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The Second Doctor Who Audio Annual

BBC Audio (and others)

Six more thrilling stories of adventure in Time and Space from the original Doctor Who Annuals.

Larger than life and twice as colourful, from the 1960s to the 1980s the stories within the Doctor Who Annual were exuberant and charmingly naive. Now, in this second audio volume, Peter Purves (Steven), Anneke Wills (Polly), Geoffrey Beevers (the Master), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) read another selection of these colourful and energetic tales, with atmospheric sound design.

In Peril in Mechanistria, the First Doctor finds primitive humans enslaved to machines in a world of metal. The Second Doctor must rescue Ben in The Sour Note, whilst in Scorched Earth the Third Doctor and Sarah are challenged by a virulent virus on Varium III. The Fourth Doctor has Double Trouble after he and his companions return to UNIT HQ, and then the Fifth Doctor and Adric visit a Planet of Fear. Finally, in The Radio Waves, the Master schemes to turn Londoners against politicians and the Royal Family. Can the Sixth Doctor and Peri stop him?

Also included from 1966 is The Equations of Doctor Who, a vintage essay about the mysteries of the Doctor and his TARDIS.

Take a nostalgic journey through time with these vintage Doctor Who tales.

Duration: 2 hours 20 mins approx.

Burton at the BBC

BBC Audio (and others)

Highlights from Richard Burton’s finest BBC radio performances from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Richard Burton was one of the most famous British actors of the twentieth century, renowned for his magical, mellifluous voice. Before Hollywood tempted him away, he worked frequently for the BBC and many of his most electrifying performances were recorded there.

This classic compilation features some of the very best of Burton, including his very first radio role in The Corn is Green; the heroic Roland in The Dark Tower; the apocalyptic poem 'Fire and Ice'; Henry V on the eve of Agincourt; the spine-tingling Under Milk Wood and the poignant In Parenthesis. Also included is the complete recording of Emlyn Williams’ suspenseful thriller Night Must Fall.

In addition, there are extracts from interviews in which Burton talks about Dylan Thomas, his love of rugby, his deepest ambition and his own feelings about his incomparable voice.

Whether performing Shakespeare, reading Robert Frost or simply talking about his life and career, Burton is never less than compelling, and this unique anthology is a superb tribute to one of the great icons of stage and screen.
Duration: 2 hrs 50 mins approx.

Just A Minute: A Further Classic Collection

BBC Audio (and others)

A further delightful collection of 22 previously unpublished episodes of the ever-popular BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Showcasing five key players from the past five decades – Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Tony Hawks, Sue Perkins and Julian Clary - the collection also includes two bonus editions of the show.

Loved for the verbal dexterity, wicked wit and competitive edge of its participants, Just a Minute has welcomed scores of guest players to the game since it began in 1967. Among the best remembered and most entertaining of them are Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Tony Hawks, Sue Perkins and Julian Clary. This box set presents four specially selected episodes for each of them, all published for the first time, all highlighting the players at their cleverest and funniest. Two bonus episodes feature guest players who appeared on the programme only once: Una Stubbs and Miriam Margolyes.

With episodes taken from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, there is strong participation from regular players of the game Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones and Paul Merton. Others playing include Hugh Dennis, Chris Neill, Linda Smith, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Ross Noble, Graham Norton, Stephen Fry, Jenny Eclair, Liza Tarbuck, Kenneth Robinson and Aimi Macdonald. As always, Nicholas Parsons is the capable chairman of the game.

Just a Minute: Series 72

BBC Audio (and others)

Eight episodes of the perennially popular BBC Radio 4 panel game, chaired by Nicholas Parsons

'Just a Minute' was born the same year as Radio 4 itself, and is one of the longest-running and best-loved radio comedy shows. Hosted by the inimitable Nicholas Parsons, it tasks contestants to speak for sixty seconds on any given topic "without repetition, hesitation or deviation".

In this 72nd series, the subjects covered include English Sparkling Wine, Crows’ Feet, Nelson’s Column and Alice in Wonderland. Among the guests are Paul Merton, Liza Tarbuck, Graham Norton, Sheila Hancock, Pam Ayres and Tim Rice, who returns to the show for the first time since 2009.

Under the watchful eye of the Chairman, they must fend off challenges and win the points, using only their wit, ingenuity and improvisational skills. Can they go the full minute? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Just a Minute: Graham Norton Classics

BBC Audio (and others)

Four classic episodes of the ever-popular BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons.

Loved for the verbal dexterity, wicked wit and competitive edge of its participants, Just a Minute has welcomed scores of guest players to the game since it began in 1967. Among the most successful and popular of those is Graham Norton. This collection presents four specially selected episodes featuring Graham at his cleverest, funniest and naughtiest.

With episodes taken from the late 1990s and early 2000s, there is strong participation from other regular players of the game: Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Linda Smith, Ross Noble and Jenny Eclair. As always, Nicholas Parsons is the capable chairman of the game.

Biography

BBC Audio