[British Radio] BBC Radio Drama: Saturday 25th February - 3rd March

    • Drama of the Week: The Clintons Episode 1

      Three new dramas imagine key moments in the Clintons’ lives together, closely based on the published accounts and opinions of those who’ve witnessed their enduring partnership. :download:

      Drama of the Week: Tracks Episode 1

      When a plane crashes in West Wales a dark mystery begins to unfold. The first in a major new nine-part conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. :download:


      Saturday 13th August

      The Clintons
      Radio 4 14:30 Three new dramas imagine key moments in the Clintons’ lives together, closely based on the published accounts and opinions of those who’ve witnessed their enduring partnership. 2/3

      Reading Europe - Spain: Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me Episode 2
      Radio 4 21:00 Reading Europe - Spain: Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me Episode 2
      When Marta dies in his arms during an illicit sexual encounter, Victor flees the scene leaving a 2 year old child alone in the apartment. Now Marta's husband, Eduardo, has returned from London. He is close to discovering Victor's identity and about to force a meeting at which he has some unexpected and surprising news to impart.
      Writer Javier Marías, Europe's master of secrets and of what lies reveal and truth may conceal, is on sure ground in this profound, brilliantly imagined and hugely intricate novel.
      From the novel by Javier Marías
      Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
      Dramatised for radio by Michael Butt
      Produced by Eoin O'Callaghan
      A Big Fish production for BBC Radio 4.


      Sunday 14th August

      Reading Europe - Greece: The Final Reckoning
      Radio 4 15:00 To many Greeks' delight, a serial killer is murdering the wealthiest tax-evaders. But for Inspector Jaritos the need to find the killer has become more than just professional.

      Things Might Change or Cease
      Radio 3 23:00 Three estranged sisters set out on a journey to find their father who disappeared thirty seven years before in Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama inspired by King Lear.


      Monday 15th August

      Graham Greene: Monsignor Quixote
      Radio 4 10:45 & 19:45 Mon - Fri Graham Greene's comic reworking of Cervantes' classic novel continues. Monsignor Quixote (Bernard Cribbins) and Sancho (Philip Jackson) help a robber - and pay an unexpected price. 6/10

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week, in 1916, when the king praised the “cheerful confidence” of the troops in France, courage and hope are hard-won in Folkestone.

      A Meeting with Dora
      Radio 4 14:15 Using a mixture of fact and fiction writer Don Shaw re-creates a unique meeting he had in 1979 with 86 year old activist, Dora Russell.


      Tuesday 16th August

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Following the plane crash Helen investigates why one of the passengers doesn’t have a heart. Second in a nine-part thriller starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. 2/9


      Wednesday 17th August

      Wounded Light
      Radio 4 14:15 In John Lynch's lyrical drama a writer goes on a journey of self-discovery when he is offered honorary citizenship of his mother's birthplace in Italy.


      Thursday 18th August

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Comedy with more than a whiff of Hamlet. The first of six quirky tales about the registering of life's important moments. 1/6


      Friday 19th August

      The Vurtues of Oblivion
      Radio 4 14:15 A university professor embarks on a quest for philosophic treasures. Why is he accompanied by a Russian pole dancer?

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week, in 1916, when the king praised the “cheerful confidence” of the troops in France, courage and hope are hard-won in Folkestone.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Wounded Light
      In John Lynch's lyrical drama a writer goes on a journey of self-discovery when he is offered honorary citizenship of his mother's birthplace in Italy. :download:


      Saturday 20th August

      The Clintons
      Radio 4 14:30 Three new dramas imagine key moments in the Clintons’ lives together, closely based on the published accounts and opinions of those who’ve witnessed their enduring partnership. 3/3

      Reading Europe - Greece: The Final Reckoning Episode 1/2
      Radio 4 21:00
      Set in Greece in 2008, just prior to the elections that will bring Tsipris to power, The Final Reckoning by Petros Markaris, one of the country's
      most popular writers, is a cleverly disguised police procedural which takes us beneath the headlines and exposes a country in moral as well as financial crisis.
      Our story begins with the quadruple suicide of four elderly women, friends who can longer see how to survive in a country where poverty is an arm of government policy. But somehow the death of these four hapless women precipitates an outpouring of public anger. And this anger finds expression when some of Athens' wealthiest citizens start turning up dead, causing a dilemma for the Police and in particular, Superintendent Kosta Jaritos.
      Jaritos was once in the Military Police, the strong arm of the hated dictatorship of The Generals who ruled Greece as recently as the 1970's, and as a young officer he did things he was ordered to and of which he is now far from proud. The guilt he feels about a man called Merenditis who died while in his custody just will not go away and he knows in his heart that this new wave of murders is somehow linked to the crimes of the past - the crimes he himself committed.
      Ep 1 The Final Reckoning by Petros Markaris.
      Dramatised for Radio by Michael Butt.
      A Big Fish production for BBC Radio 4.


      Sunday 21st August

      Reading Europe - Greece: The Final Reckoning
      Radio 4 15:00 A serial killer, calling himself The National Tax Collector, is at work seeking revenge on the rich, widely considered to be the real cause of Greece’s financial problems. 2/2

      The Piano Lesson
      Radio 3 22:00 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by August Wilson. A brother and sister clash over a magnificent piano carved with the faces of their ancestors.


      Monday 22nd August

      Blood and Milk
      Radio 4 10:45 & 19:45 Mon - Fri 1890s Whitechapel. Megan Evans comes to London to visit her brother who is running the family's dairy business - but her brother is strangely unwelcoming. By Gregory Evans. 1/10

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week in 1916 when the East and South East coasts were terrorised by air raids, Folkestone seems brim-full of secrets and lies.

      :wegweiser: Ghosts of Heathrow :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:15 190,000 visitors pass through Heathrow each day. No wonder some of them are ghosts. A psychic adventure set in and around Europe's busiest airport.


      Tuesday 23rd August

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Whilst trying to track down her father, Helen uncovers another disturbing medical mystery. Third in a nine-part thriller starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. 3/9


      Wednesday 24th August

      On the Road Not Taken
      Radio 4 14:15 As a teen, Paul longed to head out on the road with a guitar and head full of songs. But it was too scary so he got a proper job. Thirty years on, he's decided to live the dream.


      Thursday 25th August

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Leo is in love with Penny and he plans to marry her. It seems that there is only Penny's possessive father in the way. But Leo has secrets of his own. 2/6


      Friday 26h August

      Northern Lights
      Radio 4 14:15 Handyman Tom is about to discover that blocked plumbing at the caravan park is the least of his worries.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week in 1916 when the East and South East coasts were terrorised by air raids, Folkestone seems brim-full of secrets and lies.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Blood and Milk

      1890s Whitechapel. Megan Evans comes to London to visit her brother who is running the family's dairy business - but her brother is strangely unwelcoming. By Gregory Evans. :download:


      Saturday 27th August

      The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner
      Radio 4 14:30 Robert Rigby’s dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe’s landmark short story set in the late 50s about an angry young man. Starring Lee Rufford as Smith, with Karl Johnson as the Governor.

