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Drama on 3

King Lear

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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

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When better than now to make a drama about 'the division of the kingdom'? Shakespeare's great tragedy headed by Ian McDiarmid as Lear and Bill Paterson as Gloucester. Show more

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Drama on 3

Artist Descending a Staircase

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

A radio production of Tom Stoppard's comic tragedy about the meaning and purpose of life and art, starring Derek Jacobi and Ian McDiarmid. Show more

Contributors

Martello (older):
Geoffrey Whitehead
Beauchamp (older):
Derek Jacobi
Donner (older):
Ian McDiarmid
Beauchamp:
Blake Ritson
Director:
Gordon House

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Book of the Week

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Episode 1: The Theatre

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a royal family hungry for new entertainment while the threats of plague, insurrection and rebellion threatened English society. Show more

Book of the Week

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Episode 2: The Gunpowder Plot

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The impact of the Gunpowder Plot of late 1605 has implications not only for the monarchy and aristocracy but also for the work of contemporary playwrights, including Shakespeare. Show more

Book of the Week

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Episode 3: Plague

Duration: 15 minutes

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

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London. Show more

Book of the Week

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Episode 4: Religion

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The ferment in the country and King James's insistence on an oath of allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Show more

Book of the Week

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Episode 5: Union

Duration: 15 minutes

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

King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved. Show more

Drama

Rachel Joyce - The Man with Wings

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 7

4 Extra Debut. 1947: A war-damaged man's wish to fly changes a village boy's life forever. Stars Niamh Cusack and Tom Goodman-Hill. Show more

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Saturday Drama

Calum's Road

Duration: 1 hour

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

Ian McDiarmid stars in this atmospheric drama based on the true story of a man who built a two-mile road by hand on the Scottish island of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye. Show more

Contributors

Calum MacLeod:
Ian McDiarmid
Lexie MacLeod:
Monica Gibb
Julia MacLeod:
Helen Mackay

Genres

Duration: 1 hour

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

Father Karras is increasingly convinced a 12-year old girl is being possessed and needs an exorcist. Stars Robert Glenister, Alexandra Mathie and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Retired English master Dr Henry Pickerskill has to see off cult leader Faye Hornette, whose shady organization the Constancy wants to take over Haunchurst College. Show more

Contributors

Dr Henry Pickerskill:
Ian McDiarmid
Faye Hornette:
Elaine Cassidy
Oliver Hugh Porter:
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Uncle Cyril:
Mark Heap
Lionel Rogers:
Tony Gardner
Mike Poulson Jabby:
Michael Feast
Chaplain:
Michael Feast
Producer:
Nick Romero

Genres

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy about two con men (Michael Caine and Steve Martin) competing for the same patch on the French Riviera. The first to fleece a glamorous heiress wins the right to stay. Show more

Contributors

Lawrence Jamieson:
Michael Caine
Freddy Benson:
Steve Martin
Janet Colgate:
Glenne Headly
Mrs Reed:
Dana Ivey
Director:
Frank Oz
Actor:
Dana Ivey

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Formats

Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One London

Alma Cullen's First World War drama about the mysterious disappearance of the Sandringham Company at Gallipoli in 1915, a loss which struck at the heart of the establishment.

Contributors

Queen Mary:
Maggie Smith
Sgt. Ted Grimes:
William Ash
Cpt. Frank Beck:
David Jason
Pvt. Davy Croft:
Ben Crompton
Pvt. Chad Batterbee:
Tom Burke
King George V:
David Troughton
2nd Lt. Evelyn Beck:
James Hillier
Rev. Pierrepoint Edwards:
Ian McDiarmid

Drama

Marathon Man

Duration: 1 hour

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

William Goldman's cult thriller about a student, a Nazi dentist and a network of spies. Dramatised by Stephen Keyworth. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Bottle Imp

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A young sailor buys an enchanted bottle that grants its owner's every wish, but soon regrets it. Read by Ian McDiarmid. Show more

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The Bottle Imp

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Returning home to Hawaii, Keawe discovers that the enchanted bottle has begun to work its sinister magic. Read by Ian McDiarmid. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Bottle Imp

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Keawe and Kokua's marriage is overshadowed by the bottle's malign presence. Read by Ian McDiarmid. Show more

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The Bottle Imp

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Free of the bottle's malign influence and newly engaged to be married, Keawe's happiness is unbound... until fate intervenes. Read by Ian McDiarmid. Show more

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The Bottle Imp

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Discovering Kokua's sacrifice, Keawe resolves to save his beloved, no matter what the cost. Conclusion of RL Stevenson's magical tale set in 1880s Hawaii. Read by Ian McDiarmid. Show more

37 Days

Episode 1: One Month in Summer

Duration: 1 hour

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

Drama set just before the start of the First World War. The Foreign Office receives news of an assassination, which the kaiser wants to exploit for his own gain. Show more

Contributors

Sir Edward Grey:
Ian McDiarmid
Kaiser Wilhelm II:
Rainer Sellien
Eyre Crowe:
Nicholas Farrell
Herbert Henry Asquith:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Margot Asquith:
Sinead Cusack
Lord Morley:
Bill Paterson
John Burns:
Kenneth Cranham
Bethmann-Hollweg:
Ludger Pistor
Helmuth Moltke:
Bernhard Schutz
David Lloyd George:
Mark Lewis Jones
Director:
Justin Hardy
Producer:
Susan Horth

Series

37 Days