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Grand Canyon

Vita Sackville-West

The Second World War has been won - by the Germans. Only America still stands protected by a precarious promise of peace from the Reich. Lester and Helen, strangers staying at the Grand Canyon Hotel in Arizona are united by their memories of a lost England. When the fragile peace shatters, only Lester and Helen can take charge and lead their fellow guests into an uncertain future.

Seducers in Ecuador & The Heir

Vita Sackville-West

Seducers in Ecuador is the story of Arthur Lomax, every bit the English gentleman in his white ducks and solar topee, enjoying the pleasures of an Egyptian cruise. But with the addition of a pair of blue spectacles to the outfit, Lomax's entire world changes - to alarming, deadly effect.

Peregrine Chase in The Heir is the manager of a Wolverhampton insurance company. But when he inherits a moated Tudor house called Blackboys his resistance to change dissolves in the face of its beauty. Under the spell of house and garden, Peregrine's life - and heart - are transformed.

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

A classic coming-of-age tale of a spirited heroine named Anne

Anne Shirley is an eleven-year-old orphan who is mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who had wanted to adopt a boy to help with the work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Anne's quirky personality and good-natured spirit cause the siblings to grow to love her anyway and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair. Beloved by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into.

Biggles Flies North

W E Johns (and others)

Michael Palin reads this classic adventure by W. E. Johns, featuring pilot-adventurer James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth

When Biggles receives a letter from an old wartime chum asking for help, he responds at once. With his comrades, Algy, Ginger and Flight Sergeant Smyth, our hero flies to Fort Beaver in Canada, where winter is closing in around the remote airfield. There he discovers that his buddy Wilks is being menaced by a sinister character called ‘Brindle’ McBain and his cronies.

Wilks has started a small airline business, but McBain wants to take over and he’ll stop at nothing to get Wilks out of the way. With the threats of sabotage, theft, and even murder in play, all their lives are now in danger.

Can Biggles save the day and defeat McBain? Or will they perish in the frozen north?

The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Early Years

Charles Dickens (and others)

Captivating radio dramatisations of seven of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this first digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes seven of his most popular novels.

This collection includes the episodic adventure Nicholas Nickleby, comic tale The Pickwick Papers, poignant melodrama The Old Curiosity Shop and the much-loved Oliver Twist. Plus, there’s the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

With their compelling plots, larger-than-life characters and vivid descriptions of Victorian life, Dickens’ stories have captivated generations of readers. These radio adaptations bring out all the hope and happiness, pathos and tragedy, satire and social realism of his seven classic masterpieces.

Among the star cast are Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, Phil Daniels, Julia McKenzie, Tim McInnerny and Robert Glenister.

Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nicholas Nickleby.................................................................Oliver Millburn
Ralph Nickleby.................................................................Richard Johnson
Mrs Nickleby.................................................................Anna Massey
Kate Nickleby.................................................................Nicola Ratcliffe
Newman Noggs.................................................................Bruce Alexander
Miss la Creevy.................................................................Janine Duvitski
Mr Snawley.................................................................Ioan Meredith
Wackford Squeers.................................................................Ken Campbell
Mrs Squeers.................................................................Maggie McCarthy
Smike.................................................................Raymond Pickard
Fanny Squeers.................................................................Sophie Thompson
Tilda.................................................................Tilly Gaunt
John Browdie.................................................................Gareth Corke
Other parts played by Jeremy Clyde, Jamie Bamber, David Bamber, Hetty Baynes, Becky Hindley, Tracy Wiles, Fiona Clarke, Stephen Critchlow, Ben Crowe, Raymond Pickard, Tom Baker, Shuna Snow, Bruce Alexander, Nigel Anthony, Ifan Meredith, Gareth Cork, Tilly Gaunt, Michelle Wesson, John Rowe, Timothy Bateson, Ifan Meredith, Edna Dore

The Pickwick Papers
Pickwick................................................................................Clive Francis
Tupman...........................................................................Bill Wallis
Snodgrass................................................................................Christopher Scoular
Winkie........................................................John Duttine
Jingle........................................................Michael Cochrane
Wardle..................................................................................Peter Jeffrey
Perker.....................................................Norman Rodway
Sam Weller.......................................................Brian Parr
Tony Weller..........................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Bardell...........................................................................................Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Minerva................................................................................Geraldine Fitzgerald
Mary.................................................................Jenny Funnell
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Job.........................................Stephen Boswell
Other parts played by John Webb, Susan Jeffrey

