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15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 3

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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We learn whether Sardar Aka has that longed-for son or another daughter.

Over in the Khan household, Akbar Khan is tired of the behaviour of Kashmala, his son's young widow. He and his mother suspect she is teaching in secret and so they develop a plan to keep her busy.

There seems to be good news, though, for Akbar Khan's elder son, Wisal, who is in love with Zarlakhta, the poorest girl in the village.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for the Pashtoon people of this untamed area. It's a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, no electricity and no phone - but hi-tech drones fly overhead.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt
Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey
Sound design by David Chilton
Music by Olivia Thomas
Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole
An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4. Show less


Akbar Khan, the wealthy landowner:
Sagar Arya
Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Durranai, his mother:
Sudha Bhucher
Wisal, his elder son:
Donald Slack
Mashal, his younger son:
Muzz Khan
Kashmala, his daughter-in-law:
Betsabeh Emran
Mewa Gul, the poorest farmer:
Vincent Ibrahim
Bakhtawara, his wife:
Meera Syal
Zarlakhta, her daughter:
Balvinder Sopal
Taza Gul, his son:
Jaz Deol
Liz Rigbey
Liz Rigbey


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