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Drama on 3

The Dark Tower

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

A new production of Louis MacNeice's iconic radio play The Dark Tower, with Benjamin Britten's original music. Recorded under the tower of Orford Church with a live audience. Show more

Contributors

Sergeant-Trumpeter:
Jude Akuwudike
Tutor/Steward:
Adrian Scarborough
Blind Peter:
Nicholas Murchie
Priest/Officer/Stentor:
Sam Dale
Barmaid/Clock Voice:
Georgie Glen
Young Roland:
William Gidney
Director:
Robin Brooks

Genres

Drama

Graham Greene: Stamboul Train

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

As the Orient Express rattles its way through the volatile Europe of the 1930s, a motley group of people find themselves surrounded by intrigue, skulduggery and murderous politics. Show more

All Those Women

Series 2

Episode 4

Duration: 28 minutes

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

It’s baby Barclay’s christening. Maggie’s thrilled to be godmother and Jen’s 'completely fine'. Stars Marcia Warren. From 2017. Show more

Drama on 3

The American Grandmother

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

The American Grandmother: David Pownall's drama in which a woman faces strong opposition when confronting her estranged Liverpool family who are gripped by guilt and grief. Show more

Contributors

Maureen:
Sue Jenkins
Richard:
Karl Davies
Leone's Father:
Sam Dale
John and Raymond:
Robbie O'Neill
The Chaplain:
Richard Tate
The Headmistress:
Jenny Funnell
The Boy:
Noah London

Genres

Drama on 3

The News from Home

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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

New drama by Nick Dear for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. In a country house in the New Forest, two maids from Tipperary learn of insurrection in their homeland. Show more

Drama

On Mardle Fen

Series 5

Part 1: Talk to the Bones

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Nick Warburton. Warwick dreams of expansion. He gets it into his head that they should have a covered area built on the side of the restaurant with romantic views over the river. Show more

Contributors

Warwick Hedges:
Trevor Peacock
Jack Hedges:
Sam Dale
Marcia Hedges:
Kate Buffery
Samuel:
John Rowe
Bernard:
Ben Crowe
Director:
Claire Grove

Genres

Drama

On Mardle Fen

Series 5

Part 3: At the Dawning

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Nick Warburton. Comedy drama set in the Cambridgeshire Fens. It has been raining for weeks, and the river has risen to danger level. Show more

Contributors

Warwick Hedges:
Trevor Peacock
Jack Hedges:
Sam Dale
Director:
Claire Grove

Genres

Drama

On Mardle Fen

Series 5

Part 4: Dillie's Day

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Polish waitress Zofia has a surprise communication from her brother, who is coming to Britain for a short visit. Show more

Contributors

Warwick Hedges:
Trevor Peacock
Jack Hedges:
Sam Dale
Samuel:
John Rowe
Bernard:
Ben Crowe

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Modesty Blaise - A Taste for Death

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Stef Penney's adaptation of Peter O'Donnell's novel, Modesty takes on a mission involving a young girl with ESP, an exotic desert location and a villain intent on murder. Show more

Contributors

Modesty Blaise:
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin:
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:
Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata:
Sam Dale
Steve Collier:
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Dinah Pilgrim:
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter:
Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry:
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign:
Nigel Anthony
Director:
Kate McAll
Producer:
Kate McAll

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Modesty Blaise - A Taste for Death

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Dinah has been seized by Delicata and taken to the desert. Modesty and the gang hitch a ride with Skeet Lowry, pilot of the supply plane. But are they walking into a trap? Show more

Contributors

Modesty Blaise:
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin:
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:
Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata:
Sam Dale
Dinah Pilgrim:
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter:
Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry:
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign:
Nigel Anthony

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Modesty Blaise - A Taste for Death

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Dinah reveals her special talent, a skill which explains why the bad guys were after her. Modesty and Willie follow up a lead in Paris, accidentally leaving Dinah vulnerable. Show more

Contributors

Modesty Blaise:
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin:
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:
Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata:
Sam Dale
Dinah Pilgrim:
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter:
Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry:
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign:
Nigel Anthony

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Modesty Blaise - A Taste for Death

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Dinah still hasn't found the treasure, and Delicata's patience is running out. Modesty hatches a plan to get hold of McWhirter's notebook and win Skeet over to their side. Show more

Contributors

Modesty Blaise:
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin:
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:
Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata:
Sam Dale
Dinah Pilgrim:
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter:
Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry:
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign:
Nigel Anthony

