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My Hero

Episode 3: Ben Miller on Tony Hancock

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Ben Miller explores the extraordinary career of his comic hero, Tony Hancock, charting his rise from amateur comedian in Bournemouth to stardom in radio, television and film. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ben Miller
Producer:
Mary Crisp
Director:
Mary Crisp
Executive Producer:
Jo Sargent
Executive Producer:
Miranda Hart

Series

My Hero

15 Minute Drama

Feminine Forever

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The 70s - with feminism women can embrace HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully. Stars Lesley Manville. From September 2012. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Feminine Forever

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The 70s, a world of HRT and growing old disgracefully. Judy has news for her parents. Stars Lesley Manville. From September 2012. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Feminine Forever

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The 70s, a time of HRT and growing old disgracefully. What is the future for Trevor and Eileen? Stars Lesley Manville. From September 2012. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Andrei joins the army while Prince Vassily and Anna battle over Count Bezukhov's will. Starring John Hurt and Paterson Joseph. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Pierre inherits a fortune after the death of his father. Meanwhile Andrei leaves Bald Hills to join the army. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

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

The Battle of Austerlitz takes place, Lise is due to give birth and Pierre and Dolokhov duel over Helene. Stars Harriet Walter. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 4

Duration: 58 minutes

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

After Lise's death, Pierre visits Bald Hills to try and console a broken Andrei. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-More. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 5

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Natasha’s life is about to change forever when she is invited to her first ball. Starring John Hurt and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 6

Duration: 1 hour

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

Natasha starts to doubt her marriage to Andrei after meeting Prince Anatole. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-Moore. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 7

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Prince Bolkonsky reacts badly to the French approaching Smolensk while Pierre is on a mission to save Russia. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 8

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre recounts the events that took place during the Battle of Borodino. Starring Paterson Joseph and Simon Russell Beale. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 9

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre returns to a deserted Moscow, in disguise, planning to assassinate Napoleon. Stars Paterson Joseph and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 10

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Pierre recalls his time in prison and Kutuzov reluctantly leads the Battle of Tarutino. Stars Roger Allam and Tom Goodman-Hill. Show more

Duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes

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

Gritty drama following a minicab driver and his wife as they struggle to bring up their unemployed and aggressive son and depressed daughter on a bleak South London estate. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Lavish retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy that sees an illicit affair between two star-crossed lovers ignite a bitter rivalry between Verona's ruling families. Show more

Contributors

Lord Capulet:
Damian Lewis
Lady Capulet:
Natascha McElhone
Lady Montague:
Laura Morante
Lord Montague:
Tomas Arana
Prince of Verona:
Stellan Skarsgard
Friar Laurence:
Paul Giamatti
Count Paris:
Tom Wisdom
Capulet Servant:
Matt Patresi
Abraham (House of Montague):
Anton Alexander
Apothecary:
Leon Vitali
Director:
Carlo Carlei

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Winter 2014

Episode 6: The One and Only Mike Leigh

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Director Mike Leigh talks to Alan Yentob about his unique body of work and struggle to make films on his own terms. Actors he has worked with discuss his distinctive methods. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Leigh
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Broadbent
Interviewed Guest:
Eddie Marsan
Interviewed Guest:
Sally Hawkins
Interviewed Guest:
Lesley Manville
Interviewed Guest:
James Corden
Producer:
Jude Ho
Director:
Jude Ho
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson

World on Fire

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 59 minutes

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

When war breaks, translator Harry Chase vows to help his Polish lover Kasia flee Warsaw, but how will he explain this to his sweetheart Lois, waiting for him at home in Manchester? Show more

Contributors

Lois Bennett:
Julia Brown
Harry Chase:
Jonah Hauer-King
Albert Fallou:
Parker Sawyers
Webster O'Connell:
Brian J Smith
Nancy Campbell:
Helen Hunt
Kasia Tomaszeski:
Zofia Wichlacz
Stefan Tomaszeski:
Tomasz Kot
Oswald Mosley:
Jonathan McGuinness
Robina Chase:
Lesley Manville
Director:
Adam Smith
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen

World on Fire

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

A month after the outbreak of war, Warsaw is unrecognisable, while Manchester, on the surface, appears very much the same. Will there be a warm welcome home for Harry? Show more

Contributors

Lois Bennett:
Julia Brown
Harry Chase:
Jonah Hauer-King
Albert Fallou:
Parker Sawyers
Webster O'Connell:
Brian J Smith
Nancy Campbell:
Helen Hunt
Kasia Tomaszeski:
Zofia Wichlacz
Tom Bennett:
Ewan Mitchell
Douglas Bennett:
Sean Bean
Robina Chase:
Lesley Manville
Director:
Adam Smith
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen