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Stories in the Stars

25/12/2014

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Susanna Hislop on the origins of names of the night sky's constellations: Telescopium and Libra. From December 2014. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Victoria Wood's musical, rooted in the Manchester of 1929 and 1969, is the story of two lonely middle-aged people who grab a second chance at life. Show more

Contributors

Mr Kirkby:
Daniel Rigby
Gertrude Riall:
Dorothy Atkinson
Mr Stanley:
Vincent Franklin
Sir Hamilton Harty:
Malcolm Sinclair
Commissionaire:
Ian Lavender
Young Enid:
Jessica Casby
Hewitt:
Sam Burles
Bus Conductor:
Carl Sanderson
Mr Chandler:
Michael Strobel
Killelea:
Nathan Rowley
Neighbour:
Kaya Brady
Tea Lady:
Pam Shaw
Youn Frank:
Andrew Carleton
Maitre d':
Robert Maxfield
Man with gramophone:
Michael Jibson
Man on tram:
William Fox
Businessman:
Mark Rowlands
Lecture hall Enid:
Hannah Cadec
Lecture hall Enid:
Emily Goodenough
Paris cafe intellectual:
Francesca Hoffman
Paris cafe intellectual:
Will Peaco
Peel Square passer-by:
Richard Jones
Berni Inn waiter:
Dan Reilly
Berni Inn waiter:
Gary Watson
Berni Inn waitress:
Tanya Robb
Berni Inn waitress:
Cat Simmons
Tango partner:
Sebastien Torkia
Urchin:
Sam Bluck
Producer:
Paul Frift
Director:
Victoria Wood

Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes

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

Uplifting comedy drama. In 1984 a group of lesbian and gay activists take on hardship from the press and the government, and find unlikely allies in a group of Welsh miners. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

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

The amazing true story of Lady Worsley, whose elopement prompted her husband to sue her lover and sparked one of the greatest scandals of 18th-century England. Show more

Contributors

Seymour, Lady Worsley:
Natalie Dormer
Sir Richard Worsley:
Shaun Evans
George Bisset:
Aneurin Barnard
Wet Nurse:
Rebecca Cooper
Baby Jane (Newborn):
Albie Frost
Mr Hesse:
Robert Morgan
Captain Leversuch:
Alex Beckett
Mrs Leversuch:
Kirsty Hoiles
Elizabeth Figg:
Elizabeth Rider
Mary Sotheby:
Jessica Gunning
Hannah Commander:
Rose Shalloo
Ann Ekelso:
Scarlett Brookes
Viscount Deerhurst:
Oliver Chris
James Farrar:
Peter Sullivan
Lord North:
Richard McCabe
Baby Jane (4 Months):
Thomas Parker
Baby Jane (4 Months):
Tyler Parker
Mr Bearcroft:
Will Keen
Mr Wallace QC:
Craig Parkinson
Lord Chief Justice Mansfield:
David Calder
Jury Foreman:
Jonathan Coote
Lord Peterborough:
Tom Edden
Dr Osborn:
Michael Bott
Mary Marriott:
Sandra Huggett

Top Coppers

Episode 4: The Twist of the French Nicker

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

The comic adventures of Justice City's hero cops. The world's greatest art thief, Frenchman Gerard Cliche, is in town. Show more

Contributors

John Mahogany:
Steen Raskopoulos
Mitch Rust:
John Kearns
McGockey:
Phil Wang
Mayor Grady:
Rich Fulcher
Gerard Cliché:
Kayvan Novak
Security Guard:
Nick Raggett
Flanagan:
Adam Riches
Production Company:
Roughcut TV
Producer:
Bertie Peek

Drama on 3

The Government Inspector

Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

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

Adapted by Adrian Mitchell, Gogol's satire on corruption and sleaze in which a penniless clerk is mistaken for an important official. Starring Lenny Henry and Roger Allam. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Jeremy Herrin
Khlestakov:
Lenny Henry
The Governor:
Roger Allam
Anna, his wife:
Monica Dolan
Marya, his daughter:
Erin Doherty
Charity Commissioner:
Peter Wight
Dr Gibner:
Paul Jesson
Bobchinsky:
James Fleet
Postmaster:
Ivanno Jeremiah
Schools Superintendent:
Stephen Critchlow
Locksmith's Wife:
Jessica Gunning

Genres

In the Dark

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series. As DI Helen Weeks grapples with pregnancy, she undertakes a very personal abduction case. Show more

