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Drama on 3

Paines Plough at 40

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Paines Plough theatre company, a special event held at the BBC Radio Theatre with new plays by Nick Payne, Robin French and Katie Douglas. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Nick Payne
Marla/Ursula/Rita:
Susan Brown
Voice/Professor/Lou:
Karl Johnson
Karen/Louise/Rose:
Clare Corbett
Richard/George/Gary:
Bryan Dick
Graham/Nathan:
Monty d'Inverno
Director:
James Grieve
Director:
George Perrin

Genres

Drama on 3

The Winter's Tale

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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

Available for years

By William Shakespeare. A story of love, loss and ultimately reconciliation and renewal, with Danny Sapani as King Leontes and Eve Best as his queen, Hermione. Show more

Contributors

Leontes:
Danny Sapani
Hermione:
Eve Best
Polixenes:
Shaun Dooley
Camillo:
Karl Johnson
Shepherd:
Paul Copley
Autolycus:
Tim van Eyken
Florizel:
Will Howard
Mamillius:
Charlie Brand
Archidamus:
Sean Baker
Antigonus:
Brian Protheroe
Clown:
Sam Rix
Cleomenes:
Richard Pepple
First Lady:
Adie Allen
First Lord:
James Lailey
Mariner:
Sargon Yelda
Officer:
Ewan Bailey
Composer:
Tim van Eyken
Director:
David Hunter

Genres

Drama

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

Episode 1: Old Unhappy Far-Off Things

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. It is the 1950s, and young Rumpole defends a man accused of murdering two war heroes. John Mortimer's mystery stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Show more

Contributors

Elder Horace Rumpole:
Timothy West
Young Horace Rumpole:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Simon Jerold:
Ewan Bailey
Hilda Wystan:
Jasmine Hyde
Reggie Proudfoot:
Stephen Critchlow
Bonny Bernard:
Matthew Morgan
Judge Cookson:
Karl Johnson
Lord Jessop:
David Shaw-Parker
Producer:
Marilyn Imrie
Director:
Marilyn Imrie

Drama

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

Episode 2: Alone and Without a Leader

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The accused asks the senior QC to hand over his case to young Horace Rumpole. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West. Show more

Contributors

Elder Horace Rumpole:
Timothy West
Young Horace Rumpole:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Simon Jerold:
Ewan Bailey
Hilda Wystan:
Jasmine Hyde
Reggie Proudfoot:
Stephen Critchlow
Bonny Bernard:
Matthew Morgan
Judge Cookson:
Karl Johnson
Lord Jessop:
David Shaw-Parker
Director:
Marilyn Imrie
Producer:
Marilyn Imrie

Dickensian

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Victorian drama. When Amelia and Arthur Havisham gather to hear the reading of their father's will, their lives are left in turmoil by its unexpected contents. Show more

Contributors

Tim Cratchit:
Zaak Conway
John Bagnet:
Oliver Coopersmith
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Ned Dennehy
Martha Cratchit:
Phoebe Dynevor
Jacob Marley:
Peter Firth
Emily Cratchit:
Jennifer Hennessy
Grandfather:
Karl Johnson
Amelia Havisham:
Tuppence Middleton
Frances Barbary:
Alexandra Moen
Peter Cratchit:
Brenock O'Connor
Mrs Bumble:
Caroline Quentin
Arthur Havisham:
Joseph Quinn
Edward Barbary:
Adrian Rawlins
Mr Bumble:
Richard Ridings
Honoria Barbary:
Sophie Rundle
Bill Sikes:
Mark Stanley
Captain James Hawdon:
Ben Starr
Meriwether Compeyson:
Tom Weston-Jones
Bob Cratchit:
Robert Wilfort
Producer:
David Boulter
Production Company:
Red Planet (Dickens) Limited

Dickensian

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Victorian drama. The news of Jacob Marley's murder filters through the Christmas day celebrations, and Inspector Bucket begins his investigation. Show more

