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Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters

Steve Lyons (Author) , David Collings (Read by)

David Collings reads this original novel adventure for the First Doctor and his companions, set in the 17th Century during the Salem Witch Trials. With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace, his companions Barbara, Ian and Susan decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village and determines that they should leave. Susan has her own ideas, and is desperate to return to Salem, whatever the cost. Yet her actions will lead them all into terrible danger, and cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control. Featuring the First Doctor, as played on TV by William Hartnell. Duration: 8 hours approx.

Ed Reardon's Week: Series 10

Christopher Douglas (Author) , Andrew Nickolds (Author) , Christopher Douglas (Read by) , Full Cast (Read by)

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon in the complete Series 10 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series

‘The funniest sitcom ever to grace Radio 4’ Radio Times

Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Starring Christopher Douglas as Ed with a supporting cast including Stephanie Cole, Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Barunka O’Shaughnessy. Duration: 3 hours approx.

The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10)

Spike Milligan (Author) , Harry Secombe (Read by), Peter Sellers (Read by), Spike Milligan (Read by)

Twelve classic episodes of The Goon Show, plus the complete series of The Omar Khayyam Show, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show and a wealth of bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. This eleventh volume includes: Dishonoured – Again, The Scarlet Capsule, The Tay Bridge, The Gold Plate Robbery, The £50Cure, A Christmas Carol, The Tale of Men's Shirts, The Chinese Legs, Robin's Post, The Silver Dubloons, The Last Smoking Seagoon, The GPO Show, The Omar Khayyam Show: Ned Kelly, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Ashes, The Omar Khayyam Show: The PM's Trousers, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Flying Dustman; The Omar Khayyam Show: The America Cup, The Omar Khayyam Show: Waltzing Matilda, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items, including interviews with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and a rehearsal sequence from the soundtrack recording of The Lost Colony. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves, while a third PDF booklet details the history of TV spin-off The Telegoons.Duration: 11 hours approx.

In and Out of the Kitchen: Series 3

Miles Jupp (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Justin Edwards (Read by) , Miles Jupp (Read by)

Miles Jupp stars as fussy food writer Damien Trench in six episodes of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 sitcom.

Well-known cookery writer Damien Trench is famous for his book A Year In The Kitchen and is now writing its follow-up volume, In and Out of the Kitchen, in which he opens up the doors “not only to my kitchen, but also to my life”.

During the course of these six episodes, Damien is nominated for an award, finds himself catering for a funeral, agrees to make an after dinner speech, tips his toe into the world of travel journalism, reluctantly helps out at one of his partner Anthony’s barbecues, and contends with an angry neighbour. He also supports Anthony in his thespian venture in a production of Hay Fever.

Now a BBC2 series, In and Out of the Kitchen is a charming opportunity to peek between the recipe book covers, with a cast including Miles Jupp as Damien, Justin Edwards as Anthony, and Brendan Dempsey as the ever-present handyman Mr Mullaney.

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: The Small House at Allington

Anthony Trollope (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Maggie Steed (Read by), Tim Pigott-Smith (Read by)

A lavish BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's much-loved novel.

Anthony Trollope's series of witty and gently satirical stories of provincial life, The Barchester Chronicles, are set in the fictional town of Barchester and the surrounding county of Barsetshire.

The Small House at Allington is the fifth of six books and dramatisations, following on from The Warden, Barchester Towers, Dr Thorne & Framley Parsonage.

The Forsytes

John Galsworthy (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jessica Raine (Read by), Joseph Millson (Read by)

Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the first two books in John Galsworthy's saga of the Forsyte family spanning 50 years.
These 8 episodes dramatise the events of Galsworthy's first two novels in the saga; The Man of Property and In Chancery as well as the interlude Indian Summer of a Forsyte.
In this, powerful and wealthy lawyer Soames Forsyte begins to question his relationship with his beautiful wife Irene. As evidence of her betrayal starts to emerge, the family is torn apart and scandal unleashed.

Vivat Rex: Volume 2

William Shakespeare (Author) , Christopher Marlowe (Author) , Ben Jonson (Author) , Martin Jenkins (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Richard Burton (Read by)

Richard Burton narrates the second volume of this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published on audio for the very first time.

Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Over the course of 26 instalments, each one narrated by Richard Burton with a full cast, the fortunes of the English Crown are followed through 225 years of British history, from Edward II’s accession in 1307 to the birth of Elizabeth I.

Each drama is adapted by Martin Jenkins from the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe and their Elizabethan contemporaries.This second volume features the final 13 instalments, beginning with Martin Jarvis as Henry V and concluding with the birth of Elizabeth I. Vivat Rex includes a stirring musical score by Christopher Whelen.

Round the Horne: The Complete Julian & Sandy

Barry Took (Author) , Marty Feldman (Author) , Hugh Paddick (Read by), Johnnie Mortimer (Read by), Kenneth Horne (Read by), Kenneth Williams (Read by)

Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick are the notorious resting thespians in this hilarious collection of sketches from Round the Horne.

‘Oh, hello. I’m Julian, and this is my friend Sandy...’

Through four series of Round the Horne, Julian and Sandy graced each episode with an encounter with ‘that nice Mr Horne’. Each week they'd be up to new tricks, from filmmaking (Bona Prods) to a travel agency (‘something exciting in a cheap package’) and a ‘bijou restaurantette’ (La Casserole de Bona Gourmet).

In these 48 lally-trembling scenarios, Jools and Sand cater for the intimate at ‘omey in Bona Caterers, shake hands with a prospective member in Keep Britain Bona, set themselves up as Bona Tax Consultants and teach the world to talk proper in Bona School of Languages. Plus, they reveal to Mr Horne just what Julian received on his last birthday…

This fantabulosa selection of Julian and Sandy sketches is brimming with sparkling repartee, gloriously camp humour and outrageous innuendo. So don’t be strange – come on in, rest your lallies and let your riah down with two of the best pros in the business. Duration: 3 hours 40 mins.

Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene

Mark Gatiss (Author) , Richard Franklin (Read by)

Richard Franklin reads an original novel by Mark Gatiss, featuring the Third Doctor as played on TV by Jon Pertwee.

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious, and when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT.

The Doctor investigates – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…

Richard Franklin, who played UNIT’S Captain Mike Yates in the Doctor Who TV series, reads this exciting original adventure by Mark Gatiss.

Round the Horne: Complete Series 2

Barry Took (Author) , Marty Feldman (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Kenneth Horne (Read by), Kenneth Williams (Read by)

Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 15 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.

Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of sixteen weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee.

Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the musical cordwangler, Fiona and Charles the passionate duo, and J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the world’s dirtiest man. Meanwhile regular film parodies, spoof sagas and musical interludes peppered the mix.

Round the Horne earned its place in the annals of comedy history, and is fondly remembered today as a groundbreaking series that influenced many more to come. Here the entire second series can be enjoyed once again, plus the 1966 Christmas episode, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and a special Transcription Services episode 'The Man With The Golden Thunderball'. along with a PDF booklet featuring cast biographies and a full series history.

The Pallisers

Anthony Trollope (Author) , Ben Miles (Read by), David Troughton (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Sophie Thompson (Read by)

Political and romantic intrigue from Anthony Trollope, the creator of The Barchester Chronicles.

Based on the six Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope, this collection of stories features wealthy aristocrat and politician Plantagenet Palliser and his wife, Lady Glencora, as they navigate the twists and turns of British politics.

Starring David Troughton, Ben Miles, Sophie Thompson, Anastasia Hille, Adrian Lukis, Frances Jeater, Mark Bazeley, Bertie Carvel and Chris Moran.

Doctor Who: The King's Demons

Terence Dudley (Author) , Mark Strickson (Read by)

An unabridged reading of an exciting novelisation, based on a TV adventure featuring the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison. It is 4 March 1215, and the TARDIS materialises in England during a jousting match held in the presence of King John. It soon becomes apparent to the Doctor that something is very wrong. Why does John express no fear or surprise at the time travellers' sudden appearance, and indeed welcome them as the King's Demons? And what is the true identity of Sir Gilles, the King's Champion? Very soon the Doctor finds himself involved in a fiendish plan to alter the course of world history, by one of his oldest and deadliest enemies. Duration: 5 hours approx.

Shardlake: Dark Fire

CJ Sansom (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Justin Salinger (Read by), Robert Glenister (Read by)

A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on the second novel in C. J. Sansom's bestselling Tudor crime series.

Summer, 1540. It has been three years since the terrible events at Scarnsea monastery, and lawyer-detective Matthew Shardlake is living a quiet life in London – until a summons from Cromwell sees him embarking on another dangerous secret assignment.

Someone has stolen the last barrel of 'Greek Fire': a legendary, highly potent incendiary weapon thought lost since the fall of Constantinople. Shardlake is tasked with tracking it down – and he must move quickly, for Cromwell is out of favour with the King and is relying on the precious substance to save his skin.

But Shardlake has another, equally urgent case to deal with – defending an orphan girl, Elizabeth Wentworth, who is accused of murdering her young cousin. Aided by Cromwell's man, Barak, Shardlake must race against time to solve both cases, for the fates of both Cromwell and Elizabeth depend on him…

Winner of the 2005 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire is the second thrilling instalment in the 'Shardlake' series. This atmospheric crime drama, starring Justin Salinger as Shardlake, Bryan Dick as Barak and Robert Glenister as Thomas Cromwell, features deception, dark secrets, captivating characters and a vibrant historical setting. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

Tales of the City: Series 1 and 2

Armistead Maupin (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Kate Harper (Read by), Lydia Wilson (Read by)

Lydia Wilson and Kate Harper star in these BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of the first and second novels in Armistead Maupin's acclaimed 'Tales of the City' series.

Set against the 1970s San Fransisco skyline, Maupin's Tales of the City introduces the unconventional tenants of 28 Barbary Lane, the domain of the eccentric, marijuana-growing landlady Anna Madrigal.

