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Stella Street

Series 1

Xmas on Stella Street

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Satirical shorts in which Hollywood comes to Surbiton. John Sessions and Phil Cornwell play retired movie stars, trading gossip and favours across the privet hedges as they tackle life in suburbia. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Actor, writer, raconteur and impressionist John Sessions mixes showbiz stories, intriguing history, extraordinary impressions and fabulous one-liners - all linked to and from him. Show more

Father Brown

Series 5

Episode 3: The Eve of St John

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Period drama series. Father Brown struggles to promote understanding when a group of pagans are suspected of killing one of their own.

Contributors

Director:
Gary Williams
Executive Producer:
Will Trotter
Director of photography:
Andy Clark
Father Brown:
Mark Williams
Mrs McCarthy:
Sorcha Cusack
Inspector Mallory:
Jack Deam
Lillith Lafitte:
Hara Yannas
Reverend Peter Allsworthy:
Oliver Gilbert
Reverend Adam Gillespie:
John Sessions
Selina Crow:
Sally Dexter
Eugene Bone:
Ken Bones
Dione Moon:
Estella Daniels
Sergeant Goodfellow:
John Burton

Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama about Margaret Thatcher's fall from power. As Thatcher prepares for the Lord Mayor's banquet, Geoffrey Howe pens the resignation speech that will seal her fate. Show more

Contributors

Director:
James Kent
Margaret Thatcher:
Lindsay Duncan
John Wakeman:
Roger Allam
Caroline Stephens:
Charlotte Asprey
Sue Mastriforte:
Elizabeth Bennett
Nigel Lawson:
Martin Chamberlain
Alan Clark:
Michael Cochrane
Michael Heseltine:
Oliver Cotton
Gordon Reece:
Alan Cox
Airey Neave:
Dermot Crowley
Cranley Onslow:
Nicholas Day
Norman Lamont:
Julian Firth
Charles Powell:
James Fox
Willie Whitelaw:
Robert Hardy
Tristan Garel Jones:
Guy Henry
Cynthia Crawford:
Jenny Howe
John Gummer:
Ian Hughes
Bernard Ingham:
Philip Jackson
Kenneth Baker:
Paul Jesson
Tim Renton:
Nicholas Jones
Margaret King:
Diana Kent
Douglas Hurd:
Nicholas Le Prevost
Mark Thatcher:
Oliver Le Sueur
Edward Heath:
Nigel Le Vaillant
Queen Elizabeth II:
Rosemary Leach
John Whittingdale:
Christian McKay
Official:
Frank Maguire
John Major:
Michael Maloney
Norman Tebbit:
Roy Marsden
Denis Thatcher:
Ian McDiarmid
William Waldegrave:
Tim McMullan
Kenneth Clarke:
Kevin R McNally
Speaker of the Commons:
George Pensotti
John MacGregor:
Mark Perry
Carol Thatcher:
Olivia Poulet
Malcolm Rifkind:
Nicholas Rowe
Geoffrey Howe:
John Sessions
Peter Morrison:
Rupert Vansittart

Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 months

Biographical comedy drama set in 1940s New York. A wealthy socialite opens herself up to ridicule when she pursues a career in opera, despite being unable to sing. Show more

Contributors

Florence Foster Jenkins:
Meryl Streep
St Clair Bayfield:
Hugh Grant
Cosmé McMoon:
Simon Helberg
Agnes Stark:
Nina Arianda
Carlo Edwards:
David Haig
Arturo Toscanini:
John Kavanagh
Phineas Stark:
Stanley Townsend
John Totten:
Allan Corduner
Earl Wilson:
Christian McKay
Dr Hermann:
John Sessions
Mrs James O'Flaherty:
Maggie Steed
Mrs Oscar Garmunder:
Thelma Barlow
Baroness Le Feyre:
Paola Dionisotti
Orlando Adams:
Carl Davis
Tallulah Bankhead:
Nat Luurtsema

QI XL

Series F

Episode 11: Film

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Panel-based quiz where the aim is to be interesting. Stephen Fry focuses on films and fame with Emma Thompson, David Mitchell, John Sessions and Alan Davies.

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Participant:
Emma Thompson
Participant:
David Mitchell
Participant:
John Sessions
Participant:
Alan Davies
Director:
Ian Lorimer
Producer:
John Lloyd

Drama

Two Pipe Problems

Episode 2: I Love a Lassie

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Sandy is awarded the Freedom of Greenock. He left there at 21 and returns to face threats, a warning and a surprise. Show more

Contributors

Sandy Boyle:
Stanley Baxter
William Parnes:
Richard Briers
Station Assistant:
John Sessions
Train Guard:
Gordon Kennedy
Director:
Marilyn Imrie

Genres

ScreenPlay

Series 8

Episode 6: Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Four

A comic re-creation of the Scottish tour undertaken in 1773 by lexicographer, critic and poet Dr Johnson and his biographer James Boswell. Show more

Contributors

Dr Johnson:
Robbie Coltrane
James Boswell:
John Sessions
Lady MacDonald:
Celia Imrie
Sir Aeneas MacPherson:
Alan David
Lady MacPherson:
Carol MacReady
Director:
John Byrne
Writer:
John Byrne
Producer:
Nick Barton

QI XL

Series J

Episode 8: Jumble

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Stephen Fry looks into a jumble of things that start with the letter 'J'. With Jo Brand, John Sessions, Dara O Briain and Alan Davies.

