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Saturday Drama

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Duration: 1 hour

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

1961 Illinois: Two boys, Jim and Will, experience the evil that grips their town when a 'dark carnival' arrives. Stars Theo Gregory. Show more

Contributors

Lightening rod salesman:
Gerard McDermott
Miss Foley:
Barbara Barnes
Dust Witch:
Buffy Davis
Young Miss Foley:
Amelia Clarkson

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Francois Mitterrand kept his private life quiet for most of his career, but he had two families. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In 1984, when president of the EEC, and despite their political differences, Francois Mitterrand went out of his way to befriend 'Dear Mrs Thatcher'. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In 1995 Francois left the presidency after 14 years. Chirac said he bequeathed to France 'a modern, calm democracy'. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Francois Mitterrand was the son of a station master at Angouleme but by the late 1930s, as a student in Paris and with war looming, he had developed a fascination with politics. Show more

Book of the Week

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Tuscaloosa, map-gazing, Paul Theroux meets Lucille, dressed in black silk and a white hat - 'You lost, baby?'. Show more

Book of the Week

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Greensboro, Paul Theroux meets the impressive Rev Eugene Lyles, aged 79, who has his own church, his own barber shop and runs the local diner on Main Street. Show more

Book of the Week

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The author stays at the Blue Shadows Bed and Breakfast in Greensboro and meets its owner, Janet May, aka Miss Cotton Blossom 1949. Show more

Book of the Week

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

At Aiken's steeplechase event Paul Theroux meets well-heeled locals, mainly horse people and cotton baron descendents. Then he visits a hovel, once inhabited by Melvin Johnson. Show more

Book of the Week

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Paul Theroux takes to the back roads of Georgia and Alabama, which smell of sun-heated tar. The fields are full of cotton and the big rivers beckon. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Episode 6: 'He didn't see the fin rise behind him.'

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Will it ever be safe to go back into the water? Henry Goodman continues Peter Benchley's classic novel. Today: Amity's beaches open again for the 4th of July, but Brody is nervous. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Episode 7: 'Sitting and waiting.'

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Will it ever be safe to go back into the water? Henry Goodman continues Peter Benchley's classic novel. Today: Brody, Hooper and Quint set out in search of the shark. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Episode 8: 'It's attacking the boat!'

Duration: 15 minutes

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

We're gonna need a bigger boat! Today: day two of the hunt, and tensions are rising on board the boat. Henry Goodman continues Peter Benchley's bestselling novel. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Episode 9: 'The fish is too much for us.'

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Henry Goodman continues Peter Benchley's iconic novel. Today: against his shipmates' advice, Hooper decides to descend in the diving cage in search of the shark. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Episode 10: 'If it's a fight he wants.'

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Will it ever be safe to go back into the water? Henry Goodman reads the finale of Peter Benchley's novel. Today: Hooper has been killed, but Quint refuses to give up the hunt. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Jonathan Myerson's play traces the first ten days of the 1973 October War, when surprise conflict in the Middle East coincided at the White House with tensions over Watergate. Show more

Contributors

Henry Kissinger:
Henry Goodman
Richard Nixon:
Peter Marinker
Golda Meir:
Sara Kestelman
Simcha Dinitz:
Kerry Shale
Al Haig:
Kerry Shale
Anatoly Dobrynin:
Ewan Bailey
James Schelsinger:
Sam Dale
Jacob Javits:
Sean Baker

Genres

Front Row

Henry Goodman in Volpone, Dear White People, Peter Gelb, The Demon Barbers

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Henry Goodman discusses his role in Ben Jonson's Volpone at the RSC. Satirical film Dear White People is reviewed. Plus New York Met boss Peter Gelb, and the Demon Barbers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Henry Goodman
Interviewed Guest:
Yomi Adegoke
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Gelb
Interviewed Guest:
The Demon Barbers undefined

Drama

Gracey and Me

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Kate returns to South Africa to meet Gracey, the woman she betrayed 25 years ago. Stars Harriet Walter and Jenny Jules. Show more

Contributors

Genres

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Drama