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Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid; new Bill Viola installation at St Paul's Cathedral; St Vincent

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang talks to Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid, starring together in Bakersfield Mist; artist Bill Viola on his St Paul's Cathedral installation; and musician St Vincent. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Ellie Bury
Interviewed Guest:
Kathleen Turner
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McDiarmid
Interviewed Guest:
undefined St Vincent
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Viola
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Oakley

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

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

Contributors

Genres

Brand

Drama

Duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes

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

The true story of Colonel Percy Fawcett, who led several expeditions in the Amazon rainforest to discover what he called the Lost City of Z. Show more

Contributors

Nina Fawcett:
Sienna Miller
Henry Costin:
Robert Pattinson
Percy Fawcett:
Charlie Hunnam
Sir George Goldie:
Ian McDiarmid
Sir John Scott Keltie:
Clive Francis
Arthur Manley:
Edward Ashley
Director:
James Gray
Writer:
James Gray

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

Drama on 3

King Lear

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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

Available for years

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

Contributors

Genres

Front Row

Sting, David Bowie's art collection, Mark Haddon, Ian McDiarmid and Chris Hannan

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sting disusses his new album, David Bowie's curator on the musician's art collection, Mark Haddon reads The Pilgrim's Progress, and Ian McDiarmid talks about playing Enoch Powell. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Sting undefined
Interviewed Guest:
Beth Greenacre
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Haddon
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Hannan
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McDiarmid

Front Row

Paul McCartney, The Merchant of Venice, Frames at the National Gallery

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Paul McCartney on creating a song for the video game Destiny, the National Gallery finds a suitable frame for Titian's An Allegory of Prudence, and Ian McDiarmid takes on Shylock. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Sarah Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Paul McCartney
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Schade
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McDiarmid
Interviewed Guest:
Rupert Goold

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

Genres

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

Book at Bedtime

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

Book at Bedtime

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

Book at Bedtime

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

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