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Duration: 57 minutes

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

Writing and performing trio The Penny Dreadfuls' comedic take on Cervantes' classic tome, starring Sylvester McCoy as Don Quixote. Written by David Reed. Show more

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Drama on 3

Fathers and Sons by Brian Friel

Duration: 2 hours, 12 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres direct Fathers and Sons by Brian Friel, a dynamic dramatisation of Turgenev's novel. Show more

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Nikolai Kirsanov:
James Fleet
Vassily Bazarov:
Charles Dance
Princess Olga:
Julia McKenzie
Anna Sergeevna:
Lisa Dillon
Fenichka:
Lucy Phelps
Prokofyich and Timofeich:
Nigel Anthony
Producer:
Martin Jarvis

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The Penny Dreadfuls

Hereward the Wake

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

The comedy trio tell the story of one of England's forgotten heroes, Hereward the Wake, responsible for leading the fight against the occupation of William the Conqueror. Show more

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Hereward:
Thom Tuck
William the Conqueror:
Humphrey Ker
Leofwine:
Humphrey Ker
Thorkell:
Humphrey Ker
Frederick:
David Reed
Asketil:
David Reed
Thurstan:
David Reed
Writer:
David Reed

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Drama

Ben Lewis - Tiny

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Quirky comedy about a teenager who becomes an internet star because of his nightly good-news webcasts. With Joshua Jenkins, Julia McKenzie, Mark Heap. Show more

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Drama

The Penny Dreadfuls

The Curse of the Beagle

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for years

The Penny Dreadfuls take on a comedic exploration of Charles Darwin's adventures aboard the HMS Beagle. Starring Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck with Margaret Cabourn-Smith. Show more

Drama

True West

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Sam Shepard's fiery examination of the relationship and rivalry between two brothers - screenwriter Austin and older, estranged brother Lee. Starring Philip and Robert Glenister. Show more

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Drama

The Penny Dreadfuls

Le Carré on Spying

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Comedy drama from sketch trio The Penny Dreadfuls that takes listeners on a John le Carré-style romp through 1960s Berlin. Starring Mark Heap and Miles Jupp. Show more

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Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for years

Comic trio Penny Dreadfuls tackle Homer's tale of Odysseus's epic journey home from the Trojan Wars and his incredible adventures en route. Starring Peep Show's Robert Webb. Show more

Gold Digger

Series 1

Her Love

Duration: 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Julia is reeling from the revelations about Benjamin's past. But the future is up to her.

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Julia Day:
Julia Ormond
Benjamin Greene:
Ben Barnes
Kieran:
David Leon
Patrick Day:
Sebastian Armesto
Della Day:
Jemima Rooper
Hazel Day:
Julia McKenzie
Director:
David Evans
Producer:
Ani Kevork
Production Company:
Mainstreet Pictures Ltd

Duration: 28 minutes

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

From an unusual memorial to household repairs – an all-star cast share a hilarious view of us all. With Roger Allam. From 2015. Show more

Gold Digger

Series 1

Her Boy

Duration: 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Julia and Benjamin meet by chance and start dating. When Julia introduces him to her grown-up children, they question if Benjamin's intentions are financially motivated.

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Julia Day:
Julia Ormond
Benjamin Greene:
Ben Barnes
Patrick Day:
Sebastian Armesto
Della Day:
Jemima Rooper
Hazel Day:
Julia McKenzie
Producer:
Ani Kevork
Production Company:
Mainstreet Pictures Ltd

Cranford

Series 1

Episode 1: June 1842

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama that brings together the lives of the people of Cranford. With the arrival of new residents and a new doctor, the women of the town sparkle with anticipation. Show more

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Miss Matty Jenkyns:
Judi Dench
Miss Deborah Jenkyns:
Eileen Atkins
Lady Ludlow:
Francesca Annis
Miss Pole:
Imelda Staunton
Mrs Forrester:
Julia McKenzie
Jessie Brown:
Julia Sawalha
Sir Charles Maulver:
Greg Wise
Mrs Jamieson:
Barbara Flynn
Miss Tomkinson:
Deborah Findlay
Dr Frank Harrison:
Simon Woods
Reverend Hutton:
Alex Jennings
Captain Brown:
Jim Carter
Miss Galindo:
Emma Fielding
Mary Smith:
Lisa Dillon
Sophy Hutton:
Kimberley Nixon
Jem Hearne:
Andrew Buchan
Dr Morgan:
John Bowe
Harry Gregson:
Alex Etel
Director:
Simon Curtis

Cranford

Series 1

Episode 2: August 1842

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The past returns to haunt the present; a visitor brings joy and hope to Jessie Brown; and Mr Carter oversees preparations for Lady Ludlow's garden party. Show more

Contributors

Miss Matty Jenkyns:
Judi Dench
Miss Deborah Jenkyns:
Eileen Atkins
Mr Holbrook:
Michael Gambon
Lady Ludlow:
Francesca Annis
Miss Pole:
Imelda Staunton
Mrs Forrester:
Julia McKenzie
Jessie Brown:
Julia Sawalha
Sir Charles Maulver:
Greg Wise
Mrs Jamieson:
Barbara Flynn
Miss Tomkinson:
Deborah Findlay
Dr Harrison:
Simon Woods
Reverend Hutton:
Alex Jennings
Captain Brown:
Jim Carter
Miss Galindo:
Emma Fielding
Mary Smith:
Lisa Dillon
Sophy Hutton:
Kimberley Nixon
Dr Morgan:
John Bowe
Job Gregson:
Dean Lennox Kelly
Major Gordon:
Alistair Petrie
Harry Gregson:
Alex Etel
Mrs Johnson:
Debra Gillett
Caroline Tomkinson:
Selina Griffiths
Clara Smith:
Finty Williams
Bella Gregson:
Emma Lowndes
Lizzie Hutton:
Rosie Byrne
Helen Hutton:
Hester Odgers
Walter Hutton:
Haydon Downing
Malachi Gregson:
Andrew Byrne
Director:
Simon Curtis

