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British New Wave

John Osborne - The Author of Himself

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Stephen Wakelam's drama charts the first meeting, on a Thames barge, between John Osborne and George Devine. George has read Look Back in Anger and has come to check Osborne out. Show more

Contributors

John Osborne:
Samuel Barnett
George Devine:
Jonathan Coy
Anthony Creighton:
Harry Livingstone
Tony Richardson:
David Seddon
Director:
David Hunter

Genres

Poetry Please

John Donne

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough is joined by expert Katherine Rundell and actor Samuel Barnett for a special programme featuring the poetry of John Donne. Last in the series. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Rundell
Interviewed Guest:
Samuel Barnett
Producer:
Sally Heaven

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Adolphus Crosbie is determined to enjoy all the pleasures of high society, including the attentions of Lady Alexandrina, during his stay at Courcy Castle. Show more

Saturday Drama

Alan Bennett - Denmark Hill

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Idiosyncratic take on Hamlet seen largely through the eyes of a 15-year old-girl. Narrated by Alan Bennett with Bryony Hannah. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Classic Serial

A Larkin Double

Episode 1: Jill

Duration: 58 minutes

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

John Kemp arrives at Oxford for his first term. Socially awkward and inexperienced, he is attracted by the reckless and dissipated life of his roommate, Christopher Warner. Show more

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset

Dogged

Duration: 1 hour

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

Johnny tries to save Mr Crawley, who has a revelation, and the Archdeacon is struggling with his temper. Stars Samuel Barnett. Show more

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset

Episode 2: Propose, Propose

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Lily's past returns to haunt her, Grace has a difficult letter to write, Johnny makes a new friend and Mr Toogood begins to live up to his name. Show more

Drama

The City of Tomorrow

Duration: 45 minutes

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

A play by poet and writer Glyn Maxwell about the 100-year history of a garden city. Made in collaboration with the British Academy and performed in front of an audience there. Show more

Drama

James Lees-Milne

Episode 1: Sometimes Into the Arms of God

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. As WWII rages, an injured soldier strives to save West Wycombe Park for the National Trust. Starring Tobias Menzies. Show more

Contributors

James Lees-Milne:
Tobias Menzies
Nancy Mitford:
Victoria Hamilton
Eddy Sackville-West:
David Seddon
Cecil Beaton:
Samuel Barnett
Helen Dashwood:
Joanna Brookes
Miss Paterson:
Joanna Brookes
Johnnie Dashwood:
Sean Murray
Haines:
Ben Crowe

Drama

Poorland

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Sean Grundy's satirical take on attitudes towards poverty and the poor. Starring Angela Griffin and Anthony Flanagan. 'Come to Poorland, where every dream is unfulfilled.'. Show more

Contributors

Susan Varley:
Angela Griffin
John Thames:
Anthony Flanagan
Chris Varley:
Faye Castelow
Resus Chambers:
Samuel Barnett
AR Shoals:
David Reed

Genres

Brand

Drama

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

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

Crosbie begins to understand what he’s marrying into as preparations for his wedding move apace. Stars Scarlett Alice Johnston. From January 2015. Show more

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

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

The arrival of the handsome Adolphus Crosbie causes quite a stir at Allington, especially with Lily Dale, who lives at the Small House due to the benevolence of her rich uncle. Show more

The Essay

Decameron Nights: Ten Italian Indelicacies Remixed from Boccaccio

Episode 5: Kind Hearts and Bayonets

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Mithridanes wants to be a wise and generous benefactor, but his neighbour Nathan is always wiser and more generous. How should he deal with this problem? Introduced by Terry Jones. Show more

Twenty Twelve

Series 2

Episode 3: Clarence House

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy series. The future of the Olympic Stadium is decided, and is 'Jubilympics' the best branding solution for linking the Games with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Nick Jowett:
Vincent Franklin
Graham Hitchins:
Karl Theobald
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Fi Healey:
Morven Christie
Daniel Stroud:
Samuel Barnett
Narrator:
David Tennant
Director:
John Morton

Twenty Twelve

Series 2

Episode 4: The Rapper

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy series. Siobhan's team design a major sexual health campaign, complete with a rap song Get it On, which may upset the Catholic competitors.

