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Drama on 3

Marathon Tales

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

By Hannah Silva and Colin Teevan. A drama interweaving stories about marathons and runners through history, such as the original marathon runner Pheidippides. Show more

Contributors

Pheidippides:
Alex Lanipekun
Atalanta:
Daisy Lewis
Abebe Bikila:
Richie Campbell
Kathrine Switzer:
Susie Riddell
John Tarrant:
Sam Alexander
Grete Waitz:
Marit Kile
Onni Niskanen:
Nils Bergstrand
Harold Abrahams:
Patrick Brennan
Chris Chataway:
Joe Sims
disley, john:
Robert Blythe
The broadcaster:
Don Gilet
Daughter:
Lily Teevan
Director:
David Hunter

Drama

Stephen Wakelam - Waiting for the Boatman

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The infamous painter Caravaggio is missing. Can his former apprentice find him in Naples? Stars David Tennant and Anton Lesser. Show more

Contributors

Mario Minniti:
David Tennant
Abraham Vinck:
Peter Hamilton-Dyer
Marchesa di Colonna:
Tracy Wiles

Genres

Brand

Drama

Drama

Daniel Davies - Is Anything Broken?

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Modern life seen as a dash through an airport - from Arrivals to the Departure Gate. Real-time comedy drama starring Adam Kotz. Show more

Drama

The People's Passion

Episode 2: Betrayal

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Callum has no job and nothing to fill his days, but he loves to sing in the cathedral's voluntary choir. Who would dream of stopping him? Show more

Drama

Moya O'Shea - Digging for Victory

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A London family discover that digging another room under their flat isn't as simple as first thought. Stars Cathy Murphy. Show more

Drama

Take a (Virtual) Girl Like You

Duration: 45 minutes

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

In Nicholas Pierpan's drama, a specialist in cyber addiction finds his life spiralling out of control, when he embarks on a relationship with a sophisticated computer program. Show more

Drama

Richard Monks - Zola

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Unable to run for her native South Africa, the race is on to get Zola a UK passport to run in the Olympics. Stars Jessica Sian. Show more

Contributors

Zola Budd:
Jessica Sian
Denis Howell:
David Calder
Frank Budd:
Jack Klaff
Brian Vine:
Don Gilet
Sir David English:
Patrick Brennan
Pieter Labuschagne:
Harry Livingstone
Geoffrey Howe:
Robert Blythe
Andrew Landen:
Sam Alexander
Mrs Darbo:
Amaka Okafor
Reporter:
Joe Sims
Director:
David Hunter

Genres

Brand

Drama

Drama

James Graham - The Grudge

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The truth of the historical assassination of a prime minister threatens to unseat a safe Tory candidate. Stars Robert Bathurst. Show more

Contributors

Henry Bellingham:
Robert Bathurst
Roger Percival:
Stephen Critchlow
Cafe owner:
David Holt
Librarian:
David Holt
Reporter:
David Holt
Party Chairman:
Peter Hamilton Dyer
George Turner:
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Marjorie:
Tracy Wiles
Labour Candidate:
Gerard McDermott

Brand

Drama

Saturday Drama

An American Rose

Duration: 1 hour

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

By Charlotte Jones. The chilling story of the most powerful family in America and the tragic fate that befell Rosemary Kennedy, who underwent a prefrontal lobotomy. Show more

Contributors

Rosemary Kennedy:
Fenella Woolgar
Kathleen Kennedy:
Lydia Wilson
Rose Kennedy:
Lisa Eichhorn
Deborah Mitford:
Tilly Gaunt
Billy Hartington:
Carl Prekopp
Dr Freeman:
Don Gilet
Sister Margaret:
Tracy Wiles
Director:
Sally Avens
Producer:
Claire Grove

Genres

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

Episode 1: A Farmer Just Beginning

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Farmer Oak sees an ideal wife in Bathsheba, but she turns him down. Then she gets rich and the tables turn. Stars Alex Tregear. Show more

