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Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for years

4 Extra Debut. Charles Dickens's iconic story of love, revolution and redemption, updated and set in contemporary Aleppo and London. Show more

Contributors

Taghreed:
Fatima Adoum
Jarvis:
Phil Davis
Shwan Dahkurdi:
Khalid Abdalla
Dr Mahmoud:
Nadim Sawalha
Cameraman:
Shiv Grewal
Syrian Protestor:
Ahmed Aziz
Director:
Polly Thomas
Producer:
Gill Parry

Genres

The Afternoon Play

Series 5

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Series of one-off dramas. Playful black comedy in which a maverick doctor gets involved with a man in a coma. Show more

Contributors

Gerry Sullivan:
Brian Capron
Alice Manning:
Diana Kent
Frank Manning:
David Roper
Laura Manning:
Kim Medcalf
Dr Max Freeman:
Aidan McArdle
Howard Harris:
Paul Thornley
Professor Bryce:
Raad Rawi
Ward Manager:
Robert Goodale
Writer:
Paul Smith
Producer:
Ben Bickerton
Director:
John Greening

Genres

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for years

Lina is reporting from Aleppo when Taghreed confronts her. Back in London, a dark family secret is revealed. Stars Lara Sawalha. Show more

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for years

Lina embarks on a desperate mission, while, Taghreed's obsessive need for revenge pushes her over the edge. Stars Fatima Adoum. Show more

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 26 days

A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story. Contemporary drama from Iran. Stars Isabella Nefar and Amir El-Masry. Show more

Drama on 3

Byzantium

Duration: 2 hours, 4 minutes

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

Byzantium by Robin Brooks, the true story of the Empress Zoe and her desperate struggle to stay on the throne of the Byzantine Empire in a vortex of sexual and political intrigue. Show more

Contributors

Empress Zoe:
Catherine Shepherd
Constans/Nicholas:
Julian Wadham
Romanus:
Raad Rawi
Abbess/Witch:
Gillian Cally
Alexios:
Sagar Arya
Theodora:
Rose Reade

Genres

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 25 days

Dara now faces an unsuspected rival and a dangerous neighbour. Starring Philip Arditti and Isabella Nefar. Show more

Contributors

Petrovich:
Philip Arditti
Mother Sara:
Nathalie Armin
Father Sara:
Nabil Elouahabi
Mr Sinbad:
Pezh Maan
Brother Atta:
Pezh Maan
Jafar:
Raad Rawi
Father Dara:
Raad Rawi
Mother Dara:
Mia Soteriou
Translation:
Sara Khalili

Genres

Drama

John Dryden - The Reluctant Spy

Episode 3

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Events spiral out of control for Duncan as he attracts the attention of the Egyptian authorities. Stars Nigel Lindsay. Show more

Drama on 3

Andromache

Duration: 1 hour, 44 minutes

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

A translation by Edward Kemp of Jean Racine's play Andromache, updated to the present day. With Tanya Moodie, Joel MacCormack, Alex Lanipekun and Susannah Fielding. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

A Head Start

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Tumanbay, heart of a vast empire, is threatened by a rebellion and a mysterious force devouring the empire from within. Show more

Contributors

The Girl on the Ship:
Olivia Popica
Her Mother:
Nathalie Armin
The Slave Merchant:
Nabil Elouahabi
Frog's Mother:
Sirine Saba
Sultan Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Physician:
Vivek Madan
Ship Captain:
Albert Welling
Director:
John Dryden
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Ship of the Dead

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Slave merchant Ibn awaits for his family to arrive in Tumanbay. In the palace, Sarah the slave-girl is recruited by Gregor, to spy on the chief wife Shajar. Show more

Contributors

The Girl on the Ship:
Olivia Popica
Her Mother:
Nathalie Armin
Ship Captain:
Albert Welling
Sultan Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
The Hafiz:
Antony Bunsee
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Head Eunuch:
John Sessions
Slave:
Akin Gazi
Physician:
Vivek Madan
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden
Director:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Coming of Age

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Adrift at sea in a small boat, daughter of slave merchant Ibn, depends on her slave captor for her survival, while Madu swaps palace life for the army. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Strangle Hold

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

General Qulan arrives in the provinces to gather the armies to fight rebel "queen" Maya. In Tumanbay, Gregor is under pressure to find the spies. Show more

Contributors

Physician:
Vivek Madan
The Hafiz:
Antony Bunsee
Maya's Envoy:
Nadir Khan
Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Provincial Governor Usman:
John Sessions
Director:
John Dryden
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

In The Beginning

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

With Tumanbay in chaos after the murder of a highly placed individual, Heaven and her slave companion find themselves prisoners in the desert. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

A Tale of Two Cities

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

While the sultan dreams of victory against provincial leader Maya, Gregor is in pursuit of missing slave-girl Sarah and must venture into the catacombs. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

The Purge

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Increasingly insecure and fearful for his life, the sultan begins a purge of the palace. Slave trader Ibn is reunited with the daughter he thought he had lost. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

Jaws of Victory

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Convinced of victory by the words of the prophet child, the sultan is now ready to march out with his armies and destroy rebellious provincial leader Maya. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

Sword of Faith

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

The final chapter in this epic saga of revenge, betrayal and deception. The people of Tumanbay await news of the sultan’s great victory. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy in which a feisty young woman (Shelley Conn), having run away years previously to avoid an arranged marriage, returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's restaurant. Show more

Contributors

Nina Shah:
Shelley Conn
Lisa MacKinlay:
Laura Fraser
Raj Khanna:
Art Malik
Sanjay Khanna:
Raji James
Mohan Shah:
Raad Rawi
Kary Shah:
Atta Yaqub
Auntie Tumi:
Rita Wolf
Producer:
Chris Atkins

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Drama

Reading Europe - Turkey: The Bastard of Istanbul

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Elif Shafak's tale of two families bound by a shared past. An unexpected visitor sets the Kanzanci household in a spin. Show more