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Nick Jowett:
Vincent Franklin
Graham Hitchins:
Karl Theobald
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Fi Healey:
Morven Christie
Daniel Stroud:
Samuel Barnett
Narrator:
David Tennant
Producer:
Jon Plowman
Director:
John Morton

Twenty Twelve

Series 2

Episode 5: Catastrophisation

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy series. Thirty two days to go, and it emerges that someone has been caught converting official Olympic starting pistols to fire live rounds. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Fi Healey:
Morven Christie
Nick Jowett:
Vincent Franklin
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Graham Hitchins:
Karl Theobald
Daniel Stroud:
Samuel Barnett
Narrator:
David Tennant
Director:
John Morton
Series Producer:
Paul Schlesinger
Executive Producer:
Jon Plowman
Dave Mills:
Glen Davies
Rachel Crane:
Robin Weaver
Coco lomax:
Sara Pascoe
Barney Lumsden:
Alex Beckett
Karl Marx:
Joel Fry
Brian McLoughlin:
Frankie McCafferty
Scott Coldwell:
Martin McDougall
Ryan Burr:
Bentley Kalu
Security Guard:
Jane Whittenshaw

Twenty Twelve

Series 2

Episode 6: Inclusivity Day

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy series. Having been shot in the foot with a doctored starting pistol, head of deliverance Ian Fletcher discovers that he is also shortly to be without a PA. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Fi Healey:
Morven Christie
Sally Owen:
Olivia Colman
Nick Jowett:
Vincent Franklin
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Graham Hitchins:
Karl Theobald
Daniel Stroud:
Samuel Barnett
Narrator:
David Tennant
Director:
John Morton
Series Producer:
Paul Schlesinger
Executive Producer:
Jon Plowman
Reporter - Sam:
Simon Wilson
Coco Lomax:
Sara Pascoe
Carey Taylor:
Jessica Knappett
Barney Lumsden:
Alex Beckett
Karl Marx:
Joel Fry
Tony Griffiths:
Nicholas Jones

Twenty Twelve

Series 2

Episode 7: Loose Ends

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy series. Ten days left before the Deliverance Team hands over to the Live Team, and newly divorced and soon to be redundant Ian must decide what to do about Sally. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Fi Healey:
Morven Christie
Sally Owen:
Olivia Colman
Nick Jowett:
Vincent Franklin
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Graham Hitchins:
Karl Theobald
Daniel Stroud:
Samuel Barnett
Narrator:
David Tennant
Coco Lomax:
Sara Pascoe
As himself:
Aled Jones
Kevin Thingie:
Martin Marquez

Duration: 1 hour

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

1811: new commander Jack Aubrey sets sail for Australia on HMS Leopard - pursued by a powerful Dutch warship. Stars David Robb. Show more

Contributors

Jack Aubrey:
David Robb
Stephen Maturin:
Richard Dillane
Louisa Wogan:
Teresa Gallagher
Michael Herapath:
Samuel Barnett
Lt Pullings:
David Holt
Barratt Bonden:
Sam Dale
Preserved Killick:
Jon Glover
Sir Joseph Blaine:
Michael Bertenshaw
Peggy Barnes:
Hannah Wood
Josiah Plaice:
Lloyd Thomas
Director:
Bruce Young
Producer:
Bruce Young
Adaptor:
Roger Danes

Duration: 1 hour

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

Jack Aubrey is pursued by a Dutch warship whose 74 guns threaten to blow HMS Leopard out of the water. Starring David Robb. Show more

Contributors

Jack Aubrey:
David Robb
Stephen Maturin:
Richard Dillane
Louisa Wogan:
Teresa Gallagher
Michael Herapath:
Samuel Barnett
Barratt Bonden:
Sam Dale
Preserved Killick:
Jon Glover
Jedediah Wilbey:
Gerard McDermott
Josiah Plaice:
Lloyd Thomas
Sir Joseph Blaine:
Michael Bertenshaw
Director:
Bruce Young
Producer:
Bruce Young
Adaptor:
Roger Danes