      Reading Europe - Greece: The Final Reckoning, episode 2.
      Radio 4 21:00 Reading Europe - Greece: The Final Reckoning, episode 2.
      It's 2008, just prior to the Greek elections that will bring Tsipris to power, and a serial killer calling himself The National Tax Collector continues to pick off Athens' wealthy elite with seeming impunity.
      The mounting numbers of victims dumped at the city's most historical sites is putting Inspector Kostas Jaritos of the Athens Police under growing political pressure. To make matter worse, Jaritos is a man with problems and past of his own to worry about. And those problems are about to get a whole lot worse.
      The killer has somehow found out about Jaritos' role with the military police under the fascist junta in the 1970s and is about to use this knowledge to devastating effect.
      Written by Petros Markaris, one of Greece's most popular writers.
      Written by Petros Markaris
      Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan
      A Big Fish Radio production for Radio 4.


      Sunday 28th August

      New Grub Street
      Radio 4 15:00 Christopher Douglas, one of the creators of Radio 4's Ed Reardon, goes back to the source novel by Victorian novelist George Gissing. 1/2

      Henry VIII
      Radio 3 22:00 A rare chance to hear Shakespeare's last play, starring Matthew Marsh and Patrick Malahide. Originally recorded to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII.


      Monday 29th August

      Blood and Milk
      Radio 4 10:45 & 19:45 Mon - Fri Meg believes that she has saved her dairy from the clutches of gangster Moses Lipski but now other problems threaten both her business and her family. By Gregory Evans. 6/10

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week in 1916 when the Battle of Verdun finally came to a close, emotions are volatile in Folkestone.

      Mr Trollope and the Labours of Hercules
      Radio 4 14:15 Paterson Joseph stars in a new play based on Anthony Trollope's experiences in Jamaica, where he went to review the Postal Service in 1858 and met a freed slave. By Patricia Cumper.


      Tuesday 30th August

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Fourth in a nine-part thriller starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. As new information comes to light, could a little boy locked in a coma hold the answers? 4/9


      Wednesday 31st August

      Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
      Radio 4 14:15 What are the odds on the earnest statistician Liam meeting the impulsive photographer Sadie? A tale of love, surrogacy and statistics. By Charlotte Bogard Macleod.


      Thursday 1st September

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Teddy is on his stag night. He wakes up naked and handcuffed to a lamp post. But then he realises that something very weird has occurred which makes him question everything. 3/6


      Friday 2nd September

      Lost in Glencoe
      Radio 4 14:15 Maggie Ayre’s drama documentary about a relation who disappeared without trace in Glencoe, leaving an empty tent, and a rift in the family that rippled down the generations.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week in 1916 when the Battle of Verdun finally came to a close, emotions are volatile in Folkestone.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Mr Trollope and the Labours of Hercules
      Paterson Joseph stars in a new play based on Anthony Trollope's experiences in Jamaica, where he went to review the Postal Service in 1858 and met a freed slave. By Patricia Cumper. :download:


      Saturday 3rd September

      Pepys: Fire of London
      Radio 4 14:30 On Pudding Lane, 350 years ago this week, the King's baker went to bed unaware his oven was still alight. Soon London was ablaze. Dramatised from Pepys' diary by Hattie Naylor.

      New Grub Street, episode 1.
      Radio 4 21:00 New Grub Street, episode 1.
      New Grub Street by George Gissing. Dramatised by Christopher Douglas.
      Episode 1
      Edwin Reardon is a serious novelist striving for recognition in a literary world that's dumbing rapidly down. His younger, confident friend Jasper Milvain believes the only purpose of writing is to make big bucks. Neither approach has brought them much success. Radio 4's Ed Reardon and Jaz Milvain are loosely based on characters from this Victorian novel. And in this satiric dramatisation George Gissing is played by Christopher Douglas.
      Director/Producer Gary Brown
      Free schooling, which followed the Education Act of 1807 helped to create a newly literate working class. This created a demand for popular fiction and sensational journalism. Thus a gulf opened up between 'Literature' and the mass market as embodied by writers Edwin Reardon and Jasper Milvain.


      Sunday 4th September

      New Grub Street
      Radio 4 15:00 Edwin Reardon's struggles as a serious novelist have created a rift between himself and his wife Amy. Meanwhile Jasper Milvain seems drawn to the bookish Marian Yule. 2/2

      The Physicists
      Radio 3 23:00 Samantha Bond stars as a psychiatrist in this classic European farce by Friedrich Dürrenmatt about three theoretical physicists who believe they are Einstein, Newton and Möbius.


      Monday 5th September

      Pepys: After the Fire
      Radio 4 10:45 & 19:45 Mon - Fri As the Great Fire of London in 1666 smoulders, Samuel Pepys remembers the homeless camped out on Moorfields. With Kris Marshall.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week, in 1916, when ambulance driver Dorothie Feilding was the first woman to be awarded a Military Medal, there are some lesser but notable firsts in Folkestone.

      The Electrical Venus
      Radio 4 14:15 May 1749. Grainger's travelling fair has an astonishing new act, care of Sebastian Fox and his 'electrickery' in a play by Julie Mayhew. Hannah John-Kamen and Arthur Hughes star.


      Tuesday 6th September

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Fifth in a nine-part thriller starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. Helen is confined to her hospital bed. 5/9


      Wednesday 7th September

      Hidden Harm[/b]
      Radio 4 14:15 Sam uses an old cassette recorder to make a mix tape but soon the recordings reveal a family driven apart by resentment and alcohol. Starring Tom Brooke. By Natalie Mitchell.


      Thursday 8th September

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Geoff Levine, aka the Slim Reaper, is a pest control technician. All day long he kills rats and other vermin. Until Mystic June tells him something that will alter the rest of his life – what's left of it anyway. 4/6


      Friday 9th September

      The Other Simenon
      Radio 4 14:15 A dramatisation by Ronald Frame of Georges Simenon's novel 'Teddy Bear' about a successful gynaecologist whose infatuation with a young girl throws his life into freefall.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week, in 1916, when ambulance driver Dorothie Feilding was the first woman to be awarded a Military Medal, there are some lesser but notable firsts in Folkestone.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Hidden Harm
      Sam uses an old cassette recorder to make a mix tape but soon the recordings reveal a family driven apart by resentment and alcohol. Starring Tom Brooke. By Natalie Mitchell. :download:


      Saturday 10th September

      True West
      Radio 4 14:30 Sam Shepard's examination of the relationship and rivalry between two brothers - Austin, a screenwriter, and his older, estranged brother, Lee. Starring the Glenister brothers.

      New Grub Street, epsiode 2.
      Radio 4 21:00 New Grub Street, epsiode 2.
      New Grub Street by George Gissing. Dramatised by Christopher Douglas.
      Episode 2
      Edwin Reardon's struggles as a serious novelist have created a rift between himself and his wife Amy. Meanwhile Jasper Milvain seems drawn to the bookish Marian Yule. Radio 4's Ed Reardon and Jaz Milvain are loosely based on characters from this Victorian novel. And in this satiric dramatisation George Gissing is played by Christopher Douglas.
      Director/Producer Gary Brown
      Free schooling, which followed the Education Act of 1807 helped to create a newly literate working class. This created a demand for popular fiction and sensational journalism. Thus a gulf opened up between 'Literature' and the mass market as embodied by writers Edwin Reardon and Jasper Milvain.


      Sunday 11th September

      Tsar - Ivan the Terrible: Absolute Power
      Radio 4 15:00 Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars opens with the story of Ivan IV, better known as Ivan The Terrible. With David Threlfall.

      Macedonia
      Radio 3 21:00 A new play by David Rudkin. With Michael Pennington as Euripides. The playwright is in self-imposed exile when he starts to hear strange voices from a mountainside.


      Monday 12th September

      Just a Girl
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Second series of the drama about a transgender teenager by Mark Davies Markham.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week in 1916 when tanks were deployed for the first time with great optimism, it’s a week of decisive action in Folkestone.

      The Archers
      Radio 4 14:00 Tony can't keep still, and Pat is full of questions.


      Tuesday 13th September

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Helen uncovers disturbing details of a dark and illicit industry. Sixth in a nine-part thriller starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton.


      Wednesday 14th September

      The 56
      Radio 4 14:15 The tragic story of the Bradford City fire told in the words of survivors. 56 people lost their lives on the day the club should have been celebrating winning the championship.


      Thursday 15th September

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Beth's father claims never to have been born. The fifth of six quirky tales about the registering of life's important moments. By Anna Maria Murphy. 5/6


      Friday 16th September

      The Other Simenon
      Radio 4 14:15 A dramatisation by Ronald Frame of Georges Simenon's novel 'The Neighbours'. Emile Jovis's, peace of mind is shattered when he overhears his neighbours' nocturnal conversations. 2/3

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week in 1916 when tanks were deployed for the first time with great optimism, it’s a week of decisive action in Folkestone.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Tsar: Ivan the Terrible
      Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars opens with the story of Ivan IV, better known as Ivan The Terrible. With David Threlfall. :download:


      Saturday 17th September

      The Bargain
      Radio 4 14:30 In 1988, while on a brief visit to London, Mother Teresa met the media tycoon and former MP, Robert Maxwell. This fictional drama imagines what they might have discussed.

      Tsar - Ivan the Terrible: Absolute Power
      Radio 4 21:00 Tsar - Ivan the Terrible: Absolute Power.


      Sunday 18th September

      Tsar - Boris Godunov: Ghosts
      Radio 4 15:00 Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars looks at the Time of Troubles and the reign of Boris Godunov. With Shaun Dooley.

      The House of Bernarda Alba
      Radio 3 21:00 Lorca's final play. Following the death of her second husband Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch, rules over her house and daughters, imposing an eight-year period of mourning. 1/3


      Monday 19th September

      Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri The series exploring the twentieth century through journals and correspondence. George Allen's 1904 diary of his record attempting walk, freely adapted by Stephen Wakelam.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week in 1916 when people began to believe that the latest innovation - tanks, might end the war, the people of Folkestone find new life, new death, and new love.

      Blink
      Radio 4 14:00 Sophie and Jonah are two shy, lonely individuals thrown together in urban London. Their love affair takes a strange and initially contactless route. By Phil Porter.


      Tuesday 20th September

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Helen and her mother are kidnapped. Seventh episode of a major new nine-part conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton.


      Wednesday 21st September

      Greed is Good
      Radio 4 14:15 Following Ireland's recent financial crash, Greed is Good delves into a sector that's constantly inviting you to take what you can get.


      Thursday 22nd September

      Hatch, Match and Dispatch
      Radio 4 14:15 Harper works in a zoo. He is a simple soul but his life is complicated. His wife is desperate for a baby, and his angry dad is a bare knuckle boxer. Then the ground starts to shift - literally. 6/6


      Friday 23rd September

      The Other Simenon
      Radio 4 14:15 A dramatisation by Ronald Frame of Georges Simenon's novel 'The Venice Train' about a man who agrees to deliver a briefcase for a stranger he meets on a train. 3/3

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week in 1916 when people began to believe that the latest innovation - tanks, might end the war, the people of Folkestone find new life, new death, and new love.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Land's End to John O'Groats
      The series exploring the twentieth century through journals and correspondence. George Allen's 1904 diary of his record attempting walk, freely adapted by Stephen Wakelam. :download:


      Saturday 24th September

      The Forsytes Returns
      Radio 4 14:30 Soames Forsyte overhears socialite Marjorie Ferrar gossiping about Fleur and their lives are turned upside down. Jessica Raine Joseph Millson, Jemima Rooper & Alex Macqueen star.

      Tsar - Boris Godunov: Ghosts.
      Radio 4 21:00 Tsar - Boris Godunov: Ghosts.
      By Mike Walker
      "Petty thieves hang, great ones escape." Or so goes the Russian saying.
      Did Boris Godunov have Ivan the Terrible's son killed in order to steal the throne? And what did he do when the murdered boy came back from the dead - leading an army to steal it all back? Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars surveys the Time of Troubles, a period that saw the crown change hands 5 times in just 22 years.
      Director: Sasha Yevtushenko


      Sunday 25th September

      Tsar - Peter the Great: The Gamblers
      Radio 4 15:00 Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars moves on to the accession of Peter the Great, who came to the throne with his half-brother, Ivan, at the age of ten.

      :wegweiser: The Picture of Dorain Gray :wegweiser2:
      Radio 3 21:00 Oscar Wilde's classic drama of vanity and evil in an exciting, luscious production. Starring Jasper Britton, and Maggie Steed. Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett.


      Monday 26th September

      The Forsytes Returns
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Fleur has the law on her side but now London society will have its say in her ongoing feud with fellow bright young thing, Marjorie Ferrar.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 In the week, in 1916, when Lloyd George declared ‘there is no end of the war in sight’, in Folkestone it’s a week of parting, and small miracles.

      Secret Kebabs
      Radio 4 14:00 Dark comedy about a friendship between a relationship counsellor and a kebab shop owner. By Christine Entwisle.


      Tuesday 27th September

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Helen discovers the identity of the boy in the coma. Eighth episode of a major new nine-part conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton.