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Modesty Blaise - A Taste for Death

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The showdown in the desert reaches its climax, as Modesty and Willie put the escape plan into action. Back at home, there's still one more villain who has to be dealt with. Show more

Contributors

Modesty Blaise:
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin:
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:
Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata:
Sam Dale
Dinah Pilgrim:
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter:
Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry:
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign:
Nigel Anthony

Genres

Drama

Mr Trollope and the Labours of Hercules

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Paterson Joseph stars in a play based on Anthony Trollope's experiences in Jamaica, where he went to review the postal service in 1858 and met a freed slave. By Patricia Cumper. Show more

Contributors

Anthony Trollope:
Justin Edwards
Miss Grant:
Cecilia Noble
Josephine:
Sapphire Joy
Husband:
Philip Fox
Planter:
Sam Dale

Genres

Brand

Drama

The Archers

09/09/2016

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Helen has questions for Anna, and Johnny stands by his family. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Sean O'Connor
Tony Archer:
David Troughton
Ian Craig:
Stephen Kennedy
Shula Hebden Lloyd:
Judy Bennett
Daniel Hebden Lloyd:
Will Howard
Kirsty Miller:
Annabelle Dowler
Johnny Phillips:
Tom Gibbons
Fallon Rogers:
Joanna Van Kampen
Rob Titchener:
Timothy Watson
Helen Titchener:
Louiza Patikas
Ursula Titchener:
Carolyn Jones
Bruce Titchener:
Michael Byre
Anna Tregorran:
Isobel Middleton
Peggy Woolley:
June Spencer
Judge Loomis:
Nigel Anthony
Julian Bywater:
Alun Raglan
Mr Ellis:
Sam Dale
DC Wendy Sharples:
Nicola Ferguson

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Anna is asking questions, Pat is determined to show her support.

Contributors

Director:
Sean O'Connor
Tony Archer:
David Troughton
Ian Craig:
Stephen Kennedy
Shula Hebden Lloyd:
Judy Bennett
Daniel Hebden Lloyd:
Will Howard
Kirsty Miller:
Annabelle Dowler
Johnny Phillips:
Tom Gibbons
Fallon Rogers:
Joanna Van Kampen
Rob Titchener:
Timothy Watson
Helen Titchener:
Louiza Patikas
Ursula Titchener:
Carolyn Jones
Bruce Titchener:
Michael Byre
Anna Tregorran:
Isobel Middleton
Peggy Woolley:
June Spencer
Judge Loomis:
Nigel Anthony
Julian Bywater:
Alun Raglan
Mr Ellis:
Sam Dale
DC Wendy Sharples:
Nicola Ferguson

Drama

Every Duchess in England

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Alan Pollock. It is 1931. More than friendship is at stake when maverick Labour MP Oswald Mosley attempts to take things into his own hands by giving a speech in Birmingham. Show more

Contributors

Oswald Mosley:
Tobias Menzies
John Strachey:
Harry Lloyd
Ted 'Kid' Lewis:
Jonathan Tafler
Maitland:
Sam Dale
Evans:
Sam Dale

Genres

Brand

Drama

Drama

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Episode 1: A Man from a Far Place

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi receive a visit from an extremely important person - a hero of Botswana's only lady detectives. Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith. Show more

Contributors

Mma Ramotswe:
Claire Benedict
Mma Makutsi:
Nadine Marshall
Mr JLB Matekoni:
Ben Onwukwe
Fanwell:
Beru Tessema
Mma Potokwani:
Janice Acquah
Clovis Andersen:
Sam Dale
Mma Soleti:
Eleanor Crooks
Phuti Radiphuti:
Jude Akuwudike

Genres

Drama

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Episode 2: The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

Duration: 45 minutes

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

A visiting detective helps the ladies uncover the truth at the Orphan Farm, and Mr JLB Matekoni seeks to clear Fanwell's name. Show more

Contributors

Mma Ramotswe:
Claire Benedict
Mma Makutsi:
Nadine Marshall
Mr JLB Matekoni:
Ben Onwukwe
Mma Potokwani:
Janice Acquah
Fanwell:
Beru Tessema
Clovis Andersen:
Sam Dale
Mr Ditso Ditso:
Obi Abili
Secretary:
Adjoa Andoh
Magistrate:
Jude Akuwudike

Genres