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The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. The Emperor breaks with all rules of palace etiquette to be with his beloved Empress Teishi. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon and the Emperor keep vigil over their beloved Empress. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

The Pillow Book

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Lady Shonagon is banished from the palace and separated from Yukinari. Meanwhile, the villain Ikiryo walks abroad. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Drama

Oliver Emanuel - Ancient Greek

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Sixth-former Alex King decides to take a stand against injustice by graffitiing half the school in a strange language. Starring Alex Austin, Vincent Ebrahim, Sophie Stanton. Show more

Contributors

Alex King:
Alex Austin
The Messenger:
Austin Moulton
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

Brand

Drama

The Pillow Book

Series 7

Episode 1

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan. In a labyrinth of caves, the Emperor and Yukinari find themselves at the mercy of wolves. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 7

Episode 2

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan. A young girl discovered in a cave has been bought back to the Palace for cleaning and examining. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 7

Episode 3

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan. The Emperor has become fascinated by a feral girl raised among wolves, who speaks like a ladies' daughter. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 7

Episode 4

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's thriller set in 10th century Japan. While Yukinari questions the wolf-girl, the Empress is determined to nurse her husband free of his sickening fascination. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 7

Episode 5

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for years

Robert Forrest's thriller set in 10th century Japan. A wolf roams the palace, earthquake and fire threaten, and a young Empress takes the future of the known world into her hands. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Yukinari returns to the palace to find the Lady Shonagon's affections have strayed. She is also focused on unravelling a mystery that Yukinari cannot understand. Show more

Saturday Drama

Somerset Maugham - For Services Rendered

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. 1932. Progressive English family the Ardsleys are trying to live their lives under the long shadow of the First World War. Stars Sian Thomas. From September 2013. Show more

Contributors

Leonard Ardsley:
David Calder
Charlotte Ardsley:
Sian Thomas
Sydney Ardsley:
Tom Espiner
Eva Ardsley:
Cath Whitefield
Lois Ardsley:
Louise Brealey
Ethel Bartlett:
Mariah Gale
Howard Bartlett:
Michael Shaeffer
Collie Stratton:
Justin Salinger
Wilfred Cedar:
Ron Cook
Dr Charles Prentice:
John Rowe
Adaptor:
Lu Kemp
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

As Shonagon feared, the passion between young lovers Komatsu and Zushio explodes. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 1

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 12 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller, set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon is summoned to meet the new empress - an encounter even more strange and disturbing than she imagines. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 2

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 12 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Lady Shonagon has disgraced herself in front of the new empress - who has sent her spies out to investigate. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 3

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 12 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Concerned for Shonagon, Yukinari attempts to unravel the visions. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 4

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 12 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Attempting to find some peace, Shonagon leaves the palace during a storm, but she is pursued by disturbing visions. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 5

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 12 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon and Saisho revisit their youth and wander the palace at night. But they are not alone. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

The Pillow Book

Series 6

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Yukinari begins to suspect that his friend Takashi has not invited him for a holiday but to uncover the mystery behind his wife's murder. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 6

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Lieutenant Yukinari has been called upon to visit his old friend Takashi, while Lady Shonagon finds herself confined in the palace. Show more

Book of the Week

Omid Djalili - Hopeful: The Autobiography

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Reading from his colourful memoir, comedian and actor Omid Djalili explores the vital role his mother plays in his life and art. Show more