froggatt

Samuel ..... Otto Farrant

Marcus ..... Kerron Darby

Amitha ..... Mandeep Dhillon

Sadie ..... Holli Dempsey

Brandon ..... Joe Cole

Directed for stage by Nathan Curry

Produced by Jeremy Mortimer

This radio production is presented with the original cast from the Bush Theatre production which premiered earlier this year. Reviews for the Bush Theatre production:

wittily exposes the confusion that surrounds the subject of how we best educate our children.... **** Michael Billington, Guardian

I can't recall a more urgently satirical local play at this address in all the wonderful 38 years of its existence. It's also a witty paradigm of subsidised theatre in its subject matter: a middle-class initiative born of self-interested motives using public money. Perfect. **** Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com.

By Steve Waters. A witty satire about Free Schools. With Claire Price and Richard Henders.

Lockerbie on Trial20090829
Man of the Moment20090411
Marnie20110827

It's 1961 and blonde and stunning Marnie Elmer poses as a secretary in order to steal from her employers and fund her mother's existence in Torquay. But she's yet to meet handsome company director, Mark Rutland, whose pursuit of her will ultimately lead to her downfall.

Winston Graham is probably best known for his "Poldark" series, but also wrote a number of taut thrillers, of which "Marnie" (written in 1961) may be the best remembered - having been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in the early 1960s. This new adaptation for radio returns to the heart of the book itself.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Marnie ..... Jade Williams

Mark ..... Patrick Kennedy

Terry ..... Carl Prekopp

Edie ..... Elaine Claxton

Lucy ..... Joanna Monro

Roman ..... Brian Bowles

Dawn ..... Susie Riddell

Director: Marion Nancarrow

The dramatist, Shaun McKenna's, many radio credits include "The Complete Smiley", "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "The Cry of the Owl" and "East of Eden".

Shaun McKenna dramatises Winston Graham's 1960s novel about a beautiful, ruthless thief.

Mountain of Light20100619
Mrs Klein20081220

The troubled relationship between child analyst Melanie Klein and her own children.

Murder Every Monday2008112220090918

Clifford Flush and the Asterisk Club establish themselves as 'homicide consultants'.

Murder in Samarkand20100220
On the Ceiling20090207

On the Ceiling20101211

by Nigel Planer

Lapo ..... Phil Daniels

Loti ..... Bryan Dick

Pope Julius ..... Gary Waldhorn

Cardinal Alidosi ..... Roger Lloyd Pack

Composer ..... Adam Cork

Directed by Mary Peate

High up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the Sistine Chapel, two fresco plasterers get on with the day's work preparing the ceiling for their boss Michelangelo who has not bothered to turn up for work again. As they do so, they bemoan the uselessness of the great master.

Pope Julius and Cardinal Alidosi visit the chapel to inspect the progress of their commission. They are never very impressed, and the Pope is more concerned about getting Michelangelo to do his funeral monument at a knock-down price.

On the Ceiling is not about great artists; it is about those people whose names don't go down in history: the ones who do the essential drudge work, their frustration at their lack of genius and their pride in their own technical expertise. In this version of events, low elements combine to make high art.

Nigel Planer is best known as Neil in The Young Ones, and as Nicholas Craig - The Naked Actor. Other television productions include Shine on Harvey Moon; Dennis Potter's Blackeyes. On stage, Nigel has performed in Simon Gray's Unnatural Pursuits; Ben Elton's We Will Rock You and Hairspray.

By Nigel Planer. Two fresco plasterers in the Sistine Chapel wait for Michelangelo.

Othello20100227

Northern Broadsides theatre company's version of Shakespeare's tragedy of love turned sour

Our Country's Good20111217

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Australia 1789: A young lieutenant attempts to direct a cast of convicts

in 'The Recruiting Officer', the first play ever to be staged in the country.

But one of his cast may be about to be hanged.

The convicts' production of The Recruiting Officer can be heard

on Drama on 3 on Sunday evening..

Captain Arthur Philip ..... Nicholas Le Prevost

Major Robbie Ross ..... Stuart McQuarrie

Captain David Collins ..... Paul Moriarty

Captain Watkin Tench ..... Adam Billington

Captain Campbell ..... James Lailey

2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark ..... Paul Higgins

Reverend Johnson ..... Simon Bubb

Midshipman Harry Brewer ..... Rikki Lawton

Mary Brenham ..... Francine Chamberlain

Robert Sideway ..... Adam James

John Wisehammer ..... Elliot Levey

Liz Morden ..... Kate Fleetwood

Dabby Bryant ..... Alex Tregear

John Arscott ...... Ralph Ineson

Ketch Freeman ..... Jonathan Forbes

Duckling Smith ..... Adjoa Andoh

Director ..... Sally Avens

Timberlake Wertenbaker's stage play was adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel, 'The Playmaker'.

It tells the true story of Lieutenant Ralph Clark's attempts to put on a production of George Farquhar's 'The Recruiting Officer' using a cast of convicts. It met with high praise when it was first staged at The Royal Court and the play argues eloquently for the redemptive power of theatre. Many of the arguments are still current today as we debate how best to rehabilitate prisoners. At the heart of the play is its language; Wertenbaker celebrates the beauty of language in the slang of the criminal classes and the poetry of the play but she also looks at how language is used as an instrument of power.

Over one weekend Radio 4 and Radio 3 present new productions of 'Our Country's Good' and 'The Recruiting Officer' using the same cast. On Saturday on Radio 4 we hear 'Our Country's Good' and watch a group of convicts' lives change as they rehearse 'The Recruiting Officer' and on Sunday on Radio 3 we hear the convicts' production of 'The Recruiting Officer'.

Timberlake Wertenbaker's play about the convicts and Marines sent to Australia in 1787.

Payback20110122

6th October 1973. Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet have not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. Jonathan Myerson's play investigates how domestic and international politics were about to combine, to change the Middle East forever.

Henry Kissinger ..... Henry Goodman

Richard Nixon ..... Peter Marinker

Golda Meir ..... Sara Kestelman

Simcha Dinitz/Al Haig ..... Kerry Shale

Anatoly Dobrynin ..... Ewan Bailey

James Schelsinger ..... Sam Dale

Jacob Javits ..... Sean Baker

with Christine Kavanagh.

Producer/Director Jonquil Panting.

Jonathan Myerson's play explores pressures on US diplomacy in the 1973 Middle East War.

Phone20090905
Piper Alpha20090117
Point of Departure20090509
Private Lives20100102
Private Peaceful20120204

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo dramatised by Simon Reade with music by Coope Boyes and Simpson.

In the First World War over 300 British and Commonwealth soldiers were executed by firing squad, some for desertion and cowardice. Some for simply sleeping at their posts. Many of these men were traumatised by shell-shock. Not until some 90 years later did they receive posthumous pardons from the British Government, after a campaign helped in part by the publication of Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful . The radio dramatisation will bring this story of injustice to an even wider audience.

Recorded on location in Iddesleigh - the Devon village where the book is set with Michael Morpurgo playing the Vicar and Nicholas Lyndhurst Sergeant Hanley

YOUNG TOMMO Ted Allpress

YOUNG CHARLIE Harvey Allpress

YOUNG MOLLY Amy Reade

YOUNG JIMMY Daniel Houghton

TOMMO Paul Chequer

CHARLIE Mark Quartley

MOLLY Annette Chown

JIMMY Ben Allen

HAZEL/ANNA Alison Reid

MR MUNNINGS/FARMER COX Nick Brimble

JAMES/MOLLY'S FATHER/PATRON Christopher Bianchi

COLONAL/OLD MAN Peter Ellis

VICAR Michael Morpurgo

TOMMO Paul Chequer

CHARLIE Mark Quartley

SERGEANT HANLEY Nicholas Lyndhurst

JIMMY Ben Allen

CAPTAIN WILKES/BRIGADIER Jonathan Keeble

BUCKLAND/ /DOCTOR Terence Mann

Private Peaceful opens with a ticking clock: the precious watch that Tommo's brother, Charlie, has given him in battle. Tommo holds it to his ear to listen for the tick, through the night, as he awaits the dawn. Tommo, whilst waiting his brother's fate, decides to relive his life growing up in rural Devon: his first days at school, the death of his Father, his unrequited love for Molly, the circumstances that lead him to volunteer to fight in the Trenches. His world immediately comes to fully-dramatised life, in a large-cast, action-packed adventure story.

Like the book, the radio drama falls into two clear parts - the earlier childhood of the brothers in Devon and the later move to the Front line. The narrative is threaded through with the inner thoughts of Tommo which will at times contrast with the dramatised scenes around them .

The rich soundscape of Devon before the Great War - when the buzz of an aeroplane would be a first: terrifying and exhilarating, like the drone of a thousand bees - is juxtaposed with the crump of artillery and the leer of the cackling machine-guns as the soldiers tramp through the sludge to the Front Line. A night patrol to capture a German soldier across no-man's-land from the enemy trenches, will be intense, agonising, breath-taking. The child's-eye-view of the world of adult authority - the feudal land-owner, the school master, the army Sergeant, God - is heard through the unbroken voices of the young boys and their counterpart broken voices as they are rapidly thrust into manhood.

Private Peaceful will be available as a podcast to download in full 5.1 surroundsound.

Private Peaceful moves from happiness and joy to human catastrophe in an inkling. The characters endure extraordinary psychological journeys in an unflinching portrayal of emotional truth. This, combined with characteristic exuberance and joie de vivre, is why dramatist Simon Reade is irresistibly drawn to dramatise the story. Private Peaceful's story comes from a tiny yet universal world: divided by love, united by war, torn apart by injustice.

Directed on location by Susan Roberts.

By Michael Morpurgo. Two Devon brothers' lives are torn apart by the First World War.

Quartermaine's Terms20090124
Raven Black2010012320110917

By Ann Cleeves.

Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

Atmospheric dramatisation of the award-winning crime novel set deep in a Shetland winter.

When a young woman is found strangled in a snow-covered field, the inhabitants of small Shetland hamlet Ravenswick are thrown into shock. Disbelief soon turns to anger and suspicion falls upon elderly loner Magnus Tait. But Detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that the case is more complicated than that solution might suggest.

Raven Black was named Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers Association in 2006. It's the first in a series of novels set in Shetland, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez.

Cast:

Jimmy Perez ... Grant O'Rourke

Magnus ... John Shedden

Fran ..... Rosalind Sydney

Sally ... Clare Yuille

Robert ..... John Kielty

Duncan ..... Kenny Blyth

D.I. Taylor ..... Robin Laing

Euan ..... Greg Powrie

Annie Perez ..... Sandra Voe

Catherine ..... Melody Grove

Producer/Director: Kirsteen Cameron.

Atmospheric adaptation of Ann Cleeves acclaimed crime novel, set in Shetland at midwinter.

