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Drama on 3

Artist Descending a Staircase

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

A radio production of Tom Stoppard's comic tragedy about the meaning and purpose of life and art, starring Derek Jacobi and Ian McDiarmid. Show more

Contributors

Martello (older):
Geoffrey Whitehead
Beauchamp (older):
Derek Jacobi
Donner (older):
Ian McDiarmid
Beauchamp:
Blake Ritson
Director:
Gordon House

Genres

Free Thinking

Sicily, The London Library, John Hardyng's Chronicle

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy considers Sicily as the island's multifaceted history is celebrated at the British Museum. Plus Tom Stoppard talking about 175 years of the London Library. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
John Julius Norwich
Interviewed Guest:
Helena Attlee
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Sergi
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Peverley
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

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

William Shakespeare is out of ideas. That is, until Viola de Lesseps, the stage-struck daughter of a wealthy merchant, attends auditions disguised as Thomas Kent. Show more

Contributors

Director:
John Madden
Viola De Lesseps:
Gwyneth Paltrow
William Shakespeare:
Joseph Fiennes
Philip Henslowe:
Geoffrey Rush
Lord Wessex:
Colin Firth
Ned Alleyn:
Ben Affleck
Queen Elizabeth:
Judi Dench

The Culture Show

Who on Earth Was Ford Madox Ford? A Culture Show Special

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Alan Yentob looks at the life and work of Ford Madox Ford, the author of Parade's End and one of the forgotten greats of British fiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
Tom Stoppard
Participant:
John Simpson
Participant:
Rowley Leigh
Participant:
Clare Davidson
Participant:
Max Saunders
Participant:
Alan Judd
Participant:
Sara Haslam

Duration: 1 hour, 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Screen adaptation of Tom Stoppard's comic stageplay which brings two minor characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet into the spotlight, played by Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Show more

Contributors

Rosencrantz:
Gary Oldman
Guildenstern:
Tim Roth
The Player:
Richard Dreyfuss
Tragedian:
Livo Badurina
Tragedian:
Mare Mlacnik
Tragedian:
Branko Zavrsan
Ophelia:
Joanna Roth
Hamlet:
Iain Glen
Gertrude:
Joanna Miles
Director:
Tom Stoppard

Genres

Formats

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A prince invites King Louis XIV to his country chateau for a three-day feast. The lavish festivities are capably overseen by the prince's steward Vatel (Gerard Depardieu). Show more

Contributors

Francois Vatel:
Gerard Depardieu
Director:
Roland Joffe
Anne de Montausier:
Uma Thurman
Marquis de Lauzun:
Tim Roth
Gourville:
Timothy Spall
Prince de Conde:
Julian Glover
Louis XIV:
Julian Sands
Philippe d'Orleans:
Murray Lachlan Young
Dr Bourdelot:
Richard Griffiths

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 10 months

Drama adapted from Jerome K Jerome's classic tale. Overworked and in need of a rest, three men and a dog set out on an epic voyage of mishap up the Thames.

Contributors

Formats

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Andrew's guests are George Osborne, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chuka Umunna, Sir Tom Stoppard and Nicola Benedetti. Tim Hollingsworth and Sarah Baxter review the papers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
George Osborne
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Wilshaw
Interviewed Guest:
Chuka Umunna
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Benedetti
Participant:
Tim Hollingsworth
Participant:
Sarah Baxter
Producer:
Libby Jukes
Producer:
Alex Bolton
Broadcast Assistant:
Hannah Copeland

Duration: 1 hour, 52 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Second World War thriller in which a Bletchley Park codebreaker (Dougray Scott) frantically races against time to crack the Germans' new code. Show more

Contributors

Tom Jericho:
Dougray Scott
Hester Wallace:
Kate Winslet
Claire Romilly:
Saffron Burrows
Jozef 'Puck' Pukowski:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Director:
Michael Apted
Producer:
Mick Jagger

Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Espionage drama based on the Graham Greene novel. A potential leak is discovered in a small section of the Secret Service. Two men are under suspicion. Richard Attenborough stars. Show more

Contributors

Colonel John Daintry:
Richard Attenborough
Brigadier Tomlinson:
John Gielgud
Cornelius Muller:
Joop Doderer
Arthur Davis:
Derek Jacobi
Doctor Percival:
Robert Morley
Castle's Mother:
Mia Maestro
Sir John Hargreaves:
Richard Vernon
Maurice Castle:
Nicol Williamson

Formats

Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Orwellian fantasy. Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is happy in his job at the Ministry of Information. Frequent daydreams transport him from drab reality, until the worst occurs. Show more

Contributors

Sam Lowry:
Jonathan Pryce
Harry Tuttle:
Robert De Niro
Mrs Ida Lowry:
Katherine Helmond
Mr Kurtzmann:
Ian Holm
Jack Lint:
Michael Palin
Mr Warrenn:
Ian Richardson
Mr Helpmann:
Peter Vaughan
Jill Layton:
Kim Greist
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Dr Jaffe:
Jim Broadbent
Mrs Terrain:
Barbara Hicks
Technician:
Ray Cooper
Girl Buttle:
Prudence Oliver
Arrest Official:
Simon Jones
Charlie:
Nigel Planer
TV Commercial Presenter:
Terence Bayler
MOI Lobby Porter:
Gorden Kaye
Bespectacled Lurker:
Bill Wallis
Old Lady with Dog:
Ann Way
Black Maria Guard:
Don Henderson
Producer:
Arnon Milchan

Front Row

Tom Stoppard, The Girl on the Train, Suzanne Lacy, Feminist art, Neville Marriner remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Stoppard discusses his play Travesties, Brexit and his desire to write a new play about the migrant crisis. Plus a review of the film adaptation of The Girl on the Train. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Robinson

Front Row

Kirsty Lang interviews theatre producer Sonia Friedman

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang talks to multi-award-winning theatre producer Sonia Friedman, who is bringing a new Harry Potter story to the stage, and who took Jerusalem to Broadway. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Friedman
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Rylance
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Eyre
Producer:
Julian May

Front Row

Tom Stoppard, Elysium review, Charlaine Harris

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Stoppard on his radio drama inspired by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon; Elysium film review; and Charlaine Harris on ending the True Blood novels. With Mark Lawson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard
Interviewed Guest:
Charlaine Harris

Parade's End

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Vicious rumours about Christopher abound, leading to tragedy at Groby. Sylvia finds a new admirer who proves a distraction as the war continues, and Valentine moves to London. Show more

Contributors

Christopher Tietjens:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sylvia Tietjens:
Rebecca Hall
General Campion:
Roger Allam
Valentine Wannop:
Adelaide Clemens
Father Consett:
Ned Dennehy
Edith Duchemin:
Anne-Marie Duff
Mark Tietjens:
Rupert Everett
Edward Wannop:
Freddie Fox
Macmaster:
Stephen Graham
Lady Claudine:
Clare Higgins
Tietjens Senior:
Alan Howard
Gerald Drake:
Jack Huston
Mrs Satterthwaite:
Janet McTeer
Brownlie:
Jamie Parker
General Haggard:
Ronald Pickup
Reverend Duchemin:
Rufus Sewell
Glorvina:
Sasha Waddell
Food Emporium Manager:
Dominic Coleman
Medical Officer:
Jeroen Lenarts
Marie Leonie:
Lyne Renee
Michael (8 years old):
Rudi Goodman
Reverend- Effie's husband:
Christopher Bowen
Critic at Macmasters Flat:
Jurgen Delnaet
Grand Actress:
Hilde Heijnen
Michaelangelo Woman:
Siobhan Hewlett
Bank Clerk:
George Potts
Producer:
David Parfitt
Director:
Susanna White

Genres

Parade's End

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Aristocrats Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens are unhappily married. Despite their troubles he is determined to stay faithful, until he meets suffragette Valentine Wannop. Show more

