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Primo Levi's The Periodic Table

Episode 1: Vanadium, Part 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Janet Suzman introduces a new dramatisation of Levi's stories about the elements of life, starring Henry Goodman, dramatised by Graham White. Primo receives a letter from his past. Show more

Contributors

Older Primo:
Henry Goodman
Cometto:
John Rowe
Dr Muller:
Erich Redman
Younger Primo:
Akbar Kurtha
Polish Overseer:
Chris Pavlo
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Primo imagines a fantasy meeting with his Piedmontese ancestors, who share a number of characteristics with the noble, rare and inert gases, such as Argon. Show more

Contributors

Older Primo:
Henry Goodman
Cesare:
John Rowe
Samuel:
Sam Dale
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Primo Levi's The Periodic Table

Episode 3: Sulphur and Titanium

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Ben Crowe plays a boilerman who saves Primo's factory from disaster, and Evie Killip reads a short story about a little girl who is fascinated by a man painting with white paint. Show more

Contributors

Actor:
Ben Crowe
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Set in the ancient world, a prospector travels from northern to southern Europe in search of the valuable, but toxic, lead rock. Read by Paul Copley. Show more

Contributors

Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

A Successful Rival

Duration: 1 hour

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

One man proves constant in his love for Bathsheba, as she gives up on hopes of happiness. Stars Shaun Dooley and Alex Tregear. Show more

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

Cuts and Points

Duration: 1 hour

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

Bathsheba discovers sending William Boldwood a valentine card was a terrible mistake. Stars Alex Tregear and Toby Jones. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Janet Suzman introduces Levi's stories about the elements, dramatised by Graham White. 1820s - Paul Hilton plays a captain living on a remote island of strange chemical properties. Show more

Contributors

Abrahams:
Paul Hilton
Willem:
Leo Wan
Rebecca:
Debra Baker
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Akbar Kurtha stars in a dramatisation of Levi's stories about the elements, introduced by Janet Suzman, dramatised by Graham White. Primo is a student chemist in Fascist Italy Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

The Nazis invade Italy, and Primo's friends are forced to scatter. Primo and Vanda head into the mountains in order to join the partisans. Show more

Contributors

Older Primo:
Henry Goodman
Younger Primo:
Akbar Kurtha
Silvio:
Leo Wan
Militiaman 1:
David Hounslow
Militiaman 2:
Caolan McCarthy
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Primo's training as a chemist helps him to survive the terrible conditions of Auschwitz. Show more

Contributors

Older Primo:
Henry Goodman
Younger Primo:
Akbar Kurtha
Alberto:
Leo Wan
Prisoner 1:
David Hounslow
Prisoner 2:
Sam Dale
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

Henry Goodman stars in Levi's element-themed stories, introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White. Primo recounts amusing stories from a professional chemist's life. Show more

Primo Levi's The Periodic Table

Episode 10: Vanadium, Part 2

Duration: 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Janet Suzman introduces a new dramatisation of Levi's element-themed stories, starring Henry Goodman, dramatised by Graham White. Primo is confronted by a figure from his past. Show more

Contributors

Older Primo:
Henry Goodman
Cometto:
John Rowe
Dr Muller:
Erich Redman
Younger Primo:
Akbar Kurtha
Polish Overseer:
Chris Pavlo
Author:
Primo Levi
Adaptor:
Graham White
Director:
Marc Beeby
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Henry Goodman stars in a dramatisation of Levi's stories about the elements, introduced by Janet Suzman, dramatised by Graham White. The fantastical life of a single atom of carbon Show more

Classic Serial

Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

Episode 1: A Farmer Just Beginning

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Farmer Oak sees an ideal wife in Bathsheba, but she turns him down. Then she gets rich and the tables turn. Stars Alex Tregear. Show more

Dangerous Visions

JG Ballard - Concrete Island

Duration: 58 minutes

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

A cocky young architect is stranded when he crashes off the motorway. Andrew Scott stars in JG Ballard's imaginative drama. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Drama

General Mladic Is Waving

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Rookie academic Danny attends the Mladic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague and sees first hand the slippery process of trying to get at the truth. Show more

Contributors

Mr Nikolic's Interpreter:
Chetna Pandya
Mr Todorovic's Interpreter:
Kerry Gooderson
Mr Mladic's Interpreter:
Julie Teal
Judge Orie:
Philip Fox
Mr Groome:
David Sturzaker
General Smith:
Simon Ludders
Mr Ivetic:
Samuel James
Mr Nikolic:
Dejan Calovski
Mr Todorovic:
Dejan Radojevic
Director:
Mary Peate

Genres

Brand

Drama

From Fact to Fiction

Series 19

Changes

Duration: 13 minutes

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

By Graham White. In the wake of David Bowie's passing, Marc and Thom's parents reveal how Bowie's radical attitude once inspired dad's experiments with mascara. Show more

Dangerous Visions

The Drowned World

Duration: 58 minutes

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

JG Ballard's story of a scientific mission surveying drowned cities. This is a future where the Earth's atmosphere, and human consciousness, has eroded. Adapted by Graham White. Show more

Contributors

Strangman:
Tim McInnerny
Colonel Riggs:
Robert Blythe
Dr Alan Bryant:
Paul Stonehouse
Lieutenant Hardman:
Ben Crowe
Caesar:
Don Gilet
Writer:
JG Ballard
Adaptor:
Graham White

Genres