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The Life and Times of Arthur Miller

Episode 1: Beginnings

Duration: 45 minutes

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

New York, 1915. Arthur Miller is born to a prosperous family in the clothing business. But when the stock market crashes, the Millers face ruin. By Mike Walker. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Ed Harris
Arthur Miller:
Ben Feldman
Isidore Miller:
Gregory Itzin
Augusta Miller:
Kate Burton
Kermit Miller:
Matthew Wolf
William Fox:
Andre Sogliuzzo
Young Marxist:
Michael Kirby
Aunt Betty:
Jane Kaczmarek
Mary Slattery:
Devon Sorvari
Director:
Kate McAll

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Drama

The Life and Times of Arthur Miller

Episode 4: Dreams

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Miller is now in his late sixties, and it has been a long time since he had a major success. In Mike Walker's drama, a mysterious young visitor compels him to look back on his life. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Ed Harris
Arthur Miller:
Geoffrey Arend
Inge Morath:
Jane Kaczmarek
Young Arthur Miller:
Ben Feldman
Awards Presenter:
Devon Sorvari
Director:
Kate McAll

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Tsar

3. Alexander II: The People's Will

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 3 months

Twenty years after the serf liberation, Alexander II's benign autocracy fails to quell revolutionary zeal. Stars Joseph Millson. Show more

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Tsar

Tsar

Joseph Stalin: The Last Bolshevik

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Joseph Stalin and the run-up to Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union. Show more

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Tsar

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Brugg, 1230. Duke Rudolf of Habsburg is determined to become Holy Roman Emperor and to found a dynasty. But then a stranger arrives at the Castle of the Hawk as tutor to his son. Show more

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Drama

Mrs Pickwick's Papers

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The roving commissioner for local government, Mrs Joyce Pickwick, gets involved in a rubbish escapade. Stars Annette Badland. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Pickwick:
Annette Badland
Sam Weller:
Susan Wokoma
Tracy Tupman:
Jane Slavin
Gus Snodgrass:
Stephen Critchlow
Scrope:
Sam Dale
Alfie 'Jingle' Bell:
Ian Conningham

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The Stuarts

Charlotte Stuart: The Last Stuart

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Is Charlotte Stuart, illegitimate daughter of Bonnie Prince Charlie, as ruthlessly driven as her Stuart predecessors? Or is she the final tragic victim of the Stuart curse? Show more

Contributors

Charlotte:
Kate O'Flynn
Clementina:
Jessica Turner
Bishop de Rohan:
David Acton
Young Charlotte:
Nishi Malde
Father Crevilli:
Neet Mohan

Tsar

2. Alexander I: Into the Woods

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 3 months

Alexander I, the man who never wanted to be Tsar, but who ended up taking on Napoleon Bonaparte. Starring Joel MacCormack. Show more

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Tsar

Drama

Doing Time: The Last Ballad of Reading Gaol

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Famous as the setting of Oscar Wilde's bleak poem, Reading Gaol has closed after 170 years. Mike Walker's time-shifting drama lays bare its surprising and unsettling history. Show more

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Tsar

Peter the Great: Queen of Spades

Duration: 1 hour

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

As Peter the Great builds his new capital of St Petersburg, he is also in need of a wife. Season 1 of Mike Walker's chronicle of the Tsars ends with Russia's first moderniser. Show more

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The Real George Orwell

Biographical Dramas

Burma

Duration: 44 minutes

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

By Mike Walker. In October 1922, Eric Blair travels to Burma to join the Imperial Police. His experiences in the country will affect him profoundly. With Joseph Millson. Show more

Home Front

21 August 1917 - Ulysses Pilchard

Duration: 11 minutes

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

Available for years

On this day in 1917, British naval forces brought a zeppelin down off the coast of Jutland, while near Folkestone, Dr Pilchard scours the shoreline. Show more

Contributors

Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Chester Matthews:
Samuel James
Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

22 August 1917 - Isabel Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

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

Available for years

On this day in 1917, eleven were killed in a daylight air raid on Dover, where Isabel is due to attend a funeral. Show more

Contributors

Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Alec Poole:
Tom Stuart
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

23 August 1917 - Kitty Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

Available for years

On this day in 1917, it was reported that playwright and former hospital orderly HH Davies had gone missing, while in Folkestone, Kitty seeks to retrieve what she has lost. Show more

Contributors

Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Mashluck:
Tom Lawrence
Adam Wilson:
Billy Kennedy
Peter Lumley:
Bea White
Ralph Winwood:
Nicholas Murchie
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook
Albert Wilson:
Jamie Foreman
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

24 August 1917 - Dennis Monk

Duration: 11 minutes

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

Available for years

On this day in 1917, Italian troops took Mount Santo from the Austro-Hungarian forces, while in Folkestone, Dennis gives his advice away freely. Show more

Contributors

Dennis Monk:
Sam Swann
Horace Woods:
Luke Newberry
Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Ivy Layton:
Lizzy Watts
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

25 August 1917 - Sylvia Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

On this day in 1917, 400,000 Moscow workers went on strike in defiance of the State Conference, while in Folkestone, Sylvia canvasses for support. Show more

Contributors

Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Phillip Sassoon:
Luke Newberry
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

28 August 1917 - Jessie Moore

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

On this day in 1917, severe gales across the country uprooted trees and damaged crops, while in Folkestone, Jessie's mood is bleak. Show more

Contributors

Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Dennis Monk:
Sam Swann
Ivy Layton:
Lizzy Watts
Maisie Harris:
Cassie Layton
Joan Edkins:
Rachel Davies
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els

The Stuarts

William III and Mary II: To Have and To Hold

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Mike Walker's epic chronicle considers the young William of Orange and his strategic marriage to James II's daughter, Mary Stuart. Show more

Contributors

Bentinck:
Jonathan Coy
Young Bentinck:
Finn den Hertog
De Witt:
Sam Dale
Aurelia:
Alex Tregear
Hendrieka:
Rhiannon Neads
James II:
David Acton
John Churchill:
David Hounslow
Director:
Gemma Jenkins

Drama

Top Kill

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Mike Walker. Demands for increased production from an oil well result in a calamitous loss of life and an environmental disaster. Show more

Contributors

Bat Masterson:
Colin Stinton
Karen Louis:
Lorelei King
Charlene:
Laurel Lefkow
Harrison Purcell:
Stuart Milligan
Mike Dos Passos:
John Guerrasio

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Drama

Ruth Rendell - People Don't Do Such Things

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. 1979: Hapless accountant Arthur and wife Gwen's new friendship with Reeve takes a very sinister turn. Stars Reece Shearsmith. Show more