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I'm typing these entries out, summarising them from RT, removing spoilers and editing / adding notes where necessary. Typos are gradually being removed. The page is generally updated at the end of each month.

To locate a play, use Control-F which will bring up a search box. The page lists afternoon dramas including Sat-Sun. (Saturday Drama and Classic Serial). .........ND

Note that the 'Classic Serial' slot on Sunday afternoons is no longer described as such in the Radio Times. However I am still using the term so people can navigate the page more easily.

Plays made by independent production companies are indicated by 'Indie'.


THE PLAYS:

1 Jan: Classic Serial slot - Bedroom Farce, 2
Continued from yesterday; second half of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, never done on radio before. To recap - a hectic night in the lives of four couples. Trevor and Susannah's marriage is rocky; they inflict their miseries on their closest friends. Trevor ….. Stephen Mangan, Susannah ..… Susannah Fielding, Malcolm ..… George Blagden, Kate ..… Laura Pitt-Pulford, Jan ..… Lisa Dillon, Nick ..… Edward Bennett, Ernest ..… Martin Jarvis, Delia ..… Rosalind Ayres. Specially composed music: A-Mnemonic. SMs: Charles Carroll, Marc McCouig, Tom Bullen. Produced by Martin Jarvis. Indie (Jarvis & Ayres).

2 Jan: No drama
'This Cultural Life' - Monday afternoon - repeated from Saturday. This is not the place for it - drama needs restoring to the slot.

3 Jan: Release
By Matt Hartley. Aimee's dad has been in prison since she was 8. For murder. Now she is 17. He's been released.She has grown up with her aunt, believing that her father killed her mother. Slowly, she discovers her dad was innocent. Can things be put right? Aimee - Saran Morgan, Olly - Richard Harrington, Sian - Siwan Morris, Kyle - Kyle Lima. Directed by John Norton. BBC Wales

4 Jan: The Lemonade Lads
By Faebian Averies. Rpt. from 19 Jul 21. Ted struggles to find contentment, until he meets Brian and together they discover the powers of lemonade. Comedy drama. Ted…. Matthew Aubrey, Brian…. Steffan Rhodri, Gemma…. Faebian Averies, Simon….. Connor Allen. Produced by James Robinson. BBC Wales.

5 Jan: Dot and the Russian Dossier
By Ed Harris. May, 1941. The future of the war hangs in the balance, and Dot has been selected for a most perilous mission. This wartime comedy sees Dot leaving her desk job in the personnel department in Whitehall's War Rooms and entering the field of conflict. Rpt. from 2020. Dot . . . . . Fenella Woolgar, Myrtle . . . . . Kate O'Flynn, Peabody . . . . . David Acton, Archie . . . . . Carl Prekopp, Sister Frances . . . . . Clare Corbett, Editing . . . . . Peter Ringrose. Director . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko.

6 Jan: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, 6: Firewall
Based on the novel by James Swallow, dram. Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Fourth Echelon agent Sam Fisher and his daughter Sarah regroup on the Paladin, where they force Kobin into giving more information. Meanwhile, Stone is sent to terminate any suspicions on the T-Tech Oil Rig. Sam Fisher ..... Andonis Anthony, Sarah Fisher ..... Daisy Head, Anna Grímsdóttir ..... Rosalie Craig, Charlie Cole ..... Sacha Dhawan, Brody Teague ..... Will Poulter, Samir Patel ..... Nikesh Patel, Stone ..... Mihai Arsene, Andriy Kobin ..... Riad Richie, Eighteen ..... Olga Fedori, Bray ..... Roger Ringrose, LeBeau ..... David Hounslow. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Directed by Jessica Mitic. Series Co-Produced by Nadia Molinari, Lorna Newman, Jessica Mitic. 30m. BBC Audio Drama North.

7 Jan: Saturday Play - Rare Earth
By Richard Monks. Described by RT as a trade-war thriller involving a mining contract in Greenland. The Rare Earth elements, knowns by chemists as the Lanthanides, are a group of 17 chemically similar metals; they are not particularly rare, but they are incredibly difficult to separate from one another because they are so similar. You can actually buy little magnets made of neodymium on the internet (it's about as common as copper in the earth's crust); they are incredibly powerful and are used in electric motors.] The main use of rare earths is in electronics, including smart phones and missiles. China produces about 84% of the current supply. As for the play: In Nuuk, the US and China try lobbying the Energy and Environment Minister Seria Lyberth to secure an exclusive mining contract on Greenland. Local activist Rusa Pederson doesn't want the mine. Shortly afterwards there is a plane crash, and the conflict starts. Manok ….. Christopher Dane, Rusa ….. Christina Wolfe, Magda ….. Pamela Miles, Lyberth ….. Samantha Dakin, Olsen ….. David Menkin, Fulton ….. Ryan Ellsworth, Harris ….. Liz Sutherland-Lim, Kalina ….. Anastasia Hille. Other voices played by the cast. Sound design ….. Jon Nicholls. Producer ….. Sarah Tombling. Executive producer ….. Sara Davies. Directed by Nicolas Jackson. Indie (Afonica).

8 Jan: Classic Serial slot: The Medici: Bankers, Gangsters, Popes: 1
Episode title - Cosimo. By Mike Walker. Cosimo de Medici inherits his father's bank. Through shrewd trade and business innovation he becomes the richest man in Europe and a great patron of the Arts Cosimo de' Medici - Patrick Baladi, Contessina de' Bardi - Sirine Saba, Rinaldo degli Albizzi - Richard Elfyn, Niccolo Tinucci - Christopher Elson, Old Giovanni - Hugh Thomas, Silvio - Marc Danbury, Gio Verdi - Marco Fiera, The Manager - David Hounslow. Sound Design - Nigel Lewis and Catherine Robinson. Producer - John Norton. BBC Wales.

9 Jan: No Drama, again
Disappointing.

10 Jan: Border Call
By Hugh Costello. A look 4 years into the future: It is 2027 and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is under pressure to hold a poll on Irish re-unification. Helen Graham: Jane Slavin, Emily Cooke: Bronagh Waugh, with Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Frances Tomelty and Stephen Hogan.Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan.

11 Jan: Dead Weather
By Hattie Naylor. After she moves from London to Wales, Sam is abandoned by her husband. He prefers Freya, his childhood sweetheart. Sam is devastated and haunted by the memory of a place by the sea where Dylan wrote a sonata just for her. When a lost young crow turns up in her garden, Sam takes it in and nurtures it. But this act of compassion will unleash a series of events that drive her to the edge of madness. Sam ….. Juliet Aubrey, Dylan ….. Matthew Gravelle, Freya ….. Claire Price, Alwyn ….. Lloyd Meredith, Ceri and Nerys ….. Megan Jones. Music composed by Dan Jones and played by him and Jonathan Morton Sound Design ….. Adam Woodhams. Mix ….. Steve Bond. Executive Producer ….. Sara Davies. Directed and produced by Nicolas Jackson. Indie (Afonica) [note- Juliet and Claire won ADAs, 2022, in this play - Ed]

12 Jan: The Road to Power - 1. Long Live the Soviet Republic of Bavaria
New 8-part series by Jonathan Myerson. It is 1918; the German people are starving and revolution is in the air. A 29-year-old corporal is sent to report on fringe political parties in Munich. His name is Adolf Hitler. The political ascent of the National Socialist Party begins here. This series of plays follows the story. We meet the army captain who trains Hitler to make rabble-rousing speeches, the Harvard-educated American who becomes Hitler’s court jester, the millionairess who plays the role of surrogate mother, the niece who shoots herself in his apartment. Nobody imagines the Nazi Party will ever take power – it would require a chain of unlikely events to happen. Captain Mayr - Toby Stephens, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Gottfried Feder - Edward Bennett, King Ludwig - William Chubb, Kaiser Wilhelm - Nicholas Farrell, President Hindenberg - Sir Derek Jacobi, Kurt Eisner - Michael Maloney, General Ludendorff - Andrew Woodall, Other parts played by Joseph Alessi, Oscar Batterham, Scott Karim, George Kemp, Sorcha Kennedy, Jack Laskey, Forbes Masson and Lynne Miller. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams. Studio Manager – Mark Smith. Casting Director – Ginny Schiller. Original Score – Metaphor Music. Director – Jonathan Myerson, producer: Nicholas Newton. Indie (Promenade production). [...note from ND ... Jonathan wrote a series of plays on the Nuremberg trials which was broadcast in August 2021].

13 Jan: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, 7: Firewall
By James Swallow, dram. Paul Cornell. Sarah Fisher is onboard Brody Teague's train, her mission is to neutralise him and secure his digital tablet. Meanwhile her father Sam Fisher is deployed to Site 5, Oil Rig to secure Gordian Sword. It's now a race against time to stop Brody Teague and his sinister threat to global security. 30m. Sam Fisher ..... Andonis Anthony, Sarah Fisher ..... Daisy Head, Anna Grímsdóttir ..... Rosalie Craig, Charlie Cole ..... Sacha Dhawan, Brody Teague ..... Will Poulter, Samir Patel ..... Nikesh Patel, Stone ..... Mihai Arsene, Andriy Kobin/ Chef Jean Claude ..... Riad Richie, Eighteen ..... Olga Fedori, Guard/Killer..... Roger Ringrose. Sound design by Steve Brooke. Directed by Nadia Molinari. Series Co-Produced by Lorna Newman, Jessica Mitic, Nadia Molinari. BBC; Drama North.

14 Jan: Saturday Play - Death and the Penguin
By Andrey Kurkov, dram. Hattie Naylor. 90m. Set in mid-90s Ukraine. This play is set in the 'wild west' atmosphere of a newly-independent Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet Union. At the heart of the action, is down-on-his-luck writer, Viktor. He is determined to survive. Viktor ….. Tom Basden, Lyosha ….. Jason Watkins, Igor ….. David Hounslow, Sonya ….. Blythe Arbery, Nina ….. Chloe Sommer, Misha-non-Penguin ….. Roger Ringrose, Sergey ….. Tom Kiteley, Natasha ….. Fiona Skinner, Dr Pidpaly ….. Joanna Monro. Translated by George Bird. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

15 Jan: Classic Serial slot - The Medici, 2: Lorenzo the Magnificent
By Mike Walker. Young Lorenzo is more interested in Art and romance than banking. His mother Lucrezia is still holding the family and the business together. Is he equal to the task of ruling Florence in all but name? Or will he be knifed in the back? Lorenzo de' Medici - Tom Cullen, Lucrezia Tornabuoni - Sharon Morgan, Clarice Orsini - Abra Thompson, Gio de' Medici - Gareth Pierce, Marietta - Saran Morgan, Cardinal Orsini - Simon Armstrong, Soderini - Daniel Cerqueira, Pope Sixtus - John Cording, Tinucci - Tommy Sim'aan, Pazzi - Matthew Durkan, The Manager - David Hounslow. Sound Design - Nigel Lewis and Catherine Robinson. Producer - John Norton. BBC Wales.

16 Jan: No Drama
This should be a drama slot. Write to the BBC and tell them.

17 Jan: Not for Turning
By Tim Dawson. Young Hal attends the Conservative Party conference, where he falls in with a young crowd. A researcher tells him "everyone goes gay at Conference". The young men spill out onto the street in the small hours, a man and Hal are photographed, kissing. The photo hits an internet news outlet and trends briefly on social media. The drama offers three possible outcomes. Cassie – Nicola Holt, Hal – Henry Devas, Cruise – Andrew Bentley, Nate – Ashley Gerlach, Garnier and Weasel – Toby Hadoke. Producer: Lawrence Til.l Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Sparklab).

18 Jan: Eat and Run
By Paolo Chianta. Every other Saturday, Alice and Dean meet their divorced dad Stewart for lunch. But one day, Stewart forgets his wallet and they run off without paying. It’s an adventure. It brings them closer. And so begins a spree across Brighton’s restaurants as the family become serial “dine and dashers”. Unfortunately Rebecca, a waitress, has one of their skipped bills taken out of her wages. She is struggling to pay for food for her son and she decides to track down the perpetrators. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Alice.....Emma Sidi, Dean.....Aaron Gelkoff, Stewart (sic)....Dustin Demri-Burns, Rebecca.....Sophie Wu, Will....John King, Charlie.....Tom Kiteley, Manager....Chlöe Sommer. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Directed by Nadia Molinari. Produced by Lorna Newman. BBC, Drama North.

19 Jan: Nazis: The Road to Power, 2: My Little Wolf
By Jonathan Myerson. Continued from last week. This new series in 8 parts gives a glimpse of the intrigues, the personalities and the decisions which would ultimately lead to 40 million dead in the world’s greatest catastrophe. Helene Bechstein - Nancy Carroll, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Ernst Röhm - Joseph Alessi, Karl Harrer - Oscar Batterham, Gottfried Feder - Edward Bennett, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Anton Drexler - Jack Laskey. Other parts were played by: William Chubb, Nicholas Farrell, Scott Karim, Sorcha Kennedy, Michael Maloney, Forbes Masson, Lynne Miller and Andrew Woodall. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams. Studio Manager – Mark Smith. Casting Director – Ginny Schiller. Original Score – Metaphor Music. Director – Jonathan Myerson, producer: Nicholas Newton. Indie (Promenade production).

20 Jan: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Firewall, 8
By James Swallow; dramatised by Paul Cornell. Conclusion. Agents Sam and Sarah Fisher are caught in a race against time to execute their mission; to secure the dangerous cyberwarfare technology, Gordian Sword and stop it falling into the wrong hands. Sarah is forced to face her past, as she steels herself to take a life. And Sam finally comes face to face with his old nemesis Dima Aslanov. Sam Fisher ..... Andonis Anthony, Sarah Fisher ..... Daisy Head, Anna Grímsdóttir ..... Rosalie Craig, Charlie Cole ..... Sacha Dhawan, Brody Teague ..... Will Poulter, Stone ..... Mihai Arsene, Eighteen ...... Olga Fedori, Guard ...... Roger Ringrose. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Directed by Nadia Molinari. Series Co-Produced by Jessica Mitic, Nadia Molinari, Lorna Newman. BBC Drama North.

21 Jan: Saturday Play slot - The Jungle Book, 1
By Kipling; re-set by Ayeesha Menon in modern India, and recorded there by the Goldhawk crew. 55m. Mowgli, the orphan boy at the centre of the story, is being brought up by the Wolves, a gang of petty criminals in a tenement block in Mumbai, and learns how to survive. Then the villainous politician, Tiger Khan, threatens Mowgli's life. Mo - Namit Das, Tiger Khan - Rajit Kapur, Mrs Gupta - Shernaz Patel, Mr Gupta- Zafar Karachiwala, Bugs - Sukant Goel, Yuva- Abir Abrar, Kala- Shikha Talsania, Rikita- Devika Shahani, Father Carvalho - Sohrab Ardeshir, Young Kala/Rani- Preetika Chawla, Young Mo - Omkar Kulkarni, Dimple - Trisha Kale, Bobby - Alka Sharma, Varun/Boy - Ajitesh Gupta, Amma - Prerna Chawla, Raksha- Shivani Tanksale, Rafiq & Naag- Tavish Bhattacharyya, Baldeo/Tabaqui/Purun Bhagat- Vivek Madan, Akhil - Nadir Khan. Music by Sacha Puttnam. Songs written and performed by Satchit Puranik. Directed by Ayeesha Menon. Producer: Nadir Khan. Executive Producer: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

22 Jan:Classic Serial slot - The Medicis, 3
Series created by Mike Walker. This episode written by Sian Ejiwunmi Le-Berre; title - Bonfire of the Vanities. Lorenzo the Magnificent has to try and stop the war with the Pope. To do it he will have to go alone to Naples to negotiate with King Ferrante - the most terrifying ruler in Europe. He would rather surround himself with Art and artists, but unexpected troubles are heading his way. The monk Savonarola is determined to purge Florence of sin, and the bank is in decline. Will there be anything left for his successors? Lorenzo de' Medici - Tom Cullen, Lucrezia Tornabuoni - Sharon Morgan, Clarice Orsini - Abra Thompson, Savonarola - Matthew Gravelle, King Ferrante - Jonathon Forbes, Pope Innocent - Roger Ringrose, Leonardo da Vinci- Tom Kiteley, Botticelli - Hughie O' Donnell. Organ - Branwen Munn, Sound Design - Nigel Lewis and Catherine Robinson. Producer - John Norton. BBC Wales.

23 Jan: No drama, again
Please write to the BBC about the lack of drama on Mondays. And whilst you're about it - do you really want future plays to be 'internet-only'? This is not a good idea, but it is apparently what Tim Davie, the BBC Director-General, wants. Throw away my radio? No, thank you.....

24 Jan: Back Home
By May Sumbwanyambe. Noreen returns to her native Zambia after 20 years in the UK. She is the head of a wildlife charity and she’s come back to give a speech about animal conservation in Africa. Her family - who haven’t seen her for a long while - want to talk about difficult issues closer to home. Noreen ..... Rakie Ayola, Mwemba ..... Adam Courting, Moses ..... Ben Onwukwe. Producer: Bruce Young.

25 Jan: Bottled
By Hayley Wareham; a play about domestic abuse.Rpt. from 2020. Katy is a normal teenager wrapped up with school, friends and a new boyfriend. Then Katy's new stepdad Brian arrives, and her life starts to disintegrate. Katy………..Ashna Rabheru, Sharon (mum)…..Clare Corbett, Brian …….Richard Corgan, Bradley (boyfriend) …….Michael Ajao, Mr Morris/Bailiff……Carl Prekopp, Producer: Anne Isger.

26 Jan: Nazis: The Road to Power, 3 - The Enemy Is on the Left, the Danger Is on the Right
By Jonathan Myerson. In Munich, Putzi Hanfstaengl, quite a bright chap, finds himself attracted by Hitler’s charisma, quickly becoming one of his entourage, partly thanks to his enthusiastic piano-playing. But the country is experiencing hyper-inflation. Wheelbarrows of money for a loaf... it can't go on. The Nazis seize power in Munich, now intending to march on Berlin and announce a national dictatorship led by Hitler. But first they must take control of the police forces and the infantry and shut down the telephone exchanges and radio transmitters. Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Ernst Röhm - Joseph Alessi, Emil Maurice - Oscar Batterham, Leni Hanfstaengl - Melody Grove, Herman Göring - Scott Karim, Gustav Ritter von Kahr - Michael Maloney, Ulrich Graf - Forbes Masson, General Ludendorff - Andrew Woodall, Other parts played by: Edward Bennett, William Chubb, Nicholas Farrell, George Kemp, Sorcha kennedy, Jack Laskey and Lynne Miller. Narrator - Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

27 Jan: The Incident at Ong's Hat, 1: The Incunabula Papers
By Jon Frechette. Sarah Larsen, a yoga instructor, and her friend Charlie Brill went in search of Ong’s Hat, a fabled gateway to another dimension. Now Sarah is missing, and maybe this urban legend isn’t a legend at all. 30m. Charlie - Corey Brill, Sarah - Avital Ash, Rodney Ascher - Himself, Det. Stecco - James Bacon, Casey - Hayley Taylor, Ringo - Benjamin Williams, Kit - Randall Keller, Denny Unger - Himself, Joseph Matheny - Himself, Newscasters: Elizabeth Saydah, Dean Wendt. Created and Produced by Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto. Inspired by Ong’s Hat: The Beginning by Joseph Matheny. Music by Blue Dot Sessions, Jon Frechette, Chris Zabriskie, Anthene, Macrogramma (under Creative Commons). Editing and Sound Design - Jon Frechette, Additional Editing - Brandon Kotfila and Greg Myers, Special Thanks - Ben Fineman. Producer: Jon Frechette. Executive Producer - John Dryden. “Ong’s Hat Survivors Interview” courtesy of Joseph Matheny. Indie (Goldhawk).

28 Jan: Saturday Play slot - The Jungle Book, 2
By Ayeesha Menon, based on Rudyard Kipling’s tales, set in present-day Bombay (Mumbai). Continued from last week's Saturday slot. Recorded in India. Rpt. Momgli - Namit Das, Tiger Khan - Rajit Kapur, Mrs Gupta - Shernaz Patel, Mr Gupta- Zafar Karachiwala, Bugs - Sukant Goel, Yuva- Abir Abrar, Kala- Shikha Talsania, Rikita- Devika Shahani, Father Carvalho - Sohrab Ardeshir, Young Kala/Rani- Preetika Chawla, Young Mo - Omkar Kulkarni, Dimple - Trisha Kale, Bobby - Alka Sharma, Varun/Boy - Ajitesh Gupta, Amma - Prerna Chawla, Raksha- Shivani Tanksale, Rafiq & Naag- Tavish Bhattacharyya, Baldeo/Tabaqui/Purun Bhagat- Vivek Madan, Akhil - Nadir Khan. Music by Sacha Puttnam. Directed by Ayeesha Menon. Producer: Nadir Khan. Executive Producer: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

29 Jan: Classic Serial slot -The Chatterleys, 1
A new version of the well-known novel by David Lawrence, adapted by Mike Kenny and set in the 21st century drama in Redcar. The drama was developed by working with members of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men Association) to inform the story and perform in the production. It offers insight into the challenges of becoming disabled. It is also a love story. In the first episode, when Cliff comes back from a tour of Afghanistan, now disabled and in a wheelchair, he and his wife Connie move to Redcar to run his family business. As they struggle to adapt to their new life, they meet Oliver Mellors at the beach. Cliff ..... David Proud, Connie ..... Ashleigh Wilder, Oliver ..... Mark Holgate, Ivy ..... Melody Brown, Hilly ..... Claire Morley, The Book ..... Jonathan Keeble. Directors: Jenny Sealey and Polly Thomas. Sound recordist: Louis Blatherwick. Sound design: Eloise Whitmore. Original music: Megan Steinberg, with additional mastering by Alex Armstrong-Holding. Title track by ANBR. With thanks to Christine Landess and the team at BLESMA. Script consultant: Luke Delahunty. Sign language interpreters: Faye Alvi and Caroline Ryan. Production manager: Darren Spruce. Executive producer: Eloise Whitmore. Indie. Collaboration between Naked Productions and Graeae Theatre.

30 Jan: No Drama
This should be a drama slot. Write to the BBC about it. They've just spent £7.000,000 on digital rebranding. That would be enough to restore the drama for 2023-4 to 600 hours, which is what it was in 2017.

31 Jan: The Half Widow, 1
By Avin Shah, who wrote some of the 'Tommies' episodes about WW1. It's August 2019. The Indian government has revoked Kashmir's special status and the region is now under curfew and communications blackout. Zameera (Mita Rahman) is a half-widow, the Kashmiri term for a woman whose husband is one of 'the disappeared'. She just wants a normal life, but she and her son are soon pulled in different directions. Rpt. from July 2021. Zameera....Mita Rahman, Yusuf.....Narinda Samra, Javed.....Gavi Singh Chera, Aaliyah.....Aysha Kala, Sergeant Patel.....Emilio Doorgasingh, Gashe.....Avin Shah, Journalist.....Ronny Jhutti. Produced by Emma Harding. Sound design by Alison Craig. Production co-ordination by Maggie Olgiati.

1 Feb: The Half Widow, 2
By Avin Shah, cont'd. The Indian government has revoked Kashmir's special status and the region is now under curfew and communications blackout. Zameera just wants a normal life, and for her son to go to medical school in Mumbai, but they are both caught up in events beyond their control. Rpt. from Jul 2021. Zameera....Mita Rahman, Yusuf.....Narinda Samra, Javed.....Gavi Singh Chera, Aaliyah.....Aysha Kala, Sergeant Patel.....Emilio Doorgasingh, Gashe.....Avin Shah, Gravedigger.....Ronny Jhutti. Produced by Emma Harding. Sound design by Alison Craig. Production co-ordination by Maggie Olgiati.

2 Feb: Nazis: The Road to Power, 4. The Big Lie
By Jonathan Myerson. In the Rhineland, young Joseph Goebbels has a PhD, an unpublished novel and a half-Jewish girlfriend, Else Janke. He is drawn to the Nazi Party and Hitler’s powerful rhetoric. Hitler is on trial in Munich for his unsuccessful coup. After being released from six months later, Hitler must now renounce violence. The Nazi Party must be elected through the ballot box. Joseph Goebbels - Alexander Vlahos, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Gregor Strasser - Joseph Alessi, Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - Oscar Batterham, Helene Bechstein - Nancy Carroll, Otto von Lossow - Nicholas Farrell, Leni Hanfstaengl - Melody Grove, Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Herman Goering - Scott Karim, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Else Janke - Sorcha Kennedy, Hermine Hoffman - Lynne Miller, General Ludendorff - Andrew Woodall, Other parts played by Edward Bennett, William Chubb, Jack Laskey, Forbes Masson and Michael Maloney. Narrator - Juliet Stevenson Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

3 Feb: The Incident at Ong's Hat,2 - The Traveller
By Jon Frechette. Sarah and Charlie meet a mysterious stranger at Ong’s Hat who claims to be an interdimensional traveller, and who knows a lot about Sarah. Can he be trusted, or is he a stalker? Charlie - Corey Brill, Sarah - Avital Ash, Rodney Ascher - Himself, Det. Stecco - James Bacon, Casey - Hayley Taylor, Ringo - Benjamin Williams, Kit - Randall Keller, Denny Unger - Himself, Joseph Matheny - Himself, Newscasters: Elizabeth Saydah, Dean Wendt. Inspired by Ong’s Hat: The Beginning by Joseph Matheny. Music by Blue Dot Sessions, Jon Frechette, Chris Zabriskie, Anthene, Macrogramma (under Creative Commons). Editing and Sound Design - Jon Frechette. Additional Editing - Brandon Kotfila and Greg Myers. Special Thanks - Ben Fineman Produced by Todd Luoto. Directed by Jon Frechette. Executive Producer - John Dryden. “Ong’s Hat Survivors Interview” courtesy of Joseph Matheny. Indie (Goldhawk)

4 Feb: Saturday Play slot - A Leap in the Dark
By Ron Hutchinson, to celebrate the approaching centenary of the UK’s first ever radio play. Rpt. from 26 Feb 2022. In 22, when producer Cedric Maud and his assistant Grace first proposed the idea of a play to be performed on the newly available wireless sets, the idea was initially regarded as impracticable and perhaps impossible to execute. How would listeners know what was going on if they couldn't see the stage?

A young writer, Richard Hughes, was commissioned to write a piece which would exploit the potential of the new medium. This play takes a humorous look at the way the first drama producers faced the challenge and invented a new art form which was destined to become very popular - radio drama. Nigel Playfair, stage actor - Alex Jennings, May Playfair - Jane Slavin, Cedric Maud - Rufus Wright, Grace Wise - Elinor Coleman, Hattersly - Clive Hayward, Billingsby - David Acton, Hughes - Jos Vantyler. Director: Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish). 60m.

5 Feb: Classic Serial - Lady Chatterley, 2
The well-known novel by David Lawrence, re-set in Redcar by Mike Kenney. Cliff finally opens up about the impact of becoming disabled to his veterans group. Connie opens up about her loneliness to Oliver Mellors, leading to a brief affair. Despite this, Oliver and Cliff become friends, Cliff allowing his support to help him adapt to his new life. Will the Chatterley’s marriage fall apart, or can it survive, in a new form? Cliff ..... David Proud, Connie ..... Ashleigh Wilder, Oliver ..... Mark Holgate, Ivy ..... Melody Brown, Hilly ..... Claire Morley, The Book ..... Jonathan Keeble, Jimmy ..... Jason Burns, Dan ..... Steve Watson, Veteran group member ..... Andy Mudd. Directors: Jenny Sealey and Polly Thomas. Sound recordist: Louis Blatherwick. Sound design: Eloise Whitmore. Original music: Megan Steinberg, additional mastering by Alex Armstrong-Holding. Title track by ANBR. With thanks to Christine Landess and the team at BLESMA. Script consultant: Luke Delahunty. Sign language interpreters: Faye Alvi and Caroline Ryan. Production manager: Darren Spruce. Executive Producer: Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration).

6 Feb: No drama
Have you written your letter to the BBC yet?

7 Feb: From Shore to Shore
Audio adaptation of the touring theatre show about migrants from China. By Mary Cooper and MW Sun, who interviewed Chinese individuals in Leeds and West Yorkshire. Oldest interviewee was 87; the youngest was 12.. Cheung Wing/Old Tyke/Bailiff - Ozzie Yue, Young Cheung Wing - Hayden Zhenxi Yu, Adolescent Cheung Wing/Bob/Doctor - Paul Chan, Mei Lan/Neighbour/Teacher - Michelle Yim, Yidi/Kam Fa - Luna Dai, Yidi's Ma/Ma/Por Por/Mei Lan's Ma - Alice Lee, Yidi's Dad/Trader/Uncle/Mei Lan's Dad - Windson Liong. Directed for theatre by David Tse for On The Wire Theatre. Produced and directed for BBC Audio by Pauline Harris.

8 Feb: 50 Berkeley Square
By Sami Ibrahim; ghost story. about revenge, set in London’s most haunted house. Based on a theatre production of the same name from the Globe in 2020. Martha ….. Gwyneth Keyworth, Peter ….. John Heffernan, Robert Warboys ….. Tom Kiteley, James Mallord ….. Hughie O’Donnell, Sarah ….. Chloë Sommer, Uppingham ….. Roger Ringrose. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

9 Feb: Nazis: The Road to Power, 5 - 5. The Little Man
It's now 1929. Goebbels, Party District Chief for Berlin is causing street disturbances, especially at Jewish department stores. He is now forced to choose between Hitler’s Nationalism and Strasser’s Socialism. On the first day of the new Reichstag, the 107 Nazi Members of Parliament deliberately create chaos. They are now the second largest voting bloc. Dorothy Thompson - Laura Donnelly, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Gregor Strasser - Joseph Alessi, Heinrich Himmler - Oscar Batterham, Sefton Delmer - Aditomiwa Edun, Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Herman Göring - Scott Karim, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Sinclair Lewis - Forbes Masson, Joseph Goebbels - Alexander Vlahos. Other parts played by Edward Bennett, William Chubb, Melody Grove, Sorcha Kennedy. Jack Laskey, Michael Maloney, Lynne Miller and Andrew Woodall. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

10 Feb: The Incident at Ong’s Hat - Episode 3: The Doxxing
By Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto. 30m. The truth about Ong’s Hat is finally revealed after Sarah and Charlie track down a new source. The investigation into Sarah’s disappearance finds a suspect. I had to look up the word 'doxxing', which apparently means publishing private information about an individual on the internet, often with malicious intent. Charlie - Corey Brill, Sarah - Avital Ash, Rodney Ascher - Himself, Det. Stecco - James Bacon, Casey - Hayley Taylor, Ringo - Benjamin Williams, Kit - Randall Keller, Denny Unger - Himself, Joseph Matheny - Himself, Newscasters: Elizabeth Saydah, Dean Wendt. Music by Blue Dot Sessions, Jon Frechette, Chris Zabriskie, Anthene, Macrogramma (under Creative Commons). Editing and Sound Design - Jon Frechette. Additional Editing - Brandon Kotfila and Greg Myers. Special Thanks - Ben Fineman Produced by Todd Luoto. Directed by Jon Frechette. Executive Producer - John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk)

12 Feb: Classic Serial slot - Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
By Isaac Bashevis Singer; dram. Kerry Shale. Written in the 1950s but set in the orthodox Jewish community of late nineteenth century Poland. Yentl, a young orthodox woman, rebels against the constraints of a woman’s life and disguises herself as a young man in order to be able to study at a Yeshiva, or religious college. She dons her father's clothes and becomes Anshel, a young man in search of a religious future. Yentl ...........Olivia Marcus, Avigdor ........... Richard Fleeshman, Singer/Vishkower ..... Kerry Shale, Mrs Vishkower ........ Debbie Chazen, Hadass .......... Jennifer Hulman, Shloime .......... Robert Neumark Jones, Kalman .........Alex Zur, Prof Blue/Rabbi ........ 'Hamilton Berstock'. Production Co-ordinator - Vicky Moseley, Technical Producer - Tony Wass, Studio Manager - Vanessa Nutall, Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet, Religious Advisor - Rachel Creeger, Producer - Gary Brown.
[Kerry Shale and Gary Brown first met as young actors when they were appearing as Yeshiva students in the 1982 movie 'Yentl'. In 2019 they shared some of their memories on 'The Film Programme'.]

