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The Bethlehem Murders

Duration: 1 hour

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

Schoolteacher Omar Yussef despairs at the infighting and corruption in his hometown of Bethlehem. When a former student is falsely accused of murder, he feels he must do something. Show more

Contributors

Omar Yussef:
Peter Polycarpou
Habib Saba:
Vincent Ebrahim
Marwan Natsha:
Vincent Ebrahim
Khamis Zeydan:
Nabil Elouhabi
George Saba:
Zubin Varla
Dima Rahman:
Sirine Saba
Jihad Awdeh:
Selva Resalingham
Hussein Tamari:
Philip Arditti
Abu Jeriez:
Carlos Chahine
Director:
Mary Peate
Author:
Matt Rees

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Series of short story poems, illustrated with sound and music. Spoken word artists Inua Ellams and Ross Sutherland take us into two very different worlds. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In the first of a new series of illustrated story poems, spoken word artists Laura Dockrill and Polar Bear take us into two very different worlds. Show more

Saturday Drama

Classic Chandler

Episode 6: The High Window

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

When a rare gold coin is stolen, Mrs Murdoch hires private eye Philip Marlowe to find it. But he is soon caught in the crossfire of a family at war with itself. Stars Toby Stephens. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlowe:
Toby Stephens
Mrs Murdoch:
Judy Parfitt
Merle Davis:
Jessica Raine
Leslie Murdoch:
Patrick Kennedy
Detective Breeze:
Joe Montana
Alex Nash:
Stuart Milligan
Linda Conquest:
Susie Riddell
Elisha Morningstar:
Peter Polycarpou
Apartment Manager:
Gerard McDermott
Lou Vannier:
Carl Prekopp
Lois Nash:
Alex Tregear
George Philips:
James Lailey
Mr Shaw:
Sean Baker
Delmar Hench:
Alun Raglan
Abridger:
Robin Brooks
Producer:
Claire Grove

Drama on 3

Jenny Lomas

Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes

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

Available for years

David Eldridge's thriller examining the corrosive nature of paranoia, with Amanda Hale playing a solicitor involved in a case where none of the evidence adds up. Show more

Genres

Drama

Pixie Juice

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Comic play by award-winning writer Ed Harris about sight, insight and magic, starring Indira Varma as a tattooist who finds herself in a fairytale - with real fairies. Show more

From Fact to Fiction

Series 15

Episode 4: Morning

Duration: 13 minutes

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

As Geneva hosts the Syrian peace talks, Steve Waters' play is set in a lakeside city, where breakfast is a series of delicate negotiations for a young delegate who is running late. Show more

Foreign Bodies

The Samaritan's Secret

Duration: 1 hour

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

Schoolteacher and amateur sleuth Omar Yussef teams up with his ex-student, now chief of police in Nablus, Sami Jaffari, to solve the murder of a young Samaritan. Show more

Drama

My Son the Doctor

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Based on the testimony of Fatima Khan, the real-life story of one mother's heroic journey to find and save her son, Dr Abbas Khan, from imprisonment in Damascus. Show more

Contributors

Fatima Khan:
Sudha Bhuchar
Abbas Khan:
Waleed Akhtar
Sara Khan:
Lara Sawalha
Afroze Khan:
Adam El Hagar
Shahnawaz Khan:
Amir El-Masry
FCO Official:
Badria Timimi

Genres

Brand

Drama

Defending the Guilty

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 27 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Available for 4 months

Caroline and Will take on a last-minute case, only to find themselves in a battle with the clock, a skittish victim and an underfunded system to bring a criminal to justice. Show more

Fall of the Shah

Ep1. An island of stability

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Something is coming. Can America's friendship with Iran survive? US President Jimmy Carter visits Tehran in December 1977. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Farah Pahlavi:
Nathalie Armin
Rosalynn Carter:
Carolyn Pickles
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 6. Shah raft

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

The Shah is forced to quit Iran to make way for the new prime minister. Sharpour Bakhtiar is a liberal – and a former prisoner of the Shah. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 7. The return of the hidden imam

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service AustralasiaLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Millions gather in Iran’s streets to welcome the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. But can the new prime minister maintain order? #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 8. The collapse

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World ServiceLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

Available for years

Protesters surround the US Embassy. Meanwhile, there’s a power clash in the race to become Iran’s new prime minister. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Gary Sick:
David Seddon
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Sadegh Khalkhali:
Bhasker Patel
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 9. God’s government

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World ServiceLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Enemies are put on trial as Ayatollah Khomeini consolidates his power. But is this justice, or a desire for revenge? #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
Sadegh Khalkhali:
Bhasker Patel
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Drama

The Brick

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Rasha makes a frustrating and exhausting journey from her Palestinian town to Jerusalem. Along the way she discovers some painful truths, in Selma Dabbagh's compelling story. Show more

Contributors

Genres

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Drama

Drama

The Deportation Room

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Hannah Khalil. Amira, a student in London, is taking some paintings to an exhibition back home in Gaza. But she cannot seem to get out of Cairo airport. Show more

Contributors

Passport Control Officer:
Robert Blythe
Security Policeman:
Ben Crowe
Egyptian Official:
Patrick Brennan
Guard:
Joe Sims
Woman 1:
Suzanna Nour
Woman 2:
Souad Faress
Director:
Mary Peate

Genres

Brand

Drama

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for years

DJ Asif drags Barry out to be his on-air posse in his Lake Vista Care Home radio show. Stars Adil Ray and Roy Hudd. From February 2014. Show more

Saturday Drama

Classic Chandler

Episode 5: Classic Chandler - The Long Goodbye

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Marlowe forges an uneasy friendship with a drunk who then shows up late one night asking for a favour. Starring Toby Stephens. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlowe:
Toby Stephens
Terry Lennox:
Trevor White
Eileen Wade:
Saskia Reeves
Roger Wade:
Peter Polycarpou
Howard Spencer:
James Lailey
Menendez:
Alun Raglan
Director:
Claire Grove
Abridger:
Stephen Wyatt

Saturday Drama

Classic Chandler

Episode 7: The Little Sister

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Toby Stephens is Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe. Show more