Drama of the Week

Drama of the Week Podcast

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

The Macefield Plot
A drama by Daniel Thurman When fractious and enigmatic Edith Macefield (Sian Phillips) refuses to move out of her Seattle home the developers build a five-storey mall around her. Construction Manager Barry Martin (Stanley Townsend) endeavours to smooth troubled waters. Edith - Sian Phillips Barry - Stanley Townsend Joe - Joseph Balderrama Cops - Helen Clapp & Christopher Harper Director: David Hunter Originally aired on BBC Radio 4....

Coriolanus
Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself. Coriolanus, a great martial hero, is banished by those he despises, the common people of Rome. Disaster must surely follow. Coriolanus . . . Trystan Gravelle Volumnia . . . Diana Rigg Menenius . . . James Fleet Cominius . . . Paul Hilton Sicinius . . . Tony Turner Brutus . . . Joel MacCormack Lartius . . . David Hounslow Aufidius . . . Ray Fearon Virgilia . . . Clare Corbett Valeria . . . Susan Jameson Gentlewoman . ....

Curious Under the Stars Series 8 - The Owl and the Ivy
Gareth picks up a naked hitchhiker on the road into Glan Don. She seems to have sprung to life from the forest. More of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast. Omnibus written by Alan Harris Starring Elis James (Josh), Emma Sidi (Pls Like) and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey). Gareth.... Elis James Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Fleur…. Catrin Stewart Bethan.... Hannah Daniel Matty.... Siw Hughe...


The Psalms
Some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible is in the Book of Psalms. In four special programmes for Easter, Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons reads from the King James Version. The Psalms show a whole range of human emotions. Here we find hymns, laments and songs of thanksgiving. In the first programme, Jeremy Irons reads the first psalms in the book, between Psalm 1 and Psalm 29, including one of the most well known of all, Psalm 23, as well as one of the longest, Psalm 18. Produced by Susan Roberts ...

Longline
Henry Darke's first drama for radio tells the story of Jay, a rookie observer on a deep sea trawler. He must ensure adherence to the strict international laws covering fishing quotas, sustainability and safety. It's a time when you need to know who your friends are. Jay ..... Matthew Aubrey Kim-Long ..... Chike Chan Kate ..... Sarah Ovens Esther ..... Franchi Webb Carlitos ..... Joseph Balderrama Juan/Radio Operator ..... Simon Scardifield Dad ..... Kenny Blyth Lecturer ..... Michael Bertenshaw Sisco/Lazru...

Your Perfect Summer, On Sale Here
Ben Tavassoli, Oliver Chris and Claudie Blakley star in Ed Harris's twisted romance. What will happen when VR games can deliver real love? Theo has been booked to give twenty-four hour care to a gamer who's in an elective coma. The new immersive game he's playing simulates your first love affair. But is it a simulation? Not to Theo... Ben Tavassoli stars as Rash in Anthony Horowitz's new police drama, 'New Blood', on BBC One. He played Alpha in 'No Offence', and has recently appeared in 'Silent Witness'...


Forest 404
Can you feel loss for something you’ve never known? An environmental thriller starring Pearl Mackie, Tanya Moodie & Pippa Haywood. With theme music by Bonobo. Written by Timothy X Atack and directed by Becky Ripley. Each episode comes with its own talk and soundscape. Plus, you can take part in our interactive experiment to see how you respond to sounds of nature at: bbc.co.uk/forest #Forest404 This is a Radio 4 Production. Subscribe to Forest 404 on BBC Sounds to hear the story unfold....

Mabinogi
Adapted by Lucy Catherine From the Red Book of Hergest, these are the tales of the Mabinogi. A new fantasy adventure, based on the iconic work of medieval Welsh mythology. Pryderi, Prince of Dyfed, heads to Harlech in North Wales, to win the hand of Princess Branwen of Gwynedd. But first he must impress her giant of a brother, King Bran the Blessed. The tales of the Mabinogi are tales of romance, tragedy, comedy and fantasy and together they form the earliest prose stories of Britain. Award-winning write...

First Do No Harm
A double bill of dramas looking at the crisis facing the NHS, both for those trying to challenge its workings from without and within. Elaine Newton's husband died while under NHS supervision, but attempting to clarify the faults that led to the tragedy brings the fury of the community down on her head. One doctor, Rhys Thomas, tries to help her. Cast Elaine......Rosie Cavaliero Rhys......Joel MacCormack Greg/Alan......Michael Bertenshaw Joy/Maz ...... Kelly Williams Niall/Ned......Joseph Ayre Jane/Ann...


Orlando
Virginia Woolf's Orlando re-imagined by five poets An exhilarating, inventive, comedic odyssey spanning four centuries. A journey of self-discovery and transformation, unravelling gender expectations, identity and sexuality. Chapter 1 & 6: by Amanda Dalton Chapter 2: by Caroline Bird Chapter 3: by Zena Edwards Chapter 4: by Karen McCarthy Woolf Chapter 5: by Hannah Silva ORLANDO.....Emma Frankland OAK TREE.....Claire Benedict QUEEN ELIZABETH I / THE BLACKAMOOR.....Nina Sosanya MRS GRIMSDITCH.....Kate Ru...