13 Feb: No Drama
Have you written your letter yet?

14 Feb: Happy Birthday Mr President
By Sarah Wooley. The action behind a famous birthday party. In 1962, the cream of American show business were asked to perform at John Kennedy's birthday party at Madison Square Garden. One star who might outshine them all was invited, but getting her to turn up, and perform, was likely to be tough. Marilyn Monroe ..... Lydia Wilson, Richard Adler ..... Justin Salinger, Sally Ann Howes ..... Isabella Inchbald, John F Kennedy ..... Simon Harrison, Evelyn Lincoln ..... Clare Perkins, Peter Lawford/Bobby Kennedy/Doctor/Chet ..... Jason Barnett. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane

15 Feb: The Golden Key
By Chris Dolan. The play explores the early days of the Home Rule movement in Scotland through the eyes of three important political figures – Keir Hardie, James Connolly and R.B. Cunninghame Graham. On May 12, 1916, Cunninghame smokes a cigarette at his wife’s grave. He has just heard the news of Connolly’s imminent execution by the British Government. Graham casts his mind back to a meeting with Hardie and Connolly in the early days of the Scottish Labour Party. R.B. Cunninghame Graham….…..David Robb, Keir Hardie…….Robert Jack, Gabriella Cunnninghame Graham……Melody Grove, James Connolly……Martin Quinn. Producer: director: Bruce Young.

16 Feb: Nazis: The Road to Power,6: Germany Is My Wife
Hitler’s strange dealings with women come into sharp focus when his niece, living in his apartment, shoots herself. What happened? Then he becomes friendly with Magda Quandt, who is already involved with Goebbels, his Head of Propaganda. But Magda was previously involved with Chaim Arlosoroff, a fervent Zionist. Hitler’s Deputy, Rudolf Hess, sees a perfect compromise... Geli Raubal - Tanvi Virmani, Magda Goebbels - Shanaya Rafaat, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Emil Maurice - Oscar Batterham, Otto Meissner - Edward Bennett, Sefton Delmer - Aditomiwa Edun, Anni Winter - Melody Grove, Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Herman Goring - Scott Karim, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Mimi Reiter - Sorcha Kennedy, Joseph Goebbels - Alexander Vlahos, Other parts played by: Joseph Alessi,William Chubb, Jack Laskey, Michael Maloney, Lynne Miller, Andrew Woodall. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

17 Feb: The Incident at Ong’s Hat, 4: The Schematic
Secrets about Charlie and Sarah are revealed as the investigation takes another turn. Charlie travels to Sarah’s hometown in search of answers. 30m. Charlie - Corey Brill, Sarah - Avital Ash, Rodney Ascher - Himself, Det. Stecco - James Bacon, Casey - Hayley Taylor, Ringo - Benjamin Williams, Kit - Randall Keller, Denny Unger - Himself, Joseph Matheny - Himself. Newscasters: Elizabeth Saydah, Dean Wendt. Created and Produced by Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto. Inspired by Ong’s Hat: The Beginning by Joseph Matheny. Music by Blue Dot Sessions, Jon Frechette, Chris Zabriskie, Anthene, Alessandro Barbanera, Blanket Swimming, Macrogramma (under Creative Commons). Editing and Sound Design - Jon Frechette. Additional Editing - Brandon Kotfila and Greg Myers. Special Thanks - Ben Fineman. Written and produced by Jon Frechette Executive Producer - John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

18 Feb: Gaslight
By Jonathan Holloway, based on Patrick Hamilton’s drama of the mental abuse of Bella Manningham by her husband Jack - one person’s attempt to make another doubt her sanity. This is a modern adaptation is set in the present, with original music by Imelda May. Set in London; Jack has used his wife’s inheritance to buy a big property which they will renovate. They occupy part of the ground floor and the basement. It is lit by gas. Jack is a failing movie producer, but in the house are three scripts which may restore his fortunes. Cast: James Purefoy as Jack, Rebecca Night as Bella and Cathy Tyson as DCI Nina Rawe, with Lacey Turner as Tippi, Macadie Amoros as Ishani, and Richard Lintern as DI Reynolds. Produced by Johnny Vegas. Indie (Woolyback).

19 Feb: Classic Serial slot: The Bronze Horseman
Poem by Pushkin; new setting by Michael S Roberts. Politics and relationships in Russia in the 1830s. Pushkin - Max Irons, Sergey/ Evgeny - Tachia Newall, Anna - Deborah McAndrew, Parasha - Verity-May Henry. BBC North. Producer: Susan Roberts.

20 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory, 1- Hope and Sheila
Drama is back - Hallelujah!. This play is by Roy Williams and is series 5 of F,H&G. We began following the lives of the three of them as they were beginning their lives in the UK in 1946. It’s now 1968 and Hope and second husband Rodney worry about the three English-born youngsters they are raising and the turbulent times they are living through in the aftermath of Enoch Powell's infamous speech and the emergence of the Black Power movement. Hope ..... Danielle Vitalis, Rodney ..... Richie Campbell, Sheila ..... Keziah Joseph, Connor ..... Laurie Kynaston, Jean ..... Cecilia Appiah, James ..... Michael Ajao, Miss Grayling ..... Joanna Monro, Giles ..... Luke Pierre, Woman ..... Carol Russell. Produced by Pat Cumper.

21 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory, 2 - Joy and Hopeton
By Rex Obano. Joy, Gloria’s daughter, has dropped out of university. She's in Birmingham, with hippies. She bumps into Hopeton, her childhood admirer. He is torn between his Christian calling or joining Joy for something less spiritual. Joy ….. Sapphire Joy, Hopeton ….. Solomon Israel, Philomena ….. Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Doctor/Police Sergeant ….. David Hounslow, Nurse ..… Joanna Monro, Manager ….. Tom Kiteley. Produced by Pat Cumper. Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.

22 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory, 3 - Faith and Trevor
By Carol Russell. Now we're in Cardiff in 1968. Faith and Trevor agree to take in a Biafran child whose mother needs to work in London. Faith ..… Shiloh Coke, Trevor ..… Gary Beadle, Merlene ….. Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Isioma ..… Gayle Ngozi, Aneirin ..… Matthew Aubrey, Morgan ..… David Hounslow, Serena Hope ..… Rosie Ekenna, Adamma ..… Ifeoma Machie, Doctor ..… Roger Ringrose. Produced by Pat Cumper. Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.

23 Feb: Nazis: The Road to Power, 7. Hitler? Whatever Happened to Him?
By Jonathan Myerson. By 1932, the Nazis are the largest single group in Parliament but no-one will invite them into coalition. Hindenburg says no to Hitler as Chancellor. But Hitler flatly refuses any arrangement where he is not Chancellor. The current Chancellor, von Schleicher, and the previous, Franz von Papen, are determined to unseat each other. President Hindenburg would rather have von Papen back but he can't get a majority. President Hindenburg - Derek Jacobi, Sefton Delmer - Aditomiwa Edun, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Gregor Strasser - Joseph Alessi, Heinrich Himmler - Oscar batterham, Otto Meissner - Edward Bennett, Franz von Papen - William Chubb, Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Herman Goring - Scott Karim, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Oskar von Hindenburg - Jack Laskey, Joachim von Ribbentrop - Michael Maloney, Magda Goebbels - Shanaya Rafaat, Joseph Goebbels - Alexander Vlahos, Kurt von Schleicher - Andrew Woodall, Correspondent - Sefton Delmer. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

24 Feb: The Incident at Ong's Hat, 5 - The Other Side
All roads lead back to Ong’s Hat, as Charlie has an experience that defies explanation and Sarah’s ultimate fate is revealed. Charlie - Corey Brill, Sarah - Avital Ash, Rodney Ascher - Himself, Det. Stecco - James Bacon, Casey - Hayley Taylor, Ringo - Benjamin Williams, Kit - Randall Keller, Denny Unger - Himself, Joseph Matheny - Himself Newscasters: Elizabeth Saydah, Dean Wendt. Production team -see 17 Feb.

25 Feb: Saturday Play - Voices from the End of the World
By Lucy Catherine. In Autumn 2022, Lucy travelled to the high arctic on a sailing ship with 29 other artists, searching for inspiration in the polar twilight. In this drama-documentary, she tells the story of the voyage, combining it with a drama about two people travelling to the end of the world in search of a new beginning. Anna . . . . . Amanda Hale, Lucas . . . . . Joel MacCormack, Sound design . . . . . Peter Ringrose. Producer. . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko.

26 Feb: Classic Serial slot - Georges, 1
By Alexandre Dumas, dram. Testament. It is the early nineteenth century. Georges is the young son of wealthy planter Pierre Munier on the slave colony of the Isle de France. The family is 'mixed race', but they are shunned by the other plantation owners as racially inferior. The island is soon under threat from the British. This is Dumas' most personal novel; his grandfather was black. The book tackles the racism of the time, which has resonances for a young black writer who is trying to adapt the novel. Georges/The Writer..........Jamael Westman, Pierre/Dumas.........Peter Landi, Jacques/Laiza........Darragh Hand, James/Telemaque/Antonio.........Adetomiwa Edun, Malmedie.........David Acton, Henri........Samuel James, Sarah..........Kymberley Cochrane, Murray............Ewan Bailey, Mika-Mika.............Chike Chan, SMs - Keith Graham, Ann Bunting, Alison Craig. Sound Design - Sharon Hughes. Producer - Gary Brown BBC Audio Drama North.

27 Feb: Maydays,1: New Jerusalem
By David Edgar, from the stage play from 1983, adapted by the author in three parts. It explores how some young activists from the 1960s subsequently made the leap from the far left to the far right. Based on the reworked 2018 version. David also wrote a solo show, Trying it On, which reveals the autobiographical background to Maydays. (see next Saturday) Martin Glass ..... Mark Quartley, Jeremy Crowther ..... Geoffrey Streatfield, Amanda ..... Ellie Kendrick, James Grain ..... Jonathan Forbes, Phil Mandrell ..... Colin Ryan, Phyllis Weiner/Mrs Glass ...... Jane Slavin, Tanya ..... Ria Marshall, Judy ..... Ruth Everett, Newsreader ..... Roger Ringrose. Other parts played by David Hounslow and Lloyd Thomas. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose. Produced by Toby Swift. BBC Production.

28 Feb: Maydays. Part 2: Kronstadt
By David Edgar, continued. We leave British journalist and Socialist Vanguard activist Martin Glass campaigning for the release of his friend in 1972. Back to 1956 to find a young Soviet army officer in Hungary rebelling against communist rule. Martin Glass ..... Mark Quartley, Jeremy Crowther ..... Geoffrey Streatfeild, Pavel Lermontov ..... Simon Scardifield, Amanda ..... Ellie Kendrick, Clara Ivanovna/Judy ..... Ruth Everett, Mrs Glass ..... Jane Slavin, Miklos Paloczi ..... Adrian Klein, Tanya ..... Ria Marshall, James Grain ..... Jonathan Forbes, Korolenko ..... Lloyd Thomas, Phil Mandrell ..... Colin Ryan, Pugachev/Newsreader ..... Roger Ringrose, Skuratov ..... David Hounslow. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose. Produced by Toby Swift.

1 Mar: Maydays. Part 3: Human Dust Martin Glass ..... Mark Quartley, Jeremy Crowther ..... Geoffrey Streatfeild, Pavel Lermontov ..... Simon Scardifield, Amanda ..... Ellie Kendrick, Sir Hugh Trelawney ..... Oliver Ford Davies, Miklos Paloczi ..... Adrian Klein, Clara Ivanovna ..... Ruth Everett, Tanya ..... Ria Marshall, Phyllis Weiner ..... Jane Slavin, Newsreader ..... Roger Ringrose, James Grain ..... Jonathan Forbes, Phil Mandrell ..... Colin Ryan. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose. Produced by Toby Swift.

2 Mar: The Road to Power - 8. Make Germany Great Again
By Jonathan Myerson. Last episode. Von Papen is now willing to act as Vice Chancellor, with Hitler as Chancellor. There is the chance for a coalition of the 51 Nationalists with the Nazi Party. Hitler becomes Chancellor and Hermann Göring is Minister of the Interior with 50,000 policemen at his disposal. They crack down on all Communists, locking them in a new camp near Dachau in Bavaria.. Then the Reichstag, the Parliament Building, is set alight. The Nazis become determined to impose totalitarian rule. The company: Ernst Röhm & Gregor Strasser - Joseph Alessi, Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - Oscar Batterham, Gottfried Feder & Otto Meissner - Edward Bennett, Helene Bechstein - Nancy carroll, King Ludwig & Franz von Papen - William Chubb, Dorothy Thompson - Laura Donnelly, Sefton Delmer - Aditomiwa Edun, Kaiser Wilhelm & Karl Alexander von Müller - Nicholas Farrell, Leni Hanfstaengl & Anni Winter - Melody Grove, President Hindenburg - Derek Jacobi, Putzi Hanfastaengl - Corey Johnson, Hermann Göring - Scott Karim, Rudolf Hess - George Kemp, Else Janke & Mimi Reiter - Sorcha Kennedy, Oskar von Hindenburg - Jack Laskey Sinclair Lewis - Forbes Masson, Kurt Eisner & Joachim von Ribbentrop - Michael Maloney, Hermine Hoffman - Lynne Miller, Adolf Hitler - Tom Mothersdale, Magda Goebbels - Shanaya Rafaat, Captain Mayr - Toby Stephens, Geli Raubal - Tanvi Virmani, Joseph Goebbels - Alexander Vlahos, General Ludendorff and Kurt von Schleicher - Andrew Woodall, Narrator - Juliet Stevenson. Sound Designer – Adam Woodhams, Studio Manager – Mark Smith, Casting Director – Ginny Schiller, Original Score – Metaphor music, Producer – Nicholas Newton, Director – Jonathan Myerson. Indie (Promenade productions).

3 Mar: Boswells Lives - Byron
By Jon Canter; a 30-minute episode from series 3, rpt. James Boswell becomes a time-travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Lord Byron at the beginning of his career and Boswell is sure he can help the young man become a celebrated poet. But does Byron need his help? Boswell ..... Miles Jupp, Lord Byron ..... Freddie Fox, Produced by Sally Avens.

4 Mar: Saturday Play slot - Trying It On
Playwright David Edgar; a solo show. Not really a drama; it looks at the autobiographical background to his play, Maydays, a stage play broadcast earlier this week in 3 parts. David is confronted by his young self 50 years after his political outlook was defined by the tumultuous events of 1968. 45m. David ..... David Edgar, Younger David ..... Paul Heath. With thanks to Danielle Phillips. Produced by Jonquil Panting.

5 Mar: Classic Serial slot: Georges, 2
By Alexandre Dumas; dramatised by Testament.Georges has returned to Mauritius disguised as a young gentleman. But he is determined to exact revenge against the Malmedie family who cruelly snubbed his father. He has rescued a young woman called Sarah; betrothed to Henri Malmedie. Could she be the key to his plans? Meanwhile the writer of the story is having some problems with his producer. Georges/The Writer....Jamael Westman, Pierre/Dumas........Peter Landi, Laiza........Darragh Hand, James/Telemaque/Antonio......Adetomiwa Edun, Jacques.....Testament, Malmedie....David Acton, Henri.......Samuel James, Sarah.......Kymberley Cochran, Murray.......Ewan Bailey, Mika-Mika............Chike Chan. Production Co-ordinator - Vicky Moseley. Tech Team - Keith Graham, Ann Bunting, Alison Craig. Sound Design - Sharon Hughes. Producer - Gary Brown. BBC Drama North.

6 Mar: Galapagos, 1: Good and Bad Optics
By Simon Scardifield and Andrew Day. In 2025, two years from now, Galapagos is an exciting new development in AI (artificial intelligence). Bryony decides to use it to advance her career. But it doesn't go as smoothly as she anticipated, and there is a threat to democracy. 30m. Bryony.....Hannah Daniel, Sydney.....Ashleigh Haddad, Gaynor.....Sara Gregory, Omar.....Danny Ashok, Titus.....John Pfumojena, Boniface.....Kel Matsena, Max.....Ewan Bailey, Euan…..Jamie Redford, Aneni….. Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, Fake Greta.....Sunja Hyde, Shapeshift Man…..Hasan Dixon, Sam…..Claire Cage. Production Co-ordinators.....Eleri McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees. Sound Design.....Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Directed by Philippa Swallow, John Norton and Emma Harding. BBC Wales. 30m.

7 Mar: Galapagos - Episode 2: Smashing It
Same writers as yesterday. Thriller about big tech, data manipulation and the undermining of democracy. With Galapagos out of the bag and Omar reeling from Bryony's ambition, the dust settles on a newly forged partnership between Shapeshift boss Sydney and Bryony. Bryony......Hannah Daniel, Gaynor/Assistant......Sara Gregory, Omar......Danny Ashok, Max......Ewan Bailey, Sam......Claire Cage, Sydney......Ashleigh Haddad, Aneni/ Receptionist/ Woman......Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, Titus/ Driver/ Attendant......John Pfumojena, Fake Greta......Sunja Hyde. Production team: as yesterday. 30m.

8 Mar: Galapagos, 3: The Green, Green, Screens of Home
Continued... Bryony is increasingly excited by her new role working for Sydney and Shapeshift, using the latest in artificial intelligence. Sydney has promised to arrange specialist cancer treatment for sister Gaynor in the US. But journalist Sam is following Bryony's asking uncomfortable questions. Bryony.....Hannah Daniel, Sydney.....Ashleigh Haddad, Gaynor.....Sara Gregory, Omar.....Danny Ashok, Euan…..Jamie Redford, Sam…..Claire Cage. Production team: as on Monday (6 Mar). 30m.

9 Mar: Galapagos, 4: The Giant’s Pocket
Continued .... Bryony is happy to give the official version of the role of the Galapagos artificial intelligence in Karikoga's death. But one wonders for how long... Bryony.....Hannah Daniel, Sydney.....Ashleigh Haddad, Gaynor.....Sara Gregory, Omar.....Danny Ashok, Euan…..Jamie Redford, Sam…..Claire Cage, Max.....Ewan Bailey, Station Staff.....Hasan Dixon. Production team and witers: see 6 Mar. 30m.

10 Mar: Galapagos, 5: Face to Face Continued.... As Wales embraces independence, Bryony realises that tech company Shapeshift has been grooming her for a very specific role. Bryony.....Hannah Daniel, Sydney.....Ashleigh Haddad, Gaynor.....Sara Gregory, Omar.....Danny Ashok, Euan…..Jamie Redford, Sam…..Claire Cage, Max.....Ewan Bailey, Shapeshift Man.....Hasan Dixon. Production team and witers: see 6 Mar. 30m.

11 Mar: Saturday Play: Bess Loves Porgy, 1
By Roy Williams. A musical love story, updating the tale of Porgy & Bess to modern London. Music by music producer Swindle, with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Porgy is an underground, anonymous grime/rap artist whose life and music are changed forever when he meets Bess. Their love, and the musical journey they go on together, gives him the courage to shed his anonymity and perform his music. Bess ..... Gabrielle Brooks, Anon/Porgy ...... Reece Pantry, Crown ..... Fehinti Balogun, Sporting Life ..... Idris Debrand, Jacki ..... Erin Doherty, Carly ..... Jade Anouka, Robbie ..... Ray Fearon, Amira ..... Shobna Gulati, Dyer ..... Phil Daniels, Pastor ….. Jumoke Fashola, DJ ….. Jocelyn Jee Esien. Sound Recordist ….. Alisdair McGregor, Sound Designer….. Lucinda Mason Brown, Sound Assistant ….. Makashe Ogbon, Line Producer….. Sarah Tombling, Production Assistant ….. Jacob Tombling, Music Consultant ….. Ray Paul / The PMG, Associate Producer ….. Nick Eziefula, Music Produced and written by Swindle. Lyrics by Eva Lazarus and TEE, Arranged and Orchestrated by Neil Waters, Performed by the cast with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Tom Kelly. Produced by Gill Parry. Directed by Michael Buffong. Supported by the PRS Foundation. Indie (feral inc).

12 Mar: Classic Serial slot: Bess Loves Porgy, 2
Continued from yesterday. Production team and Cast - as yesterday. Indie (Feral Inc).

13 Mar: Hindsight
By Eileen Horne. Isla and Marcus escape apparently unhurt from a car accident. Marcus bounces back but Isla remains disturbed by the incident. She turns to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) specialist Bill Shepherd to discover if a "landmine" of past trauma could hold the key. Isla ..... Rosalind Eleazar, Bill ..... John Hollingworth, Marcus/Man ..... Bryan Dick, All other parts ..... Ewan Bailey. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane. Consultant: Dr Martha Ferrito.

14 Mar: Tinsel Girl and the Problem Parent
By Lou Ramsden. Based on the experiences of Cherylee Houston. A comedy drama about the life, friendships and misadventures of wheelchair user Maz. Maz has finally found her vocation running a community centre. She's even got funding for a new youth theatre show - things are going well, until her Dad shows up, and decides he wants to be part of her life again. Maz ..... Cherylee Houston, Jim ..... James Quinn, Tom ..... Zak Ford-Williams, Rachel ..... Kathryn Pemberton, Joanne/Doctor ..... Jane Slavin. Produced by Jessica Mitic. Sound by Tony Wass & Vanessa Nuttall. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Production co-ordination by Vicky Moseley. BBC Audio Drama North. With thanks to 'Absolute Belters' choir, Altrincham.

15 Mar: Passenger List , 7: Class Action
By John Dryden and Sarah Lotz, rpt. from 2021. The mystery of Flight 702. Mystery thriller. Wreckage of Flight 702 has been found in the North Atlantic confirming the plane has crashed. Then Kaitlin, a student who has tried to discover the truth about what happened to the plane, gets a call from her twin brother Conor. She disappears. Rory, an aviation lawyer trying to recruit relatives to mount a class action against the airline, finds Kaitlin’s research and recordings and is drawn into a search for her. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Mai....Elyse Dinh, Kein....George Q Nguyen, Jennifer....Marie France Arcilla, Eloise....Clare Corbett, Zara....Gianna Kiehl, Hassan....Raad Rawi, Petra....Laurel Lefkow, Relative....Lizeth Ramirez, Relative....Eric Meyers, Relative....Christopher Ragland. Other Voices: Jennifer Armour, Munirih Grace, David Menkin, Kerry Shale, Danielle Lewis, Karl Queensborough, Eric Sirakian, Chris Kelly, Maddy Kelly, Peter Oldring, Merk Nguyen. Series 2 written by: John Scott Dryden, Sarah Lotz, Lauren Shippen, Mark Henry Phillips, Janina Matthewson, Meghan Fitzmartin. Story editor - Mike Walker. Casting - Janet Foster and Emma Hearn. Producer - Emma Hearn, assisted by Lillian Holman. Editing - Adam Woodhams, Sound Design - Steve Bond, Music - Mark Henry Phillips. Executive Producers - Kelly Marie Tran & John Dryden. Executive Producer for Radiotopia - Julie Shapiro. Director John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk production for BBC Radiotopia/PRX) & R4.

16 Mar: Passenger List, 8
By Sarah Lotz and Lauren Shippen, rpt. Continued from yesterday. Atlantic Airlines flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Dr Morley....Jennifer Armour, Jim Dennison....Rob Benedict, Petra....Laurel Lefkow, Hassan....Raad Rawi, Mrs Dennison....Barbara Barnes, Mike....Eric Meyers, Scotty....Christopher Ragland. Indie (Goldhawk).

17 Mar: Boswell's Lives, Series 3: de Beauvoir
By Jon Canter; rpt. Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time-travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Simone de Beauvoir and gains several lessons in equality as he helps clean her apartment allowing her to complete her book The Second Sex. Would radical modern feminism have existed without him? Produced by Sally Avens.

18 Mar: Saturday Play - Look Back in Anger
By John Osborne. From 1956. The play launched the Angry Young Man movement. It has lost none of its bite and still disturbs and questions in equal measure. Rpt. from 2016. Jimmy Porter...............David Tennant, Alison............Nancy Carroll, Cliff.........Daniel Evans, Helena..........Claire Price, Colonel.........Sir Ian McKellen. Director: Richard Wilson. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Brill Productions).

19 Mar: Classic Serial slot - Confessions of a Justified Sinner
By James Hogg, re-imagined by Robert Forrest. The supernatural and psychological fuse together in this tale of a young man radicalised by religious fervour. Robert believes that some people, including himself, are predestined to go to heaven regardless of their behaviour on earth. But if you have no price to pay for the crimes you commit, how does that work? Robert … Lorn Macdonald, Arabella … Shauna Macdonald, Bella …Wendy Seager. Studio Recordings by Niall Young. Sound Design and original music by Fraser Jackson. Produced by Kirsty Williams.

20 Mar: 7 Ghosts
By Dan Rebellato. A contemporary ghost story which uses the supernatural to explore human relationships and connections. The seven ghosts in the drama are all different; some are funny, some are sad. Some intervene in the world of the living; some are unable to make contact and simply watch. The drama starts with a man going to bed on his own. Suddenly a woman is there. It’s his wife, but how did she get in? It’s impossible.He can’t believe he can see her again. David…...Kobna Holdbrook Smith, Sarah….... Ani Nelson, Sir William….....David Annen, Lord Havers and Ejikeme…….Don Gilet, Charlotte and Caroline Tobin……Sarah Berger, Robert and Elliot…....Max Runham, Florence and Isabelle…… Fanta Barrie. Producer …….....Polly Thomas. Trainee Producer……Jelena Budimir. Sound Designer……..Eloise Whitmore. Original music……..Jeremy Walmsley. Illustration……..Tessie Orange-Turner. Production Manager……..Darren Spruce. Executive Producer……Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Naked Productions)

21 Mar: Deacon: A Reckoning
By Edson Burton. The enigmatic drifter is back to help a troubled soul. James Persad has lost his wife Mavis, and he too seems lost. Can Deacon help? New supernatural drama starring Don Warrington and Ram John Holder. Deacon - Don Warrington, James Persad - Ram John Holder, Mavis - Sutara Gayle, Michael - Lee Mengo, Ryan - Tristan Slowley, Youth - Hasan Dixon. Sound Design - Nigel Lewis. Producer - John Norton. BBC Wales.

22 Mar: Passenger List, 9. Trojan Horse.
Written by Janina Matthewson and Mark Henry Phillips. A missing plane, a cabin full of suspects. Mystery thriller, rpt. Continued from last week. Atlantic Airlines flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le is determined to uncover the truth. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Andrea....Jennifer Armour, Susan Klemant....Clare Corbett, Mike....Eric Meyers, Dean....Akie Kotabe, Professor Alcotte....Cyril Nri, Agent Murphy....Danielle Lewis. Indie (Goldhawk).

23 Mar: Passenger List, 10 - Athena Presses On
In this episode: cockpit recording, a whistle blower, computer game. Written by Meghan Fitzmartin & Janina Matthewson. Rpt. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Agent Murphy....Danielle Lewis, Marianne....Carlyss Peer, Mai....Elyse Dinh, Kein....George Q Nguyen, Conor....Akie Kotabe, Petra....Laurel Lefkow, Zara....Gianna Kiehl. Other Voices: Laurel Lefkow, Jennifer Armour, Raad Rawi, Christopher Ragland, Eric Meyers, Munirih Grace, David Menkin, Danielle Lewis, Karl Queensborough, Philip Desmeules, Clare Corbett, Kerry Shale, Gianna Kiehl, Akie Kotabe. Indie (Goldhawk).

24 Mar: Who Killed Aldrich Kemp? 1- Funeral in London
By Julian Simpson. Aldridge Kemp series 2. Heroine Clara Page returns. And this time - the question is in the title. Another rollercoaster ride taking us from the Italian Riviera to the Malaysian jungle - via afternoon tea at Themis House. Clara Page - Phoebe Fox, Aldrich Kemp – Ferdinand Kingsley, Mrs Boone – Nicola Walker, Sebastian Harcourt – Kyle Soller, Nakesha Kemp – Karla Crome, Aunt Lily – Susan Jameson, The Underwood Sisters – Jana Carpenter, Sabine Seah – Rebecca Boey, Mrs Bartholomew – Kate Isitt, Blue 2/Novak - Ben Crowe, Winslow/Blue 1 - James Joyce. Recorded on location in Hove and at the Brighton Conference Centre. Music composed by Tim Elsenburg. Sound Design: David Thomas. Director: Julian Simpson. Producer: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: Karen Rose. Indie (Sweet Talk). 30m.

25 Mar: Saturday Play - The Song of the Cossacks
By Jean Binnie, from the stage play, dram. Stephen Wyatt, for International Arts. At the end of the war in 1945, the Yalta agreement provided that Prisoners of War were returned to their home country. The Cossacks, bitterly opposed to Stalin, had joined the German forces to fight against him. Stalin insisted they be returned to their “homeland” in the USSR. All parties knew this would mean certain death.

In this fictional dramatisation of true events, Major Christopher Graham and Sergeant Wilson are in charge of a Cossack prisoner of war camp. The prisoners comprise whole families including women, children and young babies. The two officers, struggling with a lack of resources and manpower, work with the Cossack generals to run an orderly camp. The Cossack generals believe the British to be trustworthy and, although deeply concerned at the prospect of a forced return to the Soviet Union, accept the two officers’ assurances that this will not happen. The play examines the dilemma of ordinary army officers ordered to betray the people whose trust they had gained and whose welfare they had been in charge of. Running through this play is the 2022 testimony of survivors, voiced by actors from the Teatr Napadoli in Kyiv, and the testimony provided to the subsequent enquiry by Major Rusty Davies, the British Liaison office of the time. Major Christopher Graham: Finlay Robertson, Sergeant Wilson: Phil Carriera, Sir William Temple: David Acton, John Pelham: Lawrence Russell, Colonel Wensley: Jonathan Keeble, General Dorov: Christopher Douglas, General Skiro: Geoffrey Kirkness, Captain Andrei Rostov: Ivantiy Novak, Katya Dorov: Amrita Acharia, And Mikhaila Rostov: Jilly Bond. The testimony of Rusty Davies performed by Christopher Ettridge. Verbatim testimonies performed by actors from Teatr Napodoli, Kyiv. Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt from the original stage-play by Jean Binnie, with additional material by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Recorded in London and Kyiv, and on location. Sound Design: David Thomas. Director: Jonathan Banatvala. Producers: Jonathan Banatvala and Melanie Nock. Indie (International Arts Partnership). 90m.

