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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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Brand

Drama

Drama on 3

Love Is Not New in This Country

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

By Samantha Ellis. The story of how Corinne Jaber staged Love's Labour's Lost in Kabul in 2005. Based on A Night in the Emperor's Garden by Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar. Show more

Friday Drama

Four Trees down from Ponte Sisto

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Twenty-five years ago in Rome, late at night, an American student fell to his death from a wall above the river Tiber. Sharon Charde's poems are a response to her son's death. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Drama on 3

Remorse, or, The Sorrows of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

By Robin Brooks. Drama about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ill-fated friendship with William Wordsworth and his infatuation with Sara Hutchinson. With Alex Waldmann and Tim McInnerny. Show more

Contributors

Coleridge:
Alex Waldmann
William Wordsworth/Elliston:
Jamie Glover
Dorothy Wordsworth/Mrs Glover:
Christine Entwisle
Sara Hutchinson/Miss Smith:
Clare Corbett
Mr Rae/Hazlitt/Byron:
Carl Prekopp
Albert/Tom Hutchinson/John:
Samuel Valentine
Mrs Coleridge:
Tilly Gaunt

Genres

Drama on 3

Scribblers

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

By Steve Waters. Drama focusing on the relationship between playwright Henry Fielding and the first prime minister, Robert Walpole. With David Troughton and Niamh Cusack. Show more

Contributors

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:
Niamh Cusack
Robert Walpole:
David Troughton
Henry Fielding:
Carl Prekopp
James Ralph/Lord Hervey:
Trevor White
Nicholas Paxton/Henry Giffard:
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Molly Skerrett:
Jane Whittenshaw
Charlotte Charke:
Laura Elphinstone

Genres

Classic Serial

Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge

Episode 1: Captain Midnight

Duration: 58 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. In the 1780s, a murderer disappears, leaving his wife and son Barnaby to fend for themselves. Starring Iain Glen and Ron Cook. Show more

Contributors

Charles Dickens:
Iain Glen
Barnaby Rudge:
Daniel Laurie
Mary Rudge:
Heather Craney
Captain Midnight:
Tony Bell
Simon Tappertit:
Bryan Dick
Gabriel Varden:
Ron Cook
Dolly Varden:
Amaka Okafor
Geoffrey Haredale:
David Cann
Solomon Daisy:
David Cann
Emma Haredale:
Jaimi Barbakoff
John Chester:
John MacKay
Ned Chester:
Hubert Burton
John Willet:
David Schofield
Joe Willet:
Matthew Watson
Adaptor:
Mike Walker

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Big Brother is on every poster. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. Then he finds love. Stars Christopher Eccleston. Show more

Drama

The Raft of the Medusa

Duration: 1 hour

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

By Simon Armitage, inspired by Derek Jarman. With Catherine Cusack. Preceded by Jonathan Watts on Jarman and art and accompanied on BBC iPlayer by a new film by Richard Heslop. Show more

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Brand

Drama

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Stephen Rea reads Wilde's famous letter in the prison cell where it was written. With an introduction from cell C.3.3 in Reading Prison by writer and director Neil Bartlett. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Bartlett
Producer:
Joby Waldman

Genres

Letters from Inside

Joe Dunthorne, Binyavanga Wainana, Anne Carson

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Writers from around the world - Anne Carson, Joe Dunthorne and Binyavanga Wainana - read letters on the theme of imprisonment, inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Show more

Letters from Inside

Gillian Slovo

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Novelist Gillian Slovo’s letter to her mother, the anti-apartheid activist Ruth First. Writers from around the world read letters on the theme of imprisonment.
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Classic Serial

Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge

Episode 3: A City in Flames

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Gordon lost control of the mob, which is now freeing prisoners. Can the prison gates be unlocked? Stars Ron Cook and Bryan Dick. Show more

Contributors

Charles Dickens:
Iain Glen
Barnaby Rudge:
Daniel Laurie
Mary Rudge:
Heather Craney
Simon Tappertit:
Bryan Dick
Gabriel Varden:
Ron Cook
Dolly Varden:
Amaka Okafor
Geoffrey Haredale:
David Cann
Emma Haredale:
Jaimi Barbakoff
John Chester:
John MacKay
William Rudge:
Tony Bell
Gashford:
Tony Bell
John Willet:
David Schofield
Joe Willet:
Matthew Watson
Adaptor:
Mike Walker

Saturday Drama

Mark Davies Markham - The Liberty of Norton Folgate

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Inspired by, and starring members of, Madness - a tale of London's melting pot of cultures and ensuing struggles. From February 2013. Show more

Classic Serial

Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge

Episode 2: The Maypole Falls

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Barnaby joins the ranks of the Protestant Association, and a prominent Catholic finds his life in danger. Starring Daniel Laurie. Show more

Contributors

Charles Dickens:
Iain Glen
Barnaby Rudge:
Daniel Laurie
Mary Rudge:
Heather Craney
Simon Tappertit:
Bryan Dick
Gabriel Varden:
Ron Cook
Dolly Varden:
Amaka Okafor
Geoffrey Haredale:
David Cann
Solomon Daisy:
David Cann
Emma Haredale:
Jaimi Barbakoff
John Chester:
John MacKay
Gashford:
Tony Bell
Lord Gordon:
Clive Hayward
John Willet:
David Schofield
Adaptor:
Mike Walker

Drama on 3

Britten 100: Imo and Ben

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Available for years

By Mark Ravenhill. Drama telling how Imogen Holst worked with Benjamin Britten on the score for the opera Gloriana. With Paul Ready as Britten and Amanda Root as Imogen Holst. Show more

Contributors

Benjamin Britten:
Paul Ready
Imogen Holst:
Amanda Root
Lord Harewood:
Charles Edwards
Musician:
Emma Tring

Drama on 3

Head Hunters

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

By Michael Eaton. Drama focusing on Alfred Haddon, one of the first anthropologists, who in 1917 signed up as a YMCA volunteer on the Western Front. With Michael Maloney. Show more

Contributors

Alfred Cort Haddon:
Michael Maloney
James George Frazer:
Sean Murray
Charles Myers:
David Seddon
Kathleen Haddon:
Carys Eleri
Lily Fraser:
Priyanga Burford

Genres

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

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