Contributors

DI Helen Weeks:
MyAnna Buring
DI Paul Hopkins:
Ben Batt
DI Adam Perrin:
David Leon
Linda Bates:
Emma Fryer
DCI Jack Gosforth:
Jamie Sives
Robert Weeks:
Clive Wood
Trevor Hare:
Pearce Quigley
DC Sophie Carson:
Jessica Gunning
Phil Hendricks:
Matt King
DI Tim Cornish:
Ashley Walters
Davina:
Alicia Eyo
PC Mickey Finch:
Curtis Cole
BBC North West Presenter:
Annabel Tiffin
BBC North West Reporter:
Dave Guest
BBC North West Presenter:
Roger Johnson
Young Helen:
Sophie Bloor
Derbyshire News Reporter:
Chris Clarkson
Magpie Waitress:
Claudia Mirallegro
Paula Days:
Sinead Matthews
Gavin Sweeney:
Kevin Sutton
Trevor's Wife:
Shari Fox
Shelley:
Joey Batey
Leather Jacket Man:
Michael Lambourne
Bob Patterson:
Mark Sheals
Annette Johnston:
Eve Robertson
Magistrate:
Flo Wilson
Stephen Bates:
Daniel Scott
Defence Counsel:
Janet Marsh
PC William Gallagher:
Liam Ainsworth
Poppy Johnston:
Claire Cornmell
Producer:
Hugh Warren
Executive Producer:
Mark Billingham
Executive Producer:
Daniel Brocklehurst
Executive Producer:
Hilary Martin

In the Dark

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series. Helen and Paul are joined by pathologist Phil Hendricks. The clock is ticking, but is Helen too distracted by secrets past and present to act? Show more

Contributors

DI Helen Weeks:
MyAnna Buring
DI Paul Hopkins:
Ben Batt
DI Adam Perrin:
David Leon
Linda Bates:
Emma Fryer
DCI Jack Gosforth:
Jamie Sives
Robert Weeks:
Clive Wood
Trevor Hare:
Pearce Quigley
DC Sophie Carson:
Jessica Gunning
Phil Hendricks:
Matt King
DI Tim Cornish:
Ashley Walters
Poppy Johnston:
Claire Cornmell
Young Helen:
Sophie Bloor
ACC Francis Harris:
Tobias Beer
Annette Johnston:
Eve Robertson
Stephen Bates:
Daniel Scott
Shelley:
Joey Batey
Magpie Waitress:
Claudia Mirallegro
Spitting Boy 1:
Jordan Hill
Spitting Boy 2:
Anthony Aspinall
Derbyshire News Reporter:
Chris Clarkson
Leather Jacket Man:
Michael Lambourne
PC William Gallagher:
Liam Ainsworth
Gavin Sweeney:
Kevin Sutton
Edwina Croft:
Charlotte West-Oram
Bob Patterson:
Mark Sheals
Rory Harcross:
Alice May Feetham
Trevor's Wife:
Shari Fox
Producer:
Hugh Warren
Executive Producer:
Mark Billingham
Executive Producer:
Daniel Brocklehurst
Executive Producer:
Hilary Martin

Strike

Career of Evil

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series. A dismembered leg sent to Strike's office sends both his and Robin's lives into disarray, forcing them to confront spectres from their pasts. Show more

Contributors

Cormoran Strike:
Tom Burke
Robin Ellacott:
Holliday Grainger
Niall Brockbank:
Andrew Brooke
Shanker:
Ben Crompton
Holly Brockbank:
Jessica Gunning
Whittaker:
Matt King
Matthew Cunliffe:
Kerr Logan
DI Eric Wardle:
Killian Scott
Leda Strike:
Kierston Wareing
Sarah Shadlock:
Antonia Kinlay
Young Brittany Brockbank:
Mollie Peacock
Ellen (Social Worker):
Cosima Shaw
DS Ekwensi:
Ann Akin
Young Whittaker:
Luke Booys
Gabriel (Man in pub):
Gabriel Lo Giudice
Policeman:
Toby Bryant
Policewoman:
Tilly Steele
Linda Ellacott:
Suzanne Burden
Hotel Manager:
El Anthony
Lorraine McNaughton:
Kirsty Dillon
Stephanie:
Ellie James
Young Strike:
Archie Wrightman
Writer:
Tom Edge
Producer:
Jackie Larkin
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Executive Producer:
Tom Edge
Executive Producer:
Neil Blair
Executive Producer:
Ruth Kenley-Letts
Executive Producer:
JK Rowling

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Two suburban housewives, perpetually mistreated and ignored, embark on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip. As the day unfolds, they find a way to wreak their revenge. Show more

Contributors

Sarah/Ellie:
Jessica Hynes
Lizzie/Faith:
Julia Davis
Michael:
Mark Heap
Shop Assistant:
Amanda Rawnsley
Jessica Hynes' stand-in:
Emily Hall
Julia Davis' stand-in:
Susannah Adele