      Wednesday 28th September

      :spaceball: The Zone :spaceball:
      Radio 4 14:15 Sci-fi crime thriller from BAFTA-winning writer Trevor Preston. Turner is caught in a corrupt world where power lies trading in blood and body parts. Part of Dangerous Visions. 1/2


      Thursday 29th September

      :spaceball: The Zone :spaceball:
      Radio 4 14:15 Sci-fi crime thriller from BAFTA-winning writer Trevor Preston. Turner is trapped in a corrupt world where power lies in trading blood and body parts. Part of Dangerous Visions. 2/2

      The Present Experiment
      Radio 3 18:00 Celebrating seventy years to the hour that the Third Programme was launched, Robin Brooks' fantastical comedy romps through the first hours of the pioneering station's life.


      Friday 30th September

      My Heart in Hiding
      Radio 4 14:15 Schoolgirl Chloe has been in trouble in the past. She still likes to party but now she talks to God and has a radical plan for her future.

      Home Front
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week, in 1916, when Lloyd George declared ‘there is no end of the war in sight’, in Folkestone it’s a week of parting, and small miracles.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: The Present Experiment
      Celebrating seventy years to the hour that the Third Programme was launched, Robin Brooks' fantastical comedy romps through the first hours of the pioneering station's life. :download:


      Saturday 24th September

      The Forsytes Returns
      Radio 4 14:30 Soames fears history will repeat itself, as Fleur rushes headlong towards Jon. Neither of them could guess where it will end. Joseph Millson, Jessica Raine & Jonathan Bailey star.

      Tsar - Peter the Great: The Gamblers
      Radio 4 21:00 Tsar - Peter the Great: The Gamblers
      By Mike Walker
      Moscow, 1682 and clan rivalry forces the accession of two joint tsars: one, Ivan, is feeble-minded and the other is Peter, a child of ten years old. Sophia, their half-sister, proclaims herself regent and in so doing becomes the first woman to rule Russia, with the Streltsy, the tsar's regiment of ruthless musketeers, on her side. But under-estimating Peter as he grows up could prove a dangerous mistake.
      Director Alison Hindell
      In the run-up to the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017, Radio 4's ambitious chronicle of Russian rulers continues. 11 plays, in three seasons, from Ivan the Terrible, contemporary of Elizabeth I, to Russia's current Premier, Vladimir Putin, TSAR continues the full-blooded, 'more is more' tradition established in Plantagenet and The Stuarts for Radio 4.
      Series One takes in the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov and Peter The Great.
      Series Two (Spring 2017) will chronicle the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.
      Series Three (Autumn 2017) takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, the Soviets, and Putin.
      The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.


      Sunday 2nd October

      Tsar - Peter the Great: Queen of Spades
      Radio 4 15:00 As Peter the Great builds his new capital of St Petersburg, he is also in need of a wife. Season 1 of Mike Walker's chronicle of the Tsars ends with Russia's first moderniser.

      Radio Beckett
      Radio 3 21:00 An evening of short radio plays by Samuel Beckett - with Stephen Rea and Ian McKellen, Newly recorded in binaural sound as part of Radio 3’s 70th season.


      Monday 3rd October

      Writing the Century - Stannington
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Drama series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and letters. TB Nurse Marjorie Wilson's memoirs from 1950's Stannington Sanatorium dramatised by Margaret Wilkinson.

      Euston to Whitechapel
      Radio 4 14:00 London taxi driver Marshall and paramedic Corinne both make life and death journeys across London in this moving real-time drama. Starring Matthew Marsh and Julia Ford.


      Tuesday 4th October

      Tracks
      Radio 4 14:15 Helen and Freddy head to China to find the secret of ‘life without end’. Final episode of the conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton.


      Wednesday 5th October

      Comment is Free
      Radio 4 14:15 A national storm is raging. It's getting ugly. Starring Rachael Stirling & Tobias Menzies.

      Little Lifetimes
      Radio 4 23:00 Imelda Staunton stars in Jenny Eclair's series about women behaving badly; today Penny takes looking after her boss too far.


      Thursday 6th October

      Journey to Pakistan
      Radio 4 14:15 Based on a true story, Samina Baig’s new play is about Peter, a fashion designer, who embarks on a journey to find his roots.


      Friday 7th October

      Julie
      Radio 4 14:15 Based on the true story of Operation Julie. In 1977 police swooped on an isolated farm house in Wales from where a large proportion of the world's LSD originated.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Writing the Century: Stannington
      Drama series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and letters. TB Nurse Marjorie Wilson's memoirs from 1950s Stannington Sanatorium dramatised by Margaret Wilkinson. :download:


      Saturday 8th October

      Meet James McLevy
      Radio 4 14:30 How it all began - a remake of the first episode of the Victorian detective drama featuring Inspector James McLevy - which first aired on Radio 4 in 1999. Starring Brian Cox.

      Tsar - Peter the Great: Queen of Spades
      Radio 4 21:00 Tsar - Peter the Great: Queen of Spades
      By Mike Walker
      Peter the Great returns from a grand tour of Europe full of ideas of modernisation. Distracted with the building of his new capital of St Petersburg, and the passion of Catherine, the only woman to meet his match, he ignores his opponents who don't want to be dragged into the eighteenth century. But when his own son Alexei declares his colours, Peter is forced to take action.
      Director Alison Hindell.


      Sunday 9th October

      Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent
      Radio 4 15:00 When an agent for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil war arrives in England on a mission to buy coal he finds himself a hunted man, implicated in murder. 1/2

      The Visa Affair
      Radio 3 21:00 In 1965 Joe Orton visits the American Embassy in London. He is immediately caught up in a Kafkaesque world of oppression and paranoia.


      Monday 10th October

      Intensive Care
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Cath and Nick have a fractious forty year-old marriage. Then one day their 'normal' comes to an end as Cath experiences a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage.

      McLevy
      Radio 4 14:00 New series. Victorian detective drama, starring Brian Cox. Episode one: A Matter Of Balance. A high-wire circus artiste receives a death threat. Written by David Ashton.


      Tuesday 11th October

      McLevy
      Radio 4 14:15 Victorian detective drama starring Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond. Episode two: A Man Of Honour. Mulholland is challenged to a duel.


      Wednesday 12th October

      Man at the Helm
      Radio 4 11:30 Amanda Whittington’s adaptation of Nina Stibbe’s comic novel set in 1970s Leicestershire. Elizabeth falls for local handyman Charlie Bates because he looks like Frank Sinatra. 2/4

      McLevy
      Radio 4 14:15 Victorian detective drama starring Brian Cox as Inspector James McLevy. Episode three: He Who Waits. The opening of the new Leith docks attracts bigwigs and saboteurs.

      Little Lifetimes
      Radio 4 23:00 Josie Lawrence stars in Jenny Eclair's series about women on the verge of a breakdown; today Hannah's mum unearths some secrets in her daughter's recently vacated room.


      Thursday 13th October

      McLevy
      Radio 4 14:15 Victorian detective drama starring Brian Cox. Episode four: The Last Goodbye. The new docks in Leith threaten to change McLevy’s life forever.


      Friday 14th October

      The Basin
      Radio 4 14:15 Drama about a woman who gives up her career and home to become a Traveller's wife. By Dan Allum. Starring Ellie Kendrick, Joe Sims and Candis Nergaard.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • :sherlock: Drama of the Week: Meet James McLevy :sherlock:
      How it all began - a remake of the first episode of the Victorian detective drama featuring Inspector James McLevy - which first aired on Radio 4 in 1999. Starring Brian Cox. :download:


      Saturday 15th October

      Happy Jack
      Radio 4 14:30 Comedy in John Godber's modern stage classic. A new production with the original 1982 cast (John and Jane Godber), this is the touching story of Liz and Jack's life lived together.

      Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent 1/2.
      Radio 4 21:00 Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent 1/2.
      Dramatised by Nick Perry
      Directed by Sally Avens
      Graham Greene's masterful tale of suspense. When Edgar Dominguez is sent to England on a mission to arrange a supply of coal for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War it seems a straightforward business negotiation; but no sooner does he set foot on English soil than he finds himself a hunted man, with seemingly no one he can trust and implicated in murder.
      Greene wrote The Confidential Agent at the same time as his masterpiece The Power and The Glory. It was written in six weeks in 1938 as England stood on the brink of war, and the story is suffused with paranoia, distrust and urgency. He wrote it as an 'Entertainment' with the hope of getting a film made of the book and therefore providing much needed income for his family, in which he succeeded. A tense thriller where the hero must avoid trap after trap that is set for him haunted by the memory of his dead wife and his own time in prison awaiting execution.


      Sunday 16th October

      Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent
      Radio 4 15:00 When an agent for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil war arrives in England on a mission to buy coal he finds himself a hunted man, implicated in the murder of a young girl. 2/2

      :wegweiser: Vampyre Man :wegweiser2:
      Radio 3 21:00 Joseph O'Connor drama about the friendship between Bram Stoker and his muse, Henry Irving, the inspiration for Count Dracula. Darragh Kelly, Anton Lesser and Amanda Redman star.


      Monday 17th October

      :spaceball: Incredible Women :spaceball:
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front introduce us to the uncannily realistic robot, known simply as 'Astrid'. Featuring Professor Noel Sharkey.

      Leaving
      Radio 4 14:00 During the referendum on EU membership, a dying man adds a codicil to his will - a final wish that threatens to tear his family apart. By Gregory Evans.


      Tuesday 18th October

      Home
      Radio 4 14:15 A fall forces Paul's Dodgson 's 81 year old mum to consider selling the family home. A drama about what makes a home and what happens when it's about to disappear forever.


      Wednesday 19th October

      Man at the Helm
      Radio 4 11:30 Amanda Whittington’s adaptation of Nina Stibbe’s comic novel. The kids begin to wonder if Charlie Bates is man at the helm material and decide the local vet is a better option. 3/4

      The Interrogation
      Radio 4 14:15 The story of Rod, a Premier League footballer who discovers his wealth and fame make no odds in a police station. By Roy Williams, with Kenneth Cranham & Alex Lanipekun. 1/3

      Little Lifetimes
      Radio 4 23:00 Frances Barber stars in Jenny Eclair's series about women behaving badly; Coral is an ageing actress who finally cracks at an audition.


      Thursday 20th October

      The Interrogation
      Radio 4 14:15 The story of Jermaine, a ruthless and amoral young gang member, who Max and Sean find disturbingly keen to confess. 2/3


      Friday 21st October

      The Interrogation
      Radio 4 14:15 The story of Sarah, married into a racist family, who has been holding out against their influence for years. 3/3


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Leaving
      During the referendum on EU membership, a dying man adds a codicil to his will - a final wish that threatens to tear his family apart. By Gregory Evans. :download:


      Saturday 22nd October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:30 Crash. The first episode in the Emile Zola: Money season, inspired by literature’s greatest ever whistle-blower and his epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families. 1/9

      Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent 2/2.
      Radio 4 21:00 Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent 2/2.
      Dramatised by Nick Perry
      Directed by Sally Avens
      Graham Greene's masterful tale of suspense. When Edgar Dominguez is sent to England on a mission to arrange a supply of coal for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War it seems a straightforward business negotiation; but no sooner does he set foot on English soil he finds himself a hunted man, with seemingly no one he can trust and implicated in the murder of a young girl. Determined to avenge her murder and complete his deal Dominguez turns from the hunted to the hunter.
      Greene wrote The Confidential Agent at the same time as his masterpiece The Power and The Glory. It was written in six weeks in 1938 as England stood on the brink of war, and the story is suffused with paranoia, distrust and urgency. He wrote it as an 'Entertainment' with the hope of getting a film made of the book and therefore providing much needed income for his family, in which he succeeded. A tense thriller where the hero must avoid trap after trap that is set for him haunted by the memory of his dead wife and his own time in prison awaiting execution.


      Sunday 23rd October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 15:00 Massacre. In a radical re-imagining of Zola’s classic novel Germinal, the powerful Rougon brothers - Eugene and Aristide - become embroiled in a volatile miners’ strike in North East France, whilst their grandmother plots her escape from the asylum at Tulettes. 2/9

      :wegweiser: Mary Rose :wegweiser2:
      Radio 3 21:00 JM Barrie's haunting play about a sinister Scottish island and a girl who never grows up. With Bill Paterson, Bryony Hannah, James Fleet, Oliver Chris and Pippa Haywood.


      Monday 24th October

      :ninja: The Pillow Book :ninja:
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Robert Forrest’s popular thriller set in 10th century Japan. The death of the Lord Chancellor threatens the security of Shonagon’s position at court.

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:00 Trapped. Etienne Lantier heads back to work determined to find love where revolution has failed. As his great grandmother contemplates the true nature of struggle, Etienne faces a greater reckoning than he could ever have imagined. 3/9


      Tuesday 25th October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:15 Swindle. Set on the Normandy coast, Sidonie takes in her orphaned niece and siphons her considerable inheritance, starring Glenda Jackson, Pippa Heywood and Mathew Horne. 4/9


      Wednesday 26th October

      Man at the Helm
      Radio 4 11:30 Amanda Whittington’s adaptation of Nina Stibbe’s comic novel set in 1970s Leicestershire. Elizabeth has to get a job and is soon having run-ins with the boss. 4/4

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:15 Inheritance. First of a two part drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land. 5/9

      Little Lifetimes
      Radio 4 23:00 Samantha Bond stars in Jenny Eclair's series about women on the verge of a nervous breakdown; Anthea's Christmas round robin makes for very interesting reading.


