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Book of the Week

The White Road

Episode 2: Dresden and Tschirnhaus

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edmund de Waal travels back in time to Dresden and explores the dramatic events that led to the creation of European porcelain. Show more

Book of the Week

The White Road

Episode 3: Meissen and Bottger

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Imprisoned in Meissen castle, young alchemist Johann Freidrich Bottger is about to unlock the secrets of porcelain creation. Show more

Drama

Richard Adams - Watership Down

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Fearful that their home is to be destroyed, a band of rabbits begins an epic and perilous journey. Starring Lyndsey Marshal. Show more

Drama

Richard Adams - Watership Down

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

To ensure the future of their new home, the rabbits must confront the terrifying General Woundwort. Stars Gunnar Cauthery. Show more

John Galsworthy - The Forsyte Saga

The Forsytes Concludes

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Jessica Raine returns as Fleur in the concluding episodes of Galsworthy's epic. Dinny fears for Wilfrid's safety and hopes her timely intervention will prevent a fight. Show more

The Once and Future King

Episode 4: The Ill-Made Knight

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Full of zeal for Arthur's new chivalric order, Lancelot rides into Camelot. Starring Paul Ready and Alex Waldmann. Show more

The Once and Future King

Episode 5: The Lengthening Shadow

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Murder and betrayal threaten to undermine all that Arthur holds dear. The Round Table's survival is in peril. Stars Paul Ready. Show more

Book of the Week

The White Road

Episode 1: Mount Kao-ling

Duration: 15 minutes

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

On a personal pilgrimage to the countries and people who make porcelain, Edmund de Waal's first stop is China and Jingdezhen, the city of porcelain. Show more

Drama

Sally Griffiths - Haunted

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A dark, psychological thriller in which a TV illusionist and a medium both have their belief systems tested when a voice from the past refuses to keep silent. Show more

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Book of the Week

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Episode 1: An Animal of No Significance

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Yuval Noah Harari's groundbreaking account of humankind's history - from apes to world dominance. Read by Adrian Scarborough. Show more

Book of the Week

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Cognitive Revolution

Duration: 15 minutes

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

How gossip united us and mythology maintained law and order. Adrian Scarborough reads Yuval Noah Harari's account of our history. Show more

Book of the Week

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Agricultural Revolution

Duration: 15 minutes

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

How the agricultural revolution was history's biggest fraud. Adrian Scarborough reads Yuval Noah Harari's account of our history. Show more

Book of the Week

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Scientific Revolution

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The discovery of ignorance and the quest for immortality. Adrian Scarborough reads Yuval Noah Harari's account of our history. Show more

Book of the Week

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The world's a better place, but are we any happier? Adrian Scarborough reads Yuval Noah Harari's account of humankind's history from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. Show more

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Series 13

Episode 2: Ladies of the Soil

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Writer Gill Blow's radio debut is a meditative tale about unspoken tensions between a husband and wife. Read by Philip Jackson. Show more

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Series 13

Episode 3: The Marzipan Husband

Duration: 15 minutes

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

By Sarah Dunnakey. A wife discovers that her husband appears to be turning into marzipan. A charming fable about letting go, read by Melanie Kilburn. Show more

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Episode 1: Bad Dreams

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Carey Mulligan reads Tessa Hadley's shortlisted story, the first in contention for this prestigious award. A child's reaction to a dream exposes unspoken tensions in her home life. Show more

Drama

Sally Griffiths - Clean Slate

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A freak accident means Ellen has no recollection of who she used to be. Her husband sets out to show her. Stars Amelia Bullmore, Jamie Glover, Di Botcher. Show more

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15 Minute Drama

Writing the Century: The Secret

Episode 2: The Go-between

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Muriel becomes an unwitting decoy in her mother's drama. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Writing the Century: The Secret

Episode 3: Foundationers

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Boarding school offers an escape from Muriel's mother's 'wild moods and secrets'. Show more