Genres

Doctors

Series 12

Episode 73: Daddy's Home

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Medical drama series. When her father comes home after ten years, a young Cliff Richard fan has to face up to the fantasy world she has created. Show more

Contributors

Karen Hollins:
Jan Pearson
Ann Turnbull:
Jessica Gunning
Donna Bramwell:
Anna Gilthorpe
Tom Guttridge:
Brian Hibbard
Dr Heston Carter:
Owen Brenman
Dr Daniel Granger:
Matthew Chambers
Producer:
Mike Hobson
Dr Zara Carmichael:
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh
Dr Simon Bond:
David Sturzaker
Michelle Corrigan:
Donnaleigh Bailey
Cherry Malone:
Sophie Abelson
Julia Parsons:
Diane Keen
Ruth Pearce:
Selina Chilton
PC Louis Bevan:
Ian Virgo

Holby City

Series 13

Episode 18: Blue Valentine

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Medical drama series. Jac relishes competing with the new registrar. Ric realises that he must look after himself, and Chrissie finds her confidence returning. Show more

Contributors

Greg Douglas:
Edward MacLiam
Jac Naylor:
Rosie Marcel
Ric Griffin:
Hugh Quarshie
Antoine Malick:
Jimmy Akingbola
Oliver Valentine:
James Anderson
Chrissie Williams:
Tina Hobley
Frieda Petrenko:
Olga Fedori
Sahira Shah:
Laila Rouass
Elizabeth Tait:
La Charne Jolly
Donna Jackson:
Jaye Jacobs
Henrik Hanssen:
Guy Henry
Dan Hamilton:
Adam Astill
Mary-Claire Carter:
Niamh McGrady
Beatrice 'Bean' Fisher:
Shannon Flynn
Jean Wheeler:
Sara Carver
Leonard Dawking:
Chris Larkin
Gwen Bishop:
Jessica Gunning
Producer:
Sharon Bloom

White Heat

Episode 1: The Past Is a Foreign Country

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama. Charlotte arrives at the flat of a recently deceased friend. One of seven students who once lived there, she remembers when they met in 1965. Show more

Contributors

Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Derek Bowden:
Julian Barratt
Theology Student:
Hamish MacDougall
Producer:
Elinor Day

Genres

White Heat

Episode 2: Eve of Destruction

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Drama. In 2012, Charlotte is joined by two former flatmates to clear the flat. Back in the late 60s, Lilly is in crisis, and Jack and Victor face a challenge. Show more

Contributors

Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Derek Bowden:
Julian Barratt
Student:
Ian Smith
Producer:
Elinor Day

Genres

White Heat

Episode 3: The Dark Side of the Moon

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama. In 2012, a fourth former flatmate arrives. In 1973, London is targeted by an IRA bombing campaign and Alan finally makes his play for Lilly. Show more

Contributors

Alan (Present day):
Paul Copley
Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Producer:
Elinor Day

Genres

White Heat

Episode 4: The Personal Is Political

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama. In 1979, the seven flatmates celebrate Alan and Lilly's wedding. Jay decides to tell his parents he is gay. Jack vows to join mainstream politics. Show more

Contributors

Policeman:
Peter Ashdown
Referee:
John Biggins
Estate Agent:
Dominic Coleman
Alan (Present day):
Paul Copley
Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Party Member 3:
Dominic Kemp
Skinhead 1:
Tomi May
Party Member 2:
Tim Parker
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Party Member 1:
Veronica Roberts
Man on heath:
Oliver Senton
Skinhead 2:
Joe Sims
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Producer:
Elinor Day

Genres

White Heat

Episode 5: The Eye of the Needle

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama. In 2012 five of the former flatmates wait for the sixth to arrive. In 1982, Jay and Orla ask for help in dealing with Jack's heroin addiction. Show more

Contributors

Alan (Present day):
Paul Copley
Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Saaghor:
Abhin Galeya
Granger:
Adam Leese
Jay (Present day):
Ramon Tikaram
Producer:
Elinor Day

Genres

White Heat

Episode 6: The Sea of Trees

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Drama. It is 1990 and the flat is for sale; Orla organises one last reunion for the flatmates. Back in the present, the last surviving flatmate arrives. Show more

Contributors

Alan (Present day):
Paul Copley
Lilly (Present day):
Lindsay Duncan
Charlotte:
Claire Foy
Jack (Present day):
Michael Kitchen
Victor (Present day):
Hugh Quarshie
Charlotte (Present day):
Juliet Stevenson
Jay (Present day):
Ramon Tikaram
Orla (Present day):
Sorcha Cusack
Producer:
Elinor Day