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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

Three BBC dramatisations of the novels of award-winning author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

This collection includes:

War Horse
Michael Morpurgo's enduringly popular tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. Starring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins.

Private Peaceful - a powerful story about a young soldier, set in the First World War. Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, with a guest appearance by Michael Morpurgo.

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea - a lyrical tale about child migration, narrated by Michael Morpurgo and starring Jason Donovan, Olivia Beardsley and Toby Jones.

The Adventures of Tintin

Herge (and others)

The swashbuckling adventures of Tintin, the intrepid boy reporter, based on the classic comics by Hergé. Our young adventurer is aided by his faithful dog Snowy and his friend the brash Captain Haddock, and sometimes hindered by incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson.

This complete BBC Collection includes:

The Black Island
The Secret of the Unicorn
Red Rackham’s Treasure
Destination Moon
Explorers on the Moon
Tintin in Tibet
The Seven Crystal Balls
Prisoners of the Sun
The Calculus Affair
The Red Sea Sharks
The Castafiore Emerald

The Cold Swedish Winter

Danny Robins (and others)

A full cast Radio 4 sitcom about a stand-up comedian from London who is living in Sweden, starring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Adam Riches.

Geoff, a marginally successful stand up comic from London, is moving to the tiny, cold and unpronounceable village of Yxsjö in northern Sweden, after his Swedish girlfriend Linda decides to move home to raise their child.

Geoff must contend with snow, moose, pickled herring, unemployment, Maypole dancing, snowmobiles, meatball rolling, saunas, social democracy, weird pizzas, bears, deep forests, death metal, difficult in-laws, and more snow.

Written by UK funnyman Danny Robins, creator of the Lenny Henry comedy Rudy's Rare Records, the series is set and recorded in Sweden and stars Adam Riches, Danny Robins and some of Sweden's most popular TV comedy actors.

Journey's End

R C Sherriff (and others)

Journey's End is an unflinching vision of life in the tranches towards the end of the First World War.

The play opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new 18-year-old officer fresh out of school, joins the besieged company of his friend and hero Stanhope. But when he arrives in the trenches, he finds Stanhope dramatically changed.

This vintage BBC radio production from 1970 stars Martin Jarvis as Captain Stanhope.

Bonus content: This BBC radio release includes The Man From Esher and his Theatre of War, a 30-minute documentary about R C Sherriff and the story behind Journey’s End.

Journey's End was an instant stage success in 1928 (starring Laurence Olivier) and remains a remarkable anti-war classic, regularly revived in theatres. A film is due in February 2018, starring Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Me Before You) as Stanhope and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Raleigh, along with Paul Bettany, Toby Jones and Tom Sturridge.

Cast:
Captain Stanhope...Martin Jarvis
Osborne...Garard Green
Raleigh...Derek Seaton
Trotter...Kevin Brennan
Hibbert/Private...Michael Harbour
Colonel...Richard Hurndall
Sergeant Major...John Bentley
Mason...Malcolm Hayes
Hardy...John Graham
German soldier...Patrick Tull

Adapted by Peter Watts.
Produced by Christopher Venning.

The Pillow Book: Series 1-11

Robert Forrest (and others)

A thriller and love story set in 10th-century Japan.

Lady Shonagon is an imperial courtesan, living at the court of the Japanese Emperor in the 10th century. When a series of disturbing thefts within the palace walls throws the court into confusion and unrest, Shonagon is appointed guide and assistant to Lieutenant Yukinari as he investigates.

Together, Shonagon and Yukinari must solve the mysteries and escalating crimes that plague the Japanese court, and their romance blossoms in the tightly enclosed world behind the high palace walls. But soon Shonagon's lover Tadanobu becomes uncomfortable with how closely they are working together...

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court. The work of the real-life Sei Shonagon consists of essays, lists, anecdotes, poems, and descriptive passages about her daily life.

This full-cast drama stars Ruth Gemmell as Sei Shonagon, with Yukinari played by Mark Bazeley in Series 1-3 and Cal Macaninch in series 4-11. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Tadanobu is Series 1.
Directed by Lu Kemp.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: A Third Treasury

Humphrey Lyttelton (and others)

More classic fun and games from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show

This third treasury features a host of specials based around the award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’. In the mix are I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Christmas Clue, featuring the teams’ unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol, Humph in Wonderland in which they venture down a rabbit hole, and In Search of Mornington Crescent, in which Andrew Marr peers behind the veil of secrecy surrounding that game. There are also two tributes to the programme’s inimitable original host: Chairman Humph, presented by Stephen Fry, and Humph: A Celebration Concert. Finally, arriving just after they’ve had their tea, are all three series of spin-off comedy The Doings of Hamish & Dougal.

Among the guest performers in this sparkling collection are Sandi Toksvig, Andy Hamilton, Rob Brydon, Jeremy Hardy, Jack Dee, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon and Alison Steadman.
Duration: 16 hours approx.

Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw (and others)

Alistair McGowan, Morgana Robinson, Sian Phillips and Al Murray star in George Bernard Shaw's classic tale of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who is trained by professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, to pass as a duchess.

Cast:

Henry Higgins...Alistair McGowan
Eliza Doolittle...Morgana Robinson
Alfred Doolittle...Al Murray
Colonel Pickering...Hugh Fraser
Mrs Higgins...Sian Phillips
Mrs Pearce/Maid...Charlotte Page
Mrs Eynsford-Hill...Georgie Glen
Clara Eynsford-Hill...Maeve Bluebell Wells
Freddy Eynsford-Hill...Tom Forrister
Nepommuck...David Sturzaker
Ambassador...John Dougall
Ambassador's wife...Sarah Ridgeway
Bystander...David Sterne
Directed by Emma Harding

This edition also includes a bonus new play, The ‘B’ Word. Written by and starring Alistair McGowan, the play describes the scandalous opening night of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - the first time that the word 'bloody' was used on the British stage. The production also created a passionate love-hate triangle of Shaw (McGowan), his leading man, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Richard McCabe) and his leading lady, the irrepressible Mrs Patrick Campbell (Charlotte Page), who played the 19-year-old Eliza Doolittle at the age of 49.

Fight Club

Chuck Palahnuik (and others)

First there was the insomnia.
Then there were the support groups that helped him sleep.
Then Marla Singer turned up, muscled in on ascending bowel cancer and ruined everything.
Then he met Tyler Durden.
Then came Fight Club.

Fight Club is the psychological story of a man's descent into an underground world of violence. Mild mannered product-recall-specialist by day, tortured insomniac by night, our narrator meets Tyler Durden - part-time projectionist, banquet waiter, soap-maker and anarchic genius. Together they create Fight Club. In Fight Club our narrator, and men like him, can escape the monotony of their daily work-dominated, consumer-driven, image-obsessed lives. In Fight Club you can escape who the world thinks you ought to be.

Soon there are Fight Clubs in basement bars in towns and cities across the country; men with cuts, bruises, stitches, missing teeth wherever you look, and Tyler Durden has become an urban legend. But when Tyler invents Project Mayhem and things begin to escalate, there's only one thing to do: shut down Fight Club.

But have they created a monster they can't control?

Chuck Palahniuk's visceral and unflinching cult novel stars Patrick Kennedy, Sam Hazeldine and Elaine Cassidy.

Cast:
The Narrator...Patrick Kennedy
Tyler Durden...Sam Hazeldine
Marla Singer... Elaine Cassidy
Big Bob...Martin Sherman
Doctor/Boss...Nigel Whitmey
Recruit One...Danny Mahoney
Mechanic...John Schwab
Ted...Sam Dale
Glenda...Jane Slavin
Chloe...Ayesha Antoine

Dramatised by Tracey Malone and Ed Whitmore
Produced by Heather Larmour

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17

BBC (and others)

In this seventeenth collection of the perennial antidote to panel games, regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden – plus special guests – are given silly things to do by chairman Jack Dee. Over the years I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue has featured many different games, from one off spectaculars to firm favourites, returning series after series.

So join Jack and company for some inspired nonsense and pointless revelry, with Colin Sell on the piano!

'ISIHAC is still unmissable. It remains the most thrillingly anarchic panel show in any media you care to name' Simon Mayo, Mail on Sunday

‘The funniest comedy quiz show of them all’ Sue Arnold, The Observer

The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter (and others)

A stunning BBC Radio production of Pinter’s iconic comedy of menace, starring Toby Jones.

Stanley, an erstwhile pianist, lives in a dingy seaside boarding house run by Meg and Petey. He is comfortable there, like a surrogate son. But then two sinister strangers turn up - Goldberg and McCann. They claim to know him from the past, and they turn Stanley's birthday party into a menacing and terrifying encounter.

Pinter's slippery and sly black comedy is now considered a classic.

Cast:
Stanley: Toby Jones
Goldberg: Henry Goodman
McCann: Stephen Rea
Meg: Maggie Steed
Petey: Peter Wight
Lulu: Jaime Winstone

Produced and directed by Gary Brown for BBC Radio’s Drama on 3

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

Alexander McCall Smith (and others)

A third collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith.

This collection will include:

An Exceptionally Wicked Lady
Canoeing for Ladies
A Late Van Just Glimpsed
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding
A Man From a Far Place
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
The Modern Husband Course
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mme Makutsi.

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier (and others)

A BBC full cast dramatisation of this enduring classic, starring Christopher Cazenove and Janet Maw.

Arriving at Manderley, the young Mrs de Winter finds the beautiful house and its occupants haunted by memories of Rebecca, her new husband's first wife.

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