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100 Dogs

Michael Whaite (Author)

Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone . . .

Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book?

Yep, we've counted and we're pawsitive!

Follow the bouncy rhyme as it weaves its way through an array of hilarious hounds (from petted pugs to silly sausage dogs) and find out . . .

This silly celebration of dogs is bursting with funny details to spot and crazy, characterful dogs to fall in love with - a bark-aloud book to return time and again.

Compassion Inc.

Gaurav Sinha (Author)

Be inspired to transform your business to change the world.

Do you ever wonder how successful businesses can be used as a force for good? Do you sometimes feel conflicted by the principles of capitalism? Do you wish to change the world around you whilst doing what you love?

In this book, Gaurav Sinha, world-class businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Insignia in 2003, outlines the economics of empathy for life and for business. He offers actionable solutions to maintaining a successful trade in a changing global landscape where conscience, ethics, and authenticity are high on the agenda.

The world is changing, perceptions are shifting, consumers are evolving, and this book will ensure your business keeps up.

Gamechanger

Spencer FC (Author)

How one man went from gaming and making videos at home to becoming a football club owner

'The bizarre new world of football' Guardian

I lifted the trophy triumphantly over my head, just as I’d seen so many FA Cup, World Cup and Champions League winners do on TV. It was quite simply the best moment of my life. Hashtag United had won.

So, how on earth did this happen? How did a kid who at one point couldn’t even get in his school team end up playing at Wembley Stadium in front of 20,000 people? How did someone who spent his life playing computer games get to play football in the same side as World Cup- and Champions League-winning players?

I'm hardly sure myself. But here's my attempt to tell the story.

Jamie Cooks Italy

Jamie Oliver (Author)

PREORDER Jamie Cooks Italy now to receive Jamie's latest cookbook the moment it comes out.

Jamie Cooks Italy is a celebration of the joy of Italian food. Jamie wants to share his love of all things Italian with accessible, best-ever recipes for Classic Carbonara, Salina Chicken, Stuffed Focaccia, Baked Risotto Pie, Pot-Roasted Cauliflower and Limoncello Tiramisu. This is about bringing the pleasure and passion of the world's favourite cuisine to your kitchen at home.

Featuring 140 recipes in Jamie's easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on Antipasti, Salad, Soup, Meat, Pasta, Fish, Rice & Dumplings, Bread & Pastry, Sides, Desserts and all the Basics you need.

The recipes are a mix of fast- and slow-cooking, familiar classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and celebrations. Whether cooking for yourself or cooking for friends and family, the aromas and tastes will transport you straight to the landscapes of Italy. Viva Italia!

Don't wait, PREORDER Jamie Cooks Italy now!

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons series)

Sarah J Maas (Author)

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story of kick-ass super hero: CATWOMAN by international bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.

In this third DC Icons book--following Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu's Batman: Nightwalker--Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that's closest to her heart?

Know Your Sh*t

Matt Roach (Author)


Your poo says a lot about your health but how well do you know your sh*t?

This unique, witty and handy colour swatch book is your entertaining and informative guide to every poo you will ever do. Based on real medical advice and full of pop culture gags, you’ll learn fascinating facts about your faeces, such as:

-Why floaters float
-Why stinkers stink
-What is and isn't normal
-How to poo like a pro

With 19 turds to compare to your own, including Poopcorn, Ring Stinger and Lumpty Dumpty, this is an essential guide for anyone who gives a crap about their health (or just has an unhealthy obsession with toilet humour).

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Attacks on The United States

Dr Jeffrey Lewis (Author)

:America lost 1.4 million citizens in the North Korean attacks of 2020. This is the final, authorised report of the US government commission investigating the catastrophe.

‘The skies over the Korean Peninsula on March 21, 2020, were clear and blue . . .’ So begins this investigation by nuclear expert Dr Jeffrey Lewis into the horrific events of the three days that followed.

While covering the fatal milestones — from North Korea’s accidental shootdown of a South Korean airliner to the tweet that triggered carnage — the report asks difficult questions about the conduct of world leaders along the path to war.