Road to Durham2009041820110820

Douglas Livingstone's play about Bevin Boys, the young men who were sent down the mines instead of joining the armed forces in the Second World War. Two 80-year-old former Bevin Boys, who have not seen each other for 63 years, decide to go to the Durham Miners' Gala together and confront their memories of the past.

Christopher ...... Timothy West

Benny ...... Douglas Livingstone

Young Christopher ...... Fergus Rees

Young Benny ...... Sam Fletcher

Sally ...... Faye Castelow

Jim ...... Christoher Connel

Michael ...... David Whitaker

Older Sally ...... Jane Whittenshaw

Headmaster ...... Brian Lonsdale

With recordings made at the Durham Miners' Gala and at West Pelton Primary School.

Directed by Jane Morgan

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

By Douglas Livingstone. Two 80-year-old former Bevin Boys reunite for a miners' gala.

Sacred Statues20100522
Scream20100417
September in the Rain20110903

Jack and Liz are in Blackpool for one last time. John Godber's classic stage play tells the touching and funny story of a marriage through a lifetime of holidays together.

Liz ..... Jane Godber

Jack ..... John Godber

Directed by Toby Swift

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John Godber is one of the country's most successful and prolific playwrights. Famously he was identified as the third most performed playwright in the UK after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. September in the Rain, written very early in his career, dates from 1983 and drew heavily on his grandparents' relationship. A play for two actors, it was originally performed by the author and his now wife, Jane. They resume their partnership for this radio production many years after last performing it together.

After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

Jack and Liz are in Blackpool for one last time. John Godber's classic stage play tells the touching and funny story of a marriage through a lifetime of holidays together.

Liz ..... Jane Godber

Jack ..... John Godber

Directed by Toby Swift

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John Godber is one of the country's most successful and prolific playwrights. Famously he was identified as the third most performed playwright in the UK after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. September in the Rain, written very early in his career, dates from 1983 and drew heavily on his grandparents' relationship. A play for two actors, it was originally performed by the author and his now wife, Jane. They resume their partnership for this radio production many years after last performing it together.

After a 25 year association with Hull Truck Theatre Company, John has now established a new touring company, the John Godber Company, based in Wakefield. Its first show, The Debt Collectors, premieres in the autumn.

John Godber's play from 1983 is performed by its original cast - John and Jane Godber.

Shadowlands20091010
Shirley Valentine20101218

Written by acclaimed writer Willy Russell.

Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who reveals her innermost thoughts and fears in a manner that is both insouciant and poignant. Once an incorrigible anti-establishment rebel, Shirley now chafes under the plodding insensitivity of her husband, Joe and the stultifying pace of her suburban routine. Her life enters a new and exciting phase when, after her best friend, Jane, wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece, Shirley is given the opportunity to travel to faraway places without her husband; she begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

Starring Meera Syal, after a much lauded run at the Menier Chocolate Factory the play transferred to The Trafalgar studio to continued success. Finishing in theatre on October 30th Meera walked straight into the studio to record the one woman play for Radio 4. Based on the original Menier Theatre production directed by Glen Walford.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Meera Syal is Shirley Valentine - a middle-aged housewife who reveals her hidden thoughts.

Slaughterhouse 520100213
Slow Boat to Leningrad20090822
Something Wicked This Way Comes20111029

Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

Dramatised by Diana Griffiths

Will .. Theo Gregory

Jim ... Josef Lindsay

Charlie ... Henry Goodman

Mr. Dark .. Kenneth Cranham

Mr. Coogar/

Lightening rod salesman ... Gerard McDermott

Miss Foley ..... Barbara Barnes

Dust Witch ... Buffy Davis

Robert .. Taran Stanzler

Young Miss Foley ..... Amelia Clarkson

JED ..... Ethan Brooke

Composer ..... David Paul Jones

Sound ..... Paul Cargill

Produced/Directed by Pauline Harris

Set in 1960's Illinois this gem of modern Gothic literature is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. These two innocents, both aged 13, (Will is born one minute before Halloween, and Jim one minute after) save the souls of the town (as well as their own). This is a vivid variation on the eternal theme of the fight between Good and Evil. A thrilling, chilling, richly kaleidoscopic sound world ensues; a shimmering mirror maze that reflects your older or younger self, depending on your desires, and a magic carousel that plays Chopin's Funeral March forwards - with each rotation you gain a year, and rotating backwards - you get younger.

Dramatisation of Ray Bradbury's Gothic tale about two young boys and an evil circus.

Something Wrong about the Mouth20090516
Spitfire!20100911

A moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Framed by recollections from veteran Geoffrey Wellum, the play features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the play traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins. It stars Samuel West, Samuel Barnett, Rory Kinnear and Ruth Wilson.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe. Mike Walker's play takes us close to this magnificent aircraft and gives us a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, 'a symbol of defiance and victory'.

Pirate ..... Rory Kinnear

Ted ..... Joe Coen

RJ Mitchell ..... Samuel West

Tony ..... Samuel Barnett

Stanley Baldwin ..... David Horovitch

Air Marshal Dowding ..... David Troughton

Squadron Commander ..... Stephen Critchlow

Newsreel Announcer ..... Ben Crowe

Sammy ..... Lucas Motion

Alice ..... Abigail Thaw

Daphne ..... Ruth Wilson

Technical Advisor: Patrick Bishop

Original music/sound design: David Chilton

Producer/Director: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history.

Statement of Regret20090718
Sunk20110528

A drama to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Launch of Titanic (31st May 1911).

This is the fascinating story behind the 1943 Nazi propaganda film, Titanic, which was up until then, the most expensive German film ever. The film was commissioned by Goebbels with a view to discredit British and American capitalists. Ironically, this production became a symbol for the corruption and 'sinking' of the Third Reich itself.

Cast

Walter Zerlett-Olfenius .....Richard Laing

Herbert Selpin.....Blake Ritson

Joseph Goebbels.....Jason Watkins

Hans Nielsen .....Nick Dunning

Sybille Schmitz .....Lucy Cohu

Ernst Fritz Furbringer .....Miche Doherty

Miss Volkmaan.....Séainín Brennan

The Barman.....Paul Kennedy

Producer/Director.....Gemma McMullan

Mike Walker is one of the UK's leading radio dramatists and is also a feature and documentary writer and published author.

The ironic story behind the most expensive Nazi propaganda film ever made: Titanic.

The Admirable Crichton2009050220110703

Adaptation of JM Barrie's classic satire about the changing fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler. Liberal aristocrat Lord Loam favours a return to nature, with masters and servants living together as equals, but Crichton is the perfect butler and the perfect snob who adores the intricacies of the class system. He cannot help but be horrified by his master's opinions, and it will take a sea change to alter them.

Crichton ...... Russell Tovey

JM Barrie ...... David Bannerman

Lady Mary ...... Beth Chalmers

Lord Loam ...... David Timson

Lady Agatha ...... Martha Howe-Douglas

Ernest Woolley ...... Gunnar Cauthery

Tweeny ...... Lizzy Watts

Rev John Treherne ...... Adrian Grove

Lord Brocklehurst ...... Stephen Hogan

Lady Brocklehurst ...... Tina Gray

Directed by Fiona Kelcher.

Adaptation of JM Barrie's satire about the fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

The Believers2010041020120128

The Believers.

Liverpool, 1963. The Merseybeat boom is about to take off. And with it, The Believers, a Christian pop band determined to spread the Word. If only they were all singing from the same hymn sheet. Comedy drama by acclaimed screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

James..................................Ray Quinn

Debbie.................................Samantha Robinson

Billy.....................................Kieran Lynn

Warren..............................John Biggins

Reverend Michaels.............Rufus Wright

Elder Wardle......................Gary Bleasdale

Jenny................................Alison Pettitt

Other parts played by Joanna Monro, David Seddon, Laura Molyneux, Jill Cardo and Keely Beresford.

Original music by Carl Hunter and Mel Bowen

Directed by Toby Swift

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Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle. Another novel, 'Framed', was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Carnegie Medal and then adapted by Frank for BBC Television. His first theatre play, 'Proper Clever', was written for the Liverpool Playhouse as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture Year. That year Frank also wrote a series of 5 radio dramas, 'One Chord Wonders', about the punk generation 30 years on.

The music for the production was written by Carl Hunter (bass player of The Farm) and Mel Bowen. It was performed by Dave Lovelady (drums/backing vocals), Billy Kinsley (bass/backing vocals), Dave Morgan (lead guitar/backing vocals), Chay Heney (rhythm guitar) and Beverley Keenan (backing vocals) with additional guitars from Carl Hunter and Mel Bowen. Billy and Dave were in The Merseybeats and The Fourmost respectively, two of the most significant bands that emerged as part of the Merseybeat scene.

Comedy drama by Frank Cottrell Boyce about a Christian pop band in 1960s Liverpool.

The Bottle Factory Outing20110528

By Beryl Bainbridge. Set in 1970. On the day of the factory outing, the van that Freda has booked fails to turn up. Things rapidly go from bad to worse.

Beryl Bainbridge's story, adapted by Jane Rogers, set in 1970.

The Browning Version20110611

Written by Terence Rattigan. A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Michael York, Joanne Whalley, Ioan Gruffudd and Ian Ogilvy star in Terence Rattigan's 1948 masterpiece. Set in an English public school on the last day of the summer term, buried emotions re-surface when unpopular classics master Andrew Crocker Harris is given a present on his final day.

A once-brilliant classicist, now known by boys and staff alike as 'The Crock', he is retiring due to ill health. When a pupil, Taplow, presents him with an unexpected gift (a copy of Browning's translation of the Agamemnon) The Crock, also known as the Himmler of the Lower Fifth, is overwhelmed. His dammed-up misery, disappointment and humiliation are released and the way is paved for a series of surprising revelations and decisions.

A brand-new production directed by Martin Jarvis with an outstanding cast. Acknowledged as Rattigan's enduring masterpiece, 'The Browning Version' shows the writer's unrivalled ability to characterise repressed emotion, and provides a devastating portrait of a dead marriage. One of the finest, most moving and beautifully crafted plays of the 20th century.

In the second part of the programme Martin Jarvis, director of 'The Browning Version', reveals some of the play's background and describes Rattigan's hopes, fears and ambitions for its ongoing success. The reading - adapted from 'Terence Rattigan - a Biography' written by Geoffrey Wansell, describes some of the author's 'behind the scenes' difficulties - and includes a number of surprising and very funny anecdotes concerning the play's first production in 1948.

Cast:

Taplow ..... Matthew Wolf

Frank Hunter ..... Ioan Gruffudd

Millie Crocker-Harris ...... Joanne Whalley

Andrew Crocker-Harris ..... Michael York

Headmaster ..... Ian Ogilvy

Peter Gilbert ..... Stuart Bunce

Mrs Gilbert ...... Kate Maberly

Director: Martin Jarvis

Produced by Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

A starry celebration of Terence Rattigan's centenary. Martin Jarvis directs.

