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Duration: 1 hour

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

Seminal spy drama series from 1982. Two seemingly unconnected events summon master spy George Smiley from retirement. Show more

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
The General:
Curd Jurgens
Detective Chief Superintendent:
Michael Elphick
Madame Ostrakova:
Eileen Atkins
Oleg Kirov:
Dudley Sutton
Otto Leipzig:
Vladek Sheybal
Lauder Strickland:
Bill Paterson
Oliver Lacon:
Anthony Bate
Villem Craven:
Paul Herzberg
Nigel Mostyn:
Stephen Riddle
Murgotroyd:
Harry Walker
Sergeant Pike:
Trevor Cooper
Attache Kuznetsov:
Renny Krupinski
Director:
Simon Langton

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

A local councillor is caught selling drugs. Open and shut case? It would seem so on the surface. And a new rep is brought on board, a streetwise kid called Ronnie. Show more

South Riding

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

Period drama charting the story of Sarah Burton, a teacher who returns to Yorkshire to take up her first headmistress-ship after 20 years teaching in London and the Empire. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lisa Osborne
Robert Carne:
David Morrissey
Sarah Burton:
Anna Maxwell Martin
Mrs Beddows:
Penelope Wilton
Anthony Snaith:
Peter Firth
Joe Astell:
Douglas Henshall
Alfred Huggins:
John Henshaw
Midge Carne:
Katherine McGolpin
Muriel Carne:
Lydia Wilson
Young Robert Carne:
Daniel West
Mrs Huggins:
Penny Layden
Mrs Oldroyd:
Wendy Patterson
Bessy Warbuckle:
Janine Mellor
Lydia Holly:
Charlie May-Clark
Mr Holly:
Shaun Dooley
Gaius Drew:
Ian Bartholomew
Lord Port:
William Rodell
Miss Sigglesthwaite:
Brid Brennan
Reg Aythorne:
John Paul Hurley

South Riding

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

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

Drama series. Sarah throws herself into work to take her mind off the pain of unrequited love, while Carne comes to terms with the idea that Muriel can never be restored to him. Show more

Contributors

Sarah Burton:
Anna Maxwell Martin
Robert Carne:
David Morrissey
Producer:
Lisa Osborne
Mrs Beddows:
Penelope Wilton
Alfred Huggins:
John Henshaw
Desk Clerk:
Peter Rylands
Mr Beddows:
Stephen MacKenna
Mr Holly:
Shaun Dooley
Lydia Holly:
Charlie May-Clark
Midge Carne:
Katherine McGolpin
Joe Astell:
Douglas Henshall
Gaius Drew:
Ian Bartholomew
Anthony Snaith:
Peter Firth
Mrs Brimsley:
Marie Critchley
Bus Conductor:
Sebastian Shaw
Solicitor:
Jeff Merchant
Gertie Holly:
Alexandra Pearson
School Secretary:
Joanna Swain
Fisherman:
Carl Cieka
Muriel Carne:
Lydia Wilson
Clergyman:
Malcolm Raeburn
Lord Sedgmire:
Ralph Riach
Miss Sigglesthwaite:
Brid Brennan
Mrs Huggins:
Penny Layden
Bessy Warbuckle:
Janine Mellor
Reg Aythorne:
John Paul Hurley
Mrs Oldroyd:
Wendy Patterson
Young Robert Carne:
Daniel West
Lord Port:
William Rodell

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

1950s period drama based on a true story. Housewife and mother Betty's world is turned upside down when she meets a handsome Polish man at the local dance hall. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Kay Mellor
Director:
Kay Mellor
Director:
Antonia Bird
Betty (1950s):
Billie Piper
Betty (1980s):
Sue Johnston
Donald (1950s):
Joe Armstrong
Mr Solomon:
Allan Corduner
Mrs Armstrong:
Judith Barker
Mr Bethshiva:
Renny Krupinski
Teddy Boy:
Alex Price
Mrs Forcett:
Marie Critchley
Katie Vates:
Rachel Davies
Mr Addiman:
David Fleeshman
Mr Jeffries:
Michael Dixon