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Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 4: You Have to Become a Work of Art

Duration: 15 minutes

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

While the Master is sensing his own mortality, and the Beginner looks back on an infidelity, the Writer enjoys some not very veiled threats from his publisher. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 2: There Won't Be Any More Prizes for Me

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Filippo Bologna's comedy about Italian book prizes in which three men fight - even to the death - for their country's greatest honour. Today: The Master makes a revelation. Show more

Drama

Christopher William Hill - Hush! Hush! Whisper Who Dares!

Duration: 45 minutes

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

An imagined meeting for Winnie-the-Pooh artist Ernest Shepard and grown-up Christopher Robin Milne. Stars Oliver Ford Davies. From July 2013. Show more

Contributors

Ernest Shepard:
Oliver Ford Davies
Norah:
Kate Fahy
Christopher Milne:
Simon Treves
Ensemble:
Sean Murray
Ensemble:
Ben Crowe

Genres

Brand

Drama

Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

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

Dramatisation of one of history's most unusual love stories. A grieving Queen Victoria finds herself drawn to an unconventional Highlander. Show more

Contributors

Queen Victoria:
Judi Dench
John Brown:
Billy Connolly
Benjamin Disraeli:
Antony Sher
Henry Ponsonby:
Geoffrey Palmer
Dr Jenner:
Richard Pasco
Bertie, Prince of Wales:
David Westhead
Director:
John Madden
Archie Brown:
Gerard Butler
Lady Churchill:
Georgie Glen
Lady-in-Waiting:
Catherine O'Donnell
Princess Alexandra:
Sara Stewart
Princess Helena:
Finty Williams
Princess Louise:
Claire Nicolson
Princess Alice:
Hattie Ladbury
Prince Alfred:
Oliver Kent
Prince Arthur:
Alex Menzies
Prince Leopold:
Simon McKerrell
Bertie's Valet:
Rupert Farley
Mrs Grant:
Elaine Collins
Lord Stanley:
Jason Morell
Mary Ann Disraeli:
Cherith Mellor
Speaker of the House of Commons:
George Hall
Dean of Windsor:
Oliver Ford Davies
Society Lady:
Delia Lindsay
Sir Charles Dilke:
James Vaughan
Producer:
Sarah Curtis

Land Girls

Series 2

Episode 5: Darkest Hours

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Period drama series. Connie stands up to the overbearing Bishop in order to win Henry's respect. Finch discovers how Esther funded Martin's operation. Show more

Contributors

General Garwood:
Stuart Milligan
Jack Gillespie:
Clive Wood
Diana Granville:
Raquel Cassidy
Baby William:
Alfie Tongue
Bea Finch:
Jo Woodcock
Billy Finch:
Liam Boyle
Dennis Tucker:
Danny Webb
Rev Henry Jameson:
Liam Garrigan
Connie Carter:
Seline Hizli
Joyce Fisher:
Becci Gemmell
Esther Reeves:
Susan Cookson
Frederick Finch:
Mark Benton
Martin Reeves:
Mykola Allen
Lady Ellen Hoxley:
Sophie Ward
Bishop Selvey:
Oliver Ford Davies
Vernon Storey:
David Schofield
Director:
Matt Carter

Duration: 3 hours, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart star in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's critically lauded, award-winning modern-dress production of Shakespeare's great play. Show more

Contributors

Claudius/The Ghost:
Patrick Stewart
Gertrude:
Penny Downie
Ophelia:
Mariah Gale
Rosencrantz/Second Gravedigger:
Sam Alexander
Guildenstern:
Tom Davey
Gravedigger:
Mark Hadfield
Player King:
John Woodvine
Osric/Player Queen:
Ryan Gage
Dumbshow King:
Samuel Dutton
Dumbshow Queen/Priest:
Jim Hooper
Reynaldo/Dumbshow Poisoner:
David Ajala
Marcellus:
Keith Osborn
Barnardo:
Ewen Cummins
Francisco/Fortinbras:
Robert Curtis
Voltemand:
Roderick Smith
Cornelia:
Andrea Harris
Lucianus:
Ricky Champ
Lady-in-waiting:
Riann Steele
Lady-in-waiting:
Zoe Thorne
Director:
Gregory Doran

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

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

Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners. An MP's idyllic marriage is threatened by a blackmail plot. Show more

Contributors

Lady Gertrude Chiltern:
Cate Blanchett
Mabel Chiltern:
Minnie Driver
Lord Arthur Goring:
Rupert Everett
Mrs Laura Cheveley:
Julianne Moore
Sir Robert Chiltern:
Jeremy Northam
Earl of Caversham:
John Wood
Lady Markby:
Lindsay Duncan
Baron Arnheim:
Jeroen Krabbe
Tommy Trafford:
Ben Pullen
Vicomte de Nanjac:
Nickolas Grace
Miss Danvers:
Anna Patrick
Miss Prism:
Janet Henfrey
Brackpool:
Douglas Bradley
Young Mother:
Susannah Wise
Sir Hugo Danforth:
Oliver Ford Davies
Producer:
Bruce Davey
Director:
Oliver Parker

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Book of the Week

On the Move

Episode 1: Leaving and Biking

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Oliver Sacks recounts his passion for motorbikes and his bond with his schizophrenic brother. Show more

Book of the Week

On the Move

Episode 2: Power Lifting and New Directions

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Oliver Sacks recalls his days as a power lifter and reflects on a personal struggle. Show more

Book of the Week

On the Move

Episode 3: Uncovering Forgotten Lives

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Neurologist Oliver Sacks reflects on the extraordinary lives of the patients who inspired his best-selling book Awakenings. Show more

Book of the Week

On the Move

Episode 4: The Leg Incident

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Oliver Sacks explores how breaking his own leg led to new insights in how the brain works, and a new book. Show more

Book of the Week

On the Move

Episode 5: Ill Health and Love

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The writer and physician Oliver Sacks finds love. He also confronts his own ill health and the effects on his eyesight, which are disabling but also 'enthralling'. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 8: When Fate Shows Its Hand

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Filippo Bologna's biting satire of Italian literary life. Three men compete for a career-defining book prize. Today: The Beginner makes a plea. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 9: Into the Wolf's Lair

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Filippo Bologna's satire of Italy's literary prizes. Three men fight, perhaps to the death, for the greatest honour. Today: The Master's takes his last chance. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 10: A Victory Without Victors

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Filippo Bologna's searing satire on Italy's literary scene, in which three authors fight for their country's greatest honour. Today: the final reckoning. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 1: Silence Equals Death

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As the three contestants prepare for the run-up to the prize, one of them realises it will be his last chance for glory. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 3: Tell Me What I Have to Do

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As rumours fly about which author is ahead in the votes, the Writer's dark secret takes on even greater significance. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 5: The Road to Immortality

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As the Beginner struggles with the fallout from his infidelity, the Writer still contemplates just how far he will go to win the prize. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 6: You wrote a book. It came out well. But that was a lucky chance.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Filippo Bologna's biting satire on Italian book prizes. Three authors fight, almost to the death, for their country's greatest honour. Today: The Beginner has a lot to lose. Show more

Book at Bedtime

Reading Europe - Italy: The Parrots

Episode 7: They Forgive Poets Everything

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As the Beginner struggles with the fallout from his infidelity, the Writer is still contemplating just how far he will go to win the prize. Show more