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 Hotel
Daisy Johnson's deliciously unsettling series of ghost stories, set in a remote hotel on the Fens. Daisy Johnson is a British novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Everything Under, was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, making her the youngest nominee in the prize's history. Reader - episode 1 ... Sara Kestelman Reader - episode 2 ... Nicola Walker Producer ... Justine Willett This was originally aired on Radio 4....

Life Lines - Series 4
Al Smith's award-winning drama series set in an ambulance control room where Carrie the call handler must deal with heart-stopping situations. Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway Will ..... Rick Warden Ian ..... Mike Jibson Naomi/Martina ….. Clare Corbett Robin ….. Samuel James Ange ….. Jane Whittenshaw Iris ….. Cecilia Appiah George ….. Michael Bertenshaw Hugh ….. Carl Prekopp Theo ….. Aaron Gelkoff Phoebe ….. Charlotte East Karl ….. Luke Nunn Polly ….. Scarlett Brookes Connor ….. Lloyd Hutchinson Fergus ….. Ian...

Trust 1/3 - W.A.L.T
Trust by Jonathan Hall. Ep 1 W.A.L.T Yvette Miller is the acting head of an inner city school in Salford that has just joined Quays Academy Trust, a successful group of academy schools headed by the charismatic Sir Ken Bishop. He is a keen advocate of freedom from the shackles of the Local Education Authority. Yvette is a reluctant convert. How will the school fit in? Yvette ..... Julie Hesmondhalgh Sir Ken ..... Jonathan Keeble Andy ..... Rupert Hill Tim ..... Ashley Margolis Joy/ Tannoy ..... Susan Twist...


On a Lost Highway
By Ed Thomas Remi wakes on a road with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A vivid exploration of identity and sanity from one of Wales' best living playwrights. Rakie Ayola, Richard Harrignton and Sian Phillips DBE lead the cast in this dark, immersive sonic fable about what it means to be human in 2020. It tells the story of Remi who must try to piece together the fragments of her mind, work out who she is… and what went wrong. Part of Radio 4's season of drama celebrating some of the most s...

Power Out Part1/2
If this is power, then POWER OUT What happens when the power system we’re hooked up to fails? When things we thought were solid, that we thought would protect us, fail? A new thriller about power and protest on a dying planet, starring Vinnie Heaven and written by Sarah Woods. Sean …… Vinnie Heaven Xarea …… Jeanette Percival Skimmer …… Ayden Brouwers Qiqi …… Celia Dominguez Cathy …… Deb McAndrew Mr Graham …… Jason Done Sameera …… Bhavna Limbachia Moth .........Saul Woods MP/Phil …… Jonathan Keeble Bar P...

And Other Stories: Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield’s best-loved short stories fully dramatised in two box-sets. This first instalment contains three surprising love stories. Marriage a la Mode, where Isabel’s new friends come between her and husband William. Something Childish and Very Natural, where Henry and Edna meet and fall in love, just as passionately as they always hoped they might. Bliss, where Bertha’s life is dedicated to happiness, and her will for happiness folds around every experience, until this one. Daughters of the Late...


No Place But the Water Episode 1
Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world. There is a hotel on the edge of the water, run by a messy family of dreamers in the middle of nowhere. There is also a pig called Barking. But the food is running out and Birdie thinks they are being watched. When there is no place but the water, where do you go? JESSIE ..... Sade Malone BIRDIE ..... Poppy O’Brien THE ANGEL ..... Vinette Robinson MAURICE ..... Pearce Quigley GIL ..... Rupert Hill LAURIE/SELENE ..... Jenny Platt Dire...

Graveyards in My Closet
By Daf James When Daf was 11 he made a momentous discovery about his grandparents. The true story of a dark family secret. In 1931 Daf’s Nan was five years old; her father took her to her grandparents’ house in the mountains of North Wales and told her that her mother was dead. He then left her there and never came back. This event sparked a lifetime of secrets that reverberated across the last century. Today, Daf wrestles with the story; but he’s not sure whose story it is, where it truly starts or what ...

