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A Very English Scandal

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 8 months

Politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with a stable hand, Norman Scott. But when the relationship turns sour, Norman becomes a secret Jeremy is desperate to hide. Show more

Contributors

Jeremy Thorpe:
Hugh Grant
Norman Scott:
Ben Whishaw
Peter Bessell:
Alex Jennings
Lord Arran:
David Bamber
Emlyn Hooson:
Jason Watkins
Ursula Thorpe:
Patricia Hodge
Messenger:
Chris Ashby
Sergeant-at-arms:
Andrew French
Norman Van de Water:
Nicholas Blane
Diana Stainton:
Naomi Battrick
Lord Kilmuir:
John Bett
Countess of Arran:
Susan Wooldridge
Returning Officer:
Nick Malinowski
Mike Steele:
Morgan Watkins
BBC Radio Interviewer:
Ben Moor
Luke Mackenzie:
Daryl McCormack
Caroline Allpass:
Alice Orr-Ewing
Producer:
Dan Winch
Executive Producer:
Russell T Davies
Executive Producer:
Diarmuid McKeown
Executive Producer:
Graham Broadbent
Executive Producer:
Peter Czernin
Executive Producer:
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer:
Lucy Richer
Executive Producer:
Stephen Frears

Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 5 months

Biographical comedy drama set in 1940s New York. A wealthy socialite opens herself up to ridicule when she pursues a career in opera, despite being unable to sing. Show more

Contributors

Florence Foster Jenkins:
Meryl Streep
St Clair Bayfield:
Hugh Grant
Cosmé McMoon:
Simon Helberg
Agnes Stark:
Nina Arianda
Carlo Edwards:
David Haig
Arturo Toscanini:
John Kavanagh
Phineas Stark:
Stanley Townsend
John Totten:
Allan Corduner
Earl Wilson:
Christian McKay
Dr Hermann:
John Sessions
Mrs James O'Flaherty:
Maggie Steed
Mrs Oscar Garmunder:
Thelma Barlow
Baroness Le Feyre:
Paola Dionisotti
Orlando Adams:
Carl Davis
Tallulah Bankhead:
Nat Luurtsema

A Very English Scandal

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 8 months

With Thorpe's old affair with Norman Scott threatening to derail his political career, will Jeremy stop at nothing to silence Norman? Show more

Contributors

Jeremy Thorpe:
Hugh Grant
Norman Scott:
Ben Whishaw
Peter Bessell:
Alex Jennings
Lord Arran:
David Bamber
Emlyn Hooson:
Jason Watkins
Ursula Thorpe:
Patricia Hodge
Messenger:
Chris Ashby
Sergeant-at-arms:
Andrew French
Norman Van de Vater:
Nicholas Blane
Diana Stainton:
Naomi Battrick
Lord Kilmuir:
John Bett
Countess of Arran:
Susan Wooldridge
Returning Officer:
Nick Malinowski
Mike Steele:
Morgan Watkins
BBC Radio Interviewer:
Ben Moor
Luke Mackenzie:
Daryl McCormack
Caroline Allpass:
Alice Orr-Ewing
Producer:
Dan Winch
Executive Producer:
Russell T Davies
Executive Producer:
Graham Broadbent
Executive Producer:
Peter Czernin
Executive Producer:
Diarmuid McKeown
Executive Producer:
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer:
Lucy Richer
Executive Producer:
Stephen Frears

A Very English Scandal

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 8 months

Having survived a bungled attempt on his life, Norman Scott publicly accuses Jeremy Thorpe of being behind a plot to kill him. The men go to court with the world watching. Show more

Contributors

Jeremy Thorpe:
Hugh Grant
Norman Scott:
Ben Whishaw
Peter Bessell:
Alex Jennings
Lord Arran:
David Bamber
Emlyn Hooson:
Jason Watkins
Ursula Thorpe:
Patricia Hodge
Messenger:
Chris Ashby
Sergeant-at-arms:
Andrew French
Norman Van de Vater:
Nicholas Blane
Diana Stainton:
Naomi Battrick
Lord Kilmuir:
John Bett
Countess of Arran:
Susan Wooldridge
Returning Officer:
Nick Malinowski
Mike Steele:
Morgan Watkins
BBC Radio Interviewer:
Ben Moor
Luke Mackenzie:
Daryl McCormack
Caroline Allpass:
Alice Orr-Ewing
Executive Producer:
Russell T Davies
Producer:
Dan Winch
Executive Producer:
Graham Broadbent
Executive Producer:
Peter Czernin
Executive Producer:
Diarmuid McKeown
Executive Producer:
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer:
Lucy Richer
Executive Producer:
Stephen Frears

Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee who, decades after being forced to give up her infant son, enlists the help of an investigative journalist to track him down. Show more

Contributors

Philomena Lee:
Judi Dench
Martin Sixsmith:
Steve Coogan
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Sister Hildegarde:
Barbara Jefford
Mother Barbara:
Ruth McCabe
Pete Olsson:
Peter Hermann
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Writer:
Jeff Pope

The Film Programme

Philomena; Cutie and the Boxer; Joe Eszterhas

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Francine Stock talks to director Stephen Frears about Philomena, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Plus screenwriting legend Joe Eszterhas on his Hollywood big break. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Francine Stock
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Eszterhas
Interviewed Guest:
Zachary Heinzerling
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Convincing his uncle to let him manage a rundown launderette, Omar enlists his old friend Johnny to refurbish the place, but racial and sexual tensions threaten the project.

Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Musical comedy. In 1937, a widow buys a derelict West End theatre and hires an impresario to run it, but her idea of using on-stage nudity to attract audiences causes problems. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Laura Henderson:
Judi Dench
Vivian Van Damm:
Bob Hoskins
Bertie:
Will Young
Lord Cromer:
Christopher Guest
Maureen:
Kelly Reilly
Lady Conway:
Thelma Barlow
Producer:
Norma Heyman
Writer:
Kathy Rose
Writer:
David Rose

Duration: 1 hour, 53 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Two 18th-century French aristocrats play a cruel game of seduction and manipulation, only to find that their cruel machinations will eventually destroy them too.

Contributors

Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil:
Glenn Close
Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont:
John Malkovich
Madame Marie de Tourvel:
Michelle Pfeiffer
Cécile de Volanges:
Uma Thurman
Madame de Volanges:
Swoosie Kurtz
Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny:
Keanu Reeves
Madame de Rosemonde:
Mildred Natwick

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Comedy drama adapted from a graphic novel. Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to the sleepy Dorset village where she grew up, and a contest for her affections develops. Show more

Contributors

Tamara Drewe:
Gemma Arterton
Nicholas Hardiment:
Roger Allam
Beth Hardiment:
Tamsin Greig
Glen McCreavy:
Bill Camp
Ben Sergeant:
Dominic Cooper
Andy Cobb:
Luke Evans
Jody Long:
Jessica Barden
Penny Upmisnter:
Susan Wooldridge
Producer:
Alison Owen
Producer:
Paul Trijbits
Executive Producer:
Christine Langan

Genres

Formats

Start the Week

Power and Corruption with Stephen Frears and Mary Beard

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by classicist Mary Beard, film director Stephen Frears, playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and theatre director Mehmet Ergen. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Beard
Interviewed Guest:
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Mehmet Ergen
Producer:
Katy Hickman

The Film Programme

Stephen Frears, Women in westerns, Angela Pleasence

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Director Stephen Frears discusses his biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, which stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Martin
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Pleasence
Interviewed Guest:
Rosalynn Try-Hane
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Presenter:
Francine Stock

Front Row

Stephen Frears and Ali Fazal, Pears' Cyclopaedia final edition, Jeff Pope on Cilla

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stephen Frears and Ali Fazal discuss Victoria and Abdul. Plus, the final edition of Pears' Cyclopaedia is released. And Jeff Pope on Cilla The Musical. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Ali Fazal
Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hunter Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Jeff Pope

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 2 months

Drama adapted from Jerome K Jerome's classic tale. Overworked and in need of a rest, three men and a dog set out on an epic voyage of mishap up the Thames.

Contributors

Formats

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Engaging adaptation of the novel by Roddy Doyle. A redundant baker purchases a dilapidated van and sets himself up in the fast food business with his best friend. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Oxfordshire

Comic drama based on actual events. An ex-private dancer is trying to become a waitress in Las Vegas. But when she meets Dink, she changes her plans and gets into sports betting. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Formats

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Period drama. Adbul Karim is whisked from his clerk's job at an Accra prison to present a ceremonial coin to Queen Victoria for her golden jubilee, along with his more reluctant companion Mohammed. Show more

Contributors

Miss Phipps:
Fenella Woolgar
Arthur Bigge:
Robin Soans
Mohammed:
Adeel Akhtar
Dr Reid:
Paul Higgins
Alick Yorke:
Julian Wadham
Writer:
Lee Hall
Lady Churchill:
Olivia Williams
Lord Salisbury:
Michael Gambon
Abdul:
Ali Fazal
Sir Henry Ponsonby:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Producer:
Beeban Kidron
Queen Victoria:
Judi Dench

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

A bingo caller in a seedy Liverpool nightclub envisages himself as a tough private eye, so he places an advertisement seeking work. Starring Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw. Show more

Contributors

Eddie Ginley:
Albert Finney
William:
Frank Finlay
Mrs Blankerscoon:
Janice Rule
Producer:
David Barber

Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Following Lance Armstrong's journey to the top of world cycling having overcome cancer, a feat that captivated the world, and his dramatic fall from grace when he was exposed as a serial drugs cheat. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
John Hodge
Lance Armstrong:
Ben Foster
David Walsh:
Chris O'Dowd
Dr. Ferrari:
Guillaume Canet
Floyd Landis:
Jesse Plemons
Bill Stapleton:
Lee Pace
Johan Bruynel:
Denis Menochet
Frankie Andreu:
Edward Hogg
Bob Hamman:
Dustin Hoffman
Betsy Andreu:
Elaine Cassidy
Emma O'Reilly:
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Times Editor:
Peter Wight