The Old Curiosity Shop
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nell.................................................................Emily Chennery
Grandfather.................................................................Trevor Peacock
Quilp.................................................................Phil Daniels
Kit.................................................................Daniel Bliss
Dick.................................................................Ben Crowe
Betsy.................................................................Alison Pettit
Mrs Jiniwin.................................................................Marcia Warren
Harris.................................................................Ewan Bailey
Giant/Grinder.................................................................Gerard McDermott
Mrs Jarley.................................................................Julia McKenzie
Mrs Nubbins.................................................................Lindsey Coulson
Mr Garland.................................................................David Collings
Schoolmaster.................................................................Paul Hilton
Other parts played by Simon Donaldson, Geoff Felix, Sandi Toksvig, Adrian Scarborough, Nicola Hornett, Clive Swift, Ian Masters, Phillip Joseph, Paul Hilton, Timothy Bateson, Lynne Christie

Oliver Twist
Oliver................................................................................Edward Long
Mrs Mann...........................................................................Pam Ferris
Mr Bumble................................................................................Roger Hume
Sowerberry........................................................Bob Goody
Mrs Sowerberry........................................................Gillian Goodman
Charlotte..................................................................................Kimberly Hope
Noah.....................................................Alex Jones
Artful Dodger.......................................................Richard Pearce
Fagin..........................................................................John Grillo
Bill Sikes...........................................................................................Tim McInnerny
Nancy................................................................................Adjoa Andoh
Charley.................................................................Paul Ryan
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Brownlow.........................................Peter Jeffrey
Other parts played by Simon Carter, Tina Gray, David Holt, Terry Pearson, Graham Colclough, Gillian Goodman, Jonathan Wyatt, Brett Usher, Kim Wall, Joyce Gibbs, Teresa Gallagher, Pat Quayle

Barnaby Rudge
Haredale................................................................................Richard Pasco
Chester...........................................................................Norman Rodway
Gabriel Varden ................................................................................Ian Hogg
Barnaby Rudge........................................................Richard Derrington
The Stranger/Rudge........................................................Michael Siberry
Mary Rudge..................................................................................Janet Dale
Edward Chester.....................................................Gareth Tudor Price
Emma Haredale .......................................................Carolyn Backhouse
Joe Willett..........................................................................Richard Pearce
Willett...........................................................................................John Hollis
Dolly Varden................................................................................Cathy Sara
Martha Varden.................................................................Elizabeth Proud
Grip..............................................................................................Sue Wilson
Reuben Haredale/Parkes.........................................Christopher Scott
Other parts played by John Webb, Rob Swinton, Terry Molloy, Brian Miller

Martin Chuzzlewit
Mr Pecksniff.......................................................Christopher Benjamin
Charity Pecksniff..........................................................Angela Pleasence
Mercy Pecksniff.........................................................................Susie Brann
Old Martin.................................................................Patrick Troughton
Martin Chuzzlewit...........................................................Valentine Pelka
Tom Pinch ............................................................................David Collings
Mark Tapley.......................................................................Jonathan Tafler
Narrator..................................................................................Simon Cadell
John Westlock .................................................................Jonathan Cullen
Mrs Lupin.............................................................................Tessa Worsley
Mary Graham.........................................................................Zelah Clarke
Montague Tigg.......................................................Douglas Livingstone
Chevy Slyme.....................................................................Richard Durden
Anthony Chuzzlewit......................................................................Jack May
Other parts played by Stephen Hattersley, Struan Rodger, John McAndrew, Sheila Grant, Gordon Reid, Bill Nighy, Deborah Makepeace, Stephen Thorne, Norman Jones, Patricia Hayes, Edward de Souza, Kim Wall, Thelma Whitely, Paul Gregory, Steven Harrold, Bernard Brown, Tim Reynolds, Pauline Letts, Alan Dudley, Tom Wilkinson, Stuart Organ, David Sinclair, Rachel Gurney, Michael Graham Cox, Robin Summers, Philip Voss, Peter Howell, Avril Clark, Elaine Claxton, Manning Wilson, Andrew Branch, David Goodland, Natasha Pyne, Jennifer Piercey, Major Wiley, Sue Broomfield, Karen Ascoe, Brian Hewlett

