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Short Works

Series 1

Chuma by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

In Lesley Nneka Arimah's specially commissioned short story, something precious is lost. The reader is Ony Uhiara. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Peter Moore's account of the quest to understand the weather: 19th century naval officer, Robert FitzRoy. Read by Tim McMullan. Show more

Peter Moore - The Weather Experiment

Prognostications and Forecasts

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Peter Moore's account of the quest to understand the weather: Robert FitzRoy and weather forecasting. Read by Tim McMullan. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Peter Moore's account of the quest to understand the weather: innovation and enquiry at Greenwich. Read by Tim McMullan. Show more

Peter Moore - The Weather Experiment

Shipwreck and Storm Warnings

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Peter Moore's account of the quest to understand the weather: tragedy and innovative storm warnings. Read by Tim McMullan. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Peter Moore's account of the quest to understand the weather: pioneering research takes to the skies. Read by Tim McMullan. Show more

Book of the Week

Beethoven for a Later Age

Episode 1: An Audition

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edward Dusinberre's illuminating account of life as the Tackas Quartet's first violinist and the challenge of performing Beethoven's extraordinary music. Tim McMullan reads. Show more

Book of the Week

Beethoven for a Later Age

Episode 2: The First Season

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edward Dusinberre recalls his first season as the Takacs Quartet's first violinist and finds that adapting to life as a touring performer has its challenges. Show more

Book of the Week

Beethoven for a Later Age

Episode 3: Irretrievably Fractured

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edward Dusinberre recalls a time of loss and grief. He finds solace in performing Beethoven's turbulent Opus 59, No 2. Show more

Book of the Week

Beethoven for a Later Age

Episode 4: Recreation

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edward Dusinberre and his fellow musicians set about recreating Beethoven's extraordinary music for CD. Show more

Book of the Week

Beethoven for a Later Age

Episode 5: Convalescence

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The Takacs Quartet's first violinist Edward Dusinberre reflects on his career with his fellow players and Beethoven's late and transcendent music. Show more

Short Works

Series 1

Extrapolation as an Art Form in the Lobby of the John Muir

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Joshua Ferris's specially commissioned story, a writer is put in a tough spot when he receives a request for an honest assessment of a first screenplay. William Hope reads. Show more

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Book of the Week

The Invention of Angela Carter

Episode 1: Growing Up

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Edmund Gordon's illuminating biography about one of English literature's most inventive writers. Read by Emma Fielding. Show more

Book of the Week

Reading Europe: Geert Mak's In Europe

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

It is 1999, and Dutch journalist Geert Mak is travelling through Europe reflecting on the history of the last 100 years. Today, Kiev, Odessa and Istanbul. Nicholas Farrell reads. Show more

Drama

Journey to Pakistan

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Based on a true story, Samina Baig's play is about Peter, a fashion designer, who embarks on a journey to find his roots. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Lawson:
Alison Belbin
Mr Lawson:
John Bowler
Mr Saddiqi:
Kriss Dosanjh
The Adoption Officer:
Catriona McFarlane
The Social Worker:
Karen Bartke
The Hawker:
Gavi Singh Chera

Genres

Brand

Drama

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Norway: The Bird Tribunal

Episode 7: The Nithhogg

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Agnes Ravatn's psychological thriller, Allis and Bagge take to the water and the mythic story of the dragon Nithhogg casts a shadow. Lydia Wilson reads. Show more

Book of the Week

Reading Europe: Geert Mak's In Europe

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

It is 1999, and Dutch journalist Geert Mak is travelling across Europe reflecting on the history of the past century. Today, cosmonauts and Yeltsin. Nicholas Farrell reads. Show more

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

Kiare Ladner - Van Rensburg's Card

Duration: 30 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Kiare Ladner's shortlisted story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope. Read by Carolyn Pickles. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Orlando

Episode 2: The Muscovite Princess

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Orlando falls for a beguiling Muscovite princess one frozen winter at the court of James I. Show more