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Drama on 3

Rosmersholm

Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

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

An adaptation of Ibsen's most complex play, in which a hero surrenders his privileged place in conservative Norwegian society. Can he win out against the status quo? Show more

Contributors

John Rosmer:
Nicholas Farrell
Rebekka West:
Helen Baxendale
Professor Kroll:
Ronald Pickup
Ulrik Brendel:
Karl Johnson
Peder Mortensgaard:
Philip Jackson
Mrs Helseth:
Christine Absolom

Genres

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

Front Row

John Hurt's paintings, The Fool in King Lear, Summer reads for the UK

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sir John Hurt's widow Anwen on the late actor's paintings and drawings; the role of the Fool in King Lear; and recommendations for summer reading for those holidaying in the UK. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Anwen Hurt
Interviewed Guest:
Karl Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Lloyd Hutchinson
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Ditum

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama based on the life of the most important cookery writer of the past century, Elizabeth David, who was an unconventional person with a profound passion for food, life and men. Show more

Contributors

Elizabeth David:
Catherine McCormack
Peter Higgins:
Greg Wise
Norman Douglas:
Karl Johnson
Charles Gibson Cowan:
Kieran O'Brien
Tony David:
Andrew Havill
Writer:
Amanda Coe
Director:
James Kent
Producer:
Leanne Klein

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

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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

Drama on 3

The Oresteia

Episode 1: Agamemnon

Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes

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

Available for years

Part one of Aeschylus's trilogy about murder, revenge and justice. Agamemnon returns home after his victory at Troy and faces his wife's anger for his sacrifice of their daughter. Show more

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
Evelyn Fleming:
Elaine Claxton
Ian Fleming:
Monty d'Inverno

Genres

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

Pilgrim by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

Series 6

Ouldmeadow Jack

Duration: 44 minutes

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

by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Still in search of gold to rescue the people trapped in Hartley's mine, Pilgrim comes to Ouldmeadow where he helps an old friend make a final river trip. Show more

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

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Borstal boy Smith remembers his crimes and plots his future, as he trains for the national cross-country run. Stars Lee Rufford. Show more

Contributors

Governor:
Karl Johnson
Mrs Smith:
Natalie Grady
Water Boy:
Noah Burdett
Bishop:
Tom Vanson
Detective Sergeant:
Graeme Hawley
Mr Lennox:
Michael Thomas
Mrs Lennox:
Barbara Kirby
Magistrate:
David Timson
Taxi Driver:
David Timson
Smith Child:
Millie Binks
Smith Child:
Eve Manning
Director:
Carl Prekopp
Adaptor:
Robert Rigby

Genres

Brand

Drama

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

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 4: The Grindstone

Duration: 45 minutes

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

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

Duration: 1 hour

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

All Parisian society wants to meet the mysterious, and fabulously wealthy Count. Starring Iain Glen, Toby Jones and Paul Rhys. Show more

Contributors

The Count/Edmond Dantes:
Iain Glen
Younger Haydee:
Amber Rose Revah
Baron Danglars:
Toby Jones
Gerard de Villefort:
Paul Rhys
Fernand, Count de Morcerf:
Zubin Varla
Mercedes de Morcerf:
Josette Simon
Heloise de Villefort:
Kate Fleetwood
Abbe Faria:
Richard Johnson
General Noirtier:
Karl Johnson
Hermine Danglars:
Stephanie Racine
Albert de Morcerf:
Will Howard
Jacopo:
Joe Sims
Max Morrell:
Adam Nagaitis
Valentine de Villefort:
Lizzy Watts

Duration: 1 hour

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

The Count unearths a scandal that links two of his remaining enemies. Starring Iain Glen, Toby Jones and Paul Rhys. Show more

Contributors

The Count/Edmond Dantes:
Iain Glen
Mercedes de Morcerf:
Josette Simon
Gerard de Villefort:
Paul Rhys
Heloise de Villefort:
Kate Fleetwood
General Noirtier:
Karl Johnson
Baron Danglars:
Toby Jones
Hermine Danglars:
Stephanie Racine
Fernand de Morcerf:
Zubin Varla
Caderousse:
Ben Crowe
Andrea Cavalcanti:
Will Howard
Madame Lascelles:
Sarah Thom
Bertuccio:
Paul Stonehouse
Valentine de Villefort:
Lizzy Watts
Max Morrell:
Adam Nagaitis
Eugenie Danglars:
Eleanor Crooks
Jacopo:
Joe Sims
Operator:
Robert Blythe