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Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

After London's Globe Theatre burns to the ground in 1613, William Shakespeare stops writing and returns to his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Contributors

William Shakespeare:
Kenneth Branagh
Anne Hathaway :
Judi Dench
The Earl of Southampton:
Ian McKellen
Susannah Hall :
Lydia Wilson
Judith Shakespeare:
Kathryn Wilder
Ben Johnson:
Gerard Horan
John Hall:
Hadley Fraser
Actor playing Aaron:
Nonso Anozie
Writer:
Ben Elton

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. When 15-year-old Bee wins perfect grades, she calls in her parents' promise of a present. Starst Miranda Richardson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

After making Bee a promise, Bernadette becomes more reliant on her virtual assistant in India. Stars Miranda Richardson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The socially reclusive Bernadette prepares for the family trip to Antarctica. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Bernadette's relationships with the other Galer Street mothers become increasingly fractious. Stars Miranda Richardson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Bernadette's lost career as a genius architect and her early life with Elgin. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Elgin confronts Bernadette about the mudslide incident. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 7

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Elgin is paid a visit by an agent from the FBI, who makes a shocking revelation. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 8

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A frantic Elgin travels to Argentina after Bee's mother, Bernadette, vanishes. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Bee and her father Elgin travel to Antarctica on Bernadette's trail. Stars Miranda Richardson and Lydia Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/ Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/ Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Bee and Elgin make a breakthrough in their search for the missing Bernadette in forbidding Antarctica. Stars Miranda Richardson. Show more

Contributors

Marcus Strang:
Don Gilet
Ollie-O/Jacob:
Sam Alexander
Paul Jellinek:
Patrick Brennan
Helen/Gwen Goodyear:
Susie Riddell
Producer:
Emma Harding
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

Drama on 3

King Charles III

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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

An adaptation of Mike Bartlett's award-winning play imagining a future in which Prince Charles has become king. With Tim Pigott-Smith, Margot Leicester and Oliver Chris. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Rupert Goold
William:
Oliver Chris
Mr Evans:
Adam James
Mr Stevens:
Nicholas Rowe
James Reiss:
Miles Richardson
Sarah/Diana/TV Producer:
Katie Brayben
Spencer/Sir Gordon/Archbishop/Kebab Man:
Paterson Joseph
Couttsey/Clive/Sir Michael/Speaker:
Tom Robertson
Composer:
Jocelyn Pook
Producer:
Toby Swift

Genres

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Drama based on the bestselling Victorian-set novel by Michel Faber. William Rackham, tormented by debt and an unstable wife, finds solace in young prostitute Sugar. Show more

Contributors

William Rackham:
Chris O'Dowd
Mrs Agnes Rackham:
Amanda Hale
Mrs Castaway:
Gillian Anderson
Mrs Emmeline Fox:
Shirley Henderson
Doctor Curlew:
Richard E. Grant
Christopher:
James Willson
Colonel Leek:
Alan Williams
Elizabeth:
Lydia Wilson
Lady Constance Bridgelow:
Elizabeth Berrington
Henry Rackham Junior:
Mark Gatiss
Henry Rackham Senior:
Tom Georgeson
Caroline:
Liz White
Amateur Photographer:
Patrick Brennan
Fireside Whore 1:
Maimie McCoy
Fireside Whore 2:
Sarah Ridgeway
Fireside Whore 3:
Izabella Urbanowicz
Young Prostitute:
Jessica Pyatt
Producer:
Greg Dummett
Director:
Marc Munden

Dirk Gently

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

After Dirk and Macduff are charged with protecting a valuable humanoid robot, things go wrong when the robot is stolen and they find themselves the prime suspects in a murder case. Show more

Contributors

Dirk Gently:
Stephen Mangan
Richard Macduff:
Darren Boyd
Susan Harmison:
Helen Baxendale
Emelda Ransome:
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Professor Jericho:
Bill Paterson
David Cho:
Will Sharpe
Fish and chip shop proprietor:
Tim J Henley
Director:
Tom Shankland
Producer:
Chris Carey
Writer:
Matt Jones
Elaine Robot:
Bethan Hanks

The Secret History of Writing

Series 1

From Pictures to Words

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The hunt for the origin of writing reveals the link between ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and the letters we use every day. Show more

The Secret History of Writing

Series 1

Changing the Script

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

For more than a century, the world has seemed to be moving to a single universal script - the Latin alphabet. But that means more than changing words. It means changing identity. 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