Did President Trump and his advisers realise the dangers of provoking Kim Jong Un with social media posts? Was conflict inevitable, or could the peace talks of 2018 have been successful? Who, ultimately, is responsible for one of the greatest tragedies in world history?

Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two Hearts

Adam Howling (Illustrator) , Adam Howling (Author) , Doctor Who (Author) , Adam Howling (Illustrator)

Learn your 1, 2, 3 across the stars, with the help of the Doctor and friends!

One Doctor. Two Hearts. Three Knocks. Four Daleks . . . A Doctor Who counting book with a timey-wimey twist on every page! Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who numbers book.

In the wonderful style of T is for Tardis, this includes stunning original illustrations, in a retro style, on every page.

The Lost Witch

Melvin Burgess (Author)

Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust?

Carnegie Medal-winner Melvin Burgess returns with a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.

Pygmalion

Bernard Shaw (Author) , Al Murray (Read by) , Alistair McGowan (Author) , Morgana Robinson (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Siân Phillips (Read by), Alistair McGowan (Read by)

A star-studded BBC radio production of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – plus bonus drama The ‘B’ Word, telling the story of the play’s scandalous opening night.

Irascible phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can train Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to talk ‘like a lady’ and pass as a duchess at the Ambassador’s Ball. As the day of reckoning approaches, can Eliza convince the assembled aristocrats that she’s one of them? And what will become of her afterwards?

This effervescent radio version of Shaw’s classic comedy features a stellar cast, including award-winning comedians Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins, Morgana Robinson as Eliza Doolittle and Al Murray as Alfred Doolittle.

Also featured on this release is The ‘B’ Word, written by and starring Alistair McGowan as Bernard Shaw. Centring on the shocking opening night of Pygmalion – the first time that the word ‘bloody' was used on the British stage – it also explores the passionate love-hate relationship between Shaw; his leading man, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and his leading lady, Mrs Patrick Campbell, who played the 19-year-old Eliza Doolittle at the age of 49.

Cast and credits

Pygmalion
Henry Higgins……………………Alistair McGowan
Eliza Doolittle……………………Morgana Robinson
Alfred Doolittle……………………Al Murray
Colonel Pickering……………………Hugh Fraser
Mrs Higgins……………………Siân 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
Written by Bernard Shaw
Produced and directed by Emma Harding


The ‘B’ Word
Bernard Shaw……………………Alistair McGowan
George Alexander……………………David Sturzaker
Mrs Patrick Campbell.....……………………Charlotte Page
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree……………………Richard McCabe
Charlotte Shaw……………………Georgie Glen
Merivale……………………Philip Fox
Gurney/Fishman……………………Simon Ludders
Bell……………………Charlie Clements
Maid……………………Sarah Ridgeway
Written by Alistair McGowan
Produced and directed by Emma Harding

Charles Dickens - The BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume Four

Charles Dickens (Author) , Alison Steadman (Read by), Amanda Redman (Read by), Andrew Scott (Read by), Douglas Hodge (Read by), Geraldine McEwan (Read by), Ian Holm (Read by), Maggie Steed (Read by), Robert Lindsay (Read by), Tom Wilkinson (Read by)

Gripping full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' classic masterpieces
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this final volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes some of his most complex and compelling novels.

A Tale of Two Cities
Set during the French Revolution, this radio retelling of Dickens’ powerful story of love, cruelty, violence and redemptionwon the 2012 Bronze Sony Award for Best Drama.

Great Expectations
This classic tale explores the turbulent childhood of orphan Pip, his quest to find his true identity, and his growth to maturity through misfortune and misery.

Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens' last complete novel is a sweeping satire of wealth and corruption, centred around London’s great river Thames.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
In Dickens’ unfinished masterpiece, the arrival in Cloisterham of Neville and Helena Landless, twins from Ceylon, sets in motion a chain of events which leads to murder.