China Towns: Episode 1
Inspired by the novels of Arnold Bennett, an epic tale of money, passion and defiance set in the Staffordshire potteries. Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. You can find Episode 2 on BBC Sounds now. It’s the 19th Century and the Industrial Revolution is at full throttle. Only the ruthless thrive in this uncompromising world. Edwin Clayhanger leaves school with dreams of becoming a painter but his father’s having none of it. Ephraim Tellwright ….. Neil Dudgeon Darius Clayhanger ….. Ti...

Door in the Pillow
Frank Cottrell-Boyce, award-winning screenwriter & novelist, tells a very personal story...


Black Boy Fly
Writer and star of the BAFTA-nominated comedy series Timewasters, Breakthrough Brit winner Daniel Lawrence Taylor writes an original play for Radio 4. This sly family comedy takes a look at the costs of gentrification. At the Peckham Branch of "So Woke" Coffee, street artist Sommore is painting a community artwork on the wall. But Sommore has moved out of Peckham. And moved her son out too, to a private school in West London. So what exactly is her message for the community? Sommore ..... Nadine Marsha...

How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me
Role Contributor Venta the slave keeps an observant eye on Pliny the Younger, his mother Marcella and Doris the Greek cook in this second series of adventures in 1st-century Rome. A BBC/Cymru Wales production Pliny the Younger - Kieran Hodgson Venta - Nigel Barrett Marcella - Joanna Scanlan Doris the Cook - Mia Soteriou Emperor Domitian - Ewan Bailey Lucipor - Ewan Bailey Regulus - Matthew Gravelle Calvin - Jon Key Director - Kate McAll Writer - Hattie Naylor...

How To Burn A Million Quid: Rule 1
Rule 1. Begin an inner alchemy to transcend the consensual reality tunnel and move from a state of fixation to a condition of mutability. Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of the chart-topping pop duo known as KLF who, in 1994, burned £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish Island, with only one journalist and their roadie-come-fixer, Gimpo, in attendance. Why? Why would they do that? How To Burn a Million Quid lays the story bare. A comic, surreal and fast moving adventure that sees Bill and...


Hello Caller
In the last two years British Telecom has decommissioned and removed at least 20,000 phone boxes. But what if these boxes have always been able to remember all of the conversations that have been routed through them, what if the wires hold memories suspended in their copper strands? What if, faced with extinction, these voices breach, at least for a short time, the barrier between temporal reality and the pulses coursing through the cables? Built from a series of intercut ‘trapped’ phone calls, this is a r...

Into the Maze - Episode 1
As part of BBC Radio 4's Riot Girls season, a thriller by Ayeesha Menon that plays out across three locations - London, Saudi Arabia and Mumbai - exploring the struggles faced by women across the globe when it comes to sexual assault, harassment and personal freedom. Sisters Jamila and Saira grew up in a very traditional Muslim village in India, but are now forging independent lives of their own - Jamila in Mumbai, and Saira as a student in London. Saira also works at a hotel in London, but when she is rap...

Stone - Episode 1
A return of the detective series created by Danny Brocklehurst and starring Hugo Speer....


The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
A special bonus episode of Drama of the Week to help you ease into January. From H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is an investigation into the disappearance of a young man from a locked room in an asylum. You can find the whole box set on BBC Sounds. Cast includes Barnaby Kay, Jana Carpenter, Alun Armstrong, Adam Godley, Nicola Walker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Bazeley, Samuel Barnett, Richard Cordery, Harry Kay, Penny Downie, Madeleine Potter, Phoebe Fox, Ben Crowe, Nathan Osgood, Susan Jam...

The Canterbury Tales - Part 1
Queen of Ambridge amateur theatricals, Lynda Snell, takes charge of this barnstorming new adaptation of Chaucer’s classic tales. Join the cast of The Archers to enjoy stories of courtly love, deadly rivalry and boisterous sex - with a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure. “A festive feast of spellbinding stories and bawdy banter … Another Lynda Snell triumph!” – The Borchester Echo Part 2 of The Canterbury Tales will be available on The Archers podcast from the 5th January. Written by Geoffrey ...

Good News Stories
Five contemporary dramas inspired by stories from the old and new testaments. Written by Katie Hims Directed by Mary Peate A Plague of Frogs LAURA ..... Nadia Clifford MR VENTURA ..... Michael Bertenshaw LEILA ..... Jayda Pryce MOSES ..... Joseph Nicholas AMBER ..... Ella Purton Eleven 73s Solly ..... Don Gilet Carla ..... Lucy Doyle Jo ..... Saffron Coomber June ..... Rachel Davies Passenger 1 ..... Tony Turner Passenger 2 ..... Jeanette Percival Song of Solomon Solly .......