26 Mar: Classic Serial slot: Antic Hay
By Aldous Huxley; dramatised by Mike Harris. When inspiration leads Theo Gumbril to design pneumatic trousers to ease the discomfort of a sedentary life, he decides to give up teaching and seek his fortune in London. But his dreams disappear as he gets caught up in the world of his self-absorbed friends. Theo ..... James Cooney, Myra ..... Emily Pithon, Coleman ..... Jonathan Keeble, Lypiatt ..... Simeon Truby, Shearwater ..... Graeme Hawley, Emily ..... Verity Henry. Producer .....Gary Brown BBC Audio Drama North.

27 Mar: Wild Woman of the North
By Esther Wilson. A family moves to the countryside to try a new way of life that is closer to nature. They are recovering from a family tragedy. Will this new way of life heal them? Laura......Gillian Kearney, Mark.........Lee Ingleby, Arlo......Tareq Al-Jeddal. Production Co-ordinator - Pippa Day. Tech Team - Tony Wass & Vanessa Nuttall. Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet. Producers - Gary Brown & Pauline Harris. BBC Audio Drama North

28 Mar: The Voice in My Ear
By Claudine Toutoungi. Comedy-drama. Steph’s supposed to be having a romantic weekend away with her boyfriend Matt. But he’s stuck in traffic. When a power cut in the holiday cottage catches her while on the phone to Finn, the voice behind VISUAL-EYEZ (an app for low vision users), Steph finds herself in a crisis that forces her to re-evaluate how capable she really is. Steph ..... Charlotte Riley, Matt ..... Amit Shah, Finn ..... Damien Molony, Sonya ..... Georgie Glen. Producer ..... Anne Isger, SMs ..... Ali Craig, Anne Bunting and Pete Ringrose. Production Co-ordinator ..... Maggie Olgiati.

29 Mar: Passenger List, 11 - Tundra
In this episode: Flying debris, two familiar agents, across snow and ice. Written by Lauren Shippen & John Scott Dryden. Rpt. from 2021. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Jim....Rob Benedict, Thomas....Colin Morgan, Melina....Clare Corbett, Marianne....Carlyss Peer. Other Voices: Laurel Lefkow, Jennifer Armour, Raad Rawi, Christopher Ragland, Eric Meyers, Munirih Grace, David Menkin, Danielle Lewis, Karl Queensborough, Philip Desmeules, Kerry Shale. Indie (Goldhawk).

30 Mar: Passenger List, 12: Duty Free
In the concluding episode: that fateful night, a perfume bottle, the truth about Flight 702. Written by John Scott Dryden. Rpt. from 2021. Kaitlin....Kelly Marie Tran, Rory....Ben Daniels, Jim....Rob Benedict, Marianne....Carlyss Peer, Hallin....Kerry Shale, Conor....Akie Kotabe, Thomas....Colin Morgan, Mai....Elyse Dinh. Other Voices: Laurel Lefkow, Christopher Ragland, Eric Meyers, David Menkin, Danielle Lewis, Karl Queensborough, Philip Desmeules. Indie (Goldhawk).

31 Mar: Who Killed Aldrich Kemp, 2: The Man Who Sold the World
By Julian Simpson. Clara's dispatched on a new mission by her new boss. What could possibly go wrong? Clara Page - Phoebe Fox, Aldrich Kemp – Ferdinand Kingsley, Mrs Boone – Nicola Walker, Sebastian Harcourt – Kyle Soller, Nakesha Kemp – Karla Crome, Aunt Lily – Susan Jameson, The Underwood Sisters & Forsaken McTeague – Jana Carpenter. Sabine Seah – Rebecca Boey, Remington Schofield – Barnaby Kay, Miss Lotte Amutenya – Cherrelle Skeete, Mrs Bartholomew – Kate Isitt, Novak - Ben Crowe. Recorded on location in Hove. Music composed by Tim Elsenburg. Sound Design: David Thomas. Director: Julian Simpson. Producer: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: Karen Rose. Indie (Sweet Talk). 30m.

1 Apr: Saturday Play: Plane Speaking
By Robert Hudson. Drama which explores the circumstances leading to the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max airplanes and the subsequent grounding of the entire fleet of the aircraft. It begins in Seattle in 2018, where a new passenger airplane is being assembled. It is a new Boeing 737 Max, designed to compete with its rival Airbus. The aircraft's components are anticipating their maiden flight when they hear that another new 737 Max has crashed shortly after take off in Indonesia. The plane's Black Box flight recorder suspects that there is more to the story than pilot error Black Box . . . . . Fenella Woolgar, Chip . . . . . Clare Foster, Engine . . . . . Ed Gaughan, AOA . . . . . Kymberley Cochrane, Autopilot . . . . . Georgie Glen, Wing . . . . . Ewan Bailey, Firaz . . . . . Samuel James, Ed . . . . . Gerard McDermott, News Anchor . . . . . Leah Marks. Sound design: Keith Graham and Peter Ringrose. Production co-ordinator: Hannah O'Reilly. Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

2 Apr: Classic Serial slot: Love Stories - Kira
By Viktor Nekrasov, dramatised for radio by Ming Ho. 1959. Stalin is dead; Soviet society has started to thaw; prisoners are being freed from the labour camps no-one talks about. Ukrainian sculptor Kira lives a gilded life in Moscow, married to a respected Russian artist. She's just been given a huge commission that involves sculpting an attractive young electrician. Life is good. But then her first husband returns after twenty years in the gulag - the only man she's ever loved... Kira....Sharon Small, Vadim....Sandy Grierson, Nikolai....Michael Bertenshaw, Yurochka....Connor Curren, Lusha/Olga....Georgie Glen, Pankratikha/Varia....Helen Belbin, Nadia/Lida/Maria....Blanche Anderson, Lyoshka/NKVD officer....Dickon Farmar, Nekrasov/Sergei....Ewan Bailey, Production Co-ordinator: Jenny Mendez. Sound by Ali Craig, Keith Graham, Caleb Knightley, Peter Ringrose. Directed and produced by Abigail le Fleming. BBC.

3 Apr: No Drama
The programme broadcast was a repeat of 'This Cultural Life". Why not use a repeat of a radio play? This is supposed to be a drama slot. Please write to the decision-makers at the BBC.

4 Apr: Life Lines, Series 5, 1
By Al Smith. Drama series set in an ambulance control centre returns. Carrie faces a series of heart-stopping emergencies at work. But when her judgement is called into question over a patient who later died, she finds her work and personal life colliding . Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway, Will ..... Rick Warden, Ian ..... Michael Jibson, Abbas ..... Sharif Dorani, Joyce ..... Helen Norton, Angelica ..... Saffron Coomber, Devin ..... Justice Ritchie, Tom ..... Sam Dale, Jo ..... Grace Cooper Milton, Paul ..... Luke Nunn, Andy ..... Shaun Mason, Chris ..... Joseph Ayre, Gwen ..... Christine Kavanagh. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

5 Apr: Life Lines, 5-2
By Al Smith. Every day, Carrie must deal coolly with heart-stopping situations, but what can she do when the emergency services have become the problem? Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway, Will ..... Rick Warden, Ian ..... Michael Jibson, Mark ..... Tim McMullan, Craig ..... Justice Ritchie, Train Driver ..... Christine Kavanagh, Justin ..... Joseph Ayre, Paramedic ..... Shaun Mason. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

6 Apr: Word Scrubs
By Mark Lawson. Mitch and Meg, siblings in their 30s, are the great great nephew and niece, and literary executors, of Peggy Stanhope (1889-1959), a prolific and profitable writer of children's books from a very different era. Her book White Star (1943), winner of the Carnegie Medal, is the story of a snowy horse, owned by a young woman, who frightens away the evil stallion Black Boy from a village. Because of its time of publication, White Star was seen by some teachers and preachers as a patriotic allegory of Allied superiority to the Nazis, although Stanhope denied it. In 2023, a Hollywood streamer wants to adapt the book as movie, but, predictably, wishes to change the title and some of the plot and language. A relevant play at a time when a small but vocal minority wishes to re-write classic texts from the past. Dame Jess Elliott - Jane Slavin Mitch - Damian Lynch Meg - Tracy-Anne Green Peggy Stanhope - Barbara Flynn Skippy Leavesden-Smart - Tom Glenister Lord Justice Sharp - Clive Hayward Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan Indie (Big Fish).

7 Apr: Who Killed Aldrich Kemp? - 3: Liberty Flights
By Julian Simpson. Clara and Sabine battle through undergrowth and language barriers as Nakesha and Sebastian follow the Liberty Flights lead in Vienna. Clara Page - Phoebe Fox, Aldrich Kemp – Ferdinand Kingsley, Mrs Boone – Nicola Walker, Sebastian Harcourt – Kyle Soller, Nakesha Kemp – Karla Crome, Aunt Lily – Susan Jameson, Nurse – Jana Carpenter., Sabine Seah – Rebecca Boey, Remington Schofield – Barnaby Kay Miss Lotte Amutenya – Cherrelle Skeete, Mrs Bartholomew – Kate Isitt Dr Hazlitt - Ben Crowe, Camera Assistant – James Joyce.. Recorded on location in Hove. Music composed by Tim Elsenburg. Sound Design: David Thomas. Director: Julian Simpson. Producer: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: Karen Rose. Indie (Sweet Talk). 30m.

8 Apr: Saturday - No Drama
Easter Saturday, and no afternoon play! That's pretty poor. If you are as annoyed by it as me, please write to Tim Davie, BBC Broadcasting House, London, W!A 1AA asking him what is going on. Or email: tim.davie@bbc.co.uk

9 Apr: Enduring Love
By Ian McEwan, from the novel; dram. by Kate Clanchy. The first scene is set in the Chilterns; a terrified child, alone in the basket of an air balloon, is being dragged away by a gusty wind. Joe and Clarissa abandon their romantic picnic and join a doctor and a stranger in trying to help. Joe ….. Blake Ritson, Clarissa ….. Hattie Morahan, Dylan ….. Cassian Bilton, Rachael ….. Emma Cunniffe, Luke ….. Gunnar Cauthery, Leo ….. Zane Siddiqui. With specially composed music by Katharine Seaton, performed by her (piano) and Constance Froment (flute). Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling. Sound Designer: David Thomas. Producer: Amber Barnfather. Indie (Flare Path).

10 Apr: No Drama
The programme broadcast was a repeat of a radio feature. Why not use a repeat of a radio play? This is supposed to be a drama slot.

11 Apr: The Lion
Based on a short story by Martin Algus. Winner of the Best European Drama Award at the Audio Drama Awards 2022, translated into English. Story about a community's response to an escaped lion in a city. A host of characters is forced to face the crisis. This is a satire about the restoration of Estonian independence in 1991, but it applies elsewhere too ... Chief Constable . . . . . Mark Benton, Valter Saarniit . . . . . James Northcote, Commissioner . . . . . Ewan Bailey, Mayor . . . . . Georgie Glen, Heinz . . . . . Samuel James, Heli . . . . . Leah Marks, Secretary . . . . . Kymberley Cochrane, Makishev . . . . . Hasan Dixon, Meelis . . . . . Connor Curren. It was adapted for ERR, Estonian Public Radio, by Andres Noormets. Original sound design was by Külli Tüli. This English-language version was translated by Adam Cullen, edited by Peter Ringrose, and produced for R4 by Andres Noormets and Sasha Yevtushenko.

12 Apr: Life Lines 6-1
By Al Smith. New series. Drama set in an ambulance call centre. Carrie is a call handler for the ambulance service, cool and collected when dealing with the emergencies that each call brings, but when pressure mounts on the staff to reach arbitrary targets and her daughter is caught in an act of self-harm, something has to give. Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway, Will ..... Rick Warden, Ian ..... Michael Jibson, Chloe ..... Mabel Cresswell, Ray ..... Ian Conningham, Scott ..... Tom Cawte, Patrick ..... Colin Ryan, Lucy ..... Rebecca Crankshaw, Geoff ..... Lloyd Thomas, Ivan ..... Jonathan Forbes, Beth ..... Ruth Everett, Sean ..... Matthew Durkan. Produced by Sally Avens.

13 Apr: Life Lines 6-2
By Al Smith. Pressure mounts in the call centre as an accident on the motorway occupies all the available ambulances and Carrie is faced with being unable to help a caller in urgent need of assistance. Carrie ..... Sarah Ridgeway, Will ..... Rick Warden, Ian ..... Michael Jibson, Chloe ..... Mabel Cresswell, Faye ..... Jaimi Barbakoff, Paramedic ..... Jonathan Forbes, Ryan ..... Matthew Durkan, Leah ..... Katie Redford, Dan ..... Lloyd Thomas, Technician ..... Alexandra Hannant, Paul ..... Colin Ryan, Suz ..... Tracy Wiles. Produced by Sally Avens.

14 Apr: Who Killed Aldrich Kemp? - Chapter Four: The Murder Clowns
By Julian Simpson. Dr Hazlitt sends Aldrich and Clara on a mission to unexplored and dangerous territory. Clara Page - Phoebe Fox, Aldrich Kemp – Ferdinand Kingsley, Mrs Boone – Nicola Walker, Sebastian Harcourt – Kyle Soller, Nakesha Kemp – Karla Crome, Aunt Lily – Susan Jameson, Forsaken McTeague and the Underwood Sisters – Jana Carpenter., Sabine Seah – Rebecca Boey, Remington Schofield– Barnaby Kay, Mrs Bartholomew – Kate Isitt, Dr Hazlitt - Ben Crowe, Film Director – James Joyce. Recorded on location in Hove. Music by Tim Elsenburg. Sound Design: David Thomas. Producer: Sarah Tombling Executive Producer: Karen Rose. Director: Julian Simpson. Indie (Sweet Talk).

15 Apr: Saturday Play - Word Scrubs
By Mark Lawson. Mitch and Meg, siblings in their 30s, are the great great nephew and niece, and literary executors, of Peggy Stanhope, a well-known writer of books for children and young adults from the mid-1900s. White Star (1943), winner of the Carnegie Medal, is the story of a snowy horse, owned by a young woman, who frightens away the evil stallion Black Boy from a village. In 2023, a Hollywood company wants to adapt the book as movie, but wishes to change the title and some of the plot and language. The meetings between the siblings and the publishers are intercut with Home Service readings from Stanhope’s work, and interviews with their author on Desert Island Discs. Dame Jess Elliott - Jane Slavin, Mitch - Damian Lynch, Meg - Tracy-Anne Green, Peggy Stanhope - Barbara Flynn, Skippy Leavesden-Smart - Tom Glenister, Lord Justice Sharp - Clive Hayward Producer/Director: Eoin O'Callaghan, Indie (Big Fish). 75m.

16 Apr: Classic Serial slot - Borstal Boy
By Brendan Behan, Irish writer, dram. Martin McNamara. In this memoir from 1958, Brendan tells the story of an IRA rebel who, despite everything, finds true friends and love in an English borstal. 2023 is the centenary year of BB's birth. Brendan Behan ….. Brendan Coyle, Young Brendan Behan ….. Jonny Holden, Charlie ….. Joseph Ayre, Rae Jeffs …. Leah Marks, Governor Joyce …. Ewan Bailey, Jock ….. Connor Curren, The Sergeant ….. Samuel James, The Priest ….. Gerard McDermott. Producer….. Anne Isger. Production Co-ordinator ….. Jonathan Powell. SMs / sound ….. Anne Bunting, Jenni Burnett, Ali Craig, Cal Knightley.

17 Apr: No drama
Repeat of a non-drama item broadcast on Saturday.

18 Apr: We Should Definitely Have More Dancing
By Clara Darcy and Ian Kershaw. Clara Darcy is a healthy young actor. She’s also care-free and generally enjoying life. But then she's diagnosed with a tumour. The play is true; it's set in a radio studio in Manchester. Clara ..... Clara Darcy, Mum ..... Suzanna Hamilton, Laura ..... Shamia Chalabi, Omar .....Esh Alladi, Oncologist ..... Rupert Hill, Kersh ..... Ian Kershaw, Gary ..... Gary Brown, Sue ..... Sue Stonestreet. Production Co-ordinators - Vicky Moseley & Lorna Newman. Studio Manager - Simon Highfield. Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet. Producer - Gary Brown. The stage version of this was presented at the Oldham Coliseum.

19 Apr: This Thing of Darkness, 1-1
By Lucia Haynes, with monologues by Eileen Horne. Dr. Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes. In this drama, Alex charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family. Continued tomorrow. Rpt. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald. Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland. Rpt.

20 Apr: This Thing of Darkness 1-2
Whilst continuing to assess David’s state of mind, Alex introduces us to another aspect of her working life: group therapy for murderers. Rpt. : Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Dougie … Simon Donaldson, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Kyle/Tyler … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald, Frankie … Brian Vernel. Production team - see 19 Apr.

21 Apr: Who Killed Aldrich Kemp? 5 - Bogata
By Julian Simpson. The team is in a race against time for answers, but the route proves circuitous. The quest ends? 30m. Clara Page - Phoebe Fox, Aldrich Kemp – Ferdinand Kingsley, Mrs Boone – Nicola Walker, Sebastian Harcourt – Kyle Soller, Nakesha Kemp – Karla Crome, Aunt Lily – Susan Jameson, Forsaken McTeague and the Underwood Sisters – Jana Carpenter, Sabine Seah – Rebecca Boey, Remington Schofield– Barnaby Kay, Miss Lotte Amutenya – Cherrelle Skeete, Mrs Bartholomew – Kate Isitt, Dr Hazlitt - Ben Crowe, Co Pilot – James Joyce. Recorded on location in Hove. Music composed by Tim Elsenburg. Sound Design: David Thomas Director: Julian Simpson Producer: Sarah Tombling Executive Producer: Karen Rose Indie (Sweet Talk)

22 Apr: Saturday Play - Twelfth Night, 1
Shakespeare. A 400th anniversary production of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and unrequited love. It contributes to the marking of the centenary of BBC Radio Drama, because in 1923, 300 years after the First Folio, Twelfth Night was the first full-length Shakespeare play to be broadcast on BBC radio. When twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, both believing each other to have drowned, they both go in search of sanctuary. Viola disguises herself as a man and finds refuge in the court of Duke Orsino.... Orsino Giles Terera, Viola Indigo Griffiths, Olivia Genevieve Gaunt, Malvolio Toby Jones, Maria Ayesha Antoine, Sebastian David Elue, Sir Toby Belch David Troughton, Sir Andrew Aguecheek Jamie Treacher, Fool (Feste) Rio Attoh Wood, Fabian/Captain David Ajao, Valentine Katy Owen, Curio/2nd officer Christopher Buckley, 1st Officer James Peake, Antonio Jos Vantyler. Produced by Clive Brill. Music by Joseph Bedell. Indie (Brill Productions).

23 Apr: Classic Serial slot - Twelfth Night, 2
Conclusion of the play from yesterday.

24 Apr: No drama
Another non-drama in the drama slot. Why not broadcast a repeat of an interesting play?

25 Apr: This Thing of Darkness 1-3
Rpt. By Anita Vettesse; monologues by Eileen Horne. Whilst David remains in custody for the murder of his son, the rest of the family must move back into the house where the killing took place. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Kyle … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Karen … Victoria Liddelle, Laura… Shauna Macdonald. Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland. Rpt.

26 Apr: This Thing of Darkness, 1-4
The Group begin to consider their relationships with their parents. And Hannah visits David with a challenging question about his relationships. Rpt. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Dougie … Simon Donaldson, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Kyle/Tyler … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald, Frankie … Brian Vernel. Production team - see yesterday's entry.

27 Apr: This Thing of Darkness 1-5
By Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne. Alex finds herself at an impasse with David. Elsewhere, things are beginning to unlock: Hannah makes a game-changing disclosure to Laura. Rpt. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Liam/Dougie … Simon Donaldson, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Tyler … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald, Frankie … Brian Vernel. Production team - see 25 Apr.

28 Apr: An Eye for a Killing, 1 - The Trial on Christmas Eve
By Colin MacDonald. The true story of Scotland’s serial killers, Burke and Hare. On Christmas Eve in 1828, William Burke was on trial for murder at the High Court in Edinburgh, accused of killing an old woman, Madgy Docherty. In the witness box is his accuser, William Hare, Burke’s accomplice in 16 murders. What started these two former canal labourers on a mass killing spree? In 1828, Edinburgh was a world-leading centre of medical training and dissection. The anatomists needed cadavers on which to demonstrate and practice, but the supply of bodies from hospitals and prisons wasn’t enough to meet the demand. Burke and Hare discovered they could earn £10 by selling a dead body and decided they would lure victims to their lodging house and murder them. In 5 parts. 30m. Narrator ….. Jack Lowden, Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell, Hare ….. James Boal, John Fisher ….. Robert Jack, Mary Paterson ….. Helen Mackay, Janet Brown ….. Nicola Roy, Madgy Docherty ….. Maureen Carr, Jamie ….. Kyle Gardiner, Sheriff Tait ….. Ron Donachie, Sir William Rae ….. Stuart McQuarrie, Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson, Other parts played by the cast.. Producer: Bruce Young.

29 Apr: The Rival
By Jude Cook. Shakespeare-based play: An erotically charged re-imagining of how he came to write the sonnets. In 1590, young WS is called to Titchfield House and hired by Lord Burghley to write a series of sonnets encouraging the young Earl of Southampton to marry Burghley’s granddaughter. When the playhouses are closed due to plague in 1592, Will is forced to flee London to live at Titchfield, where he’s given a second commission ... The play is introduced by Will Tosh of the Globe Theatre. William Shakespeare ..... Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Earl of Southampton ..... Freddie Fox, Aline Florio ..... Indra Ové, Lord Burghley/ Robert Greene ..... Philip Jackson, John Florio/ Landlord ..... Philip Arditti, George Chapman/ Robert Cecil ..... Ben Deery, Christopher Marlowe ..... Tim Downie Countess of Southampton ..... Christine Kavanagh, Richard Burbage ..... Stephen Leask, Susannah Shakespeare ..... Kirsten Udall. Sound Editor Alisdair McGregor. Producer Jeremy Mortimer. Indie (Reduced Listening) for R3. I think this may be a repeat.

30 Apr: Classic Serial slot - Anna Karenina
Tolstoy, dram. L.M.Griffiths. In the BBC Radio 4's 'Love Stories' series. Levin loves Kitty, but has a rival in Count Alexei Vronsky. When Anna arrives in Moscow everything changes. Despite being married, she feels herself attracted to Vronsky. Anna....Kate Phillips, Alexei Vronsky.....Alfred Enoch, Alexei Karennin.....Rory Kinnear, Konstantin.....Sacha Dhawan, Katerina (Kitty) ....Anneika Rose, Darya (Dolly) ....Rosalie Craig, Stepan (Stiva) ...Adetomiwa Edun, Couontess Vronskaya.....Leah Marks, Guard.....Hasan Dixon. Produced by Nadia Molinari. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. BBC Audio Drama North.

1 May: No Drama
Please write to the BBC to encourage better use of this slot. It should be drama. Best solution is a repeat of a post-2000 play, which incurs no repeat fees.

2 May: This Thing of Darkness, 1-6
series 1, ep. 6. By Anita Vettesse, with monologues by Eileen Horne.. Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes. She charts the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family, and explores the long shadow of homicide through her therapy group for murderers. Rpt. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald. Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams BBC Scotland.

3 May: This Thing of Darkness, 1-7.
Continued from yesterday. Rpt. Cast: Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Dougie … Simon Donaldson, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Tyler … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Frankie … Brian Vernel. Production team - as yesterday.

4 May: A Forbidden Song
By Sarah Woods. Set in 2023. Valya and Masha are teenage musicians, but they have to keep their relationship a secret, because of prejudice and fear of violence. And now Valya is a refugee, living with her mother in Wales, while Masha remains in Kyiv. Sarah Woods' drama tells their story, but also the story of the bandura, the Ukrainian national instrument, suppressed by the communists. Stalin had bandurists persecuted and murdered. Includes interviews with Ukrainian refugees and uses new music by Boff Whalley and a cast of Ukrainian performers. Valya....Diana Simchuk, Nataliia....Elena Sophya Gryshchenko, Masha....Aliese Chydzhan, Susi.....Eiry Thomas. Bandura played by Sonia Savchuk. Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by Emma Harding, BBC Wales.

5 May: Burke & Hare, 2 - The Lost Girl
By Colin MacDonald. Mary Paterson was 18 when she met William Burke in a drinking den in Edinburgh in 1828. By the end of the day she would be dead and her body sold for £10 to an anatomy teacher, Robert Knox. In the High Court, William Hare is cross-examined on his knowledge of another murder. In fact, he has detailed knowledge of 16 murders because he’s one of the killers – but he can never be charged because the authorities have given him immunity.Drama-doc; 30m. episodes. Three more parts to go. Narrator ….. Jack Lowden, Mary Paterson ….. Helen Mackay, William Hare ….. James Boal, Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell, Galbraith ….. Andy Clark, Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson, Henry Cockburn ….. Jimmy Chisholm, David Paterson ….. Stuart McQuarrie, Janet Brown ….. Nicola Roy, Other parts played by the cast. Producer: Bruce Young.

6 May: Saturday Play: In the Shadow of Man
By Jane Goodall, adap. Sarah Woods. First published in 1971; this is Jane's account of her first ten years with the chimpanzees of Gombe. She observed in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools. The drama takes us into the Tanzanian forests with Jane, telling us of the discoveries she made as she came to know the chimps and they came to know her. A conversation between Sarah and Jane weaves through the drama. Today Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, is Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. Rpt. Young Jane.....Jeany Spark, Vanne.....Marilyn Le Conte, Rashidi.....John Kamau, Hugo.....Geoffrey Breton, Dominic.....Ery Nzaramba, David.....Sam Dale. Production co-ordinator.....Lindsay Rees. Sound design..... Nigel Lewis. Director.....Emma Harding. Producer.....James Robinson. BBC Wales.

7 May: Classic Serial slot - Anna Karenina, 2
By Tolstoy, dram. L.M.Griffiths. Anna and Vronsky embark on a passionate love affair but Anna's husband Karenin will not let her go without a fight. Anna.....Kate Phillips, Alexei Vronsky....Alfred Enoch, Alexei Karenin.....Rory Kinnear, Konstantin 'Kostya' Levin.....Sacha Dhawan, Katerina..Anneika Rose, Darya 'Dolly@ Oblonskaya.....Rosalie Craig, Stepan 'Stiva' Oblonsky....Adetomiwa Edun, Midwife..... Georgie Glen, Porter .....Hasan Dixon. Produced by Nadia Molinari. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. BBC Audio Drama North.

8 May: No Drama
Please write to the BBC about it; this should be a drama slot.

9 May: Leaving, 1
By Tessa Gibbs. Family drama about love, loss and legacy. Why doing the right thing can seem wrong. Continued tomorrow. Catriona ..... Georgie Glen, Isla ..... Anita Vettesse, Drew ..... Robin Laing, Esme ..... Anneika Rose, DS Wallace ..... Kyle Gardiner. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

10 May: Leaving, 2
By Tessa Gibbs; conclusion. Drew and Isla are still being held by the police. Catriona ..... Georgie Glen, Isla ..... Anita Vettesse, Drew ..... Robin Laing, Esme ..... Anneika Rose, DS Wallace ..... Kyle Gardiner, Murdo .... Simon Donaldson. Producer: Gaynor MacFarlane.

11 May: Domino
By Archie Maddocks. Three generations of men from one family play dominos. But this is more than a game - it is a struggle for power. Rpt. Horsea.....Rudolph Walker, Quashie.....Paterson Joseph, Rico.....Stefan Adegbola, August.....Damian Lynch, Nurse/Resident.....Jane Whittenshaw, Produced by Emma Harding.

12 May: Burke & Hare, 3 - The Innocent and the Guilty
By Colin MacDonald. In the series 'An Eye for a Killing'. In prison cell, William Burke confesses to a journalist that he took part in 16 murders in the space of ten months. Jamie Wilson, a young boy on the streets of Edinburgh, is one of the victims murdered by Burke and Hare. Neither man is charged with his death – but Jamie’s relatives continue to seek justice. In the witness box at the High Court, Hare’s wife, Margaret, also accuses Burke of killing Madgy Docherty - who had travelled from Ireland to Edinburgh in search of her son. There are extra scenes on BBC Sounds. 30m. Narrator ….. Jack Lowden, Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell, Galbraith ….. Andy Clark, Jamie ….. Kyle Gardiner, Bobbie ….. James Rottger, Margaret Hare ….. Lucianne McEvoy, Madgy Docherty ….. Maureen Carr, Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson, Sir William Rae ….. Stuart McQuarrie. Other parts played by the cast.. Producer: Bruce Young.

13 May: Saturday Play - First of Millions
By Ryan Craig. This is the first of a collection of plays about historical turning points. This one is the story behind the science leading to the birth of the first IVF baby and the working relationship between physiologist Robert Edwards and obstetrician Patrick Steptoe. Based on the facts with some imagined characters and scenes. Robert Edwards ….. Vincent Franklin, Patrick Steptoe ….. Pip Torrens, Lesley Brown ….. Katy Sobey, John Brown ….. Luke Allen-Gale, The Writer ….. Ryan Whittle, Ruth Edwards and Louise Brown ….. Katherine Press, Barry Bavister ….. Hasan Dixon, The Cambridge Master ….. Roger Ringrose, Jean Purdy ….. Kymberley Cochrane, Professor Höög ….. Ewan Bailey, Dr Hinton ….. Georgie Glen, The Vicar ….. Samuel James, Fiona ….. Leah Marks. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

14 May: Classic Serial slot: Anna Karenina, 3
Tolstoy, dram. L.M.Griffiths. Levin and Kitty celebrate their love. Anna and Vronsky are forced into exile. Anna's increasing isolation has tragic consequences. Anna.....Kate Phillips, Alexei V.....Alfred Enoch, Alexei K..Rory Kinnear, Konstantin.....Sacha Dhawan, Katerina.....Anneika Rose, Darya .....Rosalie Craig, Stepan.....Adetomiwa Edun, Sergei.....Rafferty Railton, Nurse/Princess/Mme Kartasova.....Georgie Glen, Priest/Kuzma/Porter.....Hasan Dixon, Produced by Nadia Molinari, Sound design by Sharon Hughes. BBC Audio Drama North.

15 May: No Drama, again
Please write to the D-G about this. Mon 2.15 should be a drama slot.

16 May: Downstream
By Nick Warburton. A new comedy drama set in a boatyard. The Platter community is an eccentric one but at its heart is the chaotic pairing of Pat and his sister Libby. Libby has been away from home for a long period but on her return she discovers that Pat has a new manager in place, the fiercely efficient Martine. Libby ..... Monica Dolan, Pat ..... Oliver Chris, Martine ..... Kymberley Cochrane, Ravi ..... Waleed Akhtar, Pleat ..... Samuel James, Bob Hallet ..... Gerard McDermott. Produced by Tracey Neale.