Bird in the Sky
Emma Jane Kirby investigates the extraordinary mystery of 23-year-old Sergeant Paul Meyer, a successful, respected mechanic in the US Air Force who, at the height of the Cold War in 1969, stole a plane from his base in East Anglia and disappeared mid-flight. What made the airman crack so suddenly and why was neither his plane nor his body ever recovered? Paul . . . . . Adam Gillen Jane . . . . . Julianna Jennings Colonel Kingery . . . . . Elliot Cowan Sergeant Alexander . . . . . Ewan Bailey Sergeant Johns...


Bird in the Sky
Emma Jane Kirby investigates the extraordinary mystery of 23-year-old Sergeant Paul Meyer, a successful, respected mechanic in the US Air Force who, at the height of the Cold War in 1969, stole a plane from his base in East Anglia and disappeared mid-flight. What made the airman crack so suddenly and why was neither his plane nor his body ever recovered? Paul . . . . . Adam Gillen Jane . . . . . Julianna Jennings Colonel Kingery . . . . . Elliot Cowan Sergeant Alexander . . . . . Ewan Bailey Sergeant Johns...

The Debrief
By Katherine Jakeways The debrief is a common phenomenon – that moment when you leave a social event, climb into the car, or the taxi, or onto the bus and start to gossip with your partner about the evening's events. Hannah and Mark love a debrief, we find them in the aftermath of an event with lots to get their teeth into. Writer Katherine Jakeways has been described by the Radio Times as ‘the next Victoria Wood’. Of her Radio 4 series ‘Where this Service will…’ the Guardian said “Jakeway's writing was su...

Goblin Market
Christina Rossetti's iconic Victorian poem of passion and redemption dramatised, and woven with original song, and testimony from sisters whose lives have been caught up in the cycle of addiction. Cast Christina Rossetti ..... Ellie Piercy Laura ..... Kathleen Cranham Lizzie ..... Anjana Vasan Goblins ..... Ed Gaughan, Joel MacCormack & Chris Lew Kum Hoi Children ..... Eliza & Orla Pearce. Singers ..... Stephen Jeffes, Tom Raskin & Edward Price Singing producer ..... Jonathan Manners. Composer ..... James...


Tristram Shandy: In Development by Christopher Douglas
We're in the studios of Awesome Sauce , where an audio drama workshop - and podcast - is being recorded to thrash out a way of telling the bawdy, iconoclastic and impossibly digressive eighteenth century novel Tristram Shandy. It's an opportunity, says award winning producer Philippa Lauriston, to discover an entirely new way of doing radio drama. The creative team also includes the actors who will play the novel's main characters. And there is a rumour that a very famous actor will be joining the throng. E...

Marian and George
Marian Evans (aka George Eliot) has to make an impossible choice – between the brother she loves and the love of her life, between respectability and social scandal, between duty and the freedom to write. Lia Williams and Tom Goodman-Hill star in Anna Linstrum's biographical drama. Directed by Emma Harding Marian.....Lia Williams George Henry Lewes.....Tom Goodman-Hill Isaac.....John Lightbody Young Mary Anne.....Maddie Evans Young Isaac....Aaron Gelkoff Chapman.....Sargon Yelda Elisabeth/ Mrs Evans.....M...


Settlers
Funny and touching rom-com in space. By Adam Usden, starring Laura Aikman & Tom Rosenthal...

The Blackrock Girl Part One
A drama about the arrival of a delightful single woman (Fenella Woolgar) who deceives a village community into believing she has moved there to get her life back on track....


The Blackrock Girl Part One
A drama about the arrival of a delightful single woman (Fenella Woolgar) who deceives a village community into believing she has moved there to get her life back on track....

Edith Sitwell in Scarborough
Dame Edith - Glenda Jackson Miss Edith - Bella Ramsey Lady Ida - Julia Davis Sir George - Jonathan Keeble Moat - Roger Ringrose Written by Mary Cooper from an idea by Lavinia Murray Produced and directed by Pauline Harris...

Body Horror | Drama of the Week Special
What price a new body? A dystopian thriller set in 2050 when London can cater for all your transplant needs. But can a new body ever fulfil the life-changing expectations of lowly mortician Caroline McAleese? Starring Jill Halfpenny and developed through the Wellcome Trust Experimental stories scheme. Listen in full on BBC Sounds....


Only Mountains
Maxine Peake's drama about a young British woman fighting on the frontline in Syria....

This Thing of Darkness
Written by Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne. Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes. In this compelling drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family. A week after 19 year-old Jamie's murder, Dr Alex Bridges interviews the members of his family. Cast: Alex ... Lolita Chakrabarti Hannah ... Jessica Hardwick David ... Robin Laing Laura... Shauna Macdonald Series created by ...

Fault Lines: Money, Sex and Blood- A Not Nice Girl
A Not Nice Girl Fault Lines: Money, Sex and BloodSeries 1: Money Episode 1 of 6 A Not Nice Girl by Christopher Reason Constance is the mother to Miles Sterling, one of the richest men in Britain. He's accrued his fortune in oil and plastics. Miles is treading a fine line between reputability and disrepute, and when a dark secret comes to light it puts his whole career in the balance. Constance - Glenda Jackson Miles - Robert Glenister Rufus - Jonathan Keeble Rachel/Janet - Fiona Clarke Lydia - Heather Cr...


Fault Lines: Money, Sex and Blood- A Not Nice Girl
A Not Nice Girl Fault Lines: Money, Sex and BloodSeries 1: Money Episode 1 of 6 A Not Nice Girl by Christopher Reason Constance is the mother to Miles Sterling, one of the richest men in Britain. He's accrued his fortune in oil and plastics. Miles is treading a fine line between reputability and disrepute, and when a dark secret comes to light it puts his whole career in the balance. Constance - Glenda Jackson Miles - Robert Glenister Rufus - Jonathan Keeble Rachel/Janet - Fiona Clarke Lydia - Heather Cr...

24 Kildare Road Omnibus - Part 2
Two boys out sledging in their local park find the body of an old woman in the snow. Gradually, through exchanges between members of the woman's family, between friends and between people she has only met briefly, we learn what led her to that point. A moving and entertaining account of modern life and loves. PC Hayley Morton is desperate to discover the identity of the body. Omnibus of the last five of ten episodes. Marion ..... Marcia Warren Lee ..... Neil Dudgeon Saskia ..... Amelia Bullmore Joe .......

24 Kildare Road Omnibus - Part 1
Two boys out sledging in their local park find the body of an old woman in the snow. We move backwards and forwards in time meeting people the old woman has met, her friends and her family, to discover what led her to this point. All the characters connected to the woman have their own stories which combine to form a moving account of modern life and loves. Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes. Ryan ..... Harry Grasby Jackson ..... Aaron Gelkoff Mick ..... David Reed Hayley ..... Christine Marion ....


Life Lines
By Al Smith Producer/Director, Sally Avens Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway Ian ..... Michael Jibson Will ..... Rick Warden Frances ..... Rebecca Root Jenny ..... Sinead MacInnes Flo ..... Laura Christy Craig ..... Will Kirk Paramedic ..... Scarlett Courtney The Bystander ..... Ikky Elyas Bill ..... Clive Hayward Arthur ..... Neil McCaul Chris ..... Jonny Holden Mike ..... Greg Jones Martin ..... Shaun Mason Darren ..... Michael Ajao Monica ..... Amelia Lowdell Peter ..... Jonjo O’Neill...

The National: Episode 1
by Sarah Wooley 1963. Sir Laurence Olivier becomes the first Artistic Director of the National Theatre. But there are many political battles ahead, not least with his lieutenant, the critic Kenneth Tynan Sir Laurence Olivier . . . Robert Glenister Kenneth Tynan . . . John Heffernan Lord Chandos . . . Michael Pennington Cecil Tennant . . . Neil McCaul Diana Boddington . . . Scarlett Courtney Stephen Arlen . . . Will Kirk Harry . . . Rick Warden Neville . . . Greg Jones Peter O'Toole . . . Jonny Holden Repo...

The Pallisers Episode One of Three (Series One)
Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Dramatised by Mike Harris. Episode 1 A pacy, radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England. Vivacious 19-year-old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older, conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser. Life should be good, but she is in love with someone else - the wastrel Burgo Fitzgerald. Starring Jessica Raine as Lady Glencora Palliser. Cora .... Jessica Raine; Plantagenet ..... Tim McMullan; Phineas...


The Pallisers Episode One of Three (Series One)
Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Dramatised by Mike Harris. Episode 1 A pacy, radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England. Vivacious 19-year-old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older, conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser. Life should be good, but she is in love with someone else - the wastrel Burgo Fitzgerald. Starring Jessica Raine as Lady Glencora Palliser. Cora .... Jessica Raine; Plantagenet ..... Tim McMullan; Phineas...