With a star-studded cast including Robert Lindsay, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman, Alex Jennings and Ian Holm, these BBC radio adaptations are rich in drama, romance, suspense and tragedy.

Cast and credits
Written by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens..................................................................Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry..................................................................Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross..................................................................Alison Steadman
Lucie Manette..................................................................Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette..................................................................Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay..................................................................Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton..................................................................Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge..................................................................James Lailey
Theresa Defarge..................................................................Tracy Wiles
Gaspard/Stryver..................................................................Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher..................................................................Carl Prekopp
Joe..................................................................Rikki Lawton
Marquis St Evremonde..................................................................Clive Merrison
Barsad..................................................................Gerard McDermott
Other parts played by Adam Billington, Christopher Webster, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Cooper, Paul Moriarty, Alex Rivers

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Music by Lennert Busch
Sound production by Anne Bunting
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26- 30 December 2011

Great Expectations

Pip..................................................................Douglas Hodge
Miss Havisham..................................................................Geraldine McEwan
Estella..................................................................Amanda Redman
Joe Gardgery..................................................................Jim Carter
Mrs Joe..................................................................Maggie Steed
Jaggers..................................................................John Shrapnel
Wemmick..................................................................Timothy Bateson
Herbert Pocket..................................................................James Simmons
Magwitch..................................................................Robert Lang
Uncle Pumblechook..................................................................Norman Jones
Aged Parent..................................................................Michael Turner
Biddy..................................................................Emma Gregory
Bentley Drummle..................................................................Alan Barker
Orlick..................................................................Brian Hewlett
Other parts played by Fraser Kerr, Gary King, Mark Straker, Norman Jones, Polly Maberley, Terence Edmond, Timothy Carlton, Elizabeth Kelly, Henry Power, Jenny Howe, Auriol Smith, Brett Usher, James Greene, James Simmons, Joanna Myers, Timothy Alcock, Nigel Carrington, Ronald Herdman, Jane Whittenshaw, Stephen Garlick

Directed by Sally Avens
Dramatised by Ray Jenkins
Music by Malcolm Clarke
First broadcast BBC Radio 5 Live, 6 October-22 December 1991

Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens..................................................................Alex Jennings
Bella Wilfer..................................................................Daisy Haggard
Lizzie Hexam..................................................................Lizzy Watts
John Rokesmith..................................................................Carl Prekopp
Eugene Wrayburn..................................................................Patrick Kennedy
Mortimer Lightwood..................................................................Matt Addis
Nicodemus Boffin..................................................................Jason Watkins
Mrs Boffin..................................................................Pauline Quirke
Pa Wilfer..................................................................Philip Fox
Ma Wilfer..................................................................Annabelle Dowler
Charlie Hexam..................................................................Adam Arnold
Gaffer Hexam..................................................................Malcolm Tierney
Silas Wegg..................................................................Lee Ross
Aenus Venus..................................................................Stephen Hogan
Rogue Riderhood..................................................................Jamie Foreman

Other parts played by Paul Rider, Janice Acquah, Lynn Farleigh, Benjamin Askew, Neil Stuke, Nicola Miles-Wildin, Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Music by Roger Goula
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 November-4 December 2009

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

John Jasper..................................................................Ian Holm
Edwin Drood..................................................................Mark Payton
The Reverend Crisparkle..................................................................Gareth Thomas
Neville Landless..................................................................Simon Treves
Helena Landless..................................................................Helena Breck
Deputy..................................................................Susan Sheridan
Princess Puffer..................................................................Mary Wimbush
Miss Twinkleton..................................................................Margaret Courtenay
Rosa Bud..................................................................Moir Leslie
Grewgious..................................................................John Gabriel
Bazzard..................................................................John Samson
Durdles..................................................................Gordon Gostelow
Jeweller..................................................................John Moffatt
Joe..................................................................David Goudge
Other parts played by Timothy Bateson, Anna Cropper, Marcia King, Michael Cochrane, Vincent Brimble, Timothy Alcock, Margot Boyd, David King, Burt Kwouk, Noriko Aida, Madeline Smith, Hilda Kriseman, Jo Kendall, Anne Jameson, Michael Graham Cox

Directed by Gordon House
Concluded by Leon Garfield
Dramatised by David Buck
Pianist: Nicholas Kok
First broadcast BBC Radio 4/BBC World Service 2-30 March 1990

Duration: 21 hours 40 minutes approx.