The Caretaker20101127

David Warner and Daniel Mays star in Harold Pinter's dark comedy. The late author was considered before his death to be one of a handful of living British dramatists. And this play is considered by many critics to be his finest.The style and comedy employed are reminiscent of post-war European drama, especially the plays of Samuel Beckett. That said, this is a powerful and original play.

Aston (Tony Bell) rescues Davies (David Warner) an elderly, homeless man from a fight in a café and brings him home to recover.

The tramp tells of the hiding he would have had from one of the café staff if Aston hadn't intervened. Aston also had trouble in the same café some time ago. The men bond.

The old man's past is murky. He lives under an assumed name and seems unsure of his real identity. He talks of going to Sidcup to get his papers, to confirm the matter.

Aston offers Davies the job of caretaker of the dingy West London house, owned by Aston's brother Mick.

Davies is reluctant to accept the job, and the responsibility involved. Even when Mick arrives and repeats the offer. Perhaps Davies realises it is not just the building he might have to care-take. This is confirmed at the plays darkly comedic climax, puts the situation the characters into perspective.

A tramp rescued from a fight is offered a job as caretaker, in Harold Pinter's play.

The Complete Smiley - A Murder of Quality20090530
The Complete Smiley - Call for the Dead20090523
The Conflict is Over20090912
The Gambler20101204

Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1866, in serious debt, addicted to roulette and rejected by several women, spun these sad materials into 'The Gambler', a brilliant tragicomic novella written in a feverish few weeks to stave off ruin.

Set in Roulettenburg, a fictional spa town in the Alps, the novel tells how Alexei Ivanovich, servant to a bankrupt family, falls madly in love twice- first with the lovely unobtainable Polina, then with the forbidden thrill of the Casino. As Polina demands ever more slavish and reckless obedience from him, Alexei finds liberation in his enslavement, and their relationship starts to mutate into something altogether richer and stranger.

Meanwhile a cast of villains and victims- Polina's weak, infatuated uncle 'the General', the pretty young gold-digger he falls for, and a scheming French aristocrat with designs on Polina - wait to inherit millions from her dying Granny - until the old lady herself bursts in, foul-mouthed, furious, and up for a good time. Fortunes will rise and fall, love be won and lost, hopes and dreams go up in flames, before the roulette-wheel comes to a final stop and the little silver ball makes its choice.

Major contemporary poet Glyn Maxwell (The Nerve, The Sugar Mile, Hide Now) recreates the madness and mayhem of a world enthralled by chance, sex and money, a world without values or foundations, spinning out of control.

Cast:

Alexei Ivanovich ..... Sam Crane

General Zagorski ..... Nicholas le Prevost

Granny ..... Patricia Routledge

Polina Alexandrovna ..... Siobhan Hewlett

De Grieux ..... David Westhead

Astley ..... Robert Portal

Blanche de Cominges ..... Charlotte Randle

Written by Glyn Maxwell

Director: Guy Retallack

Producer: Frank Stirling

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

A new version of Dostoevsky's 'The Gambler' written by Poet Glyn Maxwell.

The Gate of Angels20111210

by Penelope Fitzgerald, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus

Penelope Fitzgerald's 1990 novel, set in Edwardian London and Cambridge, exploring love, religion, physics and the random nature of chance.

Fred Fairly ... Geoffrey Streatfeild

Daisy Saunders ... Jade Williams

Kelly ... Carl Prekopp

Venetia/Matron ... Tracy Wiles

Wrayburn/Dr Sage ... James Lailey

Matthews ... Gerard McDermott

Skippey ... Simon Bubb

Flowerdew/Master ... Paul Moriarty

Manageress ... Victoria Inez Hardy

Mrs Saunders ... Adjoa Andoh

Beazley ... Rikki Lawton

Solicitor/Constable ... Adam Billington.

Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of love, religion and physics, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial2009112120110730

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

Neil Patrick Harris (Hollywood's current king of cool and star of How I Met Your Mother) plays Tennessee teacher John Scopes, and Ed Asner ('Lou Grant' or the voice of Disney Pixar's latest smash hit 'Up', depending on your age) plays prosecution lawyer William Jennings Bryan in this new version of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, adapted from the original trial transcript by Peter Goodchild.

In 1925, the same year that Franz Kafka's novel The Trial was first published, this real life case was one of the most unusual trials ever seen in a United States courtroom. It took place in Dayton, then a small town with a population of less than 2000, and yet the two lawyers ranged against each other couldn't have been higher profile. Counsel for the Prosecution was three-time Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan, a Christian Fundamentalist. For the defence was Chicago lawyer, and declared agnostic, Clarence Darrow, who had recently saved two brutal child killers from the death penalty in a very high profile case.

Earlier that year Tennessee had passed The Butler Act, a law forbidding anyone "to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals." In other words, the teaching of evolution was outlawed.

In the stifling heat of July, 1925, and in a courtroom hung with banners proclaiming 'Read Your Bible Daily' , 24 year old John Scopes, a part time teacher, stood trial.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

By Peter Goodchild. In 1925, one of the most unusual trials in US legal history took place

The Gun20110312

Mike Walker adapts C S Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain. Made famous by Hollywood as The Pride and the Passion.

Partisan groups under charismatic leaders wage a desperate war in which no quarter is given by either side. The hero of The Gun is the gun itself, a massive 18 pounder that is dragged across the mountains and plains of Spain - an epic task. Throughout the story, the gun changes the lives of those who fight each other to the death in order to gain control of it.

The Gun is a companion piece to The Gun Goes to Hollywood, which tells the story behind the Hollywood version, which was directed by Stanley Kramer and starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.

The writer

C S Forester was famous for his tales of adventure and military crusades, most notably the Hornblower series.

Mike Walker has written innumerable radio plays, and won a clutch of awards, including a Sony, BAFTA and Writers Guild Award. His recent radio includes Our Mutual Friend for BBC Radio 4.

The cast

Jorge......................Scott Arthur

El Balbanito..............Matthew Gravelle

Isadore.....................Keiron Self

Carlos ONeill ............Don Gilet

Father Bernard............Kevin Doyle

Duke Alonso...............Sule Rimmi

Urquiola.....................Richard Nicholls

Producer.....................Polly Thomas

A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

CS Forester's gripping guerrilla warfare story set in Napoleonic Spain.

The Iceman20100605
The Indian in the Cupboard20100501
The Jinx Element20120121

by Stephen Wakelam

Edith Wharton's private life was as dramatic as many of her novels.

An encounter with a journalist was to have a seismic

effect on her marriage and her work.

Edith Wharton ..... Fenella Woolgar

Henry James ..... Allan Corduner

Morton ..... Patrick Baladi

Teddy Wharton ..... Nathan Osgood

Cook/Manservant ..... James Lailey

Mrs Gross/French Admirer ..... Rachel Atkins

English Waiter/French Waiter ..... Simon Bubb

Directed by Sally Avens

Pulitzer prize winning author Edith Wharton had a long career, which stretched over forty years and included the publication of more than forty books, many of which have been made into films including 'The House of Mirth'. A born storyteller her novels are justly celebrated for their vivid settings, satiric wit, ironic style, and moral seriousness. Her characters are often trapped in bad relationships or confining circumstances. Her own life stands as an example of the obstacles that a woman of her time and place had to overcome to find self-realization. Stephen Wakelam's play tells the story of Edith's affair with the journalist Morton Fullerton through the eyes of her friend and fellow writer Henry James. Age 47 Edith embarked upon a relationship which made her reassess her own marriage to Teddy Wharton, a platonic relationship that did not allow her to share her intellectual and artistic interests. The affair also influenced her writing including the novella Ethan Frome which R4 has been dramatising in the Woman's Hour slot this week.

Stephen Wakelam has written many successful radio plays including 'Adulteries of a Provincial Wife' about Flaubert writing Madame Bovary and 'What I Think of My Husband' about Thomas Hardy.

By Stephen Wakelam. The story of Edith Wharton's unhappy marriage and passionate affair.

The Jubilee Singers20100515
The Kane Conspiracy20120127

In 1941 Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane, now regularly voted top in critics' and audience polls, picked up nine Oscar nominations and was already being spoken of as a work of genius. But there were powerful forces lobbying hard against it, not least among them William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul on whom the story is based, and FBI supremo J Edgar Hoover.

As the Oscar nominations are announced, Welles suffers an uncharacteristic attack of anxiety. And not without cause: FBI supremo J.Edgar Hoover has tasked a small-time FBI agent, Special Agent RB Wood, with making sure the film doesn't triumph at the Oscars ceremony. Hearst has banned any mention of the film across his media empire, RKO, the distributor, is looking shaky, and while the movie plays to capacity houses in art-house cinemas, no major theatres or cinema chains will take it. A chance encounter in an elevator leads to a highly charged head-to-head between Hearst and Welles when the two men lay their cards on the table. At the ceremony in February 1941 the film only wins one Oscar, and Welles' reputation in America never recovers.

Only the character of Agent Wood is imagined, although he is based on a documented but shadowy figure mentioned in the FBI archives. And it is Wood who finally confronts Welles with the uncomfortable truth about the film: in hijacking Hearst's life for Citizen Kane, Welles has replaced it with his own.

Orson Welles.........Jeff Harding

J. Edgar Hoover........Toby Jones

Herman Mankiewicz.....John Guerrasio

William Randolph Hearst...Peter Marinker

George Schaefer.......Garrick Hagon

Agent Wood..........Val Jobara

Radio Interviewer.......Paul Mundell

Written by Jonathan Holloway

Producer: Sara Davies.

Drama about the dirty tricks campaign against Citizen Kane and its creator Orson Welles.

The Kane Conspriacy

The Kane Conspriacy20101002

In 1941 Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane, now regularly voted top in critics' and audience polls, picked up nine Oscar nominations and was already being spoken of as a work of genius. But there were powerful forces lobbying hard against it, not least among them William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul on whom the story is based, and FBI supremo J Edgar Hoover.

As the Oscar nominations are announced, Welles suffers an uncharacteristic attack of anxiety. And not without cause: FBI supremo J.Edgar Hoover has tasked a small-time FBI agent, Special Agent RB Wood, with making sure the film doesn't triumph at the Oscars ceremony. Hearst has banned any mention of the film across his media empire, RKO, the distributor, is looking shaky, and while the movie plays to capacity houses in art-house cinemas, no major theatres or cinema chains will take it. A chance encounter in an elevator leads to a highly charged head-to-head between Hearst and Welles when the two men lay their cards on the table. At the ceremony in February 1941 the film only wins one Oscar, and Welles' reputation in America never recovers.

Only the character of Agent Wood is imagined, although he is based on a documented but shadowy figure mentioned in the FBI archives. And it is Wood who finally confronts Welles with the uncomfortable truth about the film: in hijacking Hearst's life for Citizen Kane, Welles has replaced it with his own.