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Fry
Participant:
Alan Davies
Participant:
Jo Brand
Participant:
John Sessions
Participant:
Dara O Briain
Director:
Ian Lorimer
Producer:
John Lloyd

Gloomsbury

Series 2

Episode 2: Desperate for a Thumbs-Up

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Ginny Fox and DH Lollipop desperately seek literary acclamation for their latest manuscripts, little realising that their greatest critic is Mrs Gosling and her box of matches. Show more

Contributors

Vera Sackcloth-Vest:
Miriam Margolyes
Mrs Ginny Fox:
Alison Steadman
Lionel Fox:
Roger Lloyd Pack
Henry Mickleton:
Jonathan Coy
Venus Traduces:
Morwenna Banks
DH Lollipop:
John Sessions
Mrs Gosling:
Alison Steadman
Producer:
Jamie Rix
Writer:
Sue Limb

Drama

All Mouth and Trousers

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. All Gas and Gaiters writers Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps reveal their struggle to launch the TV sitcom. Stars John Sessions. From April 2016. Show more

Contributors

Young Pauline:
Lily-Fleur Bradbury
Young Edwin:
James Joyce
Frank Muir:
John Sessions
Stuart Allen:
Nicholas Boulton
William Mervyn:
Gareth Williams
Robertson Hare:
Trevor Littledale
Derek Nimmo:
Zeb Soanes
John Barron:
David Collings
Director:
David Blount

Genres

Brand

Drama

Dead Boss

Series 1

Episode 6

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Comedy murder mystery series. Helen is moved to D Wing where she is befriended by white collar criminal Jo. Margaret is determined to make her potential incumbent's life a misery. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Drama

Enid Bagnold - National Velvet

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Young Velvet wins a horse for a shilling, but could she ride him in the Grand National? Stars John Sessions and Alison Steadman. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Comedy drama charting the fight of female factory workers at the Ford Dagenham plant for equal pay. In 1968, one determined factory worker leads her colleagues out on strike. Show more

Contributors

Rita O'Grady:
Sally Hawkins
Albert Passingham:
Bob Hoskins
Eddie O'Grady:
Daniel Mays
Barbara Castle:
Miranda Richardson
Lisa Hopkins:
Rosamund Pike
Robert Tooley:
Richard Schiff
Mr Clarke:
Andrew Lincoln
Monty Taylor:
Kenneth Cranham
Peter Hopkins:
Rupert Graves
Undersecretary:
Miles Jupp
Bartholomew:
Peter-Hugo Daly
Harold Wilson:
John Sessions
Trevor Innes:
Matt King
Director:
Nigel Cole

Formats

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Feature-length comedy inspired by the BBC TV series, a parody of the petty foibles and feuds of celebrity existence. The stars' peace is shattered by criminal boss Vince Crush. Show more

Contributors

Hoffman/Pacino/Pesci/Richard:
John Sessions
Nicholson/Bowie/Jagger/Caine:
Phil Cornwell
Madonna/Cruz/Posh Spice:
Ronni Ancona

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Actor, writer, raconteur and impressionist John Sessions mixes showbiz stories, intriguing history, extraordinary impressions and fabulous one-liners - all linked to and from him. Show more

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Actor, writer, raconteur and impressionist John Sessions mixes showbiz stories, intriguing history, extraordinary impressions and fabulous one-liners - all linked to and from him. Show more

Quanderhorn

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations

A Little Thing Like Chocolate Gates Can't Stop Us

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

Dr Janussen discovers the terrible secret that turned Virginia into a giant broccoli monster. Starring Cassie Layton. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

Professor Quanderhorn:
James Fleet
Brian Nylon:
Ryan Sampson
Dr Gemini Jannussen:
Cassie Layton
Guuuurk:
Kevin Eldon
Troy Quanderhorn:
Freddie Fox
Churchill:
John Sessions
Synthetic Voice:
Rachel Atkins
Mrs Bessie Braddock (MP):
Rachel Atkins
Writer:
Rob Grant

Genres

Quanderhorn

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations

It's Eating My Face

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

England, 1952. Brian Nylon finds time is behaving very oddly. Can Professor Quanderhorn help? Stars Ryan Sampson. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

Professor Quanderhorn:
James Fleet
Brian Nylon:
Ryan Sampson
Dr Gemini Jannussen:
Cassie Layton
Guuuurk:
Kevin Eldon
Troy Quanderhorn:
Freddie Fox
Churchill:
John Sessions
Synthetic Voice:
Rachel Atkins
Writer:
Rob Grant

Genres