Tracks: Indigo Part Two
Helen learns that her baby might be 'Indigo'. While Irene's cryptic note leads them closer to the 'child-mother'. Conclusion of the conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Romola Garai and Jonathan Forbes. Omnibus of the last five of ten headphone-filling thrill-ride episodes. Helen…. Romola Garai Freddy….. Jonathan Forbes Ram….. Ashleigh Haddad Serena.... Scarlett Courtney Policeman.... Adam Courting Tony.... David Hounslow Irene.... Sally Orrock Director: James Robinson A BBC Cymru ...

Tracks: Indigo Part One
Dr Helen Ash is involved in a road accident. But where was she going in such a hurry? Why can’t she remember? And what is wrong with time? The return of the conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Romola Garai and Jonathan Forbes. Chart-topping podcast and winner of Best Sound (BBC Audio Drama Awards) and Best Fiction (British Podcast Awards). Omnibus of the first five of ten headphone-filling thrill-ride episodes. Helen…. Romola Garai Freddy….. Jonathan Forbes Luke….. Andrew Gower Doctor…...


Red Earth, Red Sky
Based on a true story: 70 year old Paul had a dream in London where his sister, Evelyn, asked him to take her back to Agbor, their town of birth. The next morning he received a call saying his sister had died in Lagos. Paul, a religious man, knew what he had to do. Paul, and his niece Carol arrive in Lagos and are travelling along the Benin Bypass when the car is ambushed by masked armed men. They are dragged out of the car and taken into the bush and held to ransom. Paul - Nonzo Anozie Carol/Evelyn -Joan I...

Red Earth, Red Sky
Based on a true story: 70 year old Paul had a dream in London where his sister, Evelyn, asked him to take her back to Agbor, their town of birth. The next morning he received a call saying his sister had died in Lagos. Paul, a religious man, knew what he had to do. Paul, and his niece Carol arrive in Lagos and are travelling along the Benin Bypass when the car is ambushed by masked armed men. They are dragged out of the car and taken into the bush and held to ransom. Paul - Nonzo Anozie Carol/Evelyn -Joan I...

The Republicans - Ronald Reagan: Hanging By Our Thumbs
By Jonathan Myerson Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents. Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes. 1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the crazy stories of the notorious Iran-Contra affair. Ronald Reagan’s landslide second term is on the ropes. Congress is investigating evidence that the US has ill...


The Citadel
Dr Andrew Manson and his wife Christine are expecting a big event. Return of the medical drama set in the 1920s before the NHS. MANSON....... George Blagden DENNY...... Julian Lewis Jones CHRISTINE.... Catrin Stewart ANGHARAD... Jeanette Percival Omnibus written by Christopher Reason. Based on the novel by A J Cronin. Director: Gary Brown Producers: Pauline Harris and Gary Brown First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019....

The Beatboxer
The Beatboxer by Testament A beatboxer goes into a call centre to run a training day. But the bosses have ulterior motives for him being there. Written by and starring celebrated beatboxer Testament. Subs ..... Testament Katherine ..... Susan Twist Samiya ..... Purvi Parmar Kristy ..... Verity Henry Graham ..... John Branwell Jaron ...... Dermot Daly Caspero ..... Sholto of The Pushwackers Director/Producer Gary Brown This was originally aired on Radio 4....

This Changeling Self
Linda Marshall Griffiths' magical story of love and loss recorded on location at the Edinburgh Festival inspired by the Scottish myth 'Tamlin and the Fairy Queen.' The festival was always a place she liked to wonder. She could be there in full view and no-one thought she was more than a performer. She could catch people out, half-drunk some of them would do anything, go anywhere. And she took them. She used it as a time to cross over, let them have some of the songs she kept, some of the stories she knew. ...


Brief Lives, Series 11, Episode 1 of 5
Brief Lives by Tom Fry & Sharon Kelly Ep 1 Return of Frank Twist and Sarah Gold as the Manchester paralegals. Frank and Sarah are estranged and Sarah enlists her friend Juliet to help run the agency. But when a local gangster's son is arrested can Juliet cope? This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds. Frank...David Schofield; Sarah...Kathryn Hunt; Juliet...Maria Major; Dean...Hamish Rush; Keith...Stephen Marzella; Lois...Verity Henry; Helen...Krissi Bohn. Director/Prod...

Brief Lives, Series 11, Episode 1 of 5
Brief Lives by Tom Fry & Sharon Kelly Ep 1 Return of Frank Twist and Sarah Gold as the Manchester paralegals. Frank and Sarah are estranged and Sarah enlists her friend Juliet to help run the agency. But when a local gangster's son is arrested can Juliet cope? This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds. Frank...David Schofield; Sarah...Kathryn Hunt; Juliet...Maria Major; Dean...Hamish Rush; Keith...Stephen Marzella; Lois...Verity Henry; Helen...Krissi Bohn. Director/Prod...


Great North Run
Will promised to do the Great North Run with Em. But when that's not an option, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, The Pharcyde, Moby, the Dixie Chicks, Laura Branigan, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush and Florence (and the Machine) become his running mates. A funny sad play by Tom Wells with an incredible playlist. Cast Will ..... Andrew Finnigan Em ..... Amy Cameron Sean ..... Joseph Ayre Janet ..... Susan Jameson Becky ..... Helen Clapp The Night ..... Michael Bertenshaw Writer ..... Tom Wells Director ..... Je...

Blend
By Archie Maddocks Tonight's the night they had planned to conceive a child, but Layla and Paris, both mixed-race, delve into the reasons for and against, and expose the rocky foundations of their relationship. Layla ..... Rebekah Murrell Paris ..... Jake Fairbrother Guillermo ..... Mika Osei-Owusu Director: David Hunter...

Blend
By Archie Maddocks Tonight's the night they had planned to conceive a child, but Layla and Paris, both mixed-race, delve into the reasons for and against, and expose the rocky foundations of their relationship. Layla ..... Rebekah Murrell Paris ..... Jake Fairbrother Guillermo ..... Mika Osei-Owusu Director: David Hunter...


The Bulbul Was Singing
Laura (Rebecca Humphries) is a young British woman who's been fighting with the Kurds against Isis. Now she's back in the UK, she finds herself charged with terrorism offences. By Judy Upton. Directed by Emma Harding Laura . . . Rebecca Humphries Ariman . . . Shaniaz Hama Ali Dad . . . Paul Hickey Jonas . . . Jonny Holden Instructor . . . Saya Zahawi D I Kent . . . Catherine Cusack PC Miller . . . Shaun Mason Serena . . . Debbie Korley Custody Assistant . . . Chris Pavlo This was originally broadcast on...

I'm Dying To Help
by Jon Canter As people continue to live longer, they cost the NHS and Social Services far too much; in our futuristic dark comedy a new Prime Minister and her aide come up with a radical solution to the problem. All they need now is a volunteer. Sam . . . Tony Robinson Prime Minister . . . Haydn Gwynne Ella . . . Sophia di Martino Gerry . . . Paul Hickey Mr King . . . David Hounslow Chrissy . . . Debbie Korley Bianca . . . Debbie Korley Sue . . . Helen Clapp Mrs Griffin . . . Susan Jameson Directed by S...

Curious Under the Stars Series 9 - The Fruits of Gwyddno
A low tide reveals a sunken forest on the shores of Glan Don. And one of the trees bears forbidden fruit. More of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast by Annamaria Murphy. Starring Sion Pritchard (Phoneshop), Emma Sidi (Pls Like) and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey). Gareth.... Sion Pritchard Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Gwynn.... Matthew Gravelle Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James R...


Flying Visits
By Charlotte Bogard Macleod Hayleigh ..... Claire Rushbrook Mister Ellison ..... Karl Johnson Brenda ..... Elizabeth Counsell Chloe ..... Emily Meechan The Councillor ..... Paul Hickey Louise Standling ..... Catherine Cusack Mel ..... Debbie Korley Glenn ..... Shaun Mason George ..... Jonny Holden Director, David Hunter...

House Rules
Second series of Ben Lewis’s witty real-time drama set around a kitchen table at the weekly meetings of an argumentative yet lovable blended family. Drawing on her experience as Assistant Chairperson of the Key Stage 3 Debating Society, 14 year-old Amelia has established her very own weekly meetings at home. Every Monday evening, gavel in hand, Amelia calls the Washburn McGintys together to air their grievances and attempt to resolve their problems. But with a new baby due any day, and grandmother Jan...

