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Silent Witness

Series 21 Episode 1: Moment of Surrender, Part One

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58 minutes Available for 6 months First broadcast:
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The team investigate the death of a man found in a reservoir.

Forensic crime drama series. The team investigate the death of a man found in a reservoir. Nikki and Jack deal with the aftermath of their Mexico trip.

Haunted by her experiences in Mexico, Nikki Alexander struggles to come to terms with life back home. While on leave, she seeks out fellow pathologist Sally Vaughan for support. However, a few days later and troubled by Sally's failure to return her calls, Nikki heads over to her house only to find that it has become a crime scene, and Sally is nowhere to be found. NCA Investigator Guy Bernhard tasks Nikki to help him by employing the chief suspect in Sally's disappearance, pathologist David Cannon, at the Lyell. As a result and to Jack and Clarissa's surprise, Nikki returns to the Lyell early with David in tow. As Jack, Clarissa and Thomas share concerns about Nikki's wellbeing, a body is found in a reservoir, uncovering the mystery of a 16-year-old murder case.

Credits

Dr Nikki Alexander
Emilia Fox
Jack Hodgson
David Caves
Dr Thomas Chamberlain
Richard Lintern
Clarissa Mullery
Liz Carr
David Cannon
Julian Rhind-Tutt
DCI Guy Bernhardt
Alex Macqueen
Suzie Tudor
Lindsey Campbell
Greg Tudor
Maxi Tilyard
Gwen Blair
Kelly Hunter
Sally Vaughan
Emma Fielding
Brian Hawke
David Bamber
Livtar Singh
Adam Henderson-Scott
Emma Singh
Susannah Fielding
Shaaib Singh
Javed Khan
Gary Hadlow
Duncan Pow
DCI Pete Hollis
Peter Sullivan
DC Heidi Bailey
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Anna Lawson
Anna Madeley
Katie Hawke
Natalie Burt
Gemma King
Samantha Baines
Angus Merrick
Fergus O'Donnell
Writer
Ed Whitmore
Producer
Kiaran Murray-Smith
Director
Charles Palmer
Executive Producer
Richard Stokes

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Silent Witness

Series 21 Episode 2: Moment of Surrender, Part Two

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BBC One
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59 minutes Available for 6 months First broadcast:
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Nikki's suspicions about David Cannon are aroused further.

Forensic crime drama series. Nikki's suspicions about David Cannon are aroused further when she discovers blood in the boot of his car.

Nikki's suspicions about David Cannon are aroused further when she discovers blood in the boot of his car. With Thomas's support, she takes samples to process - does it belong to Sally Vaughn?

The uncovering of a family murder from the past shines the spotlight on three people who went to the same school.

Credits

Dr Nikki Alexander
Emilia Fox
Jack Hodgson
David Caves
Dr Thomas Chamberlain
Richard Lintern
Clarissa Mullery
Liz Carr
David Cannon
Julian Rhind-Tutt
DCI Guy Bernhardt
Alex Macqueen
Suzie Tudor
Lindsey Campbell
Greg Tudor
Maxi Tilyard
Sally Vaughan
Emma Fielding
Brian Hawke
David Bamber
Gary Hadlow
Duncan Pow
DCI Pete Hollis
Peter Sullivan
DC Heidi Bailey
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Anna Lawson
Anna Madeley
Katie Hawke
Natalie Burt
Gemma King
Samantha Baines
Angus Merrick
Fergus O'Donnell
Mick Porter
Alan David
Simon Heather
Richard Cant
Young Anna
Lucy Chappell
Young Livtar
Alistair Toovey
Young Gary
James Cooney
Writer
Ed Whitmore
Producer
Kiaran Murray-Smith
Director
Charles Palmer
Executive Producer
Richard Stokes

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Saturday Drama

Lewis Carroll - Alice through the Looking Glass

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1 hour, 30 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Alice's fantastical story collides with Radio 4, as she crashes a giant game of chess.

4 Extra Debut. Alice's fantastical story collides with Radio 4, as she crashes a giant game of chess. With Lauren Mote and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

By Lewis Carroll, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt It's mid-winter, the snow is falling against the window, and Alice is learning how to play chess but then, on a whim, she goes to the mirror and pretends her black kitten is the Red Queen and suddenly everything changes ...

With Jim Al-Khalili, Roger McGough, Jenni Murray, Jane Garvey, Eric Robson, Pippa Greenwood, Peter Donaldson, Kirsty Young, Andrew Marr, Evan Davies, Garry Richardson & Melvyn Bragg.

This dramatisation brings out the intellectual spine of Lewis Carroll's classic story - while losing none of the fun.

When Alice crashes through the looking glass she enters a world set out like a giant chess board and discovers science, maths, poetry, riddles, and wordplay. It is instantly entertaining and tantalizingly offers the listener more than meets the ear.

In this fast-moving and surrealist world, Alice has to decode the bizarre rules of the mirror-world. If Alice can get to The Eighth Square she will be Queen. Lewis Carroll is ever present. He sets out the chess game for Alice, teasing the listener into having an overview of his story and exploring the ideas within it.