17 May: I Don't Believe You
By Robert Forrest. On 17 May 1966, Bob Dylan played at the Manchester Free Trade Hall - one of the most famous concerts in rock history. Dylan had rattled some cages; some fans felt betrayed because he was leaving the folk tradition behind by turning electric. One heckler shouted “Judas”. Robert Forrest’s play focuses on events just outside the concert hall, as two young Dylan fans meet by chance. Rpt. Catriona ..... Lucianne McEvoy, Davey ..... Martin Quinn. Producer: Bruce Young. BBC Scotland.

18 May: Yellow Lips
By Katie Redford. Drama about a daughter’s memories of her mum’s struggle with mental health. The young Jen never really questioned the effect her mum's health had on her family, but with the benefits of hindsight and experience she can see the problems it caused. Grown-up Jen delves back into the past. Rpt. Narrator/Jen ….. Katie Redford, Mum, Alison ….. Lorraine Ashbourne, Dad, Rick ….. Stephen Critchlow, Young Jen ….. Grace Doherty, Matty/Izra ….. Wilbur Conabeare, Granny Beryl ….. Jessica Turner, Mrs Howe ….. Elinor Coleman. Produced by Tracey Neale.

19 May: Burke & Hare, 4 - Anger on the Streets
By Colin MacDonald. As Burke’s murder trial continues at the High Court, a rumour spreads on the streets that there has been a series of killings – and the man buying the bodies is the anatomist, Dr Robert Knox. 30m. Narrator ….. Jack Lowden, Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell, Hare ….. James Boal, Sir William Rae ….. Stuart McQuarrie, Galbraith ….. Andy Clark, Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson, Madgy Docherty ….. Maureen Carr, Margaret Hare ….. Lucianne McEvoy, John Fisher ….. Robert Jack, Michael Campbell ….. James Rottger, Lord Justice Clerk ….. Paul Young, Other parts played by the cast. Producer: Bruce Young.

20 May: Saturday Play - The Ballad of Syd & Morgan
By Haydn Middleton, dram. Roger Elsgood. 60m. Syd Barrett (22), recently ex-Pink Floyd, encounters novelist E M Forster (89) in King’s College, Cambridge in 1968. The encounter is fictional; they never met. But in the play, their meeting leads to a conversation between two unusual individuals belonging to very different parts of the 20th century; one young and the other near the end of his life. Success arrived early in both of their lives, but then the impulse to be creative suddenly became unimportant, and they downed tools. Forster stopped writing novels at the age of 45 and lived untilhe was 90; Barrett withdrew from writing and performing music at 25 and lived until he was 60. With Simon Russell Beale as E M Forster, Tyger Drew-Honey as Syd Barrett and Madeleine Leslay as a college bedder. Sound design by Giovanni Sipiano, directed by Willi Richards and produced by Roger James Elsgood. Indie (Art & Adventure Productions).

21 May: A Room with a View, 1
By E.M. Forster; dram. Marcy Kahan. Forster's witty, sunlit story of Lucy Honeychurch's trip to Italy accompanied by her conventional cousin Charlotte. Arriving at the Pension Bertolini they discover they have no view from their rooms; when another guest offers to swap rooms with them it sets off a train of events that causes Lucy to question the conventions of polite Edwardian society and open herself up to the passion and romance. Lucy ..... Rosie Day, Charlotte ..... Rosie Cavaliero, Reverend Beebe ..... John Heffernan, Mr Emerson ..... Gerard McDermott, George ..... Luke Thallon, Eleanor Lavish ..... Leah Marks, Reverend Eager ..... Ewan Bailey, Miss Alan ..... Jessica Turner, Carriage driver/vendor ..... Alessandro Dowling, Morgan Forster ..... Daniel Ings, Pianist ..... Peter Ringrose, Producer ..... Sally Avens.

22 May: No Drama, again
Please make sure you write to Tim Davie, the Director-General, about this. Mon 2.15 should be a drama slot.

23 May: The Bully
By Zalie Burrow. A drama based on the true ordeal of a mum and her young son's traumatic journey with obsessive compulsive disorder. At times a painful listen, but it highlights what can happen if you find the right treatment. Rpt. Mum, Kate ..... Juliet Aubrey, Joe ..... Charlie Brand, Angie/Mrs Morton ..... Tracy Wiles, Dr Taylor ..... Hasan Dixon, Virginia Steele ..... Jessica Turner, Doreen ..... Jane Slavin, Professor Dickinson/Bruce ..... Nicholas Murchie, Older Joe ..... Luke Nunn. Produced by Tracey Neale; her third drama in a little over a week! This is Zalie's second drama for Radio 4 but her first solo credit. Her first drama, co-written with the late Guy Meredith, was '24 Hours From Tulse Hill'.

24 May: Happy Hour
By Liv Fowler; her first radio play. Chloe and Emily are catching up at the pub. Close friends since they were 15, Chloe just got her big break as a graphic designer in Central London; Emily recently got her first pet with her partner Ben. But the substance of the play is about Emily's response to being sexually harassed. There's an accident... Chloe ..... Shvorne Marks, Emily ..... Ami Metcalf. Production team: Producer, Jelena Budimir, Sound Designer, Paul Cargill, Production Manager, Darren Spruce, Executive Producer, Polly Thomas. Indie (Naked Productions).

25 May: Nightmare(ish)
By Ollie George Clark. Amy and Ben are like most writers and actors: they haven't had any proper work for ages so they set out to make their names by writing and producing a true crime podcast. But it's not long before they find themselves redefining the word 'true'. Amy ..... Emma Sidi, Ben ..... Barney Fishwick, Becky ..... Kymberley Cochrane, Helen/Janey ..... Leah Marks, James/Dad ..... Gerard McDermott. Producer: Sally Avens.

26 May: 12 May: Burke & Hare, 5 - The Reckoning
By Colin MacDonald. 30m. On Christmas Day in 1828 the jury at the High Court decide that serial killer, William Burke, is guilty of the murder of Madgy Docherty. Burke is sentenced to be hanged and his body publicly dissected. A crowd of 25,000 people turn out to watch him die – while his accomplice, William Hare, walks free from the court. Narrator ….. Jack Lowden, Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell, Boyle ….. Paul Young, Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson, Janet Brown ….. Nicola Roy, Mrs Wilson ….. Lucianne McEvoy, Galbraith ….. Andy Clark, John Fisher ….. Robert Jack, Michael Campbell ….. James Rottger, Other parts played by the cast.. Producer: Bruce Young.

27 May: Saturday Play slot - John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Not really a drama, but JF is always worth hearing. This is a series of acted comedy sketches, where he joins forces with Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan, composer Susannah Pearse at the piano and cellist Sally Stares on the drum. This 45m special sees a palaeontologist try to not lose his head, a husband try to explain why he’s going to Milan, and the world’s top golfer getting a surprise. We also hear from a member of the silent majority and our regular interviewer hears from someone else. And… well, since you ask him for a story about an amazing journey… Recording … Jerry Peal & Jon Calver, Editing … Rich Evans, Production Co-ordinator … Katie Baum, Exec Producer … Richard Morris. Producer … Ed Morrish.

28 May: Classic Serial slot: A Room with a View, 2
By E.M. Forster, dram. Marcy Kahan. Lucy Honeychurch has returned from a transformative trip to Italy to her native Surrey and tradition and family. She is soon engaged to the son of a family friend. But he's not the right man, and she can't shake off the intensity of her experiences in Italy and her encounter with the unconventional George Emerson who swept her up in his arms on an Italian hillside. Lucy ..... Rosie Day, Cecil ..... Samuel Barnett, George ..... Luke Thallon, Mrs Honeychurch ..... Jane Booker, Reverend Beebe ..... John Heffernan, Charlotte ..... Rosie Cavaliero, Freddy ..... Will Kirk, Mr Emerson ..... Gerard McDermott, Miss Alan ..... Jessica Turner, Sir Harry Otway ..... Ewan Bailey, Morgan Forster ..... Daniel Ings. Pianist ..... Peter Ringrose. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

29 May: No drama
I hope you have written to the D-G.

30 May: Undercover Mumbai, 3-1
By Ayeesha Menon. Series 3. The body of a young woman, Nyla Ansari, is found in a bathtub in her parents' home, a bottle of pills beside her. It looks like a suicide, until the discovery of the video she made a year before claiming her father, a wealthy Indian businessman, was going to kill her. Police inspector Alia Khan goes undercover, moving into the flat next door with her male colleague Junaid Qureshi. Posing as a newly married couple, their mission is to befriend Nyla's family, their servants and friends, and discover the truth. Set and recorded in India. Alia..............Prerna Chawla, Junaid..............Tavish Bhattacharya, Ratna..............Shivani Tanksale, Shahnaz..............Shernaz Patel, Parvez..............Rajit Kapur, Jaz..............Sukant Goel, Roopkala..............Lovleen Mishra, Popo..............Rohit Malkani, Bhupinder..............Aseem Hattangady, Patel..............Jaimini Pathak, Roopkala's son..............Ajitesh Gupta, Mrs. Gomes..............Radhika Mital, Dr. Rao..............Sohrab Ardeshir, Dr. Rameshwari..............Anahita Uberoi, Sam, Insp. Kaur and Ensemble..............Vivek Madan, Pander, Bartender and Ensemble..............Nadir Khan, Nyla, Adele and Ensemble..............Abir Abrar, Poona and Ensemble..............Kamakshi Rai, Boy..............Dhruv Hemdev. Producer: Nadir Khan. Production Manager: Toral Shah. Production Assistant: Vivek Madan. Editing Assistant: Varrunn Bangera. Directed, recorded and edited by John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk). Rpt.

31 May: Undercover Mumbai, 3-2
By Ayeesha Menon. Continued from yesterday; cast and production team unchanged. Rpt.

1 Jun: Undercover Mumbai, 3-3
By Ayeesha Menon. Final episode; cast and production team unchanged. Rpt.

2 Jun: The Attendant, 1
30m drama series; part 1 of 5. Frankenstein. Rpt. from 7 Oct 2021.
By The Cullen Brothers. An unorthodox love story set on the night shift at a petrol station.Alex is desperate to find someone to share his life with, but too scared to do anything about it. A film-obsessive, he works the night shift at an isolated petrol station on the outskirts of a two-bit town. Awkward, and with no real friends to speak of, he confides in his only ‘colleague’ - a smiley-faced vacuum cleaner named Keith, whose voice only Alex can hear. Alex (and Second Creation)…Will Merrick, Ella (and Female Creation)……Patricia Allison, Keith and the ‘How To..’ Tapes......Kenneth Collard, Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Original music by Tom Constantine. Director: Alison Crawford.

3 Jun: Bed for the Night
By David Pownall. Rpt. from Mar 2022. The aftermath of Britain’s colonial past and the contentious issue of illegal immigration. The action takes place in a house located in Brighton in 2022. One evening, Daniel, now in his 80s, answers his front door and is confronted by Amos who asks him for a bed for the night. When Amos tells him that he is the grandson of someone Daniel employed when he worked in Rhodesia, Daniel invites him in. He feels deeply obligated to Amos and to the promises he made all those years ago to his grandfather. But Amos is in the country illegally. The play follows Amos' attempts to stay in the country. It's produced by Martin Jenkins, who has directed over 30 plays by David Pownall. Daniel .......... Nigel Anthony, Amos .......... Stefan Adegbola, Flora .......... Sarah Badel. Other roles played by Jenny Funnell, Alan Leith and Jane Whittenshaw. Sound Design by David Thomas. Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling. Indie (Pier).

4 Jun: Classic Serial slot - One Moonlit Night
Dramatisation of Caradog Prichard's Welsh novel. A young boy is growing up in a remote slate quarry village in North Wales at the time of the First World War. He encounters friendship, loss and his mother’s mental breakdown. He is also surrounded by a world of superstition and folklore. Adapted by Rhiannon Boyle. Older Boy.....Owen Alun, Younger Boy.....Ianto Clement-Evans, Mam/ The Voice......Rhian Blyth, Young Huw......Grufudd Beech, Older Huw......Gwion Morris Jones, Young Moi......Harri Bale, Mr Price School/ Elis Ifans......Richard Elfyn, Moi’s Mam/Nain......Judith Humphreys, Jini Bach Pen Cae.....Lois Meleri-Jones. Sound Design….Nigel Lewis. Production co-ordinator Eleri Sydney McAuliffe. Producers: Ffion Emlyn and Emma Harding.

5 Jun: No Drama

6 Jun: In The Shadows
By Susan Lieberman. ""I grew up in Chicago surrounded by immigrants. A few years ago, I created a script based on US-born Hispanic teenagers' personal stories. The violence and poverty that drove their parents from Central America reminded me of my own family's reasons for leaving their homeland. But now, instead of finding freedom, these kids' parents lived in fear of "la migra" - immigration officers who could crush their dreams by simply asking their names." Recorded by Louis Mitchell in Manhattan NYC. Mixed by Jon Calver in London. Producer: Judith Kampfner. Indie (Corporation For Independent Media production).

7 Jun: Born to Be Wilde: The Warhol Years
A repeat of Marcy Kahan's effervescent play from 2018 about the young Oscar Wilde. At the time of the story he has not yet written anything of note, but he embarks on an American tour, determined to be famous. Oscar Wilde.....Max Bennett, Charles Kitteridge.....Liam Lau Fernandez, Speranza Wilde.....Dervla Kirwan, Sarah Bernhardt......Alexandra Constantinidi, Colonel Morse.....John Guerrasio, Walt Whitman.....Tony Turner, Henry James.....Don Gilet, Napoleon Sarony.....Lewis Bray, Elton.....Cameron Percival, Reporter.....Sean Murray. Producer: Emma Harding. More about this on Marcy's page.

8 Jun: Close to Home
By Cath Staincliffe. Grace Monroe goes undercover as a live-in nanny at the home of Ben Curtis whose wife Lydia has been missing for a year. Making herself indispensable in the intimacy of the family home, Grace hunts for clues as to what happened to the mother. It’s a game of cat and mouse with Grace prepared to do whatever she must to win Ben’s trust. Grace.....Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, Harry.....Esh Alladi, Ben.....Matthew McNulty, Penny.....Bebe Massey, Jonah.....Tareq Al-Jeddal, Una.....Christine Bottomley, Natalie.....Emma Cunniffe, Police officer / Operator.....Kymberley Cochrane. Produced by Nadia Molinari. BBC Drama North.

9 Jun: The Attendant, 2 - The Western
By The Cullen Brothers, rpt. 30m. . Tonight there is tumbleweed, cicadas singing in the night-heat and gambling with custard creams. A lone drifter wanders onto the forecourt... Alex...Will Merrick, Ella ...Patricia Allison, Keith and the ‘How To..’ Tapes...Kenneth Collard, The Drifter...Zara Ramm, Slops McCreedy...Jake Cullen, Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Original music by Tom Constantine. Producer: Alison Crawford.

10 Jun: Saturday Play - Wasps in a Jam Jar
By Jonathan Maitland, ad. from his stage play 'Dead Sheep'.55m. Comedy drama. Elspeth was married to Geoffrey Howe. She was the complete opposite of Margaret Thatcher: Elspeth was Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Commission and a vocal supporter of the homeless. She was a feminist, whereas Mrs Thatcher thought a woman's place was in the home. This rivalry played a substantial part in Geoffrey Howe's famous resignation speech in 1990. The play dramatises the events leading up to the speech. Elspeth Howe.......Penelope Wilton, Margaret Thatcher......Harriet Walter, Geoffrey Howe......James Fleet, Alan Clark/Nigel Lawson.....Jonty Stephens, Ian Gow/Brian Walden.....Simon Greenall, Journalist........Jonathan Maitland, Commons Speaker......Hamilton Berstock. Production Co-Ordinator - Pippa Day. Tech Team - Keith Graham & Jenni Burnett. Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet. Producer -Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

11 Jun: Classic Serial slot - Cloudstreet, 1
By Tim Winton, in 3 episodes. The story follows two families from the time they leave their homes in the country and move into Cloudstreet, a big, old house in Perth. The two families are very different. The Lambs are righteous, God-fearing, hard working and tight with their money whereas the Pickles are licentious wastrels. The Lambs are industrious and religious; the Pickles trust in luck. The Lambs’ God creates miracles; the Pickles’ God is a darker creature. The dramatization is by Dave Britton. Oriel Lamb - Kerry Fox, Lester Lamb - Jonathan Hyde, Sam Pickles - Richard Dillane, Dolly Pickles – Felicity Ward, Rose Pickles - Kate Winter, Quick Lamb - James Frecheville, Fish Lamb - Tom Glenister, Beryl – Jane Slavin, Nyoongah man – Wayne Blair. Other parts played by members of the cast. Directed by Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish)

12 Jun: Another missing drama

13 Jun: From a Great Height
By Robin Soans; based on a true story. When a nurse recognises her former teacher in hospital, both of their worlds become very complicated. Robin is a specialist in verbatim and documentary plays. Bradley Woods ..... Ray Fearon, Zenna Williams ..... Franc Ashman, Clarence ..... Enyi Okoronkwo, Olwyn Gaunt ..... Elizabeth Counsell, Conrad Kent ..... Zackary Momoh, Declan Driscoll ...... Ryan Whittle, Teacher ..... John Lightbody, Gym Worker ..... Joseph Ayre, Nurse ..... Emma Handy. Produced by Marion Nancarrow.

14 Jun: Auntie Jee By Furquan Akhtar; romantic comedy. Sham runs a restaurant on the Curry Mile in Manchester. She also does some matchmaking. But when best friend Julie asks her to find a partner, things get complicated. Rpt. from Sep 2018. Sham ...... Shobna Gulati, Julie ...... Lisa Moore, Aneela ...... Shila Iqbal, Asif ...... Abdullah Afzal, Ali ...... Bhasker Patel, Bank Manager ...... Lloyd Peters. Producer: Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

15 Jun: Undercover - Close to Home, 2
By Cath Staincliffe. Continued from last week. A fire bomb attack on Ben’s car following his public appeal brings unwelcome media attention and Una's insistence on making contact with the children threatens to expose Grace and undermine Ben's trust in her. Then there's another development. Grace.....Ntombizodwa Ndlovu Ben.....Matthew McNulty Jonah.....Tareq Al-Jeddal Penny.....Bebe Massey Una.....Christine Bottomley Harry.....Esh Alladi Natalie.....Emma Cunniffe Kelly/School Sec .....Kymberley Cochrane Journalists…..Lula Marsh, Jessica Bellamy, Esh Alladi. Producer: Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

16 Jun: The Attendant, 3 - Zombies
By the Cullen Brothers. 30m. Rpt. from Oct 2021. Alex at the petrol station is still looking for a partner. In this episode a crimson cloud pours red rain over the town, turning those caught in the storm into zombies. Ella, returning home from Plumbing Enthusiasts Club, seeks shelter at the petrol station. Alex and Ella - along with a truck driver find themselves trapped in the petrol station shop, defending themselves against the zombies. Will they become ‘infected’? Alex………Will Merrick, Ella………Patricia Allison, Keith and the ‘How To Tapes’....Kenneth Collard, Jonny Tenaka……Tim Downie, Barry Oatcakes……Joseph Tweedale. Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Includes original music by Tom Constantine. Director: Alison Crawford.

16 Jun: The Attendant, 3 - Zombies
By the Cullen Brothers. 30m. Rpt. from 2021. Alex at the petrol station is still looking for a partner. In this episode a crimson cloud pours red rain over the town, turning those caught in the storm into zombies. Ella, returning home from Plumbing Enthusiasts Club, seeks shelter at the petrol station. Alex and Ella - along with a truck driver find themselves trapped in the petrol station shop, defending themselves against the zombies. Will they become ‘infected’? Alex………Will Merrick, Ella………Patricia Allison, Keith and the ‘How To Tapes’....Kenneth Collard, Jonny Tenaka……Tim Downie, Barry Oatcakes……Joseph Tweedale. Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Includes original music by Tom Constantine. Director: Alison Crawford.

17 Jun: Saturday Play - Mr Pye, 1
By Mervyn Peake. Retired bank manager Harold Pye arrives on the island of Sark in the Channel Islands. This fictional version of the island is peopledwith odd characters. Dramatization by Glyn Maxwell, from the novel. 55m. Adrian Scarborough........Mr. Pye, Deborah Findlay...........Miss Dredger, Christopher Harper..........Thorpe/ Major Overshot, Emily Bowker.............Tintagieu, Jane Whittenshaw..........Miss George, Emma Noakes........Kiki, Mrs. Porter, Alex Blake...........Pawgy, Thomas Delacourt.........Pepe, Cragg, Outcrop. Produced by Frank Stirling Indie (7digital)

18 Jun: Classic Serial slot: Cloudstreet, 2 - Qick and Rose
By Tim Winton. Rose decides to return to Cloudstreet with Quick. Dram. Dave Britton. Oriel Lamb -Kerry Fox, Lester Lamb - Jonathan Hyde, Sam Pickles - Richard Dillane, Dolly Pickles – Felicity Ward, Rose Pickles - Kate Winter, Quick Lamb - James Frecheville, Fish Lamb - Tom Glenister, Lucy – Jane Slavin, the Nyoongah man – Wayne Blair. Other parts played by members of the cast. Produced by Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish)

19 Jun: No Drama >br>This slot should be reinstated as drama. Write to the D-G at the BBC.

20 Jun: First Do No Harm, 1 - Elaine
By Al Smithm writer of Life Lines. Two dramas looking at the the NHS, for those trying to challenge its workings from without and within. Elaine Newton's husband died whilst under NHS supervision. Finding out what happened uncovers a can of worms and attracts a storm of criticism.. Elaine ...... Rosie Cavaliero, Greg ...... Michael Bertenshaw, Rhys ...... Joel MacCormack, Caz ...... Jade Croot, Niall ...... Joseph Ayre, Joy ...... Kelly Williams, Maggie ...... Clare Corbett, DJ ...... Don Gilet, Lenny ...... Sam Dale, Keith ...... Christopher Harper, Jane ...... Sarah Ovens, Dave ...... Ronny Jhutti, Martha ..... Franchi Webb. Producers ..... Jessica Dromgoole and Sally Avens.

21 Jun: First Do No Harm, 2 - Rhys
By Al Smith. Production team - as yesterday. A doctor tries to help Elaine. Rhys......Joel MacCormac,k Elaine......Rosie Cavaliero, Colin......Don Gilet, Mo......Annabel Facer, Sue......Sharita Oomeer, Annie......Sarah Ovens, Karim......Ronny Jhutti, Alan......Michael Bertenshaw, Tessa......Clare Corbett, Albie......Sam Dale, Bojan......Christopher Harper, Ned......Joseph Ayre, Maz......Kelly Williams, Nadya......Franchi Webb.

22 Jun: Undercover: Close to Home, 3 of 3
By Cath Staincliffe. Some clues lead Grace to deduce where Ben probably hid the body, but he becomes suspicious when hearing about the search operation. Grace.....Ntombizodwa Ndlovu Ben.....Matthew McNulty Penny.....Bebe Massey Jonah.....Tareq Al-Jeddal Una...Christine Bottomley Harry.....Esh Alladi Naralie.....Emma Cunniffe Journalists.....Lula Marsh, Jessica Bellamy, Esh Alladi. Produced by Nadia Molinari. BBC Drama North,

23 Jun: The Attendant, 4
By the Cullen Brothers. 30m. Comic love story set on the night shift at a petrol station. Rpt. from 28 Oct 21. Tonight, Alex finds a toy ray-gun in an industrial bin and accidentally blasts himself in the face, spawning his evil twin. This sets off a chain of events that will see Alex, Ella and a recycling collector try to stop Evil Alex and Ella turning the whole town bad. Alex/Evil Alex………Will Merrick, Ella/Evil Ella……..Patricia Allison, Keith/Evil Keith and the ‘How To Tapes’...Kenneth Collard, Denise / Evil Denise……..Ingrid Oliver, Barry Oatcakes ………Joseph Tweedale, Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Original music by Tom Constantine. Director: Alison Crawford.

24 Jun: Saturday Play - Mr Pye, 2
By Mervyn Peake. More shenanigans and odd characters on the island of Sark, presided over by the nutty Harold Pye. Adrian Scarborough........Harold, Deborah Findlay............Miss Dredger, Christopher Harper........Thorpe/ Major Overshot, Emily Bowker...........Tintagieu, Jane Whittenshaw........Miss George, Dr. Moraine, Emma Noakes..........Kiki, Mrs. Porter, Alex Blake.............Pawgy, Thomas Delacourt..........Pepe. Dram. by Glyn Maxwell from the novel. 55m. Produced by Frank Stirling. Indie (7digital).

25 Jun: Cloudstreet, 3 - Mothers and Fathers
By Tim Winton, conclusion, continued from last Sunday. Dram. Dave Britton. BBC blurb: "The Lambs’ God is a maker of miracles; the Pickles’ God is the ‘Shifty Shadow’ of fate." Oriel Lamb - Kerry Fox, Lester lamb - Jonathan Hyde, Sam Pickles - Richard Dillane, Dolly Pickles – Felicity Ward, Rose Pickles - Kate Winter, Quick Lamb - James Frecheville, Fish Lamb - Tom Glenister, Beryl – Jane Slavin, Nyoongah man – Wayne Blair. Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer: Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish).

26 Jun: Faith, Hope and Glory, series 6(?), ep. 1
....or possibly a repeat of series 4; there's conflicting information on the BBC blurb. Episode title: 'Faith & Trevor'.
By Carol Russell. Cardiff, 1973. Faith is under pressure as Trevor’s health declines. Her daughter Serena goes to London for the day, attracted by Biba and Brixton. Faith decides to try for the last time to make amends with a childhood friend. Rpt., I think. Faith ..… Shiloh Coke, Trevor ..… Gary Beadle, Merlene ….. Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hope …… Danielle Vitalis, Serena Hope ..…. Bethan Mary-James, Adamma ..… Tiwa Lade, Jac …… Nkhanise Phiri, Doctor/Reverend Baker ..…. Gerard McDermott, Mr. Llewellyn/DJ …. Ewan Bailey. Producer: Pat Cumper.

27 Jun: Faith, Hope and Glory , 4-2
Episode title: Hope and Jimmy. By Roy Williams. 1973; Hope’s son Jimmy is getting married. And it looks like it's series 4, not series 6 ... so I think it's a rpt. Hope ….. Danielle Vitalis, Jimmy ….. Michael Ajao, Sheila ….. Keziah Joseph, Jean ….. Cecilia Appiah, Rodney ….. Gershwyn Eustache Jnr., Jim ….. Martins Imhangbe, Derek ….. Tristan Waterson, Pete ….. Hayden McClean, Mrs Brackett ….. Doreen Ingleton, Police Officer/Photographer…..Samuel James. Produced by Pat Cumper.

28 Jun: Faith, Hope and Glory 4-3
By Rex Obano, rpt. Episode title: Joy and Hopeton. It is 1973 and Joy, Gloria’s daughter, is in Birmingham, married to childhood friend Hopeton. They are part of the Baptist church community and have two two young children. But nothing stays the same for very long. Joy ….. Sapphire Joy, Hopeton ….. Solomon Israel, Minister Gayle ….. Karl Collins, Clement de Soto ….. Burt Caesar, Philomena ….. Susan Lawson-Reynolds, John Nathan ….. Will Kirk, Congregation members ….. Lloyd Thomas and Janice Acquah. Produced by Pat Cumper. Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.

29 Jun: Of a Night
By Paul Jones, Alfred Bradley winner 2020-2021. The realities of Britain's social housing shortage. The play (his second radio play) is set on the night shift in a Liverpool Housing Association call centre. Tony has been there six years, tonight he's training a newcomer to the team. Note that PJ has worked in a call centre of the type prtrayed in the drama. Tony ..... Neil Caple, Julie ..... Sue Jenkins, Mhairi ..... Izzy Campbell, Peter/ Frank ..... Jason Done, Cathy/ Mrs Jarosz ..... Emily Pithon, Mr Davies/ Carl ..... Paul Duckworth. Production Co-ordination by Lorna Newman. Sound design by John Benton Spot FX by Simon Highfield. Produced by Jessica Mitic. BBC Drama North.

30 Jun: The Attendant, 5
By the Cullen Brothers. Rpt. Episode title: The Action. 30m. Tonight, Alex, Ella and Keith must overcome an evil plot to take over the petrol station, and this time the 'How to' tapes might just come in handy. Alex...Will Merrick, Ella ...Patricia Allison, Keith and the ‘How To..’ Tapes...Kenneth Collard, Brubaker Levine...John MacKay, Bonkers...Joe Sims. Script Editor: Abigail Youngman. Producers: Alison Crawford and Mary Ward-Lowery. Sound Design: Ilse Lademann. Original music by Tom Constantine. Director: Alison Crawford.

1 Jul: Saturday Play : A Ghastly Mistake
By Nicholas McInerny. A fact-based play about a court case in 1967. Ewan Forbes-Sempill's inheritance of a baronetcy and property was threatened by being registered at birth, as female. His cousin took out a civil court case against him to establish his own right to be recognized as the male heir. Ewan Forbes: Kit Green, Margaret: Lesley Harcourt, Gwendolen: Frances barber, Patty: Pippa Hinchley, Judge jack Hunter: John Dougal, Professor Strong: John Kay Steel, William Grieve: Michael Wilson, Charles jauncey: Finlay Robertson, John Sempill: Robert Cavanah, Auld Laird: Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Jonathan Banatvala. Indie (International Arts partnership). 55m.

2 Jul: Sunday Afternoon slot: The Goldilocks Zone
By Tanika Gupta. Astrophysicist Sofia Khaled's discovery of a potentially habitable planet opens up painful memories for her but a startling new truth for humanity. Data finally becomes a force for good. A cover-up with catastrophic global impact is revealed in this drama which spans fifty years. The play was developed through OKRE Experimental Stories. Consultant scientists: Academics Caswell Barry and Adam Kampff. Sofia.....Souad Faress Young Sofia.....Raghad Chaar Gabriel.....Adetomiwa Edun Zara.....Anjli Mohindra Hassan.....Ammar Haj Ahmad Razia.....Lara Sawalha Hawkes.....Jonathan Keeble Producer: Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

3 Jul: Finding Seaglass
By Hannah Lavery. This is a poetic exploration of loving and losing a father, and an insight into how it feels to grow up, and raise children, 'mixed-race', in Scotland. Hannah: ""I didn’t do the play to make a political point, It’s about my family history, and it’s about how racism plays out, and how painful it is when you’re told you don’t belong. It’s also a Scottish play about a daughter who’s lost her father". The drama is accompanied by haunting music and the sounds of Scotland’s shores. Performed by the author, with ensemble voices by Tam Dean Burn, Irene MacDougall, Beth Marshall, Jim Monaghan, Clare Perkins, and Tom Vanson. Director - Niloo-Far Khan, Sound Designer/Composer - Pippa Murphy, Producer - Charlotte Melen, Associate Producer - Dallis Murray, Production Coordinator - Cait Irvine, Executive Producer - Lucinda Mason Brown, Dramaturg - Rosie Kellagher. With special thanks to Charlotte Gross, Lorna Ferguson, Gareth Beedie and Margarita Veberaite. Indie (Almost Tangible / National Theatre of Scotland production).