Moon
Adapted by Anita Sullivan Part one of Apollo 11's five day journey to the moon. A verbatim drama, performed by actors, using the original NASA transcripts from the mission. In this first episode - Launch - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blast off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and prepare to leave Earth's orbit. It's fifty years since Apollo 11 put human beings on another world. Over the anniversary week, Radio 4 tells the story of the five day journey to the moon, using the as...


Nine Bob Notes
Nine Bob Notes by Philip Meeks. Daniel lives in a retirement home. He has lived his adult life as a gay man, but now finds that he has to suppress his sexual identity in order to fit in. But then an ex-policeman comes to the residence and he and Daniel realise they have met before many years ago. A gentle and poignant comedy drama about two elderly men who discover a passion for life in their twilight years. Starring Matthew Kelly. Director/Producer Gary Brown...

Daphne: A Fire in Malta
Drama written by Lizzie Nunnery. Reporting by Alys Harte. Daphne Caruana Galizia was Malta’s top investigative reporter. She dedicated her life to holding power to account; investigating allegations of organised crime, cronyism and corruption on this tiny island state. On the afternoon of October 16th, 2017, she was driving to the bank to regain control of her account, which had been frozen at the request of a government minister, when she was killed after a bomb exploded under her car. Half a kilo of expl...

The Invisible
Original drama set in a speculative future London by Linda Marshall Griffiths A story of lost people. A story of erasure. The city flourishes, the streets gleam. All the ugly things on the streets, all the people you don't want, bit by bit, one by one, they vanish. London's an island; it's what we always wanted. So easy to live in; so beautifully accommodating. El Irving disappeared seventeen years ago. When his sister Tor, sees him on screen at a protest outside Westminster Abbey, she embarks on a jour...


The Cyprus Missing
By Mario Theodorou London, 2014. Althea, a Greek Cypriot who has spent her adult life in London, has always believed that her father was killed in action during the Cypriot conflict of 1974. But a chance discovery causes her to question her family history, and go in search of answers within London's Cypriot community. Althea ..... Agni Scott Gizem ..... Fisun Burgess Eleni ….. Anna Savva Constantine ..... Chris Pavlo Young Althea ..... Christina Kyriakos Young Gizem ..... Jeyda Mustafa Mags ..... Catheri...

A Woman on the Edge of Time
In 1965, Hannah Gavron – a 29 year old, bright, sophisticated sociologist – gassed herself in a flat in Primrose Hill, north London. She left behind a suicide note, two small children, and an about-to-be-published manuscript: The Captive Wife. Four decades later, her son Jeremy tries to piece together the events that led to her death. Jeremy Gavron's book is dramatized by Sarah Daniels and stars Dominic Mafham, Helen Clapp and James Bolam. Directed by Emma Harding Jeremy............. Dominic Mafham Judy.....

Me and Robin Hood
One man channels his childhood obsession with the mythical outlaw, Robin Hood, by making a stand against our stress-filled, unequal, consumer-driven society. Shôn first met Robin Hood back in the autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old-boy, living on the Isle of Anglesey. But what would it mean to be a modern day Robin Hood? How could you take the principles of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor and apply them to the complexities of our global economy? And what’s so great about Robin Hood anyway? T...


Vanity Fair: Episode 1
Al Murray plays his ancestor William Makepeace Thackeray in this anarchic reboot. Thackeray's celebrated satire on sex, class and money in nineteenth century England given a new makeover in this pacey, anarchic dramatisation. Moneyless Becky Sharp leaves school with her upper class friend Amelia Sedley. But she is clever, cunning and determined to make her way in Regency society, and she'll trample on anyone who gets in her way. Thackeray (narrator)...................Al Murray Becky Sharp...................

Keeping the Wolf Out: Gellert Hill
Special Investigator Bertalan Lázár returns in Philip Palmer's crime drama set in communist Hungary in 1964. A child's body has been discovered by a hiker. It seems that Bertalan must first fight a turf war if he is going bring the perpetrator to justice. Bertalan Lázár .... Leo Bill Franciska Lázár .... Clare Corbett József Szabados .... Joseph Ayre Dmitri Dragunov .... Simon Scardifield Márk Mészáros .... Michael Bertenshaw András Vásáry .... David Hounslow Priest .... Christopher Harper Gyuri Varga ......

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...