Contributors

Christopher Tietjens:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sylvia Tietjens:
Rebecca Hall
General Campion:
Roger Allam
Valentine Wannop:
Adelaide Clemens
Bertram:
Jonathan Coy
Father Consett:
Ned Dennehy
Edith Duchemin:
Anne-Marie Duff
Mark Tietjens:
Rupert Everett
Macmaster:
Stephen Graham
Lady Claudine:
Clare Higgins
Tietjens Senior:
Alan Howard
Gerald Drake:
Jack Huston
Sir Reginald:
Denis Lawson
Waterhouse:
Tim McMullan
Mrs. Satterthwaite:
Janet McTeer
Potty Perowne:
Tom Mison
Hullo Central (Evie):
Lucinda Raikes
Reverend Duchemin:
Rufus Sewell
Bobbie Pelham:
Anna Skellern
Glorvina:
Sasha Waddell
Michael (4 yrs old):
Misha Handley
Bridget:
Tessa Parr
Johnny Pelham:
Garrett Moore
Lord Beichen:
Leslie de Gruyter
Capitaine Thurston:
Pierre Van Heddegem
Policeman:
Howard Ward
Reverend Horsley:
Michael Mears
Producer:
David Parfitt
Director:
Susanna White

Genres

Parade's End

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

While Sylvia and Christopher are reunited publicly, their relationship remains turbulent in private. Christopher is torn between his marriage vows and his feelings for Valentine. Show more

Contributors

Christopher Tietjens:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sylvia Tietjens:
Rebecca Hall
General Campion:
Roger Allam
Valentine Wannop:
Adelaide Clemens
Father Consett:
Ned Dennehy
Edith Duchemin:
Anne-Marie Duff
Mark Tietjens:
Rupert Everett
Edward Wannop:
Freddie Fox
Macmaster:
Stephen Graham
Lady Claudine:
Clare Higgins
Tietjens Senior:
Alan Howard
Sir Reginald:
Denis Lawson
Waterhouse:
Tim McMullan
Mrs. Satterthwaite:
Janet McTeer
Potty Perowne:
Tom Mison
Brownlie:
Jamie Parker
Reverend Duchemin:
Rufus Sewell
Bobbie Pelham:
Anna Skellern
Glorvina:
Sasha Waddell
Reverend - Effie's Husband:
Christopher Bowen
Mary Richardson:
Letty Butler
Westershire:
Timothy Carlton
Hotel Husband:
Gilly Gilchrist
Critic at Macmasters Flat:
Jurgen Delnaet
Hotel Wife:
Kathryn Howden
Michaelangelo Woman:
Siobhan Hewlett
Commissionaire:
Michael Fitzgerald
Hullo Central (Evie):
Lucinda Raikes
Michael (4 yrs old):
Misha Handley
Producer:
David Parfitt
Director:
Susanna White

Genres

Parade's End

Episode 4

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

In Rouen, an exhausted Christopher prepares soldiers for the draft. Back in London, Sylvia decides to visit her husband in France, oblivious to the consequences for him. Show more

Contributors

Christopher Tietjens:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sylvia Tietjens:
Rebecca Hall
General Campion:
Roger Allam
Valentine Wannop:
Adelaide Clemens
Bertram:
Jonathan Coy
Mark Tietjens:
Rupert Everett
Lady Claudine:
Clare Higgins
McKechnie:
Patrick Kennedy
Colonel Levin:
Elliot Levey
Potty Perowne:
Tom Mison
General Haggard:
Ronald Pickup
Bobbie Pelham:
Anna Skellern
Glorvina:
Sasha Waddell
Lord Beichen:
Leslie de Gruyter
Latin Teacher:
Anna Maguire
Mrs Ferguson:
Lucy Briers
First Teacher:
Emma Dewhurst
Second Teacher:
Tilly Blackwood
Sergeant Major Cowley:
Nick Holder
O'Nine Morgan:
Kyle Redmond-Jones
Capitaine Thurston:
Pierre Van Heddegem
Canadian Captain:
Louis Talpe
O Five Thomas:
Tom Harries
Hotchkiss:
Nicholas Lumley
Army Groom:
Tat Whatley
Hotel Manager:
Gert Lahousse
Schoolgirl 1:
Bea Wavell Grant
Schoolgirl 3:
Oriane Nell Grant
General O'Hara:
Iain Mitchell
Sergeant Cook Case:
Jonathan Ryland
Producer:
David Parfitt
Director:
Susanna White

Genres