Orson Welles.........Jeff Harding

J. Edgar Hoover........Toby Jones

Herman Mankiewicz.....John Guerrasio

William Randolph Hearst...Peter Marinker

George Schaefer.......Garrick Hagon

Agent Wood..........Val Jobara

Radio Interviewer.......Paul Mundell

Written by Jonathan Holloway

Producer: Sara Davies.

Drama about the dirty tricks campaign against Citizen Kane and its creator Orson Welles.

The Killing of Sister George20090425
The Lady in the Van2009022120110101

The Lady in the Van

by Alan Bennett

Cast

Miss Shepherd ..... Maggie Smith

Alan Bennett ..... Adrian Scarborough

Alan Bennett 2 ..... Alan Bennett

Mam ..... Marcia Warren

Rufus ..... Matt Addis

Pauline ..... Janice Acquah

Underwood ..... Stephen Critchlow

Social Worker ..... Caroline Guthrie

Fairchild ..... Philip Fox

Doctors ..... Jonathan Tafler and Malcolm Tierney

Music composed by Simon Morecroft

Adapted and Directed by Gordon House

The Lady in the Van is the first radio production of Alan Bennett's autobiographical stage play, starring Alan Bennett himself as one of the two "Alan Bennetts" featured in the drama, and reprising the brilliant stage performance of Dame Maggie Smith as Miss Mary Shepherd, the lady who takes refuge in his Camden garden for three months, and ends up staying fifteen years.

When Alan Bennett adapted his short autobiographical memoir The Lady in the Van, into a full length stage play, it received some excellent critical reviews. "One of the saddest, funniest and most distinguished offerings for years" wrote John Peter in the Sunday Times, while Charles Spencer, in the Daily Telegraph, thought it was "without doubt, the best new play of the year. Now Radio 4 brings this wonderfully bitter-sweet comic diary to the airwaves, with Maggie Smith once more playing the eccentric and cantankerous Miss Shepherd, and Alan Bennett and Adrian Scarborough playing the two Alan Bennetts - one in the role of the omniscient narrator, and one experiencing events as they occur.

Miss Shepherd was the genteel vagrant who parked her Bedford van near Mr. Bennett's Camden house in 1971 and eventually browbeat him into pushing it into the mini-driveway leading to his front door. And there she steadfastly remained until her death in 1989, emerging, every so often, to make a complaint, share a loony observation or simply fill Mr. Bennett's tiny garden with "a right Suzie Wong" - stench and filth that he compared to ''the inside of someone's ear."

But the play is as much about the author himself, as Miss Shepherd. What are Alan Bennett's motives in becoming landlord to such a lethally dotty tenant? Is he too feeble to reject her? Is he guiltily compensating for not spending enough time with his own mother (played here by Marcia Warren) Or is he, as his neighbours suggest, a modern-day saint? Was there (he suggests it himself) always part of him that wanted to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit? They play invites us both to ponder these questions, and asks what responsibility we ourselves have for the vagabonds who walk our streets and sometimes land up on our doorsteps.

But above all 'The Lady in the Van' is simply hugely enjoyable entertainment, now brought vividly to radio. Simon Morecoft composes original music in a production adapted and directed by the former Head of Radio Drama, Gordon House.

Alan Bennett's relationship with an eccentric old vagrant who lived in in his front garden

The Middle2009121220111105

by Amelia Bullmore

Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.

Clare ..... Emma Cunniffe

Martin ..... Ben Miles

Nicky ..... Anna Madeley

Justine ..... Eve Matheson

Luca ..... Paola Dionisotti

Karl ..... Nigel Pilkington

Owen ..... Baxter Willis

Mick ..... John Biggins

Ed ..... Piers Wehner

Donna ..... Melissa Advani

Directed by Mary Peate.

By Amelia Bullmore. A close family is brought to its knees by one momentary indiscretion.

The Million Pound Bank Note20111231

The Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain

dramatised by Bryony Lavery

Stranded in London, a penniless young American becomes the subject of a £20,000 bet between two wealthy English gentlemen. Can he can survive and prosper for a month as the bearer of a 1,000,000 pound bank note? A colourful, bright and vivid dramatisation of this charming and surprisingly relevant classic short story, first published in 1893. Brimming with Mark Twain's gentle humour, Henry Adam's plight is sure to entertain family audiences.

HENRY ADAMS ..... Trevor White

MISS PORTIA LANGHAM ......Verity-May Henry

TRUBSHAW/BOSUN/VESUVIUS .... Conrad Nelson

BASIl/MR RAYMOND/MAJORDOMO ......Jonathan Keeble

ABEL/CONCIERGE ...... Malcolm Raeburn

MRS HARRIS ...... Kathryn Hunt

TOD/BELLBOY ...... Stephen Hoyle

LLOYD HASTINGS/AMERICAN AMBASSADOR.......John Guerrasio

Produced by ...... Pauline Harris and Sharon Sephton

Tony Award winning playwright Bryony Lavery presents a rhythmic, energised dramatisation of this classic

short story.

A man is given a million pound bank note and must try to survive and prosper for a month.

The Mouse That Roared20100522
The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Revolution20110709

The French Revolution was one of the most far-reaching social and political upheavals in modern history spanning 10 years and involving the execution of the King, collapse of monarchy and slaughter of thousands at the guillotine. Starring Richard E Grant and Sally Hawkins, comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls will attempt to tell the epic story of the Revolution in one hour, with jokes.

The play's two main characters are Maximilien Robespierre the dictatorial architect of the Reign of Terror, who sent thousands to their death and Marie-Therese, the 16 year old daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Marie-Therese was incarcerated for three years by the revolutionaries. When she was locked up her father, mother, aunt and little brother were also with her. After the execution of her father the rest of the family were moved to another part of the tower and Marie-Therese was kept in solitary confinement. It is recorded that Robespierre visited Marie-Therese at one point in the tower but there is no historical record of that conversation. This play is that conversation.

Revolution is written by comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls, Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck, all successful in their own rights as solo performers and all taking their own shows to Edinburgh this year. Last year they wrote an Afternoon Play for Radio about Guy Fawkes and they have previously had two series of The Brothers Faversham broadcast on Radio 7.

Richard E Grant - Robespierre,

Sally Hawkins - Therese

David Reed, Humphrey Ker, Thom Tuck and Margaret Cabourn-Smith will play all other roles in the show.

Producer - Julia McKenzie.

Comic play about the French Revolution starring Richard E Grant and The Penny Dreadfuls.

The Purple Land20110716

Published in 1885, The Purple Land was the first novel of William Henry Hudson, author of Green Mansions. The Anglo-Argentine naturalist distinguished himself both as one of the finest craftsmen of prose in English literature and as a thinker on ecological matters far ahead of his time.

In Davies' hands this 'road novel' becomes a fast paced romp in the tradition of Tom Jones, with a dash of Don Quixote for good measure.

It is an exuberant, wryly comic account of a young Englishman's imprudent adventures, set against a background of political strife in nineteenth-century South America. Eloping with an Argentine girl, young Richard Lamb makes an implacable enemy of his teenage bride's father. Leaving her behind, he goes ignorantly forth into the interior of the country to seek his fortune.

Whilst doing so he learns to hunt, ride, herd, love - even kill. On his way to becoming a man.

Hemingway alluded to this book in his masterpiece "The Sun Also Rises", claiming that "The Purple Land" is 'dangerous reading if read too late in life'.

Hopefully - it doesn't make for dangerous listening!

Cast:

Richard ..... David Tennant

Paquita ..... Denise Gough

Marcos/Major Domo ..... Danny Webb

Toribia/Grandmother ..... Carol McReady

Isidora ..... Lizzie McInnerney

Herdsman/Allday ..... Nigel Cooke

Paquita's father/Winchcombe ..... Richard Durden

Monica/Donna Mercedes ..... Jacey Salles

Cloud/Blanco Major ..... Nicholas Murchie

Epifanio/Chillingwoth .....Chuk Iwuji

Juez/Bartender/Blass ..... Trevor Martin

Cleta/Mother ..... Jane Slavin

Herdsman's Daughter/Margerita ...... Beth Cooke

Anita ...... Grace Horbury

Herdsman's Boy ..... Danny Concha

Music Composed and performed by

Ross Hughes

Esben Tjalve

Trumpet - Daniel Weitz

Script Editor - Eileen Horne

Producer/Director: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Andrew Davies' rip-roaring treatment of WH Hudson's South American classic.

The Quest of Donal Q20120107

The Quest of Donal Q

By David Ashton

Based on the template of Don Quixote, The Quest of Donal Q, is the story of two rival brothers who journey through Scotland in search of a childhood sweetheart. Specially written for and starring Brian Cox and Billy Connolly.

DONAL (Billy Connolly) and SANDY (Brian Cox) have been separated as kids in an orphanage. Donal adopted by a rich couple and taken off to grow up in sunny California, Sandy never chosen and left to live all his life in not quite so sunny Dundee.

It's ten years since the brothers last met and at that time they had a fierce falling out. Now Donal is back - turning up out of the blue at Sandy's tobacconist shop, "Paterson's Inferno", to demand that his brother drop everything and travel on an urgent mission.

The Quest is to find a girl they were both in love with at the Orphanage; Jeanette, red haired, fair skinned and beautiful. An ideal princess. Donal claims she has written to say that she's in dire straits and needs a knight in shining armour to come to her rescue.

And so begins a journey - a journey that will make or break both brothers as conflict breaks out between past, present and future.

CAST

Donal ....................... BILLY CONNOLLY

Sandy ...................... BRIAN COX

Hamish/Mr Quigley.... JOHN KIELTY

Jeanette/Leonora ...... SANDY McDADE

Fergus/Mungo .......... FORBES MASSON

Mother/Maybelle ....... LINDY WHITEFORD

Mary ........................ HELEN MACKAY

Margo/Mrs Quigley.... TRACY WILES

Gilchrist.................... CARL PREKOPP

Prester John/Ernie .... DAVID ASHTON

Candy ...................... VICTORIA INEZ HARDY

Producer/Director.......David Ian Neville.

Billy Connolly and Brian Cox star as two brothers embarking on a desperate quest for love.

The Shocking Tale of Margaret Seddon20090926
The Small Back Room20100206
The Song Thief20090808
The Tennis Court20100424
The Vanishing2010103020110709

Tim Krabbe's cult novella dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

Rex and Saskia stop at a petrol station. Saskia goes in to buy drinks and is never seen again.

Eight years later, Rex is so haunted by her disappearance that he sets out to discover what happened to her, regardless of the cost.

A chilling love story that takes us to the heart of the perfect crime.

Cast:

Rex ... Samuel West

Saskia ... Melody Grove

Lieneke ... Ruth Gemmell

Lemorne ... Liam Brennan

Denise...Natasha Watson

Cashier/Woman ... Claire Knight

Jean-Pierre Gallo/Manager ... Robin Laing

Directed by Kirsty Williams

Producer Kirsty Williams.

Tim Krabbe's cult novella dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

Tim Krabbe's cult novella dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

Rex and Saskia stop at a petrol station. Saskia goes in to buy drinks and is never seen again.

