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Gloomsbury: Series 1

Sue Limb (Author) , Alison Steadman (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by)

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.

A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.

The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'. Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.

As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

Gloomsbury: Series 2

Sue Limb (Author) , Alison Steadman (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by)

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Roger Lloyd-Pack star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.

A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.

The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'. Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.

As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

Gloomsbury: Series 3

Sue Limb (Author) , Alison Steadman (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by)

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.

A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th Century.

The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is 'something in the Foreign Office'. Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly-strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.

As the scene shifts from Kent to London, and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

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.

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: The Last Chronicle of Barset

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

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: The Warden

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 much-loved 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 Warden, the gentle Mr Harding, finds his peaceful life disrupted when his would be son-in-law John Bold calls into question the large income he receives as warden of Barchester Alms House.

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: Barchester Towers

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 much-loved 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.

In Barchester Towers, the cathedral town of Barchester, is changing again with the arrival of a new Bishop, his wife and Chaplain from London throwing all Barchester into disarray.

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: Dr Thorne

Anthony Trollope (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Iain Glen (Read by), Maggie Steed (Read by)

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

Anthony Trollope's much-loved 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.

In Dr Thorne, when young Frank Gresham, the heir to the aristocratic Greshambury estate, expresses his desire to marry Mary, her uncle Dr Thorne realises that the secret he has concealed for so long can no longer stay secret.

Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles: Framley Parsonage

Anthony Trollope (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Maggie Steed (Read by), Pip Carter (Read by)

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

Anthony Trollope's much-loved 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.

In Framley Parsonage, Mark Robarts, the young vicar of Framley, cannot resist the lure of celebrity beyond his own village. But he's to risk everything in his ambitious pursuits, including his devoted wife and children and his sister's happiness.

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Ben Aaronovitch (Author) , Nicholas Briggs (Read by) , Terry Molloy (Read by)

An unabridged reading of Ben Aaronovitch's novelisation of his classic 1988 TV adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor.

With unfinished business to attend to, the Doctor takes Ace to Coal Hill School in London, 1963.
The last time he was here, he left something behind - a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel.

Can the Doctor retrieve the Hand of Omega before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will he prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?

The story is read by Terry Molloy, who played Davros in the original TV serial, with Dalek voices provided by Nicholas Briggs.

Ordeal by Innocence

Agatha Christie (Author) , Arthur Hughes (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Mark Umbers (Read by), Michael Bertenshaw (Read by), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Read by)

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel, known to be a favourite among her own works.

When Doctor Calgary visits the Argyle family, he believes he brings good news. He is there to clear the name of Jacko, who was convicted of the murder of his own mother, Rachel. But the doctor’s news is not greeted with the enthusiasm he expects, and the family seem intent on resisting both his help and the investigations of Inspector Huish.

When a further murder is committed, it becomes apparent that a killer is among the gathered party. With almost everyone having a motive and the means for murder, they must all be on their guard.

Eschewing the traditional detective format, Ordeal by Innocence examines how the innocent suffer more than the guilty when a crime goes unsolved. Along with Crooked House, it was Agatha Christie's favourite of her own works.

Cast:
Calgary...Mark Umbers
Gwenda...Jacqueline Defferary
Kirsten...Wanda Opalinska
Hester...Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Jacko...Arthur Hughes
Leo...Sean Murray
Mickey...Joel MacCormack
Tina...Carys Eleri
Philip...John Norton
Mary...Priyanga Burford
Marshall...David Seddon
Huish...Michael Burtenshaw
Doctor...Harry Jardine
Hotel Receptionist...Georgie Fuller

Adapted by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Mary Peate

Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow

Arthur Conan Doyle (Author) , Bert Coules (Author) , Clive Merrison (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Michael Williams (Read by)

Clive Merrison stars as the enduringly popular sleuth with Michael Williams as Watson in this collection of stories from the unique, fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon. In these eight intriguing tales, Holmes and Watson solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange. They encounter mysteries as diverse as vanishing staff, secret plans and eccentric lodgers as Holmes is struck down by a rare tropical disease and, later, lured away from retirement to help his country on the eve of war. The dramatised stories are "Wisteria Lodge", "The Cardboard Box", "The Red Circle", "The Bruce Partington Plans", "The Dying Detective", "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax", "The Devil's Foot" and "His Last Bow". Gripping, suspenseful and hugely entertaining, these acclaimed dramatisations bring the world of Holmes and Watson to life, and are guaranteed to appeal to any fan of the great detective. Duration: 6 hours approx.

Tommies: Part One, 1914

Nick Warburton (Author) , Michael Chaplin (Author) , Jonathan Ruffle (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Indira Varma (Read by), Lee Ross (Read by)

A major new drama series from BBC Radio 4 which follows the lives of those on, and behind, the battlefront of World War One. This first series of six plays is set in 1914 and follows the fortunes of Mickey Bliss (Lee Ross), Horace Greenwood, Maberley Dunster, Walter Oddy and other soldiers in the first few months of the war.

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.

The Magus

John Fowles (Author) , Charles Dance (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Hayley Atwell (Read by), Tom Burke (Read by)

Nicholas Urfe, a young British graduate, runs away from his monotonous life to take up a teaching post on the small Greek island of Phraxos. There he meets the enigmatic figure of Maurice Conchis, and slowly gets drawn into a world full of strange encounters and psychological tricks on Conchis's estate at Bourani.