The Haunting of M.R. James
Every Christmas, the master of the ghost story, M.R. James would read a tale to his Cambridge students. In this original chilling drama he finds horrific events from those stories are echoed in reality alongside the inevitable forces of change and modernism. M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Gwendolyn MacBryde ..... Fenella Woolgar Jack Pownall ..... Ryan Whittle Dr. Luxmoore ..... Gerard McDermott Davey Steadman ..... Cameron Percival Sellerman ..... Ronny Jhutti Jukes ..... Michael Bertenshaw Grant ..... T...

The Haunting of M.R. James: Ghost Stories
Five haunting tales from the master of the ghost story M.R. James. Stars Mark Gatiss. Dramatised by Neil Brand Director: David Hunter The Mezzotint M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Dr. Williams ..... Patrick Brennan Dr. Binks ..... Tony Turner Dr. Nisbet ..... Don Gilet Mrs. Filcher ..... Jeanette Percival Verger ..... Michael Bertenshaw Casting the Runes M.R. James ..... Mark Gatiss Dunning ..... John Bowler Karswell ..... Ewan Bailey Gayton ..... Paul Heath Mrs. Gayton ..... Saffron Coomber Harrington .....

Pilgrim - The Winter Queen
Pilgrim returns! The immortal wanderer, William Palmer faces a new challenge when he discovers a mystery and a plan for revenge served very cold. A two-part adventure to mark the Winter Solstice. Pilgrim ….. Paul Hilton Mrs Bronson ….. Fenella Woolgar Roxanna ….. Carolyn Pickles Sam Notice ….. Tony Turner Matt ….. Cameron Percival Donny ….. Tayla Kovacevic Ebong Jack Sweet ….. Don Gilet Klara ….. Jeanette Percival Lloyd ..... Lewis Bray The Girl ..... Agnes Bateman Jonas ..... Michael Bertenshaw Taylor .....


Holding Back The Tide: Selling The Capstan
Comedy about a small town resistant to change. When the local tearoom is threatened with takeover by a major coffee chain, The Breck Howe Preservation Society decide to take direct action to save it; John Hector has big ideas but unsurprisingly things don't go to plan. You can listen to more episodes of Holding Back The Tide on BBC Sounds. John ..... Ronald Pickup Richard ..... Paul Ritter Clare ..... Kate Duchêne Lux ..... Michelle Asante Robust Betty ..... Emma Handy Brandi ..... Saffron Coomber Librari...

The Cherry Orchard
Chekhov's celebrated stage play is given a new version by writer/composer duo, Katherine Tozer and John Chambers. Ranyevskya returns to the family estate after 5 years in Paris to face seemingly insurmountable debts. Local businessman Lopakhin is keen to offer her a way out but there'll be a price to pay. Ranyevskya ..... Emma Fielding Lopakhin ..... Neil Dudgeon Anya ..... Lucy Doyle Varya ..... Joan Iyiola Gayev ..... Dominic Coleman Peter ..... Nicholas Prasad Pishchik ..... Tony Turner Charlotte ..... ...


Home Front: A Fragile Peace
A special extended edition of Home Front, Radio 4's epic drama series marking the centenaries of the First World War. It’s 10 November, 1919, a year and a day after the previous episode (set on 9 November 1918), and Folkestone is preparing for the first Remembrance Day, and contemplating a new post-war world....

Swans
Swans by Eoin McNamee tells the story of a race against time to locate a young child who is being smuggled through Dublin Airport. But is it an inside job?...

Home Front: 24-28 September 1918
The first omnibus of Season 15, Onward, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1918, when the Allies launched their final, and decisive campaign on the Western Front. Adam, meanwhile, is on a mission to the harbour....


POD PLAY 5: BATHROOM | Drama of the Week Special
Let us transport you to a world where flies talk and party-goers escape down drain-pipes. Fly…Sandy Grierson Woman…Karen Bartke Writer…Ben Lewis Director…Kirsty Williams Sound Design…Catherine Robinson...

POD PLAY 4: PARK | Drama of the Week Special
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is more MFI than MI5 in the hands of two incompetent and not-so-secret-agents. By Lee Mattinson. Cast AGENT D….. Krissi Bohn AGENT J….. Toby Hadoke Director Sharon Sephton Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson...

POD PLAY 3: PUB | Drama of the Week Special
Take a seat at the bar in your local, but look out… one of the regulars is about to get a round in and it could be a painfully long order. A funny and moving original short audio work by award-winning writer Timothy X Atack, starring Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and David Hargreaves (The Crucible, King Lear at Bristol Old Vic), designed to be listened to on headphones on location. Customer …. David Hargreaves Barmaid …. Alice Lowe Show less...


POD PLAY 2: BED | Drama of the Week Special
Lie on your bed, put on your headphones, and let Indira Varma and Joe Sims take you on a journey which we promise you’ve never made before. Ed Harris’ darkly inventive writing for audio and stage have won him multiple awards. Woman …. Indira Varma Man …. Joe Sims Director Jonquil Panting Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson...

POD PLAY1: LIVING ROOM | Drama of the Week Special
By Charlotte Bogard Macleod. Leah and Milo are best friends but now Leah has been offered a job in Australia. She loves Milo but does he love her back? Leah is forced to get right inside his head to find out. Leah ….. Valene Kane Milo ….. George Mackay Director: David Hunter Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson...