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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Collection 2

Bert Coules (Author) , Andrew Sachs (Read by), Clive Merrison (Read by), Full Cast (Read by)

Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs star in seven original BBC Radio 4 full-cast adventures for Holmes and Watson.

How many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with passing references to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full? In these original adventures Bert Coules, the chief dramatist of BBC Radio 4’s celebrated Sherlock Holmes canon, has imaginatively fleshed out seven such unrecorded cases.

The Determined Client: Miss Addleton engages Holmes to save her father's good name.
The Striking Success of Miss Franny Blossom: Holmes investigates a respectable gambling club.
The Thirteen Watches: Bizarre events on an express train brings a railway baron to Baker Street.
The Ferrers Documents: A slum landlord and a missing witness figure in a dark tale of hatred and revenge.
The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew: A night at the music hall ends in tragedy.
The Eyes of Horus: A priceless Egyptian artefact vanishes from a locked casket in a locked vault.
The Marlbourne Point Mystery: Holmes and Watson discover death, treachery and betrayal on an isolated coastal headland.

Maeve Binchy A Radio Collection (Limited Edition Box Set)

Maeve Binchy (Author) , David Soul (Read by), Dervla Kirwan (Read by), Doreen Hepburn (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Harry Towb (Read by), Joanna Myers (Read by), Kate Binchy (Read by), Lorcan Cranitch (Read by), Niamh Cusack (Read by), Patricia Hodge (Read by), Sam Dale (Read by), Sean Campion (Read by), Stella McCusker (Read by)

Maeve Binchy is one of Britain’s most popular storytellers and these tales demonstrate all the warmth, wit and compassion that have made her a bestselling author. Firefly Summer is a moving, humorous story about a sleepy Irish town facing monumental change, dramatised with a full cast including David Soul and Lorcan Cranitch. No Nightingales, No Snakes features full-cast dramatisations of five Maeve Binchy short stories, with a distinguished cast including Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb. The Garden Party contains four short stories specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4, read by Niamh Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Doreen Hepburn and Stella McCusker. The Homecoming contains four more stories exclusively written for BBC Radio 4, read by Sean Campion, Joanna Myers, Patricia Hodge and Kate Binchy. Dealing with families, friendship, love, loss, sorrow and joy, the stories in this box set will delight all Maeve Binchy fans. ‘There’s nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles’ - Times.

6 CDs. 5 hrs 52 mins.

The Grapes Of Wrath

John Steinbeck (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Robert Sheehan (Read by), Zubin Varla (Read by)

A Sony Radio Academy Award winning dramatisation of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit.
In the midst of America's Great Depression, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, only to discover thousands like them have also been on the move. Just as their money and food run out, they find work on a peach farm - but discover they're breaking a strike led by their old friend, Casy the Preacher. Tragedy strikes, and Tom Joad hits back before running for his life. The Joad family's dream of a promised land is about to end. Robert Sheehan and Zubin Varla head the cast in this powerful BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which was awarded Silver for Best Drama at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Doctor Who: The Eyeless

Lance Parkin (Author) , Russell Tovey (Read by)

At the heart of the ruined city of Arcopolis is the Fortress. It’s a brutal structure placed here by one of the sides in a devastating intergalactic war that’s long ended. Fifteen years ago the entire population of the planet was killed in an instant by the weapon housed in the heart of the Fortress. Now only the ghosts remain. The Doctor arrives, and determines to fight his way past the Fortress’ automatic defences and put the weapon beyond use. But he soon discovers he’s not the only person in Arcopolis. What is the true nature of the weapon? Is the planet really haunted? Who are the Eyeless? And what will happen if they get to the weapon before the Doctor? The Doctor has a fight on his hands. And this time he’s all on his own. Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit series from BBC Television, The Eyeless is read by Russell Tovey, who played Midshipman Alonso Frame in the TV episode Voyage of the Damned.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 31 mins.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

BBC (Author) , C.S. Lewis (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Maurice Denham (Read by), Stephen Thorne (Read by)

When Lucy comes across the old wardrobe standing alone in the spare room, she thinks she has found a good place for hide and seek. But then she tumbles headlong into a magical world of fauns, dwarves and giants, of animals that talk and horses that fly - the land of Narnia. It is so extraordinary that at first her brothers and sister don't believe it can be real. Soon, though, Peter, Edmund and Susan find Narnia too and the adventures really begin.Together they must battle against the evil White Witch to break her cruel grip on Narnia, a land she has cast in perpetual winter, without Christmas. Only one thing can hold fast against such wickedness: the mighty Aslan. The excitement which C.S. Lewis must have felt in creating this enchanted world is conjured up once again in this thrilling dramatisation of one of the best stories ever told.

2 CDs. 1 hr 55 mins.

Tom Baker Reads A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens (Author) , Tom Baker (Read by)

Tom Baker reads Charles Dickens' timeless seasonal story.

Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself, but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.

In this captivating recording, Tom Baker delivers a tour-de-force performance as he narrates the story. The listener joins Scrooge on Christmas Eve, witnesses the visitation of Marley's ghost, and is given a glimpse of the many homes and lives which Scrooge has touched in his wretched life to date.

With atmospheric sound design, this ultimately uplifting tale is a festive delight to be treasured and listened to again and again.

Duration: 3 hours approx

Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair

Francis Durbridge (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Marjorie Westbury (Read by), Peter Coke (Read by)

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio’s most popular series. When young drama student Mary Dreisler is found murdered in her flat, her father instantly sends for Paul Temple. There appears to have been no struggle, no robbery - no motive. The only possible clue is a package that arrives for the dead girl. It contains a gramophone record called 'My Heart and Harry' and attached is a note: ‘Adored every minute of it - Spencer’. Who is Spencer? Does the song have anything to do with the murder? If anyone can find the answers, Paul can...

4 CDs. 3 hrs 37 mins.

They Do It With Mirrors

Agatha Christie (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), June Whitfield (Read by)

The pleasant village of Market Kindle in the south of England is home to Stoneygates, a school for delinquent boys housed in a Victorian mansion belonging to the rich and elderly Carrie Louise Serrocold and her husband Lewis. When Miss Marple pays her old friend Carrie Louise a visit, she immediately senses that something is wrong at the school. Two gunshots, heard from behind the locked study door, seem to confirm her suspicions. Whilst Lewis Serrocold escapes this attempt on his life, however, the visiting Mr Gulbrandsen has met a grisly fate elsewhere in the house. What did Mr Gulbrandsen know to make him a target for murder? Who has been trying to poison Carrie Louise with arsenic? And what role in all this has Serrocold's deeply disturbed, self-styled assistant, Edgar Lawson? Miss Marple's infallible detective insticts succeed in raising these and other significant questions - and all she requires now are the answers... This full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's ingenious mystery stars June Whitfield, with Keith Barron and Jill Balcon.

2 CDs. 2hrs 15 mins.

The Lord Of The Rings Part One: The Fellowship Of The Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Ian Holm (Read by), Michael Hordern (Read by), Robert Stephens (Read by)

With its first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 8, 1981, this dramatised tale of Middle Earth became an instant global classic. It boasts a truly outstanding cast including Ian Holm (as Frodo), Sir Michael Hordern (as Gandalf), Robert Stephens (as Aragorn), Bill Nighy (as Sam Gamgee) and John Le Mesurier (as Bilbo). Brian Sibley's famous adaptation has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly-recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm, who now stars as Bilbo in the feature films based on The Lord of the Rings. Part One, The Fellowship of the Ring, introduces us to Frodo Baggins. With his uncle Bilbo having mysteriously disappeared, Frodo finds himself in possession of a simple gold ring that has great and evil power. It is the Ruling Ring, taken long ago from the Dark Lord, Sauron, who now seeks to possess it again. Frodo must do everything he can to prevent this, and with the help of Gandalf the wizard and a band of loyal companions he begins a perilous journey across Middle-earth. Sauron's Black Riders are on their trail as they travel to Rivendell, attempt to cross the snow-swept Misty Mountains and, in desperation, enter the terrifying Mines of Moria.

4 CDs. 4 hrs.

The Secret Pilgrim

John le Carré (Author) , Anna Chancellor (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Patrick Malahide (Read by), Simon Russell Beale (Read by)

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ‘the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin’. The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world’s second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus’ latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Patrick Malahide as Ned, this engrossing dramatisation brings le Carré’s masterful novel vividly to life. 'A radio triumph... Simon Russell Beale’s pitch-perfect master spy' - Financial Times.

3 CDs. 3 hrs.

3rd & Bird The Muffin Express & Other Stories

Josh Selig (Author)

This title offers five episodes from the hugely popular animated series featuring Samuel, Rudy and Muffin - as seen on BBC TV - "A Chorus for Us", "Rolling Along", "To Play or Not to Play", "The Muffin Express" and "Samuel's Dance".

Dick Barton and the Smash and Grab Raiders

Edward J. Mason (Author) , Douglas Kelly (Read by), Full Cast (Read by)

Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends, Jock and Snowey, originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation. Sadly very few of the BBC's original recordings still survive. However, in 1949 a number of early Barton tales were re-recorded for transmission overseas. Starring Douglas Kelly, these re-stagings found new audiences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Over 300 of these 'international' recordings were rediscovered in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2009 and allow listeners finally to relive the escapades of the great Dick Barton. In this adventure, Dick, Snowey and Jock join forces with Sir Alexander Morton to fight the dastardly Paragon and his gang of audacious smash and grab raiders, but will they succeed? Find out in this exciting instalment of Dick Barton - Special Agent!

