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Drama

Original British Dramatists

Episode 6: The Cloistered Soul

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Lyrical drama by Rachel Connor, set in a Benedictine convent. A new arrival forces Sister Agatha to confront the meaning of faith and the hidden truth of her soul. Show more

Contributors

Sister Agatha:
Susan Lynch
Sister Geraldine:
Leanne Best
Mother Marie-David:
Eileen O'Brien

Genres

Foreign Bodies

Grain of Truth

The Blood Painting

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 5 weeks

Taut crime thriller by leading Polish writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson. Wartime intrigue and modern politics mesh in a murder mystery. Show more

Contributors

Teodor Szacki:
Bryan Dick
Klara Dybus:
Rachel Austin
Leon Wilzcur:
David Fleeshman
Grzegorz Budnik:
David Crellin
Barbara Myszynska:
Claire Benedict
Radio News Reader:
Ursula Holden Gill
Monsignor Stanislaw:
Dan Carey
Adaptor:
Mark Lawson
Director:
Polly Thomas
Producer:
Polly Thomas

Genres

Drama

Queens of the Coal Age

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Maxine Peake dramatises the story of the 1993 attempt by four miners' wives to occupy Parkside Colliery, in a bid to save the remaining 31 pits from closure. Show more

Contributors

Anne Scargill:
Maxine Peake
Elaine Evans:
Lorraine Cheshire
Lesley Lomas:
Rachel Austin
Under Manager:
Peter Slater

Genres

Brand

Drama

Foreign Bodies

Grain of Truth

The Body Is Lying

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 27 days

Taut crime thriller by leading Polish writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson. Wartime intrigue and modern politics mesh in a murder mystery. Show more

Contributors

Teodor Szacki:
Bryan Dick
Klara Dybus:
Rachel Austin
Leon Wilzcur:
David Fleeshman
Grzegorz Budnik:
David Crellin
Barbara Myszynska:
Claire Benedict
Jerzy Szyller:
Mark Solomon
Rabbi Zygmunt Maciejwski:
Mark Solomon
Radio News Reader:
Ursula Holden Gill
Monsignor Stanislaw:
Dan Carey
Adaptor:
Mark Lawson
Director:
Polly Thomas
Producer:
Polly Thomas

Genres

Drama

Best Queue

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Absurdist existential drama by Sean Grundy about a family stuck in a queue that never ends. Starring Susan Cookson. Show more

Contributors

Doctor Keith:
Alun Raglan
Other Voices:
Alun Raglan
Celebrity:
Tony Marshall
Newsreader:
Will Glennon

Genres

Brand

Drama

Drama

Maxine Peake - My Dad Keith

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. At 40, Steph reflects on her life, loves and her quest to find her dad. Teen angst tale written by and starring Maxine Peake. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Brand

Drama

15 Minute Drama

Tomorrow the Catwalk

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Katie is facing her release from prison after spending most of her life behind bars. Will she be able to cope with life on the outside? Written by Francesca Joseph. Show more

Contributors

Governor Henrietta:
Brigit Forsyth
Officer Brenda:
Brigit Forsyth
Producer:
Susan Roberts

Genres

Drama

Bound

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Gripping prison drama by Cat Jones and Erin Carter. Young prisoner Frankie wants desperately to keep her baby with her after it is born, but she is not the only one. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Tomorrow the Catwalk

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

By Francesca Joseph. Contemporary drama set in a women's prison. As Katie is drawn even further into Grant's plan, her past and the reasons for her imprisonment become clear. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Tomorrow the Catwalk

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

By Francesca Joseph. Contemporary drama set in a women's prison. Terry takes Katie on her first trip to the countryside and the pair grow closer, but can he cope with her deceit? Show more

Dangerous Visions

Michael Symmons Roberts - The Sleeper

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. In a future Britain, people have gradually lost the gift of sleep - or have they? With music by the WNO and youth chorus. Starring Maxine Peake and Jason Done. Show more

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In 2007, Sophie Lancaster was attacked because of her appearance. Sylvia Lancaster remembers her daughter, as Sophie tells her own story in a sequence of poems by Simon Armitage. Show more

Contributors

Sophie Lancaster:
Rachel Austin
Sylvia Lancaster:
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Director:
Susan Roberts

Drama

Lindsay Williams - A Little Bit of Latitude

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Best friends Marie and Kitty end up on the run from security. Comic drama recorded at the Latitude Festival. With Rachel Austin. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Poland: Entanglement

Episode 1: The Reflection Room

Duration: 1 hour

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

When Henryk Telak is found dead during a family constellation therapy weekend, prosecutor Szacki and his police colleague Olga have to work together to deduce who killed the man. Show more

Contributors

Teodor Szacki:
Bryan Dick
Olga Kuzniecow:
Christine Bottomley
Cezary Rudzki:
David Crellin
Hanna Kwiatowska:
Rachel Austin
Monika Grzelka:
Rachel Austin
Barbara Jarczyk:
Alexandra Mathie
Radio News Reader:
Alexandra Mathie
Euzebius Kaim:
Dermot Daly
Henryk Telak:
Glenn Cunningham
Father Pazcek:
Glenn Cunningham
Adaptor:
Mark Lawson
Director:
Polly Thomas
Producer:
Polly Thomas

Drama

Reading Europe - Poland: Entanglement

Episode 2: Antigone in Warsaw

Duration: 1 hour

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

Szacki struggles with his burgeoning feelings for attractive journalist Monika Grzelka and the increasingly complex background of the murder victim. Show more

Contributors

Teodor Szacki:
Bryan Dick
Olga Kuzniecow:
Christine Bottomley
Cezary Rudzki:
David Crellin
Monika Grzelka:
Rachel Austin
Hanna Kwiatowska:
Rachel Austin
Barbara Jarczyk:
Alexandra Mathie
Radio News Reader:
Alexandra Mathie
Euzebius Kaim:
Dermot Daly
Henryk Telak:
Glenn Cunningham
Father Pazcek:
Glenn Cunningham
Adaptor:
Mark Lawson
Director:
Polly Thomas
Producer:
Polly Thomas

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola

Season 2 - Sex

Episode 7: Affairs

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Affairs by Lavinia Murray inspired by Zola's Rougon-Maquart series. Dide's great grand-son Octave has come to Paris to find his fortune preferably through his affairs with women. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

A local councillor is caught selling drugs. Open and shut case? It would seem so on the surface. And a new rep is brought on board, a streetwise kid called Ronnie. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 2

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Frank is called in to represent Jon, who is accused of historic sexual abuse. This has ramifications, as Jon is a teacher, and his wife has just had a baby. Show more