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Arabian Afternoons

Episode 1: The Casper Logue Affair

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Diplomat Bob Goldacre has lost sight of an American businessman in Baghdad. Inspired by The Arabian Nights, stars Sirine Saba. Show more

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

Drama set in tribal Afghanistan. After many years of marriage to Gulnara, village shopkeeper Sardar Aka has taken a second young wife. Show more

Contributors

Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Kashmala, his daughter, and the wid:
Betsabeh Emran

Genres

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 1

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Akbar Khan lends money to his son to bet on their own dog Lucifer in a dogfight. Show more

Contributors

Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Kashmala, widowed daughter-in-law:
Betsabeh Emran
Bakhtawara, his wife:
Meera Syal
Zarlakhta, his daughter:
Balvinder Sopal
Sakina, his young second wife:
Rakhee Thakrar

Genres

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 2

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

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The poverty-stricken Mewa Gul tries to extract his family from his daughter Zarlakhta's engagement. Show more

Contributors

Kashmala, his daughter-in-law:
Betsabeh Emran
Mewa Gul, the poorest farmer:
Vincent Ebrahim
Bakhtawara, his wife:
Meera Syal
Zarlakhta, his daughter:
Balvinder Sopal

Genres

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Wealthy landowner, criminal and warlord Akbar Khan welcomes his son's friend to his household, pleased to find someone who will help his criminal activities. Show more

Contributors

Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Kashmala, his daughter-in-law:
Betsabeh Emran

Genres

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 3

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

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Village shopkeeper Sardar Aka has two wives at war. Now his new young wife is about to give birth, tensions are heightened. Show more

Contributors

Sardar Aka, the shopkeeper:
Madhav Sharma
Gulnara, his first wife:
Pooja Ghai
Sakina, his young second wife:
Rakhee Thakra
Kashmala, Sardar Aka's daughter:
Betsabeh Emran
Writer:
Liz Rigbey
Director:
Liz Rigbey

Genres

Drama

Arabian Afternoons

Episode 3: A Dish of Pomegranates

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Peter Jukes. Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the US. They don't think his story adds up. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Syria: Bread and Bombs

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Hassan is testing out the contents of one of the food parcels when the aid convoy reaches the first checkpoint. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Syria: Bread and Bombs

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

The school where Samara was teaching has been bombed, and Hassan has gone Awol. Jamil is fuming. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Syria: Bread and Bombs

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Jamil has been taken prisoner. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Syria: Bread and Bombs

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Jamil has had a visit from Khaled, pretending to be his son. Hassan has a plan to get him out of prison. Show more

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 2

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Drones fly overhead while, below them, family life unfolds. Sardar Aka's older wife, Gulnara, hears some news which gives her good reason to be jealous of his new young wife. Show more

Contributors

Shah Bibi, Akbar Khan's wife:
Shaheen Khan
Kashmala, Sardar Aka's daughter:
Betsabeh Emran

Genres

15 Minute Drama

Syria: Bread and Bombs

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

There is tension among the aid workers: Jamil is old school and likes to do things by the book, but Hassan is a maverick. And then there is Samara, with her puppets. Show more

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 4

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

The Khan's son ransacks the village shop, and now his father must take him in hand, with disastrous consequences for Kashmala. Show more

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 4

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

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When Kashmala asserts her widow's right not to marry again, Akbar Khan is so furious that she and her family are forced to flee. Show more

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 3

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

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Kashmala, the young widow, is very unhappy living in the household of her late husband. Her wealthy father-in-law Akbar Khan forbids her to teach at the local school. Show more

Contributors

Akbar Khan, the wealthy landowner:
Sagar Arya
Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Sardar Aka, the shopkeeper:
Madhav Sharma
Gulnara, his first wife:
Pooja Ghai
Sakina, his young second wife:
Rakhee Thakra
Kashmala, Sardar Aka's daughter:
Betsabeh Emran
Writer:
Liz Rigbey
Director:
Liz Rigbey

Genres

15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 3

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

We learn whether Sardar Aka has that longed-for son or another daughter. Over in the Khan household, Akbar Khan is tired of the behaviour of Kashmala, his son's young widow. Show more

Contributors

Akbar Khan, the wealthy landowner:
Sagar Arya
Shah Bibi, his wife:
Shaheen Khan
Durranai, his mother:
Sudha Bhucher
Wisal, his elder son:
Donald Slack
Mashal, his younger son:
Muzz Khan
Kashmala, his daughter-in-law:
Betsabeh Emran
Mewa Gul, the poorest farmer:
Vincent Ibrahim
Bakhtawara, his wife:
Meera Syal
Zarlakhta, her daughter:
Balvinder Sopal
Taza Gul, his son:
Jaz Deol
Writer:
Liz Rigbey
Director:
Liz Rigbey

Genres