Eight years later, Rex is so haunted by her disappearance that he sets out to discover what happened to her, regardless of the cost.

A chilling love story that takes us to the heart of the perfect crime.

Cast:

Rex ... Samuel West

Saskia ... Melody Grove

Lieneke ... Ruth Gemmell

Lemorne ... Liam Brennan

Denise...Natasha Watson

Cashier/Woman ... Claire Knight

Jean-Pierre Gallo/Manager ... Robin Laing

Directed by Kirsty Williams

Producer Kirsty Williams.

Tim Krabbe's cult novella dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

The Von Trapps and Me20091003
The Voyage of the Demeter20091031
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen20111119

Say 'Alderley Edge' to a lot of people and they'll think of footballers with their wives, living in grand mansions. But for a great many the words will conjure up wizards and a hundred knights sleeping in a cave for thousands of years. Alan Garner used a local legend as the starting point to his book "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and the story is firmly set in the part of Cheshire that he knows so well. The book has been cherished by readers of all ages for fifty years and it's timely that Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation as Garner's novel about the adult life of the young hero of Brisingamen is due out next year.

Robert Powell who plays the narrator, has known Alan Garner since he was a schoolboy in Manchester and Struan Rodger who plays the dwarf, Durathror, was in a radio production of another Garner story, "Elidor", when he was only thirteen years old. Philip Voss plays Cadellin the wizard and Monica Dolan, who recently made such an impression as Rosemary West in TV's "Appropriate Adult", plays a witch. Hugo Docking and Fern Deacon, who play the two children caught up in a fearsome adventure, both come from the Sylvia Young School and Hugo commuted daily from Cirencester.

Dramatised by Peter Thomson.

Cast:

Colin ...... Robert Powell

Young Colin ...... Hugo Docking

Susan ..... Fern Deacon

Gowther ...... Trevor Cooper

Bess ...... Rachel Atkins

Selina Place ..... Monica Dolan

Cadellin ...... Philip Voss

Fenodyree ...... Steve Hodson

Durathror ...... Struan Rodger

Music by Mia Soteriou

Special Effects: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Jane Morgan

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

A much-loved story firmly rooted in an ancient landscape.

The White Chameleon20100724

A witty and sad memory play by Christopher Hampton, set in Alexandria in the years up to and during the Suez invasion.

It is about his father, in Egypt working for Cable and Wireless, his mother, also from a Cable and Wireless family, and Ibrahim, the Egyptian servant who has been running the house for 20 years and who helps 10-year-old Chris, the future playwright, make up dramas for homework.

As it turned out, his first play was on in the West End when he was 20. His best-known plays include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Total Eclipse, The Philanthropist and Tales From Hollywood. His films include Carrington, which he wrote and directed and which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and Dangerous Liaisons for which he won an Oscar.

This autobiographical play is about the sense he has of his roots in this particular place, his early realisation that he was born to be a writer and also of the experience in his own life, as a child in Egypt, of the sudden dislocations that marked the end of Empire.

Alex Jennings plays Chris's father, Amanda Root his mother and Mido Hamada the redoubtable Ibrahim. The play is narrated by Christopher Hampton himself.

Narrator ... Christopher Hampton

Father ... Alex Jennings

Ibrahim ... Mido Hamada

Mother ... Amanda Root

Chris ... Harvey O'Neil

Guard/Fouad/Basso/Stockman/Shoes-shine man/Egyptian boy ... Ayman Hamdouchi

Albert ... David Annen

Edward ... Harrison Charles

Paul ... Harry Manton

Schoolboy ... Josef Lindsay

Egyptian singers:

Tony Kandel

Yazid Eid

Robert Hannouch

Pianist: Michael Webborn

Director: Polly Thomas

Producer: Ann Scott

A Greenpoint production for BBC Radio 4.

Christopher Hampton's play about his childhood in Alexandria in the 1950s.

The White Man's Burden

The White Man's Burden20100918

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

Rudyard Kipling ..... Nicholas Boulton

Carrie Kipling ..... Teresa Gallagher

Beatty Balestier ..... Nathan Osgood

Mary Hackett ..... Sasha Pick

Howard/ Hitt ..... David Rintoul

Conland/ Judge Newton ..... Peter Marinker

Fitts ..... John Guerrasio

Written by Paul Theroux

Adapted and directed by Emma Harding.

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

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

Rudyard Kipling ..... Nicholas Boulton

Carrie Kipling ..... Teresa Gallagher

Beatty Balestier ..... Nathan Osgood

Mary Hackett ..... Sasha Pick

Howard/ Hitt ..... David Rintoul

Conland/ Judge Newton ..... Peter Marinker

Fitts ..... John Guerrasio

Written by Paul Theroux

Adapted and directed by Emma Harding.

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

The Windsor Jewels20090711
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz2009121920111225

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Written by L Frank Baum

Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

The story made famous by the iconic 1939 musical film is given a distinctly different treatment in our dramatisation by Linda Marshall Griffiths which reinstates some of the events and characters of L Frank Baum's classic book.

When a tornado strikes Dorothy's farmhouse in Kansas, she is lifted to the magical world of Oz where she embarks upon a terrifying and perilous journey to find her way back home.

Immediately she makes some powerful enemies by accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East and claiming her silver shoes. Desperate to return home her adventure takes her to the City of Emeralds to meet the Wizard of Oz.

On the way she makes some new friends, a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman and a Lion who have their own reasons for wanting to see the Wizard. Pursued by the frightening Kalidah beasts, the violent Flying Monkeys and the all seeing Wicked Witch of the West will they make it to the Emerald City and have what they most desire?

DOROTHY.............Amelia Clarkson

WIZARD OF OZ / KALIDAH / UNCLE HENRY..Jonathan Keeble

SCARECROW................Kevin Eldon

TINMAN.................Burn Gorman

LION......................Zubin Varla

WITCH OF THE NORTH / SOUTH / WEST / AUNT EM .......Emma Fielding

KING MONKEY / MINER............Andrew Westfield

MUNCHKIN / GATEKEEPER.........Graeme Hawley

Original Music by Olly Fox

Sound Design by Steve Brooke

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

Dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic.

The Wooden Overcoat20090911
Theremin

Theremin20101009

Theremin by Melissa Murray

Leon Theremin, gifted inventor and reluctant spy, is forced to find a way to bug the US Embassy in London. Now he has to save himself and his former lover from both the CIA and the KGB.

Theremin: Tom Hollander

Alex: Kate Ashfield

Olga: Ania Sowinski

Will: Trystan Gravelle

Sergei/Ambassador: Stephen Critchlow

Boss: Malcolm Tierney

Ambassador's wife/Waitress: Janice Acquah

Bart: Jonathan Tafler

News seller/Man 2: Chris Pavlo

Bellboy/Man 1: Dan Starkey

Directed by Marc Beeby.

Musical instrument inventor Leon Theremin leads a double life as a Soviet spy.

To Catch a Thief20110108

David Dodge's novel is a fast-paced, entertaining page-turner that was subsequently turned into a memorable film by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Now, Jean Buchanan's dramatisation brings it to radio. American John Robie is living quietly in the South of France, trying to put his career as a notorious jewel thief behind him. However, when a series of huge jewel thefts begins on the Riviera, targeting rich Americans, the police immediately suspect he's returned to his old ways. To prove his innocence, and trap the real thief, Robie must resort to subterfuge. But his plans go awry when the daughter of one of the rich American tourists takes rather too close an interest in him - and his past.

Cast:

John Robie..........Jeff Harding

Francie Stevens......Jennifer Lee Jellicorse

Mrs Stevens...........Laura Brook

Paul...............Alun Raglan

Bellini..........Simon Armstrong

Danielle..........Aurelie Amblard

French Extras..........Martin Sorrell

Director: Sara Davies.

An adaptation of David Dodge's 1952 novel, later made into a classic film by Hitchcock.

Tom and Viv2008122720120114

Michael Hastings's study of the troubled marriage of TS Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Michael Hastings's study of the marriage of TS Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

When the ambitious young poet Tom fell in love with beautiful, charismatic Viv, little did he know the nightmare world that they would both enter.

Tom ...... Benedict Cumberbatch

Viv ...... Lia Williams

Rose ...... Judy Parfitt

Maurice ...... David Haig

Charles ...... John Rowe

Louise ...... Emily Randall

Janes ...... Chris Pavlo

Dr Todd ...... Gunnar Cauthery

Barrister ...... Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Michael Hastings's study of the troubled marriage of TS Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Tom and Viv20090103

Musical instrument inventor Leon Theremin leads a double life as a Soviet spy.

Translations20100904

A new production of Brian Friel's masterpiece about language and power.

It's the summer of 1833. In a hedge-school in Donegal, the schoolmaster's prodigal son is about to return from Dublin. With him are two army officers. Their aim is to create a map of the area, and, in the process, replace the Irish place-names with English equivalents. It's an act with unexpected and violent consequences.

Thirty years ago playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea founded the Field Day Theatre Company in Northern Ireland. A company that aimed to provide a 'fifth province' in which Ireland's political and social troubles could be explored and re-imagined. Translations was its first production and became an instant classic. To mark its anniversary, BBC Radio 4 has commissioned a new production, specially adapted for radio by Michael Duke.

Cast:

Yolland.....Samuel Barnett

Lancey......Mark Bazeley

Doalty......John Paul Connolly

Jimmy Jack......Dermot Crowley

Sarah........Roisin Gallagher

Manus......David Ireland

Bridget.....Aoife McMahon

Hugh........Gerard McSorley

Owen......Eugene O'Hare

Maire......Eileen Walsh

Director: Kirsty Williams.

Brian Friel's play about language and power, set in a village in 1830s Donegal.

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Utz

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Utz20101016

A British academic travels to 1960s Prague to research the art collection of Rudolf II. A historian friend introduces him to the eccentric and utterly dogged porcelain collector, Kaspar Joachim Utz. From this encounter an extraordinary story of obsession and survival emerges: for Utz has protected his vast collection of Meissen figurines from Nazis, Stalinist ideologues and the demands of Communist museum curators.

After the Soviet invasion of 1968, all contact between the men ceases and Utz dies. In the last part of the play, our narrator returns to Prague in the late 1980s- as the Communist system is in its death-throes- to learn what became of Utz's collection. Was it appropriated by the State, or sold off to some secret enthusiast?

Is it conceivable that the porcelain figurines were destroyed to prevent such eventualities? The Englishman interviews several figures from Utz's life as he tries to piece together the puzzle of the man and his vanished achievement. Where is the collection now? And who, really, was Utz's maid, Marta, to the deceased? For it may be (as the narrator speculates among blacklisted writers turned garbage men) that human love came to eclipse his priceless objects d'art in the heart of Kaspar Utz.