Mary Ann Singleton, a naive young woman newly-arrived from Cleveland, Ohio, moves into an apartment there and soon becomes friends with other tenants of the building: the hippyish bisexual Mona Ramsey; the strange Norman Neal Williams; and Michael Tolliver, a sweet and personable gay man known to his friends as Mouse. Beyond the house, lovers and friends guide Mary Ann through her San Franciscan adventures...

In More Tales of the City, landlady Anna Madrigal reveals her secrets to her tenants, but they are preparing to flee their cosy nest for adventures further afield.

Dramatised by Barbara Lavery, this is both a sparkling comedy of manners and a portrait of a free and easy era.

Cast:

Anna Madrigal..... Kate Harper
Mary Ann..... Lydia Wilson
DeDe..... Nancy Crane
Mona..... Buffy Davis
Edgar..... Lou Hirsch
Frannie/Binkie/Mucca..... Bernice Stegers
Beauchamp..... John Guerrasio
Michael..... Jos Slovick
Jon/Brian..... Simon Lee Phillips
D’Or/Betty..... Valerie Cutko
Siegel/Hampton-Giddes/Norman/Bruno..... Kerry Shale
Burke..... Trevor White

Produced and directed by Susan Roberts

Dead Ringers: Series 12

Tom Jameson (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jan Ravens (Read by), Jon Culshaw (Read by)

The award winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show returns with a new cast of characters.

2014 saw a welcome return to the airwaves for the comedy show that holds in its sights every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.

In these six episodes, Michael Portillo attempts to hide from his fellow This Week presenters; David Mitchell appears in EastEnders; Gareth Malone gives Ed Milliband tips on sounding normal; Masterchef meets The Great British Bake-Off; the European Space Agency receives some unusual telephone calls; Elton John sings nursery rhymes, and Nigel Farage hosts a podcast.

That’s just for starters - dozens of other familiar figures and programmes are given the Dead Ringers treatment by the accomplished impressionists Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson.

Good Omens

Neil Gaiman (Author) , Terry Pratchett (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Mark Heap (Read by), Peter Serafinowicz (Read by)

**Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama**

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - are assembling.

Witchfinder Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor’s cryptic predictions.

Atlantis is rising; fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan.
Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…

Adapted, sound designed and co-directed by Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) this first ever dramatisation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel features a large cast including Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph.

Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson (Author)

A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson

It is 1751, and seventeen-year-old David Balfour is all alone in the world. Recently orphaned, he receives a letter instructing him to seek out his sole remaining relative at the House of Shaws. But on meeting his uncle Ebenezer, David soon realises that he is a shifty, miserly man with designs on his inheritance.

After an attempt on David's life fails, Ebenezer tricks him into boarding the brig Covenant, where he is knocked unconscious, kidnapped and taken to sea. His fate seems sealed – he is to be transported to a plantation in the Carolinas and sold into slavery.

But David's adventures are only just beginning – for when he meets charismatic Jacobite Alan Breck, he soon finds himself shipwrecked, wanted for murder and fleeing for his life across the Scottish Highlands...

This action-packed adaptation by Bruce Young, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's enthralling tale of danger, intrigue, betrayal and friendship, stars Owen Whitelaw, Michael Nardone and David Hayman.Duration: 2 hours approx

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 12

Spike Milligan (Author) , Harry Secombe (Read by), Peter Sellers (Read by), Spike Milligan (Read by)

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 10 rare episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features.

Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy.

This twelfth collection includes the episodes China Story, Foiled by President Fred, Tales of Old Dartmoor, The Macreekie Rising of '74, Robin Hood, Six Charlies in Search of an Author, Insurance – The White Man's Burden, The Red Fort and The Missing Ten Downing Street (aka Ten Downing Street Stolen), along with the 1972 reunion The Last Goon Show of All.

Also included are numerous bonus archive items, including celebratory programmes Parkinson Meets The Goons and Heroes for a Time: 6 – The Goons. Here, too, are interviews and features taken from The Best of British Laughs: Peter Sellers, Robbie Vincent's Late Night London, It Takes All Sorts and more, as well as extracts from unedited studio recordings and rehearsals.

Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

Duration: 10 hours approx

Round the Horne: Complete Series One

Barry Took (Author) , Marty Feldman (Author) , Betty Marsden (Read by), Bill Pertwee (Read by), Douglas Smith (Read by), Hugh Paddick (Read by), Kenneth Horne (Read by), Kenneth Williams (Read by)

Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 16 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.

Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of sixteen weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee.

Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the musical cordwangler, Fiona and Charles the passionate duo, and J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the world’s dirtiest man. Meanwhile regular film parodies, spoof sagas and musical interludes peppered the mix.

Round the Horne earned its place in the annals of comedy history, and is fondly remembered today as a groundbreaking series that influenced many more to come. Here the entire first series can be enjoyed once again.

Tommies Part 2, 1915

Nick Warburton (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Indira Varma (Read by), Lee Ross (Read by)

A second series of the BBC Radio 4 drama following the lives of those on, and behind, the battlefront of the First World War.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode traces one real day at war 100 years ago.

27 April 1915
4 May 1915
11 May 1915
18 May 1915
25 May 1915

Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon and Indira Varma are among the large cast of this epic series.

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