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Noel Coward - Present Laughter

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

By Noel Coward. Playwright and actor Garry Essendine's plans to leave on an African tour are complicated by romantic intrigue and obsessive fans. Show more

Contributors

Garry Essendine:
Samuel West
Roland Maule:
Freddie Fox
Liz Essendine:
Janie Dee
Daphne:
Lily James
Miss Erikson:
Hazel Ellerby
Lady Saltburn:
Sarah Badel

Genres

War and Peace

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Andrei joins the army while Prince Vassily and Anna battle over Count Bezukhov's will. Starring John Hurt and Paterson Joseph. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Pierre inherits a fortune after the death of his father. Meanwhile Andrei leaves Bald Hills to join the army. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

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

The Battle of Austerlitz takes place, Lise is due to give birth and Pierre and Dolokhov duel over Helene. Stars Harriet Walter. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 4

Duration: 58 minutes

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

After Lise's death, Pierre visits Bald Hills to try and console a broken Andrei. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-More. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 5

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Natasha’s life is about to change forever when she is invited to her first ball. Starring John Hurt and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 6

Duration: 1 hour

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

Natasha starts to doubt her marriage to Andrei after meeting Prince Anatole. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-Moore. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 7

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Prince Bolkonsky reacts badly to the French approaching Smolensk while Pierre is on a mission to save Russia. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 8

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre recounts the events that took place during the Battle of Borodino. Starring Paterson Joseph and Simon Russell Beale. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 9

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre returns to a deserted Moscow, in disguise, planning to assassinate Napoleon. Stars Paterson Joseph and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 10

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Pierre recalls his time in prison and Kutuzov reluctantly leads the Battle of Tarutino. Stars Roger Allam and Tom Goodman-Hill. Show more

Drama

Playing for His Life

Duration: 45 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm offends Hitler by refusing to join the Nazi party. Stars Geoffrey Streatfeild. Show more

Contributors

Gottfried von Cramm:
Geoffrey Streatfield
Lisa von Cramm:
Paloma Baeza
Jutta von Cramm:
Frances Jeater
Joachim von Ribbentrop:
Sam Dale
Manasse Herbst:
Nicholas Boulton
Bill Tilden Jr:
William Hope
Commentator:
Geoffrey Whitehead
Hermann Goering:
Simon Treves
Don Budge:
Adam Unze
Lady Astor:
Rachel Atkins

Brand

Drama

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lena and Lila are now young women. Lila married at 16 and has a young son. Lena has escaped Naples, earned her college degree and published a successful novel. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lena and Lila are now young women. Lila married at 16 and has a young son. Lena has escaped Naples, earned her college degree and published a successful novel. Show more

A Pocketful of Rye

Episode 1: Hollywood and Rye

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

4 Extra Debut. Hollywood comes to Rye – plus a figure from Dot Buckle's past - when famous guests visit the Mermaid Inn. Read by Serena Evans. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Abdication

1. The King's Matter

Duration: 44 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Two men are determined to persuade the King from a marriage they feel isn’t only unsuitable but also wrong. Stars Jim Broadbent. Show more

Contributors

Stanley Baldwin:
Jim Broadbent
Cosmo Lang:
Hugh Ross
Lord Beaverbrook:
Mark Straker
Edward VIII:
Anthony Calf

Genres

Drama on 3

Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill

Duration: 2 hours, 56 minutes

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

Eugene O'Neill's drama focusing on one devastating day in the lives of the Tyrone family. Each member is so absorbed in their own despair that they struggle to confront the truth. Show more

Contributors

James Tyrone:
Robert Glenister
Mary Tyrone:
Anastasia Hille
Jamie Tyrone:
Rupert Evans
Edmund Tyrone:
Gwilym Lee
Cathleen:
Bronagh Waugh
Adaptor:
John Peacock

Genres

Drama on 3

The News from Home

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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

New drama by Nick Dear for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. In a country house in the New Forest, two maids from Tipperary learn of insurrection in their homeland. Show more