This is the twist in the final minutes of the play. Although the marriage to his servant was undertaken in 1952 for purely selfish reasons (Utz had to be married in order to keep his home), over the decades that followed Marta fought off her more attractive rivals- for Utz, we also learn, was devastatingly attractive to a particular kind of woman- and finally cemented her status as the central figure in his life. This dramatisation by Gregory Norminton of Chatwin's last novel is an intriguing and comic mystery story.

Cast:

Utz/Janitor ..... Jack Klaff

Marta ..... Pam Ferris

Dr Orlik/Curator ..... Sam Kelly

Narrator ..... Daniel Weyman

Oxford Don/Man/ Head Waiter ..... Gregory Norminton

Elena/Teresa Kryl ..... Michaela Stonisova

Ana/Photographer ..... Dolya Gavanski

Producer: Marilyn Imrie

A Corporation for Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.

By Bruce Chatwin. An academic in 1960s Prague meets an eccentric porcelain collector.

Utz20101016

Vanunu: A Time To Be Heard20110305

New drama set in 2004, on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu, who was immediately barred from speaking to the foreign media. Peter Hounam, investigative journalist, attempts to find a way to conduct an interview without breaking the terms of Vanunu's freedom.

After exposing the assembly of nuclear weapon making capabilities at the Dimona nuclear plant where he worked as a technician, Mordechai Vanunu spent nearly 18 years in prison, 15 of those in solitary confinement. He emerged as keen as ever to make public what he knew and his treatment by the state. However, on the day of his release, Vanunu was banned from speaking to foreign media, and forbidden from leaving the country.

Peter Hounam, who broke Vanunu's story in the Sunday Times originally, travelled to Israel to meet Vanunu on release and interview him for UK press and television. Once the restrictions were announced, he set out to find way to give Vanunu a voice without compromising his freedom.

This new drama looks at the relationship between the two men, as well as exploring the difficult issues of investigative journalism and freedom of speech. Award winning television and radio writer Jon Sen (Second Generation, Frances Tuesday, 4.4.68) worked from firsthand accounts of this very particular time to be heard.

The cast

Peter Hounam........David Westhead

Mordechai Vanunu......Shai Matheson

Meir Vanunu.......Uriel Emil

Hilarie Hounam ....Rebecca Knowles

Chris Mitchell....Matthew Gravelle

Security Guard.....Josh Becker

Producer.......Polly Thomas

A BBC Radio Drama Cymru/Wales production.

New drama set in 2004, on the release of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

Vincent Price and The Horror of The English Blood Beast20100306

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Walter Now

Walter Now2009011020100925

Walter, now a lonely pensioner, is put forward for a house share by his support worker.

by David Cook. In 1982 Channel 4 launched with "Walter", directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian McKellen as a man with learning difficulties. More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life and Ian McKellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter.....Ian McKellen

Steph.....Becky Hindley

Mr Herd.....Malcolm Tierney

Mary.....Anna-Marie Heslop

Bernard.....Robert Londsdale

Terry.....Gunnar Cauthery

Tom.....Edmund Davies

Mrs Hall.....Jill Cardo

Boy.....Ceallach Spellman

Director Claire Grove

In November 1982, a Channel 4 launched with "Walter" by David Cook, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian McKellen as a man with learning difficulties. It was an outstandingly truthful social commentary, heartbreaking and thought provoking. More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life in 'Walter Now' and Sir Ian McKellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter is now a pensioner. Following the death of his mother Walter spent many years living in a psychiatric hospital. When that was closed down he moved to hostel accommodation where he is isolated and lonely. When his support worker hears of a house share with three others he suggests Walter. But Walter is twice the age of the rest. Will they accept him? Will he cope with independent living? Will they integrate with the community around them?

Sir Ian McKellen is best known for Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. Other recent films include The Da Vinci Code and The X-Men. His portrayal of King Lear for the RSC in 2006-7 was much acclaimed and was released on DVD in January 2009.

David Cook is a stage and television actor who began to write novels in the early 1970s.

By David Cook. Ian McKellen stars as Walter, a man with learning difficulties.

Washington, 9/1120110910

September 11th 2001 dawned bright and clear on the East coast of the United States. At 8:46 am President George W Bush was in Florida promoting his education policy and Vice President Dick Cheney was in Washington when a Boeing 767 - American Airlines flight 11 - crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower.

It was the first of four commercial planes used as weapons that day in attacks on New York and the capital that led to the loss of thousands of lives and changed the world. This is the dramatized story - reconstructed from multiple documents and memoires - of how Bush, from his plane Air Force One circling high above the United States, and Cheney, in the White House bunker, responded in the first few hours after the 9/11 attacks and how the decisions they took that day set the course of the Bush presidency and triggered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Michael Eaton's drama reconstructs a chaotic day, when communications failed, protocols were abandoned; radar signals were misinterpreted and rescue aircraft came close to being shot down. It was a day that united America and saw tremendous acts of personal sacrifice and courage, but alongside the immediate response to the crisis there was also a hidden tussle for power and control, with some of Bush's key lieutenants moving swiftly to press an agenda that would determine US foreign policy for the remainder of the Bush presidency and put in place -'The War on Terror'.

Cast:

President George W Bush ..... WIlliam Hope

Vice President Dick Cheney -.....Stuart Milligan

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ..... Garrick Hagon

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice ..... Tanya Moodie

Chief of Staff Andrew Card ..... Richard Laing

Major Robert Darling ..... Philip Rosch

Laura Bush ..... Lorelei King

CIA Director George Tenet ..... Bill Roberts

Secretary of State Colin Powell ..... Nathan Osgood

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Produced by Richard Clemmow

Directed by Dirk Maggs

A Perfectly Normal Production for BBC Radio 4.

Drama about how the White House responded to the 9/11 attacks.

White Nights20110702

By Ann Cleeves.

Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

Atmospheric crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer - the time of white nights, when the sun never quite leaves the sky and birds sing at midnight.

The launch of Bella Sinclair's art exhibition, at the Herring House Gallery in the remote hamlet of Biddista, is ruined by the appearance of a distressed stranger, claiming amnesia. The man is later found hanged but local detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that it's murder not suicide.

When the dead stranger is finally identified, strands of clues point towards a dark secret held deep within the collective memory of the community, one which has brought death to the present.

Cast:

D.I. Jimmy Perez ..... Steven Robertson

Kenny ..... Finlay Welsh

Edith ..... Anne Lacey

Bella ..... Eileen McCallum

Fran ..... Tracy Wiles

D.I. Roy Taylor ..... Robin Laing

Peter ..... Steven McNicoll

Roddy ..... Finn den Hertog

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer. A stranger brings trouble to a small village.

Writing on Wigan Pier20100731

David Pownall's play has strong resonance for today. In 1936, George Orwell embarked on a visit to Wigan, a typical coal-mining town in industrial Lancashire in order to write a book about the people, their experiences and their struggle to cope with the effects of the Depression.

Determined not to be dismissed as a dispassionate observer, he resolves to spend time living with and amongst the people. However, he brings with him his self-guilt, his obsession with the English class system, his fiercely-held preconceptions of the working-class and his remarkable cut-glass voice, of which he is all too painfully aware. The visit is both revealing and humorous.

He stays in an appalling doss-house above a tripe shop, tries to work down a pit, stays with a family, makes a pass at the wife, upsets the local Women's Institute and meets a priest escaping from fascism in Spain. Whilst most who meet him take him for who and what he is, for Orwell the experience develops into a journey of self-discovery.

Cast:

Orwell .... Adrian Scarborough

Neil .... Karl Davies

Helen .... Helen Longworth

Grandad .... Bernard Cribbins

Mrs Brooker/Country Lady .... Thelma Barlow

Gollancz .... Keith Drinkel

Arnold .... Anthony Glennon

Meade/Ignatius .... Tom Bevan

Directed by Martin Jenkins

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

David Pownall's play explores George Orwell's time in Wigan in the early months of 1936.

1Classic Chandler, The Big Sleep20110205

In 1939 Raymond Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe, for his great novel The Big Sleep. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - respectable sister with gambling addiction, younger sister with drink/drug problem and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures - is enshrined in the iconic film version with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Chandler's ground breaking Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Philip Marlowe.....Toby Stephens

Vivien Sternwood.....Kelly Burke

Agnes Lozelle.....Barbara Barnes

Mona Mars.....Madeleine Potter

Carmen Sternwood.....Leah Brotherhead

Joe Brody.....Sam Dale

General Sternwood.....Sean Baker

Lash Canino.....Iain Batchelor

Eddie Mars.....Henry Devas

Cronjager.....Jude Akuwudike

Dramatised by Robin Brooks

Directed by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959. The series will be aired in Spring and Autumn 2011.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing mega-villain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC 2 and Toby made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

Kelly Burke makes her radio debut as cool, sophisticated Vivien Sternwood (the role which made Lauren Bacall famous).

Marlowe is a character the R4 audience think they know, but do they? He is a moral man in an amoral world. This is California in the '40's and 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. The police are corrupt. The businessmen are well-heeled racketeers with politicians in their pockets and their daughters have gone to the bad. It is the taxi-drivers, maids and bartenders who restore Marlowe's faith in human nature. They scratch out a living at the bottom of the pile and Marlowe is there with them, in his shabby office with its cracked sign and no air-con, waiting for the next client to walk through the door.

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1888, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. Chandler died in 1959.

Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

Robin Brooks (dramatist) has recently dramatised I Claudius in 5 episodes for BBC Radio 4. Other Classic Serials include: Boswell's Life of Johnson, My Cousin Rachel and The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West .

. Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking trouble-seeking Californian private eye.

1Freud: The Case Histories, Dora20120211

Deborah Levy's dramatisation of Sigmund Freud's iconic case study 'Dora' translated by Shaun Whiteside.

1899 finds a father imploring Sigmund Freud to treat his daughter after discovering her intention to end her life. When Dora first comes to Freud she suffers from a loss of voice, a debilitating cough and a limp. Dream analysis is the key to unlocking the causes of Dora's condition, and as Freud's treatment continues, secrets, seduction and betrayal are uncovered.

Freud.....Robert Glenister

Dora.....Olivia Hallinan

Papa.....Gerard McDermott

Mama.....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Herr K/Coachman....Alun Raglan

Frau K..... Susie Riddell

Madame Petrova....Tracy Wiles

Directed by Elizabeth Allard

Deborah Levy's dramatisation of "The Wolfman: A History of Infantile Neurosis" can be heard at the same time next week. Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of several novels. Her latest is the acclaimed "Swimming Home" which is soon to be a Book at Bedtime.

. A father begs Freud to treat his daughter, after discovering her intention to end her life

1Playing With Trains20100320
1Rebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, part 120100807

Ian Rankin's celebrated detective, Inspector Rebus, investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife. Ron Donachie stars in a new two-part dramatisation by Chris Dolan set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992.

When the Scots MP, Gregor Jack, is caught in an Edinburgh brothel during a police raid the media go to town. When the MP's wife goes missing is it just a coincidence? Someone is out to strip Jack of his career - but how far will they go?