Cranford

Series 1

Episode 3: November 1842

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama series. A theft from the doctor's house and an attack on Mr Johnson cause panic. Miss Pole resorts to desperate measures to safeguard her treasures. Show more

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Miss Matty Jenkyns:
Judi Dench
Mr Holbrook:
Michael Gambon
Lady Ludlow:
Francesca Annis
Miss Pole:
Imelda Staunton
Mrs Forrester:
Julia McKenzie
Jessie Brown:
Julia Sawalha
Sir Charles Maulver:
Greg Wise
Miss Jamieson:
Barbara Flynn
Miss Tomkinson:
Deborah Findlay
Dr Harrison:
Simon Woods
Reverend Hutton:
Alex Jennings
Captain Brown:
Jim Carter
Miss Galindo:
Emma Fielding
Mary Smith:
Lisa Dillon
Sophy Hutton:
Kimberley Nixon
Jem Hearne:
Andrew Buchan
Dr Morgan:
John Bowe
Job Gregson:
Dean Lennox Kelly
Harry Gregson:
Alex Etel
Jack Marshland:
Joseph McFadden
Caroline Tomkinson:
Selina Griffiths
Mrs Johnson:
Debra Gillett
Bella Gregson:
Emma Lowndes
Helen Hutton:
Hester Odgers
Lizzie Hutton:
Rosy Byrne
Farmer Graves:
Andrew Westfield
Malachi Gregson:
Andrew Byrne
Director:
Simon Curtis

Cranford

Series 1

Episode 4: April 1843

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

An ambiguous conversation between Miss Tompkinson and the young doctor sets in motion a disastrous chain of events. Show more

Contributors

Miss Matty Jenkyns:
Judi Dench
Lady Ludlow:
Francesca Annis
Miss Pole:
Imelda Staunton
Mrs Forrester:
Julia McKenzie
Jessie Brown:
Julia Sawalha
Mrs Jamieson:
Barbara Flynn
Miss Tomkinson:
Deborah Findlay
Dr Harrison:
Simon Woods
Reverend Hutton:
Alex Jennings
Captain Brown:
Jim Carter
Miss Galindo:
Emma Fielding
Mary Smith:
Lisa Dillon
Sophy Hutton:
Kimberley Nixon
Jem Hearne:
Andrew Buchan
Dr Morgan:
John Bowe
Job Gregson:
Dean Lennox Kelly
Harry Gregson:
Alex Etel
Jack Marshland:
Joseph McFadden
Caroline Tomkinson:
Selina Griffiths
Mrs Johnson:
Debra Gillett
Bella Gregson:
Emma Lowndes
Lizzie Hutton:
Rosy Byrne
Helen Hutton:
Hester Odgers
Auctioneer:
Rod Arthur
Asst Auctioneer:
Adam Henderson Scott
Director:
Simon Curtis

Cranford

Series 1

Episode 5: May 1843

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama series. Dr Harrison finds his reputation ruined and his courtship destroyed. Miss Matty receives devastating news, but the ladies of Cranford rally to help. Show more

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Miss Matty Jenkyns:
Judi Dench
Lady Ludlow:
Francesca Annis
Miss Pole:
Imelda Staunton
Mrs Forrester:
Julia McKenzie
Peter Jenkyns:
Martin Shaw
Jessie Brown:
Julia Sawalha
Mrs Jamieson:
Barbara Flynn
Miss Tomkinson:
Deborah Findlay
Dr Harrison:
Simon Woods
Reverend Hutton:
Alex Jennings
Captain Brown:
Jim Carter
Miss Galindo:
Emma Fielding
Mary Smith:
Lisa Dillon
Sophy Hutton:
Kimberley Nixon
Jem Hearne:
Andrew Buchan
Dr Morgan:
John Bowe
Major Gordon:
Alistair Petrie
Harry Gregson:
Alex Etel
Jack Marshland:
Joseph McFadden
Caroline Tomkinson:
Selina Griffiths
Mrs Johnson:
Debra Gillett
Mr Goddard:
Andy Rashleigh
Lizzie Hutton:
Rosy Byrne
Helen Hutton:
Hester Odgers
Director:
Simon Curtis

The Stories

The Easter Lilies

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Julia McKenzie reads Jane Gardam's classic story in which a spinster dreams of adorning her suburban church with the wild lilies of her time in Malta, with unexpected results... Show more

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Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Self-styled 'old battleaxe' Barbara befriends new fellow teacher, Sheba, but feels betrayed when the younger woman has an affair with an underage pupil. Starring Judi Dench. Show more

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Barbara Covett:
Judi Dench
Sheba Hart:
Cate Blanchett
Director:
Richard Eyre
Richard Hart:
Bill Nighy
Ted Mawson:
Tom Georgeson
Sandy Pabblem:
Michael Maloney
Sue Hodge:
Joanna Scanlan
Bill Rumer:
Shaun Parkes
Steven Connolly:
Andrew Simpson
Brian Bangs:
Phil Davis
Polly Hart:
Juno Temple
Ben Hart:
Max Lewis
Sheba's Mother:
Jill Baker

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Original British Dramatists 2015

A Thing Inside a Thing Inside a Thing

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Original British Dramatists: An elderly lady works inside a giant machine on the outskirts of the solar system. Written by Iain AJ Ross, a finalist in the BBC Writer's Prize. Show more