4 Jul: Requiem
By Misia Butler and Harrison Knights. The drama is inspired by true events. We follow young priest Paul as he navigates the prejudice and pain surrounding the setup of a care and education centre for AIDS sufferers in the 80s. The drama is set around the structure of a requiem mass, woven with traditional and contemporary choral music. The writers’ interest in the topic arose when Harrison’s father, a member of the clergy for many years, spoke about his personal experience of the AIDS crisis. Paul……. Jonathan Case, Luke…… Olugbeminiyi Bammodu, Catherine……… Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Joan…… Nadia Albina, Singers…… Emilia Bertolini, Venetia Iga, Laurence Kilsby and Oscar Hansen. Additional vocal arrangements by Harrison Knights. The poem, Jesus at the Gay Bar, was written by Jay Hulme. Directors……...Harrison Knights and Misia Butler. Producer……. Polly Thomas. Sound Designer……. Paul Cargill. Original Music/MD…...Oscar Osicki, Illustration…….… Ed Duffill, Production Manager…... Darren Spruce, Executive Producer….… Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Naked Productions).

5 Jul: The Wire Cutters
By Joseph Charlton and Angus Harrison. In spring 2022, reports emerged of a series of unusual attacks on electrical equipment in a valley in West Yorkshire. Farm equipment, 5G towers and electrical substations were targeted and their circuitry destroyed. Nothing was stolen. The vandals caused power outages, they disrupted communication networks and affected the livelihoods of residents living in the town of Halifax. The group became known locally as The Wire Cutters and their motives remain a mystery. Cast: Leanne Best, John Biggins, Tom Lorcan, Georgina Sadler, Sid Sagar, Howard Ward. With special thanks to Dale Tutaj, Val Cross, Lucy Phelps and David Burnett. Production Co-ordinator - Lulu Wellford-Carroll, Sound Designer - Jon Nicholls, Original music - John Hartley, Director - Hunter Charlton, Luke MacGregor and Romesh Kishore. Executive Producer - David Hunter. A debut drama production by Burning Bright Audio for BBC Radio 4.

6 Jul: Gret and Will
By Elizabeth Kuti. A comedy about life inside the Tudor court of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, as experienced by some of the period’s most charismatic figures - their Fools. Gret .........Sarah Gordy, Will ........ Jack Morris, Anne Boleyn........Sara Markland. Directed by Tim Hoare. Produced by Celia de Wolff. Sound Design by David Thomas. Broadcast Assistant: Nina Semple. Production Manager: Sarah Wright Indie (Pier Productions)

7 Jul: Bitter Pill - 1: Fight or Flight
By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney. An audio drama series about memory and trauma. 30m. Ep.1 of 5. After a traumatic car crash, Mary joins a clinical drug trial that promises a cure for PTSD. The medication triggers intense flashbacks of the accident that left her fiancée comatose. But is Mary simply remembering the event, or reliving it? And if she is actually returning to the past, does that mean she can change her future? Mary ….. Seainin Brennan, Jackie ….. Charlotte McCurry, Carl ……. Shaun Blaney, Barista ….. Christopher Grant, Board Member ….. Richard Croxford, Warren ….. Martin McCann, All other roles were played by the cast and crew. Producer ….. Michael Shannon. Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin. Music composed by Denis Clohessy. Sound Design by Bill Maul. BBC Northern Ireland.

8 Jul: Saturday Play slot - Madam, Will You Talk? 1
By Mary Stewart; dram. Marcy Kahan; rpt. Set in the South of France in the early 1950s, the heat is intense; the roads are dusty and parched, cicadas are noisy, the coffee is strong. This is Charity’s dream holiday after the austere greyness of England and the death of her husband in the war. At her hotel, she meets David, a lonely English schoolboy there with his stepmother. She discovers that his father has been accused of murder and he is in France for his own safety. Charity Selbourne ..... Scarlett Courtney, Louise Cray ..... Esme Scarborough, David Bryon ..... Frankie Milward, Loraine Bristol ..... Harriet Collings, Paul Very ..... Sam Alexander, Mrs Palmer ..... Karen Ascoe, Richard Byron ..... Tim Dutton. Sound Engineer and Design: David Thomas. Production Co-ordinators: Sarah Tombling & Phoebe Izzard-Davey. Produced by Caroline Raphael. Indie (Pier).

9 Jul: Sunday afternoon slot: Madam, Will You Talk? 2
Marcy Kahan's dramatization; continued from yesterday. Charity Selbourne ..... Scarlett Courtney, Richard Byron ..... Tim Dutton, Paul Very ..... Sam Alexander, Loraine Bristol ..... Harriet Collings, Louise Cray ..... Esme Scarborough, John Marsden & Max Kramer ..... Kenneth Collard, David Bryon ..... Frankie Milward. Other parts played by members of the cast. Production team - as yesterday.

10 Jul: Shard
By Stewart Roche. Folk horror drama. Spooner thinks he’s finally found his tribe when he escapes city life and joins an experimental new commune on an island off the coast of Ireland. But when it turns into a barren wasteland overnight, he begins to realise that the island is demanding a price from them higher than he could ever have imagined… Spooner ..... Damien Molony, Kemp ..... Finbar Lynch, Cara ..... Rebecca O’Mara, Ryan ..... Trevor Kaneswaran, Siofra ..... Kitty O’Sullivan Rescuer ..... Will Kirk. Sound Design by Keith Graham. Production Co-ordinator ..... Clare Ewing. Produced by Hugh Hick. Indie; Dublin-based. This is his first drama in the UK and for BBC Radio 4.

11 Jul: All Bleeding Stops Eventually, 1
By Al Smith in two parts. Ros Turnbull is a junior doctor in A&E, working in a system which leaves little time for empathy, but then a diagnosis changes everything. The drama examines the NHS from the viewpoint of a doctor who becomes a patient. Inspired by the writer's own experience. Ros ..... Lucy Phelps, Ranya ..... Taj Atwal, Mike ..... Samuel James, Dan ..... Sam Swann, Grace/Tash ..... Heather Bleasdale, Mr Blake ..... Ewan Bailey, Rita/Becca ..... Melissa Vaughan, Kate/Lia ..... Leah Marks, Tariq ..... Hasan Dixon. Producer...... Sally Avens.

12 Jul: All Bleeding Stops Eventually, 2
By Al Smith; continued from yesterday. Ros Turnbull is a junior doctor in A&E pregnant with her first child; she thinks she knows where her life is heading; then she is diagnosed with cancer. Separated from her baby whilst she undergoes chemotherapy, Ros begins to lose sense of her identity. She is now a patient in the hospital where she works. Ros ..... Lucy Phelps, Dan ..... Sam Swann, Jo ..... Lindsey Coulson, Kevin ..... Hasan Dixon, Matt ..... Samuel James, Ritchie ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Chris ..... Will Kirk, Barry ..... Gerard McDermott, Grace ..... Heather Bleasdale, Lia ..... Leah Marks, Holly ..... Kymberley Cochrane. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

13 Jul: In Vino Veritas
By Lenny Henry. The author plays the Rev. Marcus Campbell, a charismatic pastor with an adoring congregation. But has success made him lose sight of his priorities? Reverend Marcus Campbell ..... Lenny Henry, June Campbell ..... Nadine Marshall, Jesus ..... John Bradley, Deacon Edwards ..... Peter Bankole, Mrs Dawson ..... Martina Laird, Cornell Dawson ..... McKell David, Tailor/Homeless Man ..... Sean Murray, Homeless Guy 1/ Group Leader ..... Lewis Bray, Homeless Guy 2 ..... Cameron Percival, Homeless Guy 3 ..... Liam Lau Fernandez, Homeless Woman ..... Elizabeth Counsell, Sat Nav ..... Emma Handy, Emergency Services ..... Ryan Whittle, Mourner ..... Jeanette Percival. Producer ..... Mary Peate.

14 Jul: Bitter Pill, 2 - Flashback
By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney. 30m. Continued from last week; about memory and trauma. After a car crash, Mary joins a clinical drug trial promising a cure for PTSD. The medication triggers flashbacks of the accident . Mary ….. Séainín Brennan, Jackie ….. Charlotte McCurry, Carl ……. Shaun Blaney Eoin ….. Seamus O’Hara, Delia ….. Jo Donnelly, Warren ….. Martin McCann. All other roles were played by the cast and crew. Producer ….. Michael Shannon Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin. Music composed by Denis Clohessy. Sound Design by Bill Maul.

15 Jul: Saturday Play: Money, 1 - A Not Nice Girl
By Christopher Reason, rpt. Constance is the mother to Miles Sterling, one of the richest men in Britain. He's accrued his fortune in oil and plastics. Miles is treading a fine line between reputability and disrepute, and when a dark secret comes to light it puts his whole career in the balance. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Miles - Robert Glenister, Rufus - Jonathan Keeble, Rachel/Janet - Fiona Clarke, Lydia - Heather Craney, Gabriel - Hasan Dixon, Produced by Pauline Harris. Note: The series begins with a two part drama. The remaining dramas are all stand-alone. The plays are inspired by Zola's Rougon-Macquart Series, where Zola examined different areas of society in Second-Empire France.

16 Jul: Sunday Afternoon slot: Mother Courage and Her Children, 1
By Bertoldt Brecht, adapted for radio and produced by Turan Ali. A two-part radio production of an anti-war play, with songs. A narrator observes from present day Ukraine, and unconventional techniques mirror Brecht’s “alienation effect” - the idea that the characters must be kept apart from the audience so that the action can be viewed dispassionately. The play was recorded in London and Kyiv, with a mixed cast. Mother Courage and her three adult children pull her cart through a land ravaged by the Thirty Years War (1618-48), loaded with supplies for sale to whoever will buy them. A previous version of the play was broadcast by BBC Radio in 1990. Mother Courage - Maggie Steed, Narrator (in Kyiv) - Rob Feldman, Chaplain - Guy Henry, Cook - William Brand, Yvette - Sirine Saba, Kattrin - Fiona Skinner, Eilif - Andre Antonio, Swiss Cheese - Taheen Modak, Sergeant - Richard Glover, Rec. Officer - David Holt, Commander - Mark Straker. Musicians : Sophie Creaner, Freddie Gavita, Beth Higham-Edwards, Justin Quinn, Ian Watson. New music and adapted lyrics by Tim Sutton. Indie (Bona Broadcasting).

17 Jul: Money, 2 - The Road More Travelled
By Christopher Reason, rpt. Continued from Saturday 15 Jul. Constance is the mother to Miles Sterling, one of the richest men in Britain. Miles made his fortune in oil and plastics, but his career hangs in the balance, as it appears he's being blackmailed. Lies, deceit and dark secrets come to the fore. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Miles - Robert Glenister, Gabriel/Asif - Hasan Dixon, Rufus - Jonathan Keeble, Producer - Pauline Harris. Producer: Pauline Harris.

18 Jul: Money, 3 - Collapse
By Esther Wilson, rpt. Hannah lives in a tower block with her son and has recently taken on her sister's son too. She soon finds out the harsh realities of kinship care. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Hannah - Gillian Kearney, Eden - Albie Crompton, Dylan - Edmund Davies, Jamal - Peter Singh, Neil - Paul Bernhard, Shelly - Susan Twist, Produced by Pauline Harris.

19 Jul: Money, 4 - The Score
By Roy Williams. Carlton is a small-scale football agent with aspirations. His most promising footballer is his son, Jordan, a rising star, potentially worth a lot of money. When Jordan comes with unpalatable news, Carlton takes drastic action. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Carlton - Don Gilet, Jordan - Makir Ahmed, Gurpreet - Manjnder Virk, Barry - Clive Hayward, Conor McNamara as himself. Produced by Pauline Harris.

20 Jul: The Death of Molly Miller
By Matthew Greenhough. Drama about a social media influencer whose home is being burgled by a young man in serious debt. Molly … Shireen Farqhoy, Tommy… George Edwards. Produced by Kirsty Williams.

21 Jul: Bitter Pill, 3: Disconnect
By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney. 30m. Continued from last Friday. The medication triggers flashbacks of the accident that left her fiancee comatose. But is Mary just remembering the event, or reliving it? And if she is actually returning to the past, does that mean she can change her future? Mary ….. Seainin Brennan, Jackie ….. Charlotte McCurry, Carl ……. Shaun Blaney, Stuart ….. Tony Flynn, Warren ….. Martin McCann. Other roles played by the cast and crew. Producer ….. Michael Shannon. Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin. Music composed by Denis Clohessy. Sound Design by Bill Maul. BBC Northern Ireland.

22 Jul: Saturday Play - End of Transmission
By Anita Sullivan, rpt. Today is Jude’s 50th birthday. She has lived with HIV for over 20 years and has unresolved questions. Only the virus knows the answers. The virus takes her on a transmission journey skipping across continents, centuries, decades and diverse hosts to meet the person who gave her HIV. The play includes Positive Voices speakers from the Terence Higgins Trust. Niamh, Stephen, Allan, Tim, Roland, Ese, Jess and Mary are people living with HIV who share their stories to help end stigma and HIV ransmission. Anita: 'On effective medication; we can’t pass it on'. The Virus.......David Haig, Jude.......Louise Brealey, Kenny......David Carlyle, Vince.......Don Gilet, Marcel/Jojo......Peter Bankole, Ruth.......Madeleine Potter, Elliot.........Richard Laing, Jim/Mark/William....Joel MacCormack, Devina.........Martina Laird. Sound.........David Thomas, Production Coordinators....Jacob Tombling and Sarah Tombling, Producer............Karen Rose Exec Producer.........Rosalynd Ward. Indie (Sweet Talk)

23 Jul: Sunday afternoon slot - Mother Courage and Her Children, 2
Brecht, continued from last Sunday, dram. Turan Ali. Mother Courage - Maggie Steed, Narrator (in Kyiv) - Rob Feldman, Chaplain - Guy Henry, Cook - William Brand, Yvette - Sirine Saba, Kattrin - Fiona Skinner, Eilif - Andre Antonio, Swiss Cheese - Taheen Modak, Lieutenant - Richard Glover, Old Peasant - David Holt, Colonel - Mark Straker. Production crew - see last Sunday. Indie (Bona Broadcasting).

24 Jul: Money, 5 - Grow
By Eve Steele, rpt. Nathalie is broke. She's lost her job and now she's been landed with a bedroom tax demand. She's desperate to earn money. But then she meets an old friend. Constance............Glenda Jackson, Nathalie..........Siobhan Finneran, Benji..........Jason Done, Sean..........Marvin Brown, Denise........Verity Henry, Kelly........Sade Malone, Producer - Gary Brown.

25 Jul: Money, 6 - Sanctuary
By Michael Symmons Roberts. Constance journeys to rural France on the pretense that she wants to commission a famous artist, Eleanor. But there's a lot more to this visit, and there are many secrets between Constance and Eleanor. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Eleanor - Eleanor Bron, Celeste - Melody Grove, Alain - Clive Hayward, written by Michael Symmons Roberts, Produced by Pauline Harris.

26 Jul: Me Myself I
By Esther Wilson. Based on true stories; three interlinked short dramas exploring loneliness. We meet a girl of 13 struggling at school and with social media, a middle aged woman lonely in her marriage, and an elderly woman in her first week in a care home. Pat ..... Sue Johnston, Sarah ....... Siobhan Finneran, Esme ....... Millie Gibson, Martin ....... Jack Deam, Produced by Pauline Harris.

27 Jul: The Citadel, 1
By Mike Harris, based on the story by A.J.Cronin. It is 1931 and a foundling is left on the doorstep of Dr Manson's house. Christine wants to take care of the baby but she is heavily pregnant herself. Matters become even more complicated when a birth control campaigner comes into town. Denny..........Matthew Gravelle, Manson........Richard Fleeshman, Christine........Catrin Stewart, Frances.....Emily Pithon, Dai/Father Michael.......Stephen Marzella, Olwyn..........Sacha Parkinson Gwynnie.......Juno Robinson. Production Co-ordinator - Jessica Bellamy. Tech Team- Sue Stonestreet, Simon Highfield. Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet. Producer - Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

28 Jul: Bitter Pill, 4 - Trust Issues
By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney. Mary must find Jackie to have any hope of putting things right. Mary ….. Seainin Brennan, Jackie ….. Charlotte McCurry, Carl ……. Shaun Blaney, Eoin ….. Seamus O’Hara, Warren ….. Martin McCann. All other roles were played by the cast and crew. Producer ….. Michael Shannon. Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin. Music composed by Denis Clohessy. Sound Design by Bill Maul. BBC Northern Ireland.

29 Jul: Saturday Play - The White Hotel
By Dennis Potter; an unmade movie based on a novel by D.M.Thomas. The drama was introduced by a short documentary. 105m. Circus performer Lisa visits Dr Probst, a Berlin psychoanalyst, to discover the cause of the pains she is experiencing in her left breast and pelvis. It seems to be mental, not physical. Then Probst reads her secret journal. It is full of erotic fantasies about an imaginary relationship with a lover at a white hotel. Lisa..........Anne-Marie Duff, Probst..........Bill Paterson, Narrator.........Simon McBurney, The Lover........David Gyasi, Victor.............Nigel Lindsay, Aunt Magda..........Morwenna Banks, Vera / Old Woman / Wife.........Jasmine Jones, Various........Wayne Forester, Officer / Captain / Maître d' / Old Man.......Nick Underwood, Kolya.........Felix Jamieson, Little Lisa............Tillie Murray. Original Screenplay by Dennis Potter under licence from Briarpatch Limited L.P. Directed by Jon Amiel. 'The Long Road to the White Hotel' feature by Overtone Productions. Producers: Laurence Bowen and Peter Ettedgui Indie (Dancing Ledge).

30 Jul: Sunday Afternoon slot - The Venice Conundrum
By Jan Morris, travel writer who died in 2020. In this dramatization by Robin Brooks, two of her works are intertwined - 'Conundrum', the story of her transition from man to woman, and 'Venice', her most famous travel book. Jan wrote Venice as a married family man, but all the time she was grappling with the life-long knowledge that she had been born in the wrong body and soon after publishing Venice, she embarked on her ten-year transition. Jan ...Edalia Day, The Traveller ....Theo Fraser Steele, The Voices...Julian Harries, Leon Bedwell, Mary Malone, Gillian Cally, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Bunny Cook, Nigel Campbell, Patrick Brown. Produced by Fiona McAlpine. Sound Design by Alisdair McGregor. Associate Director, Phoebe Brooks. Broadcast Assistant, Hermione Sylvester. Indie (Allegra).

31 Jul: Exposure
By Hayley Wareham. A drama looking at what happens when an intimate photo falls into the wrong hands. The image circulates. When it's gone, it's gone. Kate ..... Kymberley Cochrane, Emma ..... Jadie Rose Hobson, Patrick ..... Kwabena Ansah, Nadi ..... Yasemin Ozdemir, Jonesy ..... Will Kirk. Produced by Anne Isger. SMs: Martha Littlehailes, Jenni Burnett and Anne Bunting.

1 Aug: What’s Love Got to Do with it?
By Tom Wainwright. Tina and Turner are the perfect couple. It's the future. Like everyone else, they use an app called Q to manage their love and sex life. Via their smart watches, Q can track everything from their body temperature to their work diary, using extensive data and ever-responsive algorithms to understand their mood, desires and turn offs, and cue their partner to act accordingly. Then Tina and Turner decide to ‘go analogue’ and delete Q. The story was developed through the Wellcome Trust Experimental stories scheme. Tina ..... Georgie Fuller, Turner ..... Edward Easton, The Narrator ..... Gwyneth Keyworth, Georgie ..... Elinor Coleman, Rob ..... Ian Dunnett Jnr, The Groom ..... Justice Ritchie. With special thanks to Ricky Nathvani and Maxine Mackintosh. Produced by Anne Isger.

2 Aug: Bangla Bantams
By Kamal Kaan and Mary Cooper. Rpt. from Jan 2022. The drama is about a fictional family, based on the true story of how a Bradford women's community group became part of the Bangla Bantams supporters group for Bradford City Football. When Nessa's son-in-law suggests that her Ladies group comes to watch live football matches, she thinks he's crazy. Not so Farida. Nessa - Sudha Bhuchar, Farida - Nina Wadia, Lippy - Farzana Dua Elahe, Rukon - Darren Kuppan, Sabina - Natalie Davies, Dave/Football staff - Russell Richardson, Production Co-ordinator - Rachael Brown, Sound - Simon Highfield, Producer - Pauline Harris. Bangla Bantams by Kamal Kaan and Mary Cooper This moving and inspiring drama focuses on a fictionalised family, based on the true story of how a Bradford women's community group became part of the Bangla Bantams supporters group for Bradford City Football. When Nessa's son-in-law proposes her Ladies group come and watch the football live, she thinks he's crazy. Her best friend, Farida thinks differently.

3 Aug: The Citadel [Series 9] ep. 2
Continued from last week; this episode by Tom Needham, based on the book by A J Cronin. Andrew and Christine are worried that they might have lost their baby. Meanwhile Denny is infatuated with aristocratic birth control campaigner Frances Pemberton. This may be a mistake. Denny............Matthew Gravelle, Manson...........Richard Fleeshman, Christine..........Catrin Stewart, Frances.............Emily Pithon, Dai/Father Michael.......Stephen Marzella, Olwyn............Sacha Parkinson, Gwynnie..........Juno Robinson. Production Co-ordinator - Jessica Bellamy. Tech Team- Sue Stonestreet, Simon Highfield. Sound Design - Sue Stonestreet. Producer - Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

4 Aug: Bitter Pill - 5: Face the Fear
By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney, final episode. 30m. Mary ….. Seainin Brennan, Jackie ….. Charlotte McCurry, Carl ……. Shaun Blaney, Eoin ….. Seamus O’Hara, Jackie’s Mum ….. Carol Moore, Warren ….. Martin McCann, All other roles played by the cast and crew. Producer ….. Michael Shannon. Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin. Music composed by Denis Clohessy. Sound Design by Bill Maul. BBC Northern Ireland.

5 Aug: Saturday play - Behind Beyond the Fringe
By Jeremy Front. Rpt.from Aug 2005. In thge series 'Turning Points'. This play looks at the rise to fame of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore in 'Beyond the Fringe'. John and Josh Bassett assisted in researching the play. Johnny Bassett ..... Patrick Walshe McBride, Dudley Moore ..... Ian Dunnett Jnr, Alan Bennett ..... Matthew Durkan, Jonathan Miller ..... Tom Durant-Pritchard, Peter Cook ..... David Reed, Robert Ponsonby ..... Hasan Dixon, Donald Langdon ..... Samuel James, Stella/Waitress/ASM/, Mrs Grossett/Eleanor Fazan ..... Rhiannon Neads. Technical Producer ..... Peter Ringrose. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

6 Aug: Sunday afternoon slot: In Patagonia
By Bruce Chatwin; the book is dramatized by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. The play is based on Chatwin's travelogue. His memorable descriptions of his travel adventures and his associated reflections inspired the play. Writer/ Narrator ..... Russell Tovey, Bill ..... David Sterne, Mrs. Jones / Alice ..... Noni Lewis, Anselmo / Cass ..... Hasan Dixon, Luisa ..... Melissa Vaughan, Anton?Gabriel ..... Ewan Bailey, Esther ..... Florencia Cordeu, Marketa/Nell ..... Helen Schlesinger, Father Palacios ..... Julio Galan, With thanks to Susannah Clapp. Production Co-ordinator Jenny Mendez, Piano ..... Satoshi Kubo, Sound ..... Keith Graham and Jenni Burnett, Producer ..... Ciaran Bermingham.

7 Aug: Takeover, 3-1
By Ayeesha Menon and Matthew Solon. High-stake deals and sibling rivalry set in the world of the super-wealthy. The Majumdars, a family at war - with itself. With the media and half of his family out to get him, business mogul Ravi Majumdar (Rajit Kapur), acts to cleanse his image in the eyes of the world. Ravi Majumdar…..Rajit Kapur, Ash…..Abhin Galeya, Maya……Amrita Acharia, Zara…..Ramanique Ahluwalia, Shaan…..Danny Ashok, Ian……Finbar Lynch, Seraphina…..Jennifer Armour, Chantelle…..Gianna Kiehl, Amit…..Tavish Bhattacharyya, Sky……Sophia Del Pizzo, Arabella…..Tallulah Bond, Jeet…..Raj Ghatak, Dhruv…..Vivek Madan, Nadeem…..Nadir Khan, Ravi’s Father…..Rishabh Kanti, Young Ravi…..Yohann Mathur, Bethany ..... Kirsty Bushell. All other parts were played by: Matthew Marsh, Walles Hamonde, David Holt, Philip Desmeules, Chris Anderson, Vivek Madan & Natasha Arancini. Sound Design…. Eloise Whitmore, Original music…. Sacha Puttnam, SMs… Paul Clark, Ashyar Bulsara & Ayush Ahuja, Assistant Producer….Eleanor Mein. Producers…. Emma Hearn & Nadir Khan. Assistant Director….Andy Goddard. Director….Ayeesha Menon. Executive Producer…. John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

8 Aug: Takeover 3-2
Continued from yesterday. A Faustian pact, a forbidden tryst, and a terror attack on Davos. Cast and crew, as yesterday, plus: Randy…..Walles Hamonde, Young Pavesh…..Anay Arlekar, Katrina…..Ayeesha Menon, Rahul…..Zeus Paranjape. Assistant Producer….Eleanor Mein, Producer…. Emma Hearn & Nadir Khan, Assistant Director….Andy Goddard, Director….Ayeesha Menon, Executive Producer…. John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk)

9 Aug: Takeover 3-3
Continued from yesterday. An arrangement is broken, a car crash, a son is sacrificed. For cast, see yesterday. Assistant Producer….Eleanor Mein, Producer…. Emma Hearn & Nadir Khan, Assistant Director….Andy Goddard, Director….Ayeesha Menon, Executive Producer…. John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk)

10 Aug: Takeover 3-4
Continued from yesterday. With the media and half of his family out to get him, business mogul Ravi Majumdar (Rajit Kapur), acts to cleanse his image in the eyes of the world. Tragic loss, an imposter is revealed, and a revolution begins. Assistant Producer….Eleanor Mein, Producer…. Emma Hearn & Nadir Khan, Assistant Director….Andy Goddard, Director….Ayeesha Menon, Executive Producer…. John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk)

11 Aug: New series: There’s Something I Need to Tell You - 1: Tennis Buddies
By John Scott Dryden and Misha Kawnel. 30m. Another play, ep.1 of 5, from the Goldhawk crew. After agreeing to help a mysterious stranger, young couple Jake and Kayla are implicated in an assassination at their hotel. They find themselves plunged into a deadly game of political score-settling that spans the world and from which they must run to survive. A global thriller of espionage, money and murder. In this episode, a five-star hotel, contract killers and a chance encounter in Duba : Jake.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Kayla.....Sophia Del Pizzo, Omar.....Nick Nevern, Marty.....Chris Anderson, Barman..... Nezar Alderazi. Other parts played by: Yasmine Alice, Jennifer Armour, Walles Hamonde, Megan Soh. Original music by Sacha Puttnam. Production: Sound Design: Joseff Harris & John Scott Dryden, Sound Engineer: Paul Clark. Production Assistant: Joe Troy. Produced by Emma Hearn and directed by John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

12 Aug: Saturday Play slot - Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 1
Thomas Hardy, ad. Katie Hims. About beautiful, poor, young Dorset woman Tess Durbeyfield, told from Tess's point of view. In this episode, Tess's father is convinced that the family's fortunes are about to improve. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Alec ..... Robert Emms, Rosie ..... Bettrys Jones, Car D'Arcy ..... Alex Tregear, Felix ..... Hasan Dixon, Cuthbert ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Joan Durbeyfield ..... Maggie Service, Jack Durbeyfield ..... Roger Ringrose, Abraham ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Elizabeth / Liza Lun ..... Ell Potter, Isaac ..... Noah Leggott, Lily ..... Tayla Hutchinson, Mrs. D'Urberville ..... Elizabeth Counsell, Tom ..... David Seddon, Parson ..... Tony Turner, Musical arrangement, Colin Guthrie; Hardy adviser, Graham White Producer: Mary Peate.

13 Aug: Sunday drama slot - Lines in The Sand: Journeys of Gertrude Bell, 1
Adapted and dramatised by Mary Cooper. Based on the book, 'Queen of the Desert' by Georgina Howell. Gertrude Bell was the daughter of one of Britain’s richest industrialists. She became the first woman to be commissioned in British Military Intelligence, and the only woman to join British occupying forces in Baghdad in April, 1917. She defied family ambitions of an aristocratic marriage and become a linguist, explorer, writer, diplomat and ally to Arab leaders. This portrait draws on letters to her family in Yorkshire, and her lost lover, to reveal some of the struggles in her unusual life. Gertrude ..... Fenella Woolgar. Hugh ..... Malcolm Raeburn. Florence ...... Alexandra Mathie. T.E Lawrence/Billy Johnson ....... Rupert Hill. Percy Cox ...... Jonathan Keeble. Sheikh Nasib/ Abdulaziz ..... Ali Gadema. Saleh/Karim/Mikhail ....... Naithan Ariane. Lady Cox/Marie ........ Emma Gregory. General ...... Raad Rawi. Brown ...... Ian Bartholomew. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Produced and directed by Jessica Mitic. BBC Audio Drama North, with thanks to Ali Refaie, Basheer Al-Zaidi and the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University.

14 Aug: No Drama

15 Aug: This Thing of Darkness Series 2, ep 1
By Anita Vettesse, with monologues by Eileen Horne, rpt. This drama series was the winner of the British Podcast Award for Best Fiction in 2021.Dr Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, assessing and treating perpetrators of violent crime. Alex assesses a young woman as she is released from prison. Sarah has served ten years for arson. Does she still present a risk? Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Dog Walker ….. Anita Vettesse. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

16 Aug: The Third Pill
By James O'Neill. Greg works in children's publishing but feels middle aged and out of touch. Then something pops up on his computer that will transform his life. A comedy about finding that elusive elixir of youth. Greg ..... Reece Dinsdale, Gregory ..... Rupert Hill, Faye ..... Kate Coogan, Margaret ..... Susan Twist, Alistair ..... Stephen Marzella, Doctor ..... Malcolm Raeburn. Producer - Gary Brown.

17 Aug: Cracking
By Shon Dale-Jones. Shon’s 83-year old mother is waiting for some test results from the hospital so he goes back home to the Isle of Anglesey to visit her. In a moment of joking around, he cracks an egg on his mother's head. All hell is let loose. Internet trolls appear in real life demanding that he stop abusing his mother and get off the island… Performed by Shon Dale-Jones; original music by John Biddle. Violin by Ros Butler. Flute and Piccolo by Lindsay Ellis. Sound design by Cathy Robinson. Directed by John Norton. BBC Wales.