      Thursday 27th October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:15 Reap. Concluding part of drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land, and the earth takes precedence over humanity. Francoise lies dying on her farm, after being attacked by her cousin and sister, husband and wife, Buteau and Lise. 6/9


      Friday 28th October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:15 Fate. A diplomatic mission has seismic repercussions. Inspired by the work of Emile Zola, written by Oliver Emanuel. 7/9


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • :wegweiser: Drama of the Week: Mary Rose :wegweiser2:
      JM Barrie's haunting play about a sinister Scottish island and a girl who never grows up. With Bill Paterson, Bryony Hannah, James Fleet, Oliver Chris and Pippa Haywood. :download:


      Saturday 29th October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 14:30 Apocalypse. Precipitated in the corridors of power, the war is for ordinary men to fight. Land worker Jean Macquart returns to the army where he makes an unlikely emotional connection with a young soldier under his command. 8/9


      Sunday 30th October

      Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola Season 3 - Money
      Radio 4 15:00 The dramatic climax of the Emile Zola: Money season, inspired by literature’s greatest ever whistle-blower and his epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families. 9/9

      :wegweiser: The Stroma Sessions :wegweiser2:
      Radio 3 21:00 Four musicians disappear whilst recording on the abandoned Scottish island of Stroma. They wanted to make music in a ghost town. It seems they found what they were looking for.


      Monday 31st October

      The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Return of award winning drama series; funny and moving exploration of the challenges and aspirations of a young couple with learning disabilities. Inspired by true stories.

      :sherlock: The Rivals :sherlock:
      Radio 4 14:00 Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals - his protégé Constance Dunlap.

      The Good Listener
      Radio 4 14:15 Inside spy agency GCHQ, agents are busy monitoring delegates of a G20 summit when they discover a sophisticated cyber-attack threatening the National Grid. 1/3


      Tuesday 1st November

      The Good Listener
      Radio 4 14:15 Agents at spy agency GCHQ attempt to find the source of a sophisticated cyber-attack on the UK National Grid before blackouts throw the country into chaos. 2/3


      Wednesday 2nd November

      The Good Listener
      Radio 4 14:15 Henry Morcombe and his GCHQ team discover some unpalatable truths as they get to the source of a devastating cyber-attack on the UK electricity network. 3/3


      Thursday 3rd November

      Desecration
      Radio 4 14:15 Francis Byrne must act fast to encourage resistance and prevent Ireland from becoming a Nazi dominion and a launch-pad for an invasion of Britain.


      Friday 4th November

      :wegweiser: How the Marquis got his Coat Back :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:15 How the Marquis got his Coat Back
      Fans of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman will be thrilled to return to London Below to follow the Marquis de Carabas on his quest to find his coat. Beautiful, mysterious and unique, it disappeared when the Marquis was killed. Now that he is alive again, he needs it backThe Marquis de Carabas has lost his coat - but getting it back brings him face to face with an old enemy and sees him forced to accept help from someone rather close to home.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles
      Return of award-winning drama series; funny and moving exploration of the challenges and aspirations of a young couple with learning disabilities. Inspired by true stories.


      Saturday 5th November

      The Thrill of Love
      Radio 4 14:30 Maxine Peake is Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Amanda Whittington’s hit stage play transfer focuses on the women in Ruth’s final months. Siobhan Finneran also stars.


      Sunday 6th November

      :bunny3: Watership Down :bunny3:
      Radio 4 15:00 Classic fantasy adventure in a new dramatisation by Brian Sibley. Richard Adams' hugely successful tale of a band of rabbits on a dangerous quest to find a safe new home. 1/2

      King Charles III
      Radio 3 21:00 Tim Pigott-Smith stars in Mike Bartlett's Olivier Award winning play. A radio version of Rupert Goold's production seen at the Almeida Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.


      Monday 7th November

      :wegweiser: Jezebel :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Drama adapted from Irene Némirovsky's novella about Gladys Eysenach - an older woman, so obsessed with her lost youth, she will stop at nothing, including murder. Set in 1900s France.

      :sherlock: The Rivals :sherlock:
      Radio 4 14:00 Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals - this time, society detective Martin Hewitt.

      Wide Open Spaces
      Radio 4 14:15 Bittersweet drama by Jane Wainwright about an agoraphobic attempting to travel across London. Starring Paapa Essiedu.


      Tuesday 8th November

      :wegweiser: Flood Minimun :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:15 A young priest confronts a traumatised soldier in a village church – which seems to be haunted. Lee Ingleby and Blake Ritson star in Neil Noon’s intriguing psychological drama.


      Wednesday 9th November

      Michael & Boris: The Two Brexiteers
      Radio 4 14:15 The story of one of the greatest political dramas of the age stars Alistair McGowan as Boris Johnson. Gove and Johnson snatch leadership defeat from the jaws of Brexit victory.


      Thursday 10th November

      Superstar Me
      Radio 4 14:15 Two unlikely travelling companions backpack across Thailand; Mike’s searching for cultural enrichment, Laura’s searching for the perfect selfie. By Jessica Mitic.


      Friday 11th November

      Tommies
      Radio 4 14:15 Based on eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. With Indira Varma and Pippa Nixon.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Tommies Episode 1
      Based on eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. With Indira Varma and Pippa Nixon. :download:


      Saturday 12th November

      The African Queen
      Radio 4 14:30 Samantha Bond and Toby Jones star in a new dramatisation of C.S. Forester’s classic World War One novel set in German Central Africa.

      :bunny3: Watership Down :bunny3:
      Radio 4 21:00 Classic fantasy adventure in a new dramatisation by Brian Sibley. Richard Adams' hugely successful tale of a band of rabbits on a dangerous quest to find a safe new home. 1/2


      [b]Sunday 13th November

      :bunny3: Watership Down :bunny3:
      Radio 4 15:00 Classic fantasy adventure in a new dramatisation by Brian Sibley. Richard Adams' hugely successful tale of a band of rabbits on a dangerous quest to establish a safe new home. 2/2

      Pinter Double Bill
      Radio 3 21:00 Harriet Walter stars in two of Harold Pinter's later stage plays, playing women dealing with profound loss of two very different sorts.


      Monday 14th November

      Children in Need: D for Dexter
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Skye has to make sure Dexter eats a good breakfast, but there's no milk. Again. And Mum hasn't got a pound. So it's cornflakes with water. Again. By Amanda Whittington.

      :sherlock: The Rivals :sherlock:
      Radio 4 14:00 Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals - blind detective Max Carrados. 3/4

      Silk: The Clerks' Room
      Radio 4 14:15 Head Clerk Billy Lamb (Neil Stuke) anticipates that they are on the brink of financial collapse and makes a desperate bid to secure work from an unscrupulous solicitor. 1/3


      Tuesday 15th November

      Silk: The Clerks' Room
      Radio 4 14:15 A rift at Shoe Lane causes prosecution to be pitted against defence, with Billy Lamb and his deputy John Bright vying for control of the clerks' room. 2/3


      Wednesday 16th November

      Silk: The Clerks' Room
      Radio 4 14:15 Time is running out for Billy Lamb as he struggles to save Shoe Lane. With days remaining for him to secure a guaranteed income, his only option is to force the hand of an unscrupulous solicitor. 3/3


      Thursday 17th November

      Red and Blue
      Radio 4 14:15 The first of 3 dramas by Philip Palmer about military consultant Bradley Shoreham. Fierce fighting rages in the Scarlet Mountains as the Red leader languishes in a prison cell. 1/3


      Friday 18th November

      Tommies
      Radio 4 14:15 It is the last day of the Battle of the Somme and Signals Captain Mickey Bliss is back very close to where he started 141 days ago in this story by Jonathan Ruffle.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Children in Need: D for Dexter
      Skye has to make sure Dexter eats a good breakfast, but there's no milk. Again. And Mum hasn't got a pound. So it's cornflakes with water. Again. By Amanda Whittington. :download:


      Saturday 19th November

      :wegweiser: Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:30 Neil Brand's fast-moving version of Robert Louis Stevenson's disturbing tale of a scientist who experiments on himself to release the uncontrollable dark side of his personality.