Young Victoria

Juliet Ace (Author) , Adrian Lukis (Read by), Anna Massey (Read by) , Christopher Cazenove (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Imogen Stubbs (Read by), John Rowe (Read by), Selina Cadell (Read by)

A girl becomes a Queen…

This illuminating serial charts the transformation of the young Victoria from spirited teenager to shy young bride to celebrated ruler of Britain and ‘Mother of Europe’. But while her roles changed, her essential nature remained the same: vibrant, passionate, principled and fiercely independent.

Through extracts from Victoria’s own diaries and letters, and dramatised episodes featuring the characters closest to her, we are given a thrilling insight into the thoughts and feelings of the woman behind the crown – and the secrets of her mind and heart. The key events of her life are revealed in a new perspective – from her coronation, which captured the heart of a nation; to her blissful wedding and honeymoon; the birth of her nine children and the death of her beloved Albert.

Adapted by acclaimed scriptwriter Juliet Ace and featuring a star cast including Adrian Lukis, Anna Massey and Christopher Cazenove, this magical drama paints a detailed portrait of Victoria’s younger life, revealing some of the remarkable and long-lasting achievements of this extraordinary queen.

Cast
Victoria…Imogen Stubbs
Duchess of Kent…Anna Massey
Prince Albert…Adrian Lukis
Baroness Lehzen…Selina Cadell
Sir John Conroy/MP/Lord Aberdeen…John Rowe
Lord Melbourne…Christopher Cazenove
WAG/Prince Ernest/Page/Anson/Cubitt…Andrew Wincott
William IV/Stockmar/Peel…Terence Edmond
Prince of Wales Bertie/Paxton…Thomas Arnold
Princess Vicky/Helena…Clare Corbett
Prince of Wales Bertie (as a child)…George Allonby

Produced and directed by Cherry Cookson

Pantsdrunk

Miska Rantanen (Author)

Päntsdrunk is a refreshing take on the personal-development genre. In Finland there is a special word – 'kalsarikänni' – to denote ‘drinking at home, alone, in your underwear’.

It is no coincidence Finland consistently rates in the top five in happiness ranking. In Finland, Päntsdrunk is considered a path to recovery and self-empowerment to help you face your future challenges, much like the 'lagom' or 'hygge' of their other Scandi neighbours.

The Päntsdrunk method also includes bingeing on Netflix, scrolling mindlessly on your phone, sweet and salty snacks, sofa time, and blocking all work communications. It will lead you to a healthier, more energising and relaxing life – wherever, whenever.

Susan Calman: Keep Calman Carry On

Susan Calman (Author) , Susan Calman (Read by)

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down-time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure.

Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.
Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity.

In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new 'Susan Calm', by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman; going hillwalking with Muriel Gray; visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus and taking a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she tried again in Series 2, which involved learning about gardening with Val McDermid, going to a music festival with Robin Ince, trying her hand at baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah, and having a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

Keep Calman Carry On is a stand-up show in front of a live audience, in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds, and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter
Produced by Lyndsay Fenner
A BBC Studios Production
Cover photograph: Steve Ullathorne

Fear of Flying

Erica Jong (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Julianna Jennings (Read by), Kevin Shen (Read by), Max Bennett (Read by)

The radio premiere of Erica Jong's uninhibited feminist classic about female sexuality.

Isadora Wing has been married to psycho-analyst Bennett for five years. But she has become restless and yearns for men, for solitude, and for the perfect, guiltless, ‘zipless f**k’.