Dombey and Son
Charles Dickens..................................................................Alex Jennings
Dombey..........................................................................Robert Glenister
Florence...............................................................................Abigail Hollick
Young Florence ..........................................................................Eliza Darby
Paul..........................................................................................Jacob Theato
Mr Carker................................................................................Adrian Lukis
Captain Cuttle .................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Brown......................................................................Geraldine James
Dr Blimber................................................................................Robin Soans
Mrs Pipchin......................................................................Flaminia Cinque
Dr Peps....................................................................................Karl Johnson
Polly Toodles................................................................................Pam Ferris
Susan Nipper...................................................................Nadine Marshall
Walter...................................................................................Joseph Arkley
Other parts played by Jordan Clarke, Sam Pamphilon, Helen Schlesinger, Nicky Henson, Fenella Fielding, Ben Crowe, Lloyd Thomas, Claire Rushbrook, Bertie Carvel, Katy Cavanagh, Peter Marinker, Simon Treves, Alex Lanipekun, Lloyd Woolf, Judith Jones

The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

Charles Dickens (and others)

Enthralling radio dramatisations of eight of Charles Dickens' much-loved novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels.

This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his ‘favourite child’; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens’ most openly political novel, Hard Times and Little Dorrit, a sweeping tale of imprisonment, poverty and riches. Also included are A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution; coming-of-age novel Great Expectations; sweeping satire of wealth and corruption Our Mutual Friend and Dickens’ final, unfinished story The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott and Ian Holm, these radio adaptations bring Dickens’ imaginative world to colourful, captivating life.

David Copperfield
Charles Dickens..................................................................Robert Glenister
Young David ........................................................................Steven Williams
Betsey Trotwood..................................................................Deborah Findlay
Peggotty/Mrs Gummidge...................................................Susan Jameson
Murdstone.............................................................................Wayne Foskett
Little Emily.............................................................................Lulu Popplewell
Mr Peggotty...........................................................................Gerard McDermott
Jane Murdstone...................................................................Amy Marston
Steerforth...............................................................................Geoffrey Streatfield
Mr Micawber..........................................................................Paul Bradley
David......................................................................................Michael Legge
Mr Wickfield...........................................................................Geoffrey Whitehead
Agnes Wickfield....................................................................Emily Wachter
Uriah Heep............................................................................Shaun Dingwall
Other parts played by Colleen Prendergast, Paul Ritter, Richard Firth, Harry Myers, Daniel Anthony, Alison, Pettit, Diana Quick, Eve Best, Flaminia Cinque, Adrian Scarborough, Nicholas Le Prevost, Carl Prekopp, Joanne Froggatt, Alex Tregear, Helen Longworth, Selina Griffiths

Bleak House
Esther Summerson........................................................Claire Price
John Jarndyce..................................................................Michael Kitchen
Kenge................................................................................John Shrapnel
Miss Flite...........................................................................Jean Marsh
Tulkinghorn.......................................................................Anton Lesser
Ada Claire..........................................................................Honeysuckle Weeks
Richard Carstone............................................................Robert Portal
William Guppy..................................................................Rob Jarvis
Lady Dedlock....................................................................Daisy Beaumont
Krook/Sir Leicester Dedlock..........................................Michael Atwell
Hortense/Miss Barbary...................................................Ellie Haddington
Harold Skimpole..............................................................Michael Fenton Stevens
Tom Jarndyce...................................................................Jonathan Oliver
Snagsby.............................................................................Greg Hicks
Other parts played by Hugh Terry, Suzanne Rainforth, Dell Synnot, Tamara King, Brendan O’Hea, Danny Worters, Berwick Kaler, Eamon Boland, Roger Frost, Hugh Terry, Charlie Hayes

Hard Times
Thomas Gradgrind.............................................................Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby...............................................................Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit............................................................................Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind......................................................................Thelma Barlow
Sleary.....................................................................................Derek Waring
Louisa....................................................................................Helen Longworth
Rachael.................................................................................Becky Hindley
Stephen.................................................................................Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler.............................................................................Marcia Warren
Mrs Blackpool.......................................................................Frances Jeater
M'choakumchild...................................................................Stephen Critchley
Tom.........................................................................................Nick Roud/Richard Firth
Sissy.......................................................................................Stephanie Rawson/Lydia Tuckey
Bitzer........................................................................................Alex Slater/Declan Wilson
Other parts played by Chris Moran, Jaimi Barbakoff, Greg Prentice, Guy Henry, Ioan Meredith, Ben Crowe, Damian Lynch, Soumaya Keynes

Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens................................................................Sir Ian McKellen
Arthur Clennam..................................................................Julian Wadham
Mrs Clennam......................................................................Margaret Tyzack
William Dorrit......................................................................John Wood
Little Dorrit...........................................................................Jasmine Hyde
Flora Finching....................................................................Sophie Thompson
Fanny Dorrit.........................................................................Indira Varma
Frederick Dorrit...................................................................Peter Tuddenham
Affery.....................................................................................Jennie Stoller
Barnacle Junior..................................................................Kenny Blyth
Maggy...................................................................................Helen Ayres
Pancks.................................................................................Philip Joseph
Flintwinch.............................................................................Ioan Meredith
Tite Barnacle.......................................................................Gordon Reid
Other parts played by Jonathan Keeble, Ben Crowe, Clare Corbett, Kenneth Cranham

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens..............................................................Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry........................................................................Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross........................................................................Alison Steadman
Lucie Manette....................................................................Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette......................................................Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay................................................................Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton..................................................................Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge.................................................................James Lailey
Theresa Defarge..............................................................Tracy Wiles
Gaspard/Stryver................................................................Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher...................................................................Carl Prekopp
Joe.......................................................................................Rikki Lawton
Marquis St Evremonde.....................................................Clive Merrison
Barsad.................................................................................Gerard McDermott
Other parts played by Adam Billington, Christopher Webster, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Cooper, Paul Moriarty, Alex Rivers

Great Expectations
Pip........................................................................................Douglas Hodge
Miss Havisham..................................................................Geraldine McEwan
Estella..................................................................................Amanda Redman
Joe Gardgery......................................................................Jim Carter
Mrs Joe................................................................................Maggie Steed
Jaggers...............................................................................John Shrapnel
Wemmick............................................................................Timothy Bateson
Herbert Pocket...................................................................James Simmons
Magwitch.............................................................................Robert Lang
Uncle Pumblechook.........................................................Norman Jones
Aged Parent........................................................................Michael Turner
Biddy.....................................................................................Emma Gregory
Bentley Drummle...............................................................Alan Barker
Orlick....................................................................................Brian Hewlett
Other parts played by Fraser Kerr, Gary King, Mark Straker, Norman Jones, Polly Maberley, Terence Edmond, Timothy Carlton, Elizabeth Kelly, Henry Power, Jenny Howe, Amanda Redman, Auriol Smith, Brett Usher, James Greene, James Simmons, Joanna Myers, Michael Turner, Timothy Alcock, Nigel Carrington, Ronald Herdman, Jane Whittenshaw, Stephen Garlick

Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens..................................................................Alex Jennings
Bella Wilfer..................................................................Daisy Haggard
Lizzie Hexam..................................................................Lizzy Watts
John Rokesmith..................................................................Carl Prekopp
Eugene Wrayburn..................................................................Patrick Kennedy
Mortimer Lightwood..................................................................Matt Addis
Nicodemus Boffin..................................................................Jason Watkins
Mrs Boffin..................................................................Pauline Quirke
Pa Wilfer..................................................................Philip Fox
Ma Wilfer..................................................................Annabelle Dowler
Charlie Hexam..................................................................Adam Arnold
Gaffer Hexam..................................................................Malcolm Tierney
Silas Wegg..................................................................Lee Ross
Aenus Venus..................................................................Stephen Hogan
Rogue Riderhood..................................................................Jamie Foreman

Other parts played by Paul Rider, Janice Acquah, Lynn Farleigh, Benjamin Askew, Neil Stuke, Nicola Miles Wildin, Jonathan Tafler

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 November-4 December 2009

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
John Jasper.............................................................................Ian Holm
Edwin Drood............................................................................Mark Payton
The Reverend Crisparkle......................................................Gareth Thomas
Neville Landless.....................................................................Simon Treves
Helena Landless....................................................................Helena Breck
Deputy.......................................................................................Susan Sheridan
Princess Puffer........................................................................Mary Wimbush
Miss Twinkleton.......................................................................Margaret Courtenay
Rosa Bud..................................................................................Moir Leslie
Grewgious................................................................................John Gabriel
Bazzard......................................................................................John Samson
Durdles......................................................................................Gordon Gostelow
Jeweller.....................................................................................John Moffatt
Joe..............................................................................................David Goudge
Other parts played by Timothy Bateson, Anna Cropper, Marcia King, Michael Cochrane, Vincent Brimble, Timothy Alcock, Margot Boyd, David King, Burt Kwouk, Noriko Aida, Madeline Smith, Hilda Kriseman, Jo Kendall, Anne Jameson, Michael Graham Cox

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