When Conchis introduces Nicholas to the enchanting and mysterious Lily Montgomery, reality and illusion begin to intertwine. But what strange game is Conchis playing with Nicholas? And, in this world coloured by artifice and deception, who is really telling him the truth?

First published in 1965, John Fowles's novel The Magus soon gained cult status. Now acclaimed dramatist and screenwriter Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn, The Go-Between, Peter and Wendy, The Musketeers, Survivors, Primeval) has adapted the novel for this new dramatisation starring Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) as Nicholas Urfe, Charles Dance (And Then There Were None, Game of Thrones) as Maurice Conchis, and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Brideshead Revisited) as Lily.

Produced and directed by Heather Larmour.

George Cragge: In the Red & other mysteries

Mark Tavener (Author), Barry Foster (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Hugh Laurie (Read by) , John Bird (Read by) , Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by), Michael Williams (Read by) , Peter Serafinowicz (Read by), Rebecca Front (Read by) , Richard Griffiths (Read by), Stephen Fry (Read by)

A collection of four blackly humorous crime mysteries featuring the fictional BBC Radio crime correspondent, George Cragge.

Adapted from the novel by Mark Tavener, In the Red sees the anarchic George Cragge investigate a spree of bizarre murders in the world of City finance, a small political party contesting a by-election, and a plan to overthrow the Director-General of the BBC.

The sequel, In the Balance, features George Cragge kicking off a murder trail during the FIFA World Cup at Wembley Stadium. And with Europe becoming a hot potato, can the Prime Minister hold onto his job?

In the Chair follows the maverick hack as he looks into a series of murders of dentists linked to New Labour policy.

The final drama, In the End, sees George Cragge investigating a series of murders of journalists.

These four comedy thrillers star Michael Williams as George Cragge with Barry Foster as Police Supertintendant Frank Jefferson. The star casts also include Stephen Fry, John Bird, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Peter Serafinowicz, Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Front and Richard Griffiths.


In the Red
Michael Williams......George Cragge
Barry Foster......Frank Jefferson
Stephen Moore......Geoffrey Crichton-Potter
Julian Rhind-Tutt......Henry
Peter Serafinowicz......Andrew James
Stephen Fry......Controller Radio 2 (Charles Prentiss)
John Bird......Controller Radio 4 (Martin McCabe)
Other parts played by Paul Shearer, Tim Hope, Benjamin Whitrow, Peter Woodthorpe, Nicholas Le Prevost, Ian McNiece, Victoria Carling, Alice Arnold, Jeffrey Holland, Susie Brand.
Produced by Paul Schlesinger

In the Balance
Michael Williams......George Cragge
Barry Foster......Frank Jefferson
Jeremy Clyde......Prime Minister
Robert Bathurst......Crispin Trent
Other parts played by Tracy Ann Oberman, Jim Carter, Geoffrey Whitehead, Peter Woodthorpe, Susie Brann, Christian Rodska, Keith Wickham, Ioan Meredith, Chris Pavlo, Shirley Dixon, Dave Lamb, Joanna Monro, Alex Lowe, Christopher Scott, Alice Arnold, Sean Baker, Stephen Thorne, Charlotte Green.
Produced by Paul Schlesinger.

In the Chair
Michael Williams......George Cragge
Barry Foster......Frank Jefferson
Hugh Laurie......Prime Minister
Richard Griffiths......Crichton-Potter
Stephen Fry......Charles Prentiss
John Bird......Martin McCabe
Rebecca Front......Marcia Mallon
Kenneth Cranham......Jim Harie
Geoffrey Whitehead......Director of Personnel
Other parts played by Simon Greenhall, Jonathan Keeble, Susie Brann, Peter Woodthorpe, Brian Parr, Henrietta Garden, Darren Boyd, Ryan Parr, Harriet Cass.
Produced by Paul Schlesinger.

In the End
Michael Williams......George Cragge
Barry Foster......Frank Jefferson
Jonathan Coy......Prime Minister
Stephen Fry......Charles Prentiss
John Bird......Martin McCabe
Anton Rodgers......Crichton-Potter
Rebecca Front......Marcia Mallon
Jessica Oyelowo......Maria
Other parts played by Simon Greenhall, Peter Woodthorpe, Hugh Parker, Neil McCaul, Chris Pavlo, Beth Chalmer, Harry Towd, Phil Cornwell, Michael Fenton-Stevens, David Holt, Harriet Cass.
Produced by Paul Schlesinger and Dawn Ellis.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood (Author)

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian novel.

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, 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

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen (Author) , Amanda Root (Read by), David Troughton (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Samantha Spiro (Read by)

Samantha Spiro, David Troughton and Amanda Root are among the cast of this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

Mrs Bennet is determined to see her five daughters married off and secure a future for them all.
When the wealthy Mr Bingley arrives in the neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet wastes no time in making his acquaintance. His friend Mr Darcy, however, discourages Mr Bingley from marrying Jane Bennet, and also appears to snub her sister Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth hears that Mr Darcy himself is of poor character, her innate prejudice of him is merely reinforced, and she roundly refuses his proposal of marriage. But then, when she discovers that she was misinformed, Elizabeth wonders if she can ever hope to see Mr Darcy again…

Published over 200 years ago, Pride and Prejudice remains one of the British nation’s favourite novels. Among the starring cast in this radio production are Pippa Nixon as Elizabeth and Jamie Parker as Mr Darcy.

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