Having overcome her fear of flying to travel to a conference in Vienna with Bennett, she meets a charming Englishman called Adrian Goodlove. Can he offer the sexual liberation and fulfilment she's always fantasised about?

First published in 1973, this bold and bawdy novel about a young woman's quest for sexual liberation was a controversial best-seller.

Warning: Contains strong language from the start.

Cast:
Isadora Wing.....Julianna Jennings
Bennett Wing.....Kevin Shen
Adrian Goodlove.....Max Bennett
Isadora's mother.....Adie Allen
Marty.....Nick Underwood
Judy.....Nicola Ferguson
Dr Reuben.....Sargon Yelda
Dr Happe.....Brian Protheroe

Dramatised by Annie Caulfield
Directed by Emma Harding

Just a Minute: Series 81

BBC Radio Comedy (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Nicholas Parsons (Read by) , Paul Merton (Read by)

In this complete collection of episodes from Series 81 of Just a Minute, Nicholas Parsons invites guests to try to speak for sixty seconds on a variety of subjects such as fishnet stockings, sharks, the Wild West, the Theory of Evolution, bungee jumping and wheelbarrows.

With panellists including Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Sara Pascoe, Tony Hawks, Shelia Hancock, Fern Britton, Graham Norton, Marcus Brigstocke, Rebecca Front and Gyles Brandreth, this series shows just why Just a Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967

Who can talk for one minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17

BBC (Author) , Barry Cryer (Read by) , Graeme Garden (Read by) , Harry Hill (Read by), Jack Dee (Read by) , Miles Jupp (Read by) , Omid Djalili (Read by), Sandi Toksvig (Read by) , Tim Brooke-Taylor (Read by)

Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith

'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

Welcome to the seventeenth collection of episodes from the famous antidote to panel games. Jack Dee challenges regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden with a series of silly games against which to pit their wits, along with special guests Harry Hill, Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili and Miles Jupp.

Highlights include Word for Word, Alien Duets, Swanee Kazoo, Meat Eater’s Songbook, In My Pants, Mornington Crescent, Not My Fault, Pig Farmer’s Songbook, Specialist Greetings Cards, Unsuccessful Charities, Dentists’ Film Club and the ever-popular One Song to the Tune of Another.

Enjoy this fine feast of wit and wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and with the lovely Samantha keeping score.

Credits
In the Chair……………..Jack Dee
Round the Table………..Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden
With Harry Hill, Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili and Miles Jupp
At the Piano………………Colin Sell

Programme consultant: Iain Pattinson
Produced by Jon Naismith
Compiled by Jon Naismith, Megan Landon and Graeme Garden

The Interrogation: The Complete Series 1-5

Roy Williams (Author), Alex Lanipekun (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Kenneth Cranham (Read by)

Kenneth Cranham and Alex Lanipekun star in these fifteen hard-hitting crime dramas

Chalk and cheese coppers Max Matthews and Sean Armitage are from different generations and different worlds, but together they make a remarkable team. In this powerful, unconventional police procedural, we join the detective duo in the interview room, as they practise their unique style of interrogation in a bid to extract a confession.

These fifteen dramas all focus on a different suspect, each with their own story and version of events. Among the varied characters we hear from are Rod, a Premier League footballer accused of rape; Jermaine, a ruthless gang leader; Marc, an ex-policeman suspected of domestic violence; and Beverley, who has come into the station to report her elderly father as missing. As the details of their crimes are revealed, we get under their skin, and come to understand what motivated them to do what they did.

Compelling and compassionate, these dramas probe some of today’s most troubling moral issues, inviting us to face hard truths, but holding out the possibility of redemption. With razor-sharp dialogue and characters that feel entirely authentic, they’ll linger in your mind long after you’ve finished listening.