D.I. Rebus .....RON DONACHIE

D.S. Holmes ....... ANDY CLARK

WPC Moffat.... LISA GARDNER

Gregor Jack.... GAVIN KEAN

C.S. Watson..... DOUGLAS RUSSELL

Ronald Steele.... ROBIN LAING

Helen/Cathy ..... EMMA CURRIE

Costello/Rab ..... LEWIS HOWDEN

Patience...... MONICA GIBB

Kemp..... LAURIE BROWN

Vanessa.... MARYAM HAMIDI

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young.

. Inspector Rebus investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife.

1The Complete Ripley, The Talented Mr Ripley2009022820110902

Series of plays based on the novels by Patricia Highsmith about the suave and amoral Tom Ripley.

Tom is barely one step ahead of his creditors when a stranger offers him a free trip to Europe and a fresh start. Tom wants money and success and he is willing to kill for it.

Tom Ripley ...... Ian Hart

Dickie Greenleaf ...... Stephen Hogan

Marge Sherwood ...... Barbara Barnes

Mr Greenleaf ...... Malcolm Tierney

Mrs Greenleaf ...... Janice Acquah

Roverini ...... Stephen Critchlow

Buffi ...... Matt Addis

Directed by Claire Grove.

. Pursued by his creditors, a stranger offers Tom a free trip to Europe and a fresh start.

2Classic Chandler, The Lady in the Lake20110212

Derace Kingsley, a wealthy businessman, hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife Crystal. Kingsley fears that rich, reckless Crystal may have got herself into a scandal and the last place she was known to have been was a resort called Little Fawn Lake.Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

Derace Kingsley...Sam Dale

Mildred...Barbara Barnes

Degarmo..Steve Toussaint

Bill Chess...Nathan Osgood

Adrienne...Claire Harry

Lavery...Lloyd Thomas

Sheriff Patton...Sean Baker

Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Directed by Claire Grove

In 1939 Raymond Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe, for his great novel The Big Sleep. This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959. The series will be aired in Spring and Autumn 2011.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

Marlowe is a character the R4 audience think they know, but do they? He is a moral man in an amoral world. This is California in the '40's and 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. The police are corrupt. The businessmen are well-heeled racketeers with politicians in their pockets and their daughters have gone to the bad. It is the taxi-drivers, maids and bartenders who restore Marlowe's faith in human nature. They scratch out a living at the bottom of the pile and Marlowe is there with them, in his shabby office with its cracked sign and no air-con, waiting for the next client to walk through the door.

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. He died in 1959.

Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

. Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking trouble-seeking Californian private eye.

2One Chord Wonders, Blitzkrieg Bop20110409

One Chord Wonders: Blitzkrieg Bop

2/5

Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on. In 1977 self-styled Mo Motormouth was writing a punk fanzine. Now she's doing the travel news for a radio station. An attempt to re-launch her ailing career brings unwelcome attention from some of her 'livelier' listeners.

Mo ... Pauline Quirke

Benny ... Adam Kotz

Shammi ... Manjinder Virk

Steve Reeves .... Ivan Kaye

George ... Ben Crowe

Arthur ... Harry Myers

Jack ... Sanjay Shelat

Teacher/Barney ... Stephen Critchlow

Benny's Daughter ... Amy Enticknap

Producer/Director ... Toby Swift

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ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

In 'Blitzkrieg Bop' a struggling commercial radio presenter has been invited to the reunion. In fact, as the self-styled Mo Motormouth, she was the co-promoter of the original gig. Encouraged by her ambitious - or should that be desperate - producer Shammi, her career receives a belated boost when she gives her on-air persona an opinionated, in-yer-face punk makeover. Will her new-found success survive the attention of a dubious element amongst her audience...not least former co-promoter Benny Bondage who seems convinced there's a nasty skeleton rattling in Mo's cupboard?

The next 2 plays in the series - 'Damned, Damned, Damned' and 'This is the Modern World' - catch up with other, now middle-aged, members of that audience back in 1977.

The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

. An attempt to relaunch Mo Motormouth's ailing career brings some unwelcome attention.

2The Complete Ripley, Ripley Under Ground2009030720110909

By Patricia Highsmith . Ian Hart stars as charming, cultured Tom Ripley, in the second of Patricia Highsmith's classic thrillers. With a dead man's money safely stowed in the bank Tom is living in luxury in a chateaux in France with his beautiful French wife. But the clever art forgery which funds Tom's expensive tastes is about to be uncovered.

Tom Ripley...Ian Hart

Heloise...Helen Longworth

Bernard Tufts...Benedict Sandiford

Jeff Constant...Stephen Hogan

Madame Annette...Caroline Guthrie

Murchison...Malcolm Tierney

Webster...Stephen Critchlow

Dramatist Alan McDonald

Director Claire Grove.

. Tom is living in luxury in a chateau in France, but his forgery is about to be uncovered.

2 LASTFreud: The Case Histories, The Wolf Man20120218

Deborah Levy's dramatisation of Sigmund Freud's iconic case study 'The Wolf Man- The History of an Infantile Neurosis' translated by Shaun Whiteside.

It is 1910 when the depressed son of a wealthy Russian landowner arrives in Vienna. Sergei Pankejeff, 24 years old, is suffering from debilitating fears and phobias. Freud's treatment of Pankejeff is centred around an enigmatic dream his patient had as a very young child; a dream of white wolves. Freud invites Sergei to return to his childhood as a means of understanding his current depression. Analysing the child inside the man Freud unlocks the meaning of the wolves that haunt Sergei's dreams

FREUD.....Robert Glenister

SERGEI PANKEJEFF (80).....Andrew Sachs

SERGEI PANKEJEFF (23).....Blake Ritson

SERGEI PANKEJEFF (10).....Ted Allpress

FATHER/FENCING MASTER.....Alun Raglan

MOTHER.....Susie Riddell

ANNA.....Amelia Clarkson

NANJA.....Elaine Claxton

GRANDFATHER/LATIN MASTER/BOOKSELLER.....Jonathan Oliver

TAILOR.....Simon Bubb

VIOLINIST.....Ruth Schulten

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

. Freud treats a young man's depression by analysing his childhood dream of white wolves.

2 LASTPlaying With Trains20100327
2 LASTRebus: Strip Jack, Rebus: Strip Jack, part 220100814

Final part of Ian Rankin's crime thriller as Inspector Rebus investigates the death of an MP's wife. Ron Donachie stars in this two-part dramatisation by Chris Dolan set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992.

In Edinburgh a man confesses to the murder of two women - but Rebus isn't convinced. Much to his superior's dismay, Rebus ignores the confession and disappears north to investigate a wild party deep in the Scottish countryside.

D.I. Rebus ..... Ron Donachie

D.S. Holmes ....... Andy Clark

WPC Moffat.... Lisa Gardner

Gregor Jack.... Gavin Kean

McMillan....Liam Brennan

C.S. Watson..... Douglas Russell

Ronald Steele.... Robin Laing

Helen/Cathy ..... Emma Currie

Costello/Rab ..... Lewis Howden

Patience...... Monica Gibb

Kemp..... Laurie Brown

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young.

. Inspector Rebus investigates the disappearance of an MP's wife.

3Classic Chandler, Farewell My Lovely20110219

By Raymond Chandler

Dramatised by Robin Brooks

When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento.

Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistible blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California.

Farewell My Lovely was the second of Chandler's novels featuring Marlowe. It was adapted for the big screen three times.

Cast:

Philip Marlowe ..... Toby Stephens

Moose Malloy ..... Richard Ridings

Mrs Grayle ..... Madeleine Potter

Morrison ..... Pat Starr

Randall ..... Jude Akuwudike

Nulty/ Amthor ..... Sean Baker

Jessie Florian ..... Joanna Monro

Galbraith ..... Lloyd Thomas

Marriott ..... Iain Batchelor

Ann Riordan ..... Claire Harry

Sonderborg ..... Adeel Akhtar

Laird Brunette/ Second Planting ..... Sam Dale

Directed by Mary Peate

Adapted by Robin Brooks

Robin Brooks (dramatist) has recently dramatised I Claudius in 5 episodes for BBC Radio 4. Other Classic Serials include: Boswell's Life of Johnson, My Cousin Rachel and The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.

. Toby Stephens is Chandler's smart-talking, trouble-seeking LA private eye Philip Marlowe.

3The Complete Ripley, Ripley's Game2009031420110916

by Patricia Highsmith. Ian Hart stars as charming, cultured Tom Ripley, in Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller. Tom sets up a man he dislikes to carry out two perfect murders but an attack of conscience propels him on to a train to take on the Mafia.

Tom Ripley...Ian Hart

Heloise...Helen Longworth

Madame Annette...Caroline Guthrie

Reeves Minot...Paul Rider

Jonathan Trevanny...Tom Brooke

Simone Trevanny...Janice Acquah

Gauthier...Philip Fox

Marcangelo...Matt Addis

Lippo...Sam Dale

Dramatist Alan McDonald

Director Steven Canny

Producer Claire Grove.

. Tom sets up a man he dislikes to carry out two perfect murders.

4One Chord Wonders, This is the Modern World20110423

One Chord Wonders: This is the Modern World

4/5

Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on continues with the story of an unlikely pilgrimage to Camberley. Eco-toilet pioneer and ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

Muttley ... Danny Webb

Lineel ... Stephanie Leonidas

Lin ... Ann Beach

Hippie ... Carl Prekopp

Drug Dealer ... John Biggins

Market Researcher ... Alex Tregear

Club Doorman ... John Cummins

Williams ... Sam Dale

Hotel Receptionist ... Liz Sutherland

Director/Producer ... Toby Swift

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ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

In 'This is the Modern World', Muttley is to be found living in an eco-commune in Wales with his teenage daughter, Lineel. When an invitation to the reunion turns up, Lineel is desperate to find out more about her late mother's previous life in Camberley. Muttley reluctantly agrees to accompany her on a pilgrimage back to his home town...on foot. There Lineel learns the unlikely truth about her parents' past, as well as getting an abrupt introduction to life in the 'real world' beyond the confines of the commune.

The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

. Ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

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by Patricia Highsmith. Ian Hart stars as charming, cultured Tom Ripley, in Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller. A rich young man arrives at Belle Ombre. He and Tom end up having to fight for their lives in sexually-ambiguous, underworld Berlin.

Tom Ripley...Ian Hart

Frank Pierson...Nicholas Hoult

Heloise...Helen Longworth

Lily Pierson...Janice Acquah

Reeves Minot...Paul Rider

Eric Lanz...Jonathan Tafler

Ralph Thurlow...Philip Fox

Max...Matt Addis

Dramatist Stephen Wyatt

Director Steven Canny and Claire Grove.

. A rich young man arrives and he and Tom end up fighting for their lives in Berlin.

