New and forthcoming
Three BBC dramatisations of the novels of award-winning author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
This collection includes:
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
Seven full-cast dramatisations of psychological thrillers from the ever-popular Ruth Rendell.
This collection would include:
The Bridesmaid: It all began with Flora, the stone statue that used to stand in the family garden. When Philip meets Senta, his sister's bridesmaid, she looks just like Flora. But how can horror lie behind beauty?
Going Wrong: Guy is a born villain who loves the classy Leonora - but if he can't have her for ever then no-one else will.
King Solomon’s Carpet: For Tom, the attraction of the old school house is that it's near the underground. For Alice, it's an escape from a painful past. Based on the novel published under her pen name Barbara Vine.
People Don’t Do Such Things: Hapless accountant Arthur and his wife Gwen make friends with flashy novelist Reeve, who is everything they're not - carefree, charismatic and seemingly irresistible. At first, his friendship seems to offer an enticing window into a world beyond their cloistered suburban existence, but it doesn't take long for the relationship to slip into rather more sinister territory.
The Fever Tree: Will Tricia and Ford’s fractured marriage survive a South African safari?
The Dreadful Day of Judgment: As they clear an abandoned graveyard, John, Gilly and Marlon's personal demons start looming larger.
Thornapple: James has an interest in poisons and a very wealthy aunt, but finds himself manipulated by the ruthless Mirabel.
A fourth collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith.
This collection will include:
A Man From a Far Place
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
The Modern Husband Course
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café
The Dish of Yesterday
This is Not a Rubbish Boy
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
A full-cast adaptation of Paul Scott’s series about the end of the British Raj in India.
The story of The Raj Quartet begins in 1942, with World War 2 at its height and Gandhi’s call for the British rulers to quit India. Against this tumultuous background the story follows the British soldiers and civilians stationed in India. When Daphne Manners arrives in Mayapore, she meets two men who are to change her life: Hari Kumar and Ronald Merrick. She begins to fall for Hari, but Ronald Merrick - the local police superintendent – becomes infatuated with her and seethes with hatred for Hari.
A rollicking wartime comedy set in the Cabinet War Rooms, starring Fenella Woolgar at Dot.
Follow Dot as she gets squiffy over Agent Bertie Whiff-Whaff, concocts stirry yet pithy slogans for the war effort, and goes on a mission to St Horribly Vulture’s School for Boys to enlist a teacher for ‘Shhhh Bletchley Park’.