Series 1
1. Rod
2. Jermaine
3. Sarah

Series 2
1. Marc
2. Grace
3. Simon

Series 3
1. Colin
2. Jonny
3. Kellie

Series 4
1. Tom
2. Riz
3. PC Joanne Laverty

Series 5
1. Beverley
2. Micky
3. Neil

Cast and credits
DS/DI/DCI Max Matthews…Kenneth Cranham
DC/DS Sean Armitage…Alex Lanipekun
Rod Tyler…Joe Sims
Helen Cottol…Katie Angelou
Mother…Tracy Wiles
Jermaine…Anthony Welsh
Sarah…Claire Louise Cordwell
Danny…Carl Prekopp
Marc Johnson…Ben Crowe
Lisa Johnson…Philippa Stanton
Operator…Hannah Wood
Grace Buffong…Noma Dumezweni
Stephen Buffong…Jerome Holder
Simone Parker…Amaka Okafor
Simon Barnes…Sam Swann
Jason…Michael Shelford
Damien…Will Howard
Wendy Harris…Joanna Brookes
Mr Renshaw/Football fan…Nicholas Murchie
Colin Hamilton…Michael Bertenshaw
Gemma…Amy Metcalf
Jonny Foster…Gawn Grainger
Nancy…Dinah Stabb
Kellie…Cush Jumbo
Alan Parke…Clive Hayward
Tom…Luke Norris
Debbie Ross…Susan Brown
Riz….Nabil Elouahabi
Tara…Joanna Horton
Derek…Chris Pavlo
Reporter…Stephen Critchlow
Jordan…Gershwyn Eustache Jr
Joanne…Sally Orrock
Beverley…Adjoa Andoh
Marcel…Jason Maza
Micky…Danny Webb
Neil…Joseph Millson
Sally…Catriona McFarlane
Sarge…Karen Bartke
Football fan…Finlay Robertson

Written by Roy Williams
Produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole (Series 1 and 2) and Mary Peate (Series 3-5)
Music composed by David Pickvance

The Last Englishmen

Deborah Baker (Author)

'A continuously absorbing and stimulating book, which enlarges the cultural and political history of the mid-20th century' Pankaj Mishra

John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalayas. Michael Spender was the first to survey the northern approach to the summit of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers – W.H Auden and Stephen Spender – achieved literary fame, they vied for a place on an expedition that would finally conquer Everest, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain’s efforts to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: in the summer of 1938 both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine each man’s wartime loyalties.

From Calcutta to pre-war London to the snowy slopes of Everest, The Last Englishmen tracks a generation obsessed with a romantic ideal. As political struggle rages in Spain, the march to war with Germany seems inevitable, Communist spies expand their ranks and the fight for Indian independence enters its final bloody act, writers and explorers, Englishmen and Indians must pick their cause.

The Last Englishmen is an engrossing story that traces the end of empire and the stirring of a new world order. It encourages us to look again at our national story, to seek out the viewpoints of those on the other end of unchecked power, and to question our own mythologies.

Carrington

Christopher Lee (Author)

Lord Carrington was Margaret Thatcher's Foreign Secretary when the Argentinians invaded the Falklands in 1982. Absent in Israel on the eve of the invasion, he promptly resigned since it was, he said, a point of honour. He is seen by many today as the last of his breed in politics, an honourable man committed to public service.

The descendant of a famous banking family, Carrington served as a minister in every Conservative government from Churchill to Thatcher. In this full biography, authorised but not read by the subject, author of This Sceptred Isle Christopher Lee offers a fascinating portrait of a Tory icon whose career is a window into post-war British politics and life as a politician and diplomat.

He could be viewed as a typical Tory grandee, yet he disliked the Party, claiming late in his life that he was no longer a member, and could be fiercely independent. And there were recurring oddities in his career. He was forced to offer his resignation to Churchill for bad judgement over the Crichel Down Affair. As Navy Minister he was caught in the glare of a spy ring, and, though Defence Secretary, kept out of the loop of the military operation which culminated in Bloody Sunday.

Margaret Thatcher said there was something innately reassuring walking into a room where Carrington stood. Was this a barbed compliment? Did he in fact lack the steel required of a modern politician? He certainly represents a bygone era, as this vivid and expert biography shows.

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