4 LASTClassic Chandler, Playback20110226

By Raymond Chandler

Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Marlowe is hired to tail the mysterious Betty Mayfield all the way to the seaside town of Esmerelda, without knowing why or the identity of his employer. It's not long before he realises that he's not the only one on the trail, and that he too is being watched. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

Betty Mayfield . . . . . Sarah Goldberg

Larry Mitchell . . . . . Iain Batchelor

Clyde Umney . . . . . Sean Baker

Clark Brandon . . . . . John Guerrasio

Goble . . . . . Sam Dale

Lucille . . . . . Claire Harry

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Produced by Claire Grove

Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

. Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking, trouble-seeking Californian private eye

5Classic Chandler, The Long Goodbye20111001

Toby Stephens is back as Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe.This is California in the 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. Outside a club on Sunset Boulevard Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship but everything changes when Lennox shows up late one night, asking for a favour.

Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

Terry Lennox.....Trevor White

Eileen Wade...Saskia Reeves

Roger Wade...Peter Polycarpou

Howard Spencer...James Lailey

Candy...Simon Bubb

Menendez...Alun Raglan

Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Directed by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1888, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, he served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the R. A. F. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. He died in 1959.

. Toby Stephens is back as Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe.

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One Chord Wonders: Television's Over

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March, 1977. Punk rock is rumoured to be arriving in suburban Surrey. Is anarchy about to overwhelm civilized society or is this salvation for the bored teenagers of Camberley? By Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Adam ... Kristopher Milnes

Pete ... Freddy White

Sergeant Henshaw ... Gerard Horan

Councillor Myatt ... Fenella Woolgar

Mo ... Leanne Rowe

Benny ... James Daley

Pete's dad ... Ben Crowe

Muttley/Steve ... John Hasler

Margaret/Sharon ... Amy Enticknap

D.I. Voke ... John Rowe

Charlie Damage ... Dan Starkey

Town Clerk ... Nyasha Hatendi

Julie ... Sarah Bedi

Mo's mum ... Joan Walker

Mick ... Tim James

Director/Producer ... Toby Swift

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ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley. Many of the characters we have met in earlier plays are there in their teenage guise. At the centre of it all is Adam, a young lad in desperate need of something to believe in.

. By Frank Cottrell Boyce. 1977: The bored teenagers of Camberley are about to get punk.

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by Patricia Highsmith. Ian Hart stars as charming, cultured Tom Ripley, in Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller. Strange new neighbours show an overdeveloped interest in Ripley's past. Tom discovers they are not who they say they are but will his shady dealings be exposed after all?

Tom Ripley...Ian Hart

Heloise...Helen Longworth

Madame Annette...Caroline Guthrie

David Pritchard...William Hope

Janice Pritchard...Janice Acquah

Jeff Constant...Stephen Hogan

Cynthia Gradnor...Lizzy Watts

Policeman...Matt Addis

Dramatist Stephen Wyatt

Director Steven Canny

Producer Claire Grove.

. Strange new neighbours show an overdeveloped interest in Ripley's past.

6Classic Chandler, The High Window20111008

By Raymond Chandler

Dramatised by Robin Brooks

When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires private eye Philip Marlowe to find it. The tough matriarch is convinced about the identity of the thief, but Marlowe's own enquiries lead him elsewhere. He's soon caught in the crossfire of a family at war with itself.

Cast:

Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

Mrs Murdoch . . . . . Judy Parfitt

Merle Davis . . . . . Jessica Raine

Leslie Murdoch . . . . . Patrick Kennedy

Detective Breeze . . . . . Joe Montana

Alex Nash . . . . . Stuart Milligan

Linda Conquest . . . . . Susie Riddell

Elisha Morningstar . . . . . Peter Polycarpou

Apartment Manager . . . . . Gerard McDermott

Lou Vannier . . . . . Carl Prekopp

Lois Nash . . . . . Alex Tregear

George Philips . . . . . James Lailey

Mr Shaw . . . . . Sean Baker

Delmar Hench . . . . . Alun Raglan

John . . . . . Simon Bubb

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Produced by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to find a stolen rare gold coin.

7Classic Chandler, The Little Sister20111015

A small, neat girl walks into Philip Marlowe's office. Orfamay Quest is looking for her brother Orrin. She gives Marlowe twenty dollars and lots of moral disapproval. Marlowe takes the case and finds himself drawn into the glamorous world of the Hollywood film studios. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all Raymond Chandler's Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Philip Marlowe...Toby Stephens

Oramay Quest...Kelly Burke

Mavis...Fenella Woolgar

Clausen...Peter Polycarpou

Dolores...Ginita Jimenez

Lagardie...John Guerrasio

Hicks...Jonathan Forbes

Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Directed by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

. Marlowe finds himself drawn into the glamorous world of the Hollywood film studios.

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By Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker

Dramatised by Robin Brooks

Fresh from his honeymoon with heiress Linda Loring, Philip Marlowe has set up shop in the upmarket Californian town of Poodle Springs. But the life of a kept man soon loses its charm, and when he's asked to find a gambler on the run from his debts, Marlowe can't resist. Toby Stephens plays iconic detective Philip Marlowe.

The eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, Raymond Chandler's Poodle Springs was unfinished at the time of the author's death in 1959. It remained so for another 30 years, until crime writer Robert B. Parker completed the novel to mark the centenary of Chandler's birth.

Cast:

Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens

Linda Marlowe . . . . . Lorelei King

Larry Victor . . . . . Stephen Campbell Moore

Muffy Valentine . . . . . Laurel Lefkow

Manny Lipshultz . . . . . Peter Polycarpou

Angel Victor . . . . . Sasha Pick

Bernie Ohls . . . . . Gerard McDermott

Film Director . . . . . James Lailey

Eddie Garcia . . . . . Alun Raglan

Clayton Blackstone . . . . . Sean Baker

Leonard . . . . . Carl Prekopp

Turn Key . . . . . Simon Bubb

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

Produced by Claire Grove.

. The life of a kept man soon loses its charm for newly-married Marlowe.

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Tony Ramsay's play, set in ARGENTINA, stars Juliet Stevenson as Victoria Mendez, whose violent death in the Dirty War, comes to affect the romantic notions of a young ENGLISH teacher.

  • amparo....paloma baeza
  • carola....Tracy-ann Oberman
  • david....james d'arcy
  • directed by - Janet Whitaker
  • jorge....Peter Marinker
  • nestor....vincenzo nicoli
  • raul....Gerard Mcdermott
  • victoria....Juliet Stevenson
  • wintle....david timson

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    Tony Ramsay's play, set in ARGENTINA, stars Juliet Stevenson as Victoria Mendez, whose violent death in the Dirty War, comes to affect the romantic notions of a young ENGLISH teacher.

  • amparo....paloma baeza
  • carola....Tracy-ann Oberman
  • david....james d'arcy
  • directed by - Janet Whitaker
  • jorge....Peter Marinker
  • nestor....vincenzo nicoli
  • raul....Gerard Mcdermott
  • victoria....Juliet Stevenson
  • wintle....david timson

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    In the 1930s at the height of Tallulah Bankhead's fame as a theatre star, Evie Cronin became chief among her gallery girls, young women who religiously attended her every performance, shrieking and cheering the moment she walked on stage.

    Evie, obsessed by the star's flamboyant persona, followed Tallulah's every movement - becoming what today we would call a stalker.

    Tallulah, however, far from being intimidated by this intense, even intrusive adulation, positively welcomed it and invited the younger woman into her household as her secretary.

    The play opens in 1951.

    Tallulah is 49 years old and although her film career has begun to tail off, this has in no way slowed down her wild lifestyle.

    The leading stars of Hollywood attend her infamous parties and Evie works away in the background, inured to decades of her mistress' outrageous behaviour.

    But one day Evie has finally had enough and confronts Tallulah.

    Tallulah Bankhead....Linda Marlowe

    Evie Cronin....Teresa Gallagher

    Senator Fred Morritt....Colin Stinton

    Donald Seawell....Kerry Shale

    Tennesse Williams....William Hope

    Gary Cooper....William Roberts

    Dee Englebeck....Nick Sayce

    Etta...Katherine Kelly.

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    In the 1930s at the height of Tallulah Bankhead's fame as a theatre star, Evie Cronin became chief among her gallery girls, young women who religiously attended her every performance, shrieking and cheering the moment she walked on stage.

    Evie, obsessed by the star's flamboyant persona, followed Tallulah's every movement - becoming what today we would call a stalker.

    Tallulah, however, far from being intimidated by this intense, even intrusive adulation, positively welcomed it and invited the younger woman into her household as her secretary.

    The play opens in 1951.

    Tallulah is 49 years old and although her film career has begun to tail off, this has in no way slowed down her wild lifestyle.

    The leading stars of Hollywood attend her infamous parties and Evie works away in the background, inured to decades of her mistress' outrageous behaviour.

    But one day Evie has finally had enough and confronts Tallulah.

    Tallulah Bankhead....Linda Marlowe

    Evie Cronin....Teresa Gallagher

    Senator Fred Morritt....Colin Stinton

    Donald Seawell....Kerry Shale

    Tennesse Williams....William Hope

    Gary Cooper....William Roberts

    Dee Englebeck....Nick Sayce

    Etta...Katherine Kelly.

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    By Evelyn Waugh, adapted by Jonathan Holloway.

    Waugh's black comedy set around a Memorial Park in Hollywood among the world of morticians and embalmers.

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    By Evelyn Waugh, adapted by Jonathan Holloway.

    Waugh's black comedy set around a Memorial Park in Hollywood among the world of morticians and embalmers.

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    By Paul Viragh.

    The playwright draws on his own family's experiences in his drama Cry Hungary.

    In October 1956, thousands of Hungarians rise up against the oppressive Soviet-backed government.

    Peter, a chosen son of the working classes, arrives in Budapest to study at the university.

    He falls in love with Eva, a committed communist.

    When Peter becomes involved in the demonstrations, Eva finds her loyalties severely tested.

    Peter Kovacs....Lee Ingleby

    Eva Toth....Naomi Frederick

    Janos....Christopher Fox

    Imre Toth....Larry Lamb

    Szentendy....Mark Straker

    Istvan....Joseph Kloska

    AVO Officer....Sam Dale

    AVO Sergeant....Paul Richard Biggin

    Boy....Emma Noakes

    Director Toby Swift

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    By Paul Viragh.

    The playwright draws on his own family's experiences in his drama Cry Hungary.

    In October 1956, thousands of Hungarians rise up against the oppressive Soviet-backed government.

    Peter, a chosen son of the working classes, arrives in Budapest to study at the university.

    He falls in love with Eva, a committed communist.

    When Peter becomes involved in the demonstrations, Eva finds her loyalties severely tested.

    Peter Kovacs....Lee Ingleby

    Eva Toth....Naomi Frederick

    Janos....Christopher Fox

    Imre Toth....Larry Lamb

    Szentendy....Mark Straker

    Istvan....Joseph Kloska

    AVO Officer....Sam Dale

    AVO Sergeant....Paul Richard Biggin

    Boy....Emma Noakes

    Director Toby Swift