      :bunny3: Watership Down :bunny3:
      Radio 4 21:00 Classic fantasy adventure in a new dramatisation by Brian Sibley. Richard Adams' hugely successful tale of a band of rabbits on a dangerous quest to establish a safe new home. 2/2

      Between the Ears: Rain
      Radio 3 21:30 Radio 3's 70th anniversary poetry commission written and performed by Alice Oswald, inspired by a rainstorm in Romford Essex on June 23. Listen on headphones for binaural sound .


      [b]Sunday 20th November

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped :pirat1:
      Radio 4 15:00 David Tennant introduces RLS’s gripping adventure story, set in 1751 in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellions. Dramatised by Chris Dolan. 1/2

      The Birthday Party
      Radio 3 21:00 For Radio 3's 70th anniversary season, Drama on 3 presents a new production of The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter's iconic comedy of menace, starring Toby Jones as Stanley.


      Monday 21st November

      Wild Things
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri The transformative Brighton Ladies Sea Swimming Club alters lives. Why does 70 year old Davina force herself to keep swimming? By Charlotte Jones and starring Sheila Reid.

      :sherlock: The Rivals :sherlock:
      Radio 4 14:00 Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals - Professor SFX Van Dusen. 4/4

      Stone
      Radio 4 14:15 Detective series Stone created by Danny Brocklehurst with Hugo Speer as DCI Stone. In Disclosure by Richard Monks, a fire at a school leads Stone to uncover dark truths. 1/5


      Tuesday 22nd November

      The Truth about Anna
      Radio 4 14:15 Two-part thriller set in California. A group of eco-terrorists planning to blow up a dam becomes suspicious of their latest recruit, the mysterious Anna.


      Wednesday 23rd November

      The Truth about Anna
      Radio 4 14:15 Two-part thriller set in California. A group of eco-terrorists planning to blow up a dam becomes suspicious of their latest recruit, the mysterious Anna.


      Thursday 24th November

      Red and Blue
      Radio 4 14:15 Deep in the Arizona desert, a team of British Special Forces are about to embark on an exercise that will test them to the limit. Written by Philip Palmer. 2/3


      Friday 25th November

      Tommies
      Radio 4 14:15 Based on eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. With Indira Varma, Christopher Fox, Faye Castelow and Justin Salinger.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Stone Episode 1
      Detective series Stone created by Danny Brocklehurst with Hugo Speer as DCI Stone. In Disclosure by Richard Monks, a fire at a school leads Stone to uncover dark truths.


      Saturday 26th November

      Born in the DDR
      Radio 4 14:30 Mark Heap and Bryan Dick star in the madcap and improbable true story of how the Stasi licensed a Bruce Springsteen gig in East Berlin, and started something they couldn't stop.

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped :pirat1:
      Radio 4 21:00 David Tennant introduces RLS’s gripping adventure story, set in 1751 in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellions. Dramatised by Chris Dolan. 1/2

      Between the Ears: Tower of Babel
      Radio 3 21:00 A multi-lingual sound collage from international theatre director Robert Wilson, inspired by the story of the Tower of Babel. Winner of Play of the Year 2016 in Germany.


      Sunday 27th November

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped :pirat1:
      Radio 4 15:00 Stevenson’s gripping adventure story, dramatised by Chris Dolan. After the murder of the Red Fox, Alan and David are pursued through the Highlands. 2/2



      Monday 28th November

      :pcmr: Gudrun's Saga :pcmr:
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

      Cooking in a Bedsitter
      Radio 4 11:30 Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's new comedy, set in a 1960s' bedsitter, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Trisha embarks on bedsit life.

      Stone
      Radio 4 14:15 Detective series Stone created by Danny Brocklehurst with Hugo Speer as DCI Stone. In Wishing Well by Alex Ganley and Dan Allum, Stone delves into secrets in a traveller community. 2/5


      Tuesday 29th November

      The Princes and Princesses of Wales
      Radio 4 14:15 Cosmopolitan Cardiff is under attack from the Ancient North as new neighbours descend in a modern tale of stereotypes, language and living together, by Simon Crowther.


      Wednesday 30th November

      Road to Oxford
      Radio 4 14:15 When David gets in to Oxford, it’s everything he and his parents had hoped for – until he goes missing. A drama recorded against the backdrop of the Oxford May Day celebrations.


      Thursday 1st December

      Red and Blue
      Radio 4 14:15 Over lunch in an exclusive private club in 2012, Bradley Shoreham has been invited to discuss how to war game a terror attack on London. Hard-hitting drama by Philip Palmer. 3/3


      Friday 2nd December

      Tommies
      Radio 4 14:15 Based on eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago. With Indira Varma, Avin Shah and Danny Rahim.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • :pcmr: Drama of the Week: Gudrun's Saga :pcmr:
      Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga. :download:


      Saturday 3rd December

      Somewhere in England
      Radio 4 14:30 When the US Army arrived in Britain during World War Two, it came in still-segregated units. When a platoon of black GIs sets up camp near a quiet Yorkshire village, there are far-reaching consequences both for rebellious GI Travis Johnson and local shopkeeper, Joyce.

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped :pirat1:
      Radio 4 21:00 Stevenson’s gripping adventure story, dramatised by Chris Dolan. After the murder of the Red Fox, Alan and David are pursued through the Highlands. 2/2


      Sunday 4th December

      :pirat2: Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas :pirat2:
      Radio 4 15:00 David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants. 1/2

      Autumn Journal
      Radio 3 21:00 Colin Morgan reads Louis MacNeice's poetic testament of life in 1938, written amid the turbulence of the Munich Agreement and preparations for war. Introduced by Colette Bryce.


      Monday 5th December

      Forty Weeks
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Romantic comedy. Sam loves Rose and Rose loves Sam. But when his dad dies Sam gets drunk and accidentally sleeps with Bayley. By Katherine Jakeways.