18 Aug: There's Something I Need to Tell You, 2 - Big Problem
By John Dryden and Misha Kawnel. 30m. After agreeing to help a mysterious stranger, a young couple are implicated in an assassination at their hotel. They find themselves plunged into a deadly game of political score-settling that spans the world and from which they must run to survive. A global thriller of espionage, money and murder. Jake.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Kayla.....Sophia Del Pizzo, Miriam.....Jennifer Armour, Tour Guide.....Nezar Alderazi, Inspector Zidane.....Walles Hamonde. Other parts played by Nezar Alderazi, Yasmine Alice, Chris Anderson, Megan Soh. Original music by Sacha Puttnam. (great soundtrack .... Ed.) Sound Design: Joseff Harris & John Dryden, Sound Engineer: Paul Clark, Production Assistant: Jo Troy, Producer: Emma Hearn, Director: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

19 Aug: Saturday Play: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 2
Dramatisation by Katie Hims of Hardy's novel about Tess Durbeyfield. Tess tries to make a clean break with her past by going to work at Talbothay's Dairy, a world away in a different vale. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Crick ..... John Dougall, Izzy ..... Kathleen Cranham, Marian ..... Bettrys Jones, Retty ..... Ell Potter, Charwoman ..... Alex Tregear, Joan Durbeyfield ..... Maggie Service, Mrs. Crick ..... Elizabeth Counsell, Man at the Inn ..... Hasan Dixon, Farmer ..... John Lightbody, Stranger ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Jonathan ..... David Seddon. Producer: Mary Peate.

20 Aug: Sunday afternoon slot - The Journeys of Gertrude Bell,2
Adapted and dramatised by Mary Cooper, based on the book, 'Queen of the Desert' by Georgina Howell. It is 1917 and Gertrude has taken a posting in Baghdad as Oriental Secretary. Her dream of Arab self determination hangs in the balance. Gertrude ..... Fenella Woolgar, A.T Wilson/Brown ..... Ian Bartholomew, Haji Naji ..... Ali Gadema, Faisal/Sheikh Jabir ..... Raad Rawi, Hugh ..... Malcolm Raeburn, Florence ..... Alexandra Mathie, T.E Lawrence ..... Rupert Hill, Percy Cox ..... Jonathan Keeble, Mikhail/Gardener/Porter ..... Naithan Ariane, Marie ..... Emma Gregory. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Produced by Jessica Mitic. BBC Drama North. With thanks to Ali Refaie, Basheer Al-Zaidi and the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University.

21 Aug: No drama

22 Aug: This Thing of Darkness, 2-2
By Lucia Haynes, with monologues by Eileen Horne, rpt. With Sarah out of prison, Paul begins to feel less and less safe and turns to a trauma therapy group for support. This means Alex finds herself treating both the perpetrator of a violent crime and her victim. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Dawn ….. Neshla Caplan, Kelly ….. Veronica Leer, Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone, Rowena ….. Wendy Seager. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Gwen Adshead. Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane. BBC Scotland.

23 Aug: Norman Bows Out
By Helen Kluger. The play is about an elderly pantomime star nearing the end of his career. Norman is a legendary comedian and panto star, most famous for his ventriloquist act. Aware that he is about to embark on what will be his final tour, Norman decides to give his dummy, Willy, a last outing. Norman Monk .......... Jim Broadbent, Lyle Toastman .......... Michael Simkins, Betty Conway .......... Christine Kavanagh, Kenny .......... Tom Glenister. Produced by Celia de Wolff. Indie (Pier).

24 Aug: A Dog in the Fight
Another political drama by Hugh Costello. Neutrality is an important issue in the Irish Republic. From the foundation of the state, Ireland has prided itself on being militarily non-aligned, remaining at arm’s length from other people’s conflicts. But now, more than at any time in the nation’s history, neutrality is under review. The Irish people are starting to realise that successive governments have been less than honest about some of the alliances they have entered into, behind closed doors. Annie - Simone Kirby, Michael - Jonathan Forbes, Paula - Frances Tomelty, Kevin - Stephen Hogan, Fintan - Mark Lambert. Produced by Eoin O'Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish)

25 Aug: There's Something I Need to Tell You, 3 - The Invitation
By John Dryden and Misha Kawnel. After agreeing to help a mysterious stranger, a young couple are implicated in an assassination at their hotel. They find themselves plunged into a deadly game of political score-settling that spans the world and from which they must run to survive. In Episode 3, there's a Bangkok escape, another death and an unexpected invitation. Jake.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Kayla.....Sophia Del Pizzo, Terry.....Nick Nevern, Miriam.....Jennifer Armour, Zidane.....Walles Hamonde, Official.....Nezar Alderazi. Other parts played by: Yasmine Alice, Nezar Alderazi, Hugo Dryden, Leela-Grace Dryden, Nicholas Goh, Walles Hamonde, Jay Lim, Ayeesha Menon, Megan Soh, Sheng Chien Tsai. Original music (an excellent score) by Sacha Puttnam. Production: Sound Design: Joseff Harris & John Dryden, Sound Engineer: Paul Clark, Production Assistant: Jo Troy, Producer: Emma Hearn. Director: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

26 Aug: Saturday Play: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 3
Hardy, dram. Katie Hims. After her disastrous wedding night, Tess gets a job working on the land of a mean-spirited farmer. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Alec ..... Robert Emms, Marian ..... Bettrys Jones, Izzy ..... Kathleen Cranham, Felix ..... Hasan Dixon, Cuthbert ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Joan ..... Maggie Service, Jack ..... Roger Ringrose, Abraham ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Liza Lu ..... Ell Potter, Isaac ..... Noah Leggott, Lily ..... Tayla Hutchinson, Kingsbere Man ..... David Seddon, Farmer ..... John Lightbody, Labourer ..... Tony Turner, Driver ..... David Sturzaker, Neighbour ..... Jessica Turner, Mrs Brooks ..... Jane Slavin. Producer - Mary Peate.

27 Aug: Sunday afternoon slot - An African in Greenland
By Rex Obano; a dramatization of the book 'An Africa in Greenland'. Tete-Michel Kpomassie, a teenager in 1950s Togo, is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. After a heart-stopping encounter with a snake in a coconut tree, Tete-Michel happens upon a book in his local library. It shows him a land of ice and snow, 4000 miles from home. Immediately spellbound, he runs away from home and starts his intrepid journey to Greenland. Older Tete-Michel ….. Danny Sapani, Younger Tete-Michel ….. Tunji Kasim, Tete-Michel’s father….. Richard Pepple, Callaut/Knud ….. Ewan Bailey, Adam …. Salik Lennert, Paulina/ Kathrina ….. Dina Fisker Sandgreen, Lydia/Mrs. Steffensen ….. Kuluk Helms, Hans/Erik Steffensen Angunnguaq Larsen, Thue ….. Miki Petrussen, Robert Mattaq ….. Klaus Geisler. Produced by Anne Isger.

28 Aug: No Drama

29 Aug: This Thing of Darkness, 2-3
By Lucia Haynes with monologues by Eileen Horne, rpt. Sarah has made a new friend, which feels like good news to Dr Bridges. But what if recovering from past trauma is impossible? Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Kelly ….. Veronica Leer, Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone, Rowena ….. Wendy Seager. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

30 Aug: The Remco By Jonathan Maitland. Play about the world of remuneration committees and executive pay. A group talks about awarding a massive sum to a popular CEO. Deborah Findlay, Lucy Doyle, James Purefoy, Forbes Masson, Tony Turner, Lewis Bray, Jeanette Percival, Sean Murray, Saffron Coomber, Cameron Percival, John Humphreys (as himself). Producer: Emma Harding. Rpt.

31 Aug: Mr Waring of the BBC
By Freddie Phillips. Essentially true, based on archive documents. It's just after the Second World War and a young entertainer with a new line in comedy lands the leading role in a BBC radio show. This is the story of Peter Waring, whose desire for a better life brought him fame and infamy. Rpt. Mr Waring ….. Freddie Fox, Frank Muir ….. Robert Bathurst, Benny Hill/Booking Manager….. Clive Hayward, Redacted Letter Writer ….. Tony Turner, Charmian Innes ….. Elinor Coleman, Director of Variety ….. Simon Ludders, BBC Voice ….. Marilyn Nnadebe, LPR Roche ….. Stewart Campbell, Jack Fallon ….. Joshua Riley, Press Voice 1 ….. Jane Slavin. Pianist, Peter Ringrose. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

1 Sep: There's Something I Need to Tell You, 4 - The Party
By John Dryden and Misha Kawnel. The Thai Senator, an interrogation, a private jet…(30m). Jake.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Kayla.....Sophia Del Pizzo, Yuri.....Nick Nevern, Senator.....Song Hung Chang, Anuman.....Akie Kotabe, Thai Captain.....Sheng Chien Tsai, Senator’s Security.....Nicholas Goh & Jay Lim. Other parts played by Yasmine Alice, Nezar Alderazi, Nicholas Goh, Walles Hamonde, Megan Soh & Sheng Chien Tsai. Original music by Sacha Puttnam. Sound Design: Joseff Harris & John Dryden, Sound Engineer: Paul Clark, Production Assistant: Joe Troy, Producer: Emma Hearn, Director: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

2 Sep: Saturday Play: Mahabharata Now, 1
By Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle. Modern adaptation of the ancient Indian poem Mahabharata. 55m. Dramatised as a family epic in 2 episodes set in 21st century Mumbai. One of India’s biggest business empires is facing a crisis. Fifty years ago, two brothers, Sanjay and Paras set up a small business that would eventually grow into Hasta Enterprises, a vast conglomerate encompassing everything from finance to hotels. When Paras died young from a heart attack, control of the empire passed to Sanjay, and for years there was nothing but success. Recently however, Sanjay has become ill. He decides to write a will, setting out the future of Hasta Enterprises. It plunges his family into chaos. Sanjay: Rajit Kapur, Dhruv: Neil Bhoopalam, Yash: Tavish Bhattacharyya, Kala: Anahita Uberoi, Gita: Shernaz Patel, Padma - Ira Dubey, Shaks: Vivek Madan, Karthik: Sukant Goel, Vihaan: Omkar Kulkarni, MC: Aseem Hattangady, Paramedic: Abir Abrar, Consultant: Shivani Tanksale, Gopi: Prerna Chawla. Other characters played by Shivani Tanksale; Abir Abrar; Omkar Kulkarni and Aseem Hattangady. Sound Supervisor (Mumbai): Ayush Ahuja, Sound Design and Post Production: Wilfredo Acosta, Original Music: Imran Ahmad. Producer (Mumbai): Nadir Khan. Producer: Helen Quigley and Andrew Mark Sewell. Executive Producer: Andrew Mark Sewell. Director: Jatinder Verma. Indie (B7 Media).

3 Sep: Sunday afternoon slot: Milady, 1
By Lucy Catherine. The story of Milady de Winter, one of the greatest villains of classic fiction, created by Alexandre Dumas. Milady is one of the Three Musketeers' fiercest adversaries. In the drama we hear of Milady's rise, from spirited provincial teenager to deadly political operative in 17th century Paris and London. Milady . . . . . Anjana Vasan, Father Laurent . . . . . Luke Nunn, Comte De La Fere . . . . . Sam Troughton, Cardinal Richelieu . . . . . Carl Prekopp, The Comtesse . . . . . Elizabeth Counsell, Marie Therese . . . . . Rhiannon Neads, Rochefort . . . . . Don Gilet, Jailer . . . . . Shaun Mason, Baron Sheffield . . . . . Gerard McDermott. SMs: Keith Graham, Alison Craig, Mike Etherden. Production co-ordinator: Hannah O'Reilly. Sound design: Peter Ringrose. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

4 Sep: No drama
A letter to the D-G, Tim Davie, about not putting a feature programme in a drama slot, is totally in order.

5 Sep: This Thing of Darkness, 2-4
By Anita Vettesse, with monologues by Eileen Horne. Paul and Sarah discover that the past still exerts enormous power in the present. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Kelly ….. Veronica Leer, Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone, Rowena ….. Wendy Seager. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

6 Sep: The Test Batter Can’t Breathe
By James Fritz. It's a Test Match between Australia and England. But the commentary is interrupted by the disappearance of one of the English batsmen. The young cricketer has walked out of the match and no one knows where or why. He talks to a therapist; this is a play about a man who, because he's stressed, allows external events to overwhelm him. It must be said that top-level cricket has had a long-standing problem with poor mental health. Many prominent players have experienced drug abuse, anxiety, depression and other problems. Top-level sport involves close scrutiny of talent combined with extended periods away from the comforts of home and family. The batsman out for a duck is left for days or weeks to stew on his failure. This is a worthy companion piece to "The Bully", a drama about OCD, (also produced by Tracey Neal) which was repeated recently. The Batsman ..... Dan Parr, The Dad ..... Ian Conningham, The Ex Girlfriend ..... Melissa Vaughan, The Bowler ..... Will Kirk, The Therapist ..... Tracy Wiles, The Test Commentator ..... Jonathan Agnew. Produced by Tracey Neale.

7 Sep: Janey Takes Off
By Leanne Allen, her second play for R4. This is a rom com, packed with holiday adventures. Janey and Matthew are about to go on their first weekend abroad in Spain, along with her carer, Kayleigh and her boyfriend Daniel. Matthew wants to move in with Janey, but she's a wheelchair user and is not convinced that Matthew appreciates the difficulties of sharing a space with her. The holiday illustrates the difficulties admirably. Janey...............Steph Lacey, Kayleigh......... Mandip Gill, Matthew.........John Askew, Daniel.......Darren Kuppan, Air Steward/Woman.......Mina Anwar. Producer…..... Polly Thomas, Sound Designer... Louis Blatherwick, Production Manager…. Darren Spruce, Executive Producer….. Eloise Whitmore, Director….....Hannah Quigley. Indie (Naked Productions).

8 Sep: There’s Something I Need to Tell You, 5 - Friends
By John Dryden and Misha Kawnel. As you will be aware if you've followed the previous episodes, a young couple are implicated in an assassination at their hotel. In episode 5, Istanbul, we meet the Russian oligarch on his superyacht. Jake.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Kayla.....Sophia Del Pizzo, Yuri.....Nick Nevern, Marty.....Chris Anderson, Other parts: Yasmine Alice, Nezar Alderazi, Nicholas Goh, Walles Hamonde, Jay Lim, Megan Soh & Sheng Chien Tsai. Original music by Sacha Puttnam. Production: Sound Design: Joseff Harris & John Dryden, Sound Engineer: Paul Clark, Production Assistant: Joe Troy, Producer: Emma Hearn, Director: John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk)

9 Sep: Saturday Play: Mahabharata, 2 - Dance of Dice
By Ayeesha Menon. Continued from last Saturday. The struggle for control of the company continues. But the shady way in which Dhruv operates starts to cause family members to doubt that he is suitable to be put in control. Dhruv: Neil Bhoopalam, Yash: Tavish Bhattacharyya, Kala: Anahita Uberoi, Gita: Shernaz Patel, Padma: Ira Dubey, Shaks: Vivek Madan, Karthik: Sukant Goel, Vihaan: Omkar Kulkarni, Lawyer: Devika Shahani Punjabi, Gopi: Prerna Chawla. Other characters played by Shivani Tanksale, Abir Abrar, Omkar Kulkarni and Aseem Hattangady. Sound Supervisor (Mumbai): Ayush Ahuja, Sound Design and Post Production: Wilfredo Acosta, Original Music: Imran Ahmad. Producer (Mumbai): Nadir Khan. Producer: Helen Quigley and Andrew Mark Sewell. Executive Producer: Andrew Mark Sewell. Director: Jatinder Verma. Indie (B7 Media).

10 Sep: Sunday afternoon slot: Milady, 2
Continued from last Sunday (q.v.). By Lucy Catherine. In the previous episode, Milady's husband attempted to murder her after he discovered that she was branded with the fleur-de-lys, a symbol marking her as a convicted criminal. Now Milady drifts to Paris and is about to come under the influence of the most powerful man in France. Milady . . . . . Anjana Vasan, Cardinal Richelieu . . . . . Carl Prekopp, Athos . . . . . Sam Troughton, De Winter . . . . . Joe Kloska, Felton . . . . . Gavi Singh Chera, D’Artagnan . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr, Buckingham . . . . . Ryan Whittle, Rochefort . . . . . Don Gilet, Father Laurent . . . . . Luke Nunn Baron Sheffield . . . . . Gerard McDermott. Technical team: Keith Graham, Alison Craig, Mike Etherden. Production co-ordinator: Hannah O'Reilly. Sound design: Peter Ringrose. Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

11 Sep: No drama in the drama slot

12 Sep: This Thing of Darkness, 2-5
By Anita Vettesse with monologues by Eileen Horne. When her professional worlds come dangerously close, Alex is faced with a dilemma: what if the only way to protect someone from harm is to betray their trust? Sarah and Paul’s lives collide. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Dawn ….. Neshla Caplan, Kelly ….. Veronica Leer, Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone, Rowena ….. Wendy Seager. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane. BBC Scotland.

13 Sep: The Making of a Monster
By Connor Allen; an autobiographical drama. Connor is a bright, mixed race Newport teenager, but his life is in danger of spiralling out of control, fuelled by his confusion and despair over who he is and why his father is largely absent from his life. Adult Connor.....Connor Allen, Little Man.....Jace Henry, Teenage Connor.....Jailen O'Daim, Mum.....Siwan Morris, Jonny/ Operator.....Gabin Kongola, Dad.....Kev McCurdy, Form Teacher/ Trolley Lady.....Claire Cage, Police Officer/ Judge.....Dick Bradnum. Production co-ordinator......Eleri McAuliffe, Sound design.....Nigel Lewis. Produced by Emma Harding for BBC Audio, Wales.

14 Sep: When the Pips Stop
By Oliver Emanuel, rpt.; this won the Tinniswood Award in 2019. It was also aired at the UK International radio Drama Festival in 2019. It created a stir when it first went out ... the radio went dead, and one wondered if there had been a power cut....it’s 2.13pm on a remote Scottish island where the only inhabitants are two sisters. One of them hasn’t spoken to the other for over two years. They’re listening to The Archers when Radio 4 suddenly cuts out. It throws them into a quandary; they never switch it off. Now they might have to speak. Older… Shauna Macdonald, Younger … Jessica Hardwick, Icelandic man…Jakob Jakobsson, Radio Announcer … Ken Mitchell. Produced by Kirsty Williams.

15 Sep: The System, series 3 - Method 1: Denial
By Ben Lewis. Five Methods for Overcoming Mortality. 30m. Maya and Jake were once close siblings. Now they’re divided in an increasingly divided world. Maya is an activist fighting for social change and "climate consciousness". Jake has decided to serve king and country. Maya and Jake’s worlds are about to collide. Jake … Jack Rowan, Maya… Siena Kelly, Coyote…Divian Ladwa, Carly…Lois Chimimba, Ash…Ian Dunnett Jnr, Matt Finch … Rhashan Stone, Voice of the Game…Ryan Sampson. Original music and sound design by Danny Krass. Producer: Kirsty Williams; BBC Scotland.

16 Sep: Saturday Play - The Ballad of Eldon Street
A radio ballad to mark the centenary of Radio Drama on the BBC. The story of a Barnsley street told by the people who know it best, interwoven with specially composed songs written by LYR - Simon Armitage, Patrick J Pearson and Richard Walters. With Malcolm Bird, Ann Bunting, Alison Dixon, Wayne Johnson, Tegwen Roberts, Peter Roberts and Steven Skelley. Music performed by Simon Armitage, Patrick Pearson, Richard Walters, Matt Taylor, Beth Bellis and Mike Monahan. Produced by Susan Roberts for BBC Drama North.

17 Sep: Sunday afternoon slot - Democracy
By Sarah Woods, assisted by Lil Woods; a drama-documentary inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America', an influential political text. In 1831, Alexis travelled to North America on a nine-month trip; he concluded that democracy was unstoppable and would spread across Europe. In this drama, set in today's UK, an elderly man checks himself out of a Preston hospital and hitchhikes south. He says his name’s Alexis de Tocqueville and that he needs to find out what has happened to democracy. As he travels around the UK, he talks to ordinary people about their perceptions of the way democracy operates. Tocqueville ..... Philippe Spall, Erica ..... Catherine Ayers. All other parts played by Kezrena James, Aaron Anthony, Karen Paullada and Charles Dale. Featuring voices of people from across the UK. Production co-ordinators, Eleri Sydney McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees Assistant Producer, Fay Lomas. Technical Producers: Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by Emma Harding, BBC Audio Drama Wales.

18 Sep: Slow Air
By Dan Rebellato. A new drama about love, memory and sound. Part of BBC Radio 4’s celebration of 100 years of BBC Radio drama. This is family drama with a science fiction twist about what we hear and what we don’t; a play of whispers and promises, signals from the past and to the future. A curious geological formation in Sicily creates a thick funnel of slow air, through which sound takes 32 years to pass. A young couple on honeymoon in 1991, Paul and Zoe, visited the site and whispered their hopes for a future lived together, imagining themselves making a return trip in the distant future. But eight years later, Zoe died in a car accident. In 2023their daughter Penny tries to persuade Paul to return to go back. Then an old flame comes back into his life. Paul…….Forbes Masson, Penny…….Ellie Turner, Yvonne………Michelle Bonnard, Susan/Assistant/Laura/Zoe…..Sharan Phull, Michael/Aureliu/Gourmont…….Max Runham, Producer ..Polly Thomas, Sound Recordist……Alisdair McGregor, Studio Assistant……Jake Wittlin, Sound Designer……Eloise Whitmore, Illustration……....Ed Duffill, Production Manager…….Darren Spruce, Executive Producer……..Eloise Whitmore. Indie. (Naked Productions).

19 Sep: This Thing of Darkness , 2-6
By Lucia Haynes with Anita Vettesse; monologues by Eileen Horne. Having realised Sarah poses an immediate threat to Paul’s family, Alex has to find a way to tell Paul she has betrayed his trust.With their baby’s life on the line, and their marriage in crisis, revelations come thick and fast. What else is she set to lose? Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Paul ….. Robert Jack. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Kirsty Williams and Gaynor Macfarlane. BBC Scotland.

20 Sep: You Must Listen
By Nigel Kneale; a drama from 1952. A solicitor's office has a new phone line connected, but the staff keep hearing a woman's voice on the phone. Engineer Frank Wilson is called to fix the problem, and gradually the disturbing story of the woman starts to emerge. The drama explores many of the themes that NK later tackled in Quatermass, The Stone Tape and The Road, when the paranormal collides with modern science. No recording of the original version of You Must Listen is known to exist, but Kneale kept a copy of the script, and this is a new recording to mark the centenary of BBC Radio Drama. Frank Wilson ...... Toby Jones, Mr Paley ...... Reece Shearsmith, Passion Fruit ...... Caroline Catz, Jill Prentice …… Jessie Cave, Macfarlane …… John Scougall, Test Clerk …… Jason Barnett, Supervisor …… Jacqueline King, Underground Inspector …… Dan Starkey, Operator …… Becky Wright. Editing and sound design by Charlie Brandon-King. Music by Evelyn Sykes. Produced and directed by Simon Barnard. Indie (Bafflegab).

21 Sep: Radio Waves
By Magdalene Bird, Jack Fairey and Mohsen Shah. It is 2065 and Captain Avery Jones is an astronaut on a solo voyage into deep space. Armed with a ‘Sonophone’, her mission is to try and pick up extra-terrestrial audio activity. But the Sonophone also receives all the radio waves emanating from earth and Avery finds herself tuning in to a myriad of stories. Avery Jones ….. Natalie Simpson, Spaceship computer/ Lambert ….. Michael Shelford, Rhea ..… Ann Mitchell, Derrick ….. Sam Pamphilon, Suzy ..… Cassie Layton. Sound Design by Alisdair McGregor and Calum Perrin. Production Assistant: Annie Keates Thorpe. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Calum Perrin. Executive Producer: Joby Waldman. Indie (Reduced Listening).

22 Sep: The System, 3-2:
By Ben Lewis. Five Methods for Overcoming Mortality: Method 2 - Fill the Hole. 30m.Ankle-tagged by the authorities and cancelled by the media, Maya is trying to focus on a life of hedonism when she begins to suspect someone is trying to kill her. 30m. Maya… Siena Kelly, Coyote…Divian Ladwa, Reggie…Ian Dunnett Jnr, Robin…Ryan Sampson, Original music and sound design by Danny Krass. BBC Scotland; produced by Kirsty Williams.

23 Sep: Saturday Play - Kaleidoscope 3
By Tina Pepler. Set in February 2023, a new play to mark the BBC Centenary of radio drama about the early years of the wireless. In 1928, radio producer and WW1 pilot Lance Sieveking’s play Kaleidoscope told the story of the life of a man from the cradle to the grave. Sieveking wrote about the experience of using the sound mixing panel for the first time. “I felt exactly as I felt on that cold bright morning when I had been told to take the aeroplane into the air alone for the first time. Exactly.” A hundred years later, sound designer Iris finds herself following Sieveking’s path in the air, and on the air waves. Iris .…. Scarlett Brookes, Lance Sieveking .…. David Haig, Tom ….. David Kirkbride, David ….. Sam Troughton, Selin ….. Elif Knight, Cassie ….. Lucy Reynolds. Sound design by Alisdair McGregor and Calum Perrin. Production Assistant Annie Keates Thorpe. Directed and produced by Jeremy Mortimer. Executive Producer: Joby Waldman. A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4.

24 Sep: Sunday Afternoon Drama: If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
By Tim Crouch and Toby Jones, from the novel by Italo Calvino. Enter a labyrinth of ingeniously inventive audio worlds as you, the listener, turn detective in your attempts to get to the heart of the story and so become embroiled in a trans-global conspiracy of rogue translators, lost languages and disintegrating publishing houses. With Toby Jones, Indira Varma and Tim Crouch; BBC Audio Drama North, produced by Nadia Molinari. Recorded in front of an audience at Leeds Playhouse as part of BBC's '100 years of Radio Drama' Celebrations. 90m.

25 Sep: No drama
No-drama Monday again - please write to the BBC about it.

26 Sep: This Thing of Darkness, 2-7
By Lucia Haynes and Anita Vettesse, with monologues by Eileen Horne. In this episode, fear and love lead Ros, Paul and Sarah to a place where the truth will be revealed. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Sarah ….. Melody Grove, Ros ….. Lois Chimimba, Paul ….. Robert Jack, Kelly ….. Veronica Leer, Malcolm ….. Michael Nardone, Rowena ….. Wendy Seager. Series created by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

27 Sep: Fault Lines: Blood, 1: 'Entitled'
By Becky Prestwich. Miles, Constance's only son has returned to the family home with a wife, Sarah, whom Constance adores. But all is not as it seems. The opening episode of the new series explores entitlement, betrayal and murder. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Miles - Robert Glenister, Sarah - Pippa Nixon, Gabriel - Joseph Ayre, Maria - Christine Bottomley, Sound by Steve Brooke, Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

28 Sep: The Egg Man
By Catherine Dyson. A writer tries to reconstruct her grandfather's flight from Ukraine in the 1930s, and locate the bones of her missing family members. It's an impossible task. Grandad is gone, mum doesn't want to talk about it and there are almost no records. This semi-autobiographical story blends fact and fiction. It was inspired by Catherine's experience of trying to trace her family. Grandad - Nigel Planer, Catherine - Scarlett Courtney, Mum - Louise Gold, Young Catherine - Halle Bradford-Hill, The Neighbour - Oliver Wood, The Fiancee- Valerie Vansovica, The Tracer - Olivia Michi Schrenzel. Thanks to The Fortunoff Archive for the use of Abe M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1511), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library, and to historian Mark Levine. Sound Design by Nigel Lewis. Produced by John Norton. BBC Wales.

29 Sep: The System, 3-3: Find a God and Pray
Pulled from her safe house by an unusual woman, Maya finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. Jake attempts to find her by challenging Robin – the man with red hair. 30m. Maya… Siena Kelly, Jake … Jack Rowan, Coyote…Divian Ladwa, Wendy … Amelia Bullmore, Robin…Ryan Sampson, Matt Finch and Control…Rhashan Stone. Original music and sound design by Danny Krass. Producer: Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland.

30 Sep: Saturday Play: Brick Lane
By Tanika Gupta, dram. from the novel by Monica Ali. When a teenage Nazneen arrives in London, the hectic streets and cramped high-rises of the East End are a world away from her life in Bangladesh. As her sister’s situation back in Dhaka worsens, and with a baby on the way, life only gets more complicated. This drama was winner of the 'Best Adaptation' at the 2023 Audio Drama Awards. Nazneen .... Anneika Rose, Chanu ..... Zubin Varla, Razia ..... Chetna Pandya, Hasina ..... Hiftu Quasem, Mrs Islam ..... Nina Wadia, Dr Azad ..... Neil D’Souza. Produced by Anne Isger. SMs Caleb Knightley, Ali Craig and Pete Ringrose. Production Co-ordination by Luke MacGregor. Production Assistance by Hannah O'Reilly. BBC.

1 Oct: Sunday Afternoon: Lark Rise to Ambridge, 1
By Katie Hims, ad. from Flora Thompson's writing. The residents of Ambridge take us on a journey back in time. Laura Timmins is an earnest, bookish girl with a vivid imagination, who struggles to fit in with the local children. She was born in Lark Rise, an Oxfordshire hamlet 30 miles from Ambridge. They have little money but Laura’s parents have big aspirations for their children. Ambridge narrators: Tracy Horrobin … Susie Riddell, Chelsea Horrobin … Madeleine Leslay, Jazzer McCreary … Ryan Kelly, Neil Carter … Brian Hewlett, Lark Rise residents: Laura … Molly Pipe, Young Laura … Beatrice White, Mother … Emerald O’Hanrahan, Father … Barry Farrimond, Edmund … Blayke Darby Dorcas and Queenie … Louiza Patikas, Twister and Algy … Wilf Scolding, Nellie … Charlotte Martin. Other roles played by members of the company. Producer: Kim Greengrass, Executive Editor: Jeremy Howe. Technical Producers: Andy Partington & Vanessa Nuttall. Musical Director: Rosemary Watts. Production Coordinators: Sally Lloyd & Julie Sadler. BBC Birmingham.

2 Oct: No-drama Monday again
Have you written to the BBC yet?

3 Oct: We Apologise for Any Inconvenience
By Sebastian Baczkiewic. The drama takes us to an anonymous northern station at the heart of the rail network on the day everything grinds to a halt. Hundreds of lives go into limbo but one person says he's been there longer than anyone else. Will his groundhog day ever end? June ….. Deborah Findlay, Mason ….. Adam Gillen, Sooz ….. Ruth Everett, JJ ….. Asif Khan, Man from Amity ….. Gerard McDermott, Donna ….. Rosie Mellett, Announcer ….. Hasan Dixon. Sound design by Keith Graham. Directed by Toby Swift. BBC.

4 Oct: Blood, 2: Between Two Worlds
By Kathrine Smith. Constance is trying to find the murderer amongst her family. Could it be her twelve-year-old great-niece, Lily? A child capable of much destruction. But there's a new carer, Josie, a mystery figure whose presence causes ructions. A haunting drama of hidden shame and loss. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Lily - Poppy O'Brien, Josie - Joy Richardson, Miles - Robert Glenister, Maria - Christine Bottomley. Sound by Sharon Hughes. Produced by Pauline Harris.