On her chess journey Alice will meet the Red & White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum (who might be more familiar than the listener can possibly imagine) and the Red & White Knights. But there's a twist here - Alice will also discover that Radio 4 can be found on the other side of the glass.

Published for Christmas 1871 this story is the mirror image of Alice In Wonderland: the characters are chess pieces instead of cards. It is Winter rather than Summer and time runs backwards. Tim Burton's film was 'inspired' by Lewis Carroll's books but it wasn't Lewis Carroll's book. This is a chance for the Radio 4 listeners to discover the real thing and show them why this classic appeals to philosophers, linguists and chess fans, prefaced Modernism, has provoked a wealth of academic study, and in doing so remind them of the bits they loved in childhood (and the bits they've forgotten).

Mathematician Carroll, prefaced his book with a chess problem. It is claimed the game is a part of a sequence of numbers - that Alice's journey is code - that Carroll was flirting with numerology and esotericism. It is intriguing because Carroll loved number games and puzzles. He was frighteningly clever. He regularly invented things. You could say he was the Mark Zuckerberg of his time.

Credits

Alice
Lauren Mote
Lewis Carroll
Julian Rhind-Tutt
The Red Queen
Carole Boyd
The White Queen
Sally Phillips
Humpty Dumpty
Nicholas Parsons
Tweedledee
Alistair McGowan
Tweedledum
Alistair McGowan
The White Knight
John Rowe
The White King
Robert Blythe
Messenger
Ben Crowe
Guard
Patrick Brennan
Pudding
Stephanie Racine
Writer
Stephen Wyatt

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A Good Read

Julian Rhind-Tutt and Steve Oram

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Actors Julian Rhind-Tutt and Steve Oram talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

Actors Julian Rhind-Tutt and Steve Oram talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert, including an Annie Proulx short story collection and Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck.

Actors Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing, The Hour) and Steve Oram (Sightseers) talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Julian's choice is a collection of Annie Proulx's short stories including Brokeback Mountain. Steve's is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, which has been the subject of fierce debate as to whether it should be taught in schools. Harriett chooses Martin Amis' memoir, Experience.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Credits

Presenter
Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Interviewed Guest
Steve Oram
Producer
Beth O'Dea

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A Good Read

Inside No. 9

Series 1 Episode 1: Sardines

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BBC Two
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30 minutes Available for 4 months First broadcast:
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At an engagement party, a bedroom with old baggage in it has been left unlocked...

Dark comedy. At Rebecca and Jeremy's engagement party, guests arrive to wish the couple well but a bedroom with old baggage in it has been left unlocked...

A season of comedies by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, each one oozing with dark humour and unexpected twists.

It is the day of Rebecca and Jeremy's engagement party, and everyone (well, nearly everyone) has turned up to the old house to wish them well. Except that one of the bedrooms, the one with all the old baggage in it, has been left unlocked...

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1 hour, 35 minutes Available for 5 months First broadcast:
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The heroine races against time to find a relic before it falls into the wrong hands.

Action tale adapted from the popular video game in which the eponymous heroine (Angelina Jolie) races against time to find an ancient relic before it falls into the wrong hands.

Action tale adapted from the popular video game in which the eponymous heroine races against time to find an ancient relic before it falls into the wrong hands. Leaving behind her life of luxury, the highly trained adventurer travels to exotic and dangerous locales, where she battles a variety of fantastical creatures in the knowledge that the fate of mankind rests in her hands.

Merlin

Series 1 Episode 6: A Remedy To Cure All Ills

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44 minutes Available for 6 months First broadcast:
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When the Lady Morgana is struck down with an illness, Gaius is at a loss for a cure.

Fantasy adventure series based on the legend of King Arthur. When the Lady Morgana is struck down with a mysterious illness, Gaius is at a loss for a cure.

The fantasy adventure romp based on the legend of King Arthur continues. When the Lady Morgana is struck down with a mysterious illness, Gaius is at a loss for a cure. Thankfully a new physician, Edwin Muirden, is on hand to bring the King's ward back from the brink.

As the stranger charms his way further into Camelot's court, winning over everyone from Uther to Merlin, Gaius begins to doubt his credentials. Just who is the mysterious newcomer and what does he want with the royal family? Gaius' loyalty and bravery are going to be tested to the limit if he is to find out.

Credits

Voice of the Dragon
John Hurt
Gaius
Richard Wilson
Uther Pendragon
Anthony Head
Merlin
Colin Morgan
Arthur
Bradley James
Gwen
Angel Coulby
Morgana
Katie McGrath
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Michael Cronin
Edwin
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Writer
Julian Jones
Producer
Johnny Capps
Producer
Julian Murphy

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Merlin

Series

Merlin: Series 1

Arena

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes

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1 hour, 29 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Portrait of Delia Derbyshire, the electronic sound pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme.

Docudrama portrait of Delia Derbyshire, the electronic sound pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme tune, that explores the idea that this extraordinary composer herself lived outside of time and space.

Docudrama that explores the life and creative output of Coventry born-Delia Derbyshire – electronic musician, sound pioneer and female outsider in postwar Britain. From 1962 until 1973, she worked at the BBC’s Radiophonic workshop, where she created the iconic Doctor Who theme tune, which remained uncredited in her lifetime.