Contributors

Tim Cratchit:
Zaak Conway
John Bagnet:
Oliver Coopersmith
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Ned Dennehy
Mr Venus:
Omid Djalili
Martha Cratchit:
Phoebe Dynevor
Jacob Marley:
Peter Firth
Fanny Biggetywitch:
Ellie Haddington
Emily Cratchit:
Jennifer Hennessy
Grandfather:
Karl Johnson
Amelia Havisham:
Tuppence Middleton
Frances Barbary:
Alexandra Moen
Peter Cratchit:
Brenock O'Connor
Arthur Havisham:
Joseph Quinn
Edward Barbary:
Adrian Rawlins
Inspector Bucket:
Stephen Rea
Honoria Barbary:
Sophie Rundle
Bill Sikes:
Mark Stanley
Captain James Hawdon:
Ben Starr
Meriwether Compeyson:
Tom Weston-Jones
Bob Cratchit:
Robert Wilfort
Producer:
David Boulter
Production Company:
Red Planet (Dickens) Limited

Dickensian

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Victorian drama. Bucket goes to see his old enemy Fagin, convinced he is involved in Marley's murder. Following a lead, he goes after Fagin's henchman Bill Sikes. Show more

Contributors

Ebenezer Scrooge:
Ned Dennehy
Mr Venus:
Omid Djalili
Fanny Biggetywitch:
Ellie Haddington
Grandfather:
Karl Johnson
Amelia Havisham:
Tuppence Middleton
Frances Barbary:
Alexandra Moen
Peter Cratchit:
Brenock O'Connor
Mrs Bumble:
Caroline Quentin
Arthur Havisham:
Joseph Quinn
Edward Barbary:
Adrian Rawlins
Inspector Bucket:
Stephen Rea
Mr Bumble:
Richard Ridings
Sergeant George:
Ukweli Roach
Honoria Barbary:
Sophie Rundle
Bill Sikes:
Mark Stanley
Captain James Hawdon:
Ben Starr
Meriwether Compeyson:
Tom Weston-Jones
Bob Cratchit:
Robert Wilfort
Producer:
David Boulter
Production Company:
Red Planet (Dickens) Limited

Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

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

Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters. Family and state collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and his youngest, Cordelia, are reunited; love reigns, then tragedy descends. Show more

Contributors

Earl of Gloucester:
Jim Broadbent
Cordelia:
Florence Pugh
Earl of Kent:
Jim Carter
Duke of Cornwall:
Tobias Menzies
Duke of Albany:
Anthony Calf
Duke of Burgundy:
Simon Manyonda
King of France:
Chukwudi Iwuji
Lear's Gentleman:
Samuel Valentine
Lieutenant:
Arinze Kene
1st Maid:
Sharon Watts
2nd Maid:
Kaye Brown
French Officer:
Raphael Desprez
Young Captain:
Sam Redford
Sergeant Major:
Liam McKenna
Soldier:
Paul Tinto
Officer (Dover Castle):
Eric Kofi-Abrefa
Stunt coordinator:
Andreas Petrides
Executive Producer:
Colin Callender
Executive Producer:
Sonia Friedman
Executive Producer:
Scott Huff
Director:
Richard Eyre
Production Company:
Playground Television UK Ltd

Atlantis

Series 1

Episode 3: A Boy of No Consequence

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for 2 months

Drama series. Jason's hasty actions have dire consequences, as he and his friends are forced to compete in the perilous sport of bull leaping. Show more

Drama

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities

Episode 4: The Grindstone

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Much against the wishes of his wife, Charles Darnay is determined to travel to Paris to go to the aid of a family retainer who has been imprisoned. With Andrew Scott. Show more

Contributors

Adaptor:
Mike Walker
Charles Dickens:
Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry:
Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross:
Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette:
Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette:
Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay:
Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton:
Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge:
James Lailey
Therese Defarge:
Tracy Wiles
Jerry Cruncher:
Carl Prekopp
Court President:
Paul Moriarty
Ensemble:
Rikki Lawton

Drama

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities

Episode 5: The Substance and the Shadow

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Will it be possible to save Charles Darnay's life? Concluding episode of Mike Walker's dramatisation. Stars Robert Lindsay. Show more