5 Oct: Swans
By Eoin McNamee. The play centres on a child being smuggled in through Dublin airport. As Interpol and the local police try to trace the child, they have a very limited window – they have to find him before he’s smuggled through the airside by Ground Crew. After that, he’ll simply disappear. Anjali Aziz ..... Suzie Seweify, Anna ..... Hilary Rose, Child ..... James Dale, Dan Shanahan ..... Aaron McCusker, Deirdre ..... Phoebe Henry, Du Vassel ..... Richard Croxford, Eva ..... Tina Kellegher, Fiona ..... Clare Dunne, Savita Aziz ..... Lolita Chakrabarti, Writer ..... Eoin McNamee, Producer ..... Celia De Wolff.

6 Oct: The System 3-4: Turn into a Cyborg and Fly to Mars
A community of activists vowing to make the earth sacred again, a mob of gamers desperate to win the augmented reality game that’s sweeping the nation and an elite group of super rich party goers are all making their way towards Matt Finch’s Scottish castle. It’s his 50th birthday and tonight he fully expects to be assassinated. 30m. Maya… Siena Kelly, Jake … Jack Rowan, Coyote…Divian Ladwa Carly and Amanda…Lois Chimimba, Robin and Voice of the Game…Ryan Sampson, Matt Finch…Rhashan Stone. Percussion by Alon Ilsar. Original music and sound design by Danny Krass. Produced by Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

7 Oct: Saturday play: Brick Lane, part 2
By Monica Ali, ad. Tanika Gupta. It’s 2001 and Nazneen has been living in London for nearly 20 years. Her daughters Shahana and Bibi are growing up, and life hasn’t turned out as expected for Chanu. As tensions rise on the estate, Nazneen meets Karim. They get to know each other better, but Chanu is planning for the family to return to Bangladesh. Winner of Best Adaptation at the 2023 Audio Drama Awards. Nazneen ..... Anneika Rose, Chanu ..... Zubin Varla, Razia ..... Chetna Pandya, Hasina ..... Hiftu Quasem, Karim ..... Nikesh Patel, Mrs Islam ..... Nina Wadia, Tariq ..... Ragevan Vasan, Shahana ..... Rameet Rauli, Bibi ..... Riti Suthar, Secretary ..... Gavi Singh Chera. Produced by Anne Isger. SMs Caleb Knightley, Ali Craig and Pete Ringrose. Production Co-ordination by Luke MacGregor. Production Assistance by Hannah O'Reilly.

8 Oct: Sunday afternoon: Lark Rise to Ambridge, 2: Candleford
The residents of Ambridge take us on a journey back in time, acting as our guides in this new adaptation by Katie Hims of Flora Thompson’s tales of rural life in the late 1800s. As in Ambridge, (only some 30 miles away), the Candleford Green post office is the hub of the community, used by everyone from jovial local squire, Sir Timothy, to the Irish labourers who charm the post mistress into opening late on a Saturday so that they can send their wages back home on pay day. As Laura gradually learns the ropes in her new job, her eyes are opened to a wealth of new attitudes and experiences. Ambridge narrators: Jim Lloyd … John Rowe, Susan Carter … Charlotte Martin, Tracy Horrobin … Susie Riddell, Jazzer McCreary … Ryan Kelly, Candleford residents: Laura … Molly Pipe, Dorcas Lane … Louiza Patikas, Mrs Macey … Emerald O’Hanrahan, Tommy Macey … Blayke Darby, Godfrey … Taylor Uttley, Philip … Angus Stobie, Sir Timothy and Ben … Timothy Bentinck. Other roles played by members of the company. Producer: Kim Greengrass. Executive Editor: Jeremy Howe. Technical Producers: Andy Partington & Vanessa Nuttall. Musical Director: Rosemary Watts. Production Coordinators: Sally Lloyd & Julie Sadler. BBC, Birmingham.

9 Oct: No drama

10 Oct: Trust: 1 - Only Fit for Elmfield Street
By Jonathan Hall. Comedy drama set in a school. Builders are still on the site, and a new system of teaching is being introduced using the latest technology. Some teachers are coping better than others. Comedy drama starring Julie Hesmondhalgh. Yvette: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Tim: Ashley Margolis, Sir Ken: Jonathan Keeble, Carol: Susan Twist, Dhrutti: Mina Anwar, Lizzie Hope-Lloyd: Verity Henry, Gloria: Emma Gregory. Production Co-ordinator - Pippa Day, Technical Team - Sharon Hughes & Amy Brennan, Sound Design - Sharon Hughes, Producer - Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

11 Oct: Blood, 3: Deception
By Fiona Evans. How has Sarah deceived Constance so completely? Constance discovers Sarah's affair with Gabriel and discovers other secrets when Sarah is forced to return to her childhood home. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Sarah - Pippa Nixon, Gabriel - Joseph Ayre, Mam - Charlie Hardwick, Amanda - Angela Lonsdale. Sound by Steve Brooke & Sharon Hughes. Produced by Pauline Harris.

12 Oct: The Adventurers: Scenes from the East India Company
By Fin Kennedy. A story about one of the most profitable businesses ever launched. It was the very profitable trade in exotic spices that kick-started the East India Company. Fin Kennedy’s drama, based on the known facts, tells the story of how this enterprise came into being. The company was formed to exploit trade with East and South-East Asia and India. Tina Tucker -Holly Atkins, Younger Smythe / Reeves -Kyle Abdullah, Captain Burgh / Bernard -Nigel Barratt, Dale / Lancaster- Dario Coates, Lady Ashley- Lucy Phelps, Gilbert / Smythe / Hickson -Ben Turner. Other parts were played by Ardeshir Alexandre Sefre, Abraham Popoola, Salem Zayed and members of the company. Sound Design: Alisdair McGregor. Producer and Director Boz Temple-Morris. Indie (Holy Mountain).

13 Oct: The System: 3-5 Die
By Ben Lewis; thriller serial. 30m. When the Children of the Green Man open the castle gates to a mob of gamers, it becomes clear that a storm is coming. The fate of everyone is now in the hands of the few. Maya… Siena Kelly, Jake … Jack Rowan, Coyote…Divian Ladwa, Robin…Ryan Sampson, Matt Finch…Rhashan Stone. Original music and sound design by Danny Krass. BBC Scotland. Produced by Kirsty Williams.

14 Oct: Saturday Play - A Matter of Life and Death, 1
By Ben Cottam, ad. from the film by Emeric Powell and Michael Pressburger. It is 1944. Squadron Leader Peter Carter miraculously survives a jump from his burning plane, and falls in love with June, an American radio operator. He ought to be dead - the heavenly authorities have missed him in the sea fog. Peter demands an appeal; he wants to live, not go into the afterlife, but will the heavenly authorities let him? Concludes next Saturday. Peter Carter….. Will Tudor, June Archer….. Lydia West, Frank Reeves….. Geoff McGivern, Administrator 48….. Miles Jupp, Bob Trubshawe….. Jonny Weldon, Other roles played by Alix Dunmore, David Benson, Jack Lane, Dan Starkey and Justice Ritchie. Editing and sound design by Richard Fox. Music by Howard Carter. Produced and directed by Simon Barnard. Indie (Bafflegab). 55m.

15 Oct: Sunday afternoon: The Mahabharata, 3
By Richard Kurti and Bev DoyleContinued from the two-episode series 1 which went out last month, so this is episode 3. Episode title: Dance of Defiance. Now Yash and Padma arrive in Manchester to begin their four year exile. They are an ethnic minority in a country where race is an increasingly charged issue and, with no money, they are powerless to insulate themselves from trouble. Meanwhile in Mumbai, Dhruv is working hard running the company. He is determined to keep it under his own control. Then Gopi, the consort of the god Krishna, appears in physical form as a poor, elderly Mancunian woman. She moves in with Yash and Padma. Dhruv: Neil Bhoopalam, Yash: Tavish Bhattacharyya, Padma: Ira Dubey, Shaks: Vivek Madan, Karthik: Sukant Goel, Gopi: MIna Anwar, Nyra: Abir Abrar, Swati: Rina Fatania, Emmi: Ayla Wheatley, Landlord: Dean Harris, Andy: Kenny Blyth, Warehouse Supervisor: Sean Connolly. Other characters played by Abir Abrar, Omkar Kulkarni, Devika Shahani Punjabi and Prerna Chawla. Sound Supervisor (Mumbai): Ayush Ahuja. Sound Design and Post Production: Wilfredo Acosta. Original Music: Imran Ahmad. Producer (Mumbai): Nadir Khan. Producer(s): Helen Quigley and Andrew Mark Sewell. Director: Jatinder Verma. Indie (B7 Media).

16 Oct: No drama
There should be drama in this slot. Please write to the BBC Radio Controller Tim Davie ...

17 Oct: Trust, 2 - Situation Scarlet
By Jonathan Hall. On the surface everything seems fine at the school. Billy is coping with his treatment, the new computer system is in place and they have a student on the brink of getting into Oxford. But Yvette feels anxious, not without reason. Yvette..... Julie Hesmondhalgh, Tim ......... Ashley Margolis, Sir Ken ....Jonathan Keeble, Carol......Susan Twist, Billy ......Jason Done, Mr Khan / Faizal.....Sushil Chudasama, Aleena ....Natalie Davies, Students...Theo Robinson, Jake Cross, Isobel Elkid and Katie Lever. Production Co-ordinator - Pippa Day, Technical Team - Sharon Hughes & Amy Brennan, Sound Design - Sharon Hughes, Producer/Director - Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

18 Oct: Blood, 4: Confessions
By Michael Simmons Roberts. Constance is trying to find the murderer amongst her family. Could it be the husband of her beloved neice Celeste, the saintly Richard? Just before he left the priesthood, Constance unburdened her soul during several confessions. What secrets has she told him? Could this be the trigger for the murder? Constance..........Glenda Jackson, Richard...........Matthew Gravelle, Celeste........Melody Grove, Director/Producer Gary Brown, Sound Design Simon Highfield.

19 Oct: Broken Colours , 2-1
New series, by Matthew Broughton. At the end of Season 1, young artist Jess rescued her boyfriend Dan from the gang leader, Joe Magner. But in the process, she accidentally shot and killed Magner. Dan wants to make a new start and move away from gang life. Jess is trying to be supportive. And she is learning how to tune into her synaesthesia – she sees sound as colour and pattern. Her perceptions are changing. Jess…..Holli Dempsey, Dan…..Josef Altin, Molly…..Molly Pepper Tuer, Man…..Dean Rehman, Melissa…..Alexandria Riley. Produced by Emma Harding. Production co-ordinators Eleri McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees. Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by John Norton, Philippa Swallow and Emma Hardin. BBC Wales.

20 Oct: Harland, 3-1
By Lucy Catherine. New series of the supernatural thriller. Episode title: Diu Luna. Six weeks have passed and Dan is under house arrest, suspected of murder, arson and abducting a baby. His search for missing police detective Sarah Ward and the answer to the mystery of the Hare Witches seems to be at an end. 30m. Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey, Morris ..... Rupert Holliday Evans, Sadie ..... Melissa Advani, Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine, Janis ..... Fiona Skinner, DCI Cummins ..... John Lightbody, Security Guard ..... Tyler Cameron, DJ ..... Don Gilet, Tool Voice ..... Kitty O’Sullivan. Production Co-ordinator ..... Jenny Mendez, Technical Producer ..... Andrew Garratt, Sound Design by Peter Ringrose and Caleb Knightley, Produced by Toby Swift. BBC.

21 Oct: Saturday Play - A Matter of Life and Death, 2

By Ben Cottam, ad. from the film by Emeric Powell and Michael Pressburger. Dr Frank Reeves' sudden death reunites him in the Other World with Peter Carter, who hovers between life and death as his operation begins. Can they win Peter's celestial court case? Peter Carter….. Will Tudor, June Archer….. Lydia West Frank Reeves….. Geoff McGivern, Administrator 48….. Miles Jupp, Bob Trubshawe….. Jonny Weldon, Bhagat….. Mikhail Sen, Judge….. Jacqueline King. Other roles played by Alix Dunmore, David Benson, Georgie Grier, Dan Starkey and Justice Ritchie. Music by Howard Carter. Produced by Simon Barnard. Indie (Bafflegab).

22 Oct: Sunday Afternoon: Mahabharata Now, 4
By Ayeesha Menon. Episode title - Dance of Defiance. In Mumbai, Dhruv is working hard to reinvent his public persona and doing everything he can to secure his grip on power. Shaks is no longer willing to go along with Dhruv's corruption and decides to help Yash and Padma complete their exile and succeed in taking over Hasta Enterprises. Dhruv: Neil Bhoopalam, Yash: Tavish Bhattacharyya, Gita: Shernaz Patel, Padma: Ira Dubey, Shaks: Vivek Madan, Karthik: Sukant Goel, Gopi: Mina Anwar, Dr. Sareek: Nitin Ganatra, Abhay: Ronny Jhutti, Swati: Rina Fatania, Bakhtiyar: Omkar Kulkarni, Lawyer: Devika Shahani Punjabi, Reporter: Prerna Chawla. Other roles played by Abir Abrar; Sean Connolly, Omkar Kulkarni, Devika Shahani Punjabi and Prerna Chawla. Sound Supervisor (Mumbai): Ayush Ahuja. Sound Design and Post Production: Wilfredo Acosta. Original Music: Imran Ahmad. Producer (Mumbai): Nadir Khan. Producer(s): Helen Quigley and Andrew Mark Sewell. Director: Jatinder Verma.Indie (B7 Media).

23 Oct: No Drama
Have you written to the R4 controller yet?

24 Oct: Trust, 3 - A Non-Negotiable Blade
By Jonathan Hall. The school's computer systems are down due to the cyber attack, and they still have no idea who has done it. Meanwhile a student seems troubled by strange graffiti around the school. Yvette ...... Julie Hesmondhalgh, Tim .......... Ashley Margolis, Sir Ken ........ Jonathan Keeble, Carol......... Susan Twist, Billy .............Jason Done, Gloria .......... Emma Gregory, Mandy .......... Rachel Austin, Baran ......... Tareq Al-Jeddal, Production Co-ordinator - Pippa Day, Tech Team - Sharon Hughes & Amy Brennan, Sound Design - Sharon Hughes, Producer - Gary Brown. BBC Audio Drama North.

25 Oct: Blood, 5-5 - Bad Blood
By Eve Steele. Final episode of the series. Maria is Constance's niece. She is sensitive and highly strung and has never felt part of the family. Yet she is the key to the murder. Constance......Glenda Jackson, Maria......Christine Bottomley Lily........Poppy O’Brien, Miles.........Robert Glenister, Sarah.......Pippa Nixon, Adrian/Edward.....Jake Ferretti, Archie........Dominic Lane, Producer - Gary Brown. Sound Designer Sharon Hughes.

26 Oct: Broken Colours 2-2
By Matthew Broughton. Jess and Dan try to piece together what happened at the supermarket shooting. Cracks appear in the relationship and they don't see eye to eye. When an injured man appears at her door, Jess lets in more than she expected. Jess…..Holli Dempsey, Dan…..Josef Altin Gina.....Suzanne Packer Anthony Wheeler.....Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong. Directed by John Norton. Production co-ordinators Eleri McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees. Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by John Norton, Philippa Swallow and Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

27 Oct: Harland, 3-2: Diu Mart
By Catherine; Supernatural thriller. Dan is Von the run from the police and has sought refuge inside the trunk of the ancient Wych Elm which still stands amidst the charred ruins of Harland's shopping centre. 30m. Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey, Morris ..... Rupert Holliday Evans, Sadie ..... Melissa Advani, Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine, Janis ..... Fiona Skinner, DCI Cummins ..... John Lightbody, Fordingbridge ..... Sean Baker, Dom-Rob ..... Josh Bryant-Jones, Melangell ..... Kitty O’Sullivan, Security Guard ..... Tyler Cameron, Production Co-ordinator ..... Jenny Mendez. Technical Producer ..... Andrew Garratt. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose and Caleb Knightley. Produced by Toby Swift.

28 Oct: Saturday Play - Lolly Willowes
By Sylvia Townsend Warner, ad. Sarah Daniels. 55m. Lolly lives a quiet with her tedious brother Henry and his family, but when she decides to move to the countryside she discovers a darker calling: witchcraft. The novel shows the unfulfilled potential to be found in women tied to hearth and home. Laura ..... Louise Brealey, Titus ..... Hugh Skinner, Henry ..... Robert Bathurst, Caroline ..... Rhiannon Neads, Mrs Leek ..... Ellie Piercy, Satan ..... Sam Dale, Pandora ..... Grace Cooper Milton, Shopkeeper ..... Joseph Ayre, Mr Arbuthnot ..... Shaun Mason. Produced by Sally Avens.

29 Oct: Sunday Afternoon: She's Not There
By Dominic Power, ad. from Boileau-Narcejac’s thriller "Celle qui n’etait plus". It is set in France, after the Occupation. It has been used as the basis of the film 'Les Diaboliques'. Fernand ….. John Heffernan, Lucie ….. Emma Fielding, Mariel ….. Lyndsey Marshal, Max ….. Ewan Bailey, Gautier ….. Gerard McDermott Gendarme/Driver ….. Hasan Dixon, Produced by Tracey Neale.

30 Oct: No Drama
A letter about this to the D-G would be in order.

31 Oct: Rehab
By Philip Palmer. A Glasgow social worker, Jenny, makes it her personal mission to save a young offender from making the same mistakes she did. Jenny ….. Phyllis Logan, Finn ….. Brian Vernel, Anne ….. Anna Spearpoint. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

1 Nov: Samaritan Number One
By Anna Linstrum. A play to mark the 70th anniversary of the Samaritans. Chad Varah found himself presiding at the funeral service of a fourteen year old girl who had taken her own life because she had misunderstood her menstruation to be a venereal disease. As a result, he became an advocate for sex education and, realising that there was little support for those in emotional crisis, ultimately founded the Samaritans in November 1953, in the crypt of his church, with the stated aim that it would be an organisation to befriend the suicidal and despairing. Chad Varah.....Reece Shearsmith, Susan Varah.....Kerry Gooderson, Reenee.....Rachel Harper, Eve/Mavis.....Evie Killip, Jem/Undertaker.....David Moorst, Arthur.....Tyler Cameron, Bishop/Forshaw.....John Lightbody. Production co-ordinator Lindsay Rees. Sound design by Nigel Lewis Directed by Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

2 Nov: Broken Colours, 2-3
By Matthew Broughton. Thriller serial. Dan has disappeared in mysterious circumstances and Jess is contending with the gallery opening for her new artwork. Jess is being torn in different directions and with Dan gone, she doesn't know who she can trust. Jess…..Holli Dempsey, Dan…..Josef Altin, Melissa…Alexandria Riley, Vic…David Sterne, Ronnie Vaz….Alun Raglan, Anthony Wheeler.....Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Maggie – Ashleigh Haddad, Molly – Molly Pepper Tuer. Directed by Phillipa Swallow. Production co-ordinators Eleri McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees. Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by John Norton, Philippa Swallow and Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

3 Nov: Harland, 3-3: Diu iath
By Lucy Catherine. Deep in the woods of reclusive industrialist Darius Fordingbridge's estate, Dan meets a surprising new ally. Together they go in search of the third of the four Hare Witches. 30m. Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey, Morris ..... Rupert Holliday Evans, Keshia ..... Rhiannon Neads, Sadie ..... Melissa Advani, Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine, Reception-Bot ..... Kitty O’Sullivan. Production Co-ordinator ..... Jenny Mendez.. Technical Producer ..... Andrew Garratt. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose and Caleb Knightley. Produced by Toby Swift. BBC.

4 Nov: Saturday Play - The Fall
By Clara Glynn. A significant turning point of the 20th century. In November 1989 the repressive tyranny of East Germany ended and with it the Cold War, bringing 33 years of peace. At a press conference on 9 Nov 89, an East German spokesman, Gunter Schabowski, was handed an announcement about relaxed travel regulations for the people of East Germany. By mistake he announced that the checkpoints in the Berlin Wall (guarded by soldiers with orders to shoot anyone trying to cross) were now open. They weren’t, but the announcement caused East Berliners to storm the Wall and demand they be allowed to cross into West Berlin. After that, the Wall became obsolete, and soon fell. 55m. Erich Honecker ..... Gary Lewis, Erich Mielke ..... Crawford Logan, Egon Krenz ..... Adam McNamara, Gerhard Lauter ..... Robin Laing, Erika Lauter ..... Lisa Livingstone, Günter Schabowski/Mikhail Gorbachev ..... Michael Nardone, Monika Folke ..... Elysia Welch, Vladimir Putin ..... Michael Guest. Sound design by Fraser Jackson. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

5 Nov: Sunday Afternoon: The Betrothed, 1
By Alessandro Manzoni, from the novel, ad. Eileen Horne. Engaged couple Renzo and Lucia attempt to overcome ifficult obstacles to be together. Lombardy, their part of northern Italy, is under Spanish occupation, and Spaniard Don Rodrigo blocks their union in an attempt to have Lucia for himself. Lucia ….. Hiftu Quasem, Renzo ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr, Father Abbondio ….. Paul Higgins, Gabriel/Servant Boy ….. Joel Maccormack, Griso / Officer ….. Owen Whitelaw, Nibbio/ Ambrogio ….. Tunji Kasim, Agnese ….. Maureen Beattie, Brother Cristoforo ….. Ewan Bailey, Nameless / Old Friar ….. Jonathan Forbes, Rodrigo / Boss / Boatman / Traveller ….. Sandy Grierson, Gertrude / Gilda ….. Chloe Pirrie. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

6 Nov: No Drama
No-drama Monday. Write to the BBC about it.

7 Nov: Saga
By Billie Collins. A young archaeologist returns to her home town on the Wirral. Whilst excavating a Viking hoard, she discovers more than objects beneath the surface. Rae, the archaeologist ..... Evie Hargreaves, Jess ..... Jade Franks, Theo ..... Simon Trinder, Lee ..... Matthew Devlin. Produced by Jessica Mitic. SMs Mike Smith, Amy Brennan and Sue Stonestreet. Production co-ordination by Vicky Moseley. BBC Audio Drama North, recorded on location (Wirral).

8 Nov: Sticking Points
By Mark Lawson. While presenting degrees and prizes at a university, a government minister shakes the hand of one graduate and finds he's unable to let go. The recipient is a climate change protestor who's glued herself to him. Dominic, Secretary of State – Alex Jennings, Chief Whip – Jane Slavin, Snick, a special advisor – Tom Glenister, Skippy, an environmentalist - Rebecca Birch, Rosa, police officer – Nimmy March, Sam, a police officer – Jamie Treacher, Produced by Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish).

9 Nov: Broken Colours, 2-4
By Matthew Broughton. Jess and Dan work out what really happened on the night of the attack by Magners' gang. Jess finally meets the Blue Rider, and Dan has to face a life-changing decision. Jess…..Holli Dempsey, Dan…..Josef Altin, Melissa….Alexandria Riley, Gina.....Suzanne Packer, Anthony Wheeler.....Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Blue Rider….Olivia Vinall, Ronnie Vaz….Alun Raglan. Directed by John Norton. Production co-ordinators Eleri McAuliffe and Lindsay Rees. Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Produced by John Norton, Philippa Swallow and Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

10 Nov: Harland, 3-4: Diu eathamon
By Lucy Catherine. Fordingbridge is on the trail of Keshia who he believes is a Hare Witch. Still devastated by his father's betrayal, Dan continues his search for the four Hare Witches not yet knowing if they will bring about salvation or the end of the world. Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey, Morris ..... Rupert Holliday Evans, Sadie ..... Melissa Advani, Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine, Fordingbridge ..... Sean Baker, Keshia ..... Rhiannon Neads, DCI Cummins ..... John Lightbody, Dom-Rob ..... Josh Bryant-Jones, DJ ..... Don Gilet. Production Co-ordinator ..... Jenny Mendez. Technical Producer ..... Andrew Garratt. Sound Design by Peter Ringrose and Caleb Knightley. Produced by Toby Swift. BBC Audio.

11 Nov: Saturday Play: First Folio.
By Mike Harris. Comedy-drama. Mike imagines the process of publishing it. 55m. "My play about the making of Shakespeare's 'First Folio' collected works, to commemorate its publication 400 years ago in November 1623...it's called, imaginatively, 'First Folio' and, like Shakespeare, it's got cross dressing, sex, a ghost, plays within plays, shit jokes, an arras, lots of implausible final-scene killings, and my speculation (based, of course, on meticulous research) about how exactly that text was cobbled together after his death by two of his mates, without whose endeavours (and dodgy claims) we would not have had Macbeth, Anthony and Cleo, Coriolanus, Alls Well that Ends Well, a dozen others and the English language would have been much impoverished. It's directed by Clive Brill and stars Hannah Traylen as Rosalind, Christopher Jordan as The Ghost, Jos Vantyler as John Hemminge, Ricky Oakley as Henry Condell, Paul Kemp as Issac Jaggard, Ben Castle Gibb as John Leeson, Alex Constandtinidi as Moll Frith and Miles Richardson as Sir Pexall Brockass".

12 Nov: Sunday Afternoon:: The Betrothed, 2
By Alessandro Manzoni, ad. Eileen Horne. Prevented from marrying by Spanish overlord, Don Rodrigo, the young lovers have fled their village. Finding himself caught up in bread riots in Milan, Renzo has now escaped to safety with his cousin in Bergamo. Lucia ….. Hiftu Quasem, Renzo ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr, Father Abbondio ….. Paul Higgins, Gabriel ….. Joel Maccormack, Griso / Bartolo ….. Owen Whitelaw, Nibbio / Medical Officer ….. Tunji Kasim, Agnese ….. Maureen Beattie, Brother Cristoforo ….. Ewan Bailey, Nameless /Scribe ….. Jonathan Forbes, Rodrigo / Father / Borromeo ….. Sandy Grierson. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

13 Nov: How to Build a DJ
By Michael Southan; his first radio play. It focuses on Ben, a disabled 18 year old who is striving to follow his grandad and become a DJ. But his mum, Gwen, has other ideas. She is struggling with grief as she tries to save the local community centre from closure. Ben ..... Callum Mardy, Dennis ..... David Crellin, Gwen ..... Carla Henry, Seema ..... Priyasasha Kumari, Tamsin ..... Nadia Emam. Director, Nickie Miles-Wildin, Sound Designer, Steve Brooke, Production Manager, Darren Spruce, Producer, Polly Thomas, Executive Producer, Eloise Whitmore, Indie (Naked Productions).

14 Nov: Elsinore, 2-1
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Elsinore imagines the world of the Danish Court in events that precede the story told in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Series 2 picks up the action 16 years after the first series. Claudius, Prince of Denmark, has lived in the interim as an exile in Spain but an attempt on his life causes him to reassess his position. Meanwhile in Denmark, civil disobedience and political unrest are leading King Hamlet to take ever more authoritarian measures. Claudius . . . John Light, King Hamlet . . . John Heffernan, Polonius . . . Clive Hayward, Gertrude . . . Lyndsey Marshal, Catalina . . . Laura Christy, Olsson . . . Rupert Holliday Evans, Kabanova . . . Jessica Turner, Schroeder . . . Neil McCaul. Produced by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko. Rpt.

15 Nov: Elsinore, 2-2
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Claudius, lately returned to his brother King Hamlet's side in Denmark, soon finds himself dispatched to negotiate with Norwegian freedom fighters who have taken hundreds of Danes hostage at the Royal Theatre in Oslo. King Hamlet . . . John Heffernan, Claudius . . . John Light, Polonius . . . Clive Hayward, Gertrude . . . Lyndsey Marshal, Lindstrom . . . Pip Torrens, Fortinbras . . . Will Kirk, Schroeder . . . Neil McCaul, Martin . . . Ikky Elyas, Lieutenant . . . Greg Jones. Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko and Marc Beeby. Rpt.

16 Nov: Elsinore, 2-3
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. King Hamlet's escalating authoritarianism risks tearing Danish society apart and taking the country into war. As brother Claudius struggles with how to respond, he learns of a military plot to topple the King. Claudius . . . John Light, King Hamlet . . . John Heffernan, Polonius . . . Clive Hayward, Gertrude . . . Lyndsey Marshal, Lindstrom . . . Pip Torrens, Kabanova . . . Jessica Turner, Schroeder . . . Neil McCaul, Catalina . . . Laura Christy, Martin . . . Ikky Elyas, Horatio . . . Greg Jones, Marcellus . . . Will Kirk. Produced by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko. Rpt.

17 Nov: Harland, 3-5: Diu triach
By Lucy Catherine. Supernatural thriller, conclusion. Sarah may still be at his side but Dan finds forces unleashed centuries ago come crashing into the present. Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey, Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine, Janis ..... Fiona Skinner, Fordingbridge ..... Sean Baker, Keshia ..... Rhiannon Neads, Molly Gold ..... Carolyn Pickles, Dom Rob ..... Josh Bryant-Jones, DJ ..... Don Gilet. Production Co-ordinator ..... Jenny Mendez, Technical Producer ..... Andrew Garratt, Sound Design by Peter Ringrose and Caleb Knightley. Produced by Toby Swift. 30m. BBC.

18 Nov: Saturday Play: iPromise
By Martin Jameson, rpt. A play about a quantum cryptocurrency robbery, and a thriller exploring the illusory nature of money itself. Rebecca is in trouble. She’s hacked into US mainframes and brought the eastern seaboard to a standstill. She’s driven by principle and she’s the very best at what she does. Then she's offered 494 million’s worth of missing iPromises - a brand-new cryptocurrency. Rebecca ("Bit" & "Infinity Bit" ….. Tamara Lawrance, Kevin Straw ….. Jonathan Forbes, Tinaya ….. Skye Lourie, Leon ….. Gunnar Cauthery, Emir & Clive ….. Nabil Elouahabi, Frank & Grimmur Ekkert ….. Danny Sapani. Other characters voiced by the cast. Sound design ….. Adam Woodhams. Mix ….. Steve Bond. Executive producer ….. Sara Davies. Directed & produced by Nicolas Jackson. Indie (Afonica).

19 Nov: Sunday Afternoon - The Manxman
By Catherine Harvey, adapted from the novel by Thomas Hall Caine. This is the story of a love triangle that leaves a woman on the Isle of Man torn between desire and duty and facing the onsequences of betrayal. The play uses several Manx actors and parts of it were recorded on the Isle of Man. Notice the unique accent and dialect of the island's people. Shennaghee the Storyteller - Rakie Ayola, Kate Cregeen - Evie Killip, Pete Quilliam - Benjamin Karran, Philip Christian - Tom Ward-Thomas, Caesar Cregeen / Peter Christian of Ballawhaine - Stephen Bent, Grannie Cregeen - Annie Kissack, Ross Christian / Doctor / Parson / Governor - Will de Renzy-Martin, Auntie Nan - Aalin Clague, Young Pete - Rafferty McKenna, Young Phil - Finn Franklin, Young Kate - Aalish Kilgallon, Young Ross - Ned Hampton. Other parts played by Phil Gawne, John Dog Callister, Winnie Callister, Bill Corlett, Richard Corlett, Greg Joughin, Chris Sheard, Chloe Woolley, and members of the cast. Sound designer: Iain Mackness. Music: David Kilgallon, Kiaull Manninagh, Phynnoderee, Caarjyn Cooidjagh, Cairistìona Dougherty, Skeeal, and The Albert Players. Production adviser: Annie Kissack. Special thanks to Culture Vannin, The Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, The Albert Hotel and Maughold Church. Produced by Ashley Byrne and Kurt Brookes. Directed by Iain Mackness. Indie (Made in Manchester).

