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15 Minute Drama

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Mrs Armitage is encouraged by her husband to talk to a psychiatrist about her desire for more children. Stars Helen McCrory. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

When Jake returns from a shoot in Africa, Mrs Armitage throws a party for his film friends. Stars Helen McCrory and Paul Ready. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Mrs Armitage makes a confession. Classic study of 1960s marriage and motherhood starring Helen McCrory and Paul Ready. Show more

Home Front

13 October 1915 - Kitty Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

Kitty is shocked to discover a whole world she knew nothing about. Show more

Home Front

15 October 1915 - Isabel Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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The Battle of Loos has ended, but it's clear that the war has changed Isabel Graham irrevocably. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 37: 12-16 October 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

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

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Omnibus edition of the epic drama series set in Great War Britain covering a week when the dead seem more present than ever. Show more

Home Front

21 October 1915 - Isabel Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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The Allied fleet bombards the Bulgarian coast, and Isabel and Dorothea have to put aside their differences. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 38: 19-23 October 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

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

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Omnibus edition of Home Front, the epic drama series set in Great War Britain, over a week when crises lead to drastic actions. Show more

Home Front

29 October 1915 - Nancy Parker

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Folkestone is hit by a terrible storm, and Nancy and Dolly seek the high ground of the drawing room. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Mrs Armitage has consented to an abortion and a sterilisation. A study of 1960s marriage starring Helen McCrory and Paul Ready. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Having found out about Jake's affair, Mrs Armitage takes refuge with her former husband. Starring Helen McCrory and Paul Ready. Show more

Home Front

23 September 1915 - Juliet Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Juliet Argent makes an undercover visit. Show more

Home Front

24 September 1915 - Kitty Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Kitty makes a strategic decision to keep her friends close. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 34: 21-25 September 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

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

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Omnibus edition of the epic drama series set in Great War Britain over a week when Folkestone seems to be poisoned by the war. Show more

Home Front

29 September 1915 - Kitty Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Peter Lumley says his first words. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 35: 28 September - 2 October 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

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

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Omnibus edition of the epic drama series set in Great War Britain covering a week that the Wilson family could never have dreamed of. Show more

Home Front

24 March 1915 - Johnnie Marshall

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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A man's job and a woman's honour hang in the balance. Show more

Contributors

Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Alan Lowther:
David Seddon
Cressida Marshall:
Bettrys Jones
Edie Chadwick:
Kathryn Beaumont
Fraser Chadwick:
Edmund Wiseman
Geoffrey Marshall:
Dominic Mafham
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan

Home Front

27 March 1915 - Kitty Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Marshalls loses two of its best female employees. Show more

Contributors

Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Edie Chadwick:
Kathryn Beaumont
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Marion Wardle:
Laura Elphinstone
Ray Wardle:
Scarlet Bell
Stella Wardle:
Ava Bell
Ticket Collector:
Shaun Mason

Classic Serial

Evelyn Waugh - Sword of Honour

Episode 5: Unconditional Surrender

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Guy Crouchback starts to lose his idealism about the war. Waugh's satirical masterpiece stars Paul Ready and Tim Pigott-Smith. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Tim McInnerny
Guy Crouchback:
Paul Ready
Virginia:
Lydia Leonard
Arthur Box-Bender:
Robert Daws
Ian Kilbannock:
Oliver Chris
Kirstie Kilbannock:
Polly Frame
Mr Crouchback:
Sean Murray
Ludovic:
Carl Prekopp
Julia Stitch:
Christine Kavanagh
Everard Spruce:
Harry Jardine
Major Tickeridge:
Michael Bertenshaw
Secretary:
Carys Eleri
Director:
Sally Avens
Adaptor:
Jeremy Front

Home Front

18 March 1915 - Alan Lowther

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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Some particularly mean bullying on the factory floor reveals an extraordinary truth. Show more

Contributors

Alan Lowther:
David Seddon
Edie Chadwick:
Kathryn Beaumont
Fraser Chadwick:
Edmund Wiseman
Geoffrey Marshall:
Dominic Mafham
Johnnie Marshall:
Paul Ready
Kenny Stokoe:
Dean Logan
Lewis Tully:
Gerard McDermott
Marion Wardle:
Laura Elphinstone
Davy Wardle:
Stephen O'Raullian
Paddy Blackshields:
Chris Garner
Wally Woodthorpe:
Kris Deedigan