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Midnight's Children

Part 1: The Perforated Sheet

Duration: 57 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Aziz:
Meera Syal
Emerald:
Deeivya Meir
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
The Hummingbird:
Sagar Arya
Major Zulfikar:
Ace Bhatti
Ramram Seth:
Sagar Arya
The Girl:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Woman's Hour

Disfigurement, Adoption, Darning

Duration: 45 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

How one woman decided to stop hiding scars on her back, tummy and leg. What's it like adopting a three or four-year old? And Celia Pym, the ninth finalist in our Craft Prize. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sylvia Mac
Interviewed Guest:
John Simmonds
Interviewed Guest:
Beth Neil
Interviewed Guest:
Celia Pym

Midnight's Children

Part 2: The Birth of a Nation

Duration: 15 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem is born on the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, at the exact moment of Partition. Show more

Contributors

Methwold:
Philip Fox
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
The Midwife:
Renu Brindle
Joseph d'Costa:
Ashley Kumar
Harmonium Player:
Kiran Thakrar
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Home Front

15 August 1917 - Juliet Cavendish

Duration: 11 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

On this day in 1917, an increase in wages for women munitions workers was introduced, and Juliet Cavendish finds her working conditions oppressive. Show more

Contributors

Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Connie Marshall:
Darcy Brown
Grace Cavendish:
Grace Doherty
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Dorothea Winwood:
Rachel Shelley
Writer:
Katie Hims

Midnight's Children

Part 3: Snakes and Ladders

Duration: 45 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem grows up in the care of two adoring mothers. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Mrs Ibrahim:
Rina Mahoney
Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 4: All India Radio

Duration: 15 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon, starring Nikesh Patel. Saleem indulges his ability to tune into other people's thoughts. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Evie Burns:
Kerry Gooderson
The Teacher:
Selva Rasalingam
The Shopkeeper:
Abhin Galeya
Midnight’s Child:
Nael Ameen
Midnight’s Child:
Nikita Mehta
Midnight’s Child:
Shiven Shankar
Midnight’s Child:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Shush!

Series 1

Episode 1: Top Shelf

Duration: 30 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Alice and Snoo resort to unconventional means to get people in the library. With Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. From 2015. Show more

Contributors

Simon Neilson:
Ben Willbond
Deaf Action Man:
Gus Brown
Wifi Customer:
Philip Pope
Vikram Seth Customer:
Georgie Fuller
Producer:
David Tyler

Midnight's Children

Part 5: Alpha and Omega

Duration: 45 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Saleem continues to talk telepathically to all the other Midnight's Children. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Homi Catrack:
Kulvinder Ghir
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Lila Sabarmati:
Maya Sondhi
Naseem:
Meera Syal
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 6: How Saleem Achieved Purity

Duration: 58 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Brigadier Iskander:
Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin:
Sagar Arya
Shaheed:
Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant:
Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh:
Silas Carson
Parvati:
Aysha Kala
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
Midnight’s Child:
Ahren Chadha
Midnight’s Child:
Shiven Shankar
Midnight’s Child:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 7: The Shadow of the Mosque

Duration: 57 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances. Show more

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The Hungry Empire

Episode 2: Salt Beef Succotash in New England

Duration: 15 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

The Puritan settlers struggle to recreate the perfect English diet in their new surroundings. Read by Melody Grove. Abridged by Sian Preece. Show more

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