Delia Derbyshire introduced avant-garde electronic sound to a whole generation through the medium of a children’s teatime television show. Sound was both a refuge for Delia and a haunting manifestation of something darker. Delia was three years old during the Coventry blitz listening to the electronic sounds of the air-raid sirens against a backdrop of her devastated hometown. Delia describes the sound of the ‘all-clear' and air-raid sirens as her first experience of electronic music.

This is a story where sound encapsulates the pain, violence and potential of modernity and positions Delia as tapping into a heightened realm, where her femininity and creativity are unshackled, amplified and set free. This essence in her music invites aggression and control, often unconsciously, from those around her. Her technical and creative brilliance, intuition and integrity is a threat that speaks to the devastating gender power politics of her age and which still persists today.

Delia’s story is told through two archives: the first, a collection of lost works, 267 reels of quarter-inch magnetic tape recordings of Delia’s work found in her attic after her death, the other, her school books, paintings and keepsakes, discovered in her childhood bedroom.

The combined archive, which now resides at Manchester's John Rylands library, is an incredible resource of unfiltered material. Delia’s poetic collages and atmospheric soundscapes reveal themselves as intriguing expressions of her extraordinary inner life. The drama begins with Delia Derbyshire as a time traveller and imagines a visitation where she brings with her fragments, objects and sounds from her past to bring her struggle and vision to life, finding solace in deeply personal soundscapes.

Her struggle with alcoholism, frustrations at her contribution been downplayed in a predominantly male workplace as well as her intense artistic collaborations and life on the fringes of relationships are all explored in the film - all themes that collapse into sound, texture and harmonies. Delia is portrayed through a mix of observation and imagination. No single perspective would be sufficient to gain a true understanding of Delia. The docudrama replaces biography and a biopic style with something more lyrical.

Its playful, psychedelic mix utilises archival materials, interviews with her collaborators and dramatisations while honouring the BBC Radiophonic Workshops arranger-composer's own questing spirit.

This is a life story told through sound, using both Delia’s own pieces of music alongside a soundtrack constructed from samples chosen with musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti from Delia’s attic tapes. It explores the fantasy of a collaboration, an exchange of ideas across eras between two fascinating musicians. It celebrates independence and imagination and looks at how, when that energy is evoked by women and creates a spark, the pattern seen throughout history is that it is often dismissed, ridiculed or downplayed. A cinematic exploration of a legendary musical figure, written and directed by Caroline Catz, who also plays Delia.

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Delia Derbyshire
Caroline Catz
Young Delia Derbyshire
Honor-Ray Caplan-Higgs
Desmond Briscoe
Richard Glover
Radiophonic Workshop Technician
Zacahary Hart
The Men behind Desks
Michael Higgs
David Vorhaus
Tom Meeten
Maddelena Fagandini, Jen, Actor, Mary Wollstonecraft
Saskia Reeves
Brian Hodgson
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Producer
Andrew Starke
Director
Caroline Catz

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Arena

Drama

Rumpole Rumpole for the Prosecution

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44 minutes Available for 17 days First broadcast:
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Horace Rumpole's client asks him to do something he has always sworn he will not do.

Horace Rumpole's client asks him to do something he has always sworn he will not do - appear for the prosecution.

Horace Rumpole's client asks him to do something he's always sworn he will not do - appear for the prosecution. It's a case where the injured party is dead and cannot speak for herself.

There's a piece of evidence that just doesn't add up and a literary reference which only Rumpole recognises as a clue.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

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Drama

Series

Drama: Rumpole

Drama

Rumpole Rumpole and The Quacks

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44 minutes Available for 24 days First broadcast:
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It is 1966, and Rumpole meets an admirable doctor who unexpectedly needs his help.

It is 1966, and Rumpole meets a doctor who, unexpectedly accused of unprofessional conduct, needs his help.

It's 1966, and Rumpole meets a delightful, wise and kindly Asian Doctor who, unexpectedly accused of unprofessional conduct, needs his help.

The case involves both Rumpole and Phyllid, Rumpole's dear friend and his "Portia of the Chambers", as they learn about the shadowy behaviour of some unscrupulous drug companies and the correct way to diagnose glandular fever.

Their friendship also becomes just a tad more ambiguous as both their marriages prove irksome.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

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Brand

Drama

Series

Drama: Rumpole

Drama

Rumpole Rumpole and The Way Through the Woods

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44 minutes Available for 10 days First broadcast:
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Rumpole discovers he is a dog lover at heart and defends a man who insists he is guilty.

Rumpole is surprised when he discovers he is a dog lover at heart - and perplexed as he defends a man who insists he is guilty.

Rumpole's surprised when he discovers he's a dog lover at heart - and perplexed as he defends a man who insists he's guilty of murder.

What's more, it's clear to Rumpole that the guilty party is among the hunting fraternity and not among the hunt saboteurs who, in 1966, are making their presence felt and their beliefs known on the hunting fields of Britain.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

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Drama

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Drama: Rumpole
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