20 Nov: Spores, 1: Growth
Five-part drama (5 x 30m) by Marietta Kirkbride. Another impressive sci-fi story from Indie producer Afonica. A psychological horror story set in rural Wales amid the mysterious world of fungi. When social worker Cassie discovers mould in the flat of a vulnerable service user she puts it down to poor quality housing. But then she discovers it in her own house and begins to fear for the safety of her family. Cassie …… Kate O’Flynn, Interviewer ….. Laurel Lefkow, Morgan ..... Owain Gwynn, Joyce ….. Kezrena James, Bryn …… Macsen Ovens, Huw …… Richard Corgan, Ola …… Aggy K. Adams. Other voices played by the cast. Production Manager: Anna de Wolff Evans. Production Assistant: Teresa Milewski. Executive Producer: Sara Davies. Title Music: Ioana Selaru & Melo-Zed. Sound Design: Jon Nicholls. Produced by Nicolas Jackson.

21 Nov: Spores, 2: Seed
Continued from yesterday. The title says it all. 30m. No-one will consider it to be dangerous. Cassie …… Kate O’Flynn, Morgan…… Owain Gwynn, Interviewer ….. Laurel Lefkow, Bryn …… Macsen Ovens, Joyce ….. Kezrena James, Huw …… Richard Corgan, Hywel ….. Lloyd Meredith. Other voices played by the cast. Prodction team - as yesterday.

22 Nov: Spores, 3:Drift
Cassie finds an ally in combating the fungus. 30m. Cassie …… Kate O’Flynn, Ola …… Aggy K. Adams, Hywel ….. Lloyd Meredith, Interviewer ….. Laurel Lefkow, Morgan…… Owain Gwynn. Other voices played by the cast. Production team: as yesterday.

23 Nov: Spores, 4: Rot
When Ola proves to be an unreliable ally, Cassie turns to someone else. 30m. Cassie …… Kate O’Flynn, Ola …… Aggy K. Adams, Interviewer ….. Laurel Lefkow, Hywel ….. Lloyd Meredith, Morgan…… Owain Gwynn, Bryn …… Macsen Ovens, Health Professional ….. Kezrena James, Theo …… Richard Corgan, Young Helen …… Lily Anne Lefkow. Other voices played by the cast. Production team: see Monday.

24 Nov: Spores, 5: Mycosis
Conclusion. With Hywel’s help Cassie begins to find answers. Cassie …… Kate O’Flynn, Interviewer ….. Laurel Lefkow, Hywel ….. Lloyd Meredith, Morgan…… Owain Gwynn, Bryn …… Macsen Ovens, Joyce ….. Kezrena James, Ola …… Aggy K. Adams, Theo …… Richard Corgan, Young Helen …… Lily Anne Lefkow. Other voices played by the cast. Production team - see Monday.

25 Nov: Puckoon
The comic masterpiece by Spike Milligan, adapted by Ian Billings. A madcap satire on the division of Ireland, borders, brain-dead bureaucrats. It's full of wonderful one-liners and odd scenes which fall into one another, in the style of the Goons. In 1924, the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches from graveyards. Dan Milligan tries to make sense of it all. Ed Byrne as Dan, with Barry Cryer, Pauline McLynn, Kate Harbour, Jane Milligan, Wilf Scolding, David Shaw-Parker, Colm Gleeson, Tom Alexander. Producer: David Morley. Director: Dirk Maggs. Indie (Perfectly Normal), rpt. from 2019.

26 Nov: Sunday afternoon: A Many-Splendoured Thing, 1
By Ming Ho, adapted from Han Suyin's semi-autobiographical novel. The story follows Suyin, a doctor and writer living and working in late 1940s Hong Kong. When Suyin meets British war reporter Mark, she embarks on a secret love affair. Suyin ..... Chipo Chung, Mark ..... Billy Howle, Adeline Palmer-Jones ..... Sarah Lam, Humphrey Palmer Jones/Third Uncle ..... Paul Courtenay Hyu, Robert Hung/William Monk ..... Daniel York Loh, Nora Hung/Suchen ..... Jennifer Lim, Suzanne/ Martha Monk ..... Elizabeth Chan, John Tam/Ribiero ..... Jon Chew Fiona Manton ..... Ruth Everett, James Manton ..... Dickon Farmar, Mei..... Ivy Wong. Dramatised by Ming Ho. Directed by Anne Isger. Sound by Andy Garrett and Pete Ringrose. Production Co-ordination by Ben Hollands. BBC production.

27 Nov: London Particular, 4
Drama back on a Monday - excellent! This play is by Nick Perry; the continuation of a time-travelling drama series. London is not one but many cities; a city of curious anomalies and dark secrets, of hidden portals to other dimensions. Previously, Alice travelled back through time to London in 1945 as she searched for her brother Alan who has been missing presumed dead for the past five years. With many questions still unanswered, Alice finds herself back in the present and determined to continue her search. Alice . . . . . Scarlett Brookes, Alice's mother . . . . . Bríd Brennan, Jackie . . . . . Jessica Turner, Mike . . . . . Tyler Cameron, Simon . . . . . Joseph Ayre, Dorian . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw, Colin . . . . . John Lightbody, Receptionist . . . . . Kitty O’Sullivan. Production co-ordinator: Ben Hollands. Sound design: Peter Ringrose. Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

28 Nov: London Particular, 5
By Nick Perry; continued from yesterday. Alice is convinced that her missing brother Alan is lost in time and is determined to rescue him and bring him back to the present. She manages to speak with Alan via an intermediary but many questions remain unanswered. So when she hears an account of a strange anomaly on top of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, Alice decides to take a leap of faith. Alice . . . . . Scarlett Brookes, Sarah . . . . . Claire-Louise Cordwell, Deb . . . . . Lauren Cornelius, Francois . . . . . John Lightbody, Baglady . . . . . Jessica Turner, Church Warden . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw, Dan . . . . . Don Gilet, Man . . . . . Josh Bryant-Jones, Nurse . . . . . Kitty O’Sullivan, Kate . . . . . Mabel Cresswell, John . . . . . Bertie Cresswell. The song John Barleycorn performed by Ian Dunnett Jnr. Production co-ordinator: Ben Hollands. Sound design: Peter Ringrose. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

29 Nov: London Particular, 6
By Nick Perry. Alice travels back to a 17th century ravaged by plague and fire, and abounding with curious anomalies and dark secrets. She returns to the present, unsure if it was her brother who aided her escape or of what is causing her to have such strange visions. Alice . . . . . Scarlett Brookes, Alan . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr, Nurse . . . . . Kitty O’Sullivan, Father . . . . . Lloyd Hutchinson, Simon . . . . . Joseph Ayre, Jackie . . . . . Jessica Turner, Dorian . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw, Colin . . . . . John Lightbody. Production co-ordinator: Ben Hollands. Sound design: Peter Ringrose. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

30 Nov: Broken Colours, 3-1
By Matthew Broughton. Jess and Dan are on the run. After killing Ronnie Vaz and being publicly attacked by Blue Rider, Jess and Dan head out of the city to try and keep a low, low profile. But staying out of trouble isn't easy. Jess.....Holli Dempsey, Dan.....Josef Altin, Selena.....Brid Brennan, Melissa.....Kezrena James, Blue Rider.....Olivia Vinall, Peter.....Jack Hammett, Police Officer.....Don Gilet, Robber.....Tyler Cameron. Sound Design.....Nigel Lewis. Director.....Fay Lomas. Producer....Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

1 Dec: English Rose, 2-1: Go West Young Girl
By Helen Cross. Rose has made a fresh start. But she can't ignore the past. Maya is loving never getting older and has plans for a 'rejuvenation' spa. But Rose is not convinced. 30m. Rose ... Alexandra Mardell, Maya ... Miranda Braun, Austin ... Demetri Goritsas, Siobhan ... Deirdre Mullins, Delphine ... Yasemin Özdemir, Mam ... Jane Thornton, Jack ... Tyler Cameron, Gym owner ... Don Gilet, Dakota ... Rhiannon Neads, Alina ... Kitty O'Sullivan, Englishman ... Martin Bonger, Angry Man ... Douglas Hodgson, Gully ... Bruce Casswell. Music written and performed by Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley of Porridge Radio. Sound design by Ilse Lademann and Mary Ward-Lowery. Assistant Producer ... Alison Crawford. Producer ... Mary Ward-Lowery.

2 Dec: Saturday Play: Mae West
By Tracy-Ann Oberman and David Spicer. In 1926 Mae West wrote, directed, produced and starred in the smash hit Sex on Broadway. When she was arrested on stage the following year for "corrupting the morals of youth", the subsequent court case led to a choice between apologising and paying a fine or going to jail for ten days. She chose jail, which wasn't bad for publicity. Whilst she was confined to Welfare Island she was invited to dinner with the Warden. The play imagines that dinner. It also celebrates her remarkable career. Mae West - Tracy-Ann Oberman, Warden Schleth - Stuart Milligan, Adolph Zukor - Alistair McGowan, Matron - Lorelei King, Prosecutor - Matt Addis, Tallulah - Pepter Lunkuse, Kathleen - Jessica Dennis, Lainie - Anoushka Cowan. Producer: Liz Anstee. Indie (CPL).

3 Dec: Sunday Afternoon: A Many-Splendoured Thing, 2
Ming Ho’s new dramatisation of Han Suyin’s novel, conclusion. Suyin is a doctor and writer, living and working in late 1940s Hong Kong. When Suyin meets British war reporter Mark, she embarks on a secret love affair. Tensions in Hong Kong intensify as the People Republic of China is established. Suyin is treated with increasing suspicion by the colonial elites. This was a time when both Hong Kong and China were on the brink of change. Suyin ..... Chipo Chung, Mark ..... Billy Howle, Adeline Palmer-Jones/Mrs Cheng ..... Sarah Lam, Humphrey Palmer Jones ..... Paul Courtenay Hyu, Robert Hung/William Monk ..... Daniel York Loh, Nora Hung ..... Jennifer Lim, Suzanne/ Martha Monk ..... Elizabeth Chan, Sen/Ah Sun ..... Jon Chew, Fiona Manton ..... Ruth Everett, James Manton ..... Dickon Farmar, Mei..... Ivy Wong. Produced by Anne Isger; sound by Andy Garrett and Pete Ringrose. Production Co-ordination by Ben Hollands. BBC.

4 Dec: Faith Hope and Glory, 4-1: Hope
New (fourth) series. First episode by Roy Williams. We began following the lives of Hope, Faith (Eunice) and Gloria in 1946. They are now firmly established in 1970s Britain. This series is set in 1978. Although racial tensions continue, the situation is improving. Hope still works at the hospital as a Sister, but her children have all left home and she's struggling to find meaning in her life. Hope .... Danielle Vitalis, Rodney .... Lloyd Thomas, Faith .... Shiloh Coke, Sheila .... Keziah Joseph, Jimmy .... Michael Ajao, Jean ..... Cecilia Appiah, Gabriel ..... Darren Hart, Errol ..... Joshua-Alexander Williams, Boy ..... Tyler Cameron. Produced by Pat Cumper.

5 Dec: Faith, Hope and Glory 4-2: Gloria
By Rex Obano. 1978; Gloria de Soto, now a respected headmistress, decides to step up and challenge an unfair education system. She gets a visit from her daughter, Joy. Gloria ….. Jaye Griffiths, Mabel ….. Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Joy ….. Sapphire Joy, Hopeton ….. Solomon Israel, Hope ….. Danielle Vitalis, Faith ….. Shiloh Coke Blessings Ojarikre ….. Jocelyn Jee Esien, Enner Bennes ….. John Lightbody, other parts played by Tyler Cameron. Produced by Pat Cumper. Directed by Don Gilet.

6 Dec: Faith, Hope and Glory, 4-3: Faith
By Carol Russell. Faith, now widowed, and her son Winston are living in London. Her political activist daughter Serena-Hope is at university in Leeds. She has never given up her quest to find Hope’s daughter, the baby she lost on Tilbury Docks more than thirty years ago. Faith ..... Shiloh Coke, Hope ..... Danielle Vitalis, Gloria ..... Jaye Griffiths, Merlene ..... Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Mabel ..... Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Serena-Hope ..... Bethan Mary-James. Produced by Pat Cumper.

7 Dec: Broken Colours, 3-2
By Matthew Broughton. Jess and Dan are hiding deep in the woods with Selina, The Queen of Spiders. Something grim surfaces in the dock. Jess.....Holli Dempsey, Dan.....Josef Altin, Selena.....Brid Brennan, Melissa.....Kezrena James, Blue Rider.....Olivia Vinall, Producer/ Man 1.....Don Gilet, Newsreader/ Man 2.....Tyler Cameron. Production Co-ordinator.... Eleri McAuliffe. Sound Design.....Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Producers...John Norton and Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

8 Dec: English Rose, 2-2: Beware of the Dog
By Helen Cross. Rose is beginning to regret her part in Maya's transformation, and she's suspicious about Maya's plans for a 'rejuvenation' spa in the California Hills. Fantasy horror. Rose ... Alexandra Mardell, Maya ... Miranda Braun, Austin ... Demetri Goritsas, Siobhan ... Deirdre Mullins, Delphine ... Yasemin Özdemir, Mam ... Jane Thornton, Jack ... Tyler Cameron, Gym owner ... Don Gilet, Dakota ... Rhiannon Neads, Alina ... Kitty O'Sullivan, Englishman ... Martin Bonger, Angry Man ... Douglas Hodgson, Gully ... Bruce Casswell. Music written and performed by Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley of Porridge Radio. Sound design by Ilse Lademann and Mary Ward-Lowery. Assistant Producer ... Alison Crawford. Producer ... Mary Ward-Lowery.

9 Dec: Saturday Play-Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls, 1
By Archie Scottney, based on the novel by Thomas Prest. Rpt. from the fairly recent past. Set in 1785. Sweeney Todd, the demon barber, who returns from wrongful imprisonment bent on revenge. There are killings, it seems - but where are the bodies? Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley, Sweeney Todd…Martin Jarvis, Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell, Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake, Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott, Tobias…Darren Richardson, Joanna…Moira Quirk, Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden, Mr Oakley…Julian Sands, Major Bounce…Ian Ogilvy, Mr Grant…Alan Shearman, Morgan/Captain…Neil Dickson, Thornhill/Mundel/Crotchet…Matthew Wolf. Original music: A-Mnemonic. Indie (Jarvis & Ayres), produced by Rosalind Ayres.

10 Dec: Kiss of the Spider Woman
By Manuel Puig; translated by Allan Baker. Valentin and Molina share a prison cell. Valentin is a Marxist imprisoned for his political actions. Molina is a window dresser imprisoned for being homosexual. They don't seem to have much in common, but a relationship develops between them. However Molina has been promised an early release if he can get his cellmate to talk. Will he turn informer? The play is set in Villa Devoto prison in Buenos Aires in 1975. Molina.....Kadiff Kirwan, Valentin.....Alfred Enoch, Warden.....John Lightbody. The bolero song 'Mi Carta' by Mario Clavell was re-arranged by Jules Maxwell. Sound design by Sharon Hughes. Produced by Nadia Molinari. BBC Drama North.

11 Dec: The Human Way
By Thomas Pickles. Sci-fi drama set in the future, about two young people enlisted on a programme designed to break the influence of technology on communication and relationships. People arenot interacting properly any more; they are work remotely, carrying out most of their daily life online. It's not good. Jacob…Tachia Newall, Izzy..... Sade Malone, Tas …..Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, Ruth…Susan Twist, The Human Way Operator: ..Graeme Hawley. Produced by Nadia Molinari. Sound Design by Sharon Hughes. BBC Drama North.

12 Dec: The Last Chihoro
By Tonderai Munyevu; a story based on true events. Tonde returns to his place of birth in Zimbabwe to bury his mother as she wished. But traditional funeral rites mean this is far more difficult than he thought. Tonde ..... Tonderai Munyevu, Aunty/Mo ..... Pamela Nomvete, Sekuru ..... Femi Elufowoju Jr., Dee ..... Chipo Kureya, Medium/Cousin ..... Estella Daniels, Partner ..... John Lightbody. Original music by Tendai Humphrey Sitima. Singing by the cast and Tendai Humphrey Sitima. Produced and directed by Jessica Mitic. Sound by Alison Craig, Andy Garratt and Sue Stonestreet. Production co-ordination by Pippa Day. BBC Drama North.

13 Dec: The Receiver of Wreck
By Ben Cottam. Fleetwood, Lancashire, in the middle of winter. One night a rusted old ship has washed up on its silting estuary. There is no-one on board, no craft have been reported missing and the boat is so weather-beaten that it can't be identified. Jen Green, The Receiver of Wreck, arrives to find rumour sweeping the town as to what the boat might be. Rpt. Jen ..... Alice Lowe, Prudence Peacock/Denisa/The Voice ..... Jane Horrocks, Malcolm ..... Pearce Quigley, Kelly ..... Lucy Gaskell, Adam ..... Tom Meeten, Jeanicia/Hannah ..... Hayley Doherty, Tanicia ..... Hannah Livingston, Ben ..... Ben Cottam. Producer: Alison Crawford. Recorded at Weston-Super-Mare. Thanks to: Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club, Beachlands Hotel, North Somerset Council and Alison Kentuck (the real Receiver of Wreck).

14 Dec: Broken Colours, 3-3
By Matthew Broughton. Jess and Dan are still on the run from the police and rival gangs. Blue Rider is getting close to finding Jess, and something's not right with Melissa. Dan goes in search of his mother. Jess.....Holli Dempsey, Dan.....Josef Altin, Selena.....Brid Brennan, Mandy.....Michelle Bonnard, Melissa.....Kezrena James, Anthony.....Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Blue Rider.....Olivia Vinall, Producer.....Don Gilet. Production Co-ordinator.... Lindsay Rees. Sound Design.....Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Producers... John Norton (also directing) and Emma Harding. BBC Audio Drama Wales.

15 Dec: English Rose 2-3: Transylvania
By Helen Cross. Rose won't survive 'the Old Land'. Her Mam means Transylvania. When Rose arrives at a picturesque town in the Carpathians, she's on high alert. Rose ... Alexandra Mardell, Maya ... Miranda Braun, Austin ... Demetri Goritsas, Siobhan ... Deirdre Mullins, Delphine ... Yasemin Ozdemir, Mam ... Jane Thornton, Jack ... Tyler Cameron, Gym owner ... Don Gilet, Dakota ... Rhiannon Neads, Alina ... Kitty O'Sullivan, Englishman ... Martin Bonger, Angry Man ... Douglas Hodgson, Gully ... Bruce Casswell. Music written and performed by Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley of Porridge Radio. Sound design by Ilse Lademann and Mary Ward-Lowery. Assistant Producer ... Alison Crawford. Director ... Mary Ward-Lowery.

16 Dec: Saturday Play: Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls, conclusion.
Continued from last Saturday. Joanna disguises herself and enters the barber’s employment as ‘Charley’. Investigator Richard Blunt and loyal Lieutenant Jeffreys aim to protect her . Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley, Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell, Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake, Sweeney Todd… Martin Jarvis, Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott, Joanna…Moira Quirk, Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden, Crotchet/Mr Brown/Dr Murphy…Matthew Wolf, Mr Wrankley…Julian Sands, The Judge…Ian Ogilvy, Morgan/Attorney…Neil Dickson, Clerk/Sir Ernest…Darren Richardson, Boatman/Counsel/Fisherman…Alan Shearman, Other parts played by members of the company. Dramatised by Archie Scottney, based on the novel by Thomas Prest. Producer…Rosalind Ayres. Indie (Jarvis & Ayres). 55m. Rpt.

17 Dec: Sunday afternoon: A Grain of Wheat
By Ngugi wa Thiong'o and adapted by Michael Eaton. Set in 1963, the play covers the Mau Mau rebellion. The characters are fictitious, but the situation and the problems are real. The duration of the story is the four days preceding the day of the Uhuru celebrations when Kenya became an independent nation, presided over by Jomo Kenyatta, on 12 Dec 1963. Cast, in alphabetical order: Philip Jackson as John Thompson, Ivanno Jeremiah as Kihika and Gikonyo, Denver-Isaac Kwashe as General R, Sarah Lawrie as Margery Thompson, Wela Mbusi as Karanja, JC Niala as the Narrator, Bel Odawa as Mumbi, Jude Owusu as Mugo. Creative Consultant JC Niala. Produced by David Morley. Indie (Perfectly Normal).

18 Dec: A Wireless War
By Hannah Khalil. At the outbreak of war in 1939, the BBC evacuated its newly-formed Radio Drama Company of actors, led by Val Gielgud, to Worcestershire. To mark a hundred years of radio drama at the BBC, a cast of current and former members of the RDC perform this new play. Val Gielgud ..... Carl Prekopp, Laurence ..... Joel MacCormack, Audrey/Wendy ..... Clare Corbett, Pete/Bill ..... Ben Crowe, Gladys ..... Jessica Turner, Leonard ..... John Lightbody, Mary ..... Kitty O’Sullivan, Charles Siepmann ..... Michael Bertenshaw, Warden ..... Tyler Cameron, Marius Goring ..... Josh Bryant-Jones. Sound design by Peter Ringrose with Alison Craig and Mike Etherden. Production Co-ordinator - Maggie Olgiati. Produced by Toby Swift. BBC.

19 Dec: Porcelain
By Margaret Perry. Hat is an admin assistant who grew up in the place where Bridget Cleary was murdered by her husband in 1895. The husband's stated motive was his belief that she had been abducted by fairies and replaced by a changeling, which he had killed. When Hat's life changes, her familiar mythologies are all that can make sense of her world. Hat ….. Jessie Buckley, Bill ….. Don Gilet, Silvertongue ….. Emma Handy, Sarah ….. Niamh Denyer, Michael ….. Alan Mahon, Bridget ….. Lucy Doyle. Produced by Jessica Dromgoole.

20 Dec: Tess of the Tollbooth
By Ali Sparkes, comedy writer. The play is inspired by the tales of toll-booth workers on Itchen bridge in Southampton. Tess is the person who is stuck in the booth, and who collects the money on the night shift. The only interest for Tess is Rob, a drummer who crosses the bridge most nights on his way home from a gig. But it's difficult to get to know someone in when you only see him for 20 seconds at a time. Tess ..... Shaparak Khorsandi, Kel ..... Rosie Cavaliero, Bobby ..... Hasan Dixon, Rob ..... Jonathan Forbes, Darren ..... Kiell Smith-Bynoe. Produced by Nadia Molinari. BBC Drama North.

21 Dec: Broken Colours, 3-4 (final)
By Matthew Broughton. Dan is missing, and Jess doesn't have many options left. How long can she stay free? Jess.....Holli Dempsey, Dan.....Josef Altin, Selena.....Brid Brennan, Blue Rider.....Olivia Vinall, Melissa.....Kezrena James, Anthony..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Police Officer.....Don Gilet, Mandy..... Michelle Bonnard. Production Co-ordinator... Eleri McAuliffe, Sound Design.....Nigel Lewis, Director.....Fay Lomas, Producer....Emma Harding. BBC Wales.

22 Dec: English Rose, 2-4: Young Blood
By Helen Cross. It seems that Rose has been chasing after the wrong father. But neither of the men in Gully's life are great role models. And they're definitely up to something. Meanwhile, Delphine has disappeared. Rose ... Alexandra Mardell, Maya ... Miranda Braun, Austin ... Demetri Goritsas, Siobhan ... Deirdre Mullins, Delphine ... Yasemin Özdemir, Mam ... Jane Thornton, Jack ... Tyler Cameron, Gym owner ... Don Gilet, Dakota ... Rhiannon Neads, Alina ... Kitty O'Sullivan, Englishman ... Martin Bonger, Angry Man ... Douglas Hodgson, Gully ... Bruce Casswell. Music written and performed by Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley of Porridge Radio. Sound design by Ilse Lademann and Mary Ward-Lowery. Assistant Producer ... Alison Crawford. Producer ... Mary Ward-Lowery.

23 Dec: Saturday Play: Comet in Moominland
By Tove Jansson, dram. Robin Brooks. Another story about the Moomins, in which Moomintroll sets off on a quest to discover the truth about the Comet. He meets new friends, has exciting adventures, and faces up to what could be the end of the world, but still finds time for late-night dancing and a few cups of palm wine. Narrator. . . . Samantha Bond, Moomintroll. . . . . John Finnemore, Moominpappa . . . . . Samuel West, Moominmamma . . . . . Ann Bryson, The muskrat . . . . . Cyril Nri, Sniff . . . . . Clare Corbett, Snufkin . . . . . Alex Waldmann, The Hemulen . . . . . Edalia Day, Snork Maiden . . . . . Jasmine Naziha Jones, Snork . . . . . Adam Colborne. Sound Design by Lucinda Mason Brown. Directed and Produced by Fiona McAlpine. Indie (Allegra).

24 Dec: Sunday Afternoon: No drama, but it's Nicholas Parsons Day
(3pm: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Chapel)
There is no drama at all today - though there is a William story performed by Martin Jarvis at 7.15 pm. However, it is now exactly one hundred years since actor and quizmaster Nicholas Parsons was born, and R4X is celebrating this by broadcasting a number of his programmes, all day -everything from 'Just a Minute' and 'The Arthur Haynes Show' to interviews where he (and others) talk about his life. Well worth listening.

25 Dec: Christmas by the Lake
Two dramas today: First one (2.15 pm, 45m) is by Rachel Joyce. Walter is 68 and Mary is 64. It's in the park that Mary first spots him; he's drowning in the lake and she calls for help. When she returns a few days later, Walter is there and berates her for interfering - all he was trying to do was learn to swim. It's a bad beginning but then their conversation begins. They both hate Christmas and they have both experienced loss. Mary ….. Niamh Cusack, Walter ….. Robert Lindsay, Helen ….. Cecilia Appiah. Producer: Tracey Neale.

Christmas Miracle on Brighton Pier
Second play of the day: By Jonathan Holloway, based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift, which became the basis for the film 'It's a Wonderful Life'. It’s Christmas Eve and God (The Boss) and his angels are remembering 2023, when the fate of mankind depended on an undistinguished angel on his last day of service. His final task was to attempt to save a man who decided he no longer wanted to live. The Boss - Tim McInnerny, Eustace, the angel - Mark Benton, William McFadden, the man - Paul Ready, Ellen - Emma Cunniffe, Bob - Ben Crowe. Other parts were played by members of the cast. Producer: Karen Rose. Sound design: David Thomas. Production coordinator: Sarah Tombling. Executive producer: Rosalynd Ward. Recorded on location in Brighton and Hove. Indie (Sweet Talk).

26 Dec: The Hauntening: Wordhell
A late-night drama at 0030 (30 minutes after midnight, Xmas Day), by Tom Neenan. 15m. A modern ghost story. A simple wordgame turns nasty. A smartphone carries out millions of instructions per second. What if there was a ghost in the machine? Tom - Tom Neenan, Heidi - Jenny Bede, Ken - Steve Brody. Produced by David Tyler. Indie (Pozzitive).

26 Dec: A Single Act
By Alison Kennedy. Afternoon play celebrating 100 years of BBC Radio Drama. BBC blurb: "Simon Pratt has always wanted to be part of a double act but he has ended up a single man. Now his damaged grandson needs Simon but he can't seem to connect with him nor his neighbour Joyce, with whom he has had an aborted affair. Could the magic of conjuring laughter out of sounds be the key to a happier life for all three of them?" Simon Pratt ..... Bill Nighy, Joyce Zani ..... Amelia Bullmore, Ben Vane ..... Sebastian Croft. Produced by Sally Avens.

27 Dec: Good Morning, Yvette’s Nan
By Neil Williams. Comedy drama about a pirate radio station. Gwen used to be a DJ on hospital radio. Now she’s in Bleak Park retirement home. But she’s determined to liven things up. Gwen ..... Siw Hughes, Yvette ..... Gabrielle Creevy, Kelly ..... Alexandria Riley, Seren ..... Lisa Zahra, Miss Bates ..... Claire Cage, Janice ..... Sue Roderick, Bob ..... William Thomas, Charlie ..... Georgia Henshaw. Production Co-ordinator, Lindsay Rees. Sound Design, Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis. Assistant Producer, Pip Swallow. Director and Producer, Fay Lomas.

28 Dec: Waterloo Station
By Katie Hims. Two strangers look back on an incident which happened a couple of years ago, just before the world turned upside down. As they do so, they take stock of what's happened over the last two years. Ray ..... Ralph Ineson, Produced by Mary Peate. The play was named Best Radio Drama at the 2023 WGGB Awards. [Note from ND ... I think this is Indie (Sweet Talk)].

29 Dec: English Rose 2-5: Fire and Ice
By Helen Cross. 30m. Rose is getting closer to the truth and learning about her own heritage is helping her grow in strength. The vampires are arriving from Europe by Maya's invitation and Austin and Jack are plotting. Rose ... Alexandra Mardell, Maya ... Miranda Braun, Austin ... Demetri Goritsas, Siobhan ... Deirdre Mullins, Delphine ... Yasemin Özdemir, Mam ... Jane Thornton, Jack ... Tyler Cameron, Gym owner ... Don Gilet, Dakota ... Rhiannon Neads, Alina ... Kitty O'Sullivan, Englishman ... Martin Bonger, Angry Man ... Douglas Hodgson, Gully ... Bruce Casswell. Music written and performed by Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley of Porridge Radio. Sound design by Ilse Lademann and Mary Ward-Lowery. Assistant Producer ... Alison Crawford. Producer ... Mary Ward-Lowery.

30 Dec: Saturday Play - Never Mind the Bollocks
By Michael Eaton. Play about the court case between the Nottingham branch of Virgin Records and the local police. The shop displayed the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks and the police objected. John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren & Richard Branson: Jon Culshaw, David Ritchie QC & Inspector Newton: Nicholas Boulton, John Mortimer QC: Alistair McGowan, WPC Julie Storey: Alane Ramsay, Christopher Searle & Sgt. Stone: Wilf Scolding, Prof. Kinsley: John Wark, the commentator: Gemma Whelan, Narrator: Philip Jackson. Produced by David Morley.

31 Dec: Rumpelstiltskin's Radio Drama Romance
A first radio play by Gordon House; a familiar name in radio drama circles. The play looks at what happens when the drama department records its annual Xmas pantomime: Rumpelstiltskin and the Sleeping Beauty. The members of the production team are played by Jon Strickland, Clive Hayward, Rakie Ayola and Abbie Andrews; the actors are played by Neil Summerville, Tracy Wiles, Lizzie Burder and Will Howard. The music was composed by David Chilton and the lyrics by Gordon House, who also directed the production.





Compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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