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Ambiguous Loss

Episode 1: 477 Days

Duration: 45 minutes

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

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Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. Most return within days. Michael Butt tells the story of the Stephens family whose wait for news continues 16 months later. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Charlotte Bronte - Shirley

Episode 7: The First Blue Stocking

Duration: 15 minutes

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

1811, Yorkshire. Shirley is horrified when she discovers her uncle is determined to find her a husband of his choosing. Stars Lesley Sharp. Show more

Duration: 44 minutes

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

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Starring Paul Hilton and James Fleet. Pilgrim's quest for the Radiant Boy forces him to travel to the one place he has been forbidden to go. Show more

Home Front

5 September 1914 - Sylvia Graham

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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The fear of Victor's ruin in an ill-advised marriage becomes very real for his aunt, who is prepared to do everything in her power to stop it. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 29: 29 June to 3 July 1915

Duration: 58 minutes

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

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Canadian troops celebrate their Dominion Day, and a long-awaited reunion is planned. Show more

Contributors

Howard Argent:
Toby Jones
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Dolly Clout:
Elaine Claxton
Hotel Guest:
Jessica Turner
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Barbara Flynn
Muriel Grainger:
Hannah Tointon
Private Greg:
Jude Akuwidike
Josiah King:
Daniel Kendrick
Roy Lavoie:
Tim Beckmann
Dieter Lippke:
Felix Auer
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Alice Macknade:
Claire-Louise Cordwell
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Maggie Macknade:
Hollie Thoupos
Mickey Macknade:
Reece Buttery
Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Carson Martindale:
Stephen Critchlow
Canadian Soldier 1:
Nathan Nolan
Canadian Soldier 2:
Owen Clark
Canadian Soldier 3:
Stephen Critchlow
Canadian Soldier 4:
David Hounslow
Toby Speedwell:
Joe Bannister
Thornton Tulliver:
Nigel Harman
Nancy Parker:
Jane Whittenshaw
Dorothea Winwood:
Rachel Shelley
Ralph Winwood:
Nicholas Murchie
Adam Wilson:
Leo Montague
Albert Wilson:
Harry Myers
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook
Tom Wright:
Clive Hayward

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The Wire

The Insider

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

By Leila Aboulela. Marking the centenary of Albert Camus, a drama reimagining the lives of the unnamed, unspeaking characters from The Outsider. Show more

Drama

Velvet Blackout

Duration: 44 minutes

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

By Vincent O'Connell. In 1942 a young woman with amnesia is pulled from a bombed building. A doctor and a policeman think she may know something vital to the British war effort. Show more

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Drama

Home Front

25 September 1918 - Isabel Summer

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1918, railway workers around Britain ended their strike after the government brought in military assistance, and in Folkestone, Isabel returns in a defiant mood. Show more

Home Front

28 September 1918 - Victor Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1918, defeat at Vardar left Bulgaria seeking peace with the Allies, whilst at St Jude's, Kitty and Victor attend a christening which is anything but harmonious. Show more

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 112: 24-28 September 1918 (Season 15 start)

Duration: 57 minutes

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

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The first omnibus of Season 15, Onward, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1918, when the Allies launched their final, and decisive campaign on the Western Front. Show more

Home Front

31 July 1917 - Adeline Lumley (Season 11 start)

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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31 July 1917 marked the first day of Passchendaele, and - at the Maudsley hospital in London - Adeline and Phyllis are on the offensive. Show more

Contributors

Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Sir Frederick Mott:
Philip Fox
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Writer:
Katie Hims

Home Front

7 August 1917 - Howard Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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On this day in 1917, the dramatist Basil Hood died, having suffered from nervous exhaustion, and Captain Lumley returns to Folkestone a more fragile man. Show more

Contributors

Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absolom
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Marieke Argent:
Olivia Ross
Mathieu Argent:
Bea White
Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Writer:
Katie Hims
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

14 August 1917 - Howard Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, Pope Benedict XV issued a Peace Note to the warring nations, and in Folkestone, Howard Argent plays mediator. Show more

Contributors

Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Marieke Argent:
Olivia Ross
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Phillip Sassoon:
Luke Newberry
Writer:
Katie Hims

Home Front

16 August 1917 - Ulysses Pilchard

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, the idea of a channel tunnel was rejected, at least until the end of the war, while in Folkestone, Dr Pilchard gains ground with his electro-shock treatment. Show more

Contributors

Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Chester Matthews:
Samuel James
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Writer:
Katie Hims

Home Front

17 August 1917 - Adeline Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, Wilfred Owen met Siegfried Sassoon at Craiglockhart, and in Folkestone, Adeline and Victor Lumley both see clearly, but in different ways. Show more

Contributors

Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom
Kitty Lumley:
Ami Metcalf
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Writer:
Katie Hims

Home Front

30 August 1917 - Howard Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, 1,500 Welsh miners, out on strike for the reinstatement of one man, returned to work, and in Folkestone, Howard has a busy day. Show more

Contributors

Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Chester Matthews:
Samuel James
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absolom
Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne

Home Front

1 September 1917 - Adeline Lumley

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, Wilfred Owen wrote 'Many of us who came to the Hydro slightly ill are now getting dangerously well,' and Adeline Lumley is also beginning to find her voice. Show more

Contributors

Adeline Lumley:
Helen Schlesinger
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Jane Underdown:
Susan Porrett
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Charles Summer:
Rufus Wright
Phyllis Marshall:
Christine Absalom

Home Front

5 September 1917 - Howard Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, headlines were dominated by news of the air raids on Chatham and Dover, and in Folkestone, Dr Argent is treating traumatised soldiers. Show more

Contributors

Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Chester Matthews:
Samuel James
Silas Morrow:
Shaun Dooley
Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla
Marieke Argent:
Olivia Ross
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Home Front

11 September 1917 - Howard Argent

Duration: 11 minutes

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

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On this day in 1917, Lt Douglas Malcolm was acquitted of murdering his wife's Russian lover, despite having shot him, and in Folkestone, Howard's day is brighter than usual. Show more

Contributors

Dr Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Marieke Argent:
Olivia Ross
Victor Lumley:
Joel MacCormack
Olive Hargreaves:
Rhiannon Neads
Ulysses Pilchard:
Khalid Abdalla