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BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Abelard and Heloise

The letters of Abelard and Heloise, translated by Ranjit Bolt. Read by Lynsey Baxter and Anton Lesser. With the songs of Pierre Abelard. Written in the 12th century, the letters between the ill-starred Abelard and Heloise form some of the most passionate and enduring love correspondence of all time.
Director Peter Kavanagh
BBC Radio 2

Porterhouse Blue

A new series in which
Anton Lesser begins a nine-part reading of Tom Sharpe 's satire set in Cambridge University. 1: The new
Master of Porterhouse threatens a break with tradition, to the horror of the Fellows and the porter-the redoubtable Skullion.
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
BBC Radio 4 FM

Book at Bedtime: Brave New World

Aldous Huxley's enduring tale about cloning, consumerism and chemical abandon, first published in 1932, is read by Anton Lesser.
Abridged in ten parts by Neville Teller. Part 1. Producer Duncan Minshull
BBC Radio 4 FM

Falco: The Silver Pigs

1/4. Anton Lesser brings the Roman detective to life in the first of Lindsey Davis's witty and enthralling adventures. Falco chances upon an illegal trade in precious metal after rescuing a senator's daughter from a kidnap gang.
Dramatised by Mary Cutler.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Book at Bedtime: No Man's Land

nt/5. Brown sits in the restaurant every day waiting for something to happen. Then something does. This rediscovered story by Graham Greene , abridged by Andrew Simpson , involves intrigue, love and microfilm in Cold War Germany. Read by Anton Lesser. Producer Duncan Minshull
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BBC Radio 4 FM

Truckin' Maggie!

by DIANE NEY.
Winner of the 1989 BBC World Service Drama Competition. Withand
Music composed by ALASTAIR WILSON and MARTIN PRICE , played by ROBERT SPENCER and sung by RICHARD WIGMORE. Directed by GORDON HOUSE A BBC World Service Drama production. Stereo
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BBC Radio 4 FM

The Death of Ivan llyich

Anton Lesser stars in Leo Tolstoy 's classic tale of a middle-class man with middle-class aspirations who is forced to re-evaluate his life.
Dramatised by Nicholas Mclnemy. Piano Tim Riley Director Alison Hindell
BBC Radio 4 FM

Fatherland

Anton Lesser stars as the Berlin ' detective called to investigate the suspicious death of a retired one- legged civil servant in John Dryden 's five-part serialisation of the best- selling novel by Robert Harris. I with Graham Padden , Robert Portal , Thomas Copeland , Amanda Walker , Michael Byme , Ian Gelder , Alice Arnold , Trevor Nichols and Ned Sherrin. Director John Dryden
BBC Radio 4 FM

Falco: Venus in Copper

New series 1/6. Anton Lesser returns as ancient Rome s busiest detective. Falco comes face to face with temptation when he is hired to follow a professional bride with a habit of outliving her husbands.
Written by Lindsey Davis , dramatised by Mary Cutler.
Producer Peter Leslie Wild
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Time after Time

The award-winning dramatist Gerry Jones died last year. In a new production of his play, which was first broadcast in 1979, two men enter a nightmare world, trapped in a seemingly endless sequence of events.
Producer/Director Martin Jenkins
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: The Greater Good

Anton Lesser and Lesley Sharp star in Justin Hopper 's drama set in 1915. When chemist Fritz Haber began work on a secret project forthe German military, he caused an irreconcilable rift with his wife Clara, also a chemist, with tragic consequences.
Director Celia de Wolff
BBC Radio 4 FM

Voices from behind the Canvas

2: Olympia. Artist: Edouard Manet. Manet's studio seen from the point of view of one of the lesser characters in his famous nude portrait: the little black cat who sits on the end of Olympia's bed. A short story by Susie Maguire , read by Anton Lesser. For details see yesterday. Producer Julia Butt
BBC Radio 4 FM

Tom Jones: 1: Gentleman, Foundling and Bastard

by Henry Fielding.

Adapted for radio in six parts by Hallam Tennyson.
With Anton Lesser as Tom Jones, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Sophia Western,Clifford Rose as Squire Allworthy, Peter Jeffrey as Squire Western, and Martin Jarvis as Henry Fielding.
In which Squire Allworthy adopts Tom Jones; Bridget Allworthy marries Captain Blifil and bears him a son. And the young Tom falls into the arms of Molly Seagrim, to the distress of Squire Western's daughter Sophia.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Tom Jones: 4: Masques and Milestones

by Henry Fielding.
Adapted for radio in six parts by Hallam Tennyson.
With Anton Lesser as Tom Jones, Kathryn Hurlbult as Sophia Western, Peter Jeffrey as Squire Western, Jill Balcon as Lady Bellaston, Hannah Gordon as Mrs Fitzpatrick, Annette Crosbie as Mrs Waters, and Martin Jarvis as Henry Fielding.
In which Sophia is mistaken for a Jacobite; a Gypsy King metes out his kind of justice; Tom Jones disarms a robber; Lady Bellaston arranges a 'conversation' with Tom; and Tom and Sophia are thwarted in a passionate embrace.
(Martin Jarvis is in "Caught in the Act" at the Garrick Theatre, London)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Kaleidoscope

includes reviews of two new productions of Hamlet with Edward Fox playing the title role at the Young Vic and Anton Lesser in Jonathan Miller 's production at the Warehouse, London; and a collection of essays on writers and politics by Gore Vidal.
Pink Triangle and Yellow Star. Presenter
Christopher Bigsby
Producer Brian BARFIELD
BBC Radio 4 FM

Tom Jones: 6: The Happy Bitches

by Henry Fielding.
The last of six parts adapted for radio by Hallam Tennyson.
With Anton Lesser as Tom Jones, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Sophia Western,
Peter Jeffrey as Squire Western, Sarah Badel as Miss Western, Clifford Rose as Squire Allworthy, Charles Gray as Lord Fellamar, Annette Crosbie as Mrs Waters, and Martin Jarvis as Henry Fielding.
In which Tom Jones languishes in prison; Lord Fellamar may yet marry Sophia; Mrs Waters brings Tom succour; Tom's mother is revealed and everything ends happily.
(Martin Jarvis is in "Caught in the Act" at the Garrick Theatre, London)
BBC Radio 3

Barnes' People III

The Three Visions Last of eight trios by PETER BARNES with Lionel Jeffries Anton Lesser and Robert Stephens
A rare autobiographical work which tells you absolutely nothing about the author. Directed by IAN COTTERELL
BBC Radio 3

Hang Up

by ANTHONY MINGHELLA with Anton Lesser and Juliet Stevenson
Written specially as a ballet score for the London
Contemporary Dance Theatre, Anthony Minghella 's short play of a late-night phone-call between two lovers is a study of lost innocence, deception and treachery.
Directed by ROBERT COOPER BBC Manchester
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BBC Radio 3

Barnes' People III

The Three Visions Last of eight trios by PETER BARNES with Lionel Jeffries , Anton Lesser and Robert Stephens A rare autobiographical work which tells you absolutely nothing about the author. Directed by IAN COTTERELL (R)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Afternoon of a Faun

An impression of Vaslav Nijinsky 's scandalous ballet, in which he danced the faun;
Stephane Mallarme 's erotic poem LApresmidi dun Faune; and Claude Debussy's famous Prélude, composed in 1894, which accompanied them both. Anton Lesser as the Faun/Nijinsky Daniel Massey as Debussy
John Moffatt as Mallarme and Anna Cropper as Romola Nijinsky. Directed by JOHN POWELL Stereo (R)






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