      Cooking in a Bedsitter
      Radio 4 11:30 Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's new comedy, set in a 1960s' bedsitter, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Today, Trisha is out to impress. 2/4

      Stone
      Radio 4 14:15 Detective series Stone created by Danny Brocklehurst with Hugo Speer as DCI Stone. In Casualties by Martin Jameson, Stone's investigation into a murder hits an unexpected obstacle. 3/5


      Tuesday 6th December

      Promises
      Radio 4 14:15 An auction of promises to save the life of a sick child turns sour when good intentions give way to a clash of egos, and a considerable chunk of the proceeds go missing.


      Wednesday 7th December

      The Bone Orchard
      Radio 4 14:15 In Kate Lock's new play, Kate Fitzgerald stars as a woman whose dark past is about to impact on a father and daughter's relationship. With Leanne Best and Paul Barber.


      Thursday 8th December

      Abdication: The King's Matter
      Radio 4 14:15 Stanley Baldwin and Cosmo Lang are determined that Edward VIII will not turn back the clock and impose his will on the governance of England by marrying Wallis Simpson.


      Friday 9th December

      Abdication: The Crisis of Wallis Simpson
      Radio 4 14:15 Wallis Simpson flees to the south of France to escape the publicity and press intrusion surrounding her impending marriage to Edward VIII.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • Drama of the Week: Forty Weeks
      Romantic comedy. Sam loves Rose and Rose loves Sam. But when his dad dies Sam gets drunk and accidentally sleeps with Bayley. By Katherine Jakeways. :download:


      Saturday 10th December

      :wegweiser: James Bond: Thunderball :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:30 Nail-biting 007 thriller as SPECTRE threatens the Western world. Martin Jarvis directs Toby Stephens, Alfred Molina, Tom Conti, John Sessions, Janie Dee and Janet Montgomery.

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas
      Radio 4 21:00 David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants. 1/2


      Sunday 11th December

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas :pirat1:
      Radio 4 15:00 Starring David Tennant. Three destitute men steal a schooner. They drink the cargo of champagne and try to steal a treasure trove of pearls from a local slave-owning trader. 2/2

      The Tidebreak
      Radio 3 21:00 The Tidebreak is a porous barrier separating the past and present, the dead and the living, sweet water and salt water - and the scene for three linked tales. By David Constantine.


      Monday 12th December

      Writing the Century: The Hanleys
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Writers James and Timmie Hanley write to son Liam as he leaves school and joins National Service in Malta, dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.

      Cooking in a Bedsitter
      Radio 4 11:30 Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's new comedy, set in a 1960s' bedsitter, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Trisha cooks for a double date. 3/4

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 Mon - Fri In the week in 1916 when Germany offered peace terms to the Allies via neutral America, there are new and rekindled alliances in Tynemouth.

      Stone
      Radio 4 14:15 Detective series Stone created by Danny Brocklehurst with Hugo Speer as DCI Stone. In Damage by Vivienne Harvey several deaths within a homeless shelter lead Stone to go undercover


      Tuesday 13th December

      One Night in Lillehammer
      Radio 4 14:15 A Moroccan waiter has been gunned down in the streets of Lillehammer. Has the war on terror arrived in small-town Norway?


      Wednesday 14th December

      Angela: Seven Days to Save Europe
      Radio 4 14:15 Post Brexit, Hugh Costello’s drama imagines the dilemma faced by both the French and the Germans and asks, can or should anything be done to save Europe?


      Thursday 15th December

      How Did I Get Here?
      Radio 4 14:15 Joseph Millson, Raquel Cassidy and Benjamin Whitrow star in Jonathan Myerson's magical family comedy about dementia.


      Friday 16th December

      The Last Submarine Hunter
      Radio 4 14:15 Lucas disappeared in 2014 at the time of a suspected Russian submarine in the Swedish archipelago. An original mystery drama by Sebastian Baczkiewicz with documentary interviews.

      Home Front Omnibus
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week in 1916 when Germany offered peace terms to the Allies via neutral America, there are new and rekindled alliances in Tynemouth.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.
    • :wegweiser: Drama of the Week: The Tidebreak :wegweiser2:
      The Tidebreak is a porous barrier separating the past and present, the dead and the living, sweet water and salt water - and the scene for three linked tales. By David Constantine. :download:


      Saturday 17th December

      :wegweiser: Stardust :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 14:30 Tristran Thorn leaves the sleepy English village of Wall and enters the mysterious land of Faerie in pursuit of a fallen star. Dramatisation of Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust. 1/2

      :pirat1: Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas :pirat1:
      Radio 4 21:00 Starring David Tennant. Three destitute men steal a schooner. They drink the cargo of champagne and try to steal a treasure trove of pearls from a local slave-owning trader. 2/2


      Sunday 18th December

      :wegweiser: Stardust :wegweiser2:
      Radio 4 15:00 Realising the fallen star is in danger from dark forces in the land of Faerie, Tristran sets out to rescue Yvaine before she falls into their clutches. 2/2

      The Home and the World
      Radio 3 21:00 Tanika Gupta updates Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel to a contemporary British Muslim context.


      Monday 19th December

      Northanger Abbey
      Radio 4 10:45 Mon - Fri Jane Austen's satire on the Gothic novel. As Catherine enters society she imagines danger in every encounter with comic results. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes.

      Cooking in a Bedsitter
      Radio 4 11:30 Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's new comedy of Sixties bedsit life, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Trisha takes Deepak to the seaside. 4/4

      Home Front
      Radio 4 12:00 Mon - Fri In the week, in 1916, when debate raged nationally over the treatment of foreign workers, there’s unrest throughout Tyneside.

      :nikoschornstein: Fairytale of New Malden :nikoschornstein:
      Radio 4 14:15 George reluctantly agrees to dress up as Santa for his grandchildren’s school Christmas fair. Festive comedy drama starring Geoffrey Palmer.


      Tuesday 20th December

      Deceit, Desire and the Viking Helmet
      Radio 4 14:15 A surreal and tragi-comic musical love story. Poet and comedian John Hegley uses original music, poetry and limericks in this unusual tale, co-starring Graham Fellowes.


      Wednesday 21st December

      Mercury 13
      Radio 4 14:15 In the 1960s Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb secretly took NASA's gruelling astronaut selection tests but they were never allowed to go into space. Anita Sullivan's drama explores why.


      Thursday 22nd December

      Memories of a Cad
      Radio 4 14:15 Affectionate comedy drama by Roy Smiles about the relationship between Terry Thomas and Richard Briers, starring Martin Jarvis and Alistair McGowan.


      Friday 23rd December

      :nikoschornstein: Midnight at Christmas :nikoschornstein:
      Radio 4 14:15 A magical drama by Elliott Kerrigan. When Matt gets stuck in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, a series of unusual strangers come to his aid. Starring Luke Newberry and Lizzie Roper.

      Home Front Omnibus
      Radio 4 21:00 In the week, in 1916, when debate raged nationally over the treatment of foreign workers, there’s unrest throughout Tyneside.


      Ich denke ununterbrochen daran.