Poetry Please

A Bouquet of Flowers

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough celebrates the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show with a bouquet of poems about flowers. With readers Juliet Aubrey, Mark Meadows and Harry Livingstone. Show more

Poetry Please

Words for weddings and other celebrations

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough finds words for weddings and other celebrations in poems requested by listeners. With readers Juliet Aubrey, Mark Meadows and Harry Livingstone. Show more

Drama

Cordite for Breakfast

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

In Ben Ockrent's comedy-drama, a family hit crisis point during a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. With Mark Heap, Rose Leslie and Aimee Ffion-Edwards. Show more

Contributors

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Drama

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

A Successful Rival

Duration: 1 hour

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

One man proves constant in his love for Bathsheba, as she gives up on hopes of happiness. Stars Shaun Dooley and Alex Tregear. Show more

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

Cuts and Points

Duration: 1 hour

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

Bathsheba discovers sending William Boldwood a valentine card was a terrible mistake. Stars Alex Tregear and Toby Jones. Show more

British New Wave

John Osborne - The Author of Himself

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Stephen Wakelam's drama charts the first meeting, on a Thames barge, between John Osborne and George Devine. George has read Look Back in Anger and has come to check Osborne out. Show more

Contributors

John Osborne:
Samuel Barnett
George Devine:
Jonathan Coy
Anthony Creighton:
Harry Livingstone
Tony Richardson:
David Seddon
Director:
David Hunter

Genres

Saturday Drama

The Martin Beck Killings

Episode 2: The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Despite being on holiday, Beck is summoned back to Stockholm, where he is sent on an unofficial and seemingly pointless mission to Budapest in search of a missing journalist. Show more

Contributors

Martin Beck:
Steven Mackintosh
Lennart Kollberg:
Neil Pearson
Gunnarsson:
Justin Salinger
Ari Boeck:
Georgia Groome
Frobe:
Joe Sims
Inga Beck:
Lucy Black
Foreign Office Man:
Sam Alexander
Embassy Man:
Harry Livingstone
Radeberger:
Don Gilet
Gun Kollberg:
Sally Orrock
Narrator 1:
Lesley Sharp
Narrator 2:
Nicholas Gleaves
Writer:
Per Wahloo
Writer:
Katie Hims
Director:
Mary Peate

Drama

The People's Passion

Episode 5: The Road to Emmaus

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Nick Warburton. Good Friday is a big day for Robert, the cathedral's director of music. And despite his attempts to clear his mind, it all keeps going out of kilter. Show more

Drama on 3

Shakespeare on 3

Episode 2: Romeo and Juliet

Duration: 2 hours

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

Available for years

Shakespeare's tragic love story, as part of Radio 3's Shakespeare and Love season. With Trystan Gravelle and Vanessa Kirby as the lovers, and David Tennant as the Prince. Show more

Contributors

Friar Laurence:
Ron Cook
Prince Escalus:
David Tennant
Mercutio:
Paul Ready
Benvolio:
Adam James
Capulet:
James Lailey
Lady Capulet:
Naomi Frederick
Balthasar:
Don Gilet
Sampson:
Joe Sims
Prologue:
Tracy Wiles
Composer:
Roger Goula

Genres

Saturday Drama

The Martin Beck Killings

Episode 1: Roseanna

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Inspector Beck and his colleagues are faced with the body of an unknown girl. Jennifer Howarth adapts the first book of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Swedish detective series. Show more

Contributors

Martin Beck:
Steven Mackintosh
Lennart Kollberg:
Neil Pearson
Bengtsson:
John MacKay
Inga Beck:
Lucy Black
Sonja Hansson:
Susie Riddell
Police Doctor:
Patrick Brennan
Miss Peterson:
Amaka Okafor
Siv Lindberg:
Amaka Okafor
Miss Gota:
Jenny Harrold
Director:
Sara Davies
Author:
Per Wahloo