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The Goldfinch

Episode 1: Tiny Yellow Bird, Faint beneath a Veil of Dust

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Theo Decker's secure world with his devoted mother is shattered, and life becomes fallible and frightening. In this episode, Theo finds a treasure amid the rubble. Show more

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Episode 2: Ring the Green Bell

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Having survived the museum bombing, Theo must make a new life - and trace the owner of the antique ring. Show more

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Episode 3: A Morphine Lollipop

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Theo finds a new and rare friendship in a dusty old antique shop - and is reunited with the girl with the golden-brown eyes. Show more

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Episode 4: Under a Desert Sky

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The reappearance of his father changes Theo's life again, as he, and the painting, find themselves cast adrift in the harsh light of Las Vegas. Show more

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Episode 5: What Are You Doing Here?

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Las Vegas and under the hapless care of his father, Theo's life becomes increasingly anarchic - only his new friend Boris offers consolation. Show more

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Episode 6: Revolver, Roadside or Roof

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Boris offers Theo a timely warning, when a stranger comes looking for Theo's father. Show more

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Episode 7: I Won't Forget You

Duration: 15 minutes

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

With his father dead, Theo knows he must leave Las Vegas, and Boris, and find his way to New York and the girl with the golden-brown eyes. Show more

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Episode 8: Museum Masterworks Recovered in the Bronx

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The discovery of other lost art fuels Theo's anxiety about 'his' painting. Show more

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Episode 9: I Know About the Museum

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Theo's fraudulent dealings lead him into a murkier art world - and his long-held secret looks suddenly vulnerable to exposure. Show more

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Episode 10: Friend of My Youth

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Boris's unexpected reappearance prompts first joy then anger as he reveals a terrible truth that will shake Theo's world. Show more

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Episode 13: This Is for You

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In a foggy, pre-Christmas Amsterdam, Boris is determined to put The Goldfinch back in Theo's hands, whatever the cost. Show more

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Episode 14: No-One Knows of This Thing Except Us

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Alone in his hotel, with blood on his hands, Theo faces a future without the painting, Boris or freedom. Show more

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Episode 15: Sometimes You Have to Lose to Win

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Loss proves bountiful, as Theo comes to understand what his painting meant and what to take forward into the future. Show more

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Episode 12: Who I Needed to Be With

Duration: 15 minutes

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

An evening with Pippa confirms Theo's feelings, but life is complicated, and Boris offers a way out. Show more