Contributors

Charles Dickens:
Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry:
Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross:
Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette:
Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette:
Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay:
Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton:
Paul Ready
Therese Defarge:
Tracy Wiles
Jerry Cruncher:
Carl Prekopp
Court President:
Paul Moriarty
Young Manette:
Christopher Webster
Young Evremonde:
Adam Billington
Adaptor:
Mike Walker

Drama

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities

Episode 2: The Old Order

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Charles Darnay is on trial for treason, and the dissolute Sydney Carlton is defending him. With Robert Lindsay and Andrew Scott. Show more

Contributors

Adaptor:
Mike Walker
Charles Dickens:
Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry:
Jonathan Coy
Lucie Manette:
Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette:
Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay:
Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton:
Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge:
James Lailey
Therese Defarge:
Tracy Wiles
Marquis St Evremonde:
Clive Merrison
Stryver:
Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher:
Carl Prekopp
Mrs Cruncher:
Adjoa Andoh
Natty Cruncher:
Daniel Cooper
Attorney General:
Paul Moriarty
Composer:
Lennert Busch

Drama

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities

Episode 3: Two Promises

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Two Promises: News of a courtship is exchanged in a Paris wine shop, while in London there is promise of a wedding. With Alison Steadman. Show more

Contributors

Adaptor:
Mike Walker
Charles Dickens:
Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry:
Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross:
Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette:
Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette:
Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay:
Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton:
Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge:
James Lailey
Therese Defarge:
Tracy Wiles
Jerry Cruncher:
Carl Prekopp
Natty Cruncher:
Daniel Cooper
Prison Warder:
Simon Bubb

Drama

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities

Episode 1: Recalled to Life

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

4 Extra Debut. London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. An encounter on the Dover Road, and a message. With Robert Lindsay. Show more

Contributors

Adaptor:
Mike Walker
Charles Dickens:
Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry:
Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross:
Alison Steadman
Lucie Manette:
Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette:
Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay:
Andrew Scott
Ernest Defarge:
James Lailey
Therese Defarge:
Tracy Wiles
Gaspard:
Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher:
Carl Prekopp
Composer:
Lennert Busch

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dramatisation of the landmark Lady Chatterley's Lover obscenity trial of 1960, postulating a fictional love affair between two jurors under the influence of DH Lawrence's words. Show more

Contributors

Jocular Juror:
Gerard Horan
Timid Juror:
David Fairweather
Older Educated Male Juror:
Antony Carrick
Superior Juror:
Paul Antony-Barber
Court Official:
Kenneth Hadley
Gerald Gardiner:
Donald Sumpter
Sir Allen Lane:
Ron Donachie
Clark of the Court:
David Annen
Older Keith:
Kenneth Cranham
Older Helena:
Claire Bloom
Mr Griffith-Jones:
Pip Torrens
Graham Hough:
Shaughan Seymour
Helen Gardiner:
Selina Cadell
Joan Bennett:
Anna Barry
Bishop of Woolwich:
Graham Seed
Richard Hoggart:
David Tennant
Hector Hetherington:
Nicholas Pritchard
Bernadine Wall:
Montserrat Lombard
Director:
James Hawes
Producer:
Karen Lewis

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

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

Larry is an American pianist living in Majorca, where he was drawn by the music of late composer Valerin Lucinski. Larry dreams of organising a concert in honour of his hero. Show more

Contributors

Dickie:
Rhys Ifans
Sebastian Burrows:
Hugh Bonneville
Frankie:
Jena Malone
Narcisco Ortega:
Virgile Bramly
Executive Producer:
David Thompson
Executive Producer:
Duncan Reid
Executive Producer:
Paula Jalfon
Producer:
Ruth Caleb

Genres

Formats

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. A priest is called in when a 12-year-old girl appears to be possessed by an overwhelming demonic force. William Peter Blatty's horror classic. Show more

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: 44 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A comedy about neighbours, architecture, tradition versus modernism and James Bond. Architect Erno Goldfinger struggles to build his modernist dream home. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Erno Goldfinger:
Justin Salinger
Ursula Blackwell:
Melody Grove
Charles:
Karl Johnson
Roland Penrose:
Simon Harrison
Henry Brooke:
David Seddon