4 CDs. 4 hrs 6 mins.

Doctor Who And The Doomsday Weapon

Malcolm Hulke (Author) , Geoffrey Beevers (Read by), Geoffrey Beevers (Read by)

The evil Master has stolen the Time Lords’ file on the horrifying Doomsday Weapon with which, when he finds it, he can blast whole planets out of existence and make himself ruler of the Galaxy! The Time Lords direct Doctor Who and Jo Grant in their TARDIS to a bleak planet in the year 2471, where they find colonists from Earth under threat from mysterious, savage, monster lizards with frightful claws! And hidden upon the planet is the Doomsday Weapon, for which the Master is intently searching... Geoffrey Beevers, who played an incarnation of the Master in the classic BBC TV Doctor Who series, reads Malcolm Hulke’s complete and unabridged novelisation, based on the TV adventure Colony in Space and first published by Target Books in 1974. 'They're well-written books - adventure stories of course, but with some thought... the creation of the character of the Doctor had a touch of genius about it.' - Westminster Press.

4 CDs. 4 hrs 50 mins.

Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors

Brian Hayles (Author) , Frazer Hines (Read by)

The world is held in the grip of a second Ice Age, and faces total destruction from the rapidly advancing glaciers. Doctor Who, with Victoria and Jamie, lands at a top scientific base in England, where they have just unearthed an ancient Ice Warrior. Aliens from Mars, preserved in the ice for centuries and now revitalised, the Ice Warriors feel ready to take over... Can the Doctor overcome these warlike Martians and halt the relentless approach of the ice glaciers? Frazer Hines, who played Jamie in Doctor Who, reads Brian Hayles’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1976. ‘BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects' - Doctor Who Magazine.

4 CDs. 4 hrs 5 mins.

Doctor Who And The Talons Of Weng-Chiang

Terrance Dicks (Author) , Christopher Benjamin (Read by)

Stepping out of the TARDIS into Victorian London, Leela and the Doctor are confronted by menacing, diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog - a man s death cry, an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young women mysteriously disappearing... The hideously deformed Magnus Greel, conducting a desperate search for the lost Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Chang, and the midget manikin, Mr Sin, to achieve his terrifying objectives. The Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons of Weng-Chiang. Christopher Benjamin, who played Henry Gordon Jago in the original BBC TV serial, reads Terrance Dicks' complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1977.

4 CDs. 4 hrs 7 mins.

Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery

Francis Durbridge (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Marjorie Westbury (Read by), Peter Coke (Read by)

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio’s most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats – a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul’s help with his latest tricky case. This time, the case involves the Fergusons, who Paul and Steve meet while on the way home from New York. They are flying to England to visit their son Richard, a student at Oxford University. But at the airport, there is shocking news: Richard has been murdered, found shot dead in his room. The only clues are a postcard from Harrogate signed ‘Jonathan’, and Richard’s missing gold signet ring. But who is Jonathan, and what is his connection to the dead man? It is up to Paul to find the answer...

4 CDs. 3 hrs 35 mins.

Paul Temple And The Geneva Mystery

Francis Durbridge (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Marjorie Westbury (Read by), Peter Coke (Read by)

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Paul is contracted by one Maurice Lonsdale, whose brother-in-law was apparently killed in a car accident whilst abroad. His widowed sister Margaret is increasingly convinced that her husband is still alive - and she wants Paul Temple to investigate! Paul and Steve find that their own lives are soon in danger as they become embroiled in a deception stretching from London to Switzerland.

3 CDs. 2 hrs 41 mins.

Welcome to our Village Please Invade Carefully: Series 1 & 2

Eddie Robson (Author) , Hattie Morahan (Read by), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by)

Two series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village, starring Hattie Morahan and Julian Rhind-Tutt with Peter Davison and Jan Francis.

When the small Buckinghamshire village of Cresdon Green is invaded by an alien race called the Geonin, the local residents come up against Uljabaan, the smooth-talking leader of the aliens.

Doctor Who: Dalek Menace! (Classic Novels Boxset)

John Peel (Author) , Jean Marsh (Read by), Maureen O'Brien (Read by), Peter Purves (Read by)

A collectible slipcase containing three exciting Doctor Who audiobooks, each featuring the Daleks! In Daleks: The Chase, the TARDIS is pursued through Time and Space by the Daleks, who are intent on preventing any future intervention in their plans by the Doctor. In Daleks: Mission to the Unknown and Daleks: The Mutation of Time, the leader of Earth in the far future, Mavic Chen, has allied himself with the Daleks. When the Doctor steals the core of the Time Destructor, his arch enemies pursue him across the galaxy in order to retrieve it. Read by Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Jean Marsh, with Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, these recordings feature specially composed music and sound effects.

15 CDs. 17 hrs 45 mins.

Paul Temple And The Vandyke Affair

Francis Durbridge (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Marjorie Westbury (Read by), Peter Coke (Read by)

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond she is, understandably, very upset - it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'. However, no-one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is... This audio edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple', an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple. It features an exclusive interview with the definitive Paul Temple, Peter Coke, and rediscovered vintage recordings.

5 CDs. 4 hrs 4 mins.

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