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Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

It is 1992 in Melbourne, and Australia's most wanted criminal, Ziggy Heidl, needs a ghostwriter for his memoir. But he is due to go on trial in 6 weeks. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Kif is a struggling would-be novelist with a pregnant wife and no income. A tempting offer makes it easy to set aside his aspirations to great literature. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Penning the memoir of a criminal celebrity proves frustrating - without any facts. Kif struggles to get Ziggy to divulge reliable information. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Ziggy points out to Kif that being a conman is a bit like being a writer. You tell lies. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Ziggy hints at CIA involvement and maintains the banks want to kill him. Kif is under increasing pressure from the publishers to produce a manuscript. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Kif has returned to Tasmania to write but, panicked by pressure, he turns on his heavily pregnant wife. After a furious row he storms out of the family home, leaving Suzy in tears. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 7

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Kif is unnerved after a huge row with Heidl which reveals he carries a gun. The manuscript is incomplete, the deadline is looming, and Heidl has yet to sign any release form. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 8

Duration: 15 minutes

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

On a wooded hill near Heidl's house, hidden by trees, Kif has watched as Heidl placed the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. Now Kif approaches the motionless body. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Now that the book has been finished, all that remains is for Kif and the editor Pia to select some images to accompany the text. In a conference room, they go through the photos. Show more

Book at Bedtime

First Person

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Now a successful producer of reality TV, Kif's life feels as hollow and morally lost as Heidl's. Lunch with Pia brings back old memories and awkward questions. Show more